During the fall of 2012, our graduate assistant reached out to all departments across Boston University, asking graduate and Ph.D students with interests or concentrations in European studies, as well as any Europeans on campus, to join us for a Christmas Market event.
On Tuesday, December 4th, nearly 40 students and faculty members gathered for traditional German Christmas cookies, gluhwein, kartoffelpuffer and cheer.
The Center is now planning a spring, Easter-themed event for this newly created group, and is exploring opportunities to deepen the cross-departmental connections as well as to provide students with the chance to expand their research through interaction with students and faculty in other departments pursing similar topics from different perspectives.
As part of its contribution to International Education Week at Boston University, the Center for the Study of Europe hosted Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Professor of International Relations and director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Oxford, to speak “Europe’s Crisis and the Pathologies of Democracy.” Nicolaïdis, who has coined the term “demoicracy” to describe a “third way” of understanding Europe as something other than a federal state on one hand or a collection of democracies on the other, was previously associate professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She is also chair of Southeastern European Studies at Oxford and Council member of the European Council of Foreign Relations. In 2008-2010, she was a member of the Gonzales reflection group on the future of Europe 2030. She also served as advisor on European affairs to George Papandreou in the 90s and early 2000s. Her research combines long-standing interests in exploring the dynamics of European integration, issues of identity, justice and cooperation in the international system, the sources of legitimacy in European and global governance, the relations between the EU and the Mediterranean/Turkey as well as preventive diplomacy and dispute resolution. She has published widely on international relations as well as the internal and external aspects of European integration in numerous journals including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy and International Organization. Her latest book is European Stories: Intellectual Debates on Europe in National Context (OUP, 2011).
Taylor Boas, Assistant Professor of Political Science, and Vivien Schmidt, Director of the Center for the Study of Europe, served as commentators.