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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Development of the Ideal of the Homogeneous Society and Later Responses to it

Lecture | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Richard Herr, Professor Emeritus of History, UC Berkeley

Institute of European Studies


Richard Herr will be drawing on his new book Separate but Equal? Individual and Community Since the Enlightenment to propose how the social motivations of individualism and community dedication led European nations and the US in the 19th century to the policy of assimilating nonconforming communities or eliminating them, and measures taken since WW II to avoid its disastrous effects.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The First Rambo? - Finnish and other Nordic Immigration to the New Sweden Colony in the Delaware River Valley – and to Silicon Valley

Lecture | March 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Ismo Söderling, Director of the Population Research Institute, Helsinki, & Director of the Institute of Migration, Turku

Institute of European Studies


A sizeable migration from Finland to Sweden took place in the late 16th century. Later, in the early 17th century, hundreds of these, so called Forest Finns were sent to the New Sweden, a settlement founded by the Swedish Kingdom in the area of current Delaware in 1638. However, the actual boom of Finnish emigration to the USA took place in the late 19th century, a few decades later than the...   More >

Friday, March 24, 2017

Reform of the UN Security Council – the Boulder of Sisyphus

Lecture | March 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Dr. Thomas Seidel, First Secretary, Political Affairs Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations

Institute of European Studies, American Council on Germany


The primary responsibility for peace and security in the world community lies with the UN’s Security Council. It was founded, like the UN, shortly after the 2nd World War and its structure continues to reflect the global political landscape of the days when the 20th century’s darkest chapter came to an end. Hardly anyone rejects the need to modernize the Security Council, to render it...   More >

Monday, April 3, 2017

1924: The Year of Peace? Photography, Publics, and Weimar Republic Pacifism

Lecture | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Jonathan Long, Professor of German and Visual Culture at the University of Durham (UK)

Institute of European Studies


In the early years of the Weimar Republic a range of new polities, collectives, and publics grew up within the newly-formed democratic state. This created conditions for new forms of political action and address. In this lecture, two cases studies – Ernst Friedrich’s book War against War! and John Heartfield’s photomontage Ten Years On – are the starting point for an exploration of the ways in...   More >

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Austria and Migration: The Current Refugee Crisis in Historical Perspective

Lecture | April 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Dirk Rupnow, Dirk Rupnow, Head of the Institute for Contemporary History, University of Innsbruck & Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professor at Stanford University

Institute of European Studies


Migration is the single biggest challenge for European countries and the European Union today. It is closely linked to questions of (national) identity, social pluralism, and diversity. The talk focusses on Austria as an example and puts the current so-called „refugee crisis“ in the context of the broader history of the postwar Austrian Republic. It discusses the status of migration in the...   More >

Monday, April 10, 2017

Kicking out the Rogues: Should Federations be Able to Expel Member States?

Lecture | April 10 | 12-1 p.m. |  Moses Hall


Eva Marlene Hausteiner, Political Theory, University of Bonn

Institute of European Studies, San Francisco Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany


When, if at all, should members get expelled from a federation? While accession to or secession from a federal union – such as the United States – has long been the issue of heated debates, only recently have the federal center’s sanctions on members in violation of common rules and laws become an issue. How should, for example, the EU treat countries in violation of the rule of law? In her talk,...   More >

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Blind Love, Romanticism, and Rousseau’s Julie

Lecture | April 11 | 12-2 p.m. | 4229 Dwinelle Hall


Alexandra Schamel, Universität Munich, Dept. of Comparative Literature, French Studies & IES Visiting Scholar

Institute of European Studies, Department of French


The lecture examines to what extent Rousseau’s epistolary novel Julie ou la Nouvelle Héloïse modifies the visual paradigm of eighteenth-century anthropology, as seen in Rousseau’s ideology of substantial nature, by introducing dynamics which produce obscurité, an unattainable dimension of inwardness. The argument leads to the proposal that the subject’s strategies of hiding, masking and...   More >

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Brexit and its Aftershocks: Reimagining British Politics

Lecture | April 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Matt Beech, Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull (UK) and Visiting Scholar at the Center for British Studies in the Institute for European Studies

Institute of European Studies


The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union undoubtedly poses an existential problem for the EU. It is also likely that the institutions of the oldest and most stable multi-nation state will require reform in the post-Brexit era. In other words, the aftershocks of Brexit will probably necessitate a reimagining of British politics in each nation and region of the United Kingdom. At...   More >

Thursday, April 13, 2017

EU State aid investigation into Apple's tax arrangement with Ireland

Lecture | April 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Helena Malikova, CFA, case manager with the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission (EC) and EU Fellow at UC Berkeley

Institute of European Studies


In August 2016 the European Commission requested Ireland to claim EUR 13 billion in unpaid taxes from Apple. Helena Malikova will present the European Commission's investigations under EU State aid rules into tax arrangements of companies and explain the Commission's recent decision in the Apple case. Apple’s case has raised numerous issues in the public debate such as: Why did EU chose to tackle...   More >

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Civil War and Genocide: Conceptual Confusion and Mass Violence against Civilians

Lecture | April 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Dirk Moses, Professor of Modern History at the University of Sydney

Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies


Widely regarded as a breakthrough in international law and moral consciousness, the genocide concept and United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide (1948), Dirk Moses argues, has been responsible for more blindness than insight. Above all, they have depoliticized the language of atrocity by making genocide — and its sibling, the Holocaust —into the ultimate violations,...   More >

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Euro Crisis: A Look Back and a Look Forward

Lecture | May 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science at the UC Berkeley

Institute of European Studies, Clausen Center


This lecture will provide a retrospective on the euro crisis -- which aspects were a surprise and which were predictable -- and sketch a viable way forward for the Eurozone.

Professor Eichengreen has published widely on the history and current operation of the international monetary and financial system. He was a senior policy advisor to the International Monetary Fund in 1997 and 1998,...   More >