EU Studies Conference

“Researching and Teaching the EU: Best Practices and Current Trends in EU Scholarship”
A Working Conference for Regional Faculty


October 20-21, 2017

 

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Levis Faculty Center | [map]

 

Logistical memo, including maps [pdf]

 

Abstract Submission and Registration Deadline was September 20, 2017.


ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

 

This annual conference will bring together regional college faculty with the aim of increasing research on and teaching of the European Union at universities and four-year and two-year colleges in Illinois and the Midwest. It will facilitate the building of a dynamic network for regional educators with interests in EU studies. The conference will include panel discussions in which participants can present their research on the EU, as well as sessions on effective teaching of EU-related subjects.

 

Presentations on any topic relevant to EU studies are welcome.
Colleagues with only a nascent academic interest in the EU are invited to join us without being obliged to present any materials.

 

Graduate students are welcome. We can also consider participation by graduate students. Pending availability, travel support may be possible for graduate students whose abstracts are accepted for presentation.

 

Registration fee: Participants who are not presenting are required to pay a $50 registration fee. This fee will be waived for accepted speakers and University of Illinois faculty and graduate students. A $100 travel reimbursement grant and one night of free lodging will be available to all out-of-town participants.

 

Note about lodging: The EU Center has reserved a block of rooms at the Illini Union Hotel and will provide one night of free lodging on October 20, 2017. We can also provide overnight accommodation for an extra day on October 21st if you need it and will be driving for more than 250 miles. Please see the link to the registration form above for details. Please note that you do NOT need to contact the hotel; simply indicate whether you will need overnight accommodations or not and for which dates when you register on-line.
The hotel has free parking available. Free wireless access is available in guest rooms and conference room.

 

Why Attend?

  • Hear timely discussions on contemporary European and transatlantic affairs by prominent diplomats, scholars, practitioners, and activists
  • Great networking opportunity
  • Learn new strategies for teaching the EU
  • Discuss research/teaching interests with colleagues
  • Engage in discussions on EU studies as a field
  • One-night of free accommodations on UI’s Champaign-Urbana campus
  • Travel reimbursement grant of up to $100 available for participating faculty

SCHEDULE [pdf] & ABSTRACTS [pdf]

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 | SPECIAL PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS:

 

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location: Levis Faculty Center, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801 | 3rd Floor & Rm 210—see below

 

10:00 – 10:30 am Welcome reception for the Annual EU Day
Location: 3rd Floor — Free and open to public
10:30 – 10:45 am Annual EU Day “State of the EU” Keynote Address
by His Excellency Lauri Lepik, Ambassador of Estonia to the US
Location: 3rd Floor — Free and open to public
12:00 -1:30 pm Annual EU Day Ambassador’s luncheon
[For registered conference participants and by invitation only]
Location: Rm 210, 2nd Floor
3:00 – 5:00 pm Roundtable: “Sovereign Debt Crisis in the Transatlantic Arena”
Location: 3rd Floor — Free and open to public
Speakers:Hannah M. Alarian, Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics, University of Virginia
David L. Cleeton, Professor of Economics and Department Chair, Illinois State University
Achim Hurrelmann, Associate Professor of Political Science, Carleton University
Moderator: William Bernhard, Professor, Political Science; Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
5:00 – 6:00 pm Reception following the Roundtable
Location: Rm 210, 2nd Floor — Free and open to public

 


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017 | 
A WORKING FACULTY CONFERENCE

 

8:00 am – 4:15 pm
Location: Levis Faculty Center, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801 | Room 210 (2nd Floor)

 

Research panels; MA in EU Studies Student Thesis presentations; keynote lectures by Dr. Achim Hurrelmann (Associate Professor of Political Science, Carleton University) and Dr. Hungdah Su (Jean Monnet Chair Professor at National Taiwan University; Director General of the European Union Centre in Taiwan; President of European Union Study Association Asia-Pacific 2017-2018); and a round-table on strategies for teaching the EU.

 

8:00 – 8:30 Coffee/tea and pastries
8:30 – 9:30
Welcoming Remarks & Opening Keynote Lecture: Has the Eurozone Crisis Undermined the Legitimacy of the European Union?


Speaker: Dr. Achim Hurrelmann, Associate Professor of Political Science, Carleton University

9:30 – 9:45 Break

 

9:45 – 11:30
Panel 1 – Responding to Crises and Challenges in the EU (I) – Eurozone and Refugee Crises: Growth, Citizenship, Refugees, and Integration Strategies 


Zahrin Haznina Qalb
, Graduate Student in Finance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Puzzling Sluggish GIIPS Growth, What is the Problem?”


Hannah M. Alarian,
Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics, University of Virginia
Naturalization in the aftermath of the Eurozone crisis: Evidence from the EU-15”


Sorin Nastasia
, Associate Professor, Applied Communication Studies and International Studies Program, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
“A Communication Management Approach to the Refugee Resettlement Crisis in the European Union”

 

Neil Vander Most, Visiting Academic Programs Coordinator, European Union Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“First Impressions Matter: Early Integration Strategies in Belgium and the Netherlands”

 

11:30 – 12:45
Working Lunch & Keynote Lecture: “Development of the EU Studies in Asia-Pacific and Its Prospects”


Speaker: Dr. Hungdah Su, Jean Monnet Chair Professor at National Taiwan University; Director General of the European Union Centre in Taiwan; President of European Union Study Association Asia-Pacific 2017-2018

12:45-1:00 Break

 

1:00-2:15
Panel 2 – Responding to Crises and Challenges in the EU (II) – Teaching in the field of EU Studies

 

Gazmend Qorraj, Professor of Economics, University of Prishtina
“EU Crises and its impact on EU studies in the Western Balkans

 

Judith Pintar, Visiting Assistant, Coordinator of BCS Program, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Restaging the Classroom for War: Teaching nationalism through immersive play”


Eda Derhemi
, Teaching Assistant Professor, French & Italian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Trials and ordeals with researching and teaching small languages of Europe”

 

2:15 – 2:45
Round-table Discussion: “Strategies for Teaching the EU”

 

Gazmend Qorraj, Professor, Economics, University of Prishtina
“European Economic Integration”

 

Candace Martinez, Lecturer, College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“BADM 583: European Business Strategy”

 

Konstantinos Kourtikakis, Teaching Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“PS/EURO/FR/GER/385: Politics of the European Union”
“EURO 502/LAW 76: The European Union in a Global Context”

 

2:45 – 3:00 Break

 

3:00 – 4:45
EU Studies Students Research Presentations



Alberto M. Burgos-Rivera, Graduate Student, EU Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Elite Agreements and the Implementation of Independence Referendums: The Case of Scotland and Catalonia”

Marshall Janevicius, Graduate Student, EU Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Effectiveness of Integration in Wallonia and Quebec: how far-right parties influence integration” 

 

Katie Brown, Graduate Student, EU Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Theoretical Explanations for the Minsk II’s Creation & Failure of Implementation” 

 

Lindsay Ozburn, Graduate Student, EU Studies, Library and Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Inequalities in the Common European Asylum System: The Impact of Policy Shortcomings on Greek Libraries in the Midst of an Immigration Crisis” 

 

Rafael Rodriguez, Graduate Student, EU Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Looking for trends on transatlantic movement of higher-education-degree seekers from South America to Europe”

 

Katrina Keegan & Samuel Leiter, Undergraduate Students, European Horizons at the University of Chicago

“The Hunt for Red Election”

 

Kyle Shishkin, Undergraduate Student, European Horizons at the University of Chicago

“The Economic Aftermath of Brexit”

 

4:45
Closing Remarks

Previous Conferences

2016 | October 2015March 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2009

 

The conference and special pre-conference events (EU Day and round-table) are funded in part by a US Department of Education Title VI grant. Pre-conference events are also funded in part by a Jean Monnet Center for Excellence grant from the European Union.