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January 16, 2014

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UVic launches new EU centre

The University of Victoria is now home to one of two new European Union Centres of Excellence (EUCE) announced this month by the Delegation of the European Union to Canada. There are only three other such centres in Canada and 37 worldwide.

UVic has been granted 300,000 euros (equivalent to $445,000 CAD) over three years to coordinate lectures, workshops, summer schools, student travel and research grants. It will also develop new undertakings and events to build further awareness and understanding of the EU and its policies in BC.

UVic public administration professor and political scientist Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, author of Borderlands: Comparing Border Security in North America and Europe, is UVic’s EUCE director. Two examples of support and new activities of the EUCE will be:

  • Direct funding for student participation in UVic's I-witness field school program (for May 2014 and 2016);
  • A new workshop bringing together leading scholars and researchers on contentious politics, specifically to explore the local and global impacts of grassroots protest in Spain, Italy, Greece and Iceland.

"It is a great honour for UVic to receive this prestigious designation," says Dr. Oliver Schmidtke, the director of UVic’s Centre for Global Studies within which the new EUCE is housed. "The EUCE will link five faculties and 12 departments across our campus. Its activities will provide exceptional opportunities for research, outreach and student support in the field of European studies over the next three years. UVic is in an outstanding position to highlight its role as one of Canada’s leaders in European studies and take full advantage of Canada’s renewed interest in Europe in the wake of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).”

EUCEs in Canada

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  Media Contacts:

Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (UVic School of Public Administration / EUCE) by email at ebrunetj@uvic.ca
Nicole Bates-Eamer (UVic Project Manager, EUCE) at 250-721-6490 or nbeamer@uvic.ca
Tara Sharpe (UVic Communications + Marketing) at 250-721-6248 or tksharpe@uvic.ca

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UVic media releases & resources for journalists: http://communications.uvic.ca/media

Experts on 2014 Sochi

The following experts are available for media coverage on the upcoming XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi:

Adam Molnar (Doctoral Candidate, Political Science) can comment on political protest and riot policing, civilian-military partnerships, the private security industry, and the surveillance and privacy implications of security and policing measures and urban surveillance. He can also speak to the legacies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and what might be expected after Sochi 2014: “The Sochi 2014 Olympics are characteristic of the massive security and policing build-up seen at other major sporting events today, but even with these unprecedented security measures in place, a significant concern will remain in Russia. Long after the Olympic spotlight has moved on, Russia’s citizens will be dealing with this extreme security apparatus for many years, and possibly decades, to come.” (Phone: 604-657-4568 or apm@uvic.ca)

Christine O’Bonsawin (History) is a historian and the director of UVic’s Indigenous Studies Minor Program. She is an expert in Canadian sport history with a primary focus on the roles and representations of Indigenous peoples in Canadian-hosted Olympic Games, and the politics of such inclusion. She is also available to respond on historical perspectives related to Sochi 2014, as well as Olympic principles and governing laws (notably, the Olympic Charter) that, she explains, are “diametrically opposed to the discriminatory practices of the anti-gay laws in Russia.” (Office: 250-853-3807 or cobonsaw@uvic.ca)

Colin Bennett (Political Science) is an expert in security and surveillance and, for more than 20 years, has focused his research on the politics of privacy. His book Security Games: Surveillance and Control at Mega-Events, co-edited with Kevin Haggerty, presents one of the first comprehensive assessments of the major security and surveillance implications of large sporting events. He is available to comment on such legacies of the Vancouver Olympics, as well as probable measures already underway including monitoring of internet traffic for the Sochi Olympics. (Office: 250-721-7495 or cjb@uvic.ca)

Tom Hawthorn is a guest lecturer (2014 Harvey Stevenson Southam Lecturer in Journalism and Nonfiction, with UVic’s Department of Writing) and veteran journalist who has spent years working the sports beat for leading newspapers and specializing in sports writing and the Olympics movement. His lectures at UVic will explore the history of the Olympics movement and Olympics protests including the African boycott of the Montreal Olympics and the contemporary protests over Russia's anti-gay laws. (Cell: 250-857-5029 or  tomhawthorn@gmail.com)

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  Media Contacts:

Tara Sharpe (UVic Communications + Marketing) at 250-721-6248 or tksharpe@uvic.ca or contact the UC+M office at 250-721-7636 or ucom@uvic.ca

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UVic media releases & resources for journalists: http://communications.uvic.ca/media

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