Events in UCIS

Wednesday, April 11

12:00 pm Workshop
Professional Development Webinars - Doing Research on Eastern Europe in the EU: Research Infrastructures, Grant Models, and Career Mobility
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies and European Studies Center along with Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and Herder Institute for Historical Research on East-Central Europe
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This webinar is the third in a professional development series co-sponsored by the American Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the European Studies Center. This webinar will focus on career patterns in academia as well as in the field of infrastructure development in EU-countries. Participants will learn about the formats, chances and challenges for developing a strategy for one’s transnational career path. Against this backdrop and providing significant examples, Peter Haslinger will explain about bilateral and cross-European funding programs - this will also include some thoughts about advancing transatlantic exchange in the field of Eastern European Studies.

Speaker's Bio: Peter Haslinger is Professor of East-Central European History at the Justus Liebig University Giessen and Director of the Herder Institute in Marburg, a research institution affiliated with the Leibniz Association and specializing in the history, art history and digital humanities of East Central Europe. Dr. Haslinger is Principal Investigator at the Giessen Center for Eastern European Studies, the International Center for the Study of Culture, and the Center for Media and Interactivity, all located at the Justus Liebig University. He likewise functions as a spokesperson for the Herder Institute Research Academy, which aims to bridge the gap between scholarship in Eastern European Studies and the development of research infrastructures. His scholarly interest focuses on the history of the Habsburg Monarchy and successor states in the 19th and 20th centuries. He has published widely on Hungarian, Czech and Slovak history as well as on questions of nation, region and cultural diversity, on cartography and questions of security. Dr. Haslinger is the spokesperson for the project group that enhances the visibility of Eastern European Studies across disciplines within the Leibniz Association. He is likewise involved in activities for the enhancement of the Humanities and Social Sciences on the European level, among others as a member of the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) Network board.

Webinars scheduled for Fall 2018:

How to Work in Archives in Eastern Europe and Germany

Archival Skills

Strategies for Career Building and Publishing in the EU versus the US

6:00 pm Lecture
The Tucci-Cornetti Lecture
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures, Department of Theatre Arts, Humanities Center and University Honors College
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Gianni Clementi is a prolific Italian playwright who has written a number of plays that deconstruct common stereotypes about immigration and look critically at notions of both Italianess and otherness. Drawing on postcolonial theory and migration studies, this paper considers how Clementi's plays, "Ben Hur", "Finis Terrae" and "Clandestini" challenge the otherness with which immigrants are often charged in Italy's media and politics and focuses on the notion of mare nostrum as a hybrid site where individuals of different races and ethnicities negotiate their respective differences.
In order to challenge the homogenizing rhetoric of national identity, Clementi interweaves African legends, Judeo-Christian narratives, and various languages and dialects. The playwright successfully confounds the temporal frames of his plays so that the current migration in the Mediterranean becomes reminiscent of both the Atlantic Middle Passage of African slaves and the 19th and 20th-century Italian emigration. These dramaturgical strategies create meaningful frames of reference through which spectators can experience the limitations of geopolitics, engage with a postcolonial critique of Italian history, and reflect on the possibility of peaceful cohabitation.