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Newsletter - Issue 12
January 2012

More upcoming events

EU Careers Event
6 March 2012
In cooperation with the UCL Careers Service, we offer an evening panel and networking session for undergraduate and post-graduate students to find out first-hand about careers and opportunities in the EU job market.

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Sir Tony Brenton on EU-Russia relations
9 March 2012
The Institute and the UCLU European Society are delighted to welcome Sir Tony Brenton, former British Ambassador to the Russian Federation 2004-08, for a talk on "Russia and Europe: Friends or Foes?".

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Rousseau300: Nature, Self and State
9 January-27 April 2012
This exhibition features rare items from UCL's art and book collections to mark the tercentenary of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's birth. It coincides with an intern-ational conference and a special performance of his rarely produced opera
, Le Devin du Village.
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Event Report: Economic and Political Reform in South-East Europe
December 2011

This report summarises the presentations and discussions made at the EU-Balkans Ambassadorial Roundtable, organised by the European Institute with IBDE in November 2011.
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UCL announcements

Centre for European Politics, Security and Integration events
January-March 2012
This SSEES Centre brings together academics, reserach fellows and students with interests in the politics of contemporary Europe. Events this term include Post-Milosevic Serbia, Russia after the Elections, and Gay East European Migrants in Berlin.
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11th International Postgraduate Conference at SSEES
15-17 February 2012
This 3-day conference, offered to postgraduate students and early career researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences, will examine the concept of crisis within Central and Eastern Europe.
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Featured Event

Accommodating Religious Communities in Contemporary Europe
10 February 2012, 10-5pm, Old Refectory, UCL
This one-day workshop, the second of the four-part series "Negotiating Religion", will examine the character and general policies of the contemporary European state in its relation with religions and religious pluralism. Two sessions will focus on the phenomenon of church establishment in Europe, and discuss how far multiple religious jurisdictions may be tolerated. Two others will consider how far liberal democratic states can and/or ought to follow policies of religious neutreality, and how far religious exemptions may be justified. Conveners are Professor Cécile Laborde (UCL School of Public Policy), Dr Bob Morris (UCL Consitution Unit) and Dr Uta Staiger (UCL European Institute).
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Václav Havel

Commentaries, resources, and a round table in memory of Václav Havel
UCL SSEES and European Institute
The UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies and the European Institute have put together short pieces and resources to mark the death on 18 December 2011 of Václav Havel. A dramatist and essayist as well as the most prominent dissident in the final years of communist rule in Czechoslovakia, Havel became president in December 1989 during the Velvet Revolution. After the break-up of the country, he served two further terms as president of the Czech Republic. A roundtable in his memory is taking place on 14 February at UCL.

Read texts and resources on the European Institute website and the SSEES website. Information on the SSEES organised roundtable here. >>

Upcoming Events
UCL European Institute

European Film Day
3 February 2012
With screenings held in the Bloomsbury Theatre and workshops run by UCL academics, the day offers teachers in students in Years 10-12 the opportunity to see original-version films in a full cinema setting and a working university environment. Co-organised with Film Education, Routes into Languages and UCL Outreach, this Film Day aims to provide an opportunity to enthuse young people about European languages and cultures through the medium of film.

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Trajectories of Dissent: The Arab Spring and Europe 1989

29 February 2012
With each nation of the Arab and Muslim world undergoing popular unrest and political transformation, the number of those who compare these events with the tectonic political transformation of the European continent in 1989-91 is steadily growing. This panel discussion investigates the preconditions, features and likely consequences of the 'Arab Spring' by contrasting its political and intellectual leadership with the end of communism in Europe some twenty years ago.
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UCL-French Embassy Conférence-Débat: Between Feminism & Postcolonialism
5 March 2012
What is the relationship of feminism to the post-colonial? How might we remap women's historic relationship to Paris, putative 'capital' of the 19th century, by rethinking it from women's vantage point? Paris-based author Elisabeth Lebovici will be in conversation with Prof Tamar Garb (UCL History of Art). Chaired by Prof Michael Worton, this is the first of a new Humanities Conférence-Débat Series, hosted with the French Embassy.
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