Upcoming Conferences on Europe

A few upcoming conferences may be of interest to GCfE followers:

The first is Imagining Europe: Cultural Models of European Identity, 1814-2014 which will take place on 15 July 2015.

Imagining Europe is the final event in a programme that aims to consider the extent to which alternative politico-cultural imaginings of Europe are influenced by factors including religion, ethnicity and national identity. The last day to book your place for this conference is the 3rd of July and you can find the booking form along with the programme for the day here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/birtha/events/imagining-europe/conference/

For more information about Imagining Europe please visit: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/birtha/events/imagining-europe/

The second event is the 24th annual conference of the European Reformation Research Group (ERRG) which will take place on the 9-11 September 2015.

The ERRG has been the UK’s principal forum for research into the religious history of early modern Europe. The conference is unthemed and invites papers connected to researchers current work as it relates to European reformations. Papers are particularly welcome from postgraduates and early career researchers, but is also open to established scholars. Abstracts of 200 words for 20 minute papers should be emailed to theerrg@gmail.com by Friday 26 June 2015.

The conference registration form can be found here: ERRG 2015 Registration Form

More information about the ERRG can be found at their new website available here: https://theerrg.wordpress.com/


Birmingham Journal for Europe – Extended Deadline and Expanded CFP Theme

The Birmingham Journal for Europe is at this time extending its deadline for the submission of articles to the 30th of November 2014. As the GCfE Publications team has been involved with another publications project on the theme of “Travelling Europe” we are at this time also opening the call to include further papers on any topic relevant to research in or about Europe. As always the BJfE is open to postgraduates researching within any academic field currently offered within the University of Birmingham including politics, sociology, economics, technology, communications, medical and biosciences, education, law, history, music, culture, literature, environmental sciences, engineering and physical sciences, modern languages and business. The journal is peer reviewed by academics within the university who specialise in the field closest to research area of the author in order to ensure all papers are of the highest academic standard.

Our full call for papers can be found here: Birmingham Journal for Europe 2014-2015 CfP

Please note that papers need to be approximately 6,000 words in length, be submitted as a Word document and most conform to the MHRA style guide (a quick guide is attached to the CFP) prior to submitting your paper. Papers that do not meet these requirements will not be considered for initial review. If you have any queries about the requirements please do not hesitate to contact the publications team at gcfe@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Authors will retain the full copyright to their work and may use it for any purpose (including commercial) in the future. However, we do ask that you do not submit papers to us that you have currently submitted to other journals and that you notify us in the event that you submit your article elsewhere in the future (i.e. after the next issue of the BJfE is published).

If you are looking to submit book reviews and/or notes we will launch a second call for these shorter submissions after the closing date of our article deadline. Keep an eye on our pages for more information about this.

We look forward to receiving your articles and invite our readers to circulate this call for papers amongst interested postgraduates.


Spring Newsletter

The third issue of our newsletter is now available on our publications tab and on our academic web profile available here: Spring Newsletter. Our publications team has had an exciting year, with our biggest staff to date the Birmingham Journal for Europe team has been able to expand our endeavours to include both the newsletter and this blog. Provided we have as enthusiastic a team as this year our aim will be to expand the BJfE in 2014/2015 to include reviews and notes sections. If you are interested in getting involved with any part of our publications team next year please contact us at gcfe@contacts.bham.ac.uk for further details.

The third issue of the BJfE will be uploaded onto our academic site in the next few weeks. Keep an eye on our pages for the cfp for our fourth issue ‘Travelling Europe’ which will be launched in July.

Eighth Annual Conference: Plenary Panels

Panel 1

Panel 1: “Spatial Implications of Europeanisation”

Our first panel was chaired by Dr Isabelle Hertner, a lecturer in German and European Politics and Society at the University of Birmingham and the deputy director of the Institute for German Studies. This first panel also ended up being our ‘UK’ panel with all of our presenters studying within the UK. Anneliese Hatton from our own University of Birmingham began the session with her paper entitled “Portugal, Head of Europe” – Questions Surrounding the Adoption of a European Identity by Portugal. Next was Benjamin Duke from Keele University and his paper Education, Learning and Teaching, an Interdisciplinary Europeanization Neo-Trokia: Facilitating Cross Border and Transport Aspects of Travelling Europe. The panel closed with A Bourdieusian Analysis of the EU’s “Southern” Border presented by Nottingham Trent University’s Amy Manktelow, for whom our GCfE conference was the first of an ambitious seven conference season. This collection of fascinating papers asked us to rethink the borders and roles of EU and European nations.

Panel 2

Panel 2: “(Re-) Writing Europe”

Dr Nick Martin, the Graduate Centre for Europe’s own academic director, chaired this second panel that approached our conference theme through travel diaries. Korbinian Erdmann from the University of Cologne, our thesis slam champion, presented a paper that discussed the impact of stereotypes on trips to Carniola in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Aleksandra Ziober from the University of Wroclaw had several fascinating insights to share from the travel diaries of Lithuanian Nobles in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The panel offered insight into what early tourists thought to record and how stereotypes, often influenced by religion more than nationalism, altered a travellers perception of the countries they were visiting. An insightful Q+A session at the end considered the future of the modern travel diary disseminated today across social media, blogs, and from time to time the traditional paper journal.

Panel 3

Panel 3: “Europe on the Move”

Dr Katherine Tonkiss from the University of Birmingham chaired the opening panel on the second day of the conference. Nora Siklodi (Royal Holloway, University of London/University of Portsmouth) paper considered mobility rights and their impact on identity across the EU. Her paper asked us to consider what it meant to be an EU citizen, particularly on a personal level. For Nora EU citizenship is a temporary sense of identity that varies from country to country. Giuseppe Sofo (University of Avignon/Sapienza University of Rome) motivated the discussion session with his approach to humanities in movement which involved re-defining the terms we use to discuss migration and migrants. Giuseppe’s paper closed with a moving plea for new ways of being human and new paths to coexistence. Finally, Marek Liszka (Jagiellonian University, Cracow) closed the panel with a case study of the Polish immigrants seven stage journey from Orava to the USA.

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Panel 4: “European Sites of Memory”

This stimulating fourth panel was chaired by a guest academic flown in from across the pond, Professor Shelly Hornstein from York University, Toronto. Ievgeniia Sarapina (National Academy of Managerial Staff of Culture and Arts, Kyiv) presented ‘Travelling as Mnemonic Adventure in Ukraine’ discussing memory heterotopias, both social and memorial functions. Her paper shed light on the idea of tourism as an activity of remembrance. Oriol López-Badell (University of Barcelona Solidarity Foundation) presented his research on the Memoria Bcn project which endeavours to recover historical sites and the locations of historical events. More about this project can be found here: www.memoriabcn.cat. This panel concluded with a very welcome presentation by one of the University of Birmingham’s readers in Environmental Humanities, Dr Frank Uekötter. Frank’s paper made us pause and consider it is not just people who travel as we considered the slaughterhouse as a site of memory. This fascinating presentation argues that the slaughterhouse captures a universal experience, particularly in Chicago, and is therefore does in fact represent a site of memory.

For those particularly interested in the project outlined by Oriol in his presentation you can find here the program for the upcoming first symposium organized by the European Memories Observatory, a new network promoted by the University of Barcelona with partners from different European countries: Memory and Power Barcelona

Panel 5

Panel 5: “Europe as a Tourist Destination”

Our final plenary panel led our travels to tourism. Dr Stephen Forcer, lecturer in French Studies at the University of Birmingham, chaired this last panel. Natalia Palich, our second presenter hailing from Jagiellonian University intertwined several panel themes from borders and space to literary journeys. Her research looks at notions of tourism in Czech Contemporary Literature. Natalia’s research outlined the smaller perception of space held by most Czech citizens travelling within their own borders. However, with new poetics there are new topics and an outreach to globalised concerns as Czech writers share their new personal experiences having transgressed European boarders. Simona Martini from the University of Milan shared Litfiba’s musical journey throughout Europe. Her presentation highlighted how words and song can connect cultures across the globe. Federica Poletti from the London School of Economics and Political Science used the European Capitals of Culture (ECoC) accolade to draw attention to the importance of sustainable tourism. The primary concern with the ECoC designation is whether a country can maintain the benefits of environmental and economic tourism beyond the one year in which they hold this title.

Postgraduate Afternoon 3: Careers In & Outside Europe

3rd PG Afternoon Flier

We are pleased to announce that our third postgraduate afternoon will take place on Thursday, the 27th of February 2014 from 3pm – 5pm. The event will feature a talk by Ellen O’Brien from the University of Birmingham Careers Network and a postgraduate roundtable. Speakers include students who have been employed in locations such as Portugal, Canada, Australia and South Korea and represent a multitude of industries including teaching, hydrogeology and biology.

3pm – 3:30pm: Presentation from the UoB Careers Network

3:30pm – 3:50pm: Q&A

3:50pm – 4pm: A short break and refreshments

4pm – 5pm: A student-led roundtable followed by Q&A.

As with all our postgraduate afternoons feel free to drop in at any point during the session. This will be a unique chance to hear about career opportunities abroad, learn about differences in work criteria and ask questions of those with first-hand experience working across the globe. The event will take place in Room 122, 1st Floor, Muirhead Tower and is not to be missed.

FREEBIES: The European Direct Information Centre (EDIC) have put together goodie bags for this event. The first 25 guests will be guaranteed a bag full of freebies curtsey of the EDIC.

The Graduate Centre for Europe

Since 2005 the Graduate Centre for Europe (GCfE) has been an interdisciplinary academic forum run by postgraduate students at the University of Birmingham. The group has been established to enable the exchange of ideas on Europe among graduate students across a variety of disciplines, including politics, history, economics, languages, sociology, literature, environmental sciences, international relations, law, business and technology. The forum runs a series of roundtable discussions, workshops, skills sessions and socials throughout the year, as well as a two day annual conference. Our conferences have invited speakers from around the globe and always feature at least one prominent keynote speaker. The GCfE also run a publications subcommittee who produce the Birmingham Journal for Europe (BJfE) once a year.

To find out more about what we do or to get in touch:

University hosted research page: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/gcfe

Email: gcfe@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

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