9 May 2016: Europe Day Celebrations

Please join us at The University of Adelaide as we celebrate Europe Day 2016.

On 9 May 2016, the Law School at the University of Adelaide, in partnership with the EU Centre for Global Affairs, will celebrate all things EU.

The day will start with an on-line quiz to provide some exposure to this special day across the campus. Prizes will be awarded for the best answers. Later that afternoon, the Law School will host a reception along with a panel of speakers on the theme “United in Diversity”, the motto of the European Union. Following the presentations and discussion, a prize-giving ceremony will be held to reward the quiz takers.

Date: Monday 9 May 2016

Time: 5.30pm – 8.00pm

Venue: Ligertwood Building, Level 5, North Terrace Campus, The University of Adelaide (Map)




Jessica Viven-Wilksch, Lecturer, Law School, The University of Adelaide will provide the historic and legal background, starting with the Schuman Declaration on 9 May 1950 that proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community and laid the foundations for the European Union. Jessica Viven Wilksch teaches EU Law as a Masters course and undertakes research on international commercial law.

Ben McCann, Associate Professor in French Studies, Department of French Studies, The University of Adelaide, will discuss the concepts of ‘EU cinema v national cinema’. Ben McCann has published widely on French cinema, including Le Jour se lève (2013), Ripping Open the Set: French Film Design 1930-1939 (2013) and Julien Duvivier (2016). He is currently writing a book on the 2002 film L’Auberge espagnole / The Spanish Apartment, focusing in particular on the film’s critique of the ‘European’ project and EU integration.

Benito Cao, Lecturer, Department of Politics and International Studies, The University of Adelaide will discuss ‘European Identity Politics’. Benito Cao has published in the fields of pedagogy, political culture, environmental politics and citizenship studies, and is the author of Environment and Citizenship (2015). He teaches a wide range of political topics, including European identity and EU citizenship.



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