The Centre for European Studies (CES) at Carleton University has been selected to receive three major grants from the European Union’s (EU) Erasmus Plus Programme.
“These grants will allow us to offer a wide range of public education events about the EU that are open not only to students and faculty, but also to the larger Ottawa community,” said CES Director Joan DeBardeleben.
“At a time when the EU is in the news on a daily basis, our programs will offer indepth insights into what is going on in Europe and how it affects Canada. Alongside broader trends, we’ll be addressing current issues such as the expected ratification of a new EU-Canada trade agreement, implications of the Brexit, the refugee situation, and ongoing foreign and economic challenges facing Europe.
“Our centre has benefitted for over a decade from EU funding, which has supported student research, visiting European scholars and a host of online activities like webinars and podcasts.”
Initiatives selected for the latest funding include:
- The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Carleton, co-ordinated by Prof. Achim Hurrelmann, has been selected to receive €100,000 (about C$146,000) over three years to support student research, conferences and public events in EU external relations. Topics include EU-Canada relations, EU economic governance and migration and identity in the EU. The grant will support two visiting European scholars who will contribute to Carleton’s teaching programs.
- A project entitled “Studying EU in Canadian High Schools,’’ co-ordinated by Prof. Crina Viju, has been awarded €47,130 (about C$69,000) over two years to support CES high school outreach programs, including conferences, an EU simulation and lesson plans. These programs are designed to enrich the curriculum by providing resources about European integration and the EU for regional high school teachers and students.
- Joan DeBardeleben from Carleton’s Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) has been selected for renewed funding for the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Relations with Russia and the Eastern Neighbourhood. Funding is designated as €50,000 (about C$73,000) over three years to support teaching, research and public events, with a particular focus on the EU’s responses to the ongoing crisis over Ukraine, developments in EU-Russian relations, and the impact of the EU as a transformative force in the region. Security issues and broader issues of EU foreign policy will also receive attention.
These grants will further strengthen enhance Carleton’s leading role in Canada in the field of European Studies. The funding is conditional on the signing of grant agreements between the EU’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) and Carleton University. Carleton has also committed support for these initiatives. These projects add to existing grants that support CES, which include a multi-year grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the EU-supported Jean Monnet Chair in Democracy in the European Union. In addition, the centre is completing activities under a current EU grant for Carleton’s EU Centre of Excellence, which ends this November.
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