Faculty Lunch Series (Spring 2014)
We are delighted to announce the continuation of the popular lunch series with European Studies faculty that we launched during the fall, and we invite you join us this spring for presentations by colleagues Liah Greenfeld, Paolo Scrivano, and Kaija Schilde. The talks are open to BU faculty and staff, visiting researchers, and graduate students, and to undergraduates and colleagues from other universities by invitation. The goal of the series is to encourage camaraderie among European Studies faculty and to facilitate conversations across disciplines. If you have a research topic that you would like to present during our Fall 2014 lunch series, please contact the series organizer Elizabeth Amrien.
Tuesday, February 11
Unattended Madness and The Remarkable Beginnings of Psychiatry in Germany
This event has been cancelled!
Join us for lunch with Liah Greenfeld, University Professor and Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Anthropology. Professor Greenfeld has been widely published on questions of art, economics, history, language and literature, philosophy, politics, religion, and science, and has studied the cultures of England/Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, China, Japan, Russia/Soviet Union, Israel, and the USA. Upon the publication of Nationalism: Five Roads to Modernity (Harvard University Press, 1992), she has emerged as a preeminent authority on nationalism, a distinction reinforced by the publication of The Spirit of Capitalism: Nationalism and Economic Growth (Harvard University Press, 2001; Donald Kagan Best Book in European History Prize). The third volume in her trilogy on the political, economic, and psychological aspects of modern culture is Mind, Modernity, Madness: The Impact of Culture on Human Experience (Harvard University Press, 2013).
Please register via email by Friday, February 7.
Tuesday, March 25
Building Transatlantic Italy: Architectural Dialogues with Postwar America
Paolo Scrivano, Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Art & Architecture, will discuss his new book from Ashgate Press in which he takes up the question of transatlantic relations in architecture. By reconsidering the means and effects of the dialogue that unfolded between the two sides of the Atlantic during the postwar years, Scrivano analyzes how cultural and formal models were developed in one context and then modified when transferred to a new one as well as the fortune of this cultural exchange in terms of circulation, amplification, and simplification.
Professor Scrivano joined Boston University after having taught at the Politecnico di Milano and at the University of Toronto. He graduated in Architectural History from the Politecnico di Torino and, from the same university, received a PhD in History of Architecture and Town-Planning.
Please register via email by Friday, March 21.
Tuesday, April 22
European Armaments, Dependence, and Austerity: the case of Greece and European arms contracts
Join us for a luncheon discussion with Kaija Schilde, Assistant Professor of International Relations. Professor Schilde’s teaching and research interests include the politics of the European Union, particularly the emerging foreign and security policies of the EU, the political economy of defense and security industries, the linkages between public and private actors in Brussels, the historical and comparative dynamics of federalism, and European public opinion on EU politics. She has a government policy background in defense acquisition reform and transatlantic defense policies.
Please register via email by Friday, April 18.