DISSERTATION SEASON!

Dr Simone Tulumello

EUROSUD 4th year dissertation students attended a series of Dissertation Colloquia (April, May & June), coordinated by Dr Simone Tulumello from our partner at ICS Lisbon with our Director Dr Myrto Tsakatika in attendance.

The Dissertation Colloquia offered an informal space for discussion on issues, doubts, problems and successes in the making of the dissertation.

The students were pleased that they had suggested the Dissertation Colloquia at the last Staff Student Liaison Committee (SSLC) meeting and that the Consortium had taken this on board!


Meet Iakovos Tsalikoglou EUROSUD Int Master Student - Internship track

#𝗺𝘆𝗘𝗨𝗥𝗢𝗦𝗨𝗗𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 at Corinth Pipeworks

Hi everyone! My name is Iakovos, I come from Greece, and I am currently in the second and final year of the EUROSUD Master’s programme in Aix-Marseille Université.

I chose this programme because I wanted to better contextualize my academic skills in South Europe, the geographical region I have lived in for most of my life. I also believed the opportunity to learn and experience life in 3 different countries would be invaluable, and even though the pandemic certainly was an obstacle, I still believe it to be so.

Another factor that really attracted me to the programme was the possibility of pursuing an internship during its second year. I ended up securing a position at Corinth Pipeworks, a private steel pipe manufacturer, that has work on several large international projects in Southern Europe and the world. As an intern at their project management division, I am responsible for assisting with the management of the company’s relations with its partners, as well as its production and supply chain. During this time, I gained transferable skills useful to anyone trying to start a professional career in addition to valuable knowledge about how international projects of these magnitudes are managed.

EUROSUD has enabled me not only to develop many marketable skills but also has allowed me to find out what form of work suits me most. I’m looking forward to employing all I’ve learned in the programme to benefit my future work!

 


Meet Carmel Silveira - EUROSUD International Master Student Internship

 

 

 

Hi everyone! I'm Carmel, I come from Brazil and I'm currently enrolled in the final year of the EUROSUD Master programme at Aix-Marseille University.

I decided to undertake the professional track of the EUROSUD Master programme with the aim of developing my career as public policy analyst in Europe, while also having the chance to broaden my knowledge on migration. This is one of the main challenges at the Southern region, and the EUROSUD programme has provided me with the chance to focus on this subject throughout the two years of my studies and practices in Glasgow, Athens and Aix-en-Provence/Marseille.

At the moment, I am completing an internship at the European office of Rede Sem Fronteiras (Network without Borders), a network of civil society organizations and social movements that promotes the rights of migrants and refugees in Europe and Latin America.

Recently, we promoted the First European Social Forum on Migration (EFSM Lisbon 2021), which for me was a great work opportunity to put into practice the background knowledge acquired throughout the EUROSUD programme.


𝗠𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗩𝘂𝗸𝗮𝗻 𝗝𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗰  - 𝗘𝗨𝗥𝗢𝗦𝗨𝗗 𝗜𝗻𝘁 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 - 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗸

#𝗺𝘆𝗘𝗨𝗥𝗢𝗦𝗨𝗗𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝗮𝘁 @𝗢𝗘𝗖𝗗

Hi everyone! I’m Vukan and I’m currently finishing the EUROSUD Masters programme at UAM in Madrid while interning with the OECD in Paris.

Two years ago, I chose this programme because of its multi-disciplinary structure that combines courses in politics, IR, history, sociology and modern languages. Thematically, I chose it because of my interest in South Europe which began during my student exchange in Milan where I learnt about the significance of the region as the EU’s southern border and as a climate change hotspot.

My past three semesters were taught in Glasgow, Athens and Madrid and were packed with new theory, essays, group projects and guest lectures. Now, I am happy to report that I am applying in practice, at the OECD’s Public Affairs and Communications Directorate, what I’ve learnt over the course of my degree. As the Directorate's intern, I have been researching and writing briefings ahead of Global Parliamentary Network meetings, assisting with the launch of a new youth advisory board and helping the media team with their engagement with journalists.

Thanks to EUROSUD and the OECD, I have realised that international cooperation is an area that ties together my academic background and practical skills and is where I hope to stay after graduation!

 


EUROSUD International Master students present at the Graduate Fellow Conference in European Studies

EUROSUD Intenational Master students Fernando Remache Vinueza and Yelyzaveta Monastyrova, who are at their year two pathway at LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome were invited to deliver individual presentations at the "Europe Today: Challenges & Opportunities", organised by The European Studies Council at Yale University on April 16-17 2021. Papers will be published at the official website.

Fernando discussed: "The Official Narrative of National Identity and the Emergence of Silenced Narratives: The Case of Lithuania"

Yelyzaveta discussed: "Euroscepticism and COVID- 19: Examining the Spanish Political Landscape in the Face of the Pandemic"

Congratulations to Fernando and Yelyzaveta for their excellent presentations!


EUROSUD Film Night

EUROSUD hold a regular film night for students and staff focusing on movies about Southern Europe or filmed in Southern Europe. The  group are asked to come up with suggestions for viewing. After the viewing there is a discussion about the film. This is a great regular social event for the all!

The recent screening watched was Letters from War (Portuguese: Cartas da Guerra) which is based around a collection of letters written by a young soldier, doctor and an aspirant writer, to his wife while he was serving in Angola between 1971 and 1973, during the Portuguese Colonial War. Following the movie, we talked about the War itself and then also what patterns arise in the movie that we can identify in other conflicts as well.

The first screening was Soldiers of Salamina (David Trueba, 2003)

https://www.europeanfilmawards.eu/en_EN/film/soldiers-of-salamina.5846

The movie is inspired by a best-seller novel under the same name written by Javier Cercas. In it “The narrator is fascinated by the way memory congeals into history: the insidious process by which personal narratives become part of a past that can no longer be verified, and is therefore taken to be the truth, even though it is only one possible version of what actually happened. As Cercas points out, the events of the Spanish civil war, which took place only a generation earlier, are becoming as distant and fixed as the story of the soldiers who fought the Persian fleet at Salamis more than 2,000 years earlier.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2003/jun/21/fiction

Here you can find an interview with the author of the novel, Javier Cercas:

https://theconversation.com/coming-to-terms-with-the-past-the-puzzling-politics-of-memory-6841

Those of you interested in academic analyses about the novel can find several references under Google Scholar:

https://scholar.google.es/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&q=soldiers+of+salamina&btnG=

https://scholar.google.es/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&q=soldiers+of+salamis&btnG=

 

 


Meet Giulia Bottoloni - EUROSUD Int Master Student - Internship

#𝗺𝘆𝗘𝗨𝗥𝗢𝗦𝗨𝗗𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 @ Fundación Cruz Blanca

Hello Giulia here! I'm a student of the EUROSUD Masters programme. I chose EUROSUD because I wanted to broaden my knowledge of the Euro-Mediterranean region and its contemporary challenges. This Master also allowed me to explore the topics I am most interested in, namely migration and gender equality from an intercultural perspective. My pathway allowed me to study at the University of Glasgow, the University of Athens and Aix-Marseille. This challenging and enriching programme helped me build an international and multidisciplinary background that led me to the internship I am doing now.

I am doing an internship at Fundación Cruz Blanca, a Spanish NGO specialized in human rights protection and integration of populations at risk of being marginalized. Since February, I have been supporting the implementation of an EU project aimed at improving the detection and identification of minors and young adult victims of human trafficking, together with other 3 partner organizations in Italy, France and Belgium. I would like to continue to work in this environment and I am glad to have chosen this academic pathway that allowed me to explore it.

 


International Master student Fernando Alejandro Remache Vinueza selected to speak at a Conference

Our International Master student, Fernando Alejandro Remache Vinueza, from Spain, has been selected to speak at the 13th Annual History Graduate conference: Constructing History Through the Prism of Perspective, Identity, and Memory (virtual) at the University of Northern Illinois (USA) to be held on 9 April 2021.

Fernando will discuss, “The Official Narrative of National Identity and the Emergence of Silenced Narratives: The Case of Lithuania”.

Here is the full programme: HGSA Conference 2021 Program -corrected_compressed

Good luck with your talk Fernando!


EUROSUD Students in Madrid - Trip to Alcalá de Henares

Our EUROSUD International Master students, Marie, Chuangheng, Habiba, Miriam, Mariam and Vukan who are on the Madrid pathway went on a trip to Alcalá de Henares. The city is known as the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, author of the world-famous Don Quixote. They visited his birth house as well as the Archaeological Museum, ending the excursion with a walk around the city centre which is one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. What a great day they had!


𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐀𝐧𝐧𝐚 𝐀𝐥𝐞𝐤𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐯𝐚, 𝐄𝐔𝐑𝐎𝐒𝐔𝐃 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐌𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭 - 𝐈𝐍𝐓𝐄𝐑𝐍𝐒𝐇𝐈𝐏

#𝒎𝒚𝑬𝑼𝑹𝑶𝑺𝑼𝑫𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒏𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒑 @𝑶𝑬𝑪𝑫

Salut, I’m Anna 👋🏼

Like my dear friend Ilaria 👑, I’d also like to share my journey as a EUROSUD student and, currently, an intern at the OECD.

The Mediterranean has been the region of my major research interest since I began my undergraduate studies in International Relations in Russia🇷🇺. After getting some valuable work experience in media, translation, and management consulting, I decided to continue with my studies and was lucky to find the newly launched EUROSUD Master programme. Now, progressing through my last semester in France 🇫🇷 (after completing studies in Glasgow🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 and Madrid🇪🇸), I can say that applying for EUROSUD was 100% the right decision that has already opened many doors for me and my fellow classmates🙌🏼

In January 2021, I started my 6-month internship as a Junior Policy Analyst at the Global Relations Secretariat of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. While the internship is at the Eurasia Division of the GRS, which works closely with the countries of the Eastern Partnership, Central Asia and Afghanistan, we have been conducting joint projects with many other OECD Directorates, including the GRS MENA Division.

I have been involved in the work on multiple OECD projects - from gender equality, consumer protection and digitalisation, to green energy reforms and regional development & decentralisation - being in constant contact with the partners from the EU, UN agencies and other international and civil society organisations, and national governments representatives👩🏼‍💻

The knowledge of the European and OECD member-countries’ policies, and experience in project management and policy analysis which I obtained throughout my Master studies, have helped me a lot in my daily-work.

After graduation, I plan to continue working in the policy analysis and consulting sector, either at an international organisation or a think-tank.

And to everyone who’s reading this: best of luck in anything you do, and big hugs to my EUROSUD classmates wherever you are 🤗