Newletter April 2024

ACADEMIC EVENT SECTION#1:  Debate on Contemporary UK PoliticsThe 2024 general election is an event of key importance for the United Kingdom. After 14 years in power, may Conservatives be ejected from the office? What is the current UK politics about? What kind of leaders are Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak. These and other questions will be discussed in a debate with Dr. Alan Butt, Philip Jean Monnet Reader, and then Honorary Reader at the University of Bath. The debate takes place on April 10, 2024, at Prague, Hybernská Campus, room B.1, and will start at 5:30 pm. The event will be moderated by Dr. Jan Váška from the IIS Department of European Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University.
#2: Colonialism and Decolonisation from the 15th to the 20th CenturyThe second Cracovian congress of history students is being hosted by the Jagiellonian University Institute of History. The global phenomenon of colonialism diffuses through the European modern age and transcends from Europe to almost every part of the globe. Colonial history can be found everywhere. Both colonialism and decolonization are complex processes that raise many scholarly disputes and influence today’s world. The congress themes will mainly cover the 15th to the 20th century period and touch on the 21st-century forms of post-colonial and neo-colonial issues. The event will be an international scientific conference from April 25 to 27, 2024, in Kraków. For detailed information, please observe this link.
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#3: Europaeum 2024 Spring School: Making Sense of Turbulent TimesThe twenty-first century can be considered a period of turbulence defined by many critical moments. If turbulence is a natural state of things, then it brings not only a threat to society but also an opportunity. How this opportunity can be incorporated into society is a crucial question. Europaeum 2024 Spring School: Making Sense of Turbulent Times will take place at Oxford University from April 17 to 20, 2024. The participants will present papers focused especially on the following topics: war and conflict, media, politics and elections, migration, and health humanities. For more detailed information, please visit the Europaeum web page.
#4: 10 years of OPIC – Pathways of Access to Justice for ChildrenA symposium to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure (OPIC) will occur at Leiden University from April 10 to 12, 2024The symposium will provide an opportunity for academics, government officials, NGO´s and young people to come together and share knowledge and think about possibilities of improving access to justice for children across the globe. 
SOCIAL AND CULTURAL EVENT SECTION#1: Career Day – Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles UniversityA career day for international students and recent alumni is being organized at Jinonice Campus on April 10, 2024. Students and alumni can take part in the CV workshop and Czech labor law lecture. There will be companies recruiting, career counseling, and also a photographer to take professional CV photos. For more information and registration, please visit this link
#2: University Pompeu Fabra – Welcome DaysInternational students are welcome to join the 3-day lasting welcome event, where they can get acquainted with the university system and the premises. The students can meet the academic staff and representatives of particular faculties and get to know all the possibilities the university can offer. The Welcome days for term 3 take place from April 2 to 4, 2024, and the program can be found here.
#3: The Best of World and Czech MusicVisit a remarkable Spanish synagogue in Prague and delve into the tones of Czech and world classical music. Visit the Moorish-style Jewish temple and listen to Czech Collegium Ensemble performing music of Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Smetana, and Dvořák. See more information about the concert.
CALL#1: Ordered Liberty Summer School – HungaryLaw professors from the United States, Hungary and France gather in Budapest to offer courses centered around freedom of speech in the new media era. The aim of the summer school is to help students identify the right arrangements of justice, order, and freedom in their own respective nations. The summer classes will be held at the campus of the University of Public Service (Budapest). Apply by sending a motivation letter and detailed CV to Ms. Borbála Huszár. The application deadline is April 30, 2024.
#2: EPS programme – student photosEPS students are welcome to send photo material related to the programme. Do not hesitate, and feel free to send photos related to both academic and student life. Photos of life at universities, of student housing, of life abroad, of countries and cities that students have visited are very much desired. The material from the students will be presented on EPS website and social networks. Photos can be sent either to or share the photos here
IMPORTANT DATES#1: Joint Online Research SeminarThe online research seminar for first-year students will occur on May 29, 2024. Details regarding the seminar will be announced via email in May.
#2: MA thesis submission deadlineThe deadline for submitting the MA thesis is June 14, 2024. See the details about MA thesis writing and submission on the EPS website.
HINDSIGHT#1: Graduation ceremonyGraduated students of the 2021-2023 cohort had an opportunity to participate in the graduation ceremony that took place on March 20, 2024, at Prague in Karolinum.
READING TIP: Routledge Handbook on Israel´s Foreign Relations (Editors: Joel Peters, USA and Rob Geist Pinfold, UK, 2024)The book provides a comprehensive account of contemporary Israeli diplomacy and analyses the changing dynamics of Israel´s bilateral relations with other states and the international community over the past seventy-five years. The book contains 21 essays written by leading scholars of Israel. The book describes how domestic, social, and economic interests and changing Israeli narratives of identity and location shape and impact Israeli foreign policy. FREQUENT QUESTION / DO NOT FORGETHow do I fill out the study plan for the Erasmus+ funding for my 3rd semester?First, make sure you have in your application only funding for one semester (for UPF it means the autumn/winter period – usually by the end of December). Second, the first table should include codes and courses, you are going to take at the 2nd-year university. As you are students of a joint programme, the second table encompasses the same name of courses as in the first table (the codes need to be those of Charles University, but you might leave the space blank for now). The study plan needs to be sent to EPS email for the signature.  
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