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Announcements for Grad Students – 10/12

October 12, 2009

1. Call for Papers – BMW Center for German and European Studies 2010 Graduate Student Conference

2. Middle Eastern and Central Eurasian Career Night

3. Stammtisch – TONIGHT

4. International Conferences on Education, Training, and Informatics; Society and Information Technologies, 2010

5. Colloquium Speaker for History & Philosophy of Science – Between Science and Fiction

 6. West European Studies Student Organization Brownbag






1. Call for Papers – BMW Center for German and European Studies 2010 Graduate Student Conference


14th Annual Graduate Student Conference

European Dynamics in the Age of Globalization

February 5 – 6, 2010

Georgetown University, Washington, DC

The European continent’s continuing evolution is an undeniable fixture of our increasingly interconnected world. The formation and expansion of the European Union, the nation-state’s comparative decline, and Europe’s contributions to and detractions from the forces of modernization are only a few of the measures of Europe’s role in the contemporary global landscape. How we characterize Europe in the 21st century is, above all, subject to our vantage point. To further this discussion, the BMW Center for German and European Studies is submitting a call for papers, inviting scholars to complement this historical and contemporary European debate by looking forward to the future of a globalized Europe. In order to reflect Europe’s changing role in the international community, the conference is multidisciplinary in nature. Paper topics are open to all relevant fields and scholarly approaches. Abstracts might consider, but are not limited to historical, political, legal, economic, cultural, and social perspectives. Possible topics and subjects areas could include:

– Europe’s role and influence in a global economic crisis

– Future of European security policy

– Europe in external aid/international development/north-south relations

– Cultural identities in flux

At the close of the conference, two papers will be selected to receive ‘Best Paper’ awards on the basis of their academic quality, as judged by the panel commentators. Selected papers will each receive an award.

Abstracts Submission Deadline: October 15th, 2009 via e-mail

Abstracts should be 300-500 words (1-1.5 pages) in length and will be accepted only via email; please include a CV with your submission. Participation is limited to Master’s and Doctoral students currently enrolled in degree-granting programs. Selected panelists will receive food and accommodations and may be eligible for travel grants. Please send submissions and questions to:


2. Middle Eastern and Central Eurasian Career Night

Join IU Alumni and career professionals who specialized in Middle Eastern and Central Eurasian studies and now work in careers that draw on their knowledge of the languages! This year’s panelists come from a variety of backgrounds including:

– Government and Development

– Military

– Law

– Non-Governmental organizations (NGO)

Panelists will share their experiences abroad; provide tips on how to maximize your time here at IU, and offer strategies for students seeking international work.  There will be time set aside to network with the panelists and other students with similar goals and interests. This night should be especially useful for students in international studies, area studies, languages, journalism, and other majors focused on global careers. Please register on myIUcareers through

Again, the event is October 13 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Career Development Center, located at 625 North Jordan Ave., Bloomington, IN. 


3. Stammtisch – TONIGHT
Reminder: Stammtisch will take place tonight at 6:30pm at Bear’s, and the movie “Goodbye Lenin” at Wylie Hall at 8pm. Come join us!


4. International Conferences on Education, Training, and Informatics; Society and Information Technologies, 2010

The International Conference on Education, Training and Informatics: ICETI 2010 (

The International Conference on Society and Information Technologies: ICSIT 2010 (

Both conferences will be held collocated (at the same time and the same venue) on April 6 -9, 2010 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

The deadlines for both conferences are the following:

Papers/Abstracts Submissions and Invited Sessions Proposals: October 28th, 2009
Authors Notifications: November 23th, 2009
Camera-ready, full papers: December 16th, 2009

All Submitted papers/abstracts will go through three reviewing processes: (1) double-blind (at least three reviewers), (2) non-blind, and (3) participative peer reviews. These three kinds of review will support the selection process of those papers/abstracts that will be accepted for their presentation at the conference, as well as those to be selected for their publication in JSCI Journal.

Pre-Conference and Post-conference Virtual sessions (via electronic forums) will be held for each session included in the conference program, so that sessions papers can be read before the conference, and authors presenting at the same session can interact during one week before and after the conference. Authors can also participate in peer-to-peer reviewing in virtual sessions.

Submissions for Face-to-Face or for Virtual Participation are both accepted. Both kinds of submissions will have the same reviewing process and the accepted papers will be included in the same proceedings.

Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference can have access to the evaluations and possible feedback provided by the reviewers who recommended the acceptance of their papers/abstracts, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access to the reviews of their respective submissions.

Registration fees of an effective invited session organizer will be waived according to the policy described in the web page  (click on ‘Invited Session’, then on ‘Benefits for the Organizers of Invited Sessions’), where you can get information about the ten benefits for an invited session organizer. For Invited Sessions Proposals, please visit the conference web site, or directly to

Authors of the best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the conference (included those virtually presented) will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.


5. Colloquium Speaker for History & Philosophy of Science – Between Science and Fiction

Friday, October 16, 2009

Ballantine Hall 003

1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Christina Brandt, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin 

Between Science and Fiction: The Clone Concept in

20th Century Life Sciences and Culture

In this paper, I will outline the history of the clone concept and utopian/dystopian views that were related to it through the 20th century. The concept of the clone can be regarded as a boundary concept that was circulated among diverse bioscientific research fields as well as fields of popular representations. Furthermore, the epistemic status of the “clone” changed over time: At the beginning of the 20th century, the term “clone” was developed in plant breeding, where a “clone” was defined as a group of plants that are propagated by the use of any form of vegetative parts. However, the concept soon referred to research tools as well as research objects in various experimental systems. This leads to questions that are fundamental for understanding the history of cloning: What kinds of semantic shifts, what kinds of exchange and feedback between different spheres are related to these processes of concept circulation? A special focus will be on the 1960s and 1970s discourse when the term “clone”entered the public sphere and scientific utopia as well as literary imaginations flourished around the figure of the „human clone“.


 6. West European Studies Student Organization Brownbag

Don’t forget to come to Ballantine Hall 542 this Friday, October 16 at 1 p.m. to hear visiting lecturer in modern Greek Vassiliki Tsitsopoulou discuss European interdisciplinarity and for free coffee, tea, and dessert!

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