SIU Meets CES Conference

The Council for European Studies (CES) is based in New York at Columbia University and is one of the biggest academic organizations in the world that produces and funds multi-disciplinary research on Europe and European Studies. The 26th Annual Conference of the CES was held at Carlos III University in Madrid from the 20-22 of June this year, and it attracted more than 1100 scholars from all over the world in almost 200 panels. The overall topic this year was Sovereignties in Contention: Nations, Regions, and Citizens in Europe.

Schiller International University’s Madrid campus was represented by a panel dedicated to the Catalonian separatist movement under the title “Catalan Separatism: Causes and Consequences.” It was organized by Fernando de Vicente, Lola Romero, Chris Kostov, Alexandra Aaron and Aranzazu Narbona.

Professor de Vicente’s presentation, “The Catalonian Crisis: Legal Implications and Consequences,” dealt with the constitutionality of the attempted referendum in Catalonia, while Professor Romero’s presentation, “The Catalan Language in the Sovereignty Process: Linguistic Implications,” tackled the importance of the Catalan language for the formation and maintenance of a strong Catalan national identity. Professor Kostov addressed the issue of the manipulative use of the educational system and quasi-embassies abroad called Catalonian houses by the Catalonian separatist leaders in order to promote their separatist agenda domestically and abroad in his presentation, “Textbooks and Delegations Abroad as Pathways to Catalonian Independence.”

SIU Madrid Registrar and Professor, Alexandra Aaron, who is also a Schiller Alumnus, analyzed the impact of the illegal Catalonian referendum for the largest companies based in Catalonia during her presentation on “Economic Consequences and Market Analysis Driven by Political Instability in Catalonia.” Professor Narbona’s presentation “New Evidence onFirms’ Location Decisions: Is Catalonia Losing Appeal?” focused on the impact of the Catalonian referendum on future investments in the Spanish region.

All of the Schiller faculty presentations were very well accepted and will be published in an academic volume on Nationalist and Separatist Movements in Europe next year.