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Vol. 7, Issue 3 - January 23, 2012


CES Announcements

Campus Events

Academic Opportunities

CES Announcements

Dutch Cooking Class

January 23, 2012, 6:00pm at Take Away Gourmet (3345 SW 34th St.).

There might be a chance you could get into this class at the last minute. Call (352) 374-4433 to see if anyone has canceled. If not, keep your eyes open for French, Bulgarian, and Catalan classes. [more]

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Brown Bag Talk: "Why Ukraine Has Not Succeeded
 in Democratization Under Yushchenko"

January 24, 2012 at 12:50pm, 216 Anderson Hall
Speaker: Yuriy Matsiyevsky, Ostroh Academy, Ukraine and Kennan Institute

This lecture aims to address one of the major questions of the post-Orange period in Ukrainian history, namely why major actors chose not to "play by the rules" but instead "play with the rules." Its main thesis contends that the informal pacts that govern political behavior have now become an institutional trap, which has made democratic compromise, or "playing by the rules," impossible. This, in turn, has adversely affected the rule of law and devolution of constitutionalism in post-Orange Ukraine. [poster]

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Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

The University of Florida Center for European Studies (CES) anticipates awarding Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for Summer 2012 and Academic Year 2012-2013. These fellowships are funded by the US Department of Education (USDOE) under Title VI of the Higher Education Act. Fellowships are awarded to graduate and undergraduate students working in an academic discipline with European area and language studies. Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted to a degree program at the University of Florida, either as a graduate or undergraduate student. Fellowships are offered for any one of the lesser and least commonly taught European languages: Catalan, Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Modern Greek, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish.

Funding may also be available to support advanced language training in French, German, or Spanish at the graduate level. Only undergraduate students pursuing language study at the intermediate and advanced level of the above languages are eligible for FLAS funding.

Summer fellowships cover tuition at the host institution (actual cost up to $5,000) and provide a stipend ($2,500). Summer travel awards (covering the actual cost of travel up to $1,000) may also be available. Academic year fellowships provide a set stipend per academic year ($15,000 for graduate and $5,000 for undergraduate students) and cover the cost of in-state tuition and fees (12 credits per semester).

Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and be admitted to a graduate or undergraduate program at the University of Florida.

For more detailed information about the fellowships and for application information, see the FLAS section of the CES website, or contact:

Application Deadline: February 14, 2012.

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Campus News

Brown Bag Talk: "Capturing the Trace of an Errant History:
  Chaadaev and the Image of the Russian Nomad"

January 26, 2012 at 12:00pm, 200 Walker Hall
Speaker: Ingrid Kleespies, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

"We seem to camp in our houses, we behave like strangers in our families; and in our cities we appear to be nomads... " Nineteenth-century Russian philosopher Petr Chaadaev's startling assessment of Russian identity is a powerful metaphor for what he and others perceived as Russia's profound lack of national history and definition. His statement has reverberated in Russian literature and thought since its scandalous publication in his First Philosophical Letter in 1836. In this talk, Dr. Kleespies will examine how a discourse of uncertain national identity is explicitly articulated in symbolic terms of waywardness, nomadism, and errancy in Chaadaev's Letter and consider the following questions: What are the origins and nuances of the imagery of errancy and itinerancy found in this text? How do both the persona of the author and his work lie at the center of a discourse in which wandering serves as a key metaphor for Russian national identity in the nineteenth century and beyond?

The Humanities Brown Bag Series features informal talks by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere's (CHPS) Rothman Summer Fellows. Faculty fellows will speak for 20-30 minutes in length about their summer work, leaving ample time for questions and discussion. Please feel free to bring your own lunch, and the CHPS will provide coffee and dessert. [more]

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Study Abroad Fair

February 1, 2012 at 10:00am-3:00pm, Reitz Union colonnade

Plan to attend the International Center's Study Abroad Fair. The CES will display information on summer programs in Brussels, Kraków/Wrocław, Prague, and Salzburg. [more]

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Foreign Language Organization (FLO)

Love learning and/or teaching languages? Learn how to become a foreign language learner or facilitator! Language sessions are free, offered at many levels and languages, and generally held after most scheduled classes. English is usually offered as well. Please refer to our website or our Facebook group for more information.

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Academic Opportunities

For previously announced External Funding Opportunities, please click here.

Call for Applications: Bremen International
 Graduate School of Social Sciences Ph.D. Program

The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications to its Ph.D. program. BIGSSS is an inter-university institute of the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen and is funded by the German Excellence Initiative. The program provides close supervision of dissertation work within a demand-tailored education and research framework. Fellows are expected to choose Bremen as their place of residence. BIGSSS is part of an international network of highly acknowledged graduate programs. It supports its doctoral and postdoctoral fellows in achieving early scientific independence and provides funds for the conduct, presentation, and publishing of their research. The language of instruction is English.

Successful applicants for the Ph.D. and Predoctoral Fellowships will pursue a topic in one or more of BIGSSS' three Thematic Fields:

  1. Global Governance and Regional Integration
  2. Welfare State, Inequality, and Quality of Life
  3. Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts

15 Ph.D. Stipends/Fellowships
BIGSSS seeks candidates with strong academic abilities and a Master's degree (or equivalent) in political science, sociology, or psychology. Applicants with a degree in law, economics, or other social science disciplines are also welcome. We offer Ph.D. stipends of €1250/month for 36 months, contingent on successful completion of each year.

2 Predoctoral Fellowships for BA Graduates
Additionally, BIGSSS offers 2 stipends of € 850/month for particularly talented BA graduates. After fulfilling some course requirements and having their proposals accepted within the first year, candidates can switch into the regular three year program.

Ph.D. fellowships will start on September 1, 2012. Non-German students are strongly encouraged to apply. BIGSSS strives to increase the share of women in the university and hence also strongly encourages women to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are equally qualified will be favored. Applications must be submitted online under "Admissions". [more]

Application Deadline: March 15, 2012.

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Second International Symposium on Ideology, Politics, and Demands in Spanish Language, Literature and Film

Participation: in person / virtual (synchronic or asynchronic). To be held in the National University of Distance Learning (UNED), Santander (Cantabria), Spain, July 4-6, 2012. (20 hours).

This symposium will address a wide variety of topics related to the manner in which ideological and epistemological changes of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries shaped the Spanish language, literature and film in both Spain and Latin America. [more]

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