October 24, 2018
3:00 – 4:30 pm
Buchanan Tower, Rm. #799

FHIS Research Seminar: “The Emotions: a Non-Linear History”
Jo Labanyi, New York University

Abstract – The relatively new field of the history of the emotions has made us aware that feelings, and the way they are conceptualized, are culturally specific. But this is a layered history of overlaps between emotional regimes that belong to different time frames and of returns, in new contexts, to ways of thinking about feeling from the past. The talk will consider how the history of the emotions can help us appreciate the non-linearity of historical processes.

Bio – Dr. Jo Labanyi is Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. She is a specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish literature, cinema and visual culture. She has also worked in gender studies, popular culture, and memory in relation with the Spanish Civil War. Notable among her many publications are Constructing Identity in Contemporary Spain: Theoretical Debates and Cultural Practice (Oxford University Press, 2002), Gender and Modernization in the Spanish Realist Novel (Oxford University Press, 2000 – published in Spanish as Género y modernización en la novela realista espanyola, Cátedra, 2011) and is joint author of Engaging the Emotions in Spanish Culture and History (Vanderbilt University Press, 2016).

Presented by the Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies, in partnership with the Peter Wall Institute and the Institute for European Studies.

January 24, 2019
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Buchanan Tower, Rm. #997

CENES Department’s Ziegler Lecture Series: “The Legacy of Bambule (1970): On the Perils of the Memory Culture of the German ’68 Movement”
Andreas Stuhlmann, University of Alberta

Abstract – The fiftieth anniversary of the events of 1968 and the fortieth anniversary of the crisis of the so-called ‘Deutsche Herbst’ (German Autumn) of 1977/78 have rekindled interest in the history of the TV drama Bambule (Riot). It is the story of rebellion in an institution for girls. It was a joint project of director Eberhard Itzenplitz and journalist Ulrike Meinhof, but it never aired until 1994. The talk will focus the work on a critical edition of Bambule, including the other adaptation of the script.

Bio – Dr. Andreas Stuhlmann joined the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta after teaching Modern German Literature and Media Culture at University College Cork in Ireland and the University of Hamburg. His research interests include critical theory, exile literature and migration, dispositive and genre, literary polemics, German-Jewish cultural history, among his latest publication are articles and book chapters on Jewish Avenger characters, Hannah Arendt, Bert Brecht, Douglas Sirk, and Egon Monk.

Presented by the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies in partnership with the Institute for European Studies. 

February 14, 2019
12:15-1:45 pm
Liu Multipurpose Room, 6476 NW Marine Drive

The Peter Wall Institute, the IES, and the Consulate General of France in Vancouver Presents: “Political Crisis and the Changing Model of French Capitalism”
Bruno Amable, University of Geneva

Abstract – In the 2010s, France was in a situation of systemic crisis, namely, the impossibility for political leadership to find a strategy of institutional change, or more generally a model of capitalism, that could gather sufficient social and political support. Prof. Amable examines the various attempts at reforming the French model since the 1980s, when the left tried briefly to orient the French political economy in a social democratic/socialist direction before changing course and opting for a more
orthodox macroeconomic and structural policy direction.

Bio – Bruno Amable has been a professor at the University of Geneva since August 2016. He was previously professor of economics at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is a recognized specialist in the various forms of capitalism, institutions and their influence on innovation and industry. He has published numerous contributions on the interactions between globalization, industrial policy and technical progress. In recent years, Mr. Amable has been expanding his interests in labour markets, European structural reforms and employment policy.

March 4, 2019
2:00 – 3:30 pm
C.K. Choi, Room 351

Marc Helbling, University of Bamberg
“Measuring Immigration Policies: Challenges and Limitations”

This session is co-sponsored by the UBC Migration Research Excellence Cluster.

Abstract – Over the last two decades in political science an increasing number of policy indices have been created to go beyond single case studies or the comparison of a small number of cases. The aim of this method session is to look at how regulations in a particular policy field can be quantified for large-N analyses, what the potential of such policy indices are and which limitations they face. Using the example of the recently built Immigration Policies in Comparison (IMPIC) database challenges regarding conceptualization, measurement and aggregration will be debated. After a short presentations students will get the opportunity to discuss questions regarding their own research or more general questions in the field of policy index building.

Bio – Marc Helbling is a Professor in political sociology at the Department of Political Science at the University of Bamberg and a Research Fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center where he has previously been head of the Emmy-Noether research group ‘Immigration Policies in Comparison’ (IMPIC). He works on immigration and citizenship policies, nationalism, national identities, xenophobia/islamophobia, and right-wing populism. His research was awarded the Young Scholar Research Award from the Mayor of Berlin, the Best Article Award (Honorable Mention) by APSA’s Section on Migration and Citizenship and the Best Paper Award by the Immigration Research Network of the Council for European Studies. He has also received a Fernand Braudel Fellowship at EUI and an ARC Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at CUNY.

Presented by the Institute for European Studies in partnership with UBC Migration.

March 14, 2019
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
CK Choi, Rm. #351

“Ireland, EU, and Canada after Brexit”, a Conversation with Ciarán Cannon, Irish Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Join us for a conversation with Ciarán Cannon, Irish Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as he discusses Ireland, EU, and Canada after Brexit.

Bio – Ciarán Cannon is Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for the Diaspora and International Development. He is a TD representing Galway East. Ciaran is formerly the Minister of State for Training & Skills at the Department of Education & Skills. He was first elected to Dáil Eireann in February 2011. Ciaran was elected to Galway County Council in June 2004, to represent the Loughrea Electoral Area. Following the 2007 General Election An Taoiseach nominated him to Seanad Eireann. Ciaran is also a strong advocate of the use of technology in education and is the founder of Excited – The Digital Learning Movement. He has worked closely with teachers and industry leaders to make the case for the introduction of computer science as a subject in Irish schools. Ciaran was born in Kiltullagh, Athenry and he lives there with his wife Niamh and son Evan. He is an award winning musician and songwriter and some of his work has been performed by the RTE Concert Orchestra. He is also an avid cyclist and regularly participates in a 900km fundraising cycle for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust, a national charity caring for children and young people with disabilities. Ciaran was chosen as one of Galway’s People of the Year in March 2002.

March 15, 2019
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Buchanan Tower, Rm. #104A

CENES Department’s Ziegler Lecture Series: “H. G. Wells and Early Soviet Science Fiction”
Galya Diment, University of Washington

Abstract – The talk will be based on the volume Diment is editing for Anthem Press, H.G. Wells and All Things Russian. One of the most fascinating aspects of Wells’s relationship with Russia is his rather outsized influence on Soviet science fiction. The talk will pay particular attention to the impact the English writer had on Alexander Belyaev, a pioneer of sci fi in the USSR, author of Professor Dowell’s Head (1925) and The Amphibian Man (1928). Wells and Belyaev met during Wells’s visit to the Soviet Union in 1934.

Bio – Dr. Galya Diment is a Professor in the Slavic Department, Thomas L. & Margo G. Wyckoff Endowed Faculty Fellow, and Joff Hanauer Distinguished Professor in Western Civilization at the University of Washington. She is known for her work in Russian Jewish Studies and Anglo-Russian connections as well as her expertise on Nabokov and Goncharov. Her current project is a study of H.G. Wells and Russia.

Presented by the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies in partnership with the Institute for European Studies. 

April 26, 2019
12:15 – 1:45 pm
POLI Seminar Room, Buchanan C403

“Coalition Prospects, Not Polls: Predicting Policy in Parliamentary Democracies, with an Application to the Environment”
Mark Kayser, Hertie School of Governance

Abstract – Parties decide policy.  Yet, cross-national research into the determinants of policy largely ignores the office- and policy-seeking incentives of parties.   Because parties are strategic and forward-looking, they adopt policy positions to attract potential future coalition partners and increase their probability of remaining in or entering government.  Building on a new measure that combines coalition formation models with polling data to estimate the expected coalition inclusion probabilities of nearly all parties in most developed parliamentary democracies at a monthly frequency, we estimate the effect of coalition prospects on environmental policy in nine parliamentary democracies.  The coalition inclusion probability of green parties — regardless of whether they are in government — significantly predicts the environmental policy stringency of sitting governments.  In contrast, political polling, which does not capture the strategic incentives of coalition formation, fails to predict environmental policy stringency.

June 7, 2019
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
C.K. Choi, Rm. #351

“The Internationalization of Higher Education: Converging or Diverging?”

Please join us for a round table with Roopa Desai Trilokekar (Assoc. Professor of Education, York University), Merli Tamtik (Asst.. Professor of Educational Administration, University of Manitoba) and Robert Harmsen (Profesor of Political Science, University of Luxemsbourg). This round table will evaluate the internationalization strategies of universities and governments in Europe and North America, with panelists discussing various aspects of change and resiliency in higher education. Are internationalization policies converging or diverging? Has internationalization become a primary end for universities, or just a means to achieve other objectives like access, equity or cost recovery?