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Vol. 7, Issue 11 - April 2, 2012


CES News & Events

Campus Events

Academic Opportunities

CES News & Events

Keynote Address & Reading: Gerardo Fernández Fe

April 2, 2012 at 5:00pm - 120 Pugh Hall

Writer Gerardo Fernández Fe will present his latest novel, El Ultimo Dia del Estornino (2011), just published last year in Spain. This novel has already received very exciting critical reviews from Latin American public, as well as the European. Fernandez Fe is an important writer who lives between Barcelona and France, but also teaches French culture in Ecuador this year.

The event will comprise a keynote address and brief readings from the novel. Also, copies of the novel will be available for sale. [more | poster]

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Viva Europe Week Events

film festivalFilm Festival
April 2-6, 2012

The Viva Europe 5-night film festival will screen short, contemporary films from directors all across Europe. The films are having their north Florida premier as part of the Eurochannel Short Films Tour at three different public libraries and at Santa Fe College.

On Monday and Wednesday, films will be shown at the Headquarters branch of the Alachua film festival County Library; on Tuesday, films will be shown at the Millhopper branch; on Thursday at the Tower Road branch; on Friday at Santa Fe Room WA-104.

All events are free and open to the public:

  • Monday, April 2nd at 6:00pm - Alachua County Headquarters Library (401 E University Ave.)
  • Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:00pm - Alachua County Mill hopper Library (3145 NW 43rd St.)
  • Wednesday, April 4th at 6:00pm - Alachua County Headquarters Library (401 E University Ave.)
  • Thursday, April 5th at 6:00pm - Alachua County Tower Road Library (3020 SW 75th St.)
  • Friday, April 6th at 6:00pm - Santa Fe College, main campus, WA-104 (3000 NW 83rd St.)

Conference: "Afro-Caribbean Roots in Gypsy Catalan Flamenco"
April 5, 2012 at 3:00pm - Friends of Music Room, University Auditorium

The band Can Cun Rumba from Spain examine the type of music they perform. Presented in Spanish.

Viva Europe Festival
April 7, 2012 from 11:00am-4:00pm - Bo Diddley Community Plaza

Do you want to learn how to play bocce? Learn to say "Go Gators" in Hungarian? Sample stuffed grape leaves with tzatziki sauce? Dance to a gypsy flamenco band from Spain? Hear the sweet sound of Uilleann pipes? Eat sausages until you burst?

Then come to Viva Europe - a day-long celebration of the cultures of Europe - brought home to you in downtown Gainesville by the University of Florida Center for European Studies with other organizers and sponsors.

Use all your senses to see, hear, taste, and touch Europe at Viva Europe! A full day of music and dance performance is accompanied by food vendors, country display tables that may have goodies to taste and interesting objects to touch, contests, kid's activities, a marketplace, mini-language lessons, and more. [schedule | more]

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Talk: "Migration and the Political Sustainability
 of Welfare States in Europe"

April 6, 2012 at 11:45am - 215 Dauer Hall
Speaker: Gary Freeman, University of Texas, Austin

Prof. Freeman's talk will be on the topic of immigration, citizenship regimes, and welfare entitlements in Western Europe. The talk will be followed by an informal meeting with graduate students and faculty during a reception. For more information, contact Dr. Alin Ceobanu. [poster]

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Talk: "Florida's Canid Curiosities:
 Exploring the Roles of Wolves through European Imaginings
 into American Wolfdog Breeding Practices"

April 11, 2012 at 11:45am - 3312 Turlington Hall
Speaker: Sarah Lewis Mitchem

Since the 15th century colonizers systematically employed Western-based hierarchies to categorize indigenous fauna, flora, and peoples. These implanted structures preserved the metropole's power by fracturing natural networks using an anthropocentric ideology cataloging humankind as separate from animals. Additionally, evolutionary theories were distorted in order to foster Social Darwinism, the belief that certain individuals and races harbored undesirable characteristics. These impurities were often explained as either retarded development or "devolution" - the conviction that some species reverted to more primitive versions. Arguing that white males were the result of natural selection par excellence, native peoples were often seen as wavering between "proper" people and near-animals. This supposed developmental purgatory labeled them as "primitive," "savages," or "brutes," and offered colonizers an excuse to treat them with the same barbarity exhibited towards animals.

This essay, building upon the work of contemporary green postcolonial issues, begins with an analysis of the human/non-human animal composite heads painted by Arcimboldo for his Four Elements portraits and presented to Maximilian II in 1569. We will then examine how themes represented in the paintings continue to influence imperialist agendas regarding animal assignments. Specifically, we focus on a key anti-imperialist text, Frantz Fanon's Black Skin, White Masks, to demonstrate a subversive use of devolution used to rebel against an animal label forced on the author as an indication of otherness. Fanon's narrative challenges his oppression by embracing the human/animal conflict presented by devolution: using narrative and psychoanalytic tactics he portrays the pressures of racism as driving him into an internal human/animal contest. Ultimately, the struggle leads to self-determination that maintains the anthropocentric status; he discards his animal qualities in favor of a reformed (read: superior) identity of man. However, Fanon's radical resistance to imperial propaganda also offers a glimpse into the conflation of the human/animal categories that future writers will embrace in order to combat colonial, and neocolonial, measures.

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JMCE Conference: "Democracy in the European Union"

April 13, 2012, 9:00am-5:00pm, 215 Dauer Hall

This workshop is linked to EUS 4932/EUS 6932: The EU Today, a special advanced seminar in EU studies supported by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE). Panelists and discussants include UF faculty, advanced graduate and undergraduate students, and invited speakers. The workshop is supported by the Jean Monnet Program of the European Union and the Center for European Studies at the University of Florida.

For more information, email Dr. Amie Kreppel. [more]

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Campus News

Blind Review of Draft Proposals

The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites you to submit polished draft proposals in the humanities (minus reference letters) for single-blind review by three UF referees with experience serving on national review panels.

This opportunity is limited to 15 individuals; in the case of over-subscription, preference will be given to those who have not participated in prior review opportunities. You are also invited to view the growing funding databases and other grant-writing support services maintained by the Center. To participate, please RSVP to Sophia Acord by June 1, 2012. Feedback will be returned by August 20, 2012, to enable revision for fall deadlines.

This opportunity is made possible by support from the CLAS Dean's Office and UF Office of Research.

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2012.

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Academic Opportunities

For previously announced External Funding Opportunities, please click here.

Conference: Humanities in the Contemporary World

The Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts is hosting an international conference, "Humanities and Contemporary World", on June 7-9, 2012 at Podgorico, Montenegro. The conference aims to discuss how humanities can contribute to a better future by striving to understand the relationship between science, technology and other broader social fields. WAAS will conduct special sessions of its programs on Emerging Individuality and Limits to Rationality as part of the conference. Fellows interested to present papers or attend are requested to email the WAAS Program Committee. [more]

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Summer School: "Parliamentary Democracy in Europe"

At the LUISS School of Government in Rome, there will be a Summer School about "Parliamentary Democracy in Europe" (entirely in English) to be held on July 16-20, 2012. [more]

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