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Viadrina Institute for European Studies (IFES)

Summer Term 2017

The program of the summer term in 2017 was characterised by our getting to know each other as well as by the contouring and further development of topics for the IFES.

Research Seminars

The research seminars are organized by the IFES and the chairs of European Studies, Economic and Social History, Comparative Politics, European and international Politics and European Contemporary History.

April 2017

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 6-8 pm

Semester opening of the MA European Studies and reception
Hans-Jürgen Wagener (Europa-Universität Viadrina)
"Transformation and European Studies - two sides of one coin?"

Wednesday, 26 April 2019, 6-8 pm
Julien Deroin (Europa-Universität Viadrina):
"Social Sciences and Critique – Propositions for a contemporary European debate" (in German language)

May 2017

Wednesday, 03 May, 6-8 pm
„Speed Dating“: Short presentations of research profiles of the members of the institute
Coordination: Clara Frysztacka

Wednesday, 10 May, 6-8 pm
Jennifer Ramme 
"Politics of Belonging. Analysis of the scale levels Europe and Family using the example of the 4th World Women's Conference of the United Nations (1995)."

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 6-8 pm
Jürgen Neyer
"The Arrogance of an Open Society. Why Liberalism in Europe risks Failure"

Wednesday, 24 May, 6-8 pm, Round Table
"Concepts of Modernity and Modernisation and their significance for European Studies"
Coordination: Anja HennigAnika Keinz

Wednesday, 31 May, 6-8 pm
Pawel Lewicki 
"HIV-Trajectories: Biopolitical Regimes and Transnational Migration in Context of HIV/AIDS in Europe"

June 2017

Wednesday, 07 June, 6-8 pm
Frank Henschel (Universität Bremen)
"Europe with and without us. Positioning of Hungary in the 19th and 20th century."

Wednesday, 14 June, 6-8 pm
Margarita Balmaceda (Seton Hall University/Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute; currently Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst/ FSO, Universität Bremen)
“Chains of Value, Chains of Power: Russian Energy, Value Chains and the Remaking of Social Relations from Vladivostok to Brussels”

Wednesday, 21 June
The session was cancelled

Wednesday, 28 June, 6-8 pm
Anja Hennig (Europa-Universität Viadrina)
"Religion, Gender, Populism" Presentation of a Draft Paper

July 2017

Wednesday, 05 July, 6-8 pm
Mykhailo Minakov (DAAD Guest Professor, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)/ University of Kyiv): Conceptualizing the Shadow State: Understanding Roles of Official and Unofficial institutions in a Political System

Wednesday, 12 July
This session was cancelled.

Wednesday, 19 July, 6-8 pm
Amelie Kutter, Christopher Fritzsche, Gesine Lenkewitz
"Narratives of Crises and the Construction of Peripheries: Results of the Reconfigurations-Project"

Lunch Lectures

Lunch Lectures offer discussions on current political issues at lunch time.

Tuesday, 9 May, 1-2 pm
Roundtable on the presidential elections in France 2017

In the spring of 2017, on 23 April (first ballot) and 7 May (final ballot), the presidential elections in France will take place. Political scientist Prof Dr Minkenberg (Viadrina University) discusses the results of the elections and their implications with further experts from the university.

Guests: Fabien Jobard (Centre Marc Bloch, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Timm Beichelt (Europa-Universität Viadrina) and Julie Martinet (Europa-Universität Viadrina)
Facilitation: Prof. Dr. Michael Minkenberg (Professorship for Comparative Politics)

Tuesday, 28 June, 1-2 pm
Lecture and discussion: Turkish Foreign Policy – What is the Effect of European Ambivalence?

Lecture as part of the Aziz Nesin guest lectureship of the Master in European Studies

Speaker: İnan Rüma (Istanbul Bilgi University)
Facilitation: Prof. Dr. Timm Beichelt (Professorship for Europa-Studien)

4 July, 1-2 pm
Discussion: Civil Society Under Attack: Orban’s Ongoing Alienation from EU Standards

Zsuzsanna Végh (EUV research fellow, associate researcher of the European Council on Foreign Relations and vice-chair of the Hungarian Europe Society NGO) and

Anca Florian (EUV research fellow and coordinator of the European Dialogue Forum for civil society actors from Eastern and Western Europe)


The Europa-Café is an informal meeting between members of the institute. Everyone who is interested is welcome.

Dates: 25 April, 23 May, 20 June, 1-2 pm