Lunchtime Symposia and Talks

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The CES Lunchtime Symposium

The Center for European Studies sponsors an on-going Lunchtime Symposium speaker series where we invite UF faculty and graduate students as well as visiting faculty from other Universities to present on their current projects. To give your own lunchtime symposium or for more information, contact Carla Ruffer at rufferc@ufl.edu

2017 Lunchtime Symposia

Date Title Speaker
Oct 12th, 2017 “Strong Encounters: Expat and Refugee Polish-Jewish Journalists in Poland and Germany Shortly After World War II” Jack Kugelmass, UF, Jewish Studies and Anthropology
Nov 7th, 2017 “The 2017 German Elections Results and Their Impact on Germany’s Role in Europe” Michael Schüring, UF, History

2016 Lunchtime Symposia

Date Title Speaker
Nov 17th, 2016 “Père de la Croix and the Challenges of Christian Archaeology in Late 19th Century France” Bonnie Effros, UF, History
Nov 3rd, 2016 “Closing the System of Transformational Promise: The Case of Poland” Andrzej Rychard, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish National Academy of Sciences, Political Science
Nov 1st, 2016 “Excavating the Past: Using Crime Fiction to Trouble History – A Writer’s View from Belfast” Andrew Pepper, Queens University Belfast, English
October 26th, 2016 “After 1956: The Impact of the Revolution on Elite Sport Policy & Athletes in Hungary” Johanna Mellis, UF, History
Sept 28th, 2016 “Yiddish on the Battlefields of Spain: Reportage During the Spanish Civil War” Jack Kugelmass, UF, Jewish Studies and Anthropology
Sept 16th, 2016 “Moving Together, Moving Apart: Party Convergence and the Rise of Extreme Right Parties in Europe” Jae-Jae Spoon, University of Pittsburgh, Political Science
April 20th, 2016 “From Dayton to Brussels, via Tuzla: Post-2014 Politico-Economic Restructuring in Bosnia and Herzegovina” Danijela Majstorovic, University of Banja Luka, Linguistics and Cultural Studies
April 4th, 2016 “Democracy Assistance from the Third Wave: Polish Engagement in Belarus and Ukraine” Paulina Pospieszna, Adam Mickiewicz University, Political Science
March 23rd, 2016 “Legislative Behavior in the Northern Ireland Assembly, 2007-2011: Conflict and Consensus in a Developing Consociational Democracy” Richard Conley, UF, Political Science
February 24th, 2016 “Literature and Ethics: The Ethical Turn in Criticism” Bill Calin, UF Languages, Literatures and Cultures
January 28th, 2016 “Kadyrov on Instagram: Mediating Authority in Russia’s Web 2.0 World” Michael Gorham, UF Languages, Literatures and Cultures

2016 Academic Year

Date Title Speaker
Nov 1st, 2016 “Postcards from the Front-Line: Global Entanglements of War and Tourism” Debbie Lisle, Queens University Belfast, Politics and International Studies
October 31st, 2016 “Crime, Crime Literature and Society – A Panel” Jeffrey Adler, UF, History and Sociology and Criminology & Law; Aida Hozic, UF, Political Science and Andrew Pepper, Queens University Belfast, English
October 30th, 2016 “Maximum Visuality: How to Look at Pictures of War” Debbie Lisle, Queens University Belfast, Politics and International Studies
October 25th, 2016 “Part High Adventure and Part Dangerous Long Shot: The Melbourne Defection and U.S. Cold War Strategy” Toby Rider, California State University Fullerton, History
Sept 15th, 2016 “Brexit: A Roundtable” Patrick Crowley, Texas A&M University, Economics; Jae-Jae Spoon, University of Pittsburgh, Political Science and Amie Kreppel, UF, Political Science
April 15th, 2016 “Turkish-American Encounters: Exchanges in Culture and Politics – A Panel” Justin McCarthy, University of Louisville, History and Ross Wilson, Former US Ambassador
April 1st, 2016 “Minerva’s Outcast Children: Expelled Scientists and the Politics of History in the Max Planck Society” Michael Schüring, UF, HIstory
March 25th, 2016 “Power-sharing in Deeply Divided Places” Brandon O’Leary, University of Pennsylvania, Political Science
March 24th, 2016 “Ireland, 1916: The Rising and the War” Jessica Harland-Jacobs, UF, History
February 11th, 2016 “International Communism and the Spanish Civil War” Lisa Kirschenbaum, West Chester University, History

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2015 Lunchtime Symposia

Date Title Speaker
November 17th, 2015 “Deciphering Medieval Conversion: The Case of Petrus Alfonsi” Nina Caputo, UF History
November 4th, 2015 “Crisis on Screen: The Great Recession in Recent Spanish Films” Luis Alvarez-Castro, UF Spanish and Portuguese
October 28th, 2015 “European Refugee Crisis in Historical Context” Alice Freifeld, UF History and Center for European Studies
October 15th, 2015 “The Emergence of the “Inner” Person in Post-Stalinist Lyric Poetry” Radislav Lapushin, University of North Carolina Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
October 14th, 2015 “Goya, Boccherini, and Majismo in Enlightenment Madrid” Michael Vincent, UF Musicology
October 7th, 2015 “What was Historicism” Robert D’Amico, UF Philosophy
September 2nd, 2015 “War Memoir and Post-War Travel Narrative: Two Polish Journeys of Mordkhe Tsanin” Jack Kugelmass, UF Jewish Studies and Anthropology
April 15th, 2015 “Intercultural Dialogue and Belarus: Crisis or Chance?” Liubou Uladykouskaja, Visiting Fulbright with UF Anthropology
March 20th, 2015 “Symbolic Politics and the Role of Intellectuals” András Bozóki, Central European University, Hungary, Political Science
March 17th, 2015 “What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Science Fiction: Genre Systems and Definitions in Central and Eastern Europe” Paweł Frelik, Marie Curie Skłodowska University, Poland, American Literature and Culture
March 11th, 2015 “The Wall in the 1960s: “Propagandistic Objectivism – East & West German Visualizations of the Wall” Frank Wolff, Osnabrück University, Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies
February 25th, 2015 “The Life & Times of Solomon Mikhoels” Vassili Shchedrin, UFJewish Studies
February 19th, 2015 “Youth & Rap on the Internet: A Case Study of Young Moroccans & Turks in Utrecht” Jacomine Nortier, Utrecht University, Netherlands, Department of Linguistics

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2015 Academic Year

Date Title Speaker
December 3rd, 2015 “The European Refugee Crisis and Hungary: A Critical Analysis” István Tarrósy, University of Pécs, Political Science
December 2nd, 2015 “Aging and Religion in Social Context: Europe, the “Exceptional” and Greying Continent” Jenni Spannari, University of Helsinki, Finland, Church and Social Studies
November 30th, 2015 “The Implications of the Paris Attacks for the EU and the Transatlantic Relationship” Zachary Selden, UF Political Science
November 13th, 2015 “When States Come Out: Europe’s Sexual Minorities and the Politics of Visibility” Phillip Ayoub, Cornell University, Politics
 October 17th, 2015  “An Afternoon of Russian Poetry” Vera Zubarev, University of Pennsylvania, Slavic Languages and Literatures and Radislav Lapushin, University of North Carolina, Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
October 16th, 2015  “A Mystery of Mirror Dates in Bella Akhmadulina’s Works” Vera Zubarev, University of Pennsylvania, Slavic Languages and Literatures
September 30, 2015  “Refugee Crisis in Europe: Facts and Contexts” – A Panel with CES Faculty Alice Freifeld, Esther Romeyn, Maria Stoilkova and Alin Ceobanu, UF Center for European Studies
August 25th, 2015  “Turkey Between East & WestL Religion and Culture in a Changing World” Sinan Ciddi, Georgetown University and Institute of Turkish Studies
April 9th, 2015  “Michael Dixon: Artist Talk: Living as the Other” Michael Dixon and Ashlyn Diaz
April 9th, 2015 “Queer Cinema & the Spaces of Europe” Karl Schoonover, University of Warwick and Rosalind Galt, King’s College London
April 2nd, 2015 “Back in the USSR? A Roundtable Discussion on Russian Politics, Culture & History” Stuart Finkel, UF History; Eugene Huskey, Stetson University Political Science; Dragan Kujundzic, UF Jewish Studies; Bryon Moraski, UF Political Science; Michael Gorham, UF Languages, Literatures and Cultures
March 27, 2015 “FORTEPAN: An Open-Source Photography Archive of Everyday Life in 20th Century Hungary” András Török, Director of Summa Artium
March 16th, 2015 “After the Curtain: Post-1989 Fantastic in Poland” Paweł Frelik, Marie Curie Skłodowska University, Poland, American Literature and Culture
February 26th, 2015 “A Greek Tragedy in the Making? The Eurozone vs. Greece in an Era of Radical Left Politics” – A Debate Tom Kostopoulos, UF Center for European Studies and Classics and Ioannis Ziogas, UF Political Science
February 11th, 2015 “Contemporary Russian Political Rhetoric” (ILR Talk at Oak Hammock) Michael Gorham, UF Languages, Literatures and Cultures
January 27th, 2015 “Muslims, Jews & The Media in France” – A Roundtable Dedicated to Recent Events Gayle Zachman, UF Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Alioune Sow, UF Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Abdoulaye Kane, UF Anthropology ; Esther Romeyn, UF Center for European Studies
January 21st, 2015 “Art & War: Some Observations” (ILR Talk at Oak Hammock) Aida Hozic, UF Political Science

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2014 Academic Year

Date Title Speaker
January 9, 2014 Three Generations of Research on Post-Communist Politics Speaker Series: Grzegorz Ekiert, Harvard University
January 15, 2014 Gallery Talk, The Harn Museum of Art Speaker Series: Photographer Tomasz Zerek and Jack Hutchens, University of Florida
January 17, 2014 Mother Solidarity: Anna Walentynowicz’s Path to Opposition – An Exercise in Memory Studies Speaker Series: Anna Muller, University of Michigan
February 20, 2014 Reclaiming History: A Brief Look at Hungarian Psychology; Hungary, the IMF, and the European Union Speaker Series: Agnes Szokolszky, University of Szeged, Hungary; Tamas Fellegi, former Minister of National Development, Hungary
April 7, 2014 Sex, Politics, and Putin Speaker Series: Valerie Sperling, Clark University Return to topT

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Two Special Talks in 2013

The Center for European Studies sponsored two special talks in 2013.

Here is Alojzy Nowak, Vice Provost of Warsaw University talking about “Fiscal Problems of the European Union.”

Selma Leydesdorff, University of Amsterdam speaks on “Surviving the Bosnian Genocide: The Women of Srebrenica Speak.”

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2011-2012 Academic Year

Date Title Speaker
March 29, 2011 Women Writing the “Colonial Form” in the Postcolonial Portuguese Metropolis Ana Paula Ferreira Professor and Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies University of Minnesota
February 11, 2011 Turkey: The Results of the Recent Public Referendum and Its Implications Sinan Ciddi, Florida State University Middle East Center Symposium on Turkish Studies
February 7, 2011 Associated with the Past? Communist Legacies and Civic Participation in Post-Communist Countries Grigore Pop-Eleches
January 19, 2011 Reading and Writing the Face: Portraiture from Realism to Modernism Kamilla Pawlikowska, University of Kent
January 18, 2011 In Private and in Public: The Body as a Site of Resistance: The Case of Women Political Prisoners in Post-1945 Poland Anna Muller, Indiana University
January 13, 2011 Jacek Kaczmarski’s Quest for Cosmopolishness Grzegorz Danowski, McMaster University
January 11, 2011 When Nabokov Writes Badly: Nabokov, the Question of Quality, and Laughter in the Dark Eric Naiman, University of California, Berkeley

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2008-2009 Academic Year

Date Title Speaker
November 12, 2008 Sibling Rivalries: Judaism, Christianity, Islam from “The Challenge of Religion in History” David Nirenberg, University of Chicago. Co-sponsored
September 10, 2008 Russia, Georgia, and the West: A New Cold War Panel Discussion, Pugh Hall

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2007-2008 Academic Year

Date Title Speaker
April 15, 2008 Afghanistan: Policy for European Union Engagement Paul Turner from the European Commission External Relations – Afghanistan Unit
April 14, 2008 talk and meeting Paul Turner, European Commission External Relations – Afghanistan Unit / Partner: EU Club
April 8, 2008 External Policies of the European Union Gordon Adam, retired Member of European Parliament
April 7, 2008 25 Years as a MEP Gordon Adam, retired Member of European Parliament / Partner: EU Club
April 7, 2008 La Perplejidad de la Escritora Ante Su Obra (The Perplexity of the Writer Looking at Her Work) Carme Riera, Professor of Spanish Literature at the Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona / Partner: Romance Languages and Literatures Department
March 6, 2008 The Past, Present, and Future of EU-US Relations Amie Kreppel, CES Director / Partner: UF Alumni Association
March 5, 2008 Desafíos en el Estudio de la Literatura Española de Temática Homosexual Alfredo Martínez Expósito / Partner: Romance Languages and Literatures
March 3, 2008 Joining the European Union: Negotiating and Resolving Conflicts Victor Martinez-Reyes, University of Warsaw, Poland
February 27, 2008 Causes of Electoral Fraud: Explaining the Flawed Practice of Democracy in Pre-1914 Germany Dr. Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard University / Partner: Political Science Department
February 25, 2008 Amie Kreppel, CES Director / Partner: EU Club The EU: An Introduction
February 7, 2008 An Empire of 600 Years, Ottoman Empire Can Sakirgil, Fulbright scholar at the Center for European Studies
January 28, 2008 Ideological Congruence and Two Visions of Democracy Matt Golder, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Florida State University / Partner: UF Department of Political Science
January 18, 2008 Bulgaria’s Future as a European Union Member Elena Poptodorova, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to the USA / Partners: UF International Center, Volunteers for International Student Affairs, Student Government
November 8, 2007 The Social Dimension of Globalisation: The Role of the International Labour Organization François Trémeaud, Professor, University of Turin; former executive director of the ILO (Intl Labour Organization) / Partner: France-Florida Research Institute, University of Florida International Center
November 7, 2007 Democratization and Global Perspective François Trémeaud, Professor, University of Turin; former executive director of the ILO (Intl Labour Organization) / Partners: France-Florida Research Institute. University of Florida International Center / to Dr. Conor O’Dwyer’s class CPO 4731
October 31, 2007 I Want You for Belgium: Language Issues in Education and Government Formation Dr. Laurence Mettewie, Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Namur, Belgium
October 25, 2007 The Economic Value of Language(s): A Comparison Across Different European Contexts Dr. Laurence Mettewie, Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Namur, Belgium / Partner: Linguistic Dept.
October 23, 2007 EU Membership and the Europeanization of Economic Policy in Central and Eastern Europe Petia Kostadinova, CES Assistant Director / Jean Monnet Occasional Paper Series
October 10, 2007 Runaway State-Building: Patronage Politics and Democratic Development (in the series “The Avenue Coffee House; UF Professors and Their New Books”) Dr. Connor O’Dwyer / Partner: Goering’s Bookstore
September 27, 2007 Transatlantic Trends: U.S.-European Relations in 2007 Dr. Karen Donfried, Executive Vice President, German Marshall Fund of the United States / Partner: Bob Graham Center for Public Service
September 13, 2007 “Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter History”: Small Nations and Grand Narratives in the Central European Novel Jonathan Bolton, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

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2006-2007 Academic Year

Date Title Speaker
April 15, 2007 Anne Frank’s Own True Heir: Intertextuality and the Intergenerational in Zlata’s Diary Anastasia Ulanowicz, Asst. Prof. UF Dept of English; preceded by gallery tour of associated works / Partner: Harn Museum of Art
April 5, 2007 Reproducing the West: The History and the Politics of Population Growth and Movement Matthew Connelly, Columbia University & Woodrow Wilson Center part of the series “The East in the West? Muslims and Jews in Christian Europe” / Partners: Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, Center for Jewish Studies, Grass Chair in Jewish Studies, Department of History
April 5, 2007 Gypsies and the Holocaust Dr. Geoffrey Giles, Associate Professor of History, Department of History, UF / Partners: George A. Smathers Libraries, Reitz Union Board, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, Department of History, Gainesville Jazz and Blues Society, Museum of Romani Culture, Czech Republic, Khamoro International Festival
April 4, 2007 The Spanish Roma: Gitano Cultural Identity, Flamenco and Legal Governance Jennifer Hu Corriggio, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law / Partners: George A. Smathers Libraries, Reitz Union Board, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, Department of History, Gainesville Jazz and Blues Society, Museum of Romani Culture, Czech Republic, Khamoro International Festival
March 26, 2007 Roma Education and Integration: Case Study: Hungary Edit Nagy, Lecturer at the Center for European Studies at UF / Partners: George A. Smathers Libraries, Reitz Union Board, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, Department of History, Gainesville Jazz and Blues Society, Museum of Romani Culture, Czech Republic, Khamoro International Festival
March 19, 2007 Gypsy Law: Romani Legal Traditions and Culture Walter Weyrauch, Distinguished Professor, UF Levin College of Law / Partners: George A. Smathers Libraries, Reitz Union Board, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, Department of History, Gainesville Jazz and Blues Society, Museum of Romani Culture, Czech Republic, Khamoro International Festival / Lecture in conjunction with International Roma Day
March 19, 2007 The Ister: Hoelderlin, Heidegger, “The Jews”, and the New Europe Roundtable discussion and film showing / Partners: Center for Jewish Studies, Dept. of Germanic and Slavic Studies
March 1, 2007 Politics and Religious Identities in Pre-Modern Europe: Case Studies in Poland and Spain Alexander Grass Chair in Jewish Studies / Partners: Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, Center for Jewish Studies, History
February 20, 2007 On the Muslim Question (in the series, “The East in the West: Muslims and Jews in Christian Europe”) Alexander Grass Chair in Jewish Studies / Partners: Center for the Humanities, Center for Jewish Studies, Department of History
February 16, 2007 East is West? National Feelings and Immigrant Exclusionism in Europe Alin Ceobanu / Partners: Department of Sociology
February 14, 2007 A Current Perspective of Entangled Alliances: Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus Harriet L. Elam-Thomas, Ambassador in Residence University of Central FL / Partner: UF International Center
January 31, 2007 Changing Family Structure in Turkey Dr. Zeynep Copur / Partner: Department of Sociology
January 18, 2007 Muslims, Christians, and Jews: Gaming and Courtly Culture in Medieval Spain Alexander Grass Chair in Jewish Studies / Partners: Center for the Humanities and Public Sphere, Center for Jewish Studies, History Dept.
January 16, 2007 Corruption, Electoral Competition, and EU Accession in Eastern Europe Tatiana Kostadinova
November 6, 2006 A Roundtable on Hungarian Politics Today in Historical Perspective Partners: Department of History, Department of Political Science

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2005-2006 Academic Year

Date Title Speaker
April 24-25, 2006 The European Union Enlargement and Neighborhood Policies Classroom visits and roundtable discussions – Steven Bullock and Anna Michael from the European Commission / Partner: EU Commission
April 12, 2006 Rebordering the Mediterranean: New Frontiers and New Transnational Spaces Across Europe, Africa, and Latin America Dr. Liliana Suarez-Navas / Partners: Center for Latin American Studies, Transnational and Global Studies Center, Center for African Studies, and the Department of Anthropology
April 7, 2006 Current Perspectives in Critical Theory – From Ideology to Governmentality. Contemporary Critical Theories and the Problem of Power Dr. Martin Saar, Frankfurt University/New School of Social / Partners: German Academic Exchange Service, International Center and Departments of Political Science, Sociology, English, and Germanic/Slavic Studies
March 24, 2006 Current Perspectives in Critical Theory, A Sense of Critique. On Foucault’s Thinking of Resistance Dr. Dietmar Koveker, University of Montreal (Quebec) / Partners: German Academic Exchange Service, and Departments of Political Science, Sociology, English, and Germanic/ Slavic Studies
March 10, 2006 Current Perspective in Critical Theory – Roots of Recognition. Critical Theory and the Politics of Identity Dr. Hans Herbert Kogler / Partners: DAAD- German Academic Exchange Service, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Department of English, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, UFIC
March 8, 2006 People’s Courts and Popular Justice: The Punishments of “Nazis, Traitors and Their Accomplices” in Postwar Czechoslovakia Dr. Benjamin Frommer, Northwestern University / Partners: Department of Germanic/ Slavic Studies and Center for Jewish Studies
March 2, 2006 Pagan Elements in Contemporary Polish Traditions and Customs Partner: The Polish Studies Program at the University of Florida
February 24, 2006 Current Perspectives in Critical Theory – Democracy in the EU: Deliberation and Democratic Reform Dr. Jim Bohman, Saint Louis University / Partners: German Academic Exchange Service, International Center and Departments of Political Science, Sociology, English, and Germanic/ Slavic Studies
February 23, 2006 Save our Ancestral Land and Our Race: From Xenophobia to Ethnic Cleansing in Central and Eastern Europe Distinguished Prof, Department of History, UCLA, Dr. Ivan Berend / Partner: Department of History at UF
January 27, 2006 The Politics of Our Selves: Power, Autonomy, and Gender in Contemporary Critical Theory Amy Allen, Dartmouth Coll / Partners: DAAD- German Academic Exchange Service, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Department of English, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, UF International Center
September 21, 2005 Elections in Times of Crisis: Germany at the Polls Prof Thomas Biebricher / Partner: Department of Political Science

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2004-2005 Academic Year

Date Title Speaker
April 6, 2005 NATO Today, EU Tomorrow: Bulgaria’s New Missions Partners: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
April 1, 2005 Portuguese Feminism in a Global Frame: The Three Marias and Beyond Prof. Anna Klobucka
March 25, 2005 Shifting the Scale of Contention: From the Local to the Global and Back Again Speakers Series: Sidney Tarrow / Partner: Transnational and Global Studies Center
February 22, 2005 Speaker Series: Anastasia Karakasidou
February 8, 2005 Speaker Series: John White / Partners: School of Music, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies
January 20, 2005 The Uniqueness of Turkey: On the Long Road to Membership Speakers Series: Prof. Mine Elder / Partner: Transnational and Global Studies Center
January 13, 2005 Building Democracy after Dictatorship: Lessons from Post Communist Eurasia Speakers Series: Prof. Valerie Bunce / Partner: Transnational and Global Studies Center
September 30, 2004 Speaker Series: Martin Cave / Partner: Public Utility Research Center

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