Council for European Studies


Call for Proposals 18th International Conference of Europeanists

For its Eighteenth International Conference of Europeanists, the Council for European Studies (CES) welcomes proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions, and individual papers that deal with the causes, consequences, and meaning of transnationalization in Europe broadly defined. The conference will be hosted by the Institut Barcelona de'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) and held at university venues in Barcelona, Spain from June 20 to June 22, 2011

Letter from the Chair

Dear CES Community,

I am thrilled to present Siovahn Walker to you as the new Director of the Council for European Studies. Siovahn is the perfect person for this position, as she combines impressive academic credentials with strengths in institution-building and management.  Moreover, she is a citizen of both the United Kingdom and the United States, and thus embodies the special relationship between Europe and North America that distinguishes our organization.

Siovahn received her B.A. from Brown University and her Ph.D. in History from Stanford University.  During her years of study, she taught at Stanford University, Fordham University and NYU, while also making forays into the world of administration--for example, serving as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Institute for the History of Psychiatry at Cornell Weill Medical College.  After receiving her Ph.D., Siovahn accepted the post of Program Officer at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), where she soon became Acting Director of Communications.  Indeed, during her time at SSRC, Siovahn worked across a wide range of areas, managing several research programs--such as the Learning from Katrina Project, a $3 million research network focused on understanding the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina--and helping to administer the SSRC's development, social media and promotional efforts.

Fortunately, Siovahn's intellectual interests are as wide-ranging as her administrative resume.  In her dissertation, she examined ideas about the nature of the mind among 12th century Cistercians and plumbed the links between medieval individual and institutional psychology.  In other projects, she has looked at the construction of socio-sexual identities, the evolution of reformatory and psychiatric institutions, and the 2,000 year history of de anima treatises. Furthermore, Siovahn has also worked as a professional writer, editor and teacher of English. Indeed, an accomplished poet, Siovahn's "The rainmaker's dance," was nominated for the 'Best of the Net' Poetry Award in 2007.

The Council for European Studies has been in a period of growth and re-invention over the past few years; having such a capable and competent person at the helm will be a great boost to our efforts to move the organization in new directions. Please join me in welcoming Siovahn Walker to the CES community.


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