Berlin Seminar in
Transnational European Studies
Transnational European Studies
Comments from Participants
“A rare and welcome opportunity for professional contact outside the usual venues provided by conferences and meetings of specialized research interests.” – Jed Rasula, Department of English (University of Georgia)
“I was amazed throughout the week and as a graduate student who has attended many a conference, I can say this one was the most helpful to my personal academic growth and research.” – Mary Shiraef, Political Science (University of Notre Dame)
“I returned to Athens with renewed energy and greater excitement about collaborating with colleagues in research and teaching initiatives and increasing the knowledge and presence of Transnational European Studies on our campus.” – Brigitte Rossbacher, German Studies (University of Georgia)
“The Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies [...] was an unparalleled opportunity to explore a fully dimensioned social, economic, political and cultural space.” – Dianne Pinderhughes, Africana Studies (University of Notre Dame)
In May/June 2018, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia, and the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame hosted the inaugural Seminar in Transnational European Studies in Berlin. This week-long residential seminar brought together 20 faculty members and Ph.D. students from both institutions,
representing no fewer than 14 different disciplines, ranging from German, French and Russian studies, History, Psychology and English to Business, Journalism, Architecture, Political Theory and International Affairs. Mirroring the diversity of seminar participants, the program featured speakers with equally diverse portfolios hailing from countries such as France, Poland, Hungary, Great Britain, the Ukraine, the Netherlands, Russia, Ireland, Bulgaria, Syria, the U.S., and Germany. They represented expertise in international affairs, art and literature, environmental history and policy, political science, economics, government, and journalism.
A joint initiative of the University of Georgia and the University of Notre Dame, made possible through generous support by the Max Kade Foundation, the Seminar in Transnational European Studies seeks to expand knowledge and understanding of transnational Europe among U.S.-based scholars, advancing the discourse on campus on issues related to Europe, the EU, and Germany’s role in the European Union. Within this larger context, it aims to initiate new research projects and curricular innovation, including collaboration between faculty from the two participating institutions.
The seminar is directed by Martin Kagel, A.G. Steer Professor of German and associate dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, William Donahue, the Rev. John C. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities and director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and Nicholas Allen, Franklin Professor of English and director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.
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