In the last decade, the world has witnessed the rise of new global economic powers, new migration patterns, demographic shifts, and transformative developments in science and technology, each presenting unique challenges to European societies, politics, and cultures, as well as the transatlantic relationship. With a new generation of 21st-century Europeanists confronting these new realities, the theme we have developed to realize and lend focus to our program objectives is Europe’s Unprecedented Challenges and Opportunities.
The underlying theme of our research program, Global Europe, takes shape through the many research projects IES fosters and sustains. This research focus could not be more important or timely. Until the late 20th century, European integration was about creating internal conditions for peace and prosperity, with the US providing protection from outside threats. Today, however, external stability has become crucial to Europe’s internal stability and integration. In a globalized world, developments in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East directly affect Europe. And Europe decisively affects the rest of the world. The old question of where Europe begins (i.e., the BENELUX and the German-French political alliance) is overshadowed by the new question of where Europe ends and how the EU will relate with its neighbors in the coming years. Threats like terrorist networks, climate change, and infectious diseases that ignore national boundaries also call for a global engagement. However, that call has also triggered the resurgence of regional nationalistic identities, such as Catalan, Scottish and Flemish, as many Europeans seek solace from a Global Europe in sub-national communities. European integration also faces strong resistance from rightwing populist movements that have the ambition to reinforce the power of the individual nation states and to curb immigration.
IES has mobilized UC Berkeley’s singular research resources to examine Europe in its global context and train a new generation of scholars in innovative ways of seeing and knowing Europe In collaboration with IES’ country programs and a wide range of research and teaching units on the Berkeley campus, IES engages five interdisciplinary faculty clusters to expand and diffuse knowledge of Global Europe. The cluster on Europe and the Future of Global Trade and Investment assesses Europe’s role in the creation of a new international economic architecture in the wake of the global financial crisis. The second focuses on EU-California Collaboration to study cross-border public health threats, environmental threats and illegal immigration. A third focuses on A New Security Architecture for Europe in order to explore Europe’s role in NATO and growing willingness to confront a resurgent Russia. The fourth, Globalization and Governance, examines how global forces impact EU governance and, in turn, how EU policy and its governance model affect other parts of the world. The final cluster, Language, Culture and History in a Global Europe, examines how transnational connections affect European languages, cultures, and politics. IES also explores the long-term effects of Europe’s colonial legacy. Research on these themes related to Global Europe is funded primarily through the research programs of IES, other research centers at UC Berkeley, and California state funding. Funding from the National Resource Center on Western Europe broadcasts that research via outreach conferences, workshops, and teacher conferences, a partnership with community colleges, blogs, and social media, making it accessible to a number of targeted audiences and available for classroom use.
In cooperation with the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, IES supports the teaching of European Languages on the UC Berkeley campus. For an overview of all European languages taught on the Berkeley campus, go to our European Languages Portal.
IES also wants to encourage the use of library materials in European languages other than English for academic research. It supports the creation of new European language courses on the Berkeley campus as well as the creation of new courses in existing courses that privilege reading knowledge and new teaching methodologies that facilitate academic research.
IES has a special fund to support library collection in less commonly taught European languages (LCTL). Students, both undergraduate and graduate, and faculty who wish to use library materials written in a European LCTL and printed in Europe that are currently not available on the Berkeley campus, can fill out the Library Recommendation Form and mention “IES LCTL Support” in the Comments section. IES provides special funding to the UC Berkeley Library to finance the purchase of these materials. This support only applies to LCTLs that are still spoken in Western, Northern, and Southern Europe, including Turkey; no support will be given for historical languages nor for Slavic and other Eastern European languages supported by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.
In cooperation with the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, IES supports the work of the UC Berkeley Library subject specialists to enhance the European collections in general and LCTL collections in particular. For more information on all European collections at the UC Berkeley Library, please contact our subject specialists:
Michaelyn Burnette (English and Celtic languages)
Jim Church (International Documents + EU Depository Library)
Shayee Khanaka (Turkish, Kurdish, and Maltese)
Jeremy Ott (German and European Nordic languages)
Steve Mendoza (Dutch)
Liladhar Pendse (Slavic and other Eastern European languages, including Romanian)
Claude Potts (Romance languages + Breton and Euskara)