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2002 Archive Program

General Information and
Program Overview

European Studies Conference
2002

General Information

Fees:

All chairs and presenters of papers must pay the registration fee. Since this conference is self-supporting, we depend on that income to cover the cost of conference materials, the conference luncheon on Friday, refreshments during session breaks, and transportation between the UNO campus and our three designated conference hotels.

Location of Conference:

The 27. Annual European Studies Conference will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center meeting rooms on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. You will be able to sign in, receive informational materials, and the final version of this year's program in the Crimson Room. Members of the Steering Committee and our interns shall welcome you and gladly answer any questions you may have. Refreshments are available.

Shuttle Service:

Complementary shuttle service will be available on a regular schedule between the three conference hotels and the campus. Please note the schedule in the Accommodations Section of the ESC website.

Parking

In case you wish to drive to the conference, we suggest that you please park in the parking lot of the South campus. Every 15 minutes, shuttle buses circulate from there to the North campus and stop at the student center along the way.

Thursday Reception and Dinner:

Participants in the European Studies Conference and the Third World Studies Conference are most cordially invited to an informal reception with complementary food and refreshments at the W.H. Thompson Alumni House, located on the West side of the campus. The reception is scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM.
Immediately following the reception will be a no-host dinner for which participants must register and pay a fee of $25.00. (Please note the registration form for the conference.)

Special Guest Speaker

After dinner, Dr. O. Faruk Logoglu, the ambassador from Turkey to the United States, will address conference participants. Before being appointed ambassador, Dr. Logoglu held numerous diplomatic posts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, served as ambassador to Denmark and Azerbaijan, and had been posted to Hamburg, Germany, as Consul General. He also served as Counselor to the Turkish Permanent Delegation at the United Nations in New York. He earned a Masters degree from Brandeis University and a doctorate from Princeton University. Among his academic accomplishments is the publication of a book on the creation of the modern Turkish state.

 

Ethnic Dinner on Friday Evening:

Enjoying a Czech dinner at the Bohemian Café has become a well liked tradition for many conference participants. The cost of the dinner is again $16 this year. The choice of entrees includes Jagerschnitzel, roast loin of pork or roast chicken; a choice of vegetable (Sauerkraut, sweet and sour cabbage or vegetable of the day); rye bread, Czech dumplings, kolacki; and a choice of beverage of coffee or tea.
Please indicate your interest for this dinner on the registration form and arrange payment accordingly.

Program Overview

Thursday, 10 October

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM………………Registration……………………Crimson Room

5:30 PM - Reception and Dinner at the W.H. Thompson Alumni Center

Joint program of European Studies Conference and the Third World Studies Conference with Ambassador of Turkey.

Friday, 11 October

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM…………………Registration……………….Crimson Room

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM…………………………………….…………Session One

Panel 1: Elections in Europe……………………………………………Omaha Room
Panel 2: Literature and Issues of Identity……...………………………..Council Room
Panel 3: Focus on History…..………….………………………………Jenkins Room
Panel 4: Issues of Philosophy…..……....……………………………….State Room

10:30 - 11:45 AM…………………………………………………..Session Two

Panel 5: Europe in 2002: Issues and Challenges………………………Omaha Room
Panel 6: Beyond Nationalism?……..…………………………………Council Room
Panel 7: Languages and Learning………...……………………………Jenkins Room
Panel 8: Issues of French Literature and Culture………………..…….State Room

12:00 - 1:45 PM……………..Conference Lunch……………………Dodge Room
Cost of conference lunch is included in presenter/chair registration fee.

2:00 - 3:15………………………...………………………………..Session Three

Panel 9: Current Issues Concerning the European Union…...…………Omaha Room
Panel 10: Hitler, Nazism and Dictatorship…………………………….Council Room
Panel 11: Economics and Finance…………………………………….. Jenkins Room
Panel 12: German Literature…………………………………………...State Room

3:30 - 4:45 PM………………...…………………………………….Session Four

Panel 13: European Responses to September 11……………………….Omaha Room
Panel 14: Focus on Central Europe………………………………...….Council Room
Panel 15: Minorities and Affirmative Action………………...…………..Jenkins Room
Panel 16: Austria and Austrians…………………………………...……...State Room

7:30 PM……………………Ethnic Dinner……………...…...……Bohemian Cafe
Transportation will be provided.


Program
European Studies Conference 2002

Thursday, 10 October


3:00 - 5:00 PM ……………….Registration…………………….Crimson Room

Reception and Dinner………………………….W.T. Thompson Alumni House

Joint program of the European Studies Conference and the Third World Studies Conference.

5:30 PM……………………..Reception
6:30 PM……………………..Dinner
7:30 PM……………………..Speech of Dr. Logoglu, Ambassador of Turkey to the United States


Friday, 11 October


8:00AM - 5:00PM………………..Registration……………..…….Crimson Room

9:00AM - 10:15AM…………………………………………….……Session One

Elections in Europe…………….………………………………………Omaha Room
Chair:
Jody Neathery-Castro, University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Papers:
1. "Clashing Proposals: the 2004 European Parliament Elections and Russia," Oleg Reut, Riga Stradina University, Latvia.
2. "Elections in the New Century 2001-2002 in Central and Eastern Europe: Confusion, Change or Consolidation, the Two Turnover Test," Steve Masurana, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.

Literature and Issues of Identity……………………………………..Council Room
Chair:
Siegrun Wildner, University of Northern Iowa.
Papers:
1. "Negotiating Spaces" - Language and Ethnic Identity in Contemporary German-Romanian Fiction,' Reinhold Bubser, University of Northern Iowa.
2. "Out of Place?" - Cultural Ambiguities in Contemporary South Tyrolean Literature," Siegrun Wildner, University of Northern Iowa.
3. "Re-reading the Exhibition: A Deconstructive Approach to the Musee de Nissim de Camando," Simon Sibelman, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.


Focus on History……………………………………………………..Jenkins Room
Chair:
Ivette A. Guillemin Young, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Papers:
1. "When Money Goes to War…" Marcel P. Rotter, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
2. "The Community That Never Was: the European Defense Community and Its Image in Polish Visual Propaganda of the 1950s," Janusz Kazmierczak, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland.
3. "Mgr. Charles Ginisty and the Campaign to Remember Verdun," Anthony DeLuca, Emerson College.

Issues of Philosophy……………………………………………………State Room
Chair:Emanuel L. Paparella, Florida Atlantic University
Papers:
1. "Michael Ignatiev and the Philosophy of Human Rights," Spencer Davis, Peru State College.
2. "Aristotle, the Citizen, and the Communitarian Paradigm," David Freeman, Washburn University.
3. "The Cross-Pollination of European and American Thought," Peter David Mathews, Independent Scholar.


10:15 - 10:30AM……………………….Break……………………Crimson Room

10:30AM - 11:45AM………………………….……………………..Session Two

Europe in 2002: Issues and Challenges……………………..………Omaha Room
Chair:
Steve Mazurana, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.
Papers:
1. "In the Eye of the Storm: France's Homegrown Terrorism," Ivette Guillemin Young, University of Wisconsin -Oshkosh.
2. "The Death of the Left? The French Presidential and Legislative Elections of 2002," Christopher P. Pinet, Montana State University.
3. "The Impact of Decentralization on Local Citizen Participation in Post-Communist Czech Republic," Michael Smith, New School University.

Beyond Nationalism?…………………………………………………Council Room
Chair:
Erwin F. Erhardt, Thomas Moore College, KY.
Papers:
1. "From Nationalism to Multiculturalism," Richard White, Creighton University.
2. "Actuality Before Abstractions: Hegel and the Question of Nationalism," Jeanne A. Schuler, Creighton University.
3. "The Dialectic of the Modern Nation-State: A Marxian Approach," Patrick Murray, Creighton University.

Languages and Learning ………………..……………………………Jenkins Room
Chair:
Kristin LeVeness, Nassau Community College
Papers:
1. "How Awful is the German Language? Mark Twain's Perception of German Language and Culture," Volker Langeheine, Dana College.
2. "Birth of a Standard: Language Standardization and Swiss Romansh," Clyde Thogmartin, Iowa State University.
3. "What Did You Learn in School Today? Implications and Discussions of the PISA Study in Germany," Olaf Bohlke, Creighton University.

German Literature…………………………………………………..…State Room
Chair:
Fermin Garcia, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Papers:
1. "Two Parables on the Search of Truth. A Juxtaposition of Lessing and Kafka," Anthony Jung, University of Nebraska-Omaha.
2. "The Psychology of the Loner in the Works of German Author Patrick Suskind," Michael Myers, Montana State University.
3. "The Sublime and the Line of Flight in Goethe's and Prevost's Extricable Novellas," Jessica Smith, SUNY-Buffalo.

12:00 - 1:45 PM…………….Conference Lunch…….…………….Dodge Room

Guest Speaker: Larry Uebner, Chairman, Omaha Sister City Association.
"Sister-Cities-A Cooperative Effort."

2:00 - 3:15 PM………………………………….……………………Session Three

Current Issues Concerning the European Union………………………Omaha Room
Chair:
Bernard Decker, University of Central Florida.
Papers:
1. "European Germans?" The Rhetoric of Germany's September Elections," Daniel C. Villanueva, University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
2. "Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Enlargement of the EU: The Immigration Issue," Richard Lima, Rollins College.
3. "Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland and the Upcoming Enlargement of the EU: Challenges and Risks," Jean-Pierre Lalande, Moravian College.

Hitler, Nazism and Dictatorship..………………….………………Council Room
Chair:
David Freeman, Washburn University
Papers:
1. "The Next-to-Last Solution," Michael J. Ziemann, Seattle Pacific University.
2. "Paganism and the Nazi Occult," Norman Luna, University of Nebraska-Omaha.
3. "The Face of Modern Dictatorship Explored: Napoleon and Hitler in Comparison," Wendell Mauer, Quincy University.

Economics and Finance…………………………………………………………….Jenkins Room
Chair:
Sufi Nazem, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Papers:
1. "The Celtic Tiger: Miracle or Myth?" Richard Emery, Linfield College.
2. "The Effect of Valuation Alternatives on the Decisions of Financial Statement Users in the United States and Germany," Kurt H. Buerger, Angelo State University and Linda M. Nichols, Texas Tech University.
3. "Italian Social Cooperatives and Organizational Innovation in an Era of Welfare Retrenchment: Towards Developing an Analytical Framework for Understanding Innovative Capacity in the Third Sector," Vanna Gonzales, University of California-Berkeley.

Issues of French Literature and Culture……………………………….State Room
Chair:
Michael F. Meade, Fort Hayes State University
Papers:
1. "Albert Camus on Three Absurd Walls," William O'Meara, James Madison University.
2. "Victor Hugo, 2002," William Shaffer, Illinois College.
3. "Monumental Stories: Narratives Within the Pantheon," Francois Blumenfeld-Kouchner, Trinity College.

3:30 - 4:45 PM……………………………………………………….Session Four

European Responses to September 11…………………………………Omaha Room
Chair:
Emanuel L. Paparella, Florida Atlantic University
Papers:
1. "Reflections of September 11 in German Political Cartoons," Bernard Decker, University of Central Florida.
2. "September 11th and the Austrian Neutrality," Daniel C. Villanueva, University of Nevada-LasVegas.

3. "Voltaire or Montesquieu? The Janus-like Face of the European Union: A
Transatlantic View on Cultural Identity and the Emerging EU Constitution,"
Emanuel L. Paparella, Florida Atlantic University

Focus on Central Europe..………………………………………………………………..Council Room
Chair:
Oleg Reut, Riga Stradina University, Latvia.
Papers:
1. "Sovereignty: Greece's relations with Great Powers," George Kaloudis, Rivier College.
2. "Separate and Unequal: Religious Minority Rights in Bulgaria and the Ukraine," Sylvia Maier, Georgia Institute of Technology and Nadia Marinova, Georgia Institute of Technology.
3. "Moldova's search for National Identity," Wally Bacon, University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Minorities and Affirmative Action…………………………………….Jenkins Room
Chair:
TBA
Papers:

1. "Ever the Other: Roma in Modern Europe," Marie E. Hooper, Oklahoma City University.
2. "A Comparative Analysis of Positive Affirmative Action in the European Court of Justice and the US Supreme Court in the New Century," Steve Mazurana, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.
3. "Mobilizing British Women for Warwork: Newsreels as a Recruitment Tool During World War II," Erwin F. Erhardt, Thomas Moore College, KY.

Austria and Austrians………………………………………………..State Room
Chair:
TBA
Papers:

1. "Thirty-two Austrians Reflect on the Expulsion of Protestants from Salzburg, 1731," Donald Ortner, Hampden-Sydney College.
2. "Highlights of Austria's Association with the European Union," Mary Hoak, Washburn University.


7:30 PM………………………Ethnic Dinner……………………..Bohemian Cafe

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28th Annual
European Studies Conference 2003

October 9-11, 2003


Proposals due date June 2, 2003

Further information at:
www.unomaha.edu/esc


For personal contact, please write:
european @mail.unomaha.edu