Winter Session 2020-21

Deep Dive into Diplomacy (1-credit course)

Instructor: Interim Director Clemens Sedmak
Undergraduate: EURO 30007 | CRN 32783
Graduate: EURO 60007 | CRN 32784

Diplomacy is a way of doing politics: the established method of negotiating inter-state relations and of influencing the decisions and behavior of foreign governments and peoples through presence and engagement, dialogue, and negotiation. Diplomats are committed to their home country, but also their host country and the bigger picture of the common good. Contributors to peacebuilding and peacekeeping, diplomats, serve political purposes through cultural engagement. In this way, they contribute to “integral human development” in the design of international relations.

The Nanovic Institute is pleased to offer this new exploratory course in partnership with the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. The course will provide insight into becoming a diplomat and working as a diplomat with a special focus on the connection between diplomacy and social justice. Four established European diplomats will help students establish the foundational skills needed in diplomatic work, explore the day-to-day lived experience of the diplomatic lifestyle, and discuss how diplomacy contributes to social justice issues and the common good.

There are 12 seats available for undergraduate students and 4 seats for graduate students. Departmental approval is required for registration. If you are interested, please contact Student Programs Assistant Manager Anna Dolezal ( 

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Europe Responds to the U.S. Election (research opportunity)

In an effort to understand the broader implications of and responses to the 2020 presidential election in the United States, the Nanovic Institute invites interested undergraduates to participate in a research project over the 2020-21 winter session titled, "Europe Responds to the 2020 U.S. Election." This project aims to unpack the nuanced relationship between various European nations and the United States and how those relationships will be affected by the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Student researchers will select a European country and conduct a historical analysis of that country’s relationship with the United States. Students will then analyze national media coverage of the US election, political statements made by the country’s government regarding the American election, and other relevant materials to draw conclusions about the future of that country and the United States.

This is a paid research assistantship opportunity, and as such, we ask that you apply through the Nanovic Institute’s application portal. The ideal candidates will have good knowledge of or an academic background in political science, economics, international relations, or history. To accurately understand and reflect on the sentiments within different European countries, applicants should have proficiency (equivalent to intermediate II coursework) in the European language spoken in the country they plan to research. Students should submit a statement of interest detailing their interests in participating in this project, any research experience, and language fluency. Please submit your application no later than November 23.

European Language Conversation Groups (graduate students only) 

In partnership with the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, the Nanovic Institute is facilitating weekly, virtual conversation groups for graduate students to practice European languages. There are currently groups for beginning French, advanced French, intermediate German, and basic Italian. If you are interested in joining one of these groups, please email Student Programs Assistant Manager Anna Dolezal ( by November 20.

Winter Research Program in Partnership with the Dublin Global Gateway

  • Interdisciplinary Group Research Project: Regulating Civility in Discourse: How should states, media and civil society operate to ensure and promote the values of civility dialogue transparency and democratic values? If you are interested in answering and exploring these questions, we invite interested students to apply to join an interdisciplinary research team via handshake by November 14. As a core member of the research team (five participants) you will discuss, research and analyze what you consider to be important in understanding the European policy approach to these complex issues. The focus on the Irish dimension will also be critical; much of the regulatory framework (privacy law, GDPR, etc.) for the world’s technology companies emanates from Ireland, the legal host of many European headquarters. For more information contact Maggie Arriola.

  • Independent Research Support: This research placement is intended for students working on a research topic with an Irish or European dimension. It is tailored to students already working on an independent research project on or related to Ireland and particularly those who are working towards a senior thesis or capstone project that focuses on or requires a treatment of Ireland or the Irish people from a literary, anthropological, economic, sociological, cultural  or political perspective. For more information, or to submit an application by November 14, please contact Maggie Arriola.

  • Putting the Humanities to Work: Repatriation Policy in European and Irish Museums: A major discussion and policy debate now exists around the return of cultural artifacts, from museums in countries where the object did not originate or where the acquisition of the artifacts did not proceed through acceptable means. This independent research project is especially framed to appeal to anyone who may be considering a career in Museology or Public Education, by focussing on museum policy on the repatriation of culturally sensitive objects. We would like researchers to consider the global conversation around the issue of museum artifacts and/or memorials and statues, but to particularly focus on the Irish dimension within the wider context. How are Irish museums and Irish people responding to this cultural shift? For more information, or to submit an application by November 14, please contact Maggie Arriola.