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Thursday, April 23, 2015

The EU and US Fiscal Unions in a Comparative Historical Perspective

Lecture | April 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Tomasz Woźniakowski, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute; Fulbright-Schuman Researcher, Department of History, UC Berkeley

Institute of European Studies


In this lecture I demonstrate how the European Union developed its fiscal authority, with the surveillance mechanisms over the budgets of the member states. I argue that by avoiding the classical fiscal union, with supranational power to tax, the EU has blurred the boundaries between the responsibilities of the member states and those of the EU. As a result, the EU encroached on the “core power”...   More >



The Pleasures of Backwardness: Consumer Desire and Modernity in Eastern Europe: Keynote Address

Conference/Symposium | April 23 | 5:15-7 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room


Mary Neuburger, Director of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Chair of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, and a Professor of History, UT Austin

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Townsend Center for the Humanities, Institute of Interdisciplinary Polish Studies, European University-Viadrina, Institute of European Studies, German Academic Exchange Service, Department of History, Culture and History of East Central Europe (Krouzek) - Working Group, Der Kreis: German History Working Group


OPENING EVENT
Friday, April 23, 2015
5:15pm-7:00pm
The Faculty Club, Heyns Room

Welcome and Opening Remarks
JOHN CONNELLY
Professor of History, U.C. Berkeley
Director, Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies

Keynote Address
“To the ‘West’ and Back: Pleasure, Restraint and ‘Civilization’ in Eastern Europe”
MARY NEUBURGER
Professor of History, University of...   More >

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Role of the BENELUX Region in Europe: Inauguration of the BENELUX Program at the Institute of European Studies

Lecture | April 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Johan Verbeke, Ambassador of Belgium to the US

Hugo von Meijenfelt, Consul-General of the Netherlands in California; Georges Schmit, Consul-General of Luxembourg in California

Institute of European Studies, BENELUX Studies Program, Vive la Tarte


Discussion on the role of the BENELUX region in Europe as part of the inauguration of the BENELUX Program at the Institute of European Studies.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Pleasures of Backwardness: Consumer Desire and Modernity in Eastern Europe: Sessions 4-7

Conference/Symposium | April 25 | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall


Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Townsend Center for the Humanities, Institute of Interdisciplinary Polish Studies, European University-Viadrina, Institute of European Studies, German Academic Exchange Service, Department of History, Culture and History of East Central Europe (Krouzek) - Working Group, Der Kreis: German History Working Group


Saturday, April 24, 2015
Dwinelle Hall 370
University of California, Berkeley

Session 4
9:00 – 10:45 am

“Consuming Popular Music in the Eastern Bloc: East German Punk and Politics of Alternative Consumption”
JEFF HAYTON
History, Wichita State University

“Bit, Kultura and the Ambivalences of Consumer Desire in Late Socialist Bulgaria”
CRISTOFER SCARBORO
History, King’s...   More >

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The EU's Policy on Russia and the Ukraine

Lecture | April 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Peter Schmidt, Honorary Professor, University of Mannheim; Associate Lecturer, Munich University; former Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik SWP Fellow

Institute of European Studies, American Council on Germany


The EU’s policy towards the Ukraine and Russia remains unchanged. Putin’s Russia is regarded as the guilty party alone. Against this stance, Professor Schmidt will argue that, from a strategic point of view, the EU’s policy toward the Ukraine and Russia was flawed in four ways: a rather romantic understanding of Ukraine’s situation, a disregarding of warnings in regard to the changes in Russia’s...   More >



15th Annual Peter N. Kujachich Lecture in Serbian and Montenegrin Studies: EU Integration and Orthodox Christianity in Serbia: Socio-Anthropological Perspectives

Lecture | April 28 | 5:45-7:45 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room


Marija Brujic, Research Associate, Institute of Ethnography and Anthropology, Univerzitet u Beogradu

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


A major goal for Serbia's foreign policy since 2000 has been the country's integration into the EU. However, there has been a growing skepticism among the Serbian people about this objective. This ambivalence can be correlated not only with the recent economic crises in some EU countries but also with what are regarded as profound differences in cultural and religious values between Serbia and...   More >

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Current Developments in Greece: The Tsipras Government and the Economic Policy of Yanis Varoufakis

Lecture | April 29 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Gikas Hardouvelis, Minister of Finance (June 2014-January 2015) in the government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras

Institute of European Studies


Gikas Hardouvelis holds a Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley and an MS and BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. From 2000-2004, he served as Director of the Economic Office of Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis. He held the position of Director of the Economic Office of Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos between November 2011 and May 2012. From June 2014 until January 2015, he...   More >