The first IES research pod has been awarded in February 2023. Led by our affiliated faculty Isabel Perera (Government), in collaboration with Virginia Doellgast (ILR) and several other researchers from Cornell’s CALS and ILR schools, this research team will explore how different occupational groups and public policies are responding to technological change (in particular the introduction of Artificial Intelligence technologies) in two key sectors – health care and telecommunications – in the United Kingdom and United States. The broader team also includes several UK-based researchers at King’s College London, a Cornell partner through the Global Hubs initiative. We at IES wish the team a productive and long-lived collaboration!
IES Graduate Fellows Program
The Institute for European Studies aims to become a focal point at Cornell for an interdisciplinary European Studies research community. In the spring of 2023, we have issued our first call for Graduate Fellows, and we have selected eight graduate students from departments as varied as History, Music, Romance Studies, Government, Medieval Studies, and Industrial and Labor Relations.
The IES Fellows will advance their research and contribute to the European Studies community by attending and engaging in IES-hosted talks, and by organizing and taking part in collective activities such as a graduate research workshop and a year-end research symposium. IES supports these activities with a small research stipend to each Fellow, and with resources for group activities. We look forward to engaging with our new Graduate Fellows over the coming year!
The 2022 IES Luigi Einaudi Graduate Dissertation Fellowship recipient, Aimée Plukker (History), spent the past academic year doing research for her dissertation, Europe Calling: The Marshall Plan, U.S. Tourism to Europe, and the Making of “the West”. She visited archives and libraries in Rome, Florence, Amsterdam, Koblenz, Berlin, and Madrid, looking to document tourism to Europe in the early post-war period.
"The fellowship was essential for covering my housing, traveling, daily living, and research-related expenses, and I could not have conducted my ambitious multi-sited archival research plan without the financial help from the Institute of European Studies."
Cornell IES Einaudi Global Summer interns Andrew Wallace, McKenzie Carrier, and Summer Seward traveled to Pamplona, Spain
"The internship in Spain was incredible! I learned about sociological approaches to collective security, the history of terrorist organizations in the Basque Country, regional Spanish politics, the rise of far-right political parties, and so much more. I was able to polish my Spanish, utilize my technical skills, and be part of a rich and thriving academic community".
"Living in Pamplona was also a learning experience in itself. Roaming around the city walls (built in the 16th century) was a journey back in time; the countless wars fought along the walls, constant destruction and construction prior to the 16th century, and its apparent persistence throughout Spanish history made the walls feel alive. Perhaps my favorite museum in Pamplona was an exhibit of Pablo Sarasate, one of the preeminent violinists of the 19th century who hailed from Pamplona; I was fascinated with his journey all around the world representing the very best of Spain’s classical musicians, especially since I listened to his music as a child!"
Being immersed in Spanish culture for six weeks was exciting, dynamic, and informative. While I was a bit nervous at first, I felt more and more comfortable and welcome once I was introduced to the people living in Spain, and the friends I made there are some of the warmest, funniest, and kindest people I’ve ever met. I loved learning about Spanish culture as well; from the meal times (very different from the US!) to education to celebration (the San Fermin Festival was incredible), I got a glimpse of their way of life. I am very fortunate to have lived in Spain, and I came home with not only so much to reminisce about but also a lot to look forward to as I use this experience to contribute to an ever-changing world."
Andrew Wallace '24, Economics Major, European Studies and Public Policy Minor
IES 2022-23 Speaker Series
This year IES continued programming on the theme of "Challenges to Democracy: Authoritarianism and Extremism in Europe and Beyond" introduced by our Director, Prof. Mabel Berezin, in 2021/22. We hosted 10 lectures and panels by prominent academics from the US and abroad, and co-sponsored numerous others with our Einaudi and academic department partners.
In 2022/23 IES hosted four visiting scholars, from countries as diverse as Switzerland, Russia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Our Institute provided space and resources for working on research, as well as opportunities to engage with Cornell faculty and students. Several of our visiting scholars gave lectures on their areas of expertise.
'Author Meets Critics' book roundtable for Virginia Doellgast's Exit, Voice, and Solidarity: Contesting Precarity in the US and European Telecommunications Industries (Oxford University Press, 2022).
Virginia Doellgast (Cornell ILR) answers comments about her book from Isabel Perera (Cornell Government)
Ian Greer (Cornell ILR) speaks on The Structural Power of Workers under Capitalism
Keynote address by the President of Iceland
Soviet Collapse in the Fullness of Time: Lessons for Putin's Russia, Xi's China, and Beyond
IES Luigi Einaudi Distinguished Lecture
What lessons have Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping drawn from the Soviet collapse, and what lessons are they failing to draw? Prof. Stephen Kotkin, Kleinheinz Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and Professor in History and International Affairs emeritus at Princeton University, will talk about how we might see the Soviet collapse, looking back more than three decades. Was the collapse predictable? Did a new world order emerge, and is one emerging now? Could such collapse be repeated? How can we use history to illuminate the present, and potential futures, and when does history fail us?
Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at 5:00pm, Physical Sciences Building 120, 245 East Avenue