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Entries prior to the Fall 2016 semester represent a small portion of events held. For a full list of events, see each semester's newsletter.


Jan 31

From left: speakers Elisabetta Ghisini, Enrico Deaglio, and Enrico Rossi



Dec 03

Comparing California and Germany: New Research on Electricity, Transportation and Carbon Markets

On December 3, 2018, UC Berkeley faculty affiliated with IES/CGES organized a DAAD sponsored workshop titled, “Comparing California and Germany: New Research on Electricity, Transportation and Carbon Markets.” The workshop took place at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California Davis and comprised three sessions. The theme of the first session was a comparison between California and Germany of the integration of renewable resources in electricity markets, the introduction of electric vehicles, and how they may relate by coordinating the new sources of electricity supply and demand, and how they affect overall carbon emissions in the jurisdictions.

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Nov 30

Deolinda Adão (right) interviews Bárbara Bulhosa, Dulce Maria Cardoso and Ricardo Araújo Pereira

The Art of Being Woman

On November 30, the Center for Portuguese Studies was pleased to host a special conversation on "The Art of Being Woman." Politics, colonialism, and gender are some of the subjects that CPS director, Deolinda Adão, discussed with with three contemporary literary figures from Portugal: Bárbara Bulhosa, Dulce Maria Cardoso and Ricardo Araújo Pereira.

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Nov 29

Prof. Yuri Slezkine delivers the annual Feldman Lecture



Nov 27

Left to right: Andrew Shanken, Jenny Wüstenberg, Jeroen Dewulf, Alberto Sanchez Sanchez, and Valentina Rozas-Krause

Memory and Democracy in Germany

by Alberto Sanchez Sanchez

On November 27, DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor in Politics at York University Jenny Wüstenberg came to Berkeley to discuss her research on memorials and memory practices in Germany. During her talk, “Memory and Democracy: Civil and 'Uncivil' Activism for Remembrance in Germany and Beyond,” Professor Wüstenberg examined how grassroots actors have engaged with German institutions in order to shape public mnemonic space. She situated the discussion within the larger global debate on how to confront racist, colonial, or genocidal pasts and the ways history challenges contemporary democratic governance. The respondent to Professor Wüstenberg’s lecture was Andrew Shanken, Professor of Architecture at the College of Environmental Design.

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Nov 14

Stills from the Ciné-tracts (France, 1968)



Nov 13

Anti-Utopianism in Twentieth-Century Germany

by Maddi Erdall

On November 13, Jennifer Allen (Professor of History, Yale University) visited IES to deliver a talk entitled “Twentieth-Century Anti-Utopianism and its West German Antidote” to 25 attendees. The main goal of Allen’s lecture was to convince her audience of the significance of the curious cultural practices that developed in the last decades of the 20th century. She began with a historical overview of the anti-utopian turn following the end of the Cold War, stating that there was a large consensus that radical left ideologies had confronted a dead end. Building off of the failed leftist ‘68 revolutions, this anti-utopian sentiment became widespread through the famous claim of ‘the end of history,’ in addition to Margaret Thatcher’s conclusion that “there is no alternative.”

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Nov 13

Paul Voerkel (UERJ) with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Historical Influences on Contemporary Immigration Discourses

by Sophia Kownatzki

On Tuesday, November 13th, Paul Voerkel, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) professor at UERJ University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), delivered a lecture titled “Historiography and Migration: Explaining the Present through the Lens of History.” Voerkel gave a brief background on recent German history, particularly Germany’s history with immigration, and the recent shift to emotional rather than empirical public discourse surrounding migration and refugees. While he mainly used a historical lens to understand contemporary conditions, language studies, linguistics, and culture were also strong influences in his argument.

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Nov 10

David Large addresses the Seattle Austrian community to commemorate the centennial of Austrian republicanism 

Centenary Perspectives on the Austrian Republic

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Austrian republic, on November 10, the Austrian Consulate of Seattle in conjunction with the Austrian Studies Program was pleased to host David Clay Large (IES Senior Fellow and Professor at the Fromm Institute, University of San Francisco) for a lecture titled “From Renner to Kurz: Reflections on the History of Austrian Republicanism.” The First Republic was declared on November 12, 1918, at the end of World War I. Large’s talk examined the First Republic (1918-1938) as a cautionary tale, illustrating how domestic and foreign challenges in the 1920s and 1930s compromised Austria’s parliamentary democracy well before the country’s annexation int

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Nov 08

Jekaterina Novikova (IES EU Fellow, 2018-19) with Peter Fatelnig (European Commission)

Investigating the Digital Future of the EU

by Ani Hakobyan

On Thursday, November 8th, the Institute of European Studies (IES) welcomed Peter Fatelnig, Minister Counsellor for Digital Economy Policy at the EU Delegation to the United States of America. Fatelnig presented his lecture “The Digital Future of the European Union – Will There be Any?” to a diverse audience of 25 that included computer science students, community members, and those interested in the inner workings of the European Union and its digital strategy. The lecture was moderated by Jekaterina Novikova from the European Commission, currently 2018-19 EU Fellow at IES.

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