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2014

Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Workshop 'Normative Power Europe: EU in Asia (NPEEA)', 4-5 September 2014

Global Europe Centre workshop to be held on

Thursday 4 and Friday 5 September 2014

Darwin Board room, Darwin College, University of Kent (Canterbury campus)

'Normative Power Europe: EU in Asia (NPEEA)' as part of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

This Centre of Excellence combines the expertise of the University of Kent’s Global Europe Centre with leading expertise from four Asian Pacific partners to investigate the idea of Normative Power Europe in relation to Asia. Studies of Normative power are studies of self identity and projection of this identity beyond the EU’s borders. It is equally important to research and understand the other side of this transaction, the reception of norms by the global community. This Centre of Excellence will investigate the concept of Normative Power as an interaction between regions, the EU and Asia. The Asia and Pacific partners have all been involved in research looking at the perception of the EU within Asia and the dynamics and nuances of this relationship.

This workshop will bring together academics, PhD students and early career researchers. They will incorporate standard presentation formats with inventive small group interactions, allowing the group to share research as well as delve deeper into issues and work together in more intimate groups. There will be dedicated sessions on: developing collaborative projects; best practice for teaching and supervision of EU Studies; upskilling for PhD and early career researchers.

This workshop is for invited participants only but please do visit the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence webpage for further information.

Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Normative Power Europe: EU in Asia (NPEEA) funded by:

Life Long Learning Programme

GEC Conference, 'Europe's Near Abroad: Building an understanding of the changing Eastern Neighbourhood', 30/06/14

Global Europe Centre conference to be held on
30 June 2014

Europe's Near Abroad: Building an understanding of the changing Eastern Neighbourhood

The EU’s policy towards its Eastern Neighbours is in a condition of flux. The events of Vilnius Summit in November 2013 and the political upheaval in Ukraine have raised questions as to the coherence and effectiveness of the EU’s Eastern Partnership policy.
This conference seeks to interrogate current understanding of the EU’s capacity for influence within its neighbourhood. It will explore the changing dynamic in the EU’s relationship with its neighbours and the extent to which this is adequately captured by existing approaches to the study of the EaP. The conference also seeks to develop understanding of the relationship between Russia and the European Union and the ongoing impact on the Eastern Partnership.
The conference will bring together established scholars, research degree students and practitioners engaged in the study of the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood.

Conference Location:
Darwin Board Room
Darwin College
University of Kent,
Canterbury, UK


Should you have any queries or you wish to attend please do not hesitate to cotnact us on globaleuropecentre@kent.ac.uk

Conference programme

Conference papers available to view via dropbox

Europe Day Celebrations at the Gulbenkian, Wednesday 9th April 2014, 10.30am-4pm

Celebrate Europe Day at the UK’s European university

Europe Day, 9th April, 10.30 – 16.00, Gulbenkian

http://www.kent.ac.uk/international/images/ed30.jpg

Organised by Global Europe Centre and International Development

European Election Hustings

European Culture Show

University Challenge

Language taster sessions

European-themed food, live music, film, quiz

Student European photo competition

Launch of the 1st Special Issue ‘Europe in the World’ of student journal Kent Political Almanac with Q&A

Information fair: find out about Kent’s huge range of European links and activities

Everyone is welcome to celebrate!
Also visit: http://www.kent.ac.uk/international/europeday.html

An events programme can be found here.

EU Science Diplomacy in the European Neighbourhood Lecture, Thursday 27th March 2014

On Thursday 27th March 2014, Dr Angela Liberatore (Scientific Officer at the Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission) will be giving a talk entitled 'EU Science Diplomacy in the European Neighbourhood'.

The event will take place at 11am-1pm in Darwin Lecture Theatre 2.

GEC & CHSS Lecture - Health reforms in the midst of the crisis in Ukraine, Friday 21st March 2014, 12-1.30pm

Health reforms in the midst of the crisis in Ukraine: why now and what is the future?
Joint Global Europe Centre and Centre for Health Services Studies (SSPSSR) event

Professor Olena Hankivsky
Director, Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy
Simon Fraser University

Date: Friday 21st March 2014
Time: 12.00-13.30
Venue: KLT3
ALL Welcome


Dr. Hankivsky’s public lecture will focus on the political dynamics of health reform by examining the current political crisis in Ukraine. Opportunities presented by such moments of turmoil and resultant regime change will be analyzed. Specifically Dr. Hankivsky will discuss the unique policy window created by current events to introduce new models of health that can bring about changes within and beyond the health care system and advance new understandings of health determinants. In so doing, she will present findings from a recently completed national study on the health crisis in Ukraine. Research findings from this study demonstrate that despite popular assumptions that health inequities in Ukraine are primarily gendered, the situation is far more complex. The data show that while gender is an important determinant of health, the way it intersects with other categories and social structures creates varied experiences and health statuses which need to be taken into account for effective and efficient health reform to be realized.

Jean Monnet Lecture - Europe's Foreign Economic Policy & Trade Agreements, Wednesday 19th March 2014, 1-2.30pm

Jean Monnet Lectures, Spring 2014
Brussels School of International Studies & Global Europe Centre
University of Kent
With the Support of the LLP Programme of the European Union

Wednesday 19 March 2014
13.00-14.30

EUROPE'S FOREIGN ECONOMIC POLICY
AND TRADE AGREEMENTS
Mr Hosuk Lee-Makiyama
Director of ECIPE (European Centre for International Political Economy)
Comments by
Mr Peter Chase
Vice-President Europe, US Chamber of Commerce
Chaired by Prof. Dr. Harm Schepel, BSIS

Registration
This event is free to attend.
Please register by sending an email to bsis@kent.ac.uk, stating your name and affiliation.

Venue
Wilson Room (3rd floor)
Brussels School of International Studies
University of Kent
Pleinlaan / Boulevard de la Plaine 5
B-1050 Brussels

Maps & directions
http://www.kent.ac.uk/brussels/contact/location/maps_directions.html

2013/2014 Popular Open Forum "Is Ukraine on the brink of Internationalised Civil War?" Video

One of the most exciting Open Forums this term took place in Rutherford Lecture theatre 1, Monday 10th March.

 

Chair: Dr Govinda Clayton (The Conflict Analysis Research Centre)

Professor Richard Sakwa (School of Politics and International Relations)

Professor Elena Korosteleva (The Global Europe Centre)

Dr Olena Nizalova (Research Fellow, PSSRU/CHSS)

 

Due to popular demand we recorded the session:

EU Simulation Game - Wednesday 5th March 2014, Rutherford Seminar Room 7 at 3pm

The Global Europe Centre
&
The European Law Students' Association at Kent

Present
A fantastic, fun and interactive opportunity to learn at first hand how the EU institutions operate! 

EU Simulation Game:
'Proposal for a Council Regulation establishing a European Agency for the Management of Operational Co-operation at the External Borders' - FRONTEX

Represent EU Member States in the Council of Ministers, and a get real flavour of being at the heart of Brussels' decision-making!

'How open should Europe’s borders be? What should European countries be doing in order to successfully and legally control the EU’s external borders? Even though border control and the management of refugees has always been up to the national governments, with the Schengen area does the EU have a collective responsibility towards protecting it’s frontiers? These are some of the questions which the simulation of the Council of the EU is going to be grappling with. The Ministers of the Council will be discussing the creation of the Frontex agency, which is meant to help member states in managing their external borders'

Please note that limited space are available, and priority will be given on first come first serve basis.

To register, simply send an email of interest to globaleuropecentre@kent.ac.uk
 by Monday 10th February

Further Information on the subject of the simulation games can be found here

EU Careers Event (with Kent Business School) - Thursday 20th February 2014

Careers Guest Speaker Event
Thursday 20th February 2014 - 15:00-16:00 - Kent Business School Lecture Theatre

Kent Business School has teamed up with The Global Europe Centre to give you more information and advice about fantastic career opportunities in Europe!

Programme will include:
- Introduction to the Global Europe Centre
- Traineeships
- Career Opportunities in the EU Institutions & the Selection process
- Opportunities beyond the EU and the Top 50 Firms in Brussels

Discover what global employers look for in candidates and know how to impress!

The event is open to all students and attendance is highly encouraged. Please complete the following Doodle poll to secure your place: http://doodle.com/39sfwgat2tcbmcsy

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Charlotte Sexstone (C.L.Sexstone@kent.ac.uk).

 

For more informations click here

EU Simulation Games - 12th February 2014

The Global Europe Centre
&
The European Law Students' Association at Kent

Present
A fantastic, fun and interactive opportunity to learn at first hand how the EU institutions operate! 

EU Simulation Game:
'Proposal for a Council Regulation establishing a European Agency for the Management of Operational Co-operation at the External Borders' - FRONTEX

Represent EU Member States in the Council of Ministers, and a get real flavour of being at the heart of Brussels' decision-making!

'How open should Europe’s borders be? What should European countries be doing in order to successfully and legally control the EU’s external borders? Even though border control and the management of refugees has always been up to the national governments, with the Schengen area does the EU have a collective responsibility towards protecting it’s frontiers? These are some of the questions which the simulation of the Council of the EU is going to be grappling with. The Ministers of the Council will be discussing the creation of the Frontex agency, which is meant to help member states in managing their external borders'

Please note that limited space are available, and priority will be given on first come first serve basis.

To register, simply send an email of interest to globaleuropecentre@kent.ac.uk
 by Monday 10th February


with prior training on 12th February (17:00 - 18:00, Woolf Seminar Room 6)

Further details will be given closer to the event.

Further Information on the subject of the simulation games can be found here

EU Careers Talk - Wednesday 12th February 2014

The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) with the Global Europe Centre:

EU Careers Talk - All Welcome (Subject to registration)

Social Policy/Politics/Government/EU Careers -
12/02/2014
Canterbury Campus - (SLT1), Stacey Building 1 - 5pm
1:00 - 1:10 Welcome and housekeeping
1:10 - 1:30 EU Careers - HR and Recruitment
1:30 - 1:45 EU Careers - Student Ambassador
1:45 - 2:05 Foreign Commonwealth Office
2:05 - 2:30 Panel Q & A session
2:35 - 3:05 Network / refreshment break
3:10 - 3:45 Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Think Tank
3:50 - 4:25 National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)
4:30 - 5:05 HM Customs and Excise

For more information or to book your slot go to: www.kent.ac.uk/sspssr/employability and click on the banner.

Jean Monnet Lecture (EU-Russia Relations) - Wednesday 12th February 2014

Jean Monnet Lectures, Spring 2014

Brussels School of International Studies & Global Europe Centre
University of Kent
With the Support of the LLP Programme of the European Union

 Wednesday 12th February 2014
13.00-14.30 (12.00-13.30 GMT) 
EU-RUSSIA RELATIONS AFTER THE SUMMIT
Mr Vincent Degert
Head of Russia Division
European External Action Service

Comments by Mr Fraser Cameron
Director EU-Russia Centre

Registration
This event is free to attend.
Please register by sending an email to bsis@kent.ac.uk, stating your name and affiliation.
Venue
Wilson Room (3rd floor)
Brussels School of International Studies
University of Kent
Pleinlaan / Boulevard de la Plaine 5
B-1050 Brussels
Maps & directions
http://www.kent.ac.uk/brussels/contact/location/maps_directions.html

To watch the recording of this lecture please click here

Ukraine on the Edge of War: Why it Matters? (Global Europe Centre Lecture Series) - Wednesday 29th January 2014

Global Europe Centre Lecture Series

Ukraine on the Edge of War: Why it Matters?

 Dr Olena Nizalova
Research Fellow, CHSS/PSSRU, Unviersity of Kent
Associate Professor, Kyiv School of Economics (sabbatical)
IZA Research Fellow
Wednesday 29 January 2014
13:00 - 14:00
KS11(32)
Keynes College

All Welcome

Ukraine is on the edge of civil war. Last night Ukrainian opposition activists occupied the Ministry of Justice building in a symbolic gesture to underline the lawlessness of President Yanukovich’s regime.
Anti-government EuroMaidan demonstrations began in Ukraine on November 21, triggered by President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to abandon closer ties with the European Union in favour of Russia, which in December offered him a $15 billion bailout and 33 percent discount on imported natural gas. The demonstrations turned deadly on January 22, when at least three protesters were killed, including two from bullet wounds, during a police assault on the crowd. More than 300 suffered injuries. The tense standoff remains on main streets of Kyiv, and across the western parts of Ukraine. The situation is spiralling out of control, and might lead to the civil war in the heart of the eastern region. What are the implications for Ukraine, the region and Europe more broadly, and how can the situation be resolved?

 

Dr Nizalova's powerpoint presentation can be viewed by clicking here.

Jean Monnet Lecture - Tuesday 21st January 2014

The Brussels School of international Studies and the Global Europe Centre of the University of Kent invite you to a Jean Monnet Lecture. No registration required.

Dr Syuzanna Vasilyan
American University of Armenia

Armenia as a Symptom:
Check-up of the EU as a 'Moral Power'
in the South Caucasus

Tuesday 21 January, 12.00-13.00

 Wilson room
Brussels School of International Studies
University of Kent
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels

 

2013

Keynote Lecture (organised by GEC and the Public Speakers' Programme): Lord Teverson, Monday 11th November 2013

Key Note Lecture by GEC and POLIR Speakers' Programme: Lord Teverson

Lecture Title: 'The EEAS - A World Player or an Expensive Luxury?'

Time & Date: 11th November 18:00

Location: Keynes Lecture Theatre 6 (KLT6)

About Lord Teverson:
Robin Teverson is a member of the House of Lords and chaired the House's EU External Affairs select committee from 2009 to 2013, during which time he chaired the committees enquiry into the future of the EEAS. He currently speaks in the Lords on Energy and Climate change on behalf the the Liberal Democrats. He was one of the first two Lib Dems to be elected to the European Parliament where he served between 1994 and 1999. Outside of politics his career has been in freight transport and financial services.

Additional Information:
All Welcome
A Reception will take place prior to the lecture from 17:00 in the Keynes College Teaching Foyer.
For those of your not familiar with the Keynes College (University of Kent, Canterbury Campus), please see the below links for directions.
http://www.kent.ac.uk/maps/canterbury/canterbury-campus/building/keynes-college/klt6

Lord Teverson

Lord Teverson talking to University of Kent staff and students regarding the European External Action Service

'Careers in Europe' event at University of Kent, Medway campus, Wednesday 6th November 2013

On 6th November 2013, in cooperation with the KBS and the Business Society, Igor Merheim-Eyre (GEC Programme Coordinator) and Courteleigh Smith (EU Careers Ambassador) held a join event on ‘Careers in Europe’.  As well as serving as an introduction to the Global Europe Centre for Medway students, the even explored different career paths for working in Europe, including, EU institutions, lobbying and think thanks located in Brussels. The event concluded with a debate on how to become a ‘global graduate’

A short advert video created by the Medway students: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcN8alitocg

GEC PhD workshop Keynote Lecture: Professor Ian Manners, Thursday 31st October 2013

Key Note Lecture: Professor Ian Manners

Lecture Title: 'A New Agenda for the Research of Europe'

Time & Date: 31st October, 18:00

Location: Woolf Seminar Room 5 (W1-SR5) , Canterbury Campus

About Ian Manners:
Ian Manners is currently involved with two research projects regardring European politics. In the field of European integration he studies the importance of myth and symbols. The research is focused on four main areas: green Europe; social Europe; economic Europe and global Europe. The research focuses on comparing different political agents use of symbols and myths in the four main areas. In the field of globalization he studies EU's role as a normative power. He analyses the evolution of the EU's External Actions and attempt to discover what role normative power plays in global politics.

Additional Information :
All Welcome
The lecture will be followed by a wine reception in the Woolf College Upper Foyer
For those of you not familiar with the Woolf College (University of Kent, Canterbury Campus), please see the below link for directions
http://www.kent.ac.uk/timetabling/rooms/room.html?room=W1-SR5

Global Europe PhD workshop - 31st October & 1st November 2013

Global Europe Centre workshop on Europeanisation: 
‘ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE?’ INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL APPROACHES TO EUROPEANISATION
31 October and 1 November, University of Kent

The Global Europe Centre of the University of Kent is organising an interdisciplinary workshop on aspects of internal and external Europeanisation. The workshop is open to PhD students from University of Kent, as well as other CEELBAS universities. The event will include a key note lecture by Professor Ian Manners on 31st October 2013 and a one-day workshop on 1st November 2013. The workshop will have a practical focus, and aims to target challenges of conducting research in this field. To that end, students will be encouraged to present and discuss how they address Europeanisation in their own research. The day will be concluded by a round table on the comparison of internal and external dimensions of Europeanisation. 

Subscription to the workshop is free. For organisational reasons, however, there is a limit to the number of participants. Applications can be sent until 11th October 2013 through the application form which can be found below.  If you would have any further questions, feel free to contact the GEC on globaleuropecentre@gmail.com. The event has been realized through financial support by CEELBAS and Kent Graduate School.

 

GEC PhD workshop - Call for Papers

GEC PhD workshop - Application form

GEC PhD workshop - Programme

Workshop Report

 

global-europe-workshop-on-europeanisation

Global Europe Centre PhD workshop on Europeanisation. Workshop roundtable with University of Kent academic staff

Global Europe Centre Policy Paper Launch - 16th October 2013

Building a Stronger Eastern Partnership: Towards an EaP 2.0

A policy paper launch by the University of Kent’s
Global Europe Centre hosted by The Centre

Wednesday 16 October 2013, 12:30 –14:00
(Registration and sandwich lunch from 12.00)

 

The third Eastern Partnership summit will be held in Vilnius on 28-29 November 2013. The stakes are high. The Eastern Partnership (EaP) will be approaching its fifth birthday, but results have been more modest than groundbreaking. In a policy paper of the Global Europe Centre (University of Kent) Richard Whitman, Elena Korosteleva and Tom Casier reflect critically on half a decade of EaP and evaluate whether it provides a suitable framework for the conduct of an effective and credible policy in Eastern Europe.

Their policy paper sets out a reform agenda for the EaP by offering a roadmap to the building of a stronger policy. It calls on the EU to define a ‘next generation’ objective for the EaP as it enters the implementation phase of the current set of Association Agreements. It suggests that the EU should set a European Partnership Community (EPC) status as a bilateral and multilateral goal for the EaP.

The presentation of the GEC policy paper will be followed by a panel debate featuring:

  •        Richard Whitman, Elena Korosteleva & Tom Casier, Global Europe Centre (University of Kent)
  •        Philip Mikos, Head of Unit, DG Developemt and Cooperation, European Commission
  •        Arnoldas Pranckevičius, Adviser for External Policies, Cabinet of Martin Schultz, President of the European Parliament
  •        Viorel Ursu, Senior Policy Analyst - EU External Relations, Eastern Europe, Human Rights and Rule of Law, Open Society European Policy Institute

    Moderation by Bas Batelaan, Director at Edelman Brussels.

Event address:
The Centre
Rue du Trône 4, 2nd floor
B-1000 Brussels

Global Europe Workshop - 27th June 2013

Following the launch of the Global Europe Centre in Canterbury, our campuses in Canterbury and Brussels are currently organising a series of ‘Global Europe’ workshops that will be held for interested postgraduate research students at the University of Kent. Panels will cover all aspects of the study of Europe at large, ranging from practicalities of academic research including information on funding and publishing opportunities or Brussels as a fieldwork location for EU studies, all the way to more thematic panels on the EU’s foreign policies in the context of the Arab Spring.

A first workshop will take place on 27 June 2013 in Brussels, followed by a second one in Canterbury in September. The aim of the workshops thereby is twofold: To have external speakers and experts convey their insights about the study of Europe and the EU from an inside-out perspective and, in line with the philosophy of the Global Europe Centre, to facilitate inter-campus cooperation between Brussels and Canterbury researchers.

If you are interested in receiving more information on the workshops, please contact Moritz Pieper.

GEC Closed Roundtable 'Building a Stronger Eastern Partnership:towards an EaP 2.0' - 26th June 2013

GEC closed roundtable ‘Building a Stronger Eastern Partnership: towards an EaP 2.0’ will take place on 26th June 2013 with members of the Cabinet for the Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy; DG DEVCO; and officials of the External Action Service (Brussels, European Commission Building).

 

The purpose of the roundtable is to discuss the EaP’s performance in the eastern region, based on academic reflections of policy’s developments since 2011, to offer policy recommendations and to consider future research directions, with relevance to the policy-making process.

Europe day and GEC launch - 9th May 2013

The University of Kent’s annual Europe Day celebrations will take place on Thursday 9th May 2013 at the Gulbenkian, Canterbury campus, from 11.30 to 15.30. This year the event will also be the occasion for the launch of the Global Europe Centre, an inter-disciplinary and cross-campus research-led learning centre with a strong student voice. It will host a range of activities including…

  • Student/school  quiz ‘European Challenge’
  • EU Careers presentation
  • Global Europe Centre fellows’ debate ‘What future for Europe?’
  • Student photo exhibition: ‘What does Europe mean to you?’
  • Information stands on:
    • European careers
    • University of Kent’s European activities (including Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus, European partnerships)
    • Kent’s European Centres: Brussels, Paris, Athens, Rome
    • Centre for English and World Languages
    • European Societies
  • Concert by local music group
  • European-themed food at the Gulbenkian Café
  • European quiz
  • European sporting event
  • European film screening in the Gulbenkian Cinema at 20.00
  • European Research event

The event is being organised by International Development and the School of Politics and International Relations with contributions from a range of Kent departments including Research Services, the Centre for English and World Languages, Kent Sport, the Careers and Employability Service, University of Kent Centres at Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome.

What is Europe Day?
9th May, or Europe Day, is the anniversary of the 'Schuman declaration'. Speaking in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman (the French foreign minister) proposed a new form of political cooperation for Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable.

Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union and 9th May is now celebrated as a key moment in the creation of the EU. For more information please visit the website of the European Union http://europa.eu/about-eu/basic-information/symbols/europe-day/index_en.htm
Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate with us!

Jean Monnet Lectures 2012-2013

Reflection and Debating Forum on EU Strategic Diplomacy

Jean Monnet lectures


With the Support of the LLP Programme of the European Union

(2012-2871: ‘Europe and Global Change’)

Venue: Wilson room, University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS),
Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussels

20 November 2012:
H.E. Karel Kovanda (Ambassador & Former Deputy Director-General of External Relations):  
The Folly of the Nation State
23 January 2013:
Mr Michael Mann (Chief Spokesman to High Reprentative Lady Ashton):
Communicating Policy. The Role of an EU Spokesman
13 March 2013:
Mrs Radoslava Stefanova (Head Russia and Ukraine Relations Section, NATO) & Mr Sven-Olav Carlsson (Deputy Head of Russia Unit, European External Action Service):
Relations with Russia from a NATO and an EU perspective
20 March 2013:
Mr Alfredo Conte (Head of the Strategic Planning Division, European External Action Service)
EU Strategic Diplomacy in a Changing World
25 March 2013:
H.E. Ambassador Frans van Daele (former Chief of Cabinet of the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy):
The Position of the EU in the World Today
27 March 2013:
Prof. Martin Holland (University of Canterbury, New Zealand):
EU Perceptions in Asia

 

 

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