The Center for European Studies (CES) is pleased to present a series of events for Fall 2019 in coordination with partners including the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies; History Department; German Department; and Michigan Quarterly Review. Two Conversations on Europe events will be presented, including a roundtable discussion on Brexit that will immediately follow the planned British departure from the European Union, and a lecture on the current state and legacy of the Yellow Vest movement in France.

Along with partner centers in the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, CES is sponsoring a 2019-20 series focused on environmental issues facing the region, including changing patterns of consumption and the increasing production of waste in postcommunist Eastern Europe, eco-mafias in Italy, the politics of ecological disasters, and the effects of climate change on indigenous populations of Northern Europe.

See below for the full schedule or visit our Events Calendar for details.


Wed, Sep 11, 12-1:20 PM
CREES Noon Lecture.
“Nature, Consumption, and Waste in the Cold War and Beyond.” Zsuzsa Gille, professor of sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sponsors: CREES, CES. 1010 Weiser Hall.

Fri, Sep 13-Sat, Sep 14
“Austerity and Anti-Austerity beyond Capitalism.” Sponsors: Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, CES, CREES, WCED, others. Hussey Room, Michigan League.

Fri, Sep 20-Sat, Sep 21
“Eighteenth-Century France and Beyond: New Cultural Histories.” Sponsors: HIST, CES, others. 1014 Tisch Hall.

Mon, Oct 7, 3-5 PM
“Monstrous Events: Revolution into Art at Syntagma, Tahrir, and Maidan.” Stefan Jonsson, professor of ethnic studies, Linköping University. Sponsors: GLL, CES. 3308 Modern Languages Building.

Thu, Oct 10, 7-8:30 PM
“What Does Europe Want Now?” Benjamin Paloff, associate professor of Slavic languages & literatures and comparative literature, U-M; Andreas Gailus, professor, chair of Germanic languages & literatures, U-M; others. Sponsors: Michigan Quarterly Review, CES, CREES. Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington.

Tue, Nov 5, 4:30-6 PM
Conversations on Europe.
“Brexit Roundtable.” Scott Greer, professor of health management and policy, global public health, and political science, U-M; Kyle Handley, assistant professor of business economics and public policy, U-M; Kali Israel, associate professor of history, U-M. Sponsor: CES. 1010 Weiser Hall.

Tue, Dec 3, 4-5:30 PM
Conversations on Europe.
“What’s Left of the Yellow Vest Movement.” Anne-Claire Defossez, visiting researcher, Institute for Advanced Study; Didier Fassin, professor of social science, Institute for Advanced Study. Sponsor: CES. 1010 Weiser Hall.