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January 8: "Market Liberalization and Labor in the European Union: Tales from the Transport Sector," Peter Turnbull, Cardiff University, 4:30 pm, Loew Hall 113, University of Washington, Seattle campus. Drawing upon his scholarship and experience with ports and civil aviation, Peter Turnbull will discuss the process of market liberalization as it has played out in the European Union. What strategies have EU officials pursued, and how have unions responded? Peter Turnbull is Professor of Human Resource Management & Labour Relations at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. He previously held posts at the London School of Economics and the Universities of Warwick and Leeds. For the past 20 years, Professor Turnbull has conducted research on the transport sector, focusing on ports and civil aviation. He has undertaken several studies for the International Labour Organisation (Geneva), the International Transport Workers' Federation, European Transport Workers' Federation and the European Cockpit Association. He recently chaired a Forum organized by the European Commission on the US-EU Open Aviation Area (Washington DC) and is currently working with trade union and the European Commission on the future EU ports policy.
January 16: "Visual Knowledge / Facing Blindness," Bronwen Wilson, University of British Columbia, 4:00 pm, Art Building 317, University of Washington, Seattle campus. If vision and visuality have dominated histories and theories of early modern painting then what was the function of depicting the blind, and what is at stake in assessing the tensions between blindness and sight, particularly in early modern painting? Bronwen Wilson explores these questions through a consideration of visual images of the human face made in late sixteenth-century Bologna. This lecture is organized by the Early Modern Research Group (EMERGE) and sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities and Art History.
January 20: "Islam in Europe: Integration and Radicalization, Two Faces of the Same Coin?," Olivier Roy, French National Centre for Scientific Research, 2:30-3:45 pm, Henry Art Gallery Auditorium, University of Washington, Seattle campus. Olivier Roy is a political scientist and scholar of Persian language and civilization. He has been a professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales/EHESS (School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences) in Paris since 2003 and senior researcher in political science at the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) since 1985. During 2008-09, Professor Roy will be a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley’s Travers Political Science Department. Professor Roy was a consultant to UNOCA (United Nations Office of the Coordinator for Afghanistan) in 1988; in the same year he organized and accompanied a special UN team to Afghanistan. In 1993, he was special envoy for the OSCE in Tajikistan and in the following year became head of OSCE’s Mission for Tajikistan. He has acted as a part-time consultant to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1984. He has written extensively on Afghanistan, Iran, former Soviet Central Asia, the Middle East, political Islam and Muslims in Europe. His books include: Islam and Resistance in Afghanistan; The Failure of Political Islam; Les illusions du 11 septembre; L’islam mondialisé; Globalized Islam; and Secularism Confronts Islam (with G. Holoch). Professor Roy received his PhD in Political Science in 1996 from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (IEP/Sciences Po). Sponsored by the Center for West European Studies Politics and Society Colloqium and the Middle East Center. Middle East Center sponsorship of this event does not imply endorsement of the content of the event by the Middle East Center. For further information, contact the Center for West European Studies at 206-543-1675, or email email@example.com.
January 22: "Antiquities and Academies: Cultural History and National Identity in the 18th-Century Spanish World," Andrew Schulz, University of Oregon, 4:00 pm, Art Building 317, University of Washington, Seattle campus. Andrew Schulz is the author of Goya’s Caprichos: Aesthetics, Perception, and the Body, which won the 2007 Eleanor Tufts
Prize from the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies. Much of his current work focuses on the legacy of al-Andalus (Muslim Iberia) in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.This lecture is organized by the Early Modern Research Group (EMERGE) and sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities and Art History.
January 27: "Antisemitism: An Eternal Hatred?" Steven Beller, 12:00-1:30 pm, Parrington Hall Forum, Room 308, University of Washington, Seattle campus. Steven Beller was educated at Cambridge University, where he was a research fellow, 1985-89. Since 1989, he has lived in the United States. He has written widely on Austrian, Jewish and Central European history. His books include Vienna and the Jews, 1867-1938: A
Cultural History (Cambridge University Press, 1989); Herzl (Halban, 1991); Francis Joseph (Longman, 1996); and A Concise History of Austria (Cambridge, 2006). He also edited and introduced the anthology Rethinking Vienna 1900 (Berghahn, 2001). His latest book is Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2008). He is currently an independent scholar resident in Washington DC. Sponsored by the the Jewish Studies Program, Comparative Religion Program, Center for Global Studies, and the Center for West European Studies. For more information, call 206-543-0138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 27: "Who are the Europeans (and why does that matter for politics)?" Neil Fligstein, 3:30-5:00 pm, Condon Hall, Room 311, University of Washington, Seattle campus. Much of the current political conflict about the ultimate shape of the European Union can be attributed to who is and who is not involved in European society. This talk explores who identifies with Europe, and why. Business owners, managers, professionals, white collar workers, the educated, and the young have all benefited from European integration, specifically by having opportunities to interact with their counterparts across Europe. As a result, they tend to think of themselves as Europeans. Older, poorer, less educated, and blue collar citizens have benefited less. They view the EU as intrusive on national sovereignty or they fear its pro-business orientation will overwhelm national welfare states. There is a third group of mainly middle class citizens who see the EU in positive terms and sometimes, but not always, think of themselves as Europeans. It is this swing group that is most critical for the future of the European project. If this group favors more European cooperation, politicans will oblige. But, if they favor policies that remain wedded to the nation, European cooperation will continue to be stalled. Sponsored by the Center for West European Politics and Society Colloquim. For more information, call 206-543-1675 or email email@example.com.
March 6-7: 2009 West Coast Model European Union, The Model EU is a simulation of a European Council summit. Teams made up of two undergraduate students play the roles of representatives of EU member state delegations. This year, the students will negotiated issues that will be discussed during the Czech Presidency of 2009. The 2009 Model EU will feature two concurrent summit negotiation sessions focusing on the following issues: enlargement and Energy. The 2009 West Coast Model EU is sponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence, the Center for West European Studies, and the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. For more information, visit http://jsis.washington.edu/euc/meu/ or contact the European Union Center of Excellence at 206-616-2415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 3: "Beaumarchais and the Bastille: An Aristocratic Villa in Revolutionary Paris," Gregory Brown, History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4:00 pm, Communications Building, Room 202, University of Washington, Seattle campus. Gregory Brown is author of A Field of Honor: Writers, Court Culture and Public Theater in French Literary Life from Racine to the Revolution (2002) and Literary Sociability and Literary Property in Franch, 1775-1793 (2006). He recently published a review essay on "historiography of the self in the era of the French Revolution," in History & Theory. His revised version of Eighteenth-Centery Europe: Tradition and Progress (with Isser Woloch) is forthcoming. Brown's current book-in-progress investigates how Beaumarchais's Parisian villa and gardens, intended to be a statement of his social merit and civic leadership, contributed instead to the popular conception of Beaumarchais during the French Revolution as an "aristocrat." This event is organized by the Early Modern Research Group (EMERGE), sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities, and co-sponsored by the Center for West European Studies. For more information, visit http://www.simpsoncenter.org or contact email@example.com or 206-543-3920.