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Der Kreis – The UC Berkeley German History Working Group

Der Kreis is the UC Berkeley working group for nineteenth and twentieth century German history and culture. Open to discussions of all historical methodologies, Der Kreis brings together an interdisciplinary group of graduate students, faculty, postdocs and visiting scholars to engage with trends in current historiography and present their own research. Thematically, the schedule for the 2016-17 academic year includes, among others, histories of human rights and inequality, German historiography in the second half of the twentieth century, multiculturalism in Germany, and African Americans in the German imagination. 

Der Kreis serves two primary purposes. First, the group provides a forum for advanced Berkeley graduate students to workshop dissertation chapters and articles in progress. Second, Der Kreis invites leading scholars to present and discuss their research with Berkeley graduate students and faculty. Just this past year, Kreis has hosted discussions with Celia Applegate (Vanderbilt University, History & Music), Sebastian Conrad (FU Berlin, History), Konrad Jarausch (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, History), and Rebecca Wittmann (University of Toronto, History), among many others. Kreis has collaborated with a wide array of UC Berkeley working groups, including Intellectual History and Theory, the Working Group on the Culture and History of East Central Europe (Kroužek), the Russian History Working Group (Kruzhok), and the Human Rights Seminar. In July 2016, Der Kreis will put on a German History Workshop in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin-Dahlem. 

Der Kreis meets on a bi-weekly schedule during the semester, usually on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00pm. The website includes a continuously updated program, as well as a backlog of past events and a membership roster. Please contact co-chairs Jonathan Lear and Sara Friedman for more information.

IES/Social Science Matrix Theme Team—Questioning the Evidence on the Integration of Immigrants in Europe

Burning refugee shelters in Germany, drowned children washing ashore in Turkey, the fence between Hungary and Croatia, and isolated urban communities: such are the images quickly associated with immigration on a continent shaken by terrorism, growing political extremism, and mainstream politicians often at a loss for alternatives. Iconic images, however, are but one form of ‘data’ through which conflicting political, economic, and social actors negotiate the place of immigrants and their descendants in Europe.  On an increasingly polarized continent, various forms of data related to educational and professional outcomes, marriage and domestic life, religious observance, criminal and terrorist behavior, and citizenship delineate the inclusion and exclusion of immigrants. The IES/Matrix seminar dedicates one year to investigate how numbers and images coalesce to tell powerful stories by and about immigrants in contemporary Europe.

The multi-disciplinary seminar is organized by the Institute of European Studies in cooperation with Social Science Matrix. The seminar seeks to strengthen collaboration among doctoral students, faculty, and visiting scholars from various departments on campus, as well as between the Berkeley community and other institutions. The seminar will meet on select Wednesdays from noon to 2:00pm on the 8th floor of Barrows in the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. It will culminate in an interdisciplinary conference on April 11, 2018. At each meeting, a distinct topic or research project on the integration of immigrants in Europe will be discussed, presented in the form of papers, manuscripts, policy briefs, or talks.

All doctoral students, visiting scholars, faculty and members of the Berkeley community can join. Please contact the team leader Jon Cho-Polizzi to be added to the seminar mailing list or for more information.

IES European Politics Working Group

The group is designed for graduate students to workshop their own in-progress papers, proposals, prospectuses, and dissertation chapters with other students who share substantive knowledge of European Politics.  While the group does focus on political topics, it is not limited to political science students; students from other departments with papers focusing on politics are welcome to join.

The group will meet approximately three times per semester. Students will have one or two, depending on participation, opportunities to workshop their own papers in a semester. Generally, they are expected to attend all sessions to provide feedback on others' work.  The group meets on select Tuesday evenings at 6:15 pm. Please contact the graduate student coordinator, Matthew Stenberg, for more information.

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

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