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Comparing Modes of Governance in Canada and the European Union (EU)

On October 14-15, 2011 the University of Victoria, Canada is hosting a CETD sponsored international conference Comparing Modes of Governance in Canada and the European Union (EU): Social Policy Engagement across Complex Multilevel Systems. Featuring over 30 EU and Canadian scholars and practitioners expert in comparative federalism and/or multilevel governance, our objective is to compare Canadian and EU approaches in order to draw out governance best practices, especially as it applies to labour market programs and supports for the unemployed; post-secondary education; and social inclusion (including immigrant and aboriginal integration, poverty, homelessness and multiculturalism).  More information is available on the conference website at http://web.uvic.ca/jmc/conference. Although the conference is free, advance registration is required.

Models of Mobility: Systemic Differences, Path Dependencies, Economic, Social and Environmental Impact (1900 to tomorrow)

The Canadian Centre for German and European Studies and the Schulich School of Business at York University are pleased to be collaborating with the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. to present the workshop "Models of Mobility: Systemic Differences, Path Dependencies, Economic, Social and Environmental Impact (1900 to tomorrow)" on March 23-24, 2012 at York University, Toronto.

The workshop uses as its starting point the continuing debates about the best ways to transport people and goods both over short and long distances in a world marked by population growth, increased urbanization, and –after a brief crisis-induced hiatus– growing trade flows. Building on previous efforts by the CCGES focusing on ‘automobility’, this event tries to put these debates into a broader historical and comparative context, by looking at the way different models of mobility emerged and developed in Europe and North America since 1900.

For more details on the workshop and how to submit paper proposals, please see

Those interested in presenting a paper at this workshop should send a 1,000‐word abstract and a one-page CV to Baerbel Thomas (b.thomas@ghi‐dc.org) by 30 September 2011. Papers with an international and/or comparative dimension are particularly encouraged. Decisions will be announced by 30 November 2011 and full papers need to be completed by 31 January 2012. The organizers will pay the cheapest possible airfare and local costs for all participants.

NEW! German Studies Research Grant for Canadian Students!

The DAAD encourages the department and program chairs at Canadian universities to nominate their·highly qualified Canadian undergraduate and graduate students·for a ·DAAD German Studies Research Grant. The grant may be used for short-term research (i.e., 1-2 months) in Germany or -- in exceptional cases -- North America. The program is designed to encourage research and promote the study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of modern and contemporary German affairs from an inter- and multidisciplinary perspective.

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