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Graduate Student Conference, “A Polarizing Europe: Identity, Aesthetics and Radicalism in the Post WWII Era” 

 

Friday, April 22, 2016 
Barrows Hall, 8th Floor

The topic of this year’s UC Berkeley IES/Social Sciences Matrix graduate student conference isA Polarizing Europe: Identity, Aesthetics and Radicalism in Post WWII Era”. The conference will consider to what extent Europe appears to be polarizing along national, historiographic, social, economic, political, ethnic and religious lines. The first panel, “Politics of Identity: Collective Memory, Conflict, Legality and Solidarity,” examines the simultaneously individual and collective aspects of identity in a changing Europe, the borders of which are constantly extending themselves beyond the initial EU countries into an ever more global interconnectivity, conflict and solidarity. The second panel, “Political Economy: Nation and Identity in Europe,” will address relations between economic and political institutions and their influence on culture and the political ideology of a nation-state. The final panel, “Myth and Memory: (Re)Writing History in the Hands of the Artist,” engages with memory, aesthetics and the arts in posing questions regarding cultural and national heritage, history, and political organization in the post-war era. The conference will conclude with a keynote panel discussion, “All things considered: How do academics negotiate rigorous study with contemporary crisis in Europe?,” which will broaden the papers’ content and bring them into context with today’s political and social climates in Europe.

Conference Schedule:

8:30-9:00 Coffee and registration

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome address - Akasemi Newsome, UC Berkeley IES, Associate Director

9:15 - 11:00 “Politics of Identity: Collective Memory, Conflict, Legality and Solidarity” 

Eleanor Shapiro (UC Berkeley, Graduate Theological Union)  

Fatima Khemilat (UC Berkeley, Visiting Fellow, Political Science Institute (France))   

Renata Barreto (UC Berkeley, School of Law)

Panel discussant: Marianne Riddervold (Visiting Fellow, UC Berkeley IES)

11:00 - 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 - 1:00 “Political Economy: Nation and Identity in Europe” 

Patrick Donnelly (UC Berkeley, Political Science) 

Makoto Fukumoto (UC Berkeley, Political Science) 

Leslie Root (UC Berkeley, Demography)   

Mladen Grgić (UC Berkeley, Center for Chinese Studies)

Panel discussant: Leonid Kil (UC Berkeley, Political Science)

1:00 - 2:00 Lunch break

2:00 - 3:45 “Myth and Memory: (Re)Writing History in the Hands of the Artist”

Thomas Gilbert (UC Berkeley, Sociology) 

            Pawel Koscielny (UC Berkeley, History) 

            Lena Tahmassian (Stanford, Iberian and Latin American Cultures) 

            Alexandra Magearu (UC Santa Barbara, Comparative Literature)

            Panel discussant: Brandon Schneider (UC Berkeley IES, Assistant Director, Program for the Study of Italy)

3:45 - 4:00 Coffee Break

4:00 - 5:00 Keynote Discussion, “All things considered: How do academics negotiate rigorous study with contemporary crisis in Europe?”

Leonid Kil, Akasemi Newsome, Marianne Riddervold, Brandon Schneider, Jeroen Dewulf

            

5:00 Reception 

Institute of European Studies
207 Moses Hall, #2316
University of California
Berkeley, CA  94720-2316

ies@berkeley.edu

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