The European Union Center (EUC) at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce awards totaling over $30,000 to University of Illinois faculty and students, and visiting scholars, for research, travel, and course development activities in European Union studies. The faculty awards are made possible through generous funding to the EU Center from its US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant and European Union Center of Excellence grant from the European Union. Graduate student awards are made possible through these sources, as well as through a grant to the EU Center from the Focal Point initiative of the University of Illinois Graduate College.
The European Union Center at University of Illinois was established in 1998 with support from the European Commission, as one of the ten original EU Centers in the United States. In 2003, the US Department of Education designated the EUC as a Title VI National Resource Center. In 2011, the European Union recognized the EUC as a European Union Center of Excellence. Since its inception, the EU Center has become the focal point on campus for teaching, research, and outreach programs on the European Union. The EUC brings together faculty and students from diverse disciplines across campus to promote the study of the EU and transatlantic relations, making it one of the most comprehensive EU centers in the US.
EUC Faculty Research and Course Development Grants are designed to support research proposals pursuing contemporary EU topics that meet the highest standards of excellence and contribute significantly to the advancement of EU studies and EU Center academic programs at the University of Illinois. Applications that feature research projects combining course development and proposals for EU-related courses are given preference in award selection. Award amounts this year range from $2,500 to $4,000. Recipients of the Faculty Research and Course Development Grants and their projects are:
- Donna Buchanan, Associate Professor of Musicology, to support continuing research on her project, “Music, Postsocialist Expressive Culture, and EU Identity Politics,” and for the development of a related course to be made available in AY 2013-14
- Zsuzsanna Fagyal, Associate Professor of French, and Eda Derhemi, Lecturer of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, for their project, “Language and Minorities in the EU: A Survey,” which will aid in the development of an inter-disciplinary e-textbook proposal and an up-to-date companion website for their course “Language and Minorities in Europe”
- Stefanos Katsikas, Director of Modern Greek Studies and Lecturer of Linguistics, for his project, “Religion, Peace and Conflict: Greece, the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean,” which will lead to a General Education course by the same name
- Carl Niekerk, Head and Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, for the development of a new undergraduate course titled “Europe in Trouble” to be taught in spring 2013
- Helaine Silverman, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (CHAMP), for the development of a summer study abroad undergraduate course with the Ironbridge Institute at the University of Birmingham, England, titled “Cultural Heritage Tourism & Economic Development-UK”
- Nancy Blake, Professor of Comparative & World Literature, to present her paper “Sex or Gender? When translation demands a theoretical decision” at the Translation as Innovation Conference in Paris, France in December 2012
- Stefanos Katsikas, Director of Modern Greek Studies and Lecturer of Linguistics, to present his paper “Greece and its Muslims 1913-1923: An Uneasy Relationship?” at the Bridging the Balkans Conference in London, UK in May 2013
- K. Peter Kuchinke, Professor of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, to present a conference paper at the University Forum for Human Resource Development Conference in Brighton, UK in June 2013
- Terry Weech, Associate Professor of Library and Information Science, to present a paper on “Innovation in Teaching LIS Professionals at the University of Illinois” at the French National School of Library and Information Studies Conference in Villeurbanne, France in December 2012
- Stefanos Katsikas, Director of Modern Greek Studies and Lecturer of Linguistics, for the development of a one-credit enhancement course in Modern Greek
- Antoine Cazé, Professor and Director of the Center for Translation Studies, Université Denis Diderot Paris VII, for his project and course, “Translation Beyond Invisibility: How to Weaken Texts”
- Cristina Alvarez-Mingote, Department of Political Science, for her research project, “European Union’s Democratic Processes and its Effect on Migrant Families: a Case Study of the Ecuadorian Population Living in Spain” and travel to Spain to conduct survey interviews
- Michelle Asbill, European Union Studies, for her research project, “The Relationship Between EU Human Trafficking Policy & Small Non-Profit Organizations” and travel to Greece to further her research
- Danail Koev, Department of Political Science, for his research project, “Explaining Divergent Strategies in the Political Participation of Ethnic Minorities in Europe” and travel to Bulgaria to further his research
- Devon Lechtenberg, Department of Geography, for his research project, “Of Bureaucracies and Highways: Administrative Reform & Motorway Policies in Poland and the Czech Republic” and travel to Poland to conduct field research
- Matthew Spears, Department of Political Science, for his research project, “For the Good of the Group: How Identities Condition Individual Support for Redistribution” and travel to Ireland and the UK to conduct further research
- Eleni Yannelis, Accounting major, for her research project, “The European Debt Crisis: Greece and Technology,” supervised by Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics Evangelia Chalioti
More information about these and other EU Center Funding opportunities for faculty, students and visiting scholars is available at the Center’s website, http://www.euc.illinois.edu/funding/overview/. These are annual competitions and all eligible individuals are encouraged to apply in future funding cycles.