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Jeroen Dewulf

New Director Named at the Institute of European Studies: Jeroen Dewulf
Associate Professor, Department of German; Queen Beatrix Professor and Director of the Dutch Studies Program

The Institute of European Studies (IES) on the UC Berkeley campus is delighted to welcome Professor Jeroen Dewulf to serve as its new director. Professor Dewulf comes to IES from the German Department where he also chairs the Dutch Studies Program. He is founder and director of the Designated Emphasis in Dutch Studies, and affiliated faculty at the Centers for African Studies, Latin American Studies, and Southeast Asia Studies. With research interests spanning German and Dutch Studies, (post)colonial literature and history, hybridity and miscegenation, Professor Dewulf also publishes in five languages (English, Dutch, German, Portuguese and French). He has served as visiting professor at numerous international universities, and has received awards and fellowships for both his research and teaching.

During his tenure, Professor Dewulf aims to broaden IES programming to encompass the theme of Global Europe. Within this framework, IES will renew focus on Europe’s colonial history and legacy and look to the ways Europe is dealing with the challenges of globalization in the present day. It will also extend its attention to Europe’s border territories including Ukraine, Turkey, and northern Africa.

This theme responds to the timely need to expand the field of European Studies beyond Europe’s traditional borders. The ultimate goal is to diversify both the student and faculty population and the areas of research within the field of European Studies, as Europe itself engages with the challenges of a globalizing world.

As part of IES’ mandate to support and strengthen student engagement with European Studies, Professor Dewulf also plans to create a Designated Emphasis in ES that will encompass faculty and graduate students from wide-ranging disciplines on the UC Berkeley campus, while also establishing new partnerships with European Studies programs at European universities.

Spring Newsletter Now Online
IES is pleased to announce and profile our newly appointed Director in our Spring Newsletter. Learn about our events and publications, bake some delicious cookies, and stay tuned for upcoming Europe-related cultural events in the Bay Area this summer / fall. Please click here to read more.

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IES Annual Report
Our Annual Report for three years of IES activity (2010-13) is now available via .pdf. If you'd like to learn more about IES' active support of Europe-related scholarship at the University of California, the report provides an overview of the essential role IES playsboth at Berkeley and throughout the entire UC university network. Students, grantees, visiting scholars, conferences, publications, and research initiatives are all highlighted therein. Enjoy!

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Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Annual Lecture
Christian Eschatology and the Nazi Final Solution

Professor John Connelly, Department of History, UC Berkeley, gave the second Annual Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Annual Lecture on November 12, 2013 at the Alumni House on the Cal campus. He discussed the theology of the "End Times" and how that played into Jewish persecution at the hands of the Nazis. An audience of seventy-five interested Berkeley and community members attended, along with guest of honor, Mrs. Norma Feldman. Current IES Director John Efron introduced Prof. Connelly, and fond memories of former IES Director Gerald Feldman were recalled throughout the activities.

Explained Professor Connelly, “Eschatology—an obscure branch of theology dealing with the end of time—would seem irrelevant to the fate of the Jews in Nazi occupied Europe. Yet eschatological ideas formed the core of a view that made Christians believe that Jews were destined to suffer to the end of time, supported by a theology built over centuries whose conclusions seemed ineluctable. My talk explored how thinkers at the margins of the Church, working in the shadow of the Holocaust, replaced those ideas with a revolutionary new vision that became Church teaching in 1965.”

Questions followed his talk, as did an informal reception in Alumni House.

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The Future of the Euro: Lessons from History

At a time when the recent economic upheaval of Cyprus, Greece, and Spain has been in the news, IES was pleased to host a conference considering the history and future of the Euro in April.

Cosponsored by IES, the EU Center of Excellence, the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, and the Austrian National Bank, it was held at the University of California, Berkeley at the Faculty Club. Prominent economists and historians from Berkeley, the US, and abroad discussed this topical issue in front of a large, interested audience and press.

The Conference focused on the following questions: Will the Euro survive? Should it? Will the current crisis lead to the banking, fiscal, and political union ultimately required for monetary union and envisioned when the euro was created? Or will current efforts to stabilize the monetary union with only limited moves in the direction of banking, fiscal and political union suffice to save the Euro? Is there danger that pressure for deeper integration will b only worsen the “democratic deficit problem” and create a backlash against the larger European project?

Videos of the presentations are now available at Cal's youtube site. For background information about the Conference, including program information, please go here.

This event was sponsored in part by the European Union.

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