In the month of April two recent alumni of the Erasmus Mundus Master programme Euroculture: Europe in the Wider Word have been awarded an international award.
who studied Euroculture at the Universities of Groningen, Uppsala and Osaka, will receive the IASPM/KVNM MA Popular Music Thesis Prize for his thesis : "Be My Guest: Nation Branding and national representation in the Eurovision Song Contest". In the thesis Albert highlights the role performed by deeply symbolic national musical performances within highly publicized European contexts to examine how nation-states negotiate the aesthetic, political and mediated format of the Eurovision Song Contest as a means of nation branding.
studied Euroculture at the Universities of Göttingen and Groningen. He will receive the Arenberg Coimbra Group Prize because he convincingly showed the added value of the Erasmus exchange between two Coimbra Group universities.
A quote from the jury report:
Steven Otterman demonstrates how specific courses which he took in Groningen, such as the ‘Eurocompetence II’ project management course or a module on ‘Theory and Methodology’ substantially influenced his approach to his Master’s thesis “Can the European Citizen’s Initiative address the European Union’s democratic deficit?”. He also elaborates on the many beneficial dimensions of the Erasmus experience outside formal academic and classroom learning. (…) It is clear that he was very proactive in seeking out every opportunity for intercultural experience and learning, and that he made the most of what the Erasmus Mundus Euroculture programme had to offer.
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