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Center for European Studies announces 2007-08 student grants

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Continuing its tradition of promoting and funding student research on Europe, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) has announced its selection of 41 undergraduate students for thesis research grants and internships in Europe this summer. Additionally, more than two dozen graduate students have been awarded support for their dissertations.

Undergraduate senior thesis travel grants fund summer research in Europe for juniors in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences preparing senior theses on political, historical, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual trends in modern or contemporary Europe. A list of the recipients, including their concentration and research, are as follows:

Nora Bartosik, the role of folk songs in Hasliberg, Switzerland, and Swabia, Germany; Alexander Chase-Levenson, “A Study of Quarantines in the Mediterranean: Sickness, Health, and Imaginative Geography for Western Travellers Returning from the ‘East’”; Henry Cowles, research on social trends in developing “natural history” movements in Victorian Britain; Eva Dickerman, “Article 80 of the Treaty of Saint Germain and Its Aftermath: The Construction of Race, Citizenship, and National Identity in 1920s Austria; Darja Djordjevic, ethnographic research with immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers at the Comite Medical Pour Les Exiles (Comede);

Adam Goldenberg, an ethnographic examination of French national identity, citizenship, and multiculturalism; Jaclyn Granick, “‘Nothing About Us Without Us’: Transnational Grassroots Organizing Among People with Disabilities”; Elizabeth Grosso, European party elites and activists and the development of transnational parties; Erika Helgen, “The Battle of Puebla: Liberation Theology and the 3rd Latin American Bishops’ Conference, 1979”; Roumiana Ivanova, exploration of the differential expression of “soft power” in France, Britain, and the Netherlands; Olga Kamensky, how Paris functions — in literature, history, and language — as a center of autotranslation; Christina Kozak, “Women & Socialist Legacy: A Study of Women’s Participation in Politics in Eastern and Western Germany”; Alexandra Kukunova, assessing the influence of international and domestic factors on the development of work-family reconciliation policies in France and Spain; Roland Lamb, working with primary sources in Chinese and Sanskrit at the British Library; David Lebowitz, archival research on Belgian colonial native policy in Rwanda; Paul Linden-Retek, the extensive examination of the cultural and historical context of Vaclav Havel’s political thought; Garrett Morgan, “Cinema and Collective Memory: Postwar National Consciousness in the BFI and Cinematheque Francaise”; Evgenia Peeva, higher education transformations after the fall of communist regimes in Eastern Europe; Noah Rosenblum, exploration of the impact of Simone Weil’s work on the development of Camus’ ethical thought; Meike Schallert, “Up and Down the Rhine: A Study of Environmental Legislation in Imperial Germany”; and Samuel Scott, “Jews and the Creation of Race in the British Caribbean, 1630-1830.”

CES is sponsoring the following undergraduates to take part in summer internship opportunities. Alumni at the Harvard Club of the United Kingdom have worked with CES to provide opportunities in business, philanthropy, political analysis, marketing, media/publishing, research, and consulting. In Poland, students have the chance to teach through the WorldTeach summer program, and in France, to learn about film production.

Olivia Benowitz ’09, Value Retail, Oxfordshire, U.K.; Rachel Bergmann ’08, University of Cambridge, Linguistics Department; Michelle Cronin ’08, EO Productions, Paris; Anusha Deshpande ’09, Content Partners, London; Liz Doherty ’08, Corrour Estate, London; Florence Evina-Ze ’08, New Energy Finance, London; Arielle Fridson ’08, P3 Capital, London; Ashlyn Garry ’10, WorldTeach Poland; Ryon Hart ’08, Pell Frischmann Consulting Engineers, London; Sotonye Imadojemu ’08, Slingshot Studios, London; Alyssa King ’08, Steptoe & Johnson, London; Annie Levine ’08, Exclusive Analysis, London; Rory Malone ’08, member of Parliament (MP) for Cambridge, David Howarth, London; Nathaniel Naddaff-Hafrey ’08, Steptoe & Johnson, London; Shelley Ranii ’08, MP for Doncaster North, Ed Miliband, London; Jakub Scholtz ’08, Durham University, Department of Physics, Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology; Daniel Schuker ’08, The Arcadia Trust, London; Mary Caroline Szpak ’11

WorldTeach Poland; Adrienne White ’08, 43 South Molton, London; Mandy Xu ’09, Comac Capital, London; and Olga Zhulina ’09, 43 South Molton, London.

Graduate dissertation research fellowships fund graduate students who plan to spend up to a year in Europe conducting dissertation research. The 2007-08 recipients are as follows:

Sana Aiyar, “The South Asian Diaspora in Colonial Kenya and Post-Colonial Britain: Multiculturalism in Two Milieus”

Alex Csiszar, “Conventional Objects and Real Relations: Organization of Knowledge and Internationalism in Fin de Siecle Europe”

Kenny Cupers, “Grands Ensembles, Expertise, and the Everyday in Postwar France”

Jennifer Ferng, “Nature’s Objects: Architecture, Materiality, and Geology (1750-1850)”

Crystal Fleming, “The Political Mobilization of Ethnic Minorities in French and American Spoken Word Venues”

Samuel Goldman, “Grounding Freedom: The Politics of Being from Jacobi to Hegel”

Paula Goldman, “From Margin to Mainstream: Culture, Mobilization, and the Jubilee 2000 Campaign in England”

Vessela Hristova, “Accommodating Diversity in the Integration Process of the European Union”

Brendan Karch, “Modes of Local Memory in Silesia (1740-1960)”

Deborah Kully, “Speculating on Architecture: Morality, the New Real Estate, and the Bourgeois Apartment Industry in 19th Century France”

Graduate dissertation writing fellowships are intended to support doctoral candidates as they complete their dissertations. The award allows students to spend a final year dedicated to writing. The 2007-08 recipients are as follows:

Daniel Sussner, “Projections: The Visual Structure of French History”

Lilith Mahmud-Abdelwahab, “The Brotherhood of Stone Sisters: Engendering the Freemasonry in Italy”

Graduate summer travel grants fund summer research in Europe for doctoral students writing dissertations on political, historical, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual trends in modern or contemporary Europe. The graduate summer travel grant recipients are as follows:

Darryl Li, “Transnational Islamist Movements and Bosnia Herzegovina”

Stanislav Markus, “The Neglected Roots of Capitalism: Corporate Political Alliances as Property Rights Insurance”

George Soroka, “Leviathan’s Revenge: Representative Governance and Electoral Accountability”

Ward Penfold, “Jurisprudentia Est Vera Philosophia: Adventures in European Law from the Napoleonic Code to the Social Question, 1800”

Maria Fabiola Lopez-Duran, “Eugenics in the Garden: Architecture, Medicine, and Landscape From France to Latin America in the Early 20th Century”

Anders Engberg-Pedersen, “Epistemic Uncertainty, Knowledge, and Narrative in the Early 19th Century”

Evangelos Liaras, “The False Promise of Electoral Engineering in Northern Ireland”

Paul Staniland, “Political Elites and Militant Groups in Northern Ireland, 1969 to 1994”

Robin Schuldenfrei, “Luxury and Modern Architecture in Germany”

Sabrina Peric, “Underground: Extracting Bones and Metals in Bosnia and Herzegovina”

Shirley Ye, “Migration, Ethnic Nationalism, and Economic Modernities in Germany and China, 1890-1949”

Davide Cantoni, “Was Max Weber Right After All?”

David Trippett, “Sirens of Music Drama: The Genesis and Prolepsis of Richard Wagner’s ‘Lohengrin’”

Timothy Dalrymple, “The Ladder of Thorns: Soren Kierkegaard on Suffering and Martyrdom”