IPSI Institute Summer Symposiums: Empowering Peacemakers

June 6th, 2014 in Opportunities

The International Peace & Security Institute announced the 5th Annual Bologna, Italy Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, & Reconciliation and the 2014 The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice.

In cooperation with The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the 2014 Bologna Symposium will bring together the globe’s brightest minds from top academic institutions, NGOs, international organizations, grassroots peace movements, and the armed services. Over a four-week period, participants undergo intensive training by the field’s premier political leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates in the practical skills necessary to foster peace and security in their communities and the world.

The Hague symposium provides a unique opportunity to learn directly from top decision makers in the field and experts at the international tribunals about the multifaceted challenges and demands of a post-conflict society, including security, development, governance, and social well-being.  Participants gain a broad understanding of concepts, controversies and institutions surrounding the implementation of international justice through experiential learning activities and case studies. They also critically examine the historical experiences of other tribunals, hybrid courts, and truth commissions in addressing grave crimes and providing redress for victims. In light of the continuing tumult of the “Arab Spring” and the increasing reach and importance of the International Criminal Court, this training could not be more timely or necessary.

IPSI is offering a last minute opportunity for Boston University students and alumni to apply and save $1,025.00 (21.4%) off tuition to either symposium. If you are interested in joining ISPI’s growing global team relentlessly pursuing peace, email the following information to IPSI by June 6th:

  • Short Statement (250 words or less) addressing why you want to attend the Symposium and what it means to you to be a peace & security leader.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume including date of birth, place of birth, country of residence, and country-issued passport information.
  • Two (2) professional or academic references, with name, email, phone number, and relation to applicant. (*this is NOT two letters of recommendation; simply list the information for two references and IPSI will contact them if needed)
  • Applicants should write in the subject of the email: “Boston University Special Offer”

Apps for The Hague Symposiums go to: Rukmani Bhatia at rbhatia@ipsinstitute.org

Apps for the Bologna Symposium go to: Shayna McCready at smccready@ipsinstitute.org

Summer School of Slavonic Languages: July 19 – August 16, 2014

June 3rd, 2014 in Opportunities

The Summer School of Slavonic Languages (SSSL) at the Philosophical Faculty of Palacký University in Olomouc organizes courses of Czech language for foreigners and also other courses in Slavonic languages, Russian language or Polish language in particular, for students from other countries. The Summer School is designed for professors, senior lecturers, lectors and students of Czech language and literature or Slavonic studies, translators, journalists and people from the general public interested in Czech language, literature, history, and culture. The program comprises also courses for beginners. English and Czech are communicative languages used according to students’ level. The lessons are complemented with additional events – film club, theatre workshop, workshop of folklore dances, two one-day trips and a weekend trip to Prague, etc. (see below).

After finishing the intensive language course each student of the SSSL will receive a certificate stating the achieved language level (based on test results). The four-week SSSL course corresponds to one academic semester/term of Czech philology at the University. The number of credits will be awarded to the students by their home universities. Students, who fail the final exam or who will not finish the course from various reasons (see below), will receive a certification of attendance at the SSSL course.

Since 2007, the University has provided the students the opportunity to obtain an international certificate of the European Union, so called ECL exam – more information can be found on www.kal.upol.cz/certifikaty_ecl.html or www.ecl-test.com. Information about the exam will be also provided during the summer course.

IT rooms and the University library are available to students. Internet is also available to students accommodated in the dormitories of Palacký University.

Applicants for the Scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic are advised to contact the Czech Embassy in their home country. The scholarships are awarded only to candidates nominated by responsible authorities in the partner countries; the number of such participants is limited. More information about the application process, deadlines, etc. is to be found at Czech consulates and embassies abroad. If you prefer the Summer School in Olomouc to the other schools in the Czech Republic, please state this clearly in your application form.

For more information, please visit the Summer School website or write to lsss@upol.cz

New Fall Course: Europe and the Islamic World

May 30th, 2014 in News

This fall, Emine Fetvaci, Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture Department, will offer a seminar entitled “Europe and the Islamic World.” The course (AH 540) is a graduate/undergraduate mixed seminar meeting from 10 AM to 1 PM on Mondays. Art related to the Crusades,  the conquest and transformation of Constantinople, the exchanges between Venice and the Ottomans, and Islamic Spain will all be examined. Professor Fetvaci has conceived the course as an introduction to Islamic art for those more familiar with European artistic and cultural traditions. There will be at least one visit each to the MFA and the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum. [Download course flyer]


Internship Opportunity at the European Parliament Office in Washington

May 22nd, 2014 in Opportunities

Complement your studies in International & Global Affairs with a genuinely international internship!

The European Parliament invites college graduates (US citizens only) to apply for a full-time internship in its Washington, DC office from mid-September to mid-December 2014, with the possibility of a two-month extension[1] in Brussels and Strasbourg. Candidates do not have to be currently enrolled in school to be considered for the internship.

What better place to monitor transnational politics in action, to see global players in international affairs addressing global challenges across a range of policy areas, to witness the interplay between decision-makers in the US – be they from the legislative or executive branch – and lawmakers from the European Union?

About the European Parliament and its DC Office (EPLO)

The European Parliament opened its Washington Liaison Office in January 2010 to meet the growing need for contact on legislative issues between the US Congress and law makers at EU level. It is no coincidence that this followed the introduction of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009, which gave the European Parliament full legislative powers within the European Union comparable to those of the US House of Representatives in a far wider range of policy areas than had been the case before.

In policy areas such as the environment, energy, financial services, counter-terrorism, international trade, data protection, product safety or food and farming, legislators on both sides of the Atlantic increasingly recognise that a transatlantic dialogue is essential to ensure that new rules are not adopted without prior knowledge of standards being set elsewhere in the world.

A team of 11 European Parliament senior staffers is now stationed in our DC Office charged with creating and fostering working relations between parliamentary committees and their Congressional and regulatory counterparts in the US government.


Our DC offices are located on the 6th floor at 2175 K Street, NW, in the same building as the European Union Delegation. Our European headquarters are located in Brussels, Belgium and in Strasbourg, France.

Opportunities for EPLO interns

  • Working with staffers on a chosen policy area, such as energy, environment, counter-terrorism, financial services, trade, human rights or development co-operation (this list is in no way exhaustive, so feel free to indicate another policy area of interest to you);
  • Focusing on an area of process, such as comparison of procedures between the House of Representatives and the European Parliament;
  • Concentrating on media as well as internal and external communications;
  • Developing an individual project of your and our interest by utilizing the resources of the EP and the expertise of your fellow EPLO staff members;
  • Analysing legislation and the policies that are vital for the transatlantic EU-US relationship;
  • Preparing working papers and memos for the EP Headquarters;
  • Preparing and assisting the Office in managing visits of European Parliament Members;
  • Participating in our meetings with major interlocutors on the Hill, executive agencies, and think-tanks.

What might you gain from an EPLO internship?

  • Familiarity with policy-making, both in the US and the European Union;
  • An opportunity to learn by doing;
  • Networking opportunities with senior staffers liaising directly with Congressional members;
  • Advanced knowledge of global governance dealing with global issues;
  • A chance to combine theory and practice in your chosen area of speciality and potentially laying the basis for your Policy Analysis Exercise;
  • Access to the European Parliament intranet and databases;
  • Experience working in a truly multinational European team, currently 11 nationalities – you may also practice your linguistic skills;
  • Overall: a career-enhancing experience leaving you better-equipped for a future role in politics, international organisations, NGOs or the corporate sector.

Application process

Please submit your Europass CV[2] by June 18th and a 500-words statement of interest. Be sure to indicate the type of assignment you seek: policy area or function (e.g. communications or procedural matters). Two recommendation letters directly sent to us by faculty members are also required. Please address your application to:

EPLO – Internships, 2175 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

or e-mail epwashington.internship@ep.europa.eu


A monthly allowance (€1212) to cover accommodation and possible travel to Europe will be granted.


Contact: Mr Jean-Luc Robert


[1] Depending on European Parliament and academic calendars (precise timing TBD).

[2] Available at: http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/documents/curriculum-vitae

Call for Applications: 4th GR:EEN-GEM PhD Summer School

May 14th, 2014 in Opportunities


31 August – 5 September 2014

Institut d’Etudes Européennes, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Deadline: June 30, 2014

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Event Highlights: Spanish Voices – Conversations with Andrès Neuman

May 1st, 2014 in Event Highlights

On April 23 and 24, 2014, the Center for the Study of Europe, in collaboration with the Department of Romance Studies, hosted the Spanish-Argentine writer Andrès Neuman. On Wednesday, April 23, Neuman took part in a workshop for graduate students – Globalization and Latin American Literature – with Gustavo Guerrero, Visiting Professor of Spanish Literature at Cornell University, and on April 24, he took part in a reading and conversation event – moderated by Alicia Borinksy – as part of the Center’s “European Voices” series.

The son of emigrant musicians, Neuman grew up in Buenos Aires and Granada. At the age of twenty-two he published his first novel, Bariloche (1999), followed by La vida en las ventanas (2002), Una ves Argentina (2003) and El viajero del siglo (“Traveller of the Century”) which won the 2009 Alfaguara Prize and the Critics’ Prize in Spain and has been translated into ten languages. It was published by Pushkin Press in the UK and Farrar Strauss and Giroux in the US. Neuman is also the author of the short-story collections El que espera (2000), El ultimo minuto (2001) and Alumbramiento (2006); the collection of aphorisms El equilibrista (2005); the Latin American travel book Cómo viajar sin ver (2010); and Década (2008), his collected poems. His latest novel, Talking to Ourselves, was published by Farrar Strauss and Giroux in April.


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New publication: EU Foreign Policy through the Lens of Discourse Analysis

April 29th, 2014 in News

EU Foreign Policy through the Lens of Discourse Analysis

Leading scholars in discourse analysis and European foreign policy join force in this book, marking a real breakthrough in the literature. Not only do they offer original perspectives on European foreign policy, but they bring together various theories on foreign policy discourses that remain too often isolated from each other. The volume is the first full-length study on how to apply different discourse analytical approaches and methodologies to European foreign policy.

The book includes contributions from Thomas Diez, Henrik Larsen, Beste Isleyne, Knud Erik Jørgensen, Jan Orbie, Ferdi de Ville, Esther Barbé, Anna Herranz-Surrallés, Michal Natorski, Senem Aydin-Düzgit, Amelie Kutter, Ruth Wodak, Salomi Boukala, Caterina Carta, Ben Rosamond, Antoine Rayroux, and Vivien A. Schmidt.

EU Foreign Policy through the Lens of Discourse Analysis

Paperback edition already available. Find the table of content and the introduction at www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409463764


Event Highlights: Writing Between Languages and Cultures – A Reading and Conversation with Yoko Tawada

April 22nd, 2014 in Event Highlights

On April 15, 2014, the Centers for the Study of Europe and Asia at Boston University hosted Yoko Tawada. Tawada was born in Tokyo in 1960 and moved to Hamburg when she was twenty-two, where she received a PhD in German literature, and then to Berlin in 2006. The event was moderated by Anna Zielinska-Elliott, Senior Lecturer in Japanese at Boston University and a translator of modern Japanese literature into Polish, and introduced by Peter Schwartz, Associate Professor of German & Comparative Literature at Boston University.

Peter’s introduction prepared the audience to hear from an extraordinary women who writes in both Japanese and German and has published several books—stories, novels, poems, plays, essays—in both languages. Her lecture began by connecting languages and emotions. She brought up the interesting thought that feelings speak a different language than we do, and that feelings cannot be artificially produced but can be artistically represented by changing tempo and volume.

This lecture was unique in that it did feel like a conventional lecture but rather an introduction to a new perspective by artistic means. Yoko Tawada infused her talk with stories that brought insight to Japanese and German culture, as well as a beautiful and phonetically intensive Japanese poem. Her use of artistic explanations allowed the audience to really understand what it is to write between languages and cultures. One of the most interesting parts of this talk was when Bettina Brandt was asked to read the English translations of a couple of poems while Ms. Tawada sat and held up different Japanese characters for each poem. This was the most intriguing part of her talk due to her lack of explanation of the poems, which allowed the each person in attendance to formulate their own interpretations of the translation, language, and characters.

The lecture was followed by a conversation that began with the two moderators posing introductory questions. During the conversation Yoko Tawada was asked questions

You cannot express emotion through language, emotions are in the letters or what she calls the body of literature and musicality of the words. She was also asked about the characters that were used earlier in the lecture, Tawada explained how the characters were a tool to process the text and something to “take home”. As the conversation ensued Tawada also elaborated on the process of translating her own work from German into Japanese and the opposite, and how it is not her concern what others think of her work but rather just working with the language as a basis and structure.

Overall, Tawada’s lecture was incredibly insightful for writers who hope to break the bounds between language and literature.

Co-sponsored by Centers for the Study of Europe and Asia at Boston University, the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, and the Japan Society Boston.

–Aneri Desai, BU ’15


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Event Highlights: Neoliberal Political Economy, Subjectivity, and Resilience with Peter Hall, Michele Lamont, Vivien Schmidt and Mark Thatcher

April 16th, 2014 in Event Highlights, Podcasts

On Wednesday, April 9, the Center for the Study of Europe and the Center for Finance, Law & Policy, celebrated the publication by Cambridge University Press of Resilient Liberalism in Europe’s Political Economy, edited by Center Director Vivien Schmidt and LSE colleague Mark Thatcher. Schmidt and Thatcher were joined at Boston University by Peter Hall and Michèle Lamont, co-editors of Social Resilience in the Neoliberal Era, another recent publication from Cambridge University Press. The four panelists took up the question of “resilience,” both the resilience of neoliberal ideas in policy debates and policy discourse, the theme of Schmidt and Thatcher’s book, as well as the resilience of communities, social groups and nations in the face of neoliberal challenges, the theme of Hall and Lamont’s book.

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Event Highlights: The Future of Europe – A Lecture by Bruno Maçães, State Secretary for European Affairs, Portugal

April 15th, 2014 in Event Highlights

On Tuesday, April 8, the Center for the Study of Europe, in collaboration with the Center for Finance, Law & Policy and BU’s Undergraduate Economics Association, hosted the State Secretary for European Affairs in the government of Portugal as part of its “EU Inside Out” series. Maçães offered a Portuguese perspective on Europe’s future. The event was moderated by Alan Berger, retired editorial writer for international affairs, Boston Globe.


Contextualizing his remarks, Mr. Maçães introduced his topic to the audience by explaining that the European Union is “between two crises”: a financial crisis, and a crisis of security regarding the Ukraine in its relations with the EU and Russia. Portugal, where he acts as State Secretary for European Affairs, recently ended an EU-induced program of conditionality and reform that resulted in Portugal becoming the fastest-growing economy in the EU. With recent instabilities in mind, Maçães stated that, “we need a new strategy for Europe, and we need to think hard about what Europe should become after the crisis.” The EU was built on the foundation of “prosperity and peace for Europe”, but Maçães and many others argue that the current level of integration in the EU supersede this original goal, and that EU policies and goals must adjust to reflect that.

Maçães introduced the core dispute in the EU today as the dichotomy of integration and diversity. He argued unequivocally that the soft power of the EU, which has shown itself most recently in influence regarding Ukraine, is directly resultant from the EU’s diversity in cultures, opinions, economic policies, and education. He described the proper role of the EU as a “common space” for interaction, exchange, and ideas. Moving forward, however, he sees the structure of the EU as it exists today as unsustainable.

The recent financial crisis in the EU has been largely blamed on financial fragmentation across country lines, and the lack of a strong financial market for the EU itself. This has been compounded by the traditionally close relationship between states and banks, and made itself obvious during the crisis. For example, the policies of the European Central bank have proven to have drastically different effects in different states of the EU- in some cases, being so ineffective as to have the opposite effect of what was intended.

To combat this, Maçães argued that a banking union must be established in the EU (and indeed that this is in progress already). This would consist of a unified financial market for the EU. Financial markets incorporate more than currency and cash transfer- they includes decisions regarding plans for which goods will be produced, which companies will be supported, which ideas will be pursued, and more in the larger economy. The banking union in application would consist of separate political institutions aimed at preventing financial fragmentation along state lines.

Maçães also made a distinction between banking and fiscal unions. The more extensive fiscal unions could consist of integrated structures for revenue and expenditure, unemployment benefits, education, and more. These measures could be especially impactful due to opportunities for workers in the EU to work anywhere in the EU, rather than being confined to their home state. A proposed policy to begin enacting fiscal unity, for example, is the creation of an EU commissioner with the power to veto national budgets.

Maçães firmly denied the possibility of EU disintegration, citing European dedication to intercultural access. He allowed that many view the current EU as unsustainable and inappropriate in its role, but argued that the EU can and must complete its purpose in the future. If the EU is to step into its new role as a cosmopolitan space for communication and exchange, Maçães believes it must expand to become a space for political as well as economic interaction. He argued, however, that a single European state, or an EU too tightly connected, would cripple this structure that draws its true power from internal diversity.

Beginning at 40 minutes 17 seconds into the video, Maçães fielded questions regarding the economic responsibility of individual states, enforcement of policy for irresponsible member states, the significance of Ukraine to the EU, the role of fiscal unity in enforcing social spending, and clashes with Russia.

-Kaitlyn Perreault, ’18


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