V The CES Gazette
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CES Faculty Win Teaching and Scholarship
We are very happy to announce that three of the Center for European Studies faculty
members, Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc, Dr. Christopher Caes and Dr. Hana Filip, have won
competitive University of Florida awards for their teaching and research accomplishments. Dr.
Christopher Caes and Hana Filip have been awarded the Humanities Scholarship Enhancement
Funding for their proposed research projects, while Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc has won the
prestigious 2005-06 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty Teaching Award.
Eligibility for the CLAS Teaching Award is based on an outside
nomination and evaluation of a number of materials, including a teaching
portfolio, letters of recommendation from department chair, faculty and
students, and student evaluations. Having been raised in the United
SStates bilingually and bi-culturally, Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc teaches Polish
language, literature and culture to foster an active appreciation of this
country's ethnic and racial diversity. Polish classes attract a wide variety of
students from those with no previous exposure to the language or
culture, to heritage learners who are in search of an intellectual dimension
to their ethnic roots, to graduate students whose interest in Poland holds
an academic purpose. Considering the breadth of students' needs, Dr. Wampuszyc strives to
create a forum where students learn to critically read and understand a variety of texts. Her
goal is to teach students how to identify cultural differences and parallels; to sharpen their
analytical tools; and to access resources necessary for thoughtfully and knowledgeably
interpreting the world they inhabit.
The Scholarship Enhancement Fund is
available through University of
Florida's Research and Graduate Table of Contents
Programs. It is designed to stimulate
new or existing creative or research From the Director .... 2
activity by University of Florida faculty Holiday Activities &
Sin the humanities and fine arts Spring Highlights.. .3-4
'% departments. Approximately forty Outreach Events....5-6
I awards are supported annually, with a Grants..............6
maximum award of up to $10,000. Dr. Study Abroad ........ 7
Christopher Caes won this award for a project titled Contact Info ......... 8
"Recreation, Material Culture, and Socialism as Modernity in
Poland, 1945-1989." Dr. Caes' research focuses on
Stalinist and post-Stalinist mass culture in Poland The CES Gazette
in order to challenge the dominant cultural and Volume 4, Issue 1
political narratives of this period. Both the official
rhetoric of the early communist state of the 1950- Dr. Amie Kreppel, Director
60s and the cultural memory of the popular Natasa Kovacevic, Editor
struggle against communism of the 1970-80s
agree that what was being accomplished under The CES Gazette is published each
socialism was the total reconstruction of society semester to provide information to
faculty, students, and supporters of
according to Marxist-Leninist principles. Artifacts European Studies about the activities
of everyday life and popular culture tell quite a and programs of the CES. For
different story, one of often ad hoc and further information, please visit the
CES website at www.ces.ufl.edu.
contradictory practical implementations of
communist cultural policies and popular
appropriation and negotiation of official discourses
in the interests of alternative (not necessarily oppositional) practices of consumption and
recreation. By focusing on the issue of recreation, Dr. Caes hopes to produce a richer and more
variegated account of life under socialism, and finally, to illuminate the contours of a specifically
"Second World" modernity that is not identical to the dominant political or oppositional
frameworks through which the communist period continues to be viewed.
In turn, Dr. Hana Filip was awarded the Scholarship Enhancement
Funding for the "Comparative Study of Systems of Aspectual
Representation in Slavic, Germanic, Romance Languages and Modern
Hebrew." The goal of Dr. Filip's research project is to investigate the
Expression of aspectual distinctions in the aforementioned languages.
Assuming that aspectual distinctions are semantically universal, a central
question is how languages with very different grammatical structures
represent these semantic distinctions. Dr. Filip proposes to explore this via
thorough case studies of several languages from four typologically distinct
language families, and with very different morphological representations
of aspectual properties.
We wish to take this opportunity to congratulate Drs. Wampuszyc, Caes, and Filip on
winning these prestigious awards.
From the Director
December was a time of deserved rest and recuperation for CES faculty, staff and students, who
traveled to Slovakia, Italy, Missouri, Massachusetts, and across the Southeast to spend time with
family and friends. We are now looking forward to a Spring semester with a full outreach
calendar of events ranging from talks on the changing meaning of art in an era of globalization
to a conference on elections and parties in Europe. This summer the CES is also launching a
study abroad program in Poland and a re-vamped program in the Czech Republic (see p. 7).
We are also continuing our efforts to expand the offerings of European courses and looking
forward to work with colleagues across campus (see p. 6).
CES Holiday Activities
Graduate student Georgia Bianchi went to
Genoa, Italy, where she divided her time
between visiting family, having large meals,
and meeting with Italian researchers. She was -
able to make new contacts and read up on the
European sociological literature. Georgia also
took a short vacation to Sardinia (see picture),
where the weather was sunny, unfortunately,
only on the day of departure.
Graduate student and CES Gazette editor Natasa Kovacevic attended the 2005 annual
conference of Modern Language Association in Washington, DC, where she interviewed for a
teaching position with several universities. On her way back, she spent the New Year's Eve
festivities with friends who live in Greensboro, NC.
Faculty members Hana Filip, Holly Raynard and Ewa Wampuszyc presented research
at the 2005 meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European
Languages in Washington, DC.
Brano Kovalcik, Academic Programs Coordinator, visited his native Slovakia for the
Christmas and New Year holidays and is glad to be back in warm Florida.
Director Amie Kreppel and Asst. Director Petia Kostadinova, along with their lovely
husbands, traveled to Savannah, Georgia for New Year's Eve festivities.
New Library Acquisitions
The Center for European Studies partially sponsored the library
1 purchase of two valuable microfilm databases, Dissent in
S Poland: Publications and Manuscripts from the KARTA Center
Foundation Archives in Warsaw, Poland, and the Foundations of
Modern Europe microfiche collection. Both databases are
published by Thomson Gale.
CES acquired the first two of the three parts of the KARTA database, the Opposition,
Solidarity and Eastern Archives. The KARTA began in 1982 as an illegal publication during
Poland's period of martial law. After 1989, it evolved into a non-governmental archival repository
that set the goal of preserving memories of events and people that were not likely to be
represented in state and regional archives. The Opposition Archive documents the various stages
of Polish opposition to Communist rule between 1956 and 1989, illuminating its key moments. It
is composed of primarily individual memoirs, diaries, and tape recordings, but also includes
reports, publications, thematic collections, maps, and drawings. The Solidarity Archive, in turn,
focuses on the sixteen-month period from the founding of Solidarity in September 1980 to the
imposition of martial law in December 1981. This collection traces Solidarity's emergence from a
strike movement and the formation of factory and shipyard strike committees through minutes
of meetings, organizational statutes/constitutions, proclamations, manifestos and pamphlets.
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CES Has Launched a New The Foundations of Modern Europe contains
Website for UF's European administrative and organizational papers related to
Union Studies Program the movement for united Europe including press
(EUSP)! releases, financial documents, minutes of meetings,
conversations, correspondence, and papers of
Check out the new EUSP website at
he eu e influential post-war politicians and diplomats such as
http:// Jean Monnet, Robert Schumann and Paul Henri
Spaak. These materials illuminate the process of
rebuilding post-war Europe and the establishment of cooperation between European countries.
The collection also illustrates the emergence of the concept of the European federal model in
contrast to American federalism by tracing the rise of the European Community during the
Cold War, the development of modern Europe, her political allegiance and monetary-economic
policies. Finally, the archives contain important references to the complex diplomatic and
political issues which dominated post-war Europe and the Cold War years through the 1940s
and 1950s, ranging from the Marshall Plan and the Berlin Blockade to the Greek civil war, the
Coal and Steel Community, and German entry into NATO. These archives will assist scholars
conducting research on the rebuilding of post-war Europe, the establishment of European
political and economic institutions and the differences of American and European federalism, to
name a few.
CES Signs Agreement Establishing a
Language Testing Center
The Center for European Studies signed an agreement with the University of Pecs in Hungary
for the establishment of a testing center for the following languages: Hungarian, Polish and
Czech. According to this agreement, the CES will be able to conduct proficiency exams
following the criteria of the European Consortium (ECL), and those who pass the exam will
receive a Certificate of Attainment in Modern Languages. As a US institution, the University of
Florida cannot directly participate in the Consortium but will be accredited through the
University of Pecs. The Center for European Studies will receive the examination
materials from Pecs and after conducting the
exams send them back to Pecs for evaluation.
The University of Pecs will then issue the
The agreement and the guidelines for
establishing a testing center have been reviewed
by the CES Language Coordinator in order to
ensure the fulfillment of requirements for
conducting language exams. The Center for
European Studies is responsible for fulfilling all
personnel and material requirements necessary
for the organization and administration of the
exams; ensuring that test materials are handled
with care and confidentiality; training
Have a suggestion about a guest
speaker on a European topic?
To suggest a potential speaker for the
CES speakers series, please complete the
online form at www.ces.ufl.cduI
CESspea kerform. htm I
If your suggestion is adopted, the CES
will contact you directly prior to making
contact with the potential speaker to
confirm all the details.
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examiners included in the National ECL Examiners' List as examiners in ECL oral examination
techniques; and registeringcandidates and collecting the registration fee of $100. Further
information in connection with the ECL exams, including current exam dates, can be found on
the ECL exam website (www.ecltest.com).
These exams will be open to anyone interested in gaining proficiency certification in
Hungarian, Czech and Polish. Dates and location for the next examinations will be announced
shortly. For more information and if you interested in taking any of the exams, please contact
the CES Language Coordinator, Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc at (352) 392-8902 x203 or
CES Spring 2006 Outreach Events
* Risk Cinema Exhibition "The Empty Centre," Hito Steyerl. Feb. 7 at Samuel P. Harn
* Ivan Berend's lecture "'Save our Ancestral Land and our Race': From Xenophobia to
Ethnic Cleansing in Central and Eastern Europe." Feb. 23, time and location TBA
* Current Perspectives in Critical Theory Lecture
Series Jim Bohman's lecture "Democracy in the EU: Univ -riy of [nr:c.,
Deliberation and Democratic Reform." Feb. 24 at 216 Department of Political Science
Anderson Hall (http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/biebrich/en/
* "Art in the Age of Globalization: Directions in Contemporary Art since 1989." Mar. 2-
4 at Harn Museum Auditorium and 215 Dauer Hall.
* Current Perspectives in Critical Theory Lecture Series Hans-Herbert K6gler's
lecture "Roots of Recognition: Critical Theory and the Politics of Identity." Mar. 10 at
216 Anderson Hall (http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/biebrich/en/home.html)
* Risk Cinema Exhibition "Head-On," Fatih Akin. Mar. 21 at Samuel P Harn Museum
* Current Perspectives in Critical Theory Lecture Series Dietmar K6veker's lecture
"A Sense of Critique: On Foucault's Thinking of Resistance." Mar. 24 at 216 Anderson
* 14th Annual British Women Writers Conference (http://www.english.ufl.edu/bwwc/
STalia Schaffer's Keynote Address. Mar. 23 at Kathryn
Chicone Ustler Hall
Lynne Vallone's Keynote Address. Mar. 24 at Library East's
Special Collection Reading Room
Luncheon and Carolyn Steedman's Keynote Address. Mar.
25, time and location TBA
.- Roundtable Discussion. Mar. 26, time and location TBA
For a list of CES affiliated
faculty and your chance to
become a CES affiliate faculty
member, please visit our
website at www.ces.ufl.edu.
*Current Perspectives in Critical Theory Lecture
Series Martin Saar's lecture "From Ideology to
Governmentality: Contemporary Critical Theories
and the Problem of Power." Apr. 7 at 216 Anderson
+ K-12 Global Workshop Series "International Insects." Apr. 12 at FLMNH
+ Jean Monnet Chair Program Workshop From Elec-
tions and Parties to Legislatures and Executives: A Work- PrfOj
shop on the Links between Political Institutions in Europe.
Apr. 17-18, time and location TBA
+ K-12 Music & Culture Workshop. Apr. 25 at Samuel P.
+ K-12 Global Workshop Series "The Cross-Cultural ij'ransnatio
Classroom." June 7 at Terrace Room and Norman Hall and Globa
* K-12 Global Workshop Series "Women & War." June 8 ates
Terrace Room and Norman Hall
Center for European Studies Grants
The Center for European Studies would like to announce the following grant competitions.
Application deadline for all competitions is February 28, 2006.
+ Course Development Grants (UF Faculty)
+ Course Enhancement Grants (UF Faculty)
+ European Travel Grants (UF Faculty)
+ European Travel Grants (UF Graduate Students)
Check out external funding
opportunities at our website:
The application form for all these opportunities is available
If you have questions about these grants, please contact
Petia Kostadinova at firstname.lastname@example.org or 392-8902, x 207
NEW! Study Abroad Program in Pecs and Budapest: The UF in
Pecs and Budapest Program offers students an opportunity to earn six ..
credits at the University of Pecs (Hungarian Language in Action and
Hungary at the Crossroads, taught in English). Students will spend four
weeks in P6cs and two weeks in Budapest. Cultural excursions are also
planned in the vicinity of these two cities and around Lake Balaton,
the largest lake in Europe and the location of Hungary's many cultural
sites. Contact: Dr. Alice Freifeld (email@example.com) and Edit Nagy
NEW! Study Abroad Program in Krakow: This program,
scheduled to open in Summer 2006, is being designed in
cooperation with Jagiellonian University, Central Europe's second
oldest university. Students will have the opportunity to earn UF
credit by attending Polish language courses as well as courses taught
in English on various aspects of Polish culture, history and society.
The program will also provide an introduction to this rich region of
Poland through excursions in Krakow and environs. Contact: Dr.
Chris Caes (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc
Prague Summer Study Abroad Program: UF students will be
studying at the Charles University Institute for Language and Prepa-
ratory Studies (ILPS), located near the Vysehrad. Prior knowledge of
the Czech language is NOT required. Students combine English- I
language curriculum with an in-country cultural experience. Czech
language instruction is also available for those interested. UF area
courses studies taught in English by UF faculty. Non-degree and non- -
UF students welcome! Contact: Dr. Hana Filip (email@example.com) and
Holly Raynard (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Summer Study Abroad at Vesalius College, VUB in
Brussels, Belgium: The Vesalius College is an English-language
international college within the Dutch-speaking Belgian Vrije
Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The program is part of the European
Union Studies Minor, and unless previously discussed and ap-
proved by the Director, all students must take a 3-unit course,
.. EUS 4956 Overseas Studies (topic varies by year). Contact: Dr.
'-- Amie Kreppel (email@example.com).
Salzburg Study Abroad Program: This program is perfect for
History and Political Science majors, students who want to complete
the introductory German language sequence (equivalent to GER
1122), and all other students interested in taking the following
courses: Modern Europe, Economics and Politics of the European Union
(students must take this class in order to qualify for the European
Union Studies Minor) or Beginning German III. Contact: Glenn
The Center for European Studies
3340 Turlington Hall
PO BOX 117342
Gainesville, FL, 32611-7342
Dr. Amie Kreppel, Director
Dr. Petia Kostadinova, Asst. Director
Nikki Kernaghan, Outreach Coordinator
Brano Kovalcik, Academic Programs
Nubia Pena, Coordinator for
Graduate Assistant: Natasa Kovacevic
Phone: (352) 392-8902
Fax: (352) 392-8966
Help us grow!
Additional funds are needed for conferences, travel
funds for graduate students, scholarships, symposia, $500
speakers, etc. $100
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