Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Boris, Brexit and Europe: An Interpretation

Lecture | September 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Matt Beech, Founding Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull & Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Berkeley Law, International Group, Center for British Studies

Boris Johnson’s election as Leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party, and therefore, as Prime Minister was a foregone conclusion to close observers of British politics. Where there is a disruption in the business of Westminster is the fact that the United Kingdom has its first Eurosceptic Prime Minister since Mrs Thatcher delivered her Bruges Speech. The long and winding road to Brexit has...   More >

Matt Beech

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Zero Sum Politics? Austrian Government and Challenges to the Kelsenian Vision of Democracy

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

 David M. Wineroither, Center for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

 Institute of European Studies

Hans Kelsen expressed his absolute acceptance of democratic rule at a time when most political parties, citizens and colleagues of his either openly rejected parliamentary democracy or embraced democracy as a means to prepare for imperfectly democratic means – in his own country, Austria, as well as in the majority of surrounding countries in Central Europe.
Kelsen demanded political actors to...   More >

David M. Wineroither / Photo Credit: Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Monday, September 9, 2019

Graduate Student Conference: Understanding the Countryside. Rural Europe in a Post-Global World

Conference/Symposium | September 9 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

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

The Brexit referendum of June 2016, the United States presidential election of November of that same year and the recent gilets jaunes (“yellow vests”) movement in France have brought unprecedented international attention to rural areas in the Western world. While some scholars have argued that the urban-rural dichotomy is a mistaken and misleading construct, others are questioning the reasons...   More >

Complicating the Countryside: Reflections on Land, Labor and the Law

Lecture | September 9 | 4:30-6 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Martha Lampland, University of California, San Diego

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

Keynote lecture of the Graduate Student Conference:
Understanding the Countryside. Rural Europe in a Post-Global World

Martha Lampland is a Professor of Sociology and a core member of the Science Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego. Her work touches on political economy, social history, and feminist science studies, and her research focuses on Hungary, and Central...   More >

Martha Lampland

Thursday, September 12, 2019

US, UK, EU: Brexit, Trump, Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations

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

 David Whineray, Visiting Scholar, Center for British Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Center for British Studies, Anglo-American Studies Program

Major geopolitical changes are taking place within Europe, and between the United States and Europe. Brexit is the biggest geopolitical shift in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall. After 50 years of European integration—championed by successive US administrations—the UK’s exit from the EU is the first time a country has left the union. At the same time, European-US relations have become...   More >

Friday, September 13, 2019

A Conversation with José Manuel Barroso, Former President of the EU Commission and Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize on Behalf of the EU

Panel Discussion | September 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 José Manuel Barroso, Former Prime Minister of Portugal, current Chairman of Goldman Sachs International; Maurice Obstfeld, Professor of Economics, Berkeley Economics; Jeroen Dewulf, Director, Institute of European Studies

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Economics, Institute of International Studies, European Union Center

José Manuel Barroso, former Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-04), President of the EU Commission (2004-14), recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the EU (2012), and current Chairman of Goldman Sachs International, will visit the UC Berkeley campus. In conversation with Maurice Obstfeld (Class of 1958 Professor of Economics) and Jeroen Dewulf (Director of the Institute of European...   More >

José Manuel Barroso

Vrije uitloop | Free range: Poems by Saskia Stehouwer, Translation + Field Notes by Joel Thomas Katz, Robert Perry, and Saskia Stehouwer

Reading - Literary | September 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Saskia Stehouwer; Joel Thomas Katz; Robert Perry

 Institute of European Studies, BENELUX Studies Program, Dutch Studies

The Dutch Studies department will be hosting Saskia Stehouwer, Joel Thomas Katz and Robert Perry to speak on their new book of poetry, "Vrije uitloop | Free range". Author Saskia Stehouwer is a renowned poet from the Netherlands. She studied both Dutch and English literature at the University of Amsterdam and has worked as an editor and project leader for the VU University Amsterdam. Saskia...   More >

Monday, September 16, 2019

The Power of Emotions. Germany 19 | 19: Exhibition and Talk with Ute Frevert

Lecture | September 16 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Auditorium

 530 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

 Ute Frevert, Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin

 Institute of European Studies, Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany, "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" Foundation (EVZ), Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, San Francisco

Our politics are increasingly driven by emotions, so it would seem. We are living in an age of permanent agitation. Facts are being called into question by perceived truths. Radicals of every description are attracting more and more attention with simple answers to complex questions. The political center often does not know how to deal with heated emotions. It is characterized by the political...   More >

 

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Friday, September 20, 2019

The Languages of Berkeley: An Online Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 20 – 21, 2019 every day |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Library

Celebrates the magnificent diversity of languages that advance research, teaching, and learning at the University of California, Berkeley. It is the point of embarkation for an exciting sequential exhibit that will build on one post per week, showcasing an array of digitized works in the original language chosen by those who work with these languages on a daily basis - librarians, professors,...   More >

Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Languages of Berkeley: An Online Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 20 – 21, 2019 every day |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Library

Celebrates the magnificent diversity of languages that advance research, teaching, and learning at the University of California, Berkeley. It is the point of embarkation for an exciting sequential exhibit that will build on one post per week, showcasing an array of digitized works in the original language chosen by those who work with these languages on a daily basis - librarians, professors,...   More >

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

From Revolution to Routine? Patterns of German Democracy in the 20th Century

Lecture | October 1 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Lutz Rapahel, Trier University, Germany

 Institute of European Studies, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Center for German and European Studies, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Lutz Raphael explores the specificities of 100 years of German Democracy. Modern democracy develops under the double impact of revolutionary moments and everyday routines. To better understand the interplay between these two central elements in the history of German Democracy three different layers of temporality or change are taken into consideration. Firstly, four moments of revolutionary...   More >

Lutz Raphael

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Moscow Has Ears Everywhere: Olga Ivinskaya and the loss of Pasternak’s 'will'

Lecture | October 3 | 5-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Paolo Mancosu, Willis S. and Marion Slusser Professor of Philosophy, UC Berkeley; Harsha Ram, Associate Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of Italian Studies

The struggle between the Soviet Communist Party and Boris Pasternak over the publication of Doctor Zhivago did not end when he won the Nobel Prize, or even with his death. After the prize the Soviets vilified and impoverished him. After his death, they turned against Olga Ivinskaya, his literary assistant, companion, and the model for Zhivago’s Lara, sending her and her daughter to a labor camp...   More >

Paolo Mancosu

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Democracy Will Win

Lecture | October 10 | 5-6:30 p.m. | TBA UC Berkeley Campus

 Frido Mann

 Institute of European Studies, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Library

Born in the United States, Frido Mann sensed the democratic creed of his parents and grandparents from childhood on. They had managed to leave Europe for the U.S. just in time before the outbreak of WWII. During his extended lecture tours, Thomas Mann, Frido's grandfather, addressed his American audiences with his speech “The Coming Victory of Democracy” warning of the dangers of fascism for a...   More >

Frido Mann

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Beyond the Pressure to Perform: On the Concept of "Leistung" in 19th Century Germany

Lecture | October 15 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Nina Verheyen, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), Essen, Germany

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington

"Leistung" is a key concept of public debates in Germany today, and even though the term itself has a rather neutral or positive meaning – « work performance » would be an adequate translation – the debates it is used in very often have a negative connotation. These debates deal with the quantification of performance in so-called neoliberal times, the spreading of all forms of competition...   More >

Nina Verheyen

Monday, October 28, 2019

Security in the High North: A Norwegian Perspective

Lecture | October 28 | 5-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Kristian Åtland, Norwegian Defense Research Establishment

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

Strategically located on NATO’s northern flank, and sharing a land and sea border with Russia, Norway is an Arctic power with a front-row seat. The country controls vast and resource-rich maritime areas north of the Arctic Circle and is an active participant in regional cooperation arrangements such as the Arctic Council and the Barents Euro-Arctic Council. However, as elsewhere in the Arctic,...   More >

Kristian Åtland

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Redefining Political Space in Post-Crisis Europe: Is There Hope for EU Democracy?

Lecture | October 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Ludvig Norman, Stockholm University

 Institute of European Studies

In recent years, the European Union has found itself in a state of seemingly chronic crisis, including the economic and financial crisis unleashed on Europe in 2008, the political crisis with the rise of populist and extremist parties across the continent, the migration crisis as well as Brexit. It is widely held that the response to these crises has led to a considerable strengthening of...   More >

Ludvig Norman

Conceptualizing an Era: A Preface to Early Twentieth-century German History

Lecture | October 29 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Helmut Walser Smith, Department of History | Vanderbilt University

 Institute of European Studies, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC, Center for German and European Studies, Department of History

Drawn from the author’s "Germany. A Nation in its Time: Before, During, and After Nationalism, 1500-2000" (forthcoming, W.W. Norton, March, 2020), this lecture attempts to lay out elementary historical structures of “the nationalist age.” Shadowing Kant’s famous distinction between an age of enlightenment and an enlightened age, it is argued that in the nationalist age, war shaped the era...   More >

Helmut Walser Smith

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Late Along the Edgelands: Poems by Eric Falci

Reading - Literary | November 5 | 5-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Eric Falci, Professor of English, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies

Join the IES Irish Studies Program for a reading of selections from Late Along the Edgelands, the first book of poems by Eric Falci.

Eric Falci is the former director of the UC Berkeley Irish Studies Program and professor in the Department of English, where he teaches and writes about Irish and British poetry.

For more information about the...   More >

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Mystery of Van Gogh's Ear

Lecture | November 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Bernadette Murphy

 French Studies Program, Department of History of Art, Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of , Bancroft Library, Department of French

Bernadette Murphy spent seven years looking into the night of Vincent van Gogh's infamous self-harm. Using modern technology, her investigation ignored everything that had been written about the subject and she started afresh like a detective. She made an important discovery that re-wrote the story of the world's most famous artist and was reported all over the world. This discovery became the...   More >

Bernadette Murphy

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

D. H. Lawrence's Etruscan Places and the Rise of Italian Fascism

Lecture | November 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Stefania Michelucci, University of Genoa, Italy

 Institute of European Studies, Department of English

In 1926 and 1927, the British writer D.H. Lawrence visited some Etruscan sites with an American friend, the painter Earl Brewster, and seriously considered the Etruscans as a possible subject for a book which had to be “half travel-book, scientific too.” In this lecture, Professor Stefania Michelucci will discuss how Lawrence's visit turned into an opportunity to reveal the dichotomy between two...   More >