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March 22, 2018
More Togolese per capita apply for the U.S. Diversity (green card) lottery than those from any other African country, with winners attempting to game the system by adding “spouses” and dependents to their dossiers. The U.S. consulate in Lomé knows this gaming is going on and constructs ever-more elaborate tests to attempt to decipher the authenticity of winners’ marriages and job profiles – and of their moral worth as citizens – tests that immediately circulate to those on the street. This presentation explores the cat-and-mouse game between street and embassy, situating it within the post-Cold War conjuncture – of ongoing crisis, of an eviscerated though-still-dictatorial state, of social death and the emptiness of citizenship under such conditions, of a sprawling transnational diaspora and the desires and longings it creates, of informationalism and its new technologies, of surveillance regimes and their travails, and of the way in which mobility/immobility and sovereignty are newly entangled and co-constitutive in the contemporary moment. This talk is part of the Thursday Jama series sponsored by the Carolina Seminar in African Ecology and Social Processes. The Thursday Jama is open to all area faculty and graduate students in any discipline. Light refreshments will be served. Please contact Stacey Sewall for more information.
March 26, 2018
Join University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty in a lively discussion of this cinematic game-changer, to explore themes of afrofuturism, gender, music, representation and space/place. This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the African Studies Center and the Institute of African American Research. Featured panelists include Renée Alexander Craft of the Department of Communication; Priscilla Layne of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures; David Pier of the African, African American and Diaspora Studies program; Karla Slocum of the Department of Anthropology; and Lyneise Williams of the Department of Art and Art History. Please contact Emily Burrill for more information.
In Poland, Easter egg-making has developed into a true art form, with many methods, traditions and rituals associated with it. Wycinanki (pronounced vee-chee-nan-kee) is the Polish word for paper-cut design. This workshop will provide the participants with everything they’ll need to make their very own Polish Wycinanki Easter Eggs. In addition, the participants will be able to decorate a pre-baked mazurek, one of the main Easter desserts in Poland.
This event is part of Polish Week at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This event series is co-presented by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies; Carolina Center for Jewish Studies; College of Arts and Sciences; Center for European Studies; Department of German and Slavic Languages and Literatures; Department of History; Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Department of Music; and the Program in Global Cinema Studies.
March 27, 2018
Hangul, the Korean script, is widely recognized as the world’s most remarkable writing system. It is indeed worthy of the admiration and acclaim that it has received, but surprisingly few people, including Koreans, understand how it really works or why linguists consider it to be an object of marvel. Contrary to popular belief, Hangeul does not directly represent a word’s pronunciation, and it is not particularly easy to master! However, it is a superb example of what linguists call a ‘deep orthography,’ whose goal is to capture the internal structure of words and their relationship to each other. Hangeul is perfectly suited to Korean and, once properly understood, it can be a valuable aid for learning the language’s phonology and vocabulary.
William O’Grady is a professor of linguistics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa
April 3, 2018
From a U.S. perspective, one might ask: What is so special about working over 65, and what is the fuss about pension age? But from a European and especially German perspective this form of employment is new, and state pension age acted for a long time as a strong age boundary to exclude people from the labor market.
European policymakers have made considerable efforts to extend working lives, and turn around the early-retirement culture that was especially prevalent in Germany. One side effect of this was an increase of people working past pension age. Societal debate and research is divided on how to evaluate this development.
Anna Hokema will present findings based on qualitative and quantitative data that give a first understanding of who these working people over 65 are, and how they themselves evaluate their continued employment.
Hokema is a visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies. She is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bremen’s SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy and the coordinator of the double degree program ‘European Master in Labour Studies and Social Policy’.
April 13, 2018
Join the Center for European Studies for Europe Week’s closing reception with a performance from the the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The reception will also feature winning images from the Europe Week photo contest, and the winners of the EU Today essay contest. Both photo and essay contest winners will present their work to the audience, and explain the significance and meaning it has in characterizing the EU and contemporary Europe. The cuisine served will showcase the cultural diversity of various EU member states.
This event is part of Europe Week 2018. View the full schedule here. This reception is co-sponsored by the Department of Music.
April 17, 2018
The migrant crisis in 2015 has caught most European countries unprepared and solicited diverse responses from the “old” and “new” Europe. Central European countries responded with almost hysterical fear and rejection of the possibility to settle some of the incoming refugees on their territory. This reaction has historical and cultural roots upon which the very conception of citizenship is defined and interpreted. It is connected to an exclusivist idea of a state-forming nation in this region, which already perceives the “old” ethnic minorities as symbolically less equal citizens to the ethnic Slovaks, Hungarians or Poles. Any “Other” is relegated to a more distant periphery of perceived belonging. This tendency is underscored by the relation of the Central European regimes to their own past — lack of accountability and responsibility for the fascist and communist past and tradition of “exporting” guilt West and East — so much so that the region has earned a label of a “memory hole of Europe.” This talk will examine how ideas about who belongs and perceived historical grievances impact the way citizenship policies are designed and implemented today.
Dagmar Kusá is an assistant professor at the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts (BISLA).
April 26, 2018
Unlike Peter I and Catherine II, Empress Elizabeth is not known for her imperial strategy. Yet, her reign witnessed important developments in all of the empire’s border regions, from the annexation of a piece of Finland as a result of the Treaty of Åbo (1743) to the encounter with the Bashkirs, linked to intensive industrial development in the Urals. This paper will attempt an overview of Elizabeth’s empire, both from the perspective of key issues in the border areas and from that of imperial policy. Crucial processes and decisions include the integration of the Baltic region, the reaffirmation of the Ukrainian hetmanate and establishment of New Serbia,and the economically motivated southward push in the Urals. What were the policy perspectives of statesmen and Elizabeth’s primary advisers, Alexei Bestuzhev-Riumin and Petr Shuvalov? Sources include imperial legislation, publications by officials on the ground and reports of scientific travelers.
Catherine Evtuhov is a professor of history at Columbia University. She specializes in the history of Russia, primarily in the imperial period.