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CES End of Semester Luncheon. "The Past and Future of European Studies."

Monday, December 5, 2011
12:00 AM
1636 International Institute/SSWB, 1080 S. University.

Moderator: Karla Mallette, CES Interim Director and Associate Professor of Italian and Near Eastern Studies. Presenters: Kathleen Canning, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History, German, and Women’s Studies, U-M; Ken Kollman, Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of Political Science and Director, International Institute and Center for International and Comparative Studies, U-M; Steven M. Whiting, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Professor of Musicology, SOMT&D, U-M.
What are we talking about when we talk about Europe? Never has "Europe" seemed more ill-defined than now – paradoxically, as its legal and economic boundaries become ever more clearly articulated in courts of law and financial markets. Unprecedented rates of immigration, from within the EU and without, challenge conceptions of citizenship and inspire flights of rhetoric from both the left and the right. The Eurozone crisis fills the headlines; from Greece to Ireland, nations are facing historically unique financial challenges provoked by monetary unification. The European nations grow ever better at packaging their history for the global tourism industry, but feel ever more disconnected from the culture they are marketing. At the same time, changes in funding structures in the United States affect the way that American universities promote international studies. Title VI funding has been slashed and the area studies model has been discredited. Studying Europe today – or, indeed, any geographically defined unit – feels like standing on one moving train to study another.
What kind of community should the Center provide for scholars of Europe at the University of Michigan? Join former directors of the Center for European Studies to discuss the past and future of European Studies at Michigan.