European Career Fair at MIT

November 29th, 2012 in Opportunities

Connecting Continents, Creating Careers

WHEN: February 23-25, 2013
WHERE: MIT Campus, Cambridge, MA

Attendance is FREE for Candidates

Want to work or study in Europe?
Looking for a full-time job, internship, or a study program?

Discover the many opportunities that companies, academic institutions and non-profit organizations from Europe have to offer you at the 17th European Career Fair at MIT. It is the largest career fair of its kind in the US with more than 100 participating organizations and more than 5,000 registered candidates.

Take this opportunity to meet face to face and stand out from the crowd! By registering for the event, you will become part of a searchable database where employers can view your resume and schedule interviews even before meeting you in person at the fair.

Take a look at the fair schedule:

February 23 (Saturday)

  • Exhibits and presentations by companies and academic institutions
  • Opportunity to present yourself and give your resume to employers
  • About 50% of all interviews are scheduled at the fair
  • Networking with employers and other candidates

February 24 – 25 (Sunday & Monday)

  • Interviews for selected candidates
  • Career development seminars
  • Networking opportunities


The deadline for resume submission is Saturday, December 15, 2012. For questions about registration, please email




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Erasmus Mundus GEM PhD Fellowships Available Now

November 21st, 2012 in Opportunities

Looking for:

  • A truly international program rooted into excellence?
  • An exiting interdisciplinary research agenda dealing with the challenges facing the global system?
  • Generous doctoral scholarships?

Join the Erasmus Mundus PhD School on Globalization, the European Union, and Multilateralism

The Erasmus Mundus GEM PhD School just launched its new call for applications’ round. It offers up to 10 Erasmus Mundus 3-year long PhD Scholarships funded by the European Commission.

Deadline for Applications: December 20, 2012

3 Overarching research projects are proposed:

  • MORGANITE: Institution centered research focusing on regional and global institutionalized multilateral cooperation. Led by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
  • CITRINE: Interest centered research focusing on interaction between European policy mechanisms and global imperatives. Led by the University of Warwick (United Kingdom)
  • AMETRINE: Norms centered research focusing on the normative components of European international politics. Led by LUISS-Guido Carli (Italy)

Calls for application and information available on GEM website.

Workshop Invitation

November 18th, 2012 in Opportunities

Financial Stability and Energy Security in the Americas and Europe: The Role of Transnational Policy Networks | February 14-15, 2013

Deadline: 15th December 2012

This two day international workshop is organised within the research project GR:EEN (Global Reordering: Evolution through European Networks). It aims to study the relations between the EU and regional Transnational Policy Networks (TPNs) in the Americas. TPNs are emerging as important elements of trans-state policy-making in the 21st century. In recent years, the ability of NGOs, transnational governance bodies and firms to shape world politics has steadily grown and their study adds an informal, nongovernmental dimension to the debates on the interactions between the EU and other regions in the world.

The conference aims to bring together policy makers and academics mainly working in the fields of energy security and financial stability. These two areas are not only chosen because they form part of the themes of the GR:EEN research project but also because they provide two salient and relevant lenses through which to understand the nature, dynamics and influence of TPNs.

Some of the focal issues to consider include:

    a) What are Transnational Policy Networks and what is their role? What are the methods TPNs use in the areas of energy security and financial stability?
    b) What are the relations between the European Union and TPNs in the Americas?
    c) What are the relationships between initiatives undertaken by TPNs and other cross-border cooperative instruments employed by state and private actors?
    d) How do TPNs in the Americas operate in ways that affect the functioning of the European Union in the areas of energy security and financial stability?

TPNs will not be limited to non-state actors. The workshop will also explore the workings of government networks including the dynamics within the folds of regulators, law makers and judges that operate and engage across borders.

Travel and accommodations will be covered by the organizers. If you are interested in participating, please send an abstract of about 300 words to Ms Marieke Zwartjes ( by 15 December 2012.

A special issue of a journal or an edited volume is envisaged as an outcome of the workshop. Preliminary papers should be prepared in advance of the conference.

For further enquiries: Marieke Zwartjes.

Center for the Study of Europe to Launch European Lecture Series

November 18th, 2012 in News

The Center for the Study of Europe has been awarded a grant of 75,000 euros by the European Union Commission for a public lecture series featuring European artists, writers, public intellectuals, and ambassadors.

Our project—Getting to Know Europe: The EU Inside Out—explores the prospects for democratic politics in Europe against the backdrop of the profound transformations taking place on the continent in response to the global financial meltdown and the crisis it has unleashed in the Eurozone. It does so from two vantage points: from the “center,” through a series of debates with European ambassadors, and from the “edges,” through a series of conversations with European artists and writers, intellectuals and activists, and a “European Voices” literary festival. Our focus, as the idiom in the project title implies, is on the transformations occurring in the “constitution” of the European Union and its citizenry.

The project, which targets a broad general audience, has four components: 1. “Getting to Know the European Union,” a series of four public debates with European Ambassadors, moderated by the Boston Globe’s editorial page editor, to take place in fall 2013, 2. “European Voices,” a series of eight conversations with prominent European artists and writers, activists and intellectuals, to take place in the spring of 2013 and 2014, 3. “European Voices Festival,” a literary and cultural celebration featuring emerging artists and writers, to take place on or around May 9, 2013, and 4. A revamped “EU for You” project website.

Our goal is to launch a longer-term conversation with both “official” and “unofficial” representatives of the European Union around global challenges to democratic ideas and institutions in which the value of the EU as a model for transnational cooperation, regional integration, and cultural coexistence is highlighted. We look also at some of the difficulties Europe is facing in responding to global challenges, brought to light by the “crisis.” Finally, we explore what is being done, in particular in response to the crisis, to re-animate the idea of Europe and to revitalize democracy in the European context. Our working hypothesis is that Europe’s crisis, however seemingly unremitting, marks not an end, but as the Greek root would imply, a turning point for Europe, and for European democracy.

Event Highlights: Can Greece and the Eurozone Live with Each Other? with Kevin Featherstone

November 14th, 2012 in Event Highlights

Greece and the Eurozone were the subjects of Kevin Featherstone’s luncheon discussion at the Center for the Study of Europe on Tuesday, November 13. Featherstone, who is Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Director of the Hellenic Observatory in the European Institute at the London School of Economics, is author of The Limits of Europeanization: Reform Capacity and Policy Conflict in Greece (with D. Papadimitriou) (2008); The Last Ottomans: The Muslim Minority of Greece, 1940-49 (with D. Papadimitriou, A. Mamarelis, and G. Niarchos), and the forthcoming The Emperor has no clothes! Greek Prime Ministers and the Challenges of Governance.

In his talk, Featherstone argued that the crisis in the eurozone has brought a number of issues to the fore, not least of which is the challenge of managing a heterogeneous currency union. The euro, he said, was always primarily a political project, with governance problems and vulnerable legitimacy. If there is a lesson in the Greek crisis, it is namely that market discipline did not work–by 2013, Greece will be in its fifth continuous year of recession. The Greek case warns of the dangers of the EU imposing unremitting austerity, when growth is a shared interest, raising the question of what “Europe” was for.

See also Kevin Featherston on The Maastricht Roots of the Greek Crisis.

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