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 >

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, Visiting Scholar and Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Department of History

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, February 7, 2019

Sustainable Vikings - A Talk by Dr. Robert Strand

Lecture | February 7 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Dr. Robert Strand, Center for Responsible Business at Berkeley Haas

 Institute of European Studies, Center for Responsible Business, Nordic Studies Program

How have the Nordics come to dominate virtually all measurements of sustainability? From the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), Nordic countries and companies always command the top - or very near the top - of sustainability measurements. Join Robert Strand as he shares lessons he has drawn from over 15 years of inquiry in the Nordic region and...   More >

Dr. Robert Strand

Monday, February 11, 2019

Attacks on Gender Studies and Populism in Europe

Panel Discussion | February 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Laura Fantone, Gender and Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley; John Connelly, Institute for East European, Eurasian, and Slavic Studies, UC Berkeley; Pawel Koscielny, History Department, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Join Laura Fantone, John Connelly and Pawel Koscielny
exploring the roots of recent anti-gender populist discourses and measures in Europe, with a comparative focus on Italy and Poland.
Starting from summer 2018, when the Hungarian universities' gender studies programs were defunded and terminated, the panel will discuss how and why gender equality and identity became key threats.

Italian...   More >

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Sustainability – Why and How? The Nordic Way

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

 Ambassador Ove Ullerup, Royal Danish Embassy in Sweden

 Institute of European Studies, Center for Responsible Business, Nordic Studies Program

In his talk, the Danish ambassador to Sweden, Ove Ullerup, will focus on the relationship and cooperation between the public and private sector on the sustainability agenda in the Nordic countries.
The ambassador discusses challenges in changing concepts and how the Nordic countries will face these in the future. What role will the UN Sustainable Development Goals play and have they changed our...   More >

Ove Ullerup

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Modernism in Wartime: Avant-Gardes, Revolutions, Poetries

Lecture | February 14 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife

 Vincent Sherry, Howard Nemerov Professor of the Humanities, Washington University in St.Louis

 C. D. Blanton, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of English; Catherine Flynn, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of English; Donna Jones, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of English

 Department of English, Institute of European Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Vincent Sherry will speak about the experience of the First World War from the vantage of an international avant-garde, considering the alternate temporalities of the radical time of the prewar avant-garde event and the long and lengthening durée of the conflict. How does an avant-garde poetry respond to this difference, and what is the longer story of revolution it tells?

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Longue Durée of 1989. Regime Change and Everyday Life in East Germany

Lecture | February 21 | 5-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Kerstin Brückweh, Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam (Germany)

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC, Center for German and European Studies

1989 is often considered a key caesura of the 20th century. By looking at the long-term developments surrounding this historic event Brückweh analyzes the social changes that paved the way for and shaped all three stages: the late phase of the German Democratic Republic, the peaceful revolution, and the transformation that followed. Property, especially real estate, serves as an example to examine...   More >

Kerstin Brückweh

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Rope-A-Dope Politics and the Erosion of Democratic Norms

Lecture | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Markus Hinterleitner, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies

Many advanced democracies are currently characterized by a norm-eroding politics, which manifests itself in increased levels of populism and blame generation. The erosion of norms is a potentially far-reaching challenge for democracy. In his lecture, Markus Hinterleitner conceptualizes the process of political norm erosion capturing the interactions of norm violators and norm defenders with the...   More >

Markus Hinterleitner

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Project Europe: A New History of the European Union

Lecture | February 28 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 240 Mulford Hall

 Kiran Klaus Patel, Maastricht University

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

Today, the EU seems to be in an existential crisis. Against this backdrop, the early history of European integration since the 1950s shines all the brighter. But is this an appropriate assessment? Kiran Patel analyzes the concrete effects and results of European integration and what we can learn from the past for our present day, summarizing some of the key findings of his monograph on the topic...   More >

Monday, March 4, 2019

The Securitization of Migration and Racial Sorting in Fortress Europe

Lecture | March 4 | 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 >

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The #METOO Movement and Women's Protest in Spain

Lecture | March 5 | 12:50-2 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 130

 Eva Anduiza, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)

 Institute of European Studies, Law, Boalt School of

In March 2018 thousands of women took the streets in Spain to protest against gender inequality, discrimination and sexual Violence following the social media campaigns #metoo, #yotambién and #cuéntalo.
The presentation explores the causes and consequence of the participation in these events using panel survey data.
What is the effect of sociodemographic characteristics, motivations and...   More >

Eva Anduiza

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Future of European Research via the lenses of the Horizon EU research and innovation programme 2021-2027

Lecture | March 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Jekaterina Novikova, EU Fellow at the IES

 Institute of European Studies, European Union Center

Jekaterina Novikova, EU fellow at the Institute of European Studies at UC Berkeley and Innovation Policy Coordinator at the European Commission, will speak about Horizon EU, a European research and innovation programme. This talk will highlight the process of the preparation of the programme based on the lessons learned from the previous programs, its building blocks, key novelties, and...   More >

Jekaterina Novikova

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)

Balancing Between the Institutional and Alternative: Strategies for Collectively Performing Cinema across the Geographic and Ideological Borders of the Cold War

Lecture | March 7 | 5-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Megan Hoetger, UC Berkeley Performance Studies

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

At a time when non-, anti-, and counter-cinema practices faced heavy state censorship with little in the way of art institutional or film industrial support, filmmakers and artists forged new ways of circulating their work at local levels, as well as across national borders. Looking to the Viennese context as a case study, this talk examines the entangled development of two forms of artist...   More >

Monday, March 11, 2019

Redemption Blues: Film Screening and Director Q&A

Film - Documentary | March 11 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. |  Fromm Institute Auditorium - University of San Francisco

 660 Parker Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

 Peter Stastny

 Institute of European Studies, Austrian Studies Program, Fromm Institute - University of San Francisco

"Redemption Blues" is a documentary about the legacy of the Holocaust and the insights of some of its last survivors. The film begins where conventional Shoah narratives leave off and traces a path forward, through personal and emotional engagement towards hope. The film will be introduced by filmmaker Peter Stastny, who will participate in a discussion and Q&A following the screening.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

New Approaches to the Prague Spring

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

 Timothy Scott Brown, Northeastern University, Boston

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

The Prague Spring, a movement of reform Communism instituted in Czechoslovakia under Alexander Dubcek in early 1968 and crushed by Soviet force of arms in August of the same year, has been interpreted overwhelmingly according to a liberal narrative ending in the “Velvet Revolution” of 1989. To be sure, the relevance of the experiment in “Socialism with a Human Face” for the Europe-wide uprisings...   More >

Timothy Scott Brown

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A Field of Autocratic Temptation: European Soccer and its Actors

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

 Timm Beichelt, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)

 Institute of European Studies

While soccer officials often insist that sports and politics belong to different spheres, the opposite seems to be true. With frames like “success”, “unlimited competition”, and “team loyalty”, soccer heavily influences the pre-political sphere in European states. In the field of soccer, basic dispositions with regard to the legitimacy of an economized life and the definition of local or...   More >

Timm Beichelt

Thursday, March 14, 2019

How to Challenge Scandinavian Colonial Amnesia

Lecture | March 14 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 308 A Doe Library

 Elizabeth Hunter, African American Studies & African Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley

 Leigh Raiford, African American Studies & African Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley

 Jeannette Ehlers

 Institute of European Studies, Nordic Studies Program, Department of African American Studies

Visual artist Jeannette Ehlers discusses artistic strategies of resistance to coloniality with Professor Leigh Raiford and Elizabeth Hunter (African Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley), focusing on counter-narratives to the Eurocentric writing of History.

Jeannette Ehlers is a Copenhagen-based artist of Danish and Trinidadian descent whose practice takes shape experimentally across photography, ...   More >

Jeannette Ehlers

Monday, March 18, 2019

Defining Roles. Representations of Lumumba and his Independence Speech in Congolese and Belgian Literature

Lecture | March 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Lieselot De Taeye, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Center for African Studies

On June 30th 1960, Congo declared its independence from Belgium. In his speech at the ceremony, the Belgian King Baudouin applauded the work of his countrymen during the colonial period, calling his great-granduncle Leopold II, who was responsible for the death of approximately ten million Congolese people, a ‘genius’. Patrice Lumumba, the first Congolese Prime Minister, gave a now-famous speech...   More >

Lieselot De Taeye

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...   More >

Christina Gerhardt

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Perspective From a Nordic Country: Finland on World Affairs

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

 Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland to the United States

 Institute of European Studies, Nordic Studies Program

Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland to the United States, will discuss topical international issues as seen from Finland, a Nordic country, a staunch member of the European Union and a close partner but not a member of NATO. The state of the transatlantic relations is fundamentally important for a small nation like Finland that depends on a rules-based international system. What are the Finns...   More >

Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi

Friday, March 22, 2019

Between the lines: Tradition and Plasticity in Ana Hathery | Entrelinhas: tradição e plasticidade em Ana Hatherly

Conference/Symposium | March 22 | 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 

Jeroen Dewulf, Director of the Institute of European Studies

 Luís Faro Ramos

 João Silvério

 Patrícia Lino

 Fernando Aguiar

 Maria João Lopes Cardoso

 Institute of European Studies, Ana Hatherly Camões Institute Catedra, Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I.P., Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Fundação Luso-Americana, Center for Portuguese Studies, European Union Center

Please find the program in link below

Lies about Migrants: Comparing U.S. and German Migration Politics in a Post-Truth Environment

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

 Beverly Crawford Ames, Center for German and European Studies, UC Berkeley

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

The ascendance of the far right has jolted both American and European politics, weakened the European Union, and undermined liberal democracy on both sides of the Atlantic. This ascendance - whose myriad causes continue to puzzle scholars--depends heavily upon the right’s virulent opposition to immigration. Conflating refugees and asylum seekers with economic migrants, the extreme right fans the...   More >

Beverly Crawford Ames

Monday, March 25, 2019

Shifting Tides: Rise, Resurgence, and Deep Histories from the Atlantic to the Pacific

Lecture | March 25 | 6 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Matt Matsuda, New Brunswick Honors College, Rutgers University

 Institute of European Studies, German Historical Institute Washington, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

This keynote lecture with Matt Matsuda, Professor of History and Academic Dean New Brunswick Honors College, Rutgers University, is the opening event to the symposium "Entangling the Pacific and Atlantic Worlds. Past and Present", which is organized by the German Historical Institute Washington and ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius in cooperation with the Institute of European Studies and...   More >

 

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Matt Matsuda

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Entangling Pacific and Atlantic Worlds

Conference/Symposium | March 26 | 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), German Historical Institute Washington, Institute of European Studies

Click on title above for conference program.

Fireside Discussion - Helmut Schmidt: The Global Statesman

Panel Discussion | March 26 | 6 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Ronnie C. Chan, Hang Lung Properties; Manfred Lahnstein, Board of Trustees, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius; Kristina Spohr, Johns Hopkins SAIS - School of Advanced International Studies; Theo Sommer, former editor-in-chief, DIE ZEIT; Christoph von Marschall, journalist, Der Tagesspiegel

 Institute of European Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), German Historical Institute Washington, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius

This fireside discussion is part of the symposium "Entangling the Pacific and Atlantic Worlds. Past and Present", which is organized by the German Historical Institute Washington and ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius in cooperation with the Institute of European Studies and the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

At his event, former friends and...   More >

 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Storm Clouds of a New Order? An Outlook in the Age of Trump

Lecture | March 27 | 5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Ann Lee, CEO, Coterie New York

 Institute of European Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), German Historical Institute Washington, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius

This keynote lecture with Ann Lee, CEO, Coterie New York, is the closing event to the symposium "Entangling the Pacific and Atlantic Worlds. Past and Present", which is organized by the German Historical Institute Washington and ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius in cooperation with the Institute of European Studies and the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California,...   More >

 

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Ann Lee

Monday, April 1, 2019

Europe and Global Governance

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

 

Carlo Monticelli, Vice Governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank, Paris

 Barry Eichengreen, Department of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Economics

Why has Europe played such a weak role in the transformation of global economic governance that was triggered by the 2008 financial crisis? Are there viable strategies to enhance Europe’s impact on world economic and financial affairs? Would a stronger European influence be detrimental or beneficial to global stability? Carlo Monticelli’s talk addresses these questions building on insights from...   More >

Carlo Monticelli

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Fascism’s Global Moments: New Perspectives on Entanglements and Tensions between Fascist Regimes in the 1930s and 1940s

Lecture | April 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Sven Reichard, University of Konstanz, Germany

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

In his talk, Professor Reichardt will discuss how a global perspective can help us understand the nature of different fascist empires and the general character of fascism up to the end of World War II. He will focus on cooperation as well as competition between different fascist regimes, especially with regard to their imperial and colonial aspirations during the 1930s and 1940s. While a transfer...   More >

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Secrets on the Way: The Poetry of Tomas Tranströmer. A Reading by Robert Hass and Screening of the Film "Secrets", Produced by Kathryn Roszak. Musical Prelude by Mads Tolling

Reading - Literary | April 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Robert Hass, Department of English, UC Berkeley; Kathryn Roszak, Artistic Director, Danse Lumière

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

Robert Hass reads from his selection of poems by Swedish Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer that he translated, and Kathryn Roszak screens and discusses her
short film “Secrets”, a post-modern “tango,” inspired by Tranströmer's great poem "Schubertiana," a love story with two dancers seeking trust in New York City. The presentation will be followed by a Q and A with the audience.

Robert Hass is...   More >

Robert Hass

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Brexit, Britain, Scotland: The Future of the UK

Lecture | April 4 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 (Geballe Room)

 Allan Little, Former BBC Correspondent

 Institute of European Studies, St. Andrews' Society of San Francisco, Center for British Studies, Anglo-American Studies Program - Berkeley Law

Will Brexit lead to the break-up of Britain and to the independence of Scotland? Allan Little, a prominent BBC journalist, will give a presentation about Brexit and its impact on the United Kingdom. In his talk, Little will focus on the history of the UK nation-state in a broader European, perspective, and will reflect on its future after Brexit. He will pay special attention to the consequences...   More >

Allan Little

Friday, April 5, 2019

Gehen | Bleiben: Whether to remain or to leave

Film - Series | April 5 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Auditorium, Auditorium

 530 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

 Angst essen Seele auf (Fear Eats the Soul) by Rainer Werner Fassbinder Germany 1974

 Department of History, German Historical Institute Pacific Regional Office Berkeley, Institute of European Studies, Alliance Francaise San Francisco, Goethe-Institute San Francisco

A film series focusing on the everyday life of migrants and migrants in the making: Through the lens of intimate relationships and a ground-up historical perspective, five curated documentaries and films explore the causation and consequences of international and global migration.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Europe’s "Refugee Crisis" and the Colonial Archive or Is Art Universal?

Lecture | April 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Fatima El-Tayeb

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

Using the case study of the "Multaqa" project, which brought refugees from Iraq and Syria to the museums of Berlin exhibiting ancient art from these countries, Fatima El-Tayeb’s talk explores the connections between Europe’s colonial legacy, rising global inequality and the "universal museum" as a model of Enlightenment (and as exemplified in the controversial Humboldt Forum).

Fatima El-Tayeb...   More >

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

German and U.S. Second World War Soldiers’ Cemeteries in Italy - Cultural Perspectives

Lecture | April 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Birgit Urmson, Art Historian

 Institute of European Studies

Styles of soldiers’ commemoration reveal national self-images. In this talk, Dr. Birgit Urmson analyzes US WWII military cemeteries in Italy and their German counterparts as art-historical artifacts. Their aesthetics, together with results of archival research, reveal a self-assured US united in values, projecting victory and Pax Americana,
while a struggling Germany searches for its democratic...   More >

Birgit Urmson

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Over Sixty in the Sixties: The Older Generation and Youth Protest in West Germany

Lecture | April 11 | 5-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Christina von Hodenberg, Director at German Historical Institute, London

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC, Center for German and European Studies

Recent works on the German and European sixties are all about youth. Educated middle-class students, artists and bohemians face off against equally educated professors, intellectuals and politicians. The ‘establishment’ of the aged and middle-aged population is a barely sketched-out backdrop to a story that unfolds from the perspective of young activists.

Christina von Hodenberg

Friday, April 12, 2019

From Enigma to Virtual Splendor - The Nazi-Era Theft and Restitution of Guillaume de Machaut’s Extraordinary Medieval Manuscript, the Ferrell-Vogüé

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

 Carla Shapreau, Institute of European Studies

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Music

The stunning Guillaume de Machaut medieval codex known as the Ferrell-Vogüé has been cloistered in private ownership for nearly all of its long life. It is a manuscript of exceptional importance to the fields of music, literature, and art. It was also one of the most significant musical losses suffered on French soil during World War II. This lecture will focus on a time in the life of this...   More >

Gehen | Bleiben: Whether to remain or to leave

Film - Series | April 12 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Auditorium

 530 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

 Hippie Masala (Forever in India) by Ulrich Grossenbacher and Damaris Lüthi Switzerland 2006

 Department of History, German Historical Institute Pacific Regional Office Berkeley, Institute of European Studies, Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Alliance Francaise San Francisco

A film series focusing on the everyday life of migrants and migrants in the making: Through the lens of intimate relationships and a ground-up historical perspective, five curated documentaries and films explore the causation and consequences of international and global migration.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Who Dreams of Us? Reading, Inclusivity, and Contemporary Swedish-Language Literature

Lecture | April 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Saskia Vogel

 Institute of European Studies, Nordic Studies Program

In autumn 2017, a Neo-Nazi organization was given permit for a protest outside the annual Göteborg Book Fair. Leading up to this moment was the Book Fair’s controversial decision to yet again allow "Nya Tider" (New Times), a far-right extremist publication, to exhibit in the convention center. Debates raged for months and months in Sweden, as well as in Finland, the 2017 guest of honor at the...   More >

Saskia Vogel

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Deceptive Stability? Germany in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Last Term

Lecture | April 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Niko Switek, University of Washington

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

Looking from the US to Germany many observers admire chancellor Angela Merkel as an element of stability in turbulent times. She is in her fourth term as chancellor and recently gave a passionate speech defending multilateralism and free trade at the Munich Security Conference - once main pillars of US foreign policy.
Yet politics in Germany turned turbulent themselves as result of the refugee...   More >

Niko Switek

Monday, April 22, 2019

Science, Poetry and Cultural Resistance in Early Modern Portugal

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

 Luís Miguel Carolino

 Institute of European Studies, Portuguese Studies Program

In Renaissance Europe, cosmological poetry was often perceived as a privileged means to discuss the constitution of heaven, its structure and the interrelations of its parts. Nevertheless, the Portuguese case presents what seems to be a particularity in the European context. The Aristotelian philosophical tradition was put into question all over Renaissance Europe, but in Portugal the first sharp...   More >

Luís Miguel Carolino

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Beachhead or Refugium? The Rise and Dilemma of Germany’s Far-Right Intellectual Counterculture

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

 Eliah Bures

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

Today’s intellectual far right loves rebellion. In calculated acts of public provocation, radical conservative writers and thinkers present themselves as outsiders and nonconformists, bravely breaking the taboos of a "politically correct" mainstream culture. It is not for nothing that one of the premier publications of the German “New Right” is called Sezession and carries as its motto the Latin...   More >

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Political Imagery and Bonfires in Northern Ireland

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

 Renée Tosser, Université de la Réunion (France)

 Irish Studies Program - Institute of European Studies

Visual displays play an important political role in Northern Ireland. They are often the most visible sign of sectarian division and attitudes in a society still marked by division thirty years after the end of the so-called ‘Troubles’. Violence still prevails in that country and sometimes it coalesces around Orange marches, especially during the month of July. July 12, known as "the Twelfth,"...   More >

Humanitarianism from the Margins: Framing Return Migration and Repatriation in Jewish Europe and Africa

Lecture | April 24 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Nick Underwood and Florian Wagner, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley & The Regional Pacific Office of the German Historical Institute, Washington DC

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

A dual lecture with tandem fellows Nick Underwood and Florian Wagner. As fellows of the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute with a focus on the history of migration, their research centers around Jewish return migration and repatriation tendencies in France and Ethiopia. The presentations will be followed by a discussion with Andrea Westermann,

Thursday, April 25, 2019

So what are we to make of Brexit?

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

 Matt Beech

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

IES Senior Fellow Matt Beech, offers an analysis of Brexit in the post-March 29 environment. Beech evaluates the UK's current position and posits an interpretation of the decentering effects the phenomenon of Brexit has had, and will likely continue to have, upon the ideas, culture, and politics of Britain.

Matt Beech

Monday, April 29, 2019

Building Bridges or a Bridge Too Far? The "Macedonia" Name Agreement and the Past, Present and Future of Greek Interstate Relations

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

 Spero Paravantes

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

The "Macedonia" name issue has been a constant point of contention between Greece and the newly re-named Republic of North Macedonia since the breakup of Yugoslavia. With the origins of the dispute stretching back to the Second World War, the "Prespa Agreement", signed between the two Balkan neighbors in June 2018 (in effect since February 2019) is hoped to be a new beginning in interstate...   More >

Spero Paravantes

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Asylum and Integration Policies in Germany - from the 1990’s to 2015

Lecture | May 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Annette Lützel, University of Hildesheim, Germany

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

How has the framework for the acceptance and integration of refugees changed in Germany since the 1990’s? Annette Lützel, practitioner in residence at the GHI in Berkeley, will discuss the development on the basis of right of residence, integration policies, and access to labor markets.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Between Maximum Pressure and Minimum Engagement: The EU’s Foreign Policy Towards North Korea

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

 Tereza Novotná, Free University Berlin

 Institute of European Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Since the PyeongChang Olympic Games at the beginning of 2018, hopes have risen for a peaceful solution to the crisis on the Korean peninsula. Three inter-Korean summits between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have taken place as well as the Singapore Summit between him and US President Donald Trump. Yet these ups have been followed by various downs,...   More >

Tereza Novotná

Gehen|Bleiben. Whether to remain or to leave. A film series focusing on the topic of migration in European documentaries and films.: Bebe Tigre

Film - Feature | May 7 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Alliance Française San Francisco

 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

 Department of History, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute at UC Berkeley, Institute of European Studies, Alliance Française San Francisco, Goethe-Institut San Francisco

Young Tiger” introduces 15-year-old Many who was smuggled as illegal immigrant into France and expects to begin to work immediately to send money back to his parents. But instead of risking to hire an underaged worker, his smuggler Kamal decides to hand Many over to the state. Two years later Many seems to be an exemplary teenager: fully integrated into France's Indian Sikh community, a caring...   More >

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Requiem for a shared interdependent past: Brexit and the deterioration in UK-Irish relations

Lecture | May 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 John O'Brennan, Maynooth University, Ireland

 Institute of European Studies, Irish Studies Program

The vote by the electorate of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in 2016 came after a campaign in which the impact of Brexit on the island of Ireland hardly figured. Within months, however, the 'Irish border problem' was center stage. The deterioration in UK-Irish relations in the almost three years since the referendum has been accelerated and profound. It points to a troubling...   More >

John O'Brennan

Friday, May 17, 2019

Gehen|Bleiben. Whether to remain or to leave. A film series focusing on the topic of migration in European documentaries and films: Raving Iran

Film - Feature | May 17 | 6-8 p.m. |  Goethe-Institut San Francisco

 Institute of European Studies, Department of History, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Alliance Française San Francisco

'Raving Iran" follows Anoosh and Arash, who are at the center of Tehran’s underground techno scene. Tired of hiding from the police and their stagnating career, they organize one last techno rave under dangerous circumstances in the desert. Back in Tehran, they try to sell their illegally made music album. When Anoosh is arrested, there seems to be no hope left. But then they receive a phone call...   More >

Monday, May 20, 2019

In Global Transit Forced Migration of Jews and Other Refugees (1940s – 1960s)

Conference/Symposium | May 20 | 4-9 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Germany Historical Institute, Pacific Regional Office

Against the backdrop of ongoing debates about global migration and its conse-quences, the German Historical Institute Washington and its Pacific regional office have organized a series of conferences on the history of forced migration and the experiences of refugees in collaboration with the German Historical Institute London and the Beijing and Delhi offices of the Max Weber Foundation....   More >

Wandering Jews or Jewish Migrations? How Jewish Scholars Conceptualized Migration

Lecture | May 20 | 6-9 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Tobias Brinkmann, Penn State

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, German Historical Institue, Pacific Regional Office

Shifting centers and migration have long shaped Jewish history – and that of most other people around the world. Yet the period between 1880 and 1950 witnessed movements unprecedented in Jewish history. In his keynote lecture Tobias Brinkmann (Penn State) will discuss how Jewish migration scholars helped to establish the field of migration studies. Most were themselves migrants and stateless...   More >

 

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

In Global Transit Forced Migration of Jews and Other Refugees (1940s – 1960s)

Conference/Symposium | May 21 | 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Germany Historical Institute, Pacific Regional Office

Against the backdrop of ongoing debates about global migration and its conse-quences, the German Historical Institute Washington and its Pacific regional office have organized a series of conferences on the history of forced migration and the experiences of refugees in collaboration with the German Historical Institute London and the Beijing and Delhi offices of the Max Weber Foundation....   More >

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

In Global Transit Forced Migration of Jews and Other Refugees (1940s – 1960s)

Conference/Symposium | May 22 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Germany Historical Institute, Pacific Regional Office

Against the backdrop of ongoing debates about global migration and its conse-quences, the German Historical Institute Washington and its Pacific regional office have organized a series of conferences on the history of forced migration and the experiences of refugees in collaboration with the German Historical Institute London and the Beijing and Delhi offices of the Max Weber Foundation....   More >

Friday, May 31, 2019

Gehen|Bleiben. Whether to remain or to leave. A film series focusing on the topic of migration in European documentaries and films: Bezness as Usual

Film - Feature | May 31 | 6-8 p.m. |  Goethe-Institut San Francisco | Auditorium

 Institute of European Studies, Department of History, Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Alliance Française San Francisco

Filmmaker Alex Pitstra was the love child of a holiday romance between Anneke and younger Mohsen in Tunisia. The couple married and settled in the Netherlands, but Mohsen left his young family and Holland after some years. Alex was raised by his single mother. One day, he receives a letter of Mohsen and decides to visit. In "Bezness as Usual" he attempts to get to know his father and straddle his...   More >

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Bloomsday Celebration: A Reading of James Joyce's Ulysses

Reading - Literary | June 16 | 4-5:30 p.m. | David Brower Center, Tamalpais Room

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Institute of European Studies, Irish Studies Program

Irish Studies at Berkeley presents a Bloomsday Celebration

To celebrate Bloomsday, the day on which Ulysses is set, Professors from UC Berkeley’s English Department will read passages from James Joyce's famous novel.

Introduced by Catherine Flynn and also featuring Dan Blanton, Joshua Gang, Mark Goble, Donna Jones, Katie Synder, and Dora...   More >

 Free

 Donations encouraged. Buy tickets online

Monday, September 9, 2019

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

Conference/Symposium | September 9 | TBA UC Berkeley Campus

 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 >