Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Book Talk with Michelle Steinbeck: My Father was a Man on Land and a Whale in the Water

Lecture | October 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

 Library, Institute of European Studies

Michelle Steinbeck is a Swiss author, curator, and editor whose 2016 debut novel My Father was a Man on Land and a Whale in the Water (Mein Vater war ein Mann an Land und im Wasser ein Walfisch), published by Lenos Verlag, was nominated for both the Swiss and the German Book Prize. It has been described by one reviewer as ". . .one of the most audacious, exuberant and thrilling novels I’ve read...   More >

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

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Nazism: A Dark Comedy in Liechtenstein

Lecture | October 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Edith Sheffer, Institute of European Studies

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

Humor, whether dark or satirical, can be a trenchant analytical device. It is a tool for exposing facades, revealing contradictions between envisioned and actual reality. Satires of Nazism have been especially resonant, and controversial — from Charlie Chaplin’s "The Great Dictator" to Hannah Arendt’s "Eichmann in Jerusalem". They upend familiar narratives, pointing to human folly at the heart of...   More >

Edith Sheffer

Douglas Hyde in California

Lecture | October 17 | 5-7 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Brian Ó Conchubhair, University of Notre Dame; Cuan Ó Seireadáin, Conradh na Gaeilge / Douglas Hyde Foundation

 Irish Studies Program - Institute of European Studies

To mark the release of the new edition of "Douglas Hyde: My American Journey," the editors of Douglas Hyde's newly published diary and travelogue across North America shed light on his time and experiences at Berkeley and San Francisco and what they tell us about the local Irish community before the 1906 earthquake.

Monday, October 21, 2019

"Maybe Esther": Storytelling and the Unpredictability of the Past

Lecture | October 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Katja Petrowskaja

 Institute of European Studies, The Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

In this year’s Bucerius lecture, Kiev-born German writer Katja Petrowskaja deals with the conundrums of making history. In her acclaimed novel "Maybe Esther", a modern person undertakes a road trip through European landscapes of memory, languages, and family stories. The “maybe” introduces remembering as an act of defiance, as personal resistance against the firmly established, inevitable pace of...   More >

 

  RSVP online by October 20.

Katja Petrowskaja, photo: Sasha Andrusyk

Friday, October 25, 2019

Sound Waves: Resonances of Virginia Woolf

Colloquium | October 25 | 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 France-Berkeley Fund

Friday October 25th, 9:15am-5:00pm and Saturday October 26th, 10:00am-1:30pm
Location: Friday in 3401 Dwinelle Hall and Saturday in 300 Wheeler Hall

Colloquium sponsored by the France Berkeley Fund. Featured speakers include Marie Laniel (Université de Picardie – Jules Verne), Namwali Serpell (University of California, Berkeley), Claire Davison (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), Anne...   More >

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 >

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Annual Lecture: The Times of Power

Lecture | November 7 | 4 p.m. |  Bancroft Hotel

 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Christopher Clark, University of Cambridge

 Institute of European Studies

Political power is wielded in ways that are culturally and historically contingent, meaning that how these distortions occur and what effects they generate will vary according to the constitution of the regime in question. This talk explores historical fluctuations in the temporality of power in Prussia and reflects on their implications for our understanding of politics in the present.

Christopher Clark

Friday, November 8, 2019

Food, Wine Culture: A Conversation on EU and California Foodways

Panel Discussion | November 8 | 5-7 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

 Elaine Chukan Brown, Award-winning wine journalist; Fabrizia Lanza, Director, Anna Tasca Lanza School, Sicily

 Institute of European Studies, European Union Center, Department of Italian Studies

As a rare nexus where public policy, politics and pleasure all meet, food has become a focus of today’s professional and scholarly world. This event will focus on the economic viability of food systems through a comparative lens in a conversation that joins voices from the EU and California. In particular it will explore how culture and identity dialogue with food systems and the positioning of...   More >

 

  RSVP online by November 5.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Italy and the Future of Europe

Lecture | November 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall | Canceled

 Fabrizio Bucci, Principal Director for European Integration, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 Institute of European Studies, Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco

A founding member state of the European Union, Italy continues to play a key role in international and transatlantic relations at this critical juncture in the history of Europe. How should Italy and the E.U. respond to the interrelated challenges of populism, migration, climate change, and economic pressures? What impact will Brexit have on the Italian and European political and economic...   More >

Europe and the Arctic: Ground Zero for Global Climate Change?

Panel Discussion | November 15 | 5 p.m. | David Brower Center, Tamalpais Room

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Andreas Raspotnik, High North Center; Kristian Åtland, Norwegian Defense Research Establishment

 Institute of European Studies, The Arctic Institute, Norwegian Consulate General San Francisco, High North Center for Business and Governance, Norway, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

How should the European Union respond to the entwined challenges of climate change mitigation, international law, sustainable development, indigenous rights, and security in the Arctic?
An interactive conversation moderated by Dr. Andreas Raspotnik, in cooperation with The Arctic Institute and the Norwegian Consulate in San Francisco. 

As sea ice retreats from the Arctic, the challenges of...   More >

 

  RSVP by emailing Derek O'Leary at derekoleary@berkeley.edu

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Research Opportunities in Europe: Info Session on Grants and Fellowships

Panel Discussion | November 19 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Mary Kavanagh, Minister-Counselor for Research & Innovation, Delegation of the EU to the USA

 Institute of European Studies, Horizon 2020 - European Commission

Europe has a vibrant and exciting science and technology culture and offers many excellent and generous career funding opportunities for researchers and innovators, no matter where they come from in the world. Horizon 2020, the European Union’s research and innovation funding program, is the world’s largest multinational R&I program. In addition to funding collaborative research projects, it...   More >

 

  RSVP online by November 18.

Mary Kavanagh

The Mystery of Van Gogh's Ear

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

 Bernadette Murphy

 Institute of European Studies, Department of History of Art, Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of , Bancroft Library, Department of French, Townsend Center for the Humanities

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 >

 

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Bernadette Murphy

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Singing Schubert, Hearing Race: Black Concert Singers and the German Lied in Interwar Central Europe

Lecture | November 21 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Kira Thurman, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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

Kira Thurman explores the rise in popularity of African American classical musicians in interwar Germany and Austria. Singing Lieder by Schubert, Brahms, and others, they challenged audiences’ expectations of what a black performer looked and sounded like in the transatlantic “jazz age.” Audiences labeled singers such as Marian Anderson and Roland Hayes “negroes with white souls,” and marveled at...   More >

Kira Thurman

Monday, November 25, 2019

The Working Women’s Charter: Women’s Rights between Socialist Internationalism and Neoliberalism in 1970s Europe

Lecture | November 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Celia Donert, University of Cambridge

 Institute of European Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Co-sponsored by the Working Group for German History and Culture: Der Kreis

This talk examines the transnational circulation of proposals for a Working Women’s Charter in 1970s Europe, a decade that saw both the expansion of gender equality legislation in the expanding European Economic Community, and a renewed attempt by communist regimes in the Soviet bloc to internationalize a socialist vision of women’s rights through international communist organisations such as the...   More >

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Past Incentives, Present Choices: Ideational Legacies and the Politics of Migration in European Minority Regions

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

 Christina Isabel Zuber, University of Konstanz

 Institute of European Studies, Program for the Study of Italy, Spanish Studies Program

Christina Isabel Zuber presents the main arguments and empirical findings of her book project on ideational legacies and the politics of migration in European minority regions. The empirical analysis focuses on Catalonia and South Tyrol, two minority regions that respond very differently to immigration. South Tyrolean elites frame immigration as a threat and restrict immigrants’ access to social...   More >

Christina Isabel Zuber

Friday, December 6, 2019

Brexit after the UK Election: what happens next

Lecture | December 6 | 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

This lecture will cover the reasons for the UK joining and leaving the EU - as well as the current state of the Brexit negotiations and what is likely to happen on Brexit after the upcoming UK election.

Specifically, it will address five issues. First, the history of UK relations with Europe - and why the UK joined the EU in 1973. Second, the reasons for the development of eurosceptism in...   More >

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

New American Narrative on the Peopling with America

Seminar | December 11 | 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 John R. Weeks, San Diego State University; Héctor Tobar, UC Irvine

 Institute of European Studies, German Historical Institute Washington - Pacific Regional Office, Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative

John R. Weeks, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography and Director of the International Population Center at San Diego State University and Héctor Tobar, Author, Journalist, Associate Professor UC Irvine will co-teach an interdisciplinary seminar for students interested in exploring and understanding new (and old) narratives of immigration. UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students,...   More >

 

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Toward a New American Narrative on the Peopling of America

Lecture | December 11 | 5-8 p.m. | David Brower Center, Goldman Theater

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 John R. Weeks, San Diego State University; Hector Tobar, University of California, Ivine

 Irene Bloemraad, University of California, Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, German Historical Institute Washingthon - Pacific Regional Office, Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative

This event features two speakers: John R. Weeks, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography and Director of the International Population Center at San Diego State University, and Héctor Tobar, Author, Journalist, Associate Professor UC Irvine.

The discussion after the lectures will be moderate by Irene Bloomberg, Chair of Canadian Studies & Director of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary...   More >

 

  RSVP online by December 10.