Review of Russian European and Russian Affairs (RERA) - call for submissions

July 4th, 2017

The Review of European and Russian Affairs (RERA) is inviting scholars to submit  articles and book/literature reviews related to  the European Union,  its Member States, the states of the former Soviet Union, and Central and Eastern Europe. The journal is interdisciplinary with a focus on the social sciences, policy studies, law, and international affairs. The goals of the journal are to provide an accessible forum for research and to promote high standards of scholarship. RERA is an open-access journal, which means that all published papers are available to users free of charge. The journal welcomes submissions from established researchers, young scholars, and advanced graduate students. The journal is also accessible through several academic databases and resources.

 For more information about RERA, please contact Jennifer Diamond at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Opportunity to build a better Canada - a call to apply for Governor in Council (GIC) positions

May, 2017

"The Government of Canada has developed a new more transparent process for Governor in Council (GIC) appointments. Among the major changes to the process is the public posting of available positions, for which all interested and qualified candidates may apply.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), which is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences and strategically supports world-leading initiatives that reflect a commitment to ensuring a better future for Canada and the world.

The members of SSHRC's governing Council are distinguished representatives from the academic, not-for-profit, public and private sectors appointed by the Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister, following a formal selection process led by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. The announcement for positions on SSHRC's governing Council has been posted recently ( SSHRC is inviting organization to announce the attached on web sites or share it with various networks.


New two-year interdisciplinary MA Stream in Holocaust Studies

January 9, 2017 - by Dr. Charlotte Schallié, University of Victoria

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria is now accepting applications for the new two-year interdisciplinary MA Stream in Holocaust Studies.

Students benefit from seminar-sized classes, a newly-designed set of foundation courses, and a dual focus on academic and professionalization skills in our disciplines. Our Holocaust Studies Stream offers a thesis and a non-thesis option and includes a required practicum in Canada or in Europe as well as exchange opportunities in Berlin and Budapest.

Interlinking scholarship with community-based field research—in effect drawing on the strengths of both academic research and experiential learning—our graduate stream will provide individual learners with key competencies designed to prepare them for a career in education, public history, museum and/or archival work, human rights education, journalism, public advocacy, and law. Our program will also provide students with a solid interdisciplinary foundation for further PhD studies in Holocaust Studies, Genocide Studies, or Human Rights and Equity Studies.

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EUCAnet - Celebrating 10th Anniversary

April 19, 2016 - by Ivan Watson, posted in Saanich News

Climate change, democratic reform and the global refugee crisis are only three of the many issues that are currently dominating international headlines, requiring experts and practitioners from around the world to bridge cultural divides and to seek out common solutions.

Since 2006, the European Studies Network in Canada (EUCANet) has been at the forefront of bringing Canadian expertise on European issues to the public sphere, as well as building working relationships across borders and disciplines in order to solve complex global issues. Headquartered at the University of Victoria, EUCANet is celebrating 10 years in 2016 as a local success story with an international focus.

“Europe and Canada have many issues of public policy in common and they can learn from each other,” says EUCANet head and UVic’s Centre for Global Studies director Oliver Schmidtke. “This network was meant from the beginning as a tool to collaborate and to mobilise the knowledge that we have at Canadian universities.”

One of the network’s initial challenges was motivating research-focused scholars to think differently and to understand that media and public outreach could be an integral part of their work. 

“It’s a skill to be able to communicate with media differently than what you do with your research,” said Oliver. “Universities these days are going through a transition in terms of giving more weight and significance to outreach activities. That is a general trend and it’s something that we’ve done with the EUCANet project quite effectively, to really show the public there are experts here in Canada and their work is relevant to the public debate.”

With EUCANet’s database containing hundreds of accessible and media-savvy experts, the timing couldn’t be better to offer informed perspectives on emerging public policy issues. Currently, Canada and the European Union are close to ratifying the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a sweeping trade deal that will revolutionize Canada’s economic relationship with the world’s largest trading bloc. EUCANet’s “media tips” service has produced several opinion pieces that have been picked up by local, national and international media, helping both Canadian and European citizens to understand the implications of trade on their everyday lives.

EUCANet is unique in both Europe and Canada, says EUCANet project manager Beate Schmidtke. “There are other networks out there, but none is open and accessible to all, and what also makes us unique is the media aspect, connecting the academic community and journalists and building long-term relationships.”

EUCANet’s social media channels have stimulated informed debate, attracting thousands of followers. 

“We found that it was important to promote information that was relevant for both Canadian and European contexts, and the audience has grown to such an extent that it is really worldwide now,” said Beate.

Few people realize that UVic has emerged as a leading hub for European studies. 

“We have one of the most active and distinguished European research communities here in Canada, and we have three prestigious Jean Monnet chairs, which no other Canadian university has, so there is a critical mass to make UVic a centre of excellence for European studies and EUCANet has played a role in that,” said Oliver.

Initially created as a joint project of the European Community Studies Association in Canada and UVic’s European Studies Program with funding from the European Commission, EUCANet is now part of the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue project and receives support from UVic and Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Canada and Europe: Converging or Diverging Responses to International and Domestic Challenges?

March 2016 

During the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue international conference (March 10-11) leading scholars from across Canada and Europe reflected on developments over the last decade and potential areas of convergence or divergence between Europe and Canada in the face of current international and domestic issues. Topics included were: cooperation in dealing with international conflict; prospects for intensified trade and investment; and comparing Canadian and European responses to challenges such as environmental sustainability and climate change, migration and integration of immigrants, managing economic crisis, policies for inclusive growth and social inclusion, and issues of democratic legitimacy and governance.

As part of the conference, many of our European and Canadian collaborators contributed to a Lightning Policy Brief Series, aiming to stimulate new thought and action in a wide-range of policy areas. These briefs are now available:

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