Roundtable: Separatism and Independence in a Global Era

4th Monash Roundtable on Separatism and Independence

What prospects are there for independence movements in a global era? Three previous Monash roundtables have analysed the prospects for separatist movements in Scotland, Catalunya and Ukraine. But in a global era, independence and sovereignty can seem both a desirable goal and an ever-receding prospect. The final Monash Roundtable on separatism and independence will focus on calls for statehood in Europe, Asia and across the Islamic world and interrogate the meaning of sovereignty today.

Date: Thursday 26 February 2015

Time: 6.30-8.00 p.m.

Venue: Lecture Theatre H1.16

Building H, Ground Floor

Caulfield Campus, Monash University


Professor Greg Barton (Monash)

Associate Professor Sasa Pavkovic (Macquarie)

Dr Richard Joyce (Monash)


This roundtable will be recorded for ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program hosted by Paul Barclay

Inquiries and RSVP:

Admission FREE. Please RSVP by Wednesday 25 February 2015


Public Opinion on Eastern Ukraine


Dr Dmytro Khutkyy and his audience at Monash University
Dr Dmytro Khutkyy and his audience at Monash University

On 30 January 2015 Dr Dmytro Khutkyy delivered a public lecture titled “Public Opinion about Eastern Ukraine: Diverse and Changing.”

Speaking on Skype from the University of California at Riverside, where he is a Fulbright Visiting Fellow, Dr Khutkyy presented the results of recent opinion polls on political opinion in Ukraine at large and in the parts of the country controlled by separatists. Among many revealing findings was the low level of support, even in the Donbas, for separation from Ukraine.

Dr Khutkyy is a researcher at the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology and teaches at “Kyiv Mohyla Academy” University.

Slides from Dr Khutkyy’s presentation are available for downloading here.

Citations should take the following form: Khutkyy, D. (2015, January 30). Public Opinion on Eastern Ukraine: Diverse and Changing. Lecture conducted at Monash University (USFA Grant), Melbourne, Australia. Retrieved from





Tübingen: International and European Studies Winter Program

 International & European Studies Winter Program

January 5th to  February 14th, 2015

(or January 5th to January 23rd)

Academic courses on European politics, business, law, and culture (courses conducted in English).

  • Excursions to Germany’s highest mountain village Oberjoch, fascinating European capitals (Berlin, Strasbourg, Brussels) and company visits (Daimler Benz, Ritter Sport).
  • Buddy – program: German students will team up with you for the entire program
  • Intercultural Workshops (development of intercultural competence, focus on German cultural standards).
  • German language course

 You can earn up to 12 course credits (ECTS) in the program. The fee of 2.800 Euro includes course fees, course material, excursions + accommodation as well as social and cultural activities.

A limited number of scholarships is available. If you do not have time the entire six weeks, just book three!

Application Deadline:  November 15th

 Contact: Franziska Krausse-Wang, Dr. Christine Rubas; .

More info on our website + on Facebook (International & European Studies)


MEEUC Roundtable on Catalonia

By Lohen11 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Lohen11 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Monash Roundtables on Independence: Goodbye Spain? Crowds, Ballot boxes and the Prospects for Independence

Thursday 30 October 2014


Dr Stewart King, Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Catalan Studies, Monash University

Associate Professor Marta Poblet, Vice Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow, RMIT University

Dr Carlos Uxó, Coordinator and Senior Lecturer, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Monash University

Dr Ferran Martínez i Coma, Research Associate, Electoral Integrity Project, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

Moderator: Professor Marko Pavlyshyn, Director, Monash European and EU Centre


Three hundred years after Catalonia was fully incorporated into Spain, over 80% of Catalans want the “right to decide” on the question of Catalonia’s independence. The Catalan President, Artur Mas, has announced a “popular consultation” on the question of independence for 9 November this year. The Spanish government strongly opposes it. Where did this growth in support for independence come from? How is it expressed? Is an independent Catalonia possible? This roundtable at Monash University will discuss the political, legal and social implications of the independence movement on Catalonia, Spain and the European Union.

2014 saw the issue of independence and separatism take international centre stage once again.  From Ukraine to the Veneto and from Scotland to Catalunya, no less than in the deserts of Iraq and Syria, methods both democratic and violent have been employed in efforts to alter state borders. This poses moral questions for us in Australia. Should we welcome this as the flowering of cultural and political self-determination? Or is this the unleashing of murderous forces of political instability.

Download an audiorecording of this roundtable. Part 1:

Part 2:


News@EU Update for 27 June 2014

The latest from the delegation of the European Commission to Australia and New Zealand in Canberra is here


Working Papers

The Monash European and EU Centre (MEEUC) Working Paper Series has been established to contribute to the academic debate on Europe, the European Union (EU), the EU in the world, and comparative regionalism.

This online Series aims to showcase the work in these fields of both current and former staff, students and research/visiting fellows of MEEUC and Monash University. The Series provides an opportunity for scholars to receive feedback on work in progress, and most importantly, offers budding researchers exposure for their work.

The Working Paper Series is currently not accepting new submissions.
Existing working papers are accessible through the links below:

Editorial Board

The Editorial Board of the MEEUC Working Paper Series represents a wide range of expertise in European and EU studies.  Working Paper submissions are reviewed by the member/s of the Board most suited to the subject matter of the paper under consideration.



new MEEUC Working Paper: Regional Identity and Belonging – Australia in ASEM

A new Working Paper has been released in the online MEEUC Working Paper Series:

Volume 3, Issue 3, June 2014

Regional Identity and Belonging: Australia’s Case in ASEM.  Commemorating 40 years of Australia-ASEAN Dialogue.

Naila Maier-Knapp, Centre for History and Economics, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge

Initial attempts of Australia to join the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in the 1990s faced considerable opposition by Malaysia and other East Asian countries in pursuit of an East Asian Community. Considered ‘un-Asian’ and rather ‘Western’, Australia’s interest in joining ASEM as part of the ASEM Asian-Group raised various practical and ideological questions. Facilitated by the enlargement of the European ASEM group and the decade-long lobbying of Australian leaders, Australia was finally welcomed to join ASEM in 2009. This working paper is an attempt to make sense of Southeast Asia’s acceptance of Australia into ASEM and discuss the issue of Australia’s identity dilemma in the neighbourhood through the case of this new institutional site for Australian interaction with European and Asian leaders.


This online Series aims to showcase the work in these fields of both current and former staff, students and research/visiting fellows of MEEUC and Monash University. It provides an opportunity for scholars to receive feedback on work in progress, and most importantly, offers budding researchers exposure for their work.

The Editorial Board of the MEEUC Working Paper Series welcomes submissions from professors, fellows, PhD candidates and postgraduate students. Papers may come from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to, Arts, Business and Law. For more information on submissions, please visit our website or contact


CfP: The European Diaspora in Australia

Monday 15 September 2014 – 09.00am -12.30pm

Swinburne University of TechnologyRMIT University and the Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia invite interested scholars working in the area of European diasporas in Australia and matters related to this theme to present at the half day workshop.

In order to express interest, scholars are invited to submit a titled 300 word abstract, with a short biography (3 lines). Acceptance of the abstract will constitute registration acceptance, and no fee will be required.

An open plenary session with an invited speaker will be followed by parallel streams, and a closing plenary session. In the event there are significant papers and an interest to pursue a research publication agenda, this may become a closing recommendation and activity.

Please send your abstract to: by 15 August 2014





Pittsburgh Papers on the European Union

The Pittsburgh Papers on the European Union (PPEU) is pleased to announce its latest publication:

Josephine E. Olson, Michael K. Lin, Leslie M. Brady, George A. Huber, “An Academic Medical Center’s Expansion to the European Union: A Case Study of UPMC’s Joint Projects in Italy and Ireland”, Pittsburgh Papers on the European Union, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2014).

Available online at:

This case study examines the expansion of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) into the European Union, in particular to Italy and Ireland. The authors use international business theory to help understand why US Academic Medical Centers (AMCs) are beginning to go abroad and, through semistructured interviews with UPMC officials, they examine the market entry issues UPMC faced when expanding to Italy and Ireland. The authors also explain why UPMC’s first successful foreign ventures took place in the European Union. They conclude with comments on several of the strategic issues that AMCs should address if they wish to successfully expand overseas.

The Pittsburgh Papers on the European Union (PPEU) is a peer-reviewed, free-standing, electronic scholarly papers series sponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE) at the University of Pittsburgh.  Published through the Open Access e-journal platform, metadata for each paper is easily searched, allowing for greater access by researchers worldwide.

We are currently accepting submissions of new research about contemporary and historical dimensions of the European Union from any discipline.

To learn more about the Pittsburgh Papers, including submission guidelines, please visit our website at or contact

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