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11th Illinois EU Studies Conference

Event Type
European Union Center
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Apr 14, 2021   8:30  


Special Pre-Conference Events

12:00 pm

Case Studies in the Making of the European Parliament and Parliamentarians: A Conversation with Rory Palmer

Moderated by Jonathan Larson, Associate Director, European Union Center

2:00 pm

The EU Economy and the Pandemic: Short-term Pain and Long-term Gain?

A Jean Monnet in the U.S. Network Event with the EU Delegation

3:00 pm

Fulbright Schuman Program: Research Opportunities for U.S. and EU Citizens

Erica Lutes, Executive Director, Fulbright Program Brussels

12:00 pm – 5:05 pm 

12:00 – 1:00 pm 

Opening of the Conference and Invited Session: Refugees between Africa and Europe: Comparative Perspectives on Greece and Uganda


Dimitris Parsanoglou, Assistant Professor, University of the Aegean

"(Not So) New Actors / New Configurations of the EU Border Regime: Control and Solidarity in Greek Refugee Camps Since the 2015-16 'Refugee Crisis'"

Rocco Nuri, Senior External Relations Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

"The Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown Measures on Refugees in Uganda"


Emanuel Rota, Director, European Union Center

1:15 – 2:15 pm 

Co-sponsored with IFUSS (International Forum for U.S. Studies)

Moving Dreams through Space and Time: Teaching U.S. Literature in Italy


Giorgio Mariani (Sapienza Università' di Roma): From the Past to the Present

Donatella Izzo (Università' di Napoli "L'Orientale"): From the Present to the Future


Emanuel Rota, Director, European Union Center

2:30 – 3:50 pm 

Research Presentations: Increased Interconnectivities 


Chryssie Scarlatos, Middle School Teacher and PhD in Musicology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 

“The Teaching of Avant-garde Music: Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima” 

Jelena Pokimica, Graduate Student, Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

“Learning about Administrative Collaboration in the Context of a Strategic International” 

Carol Dimopoulos, Adjunct Faculty, Business, SUNY-Empire State College 

“In the Nick of  Time: The Benefits of Limited Mobility in Addressing  Overtourism  in the European Union” 

Eda Derhemi, Teaching Associate Professor, French & Italian, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

“Linguistic Diversity in Europe and the Dystopian World of Endangerment”


Carla Santos, Professor, Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

4:05 – 5:05 pm 

Research Presentations: Community & COVID 


Lujun Guo, Graduate Student, Germanic, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

“Goethe’s Das  Märchen: A Myth of Individuals, Community and Internal Crisis” 

Cynthia BuckleyProfessor, Sociology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Nick Larson, Undergraduate Student, Political Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“Domestic Views of Returning Labor Migrants as a Source of COVID: Evidence from Eurasia” 

Sorin Nastasia, Associate Professor, Communications, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville 

“Policy and Politics Aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the European Union” 


Stephanie Hilger, Professor, Germanic Languages & Literatures, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


9:00 am – 5 pm 

9:00 – 10:30 am 

Research Presentations: Fringes 


David Cleeton, Professor, Economics, Illinois State University 

“The End of the Beginning of Brexit” 

Raymond Laureano-Ortiz, Professor, International Relations & Diplomacy, Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe 

“Historical Perspectives on Caribbean  Paradiplomacy: US & European Subnational  Governments in the Region from Cold War to the 21st Century” 

Sureyya Yigit, Professor, Politics and International Relations, New Vision University 

“European Union’s Energy Security in the Far North: Arctic Rivalry” 

Yannis Karagiannis, Associate Professor, International Relations, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, and Duygu Dunbay, Research Assistant, International Relations, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals

“The Counter-productive Nature of the EU’s Incentives Schemes: The Case of Turkish Democracy” 


Xinyuan Dai, Professor, Political Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

1:15 – 2:00 pm 

Research Presentations: Mass Movement/Placement 

Angeliki Tsoukala, Graduate Student, Architecture, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

“Mass Refugee Housing and Access to the  City Through  the Lens of Mobility Justice” 

Nicholas Zalewski, Graduate Student, European Union Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

“Why Romanians Migrated En Masse to Italy” 


Cynthia Buckley, Professor, Sociology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

2:15 – 3:15 pm 

Research Presentations: Shifting Borders, Shifting Identities 


Emily Swisher, Graduate Student, French & Italian, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

“ERASMUS+: Language Policy, Identity Politics, and Student Mobility in a Post-Brexit Europe” 

Tamar Todria, Graduate Student, European Studies, Institute for European Studies 

“Emerging EU Studies as a Field in Post-Soviet Georgia” 

Caleb Griffin, Graduate Student, Political Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

“What does a European Regional Identity Entail & How Geographically Flexible Is It?” 


Daniel Maroun, Director of Undergraduate Studies, French, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

3:30 – 5 pm 

Closing Roundtable: Next Directions for EU Studies


Jae-Jae Spoon, Professor of Political Science and Director of the European Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh

Nils Ringe, Professor of Political Science, Jean Monnet Chair, and Director of the Center for European Studies and Jean Monnet EU Center of Excellence for Comparative Populism, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Felicia Naranjo Martinez, Executive Director, Colorado European Union Center of Excellence, University of Colorado-Boulder


Jonathan Larson, Associate Director, European Union Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 


Dr. Spoon and Dr. Ringe are winners of the 2020 Larry Neal Prize in EU Scholarship for their edited volume, The European Union and Beyond: Multi-Level Governance, Institutions, and Policy-Making.


The conference is funded in part by a US Department of Education Title VI grant and a Jean Monnet Center for Excellence grant from the European Union. 

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