Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Of Pathogens and Humans. A Cultural History of the Policies on Epidemics in the Nineteenth Century

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

 Andrea Wiegeshoff, Marburg University (Germany)

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West – Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC

In the nineteenth century, epidemics reached, for the first time in history, all inhabited continents. Globally spreading pathogens were an unintended side effect of a growing flow of people, animals and goods across state borders, imperial spaces and continents. "Of pathogens and humans" is an ongoing research project that analyzes reactions to increasingly mobile diseases in the American and...   More >

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

“Even if everything ends” A talk with writer and translator Victoria Häggblom on the translation of contemporary Swedish poet Bruno K. Öijer

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

 Victoria Häggblom

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Scandinavian, Nordic Studies Program

The work of Swedish poet Bruno K. Öijer (b. 1951) has been described as “dark, crystalline, magnetic, and mystical”. His compilation "The Trilogy" will be available to English-speaking readers for the first time when published in Victoria Häggblom’s translation by Action Books in 2019.

Öijer has been one of the most popular and influential Swedish poets for decades, and is as well known in...   More >

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Securitization of Migration and Racial Sorting in Fortress Europe

Lecture | January 30 | 12 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Maartje van der Woude, Leiden Law School (Netherlands)

 Institute of European Studies, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC

These past two decades the European Union has been hit by two so-called "crises": the financial or "Euro" crisis of 2008 and the 2015-2016 migration crisis. Whereas both crises have fed into euro-sceptic sentiments, it is safe to say that the response to the financial crisis at least seemed to be somewhat coordinated and uniform with EU member states coming together to reinforce the monetary...   More >

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Italy, Europe, and the Challenges of Globalization

Panel Discussion | January 31 | 6 p.m. |  Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco

 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94105

 Enrico Deaglio, Italian journalist and writer; Enrico Rossi, President of the Region of Tuscany

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Italian Studies, UC Berkeley

Italy has recently been in the spotlight as the European Union undergoes a delicate political moment. A founding member of the EU and the single euro currency, the country is seeking ways to make the Eurozone cohesion more effective in the wake of economic pressures and growing migration challenges. It also continues to play a key role in international relations in order to advance the EU's...   More >


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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

"We want bread and roses!": Trade union feminism across borders: a comparative perspective on 1970s Italian and French experiences

Lecture | February 5 | 12 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Anna Frisone, University of Bologna

 Institute of European Studies

Second-wave feminism is internationally known for its choice of refusing any engagement with gender-mixed political organizations, in favor of a deep commitment into women-only collectives. However, some women stubbornly decided to introduce a feminist approach within male-dominated organizations such as the trade unions, interrogating their allegedly neutral but on the contrary deeply gendered...   More >

Thursday, March 7, 2019

European Economic Integration and Populism: Foes or Allies?

Lecture | March 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Dariusz Adamski, University of Wrocław

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

Could it be that one of the most extraordinary experiments in international reconciliation and community-building in the history of mankind – European integration after World War II – has contributed to what European Commission President Juncker once dubbed “galloping populism”? Seeking an answer to this question, Dariusz Adamski will dissect the nature of the major economic policies of the...   More >

Dariusz Adamski

Language Change and Narrative Form from Ó Cadhain to Ferrante

Lecture | March 7 | 5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 - Maude Fife Room

 Barry McCrea, University of Notre Dame

 Institute of European Studies, Irish Studies Program

This talk looks at the difficulties faced by minor languages in founding traditions of the realist novel, and explores what these difficulties can tell us about the nature of the genre itself.

Speaker: Barry McCrea is a novelist and scholar of modern European, Latin American, and Irish literature. He most recent book is Languages of the Night: Minor Languages and the Literary Imagination in...   More >

Barry McCrea (University of Notre Dame)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Helke Sander's dffb Cinema, 1968 and West Germany's Feminist Movement

Lecture | March 19 | 2-3 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Christina Gerhardt, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

 Institute of European Studies

Helke Sander was a key figure of the early dffb (Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin), where she studied between 1966 and 1969. Returning to her political organizing and her films of the era revises three crucial narratives:
1. it expands narratives about 1968 to include the establishment of feminism as part of it (The Tomatenwurf), which is often read as a 1970s phenomenon;
2. it expands