Europe Today Lecture Series

 

As part of our continued efforts to bring together experts with a diverse perspective to discuss contemporary issues facing Europe, European Studies Center is conducting a Spring Virtual Lecture Series entitled Europe Today. Each session is recorded and later posted on the internet with suggested additional readings and further resources.


WEDNESDAYS | 4 PM

 

JAN 18, 2023 I REGISTER

Ondřej Horký-Hlucháň, Institute of International Relations Prague, Czech Republic
"Insights into National and European Political Landscape after Presidential Elections in the Czech Republic"

Senior Researcher at the Centre for Global Political Economy of the Institute of International Relations Prague. He has a PhD in International Economic Relations and a Master’s in International Trade and European Integration from the University of Economics in Prague. Among other positions, he worked as Deputy Director for Research. His professional interests include the governance of global and sustainable development, development cooperation and gender. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), a member of the IIR Board and the president of the IIR’s Trade Union.

 

JAN 25, 2023 I REGISTER

Giovanni Picker, Glasgow University
"21st-Century European Cities: Colonial Modernity, Race and Space"

This talk builds on Giovanni Picker's three books, one monograph (2017) and two co-edited volumes (2018 and 2022), which investigate the ways in which various racial structures shape 21st-Century European cities. In the first part of the talk, Dr. Picker will discuss the historical canon of Social Science research on European cities, and the canon's silence regarding colonialism and race. In the second part of the talk, Dr. Picker will discuss the residential segregation of Romani people (the Roma) in Europe, as an illustration of the importance of looking at race and colonial history when researching contemporary European cities. He will focus on the city of Florence (Italy), where since the mid-1980s hundreds of Yugoslav Romani families have been forced to live in two peripheral urban camps. In conclusion, Dr. Pickler will connect the first and the second part by showing heuristic correspondences between 20th-century urban governance in colonized cities, and the 21st-century urban governance of marginalized and segregated urban Romani communities.

Giovanni Picker is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Glasgow University (UK). His research and teaching centre on Urban Studies and Race Critical Theories. He is the author of Racial Cities: Governance and the Segregation of Romani People in Urban Europe [Routledge 2017], and co-editor of Racialized Labour in Romania: Spaces of Marginality at the Periphery of Global Capitalism [Palgrave 2018, with Enikő Vincze, Norbert Petrovici, and Cristina Raţ] and European Cities: Modernity, Race and Colonialism [Manchester University Press 2022, with Noa K. Ha]. Updates on his work @ giovannipicker.net.

 

FEB 1, 2023 I REGISTER

Nicholas R. Micinski, University of Maine
"EU Migration Governance: Coordination, Collaboration, Subcontracting, and Going Alone"

Migration has become an important area of cooperation within the European Union and has faced several recent refugee crises, including people seeking protection from Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Ukraine. This lecture will discuss the ways in which cooperation within the EU has evolved over the last 20 years, focused on the starkly different responses in 2015-17 and 2022.

The lecture will build on the findings in Micinski's book, Delegating Responsibility: International Cooperation on Migration in the European Union (2022).

Recommended Readings:

 

FEB 8, 2023 I REGISTER

Milada Anna Vachudova, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Ethnopopulism and Authoritarian Rule in the European Union"

Professor Vachudova will explore how the rise in support for populist parties has shaped party systems in Europe over the last decade, focusing on ethnopopulist parties -- parties that make strong anti-pluralist appeals, vilifying individuals, groups and institutions labeled as culturally harmful. When in power, ethnopopulist parties use these appeals to justify the concentration of power -- and this playbook has helped bring authoritarian rule to Hungary while Poland stands on the brink. She unpacks why ethnopopulism has become a challenge to liberal democracy in Europe, how oppositions have responded -- and why EU member governments have shown such complacency and cynicism in countering it. This has led to the risk of a decoupling of the EU from the regime type of liberal democracy. Yet Russia's war against Ukraine is changing political contestation related to liberal democracy and to relations with Russia in key states including Poland and Germany. Professor Vachudova will close by reflecting on Ukraine's challenge to the European Union -- and whether and how the EU enlargement process can be revived as a tool of EU foreign policy.

 

FEB 15, 2023 I REGISTER

Kaija E. Schilde, Boston University
"EU Defense Cooperation and the War in Ukraine"

 

FEB 22, 2023 I REGISTER

Karolina Follis, Lancaster University
"A Tale of Two Borders: Lessons from the Differential Enforcement of the Polish-Belarussian and the Polish-Ukrainian Frontiers"

 

MAR 1, 2023 I REGISTER

Oxana Shevel, Tufts University
"Identity, Nation Building and the War in Ukraine"

 

MAR 15, 2023 I REGISTER

Matthias Matthijs, Johns Hopkins University
"Forging Consensus in Crisis: Changing Macroeconomic Regimes and European Integration"

 

MAR 22, 2023 I REGISTER

Stephanie Hoffmann, European University Institute, Italy
"European Security and NATO Policy after the Outbreak of the War in Ukraine" *

 

MAR 29, 2023 I REGISTER

Jan Kubik, Rutgers University/University College of London
"What is Populism and What to Do with it?"

 

APR 5, 2023 I REGISTER

Steve Lund, University of Pittsburgh
"Norway’s Version of the American Dream"

 

APR 12, 2023 I REGISTER

Andrzej Ceglarz , Technical University Munich, Germany
"European Energy Transition - Development Pathways, Challenges and Opportunities"

 

SPONSORS:
European Studies Center
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
University Center for International Studies