Newsletter December 2023


#1: Understanding the European Green Deal – History, challenges, and opportunities.

The new free online course is being launched that will help you gain a comprehensive overview of EU climate and energy policy. During the course, you will explore the past and present of EU climate action. You will learn about the development of EU climate and energy policy, characteristics of the European Green Deal climate package and challenges for EU climate policy, and many other climate and energy-related issues. If the climate sector interests you, please visit the GreenDeal-NET web pages and register for the course.

#2: Jews at Home. From Creation to Corona

The Leiden University is organizing a First Annual Symposium of the Leiden Jewish Studies Association. All members of academia interested in history, literature, and religion connected with Jewish society will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the Jewish community and Judaism from antiquity to modern times. Learn about the life and culture of ancient Jews, get to know the living conditions of their medieval descendants, immerse into the Kafkaesque world of Jewish cultural heritage in the 21st century and much more. The conference occurs from December 6 until December 7, 2023, at the Academy Building faculty club and Johan Huizinga Building of Leiden University. For further information and registration, please check the event web pages.

#3: Science at the Prague Castle: Evolution and Culture – Issue of religious celibacy

Ruth Mace, a British professor of evolutionary anthropology at University College London, will speak about the impacts of religious celibacy. How could sending a child to the monastery to live a celibate life evolve as a mechanism to enhance the fitness of his family? That one and other questions related to this specific way of life will be discussed. The lecture will take place on December 6, 2023, at 6 p.m. in the lecture room in the Supreme Burgrave´s House (entrance from the Golden Lane). For registration, visit the web pages of Prague Castle.


‘Then I Saw a New Heaven and a New Earth …’ The Apocalypse and Art in the Czech Lands

Take a trip to Pilsen, visit the Západočeská galerie, and see the exhibition that reflects the New Testament text of the Revelation of St. John in visual arts. Apocalyptic calamities, social crises, destruction, and hope. This is all depicted in exhibited artworks from the Middle Ages until today. The exhibition takes place until March 3, 2024. For further information, visit the gallery’s web pages.


#1: Call for papers

Rethinking Area Studies for the 21st Century: A workshop on the contemporary purpose and practice of the discipline will take place on May 20-21, 2024, in Prague. The event is organized by the Institute of International Studies, Charles University, and you can send your proposals via Google by January 20, 2024; more information regarding the workshop can be found here.


#1: Christmas meet-up

All EPS students in Prague are cordially invited to participate in an informal Christmas meet-up. The event will take place on Friday, December 15, 2023, from 2 to approx. 3.30 p.m. at Jinonice campus, room B103b. Small refreshments will be prepared, and you can look forward to savoring traditional Czech Christmas cookies.

#2: EPS programme Open Day

The EPS Team will present the programme via online Open Day on January 22, 2024 at 2 p.m. EPS students and alumni will share their experiences, and all participants in this event will have a chance to present their inquiries regarding the program. For detailed information, please check the web pages.

#3: Master’s Open Day Leiden University

Get to know Leiden University’s master’s programmes and the career opportunities it brings. Get a glimpse of the university buildings and cities of Leiden and the Hague. Master’s Open Day on campus takes place on February 16, 2024. There will also be a chance to attend an online open day (precise date will be specified).

#4: Barcelona Research Seminar

The 2023 edition of the Barcelona Research Seminar takes place on January 17-18, 2024, starting at 9:00 a.m. on January 17. The event will gather all 2nd-year students of the EPS programme studying at all partner universities. You will get further instructions in your email boxes in the upcoming weeks.

Let us remind you that travel and accommodation are arranged and covered by students.


#1: Leadership Skills for Collaboration and Dialogue

The workshop is underway, and its participants devote themselves to developing their leadership abilities, argumentation, and comprehension skills. The participants are welcomed to send any photos or videos they have taken during the workshop to a shared file which can be found here.

#2: Brussels Field Trip – feedback

The 2023 edition of the Brussels Field Trip for first-year students took place on November 20-21, 2023. We want to ask the participants to be so kind and to fill in an anonymous feedback form to find out about your opinions regarding the event.

READING TIP: The Woman in White, 1859 (author: Wilkie Collins, GB)

One of the very first mystery novels. Victorian classic Wilkie Collins, follows Walter Hartright, who gets a job as a drawing teacher for a beautiful young woman and is quickly pulled into far more sinister goings-on. Using multiple narrators and drawing on Collins’ legal background, it’s a story full of suspense, jealousy, and murder. Pursuing questions of identity and insanity along the paths and corridors of English country houses and the madhouse, The Woman in White is the first and most influential of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic horror with psychological realism. Great book for long winter days.


When is the deadline for the submission of the MA thesis?

If you extend your EPS studies at CU, please note that the earliest possible deadline for submitting your MA thesis is on January 3, 2024, 23:59 via SIS. If you are going to submit the thesis on early January, please share your plans with us to EPS email (if you have already not done so). The EPS deadline for all EPS students registered in the regular study period is on June 14, 2024, applying to all partner universities.

Do you have any hints, ideas, or tips for interesting events, calls, books, films, podcasts, etc.? Do not hesitate to reach us at Your feedback and contribution are highly appreciated.