Nanovic Institute Undergraduate Research Conference in European Studies


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Undergraduate Research Conference in European Studies (Nanovic Institute)

The first Nanovic Institute Undergraduate Research Conference in European Studies is an opportunity for students to present their research to their peers, faculty, and other members of the community. It is an excellent chance to hone presentation skills for future academic and career pursuits.

All are invited to support these incredible students and learn from their scholarship together.


This conference is co-sponsored by the Notre Dame School of Architecture.


8:30 a.m. – Coffee and Pastries

Provided by the School of Architecture

9:00 a.m. - Welcome

Clemens Sedmak, director of the Nanovic Institute

9:05 a.m. – Panel 1: Cities, Spaces, and Architecture

  • Ashley Straub: “Lessons for Senior Living: Community Design from Medieval Flanders”

  • Chioma Oparaji: “Practice and Reason: Understanding the Relationship between Byzantine Mosaics and Architectural Designs”

  • Evan Johnston: “Digitally Preserving Irish Church Infrastructure: Testing Photographic Methods for Virtual 3D Modeling”

  • Sofia CrimiVaroli: “When Worlds Collide”

  • Audra Pesko: “Can Tourism Be Created? Investigating Marseille as the 2013 European Capital of Culture” 

Chaired by John Onyango, associate professor of architecture

10:30 a.m. – Panel 2: Europe from the Center to the Periphery

  • Matthew Scherber: “‘Give Bread and Medicines’: International and Ecumenical Bridge-Building and the Pontifical Relief Mission to Russia 1921-1923”

  • Matthew Kianpour: “Down the Street, yet Worlds Apart: An Analysis of Cores and Peripheries in Erpenbeck's ‘Go, Went, Gone’”

  • Jun Wei Lee: “Indian Indenture as Intermediary Colonization: Metropolitan Visions of Political Economy and Gender in the British Empire”

  • Annika Barron: “Caged Minds: A Neurobiological Perspective on Incarceration and Justice”

  • Jake Miller: “Rule of Law in the European Union: The Role of Domestic Legal Systems in Conflict with the E.U.”

Chaired by Rev. Paul Kollman, CSC, associate professor of theology

11:45 a.m. – Lunch / Break

We will also be introducing the EURO Fellows program during the lunch break.

1:00 p.m. – Panel 3: Contemporary European Politics and Policies

  • Julia Warden: “Soft Power as a Political Weapon: Lessons from Montenegro, for Ukraine”

  • Filip Kubicki: “Comparative Analysis of EU’s ‘Fit for 55’ and U.S. ‘Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)’ From the Comprehensive Wealth Creation Perspective”

  • Abigail Keaney: "Under Pressure: The Role of An Dream Dearg in Northern Irish Language Politics"

Chaired by Georges Enderle, John T. Ryan Professor Emeritus of International Business Ethics

2:30 p.m. – Panel 4: Reimagining European Studies

  • Demetrios Fotopoulos: “Walking in the Dead Man’s Shoes: An Introduction to the Theory of Necro-Inheritance”

  • Cecelia Swartz: “Sovereignty Goddesses and Feminism in Contemporary Versions of the ‘Táin Bó Cúailnge’”

  • Stella Webster: “Between Populism and Philosophy: John of Kronstadt and Antony Khrapovitsky in Relation to 20th-Century Russian Conservatism”

Chaired by Clíona Ní Ríordáin, Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Chair in Irish Language and Literature

4:00 p.m. – Closing Remarks

Abigail Lewis, director of undergraduate studies at the Nanovic Institute


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