Euroculture Spotlight #17: Meet the new Euroculturer editor
28 Aug 2018
Euroculture Spotlight is on Maeva Chargros, a second-year Euroculture student, who recently became the new editor-in-chief of The Euroculturer, a student magazine run by Euroculture students since 2012. Maeva tells us more on the magazine, its new team of editors, and on why she's in love with Olomouc.
Thank you, Maeva, for agreeing to answer our questions.
So, where have you been studying during Euroculture?
I spent the first semester in Olomouc, the second semester in Krakow, and I am now back in Olomouc for the 3rd semester’s research track.
Can you tell us more about The Euroculturer magazine?
It is an online media created in June 2012 by Euroculture students, with the support of the consortium. All Euroculture-related persons (students, alumni, teachers, etc.) can contribute to it, regularly or occasionally. Articles published on the website are read by an average of 1,500 visitors per month, thus giving a consequent audience to authors. The topics addressed reflect the programme’s outline and approach: European culture, politics and society in a global context, through an interdisciplinary perspective, while keeping a window open on the world and tackling issues from all continents.
Recently, a new team took over for the upcoming year. It is composed of two Editors, Anne-Roos Renkema (Groningen-Uppsala) and Ethan Holaday (Strasbourg-Udine), and one Editor-in-Chief (me); we will “recruit” a fourth Editor from the 2018-2020 cohort in a couple of months.
For this new “term”, we have thought of quite a few new projects to make the website more attractive and dynamic: from art reviews to podcasts, you will soon discover all these ideas! Since we want to involve all Euroculture-related readers and authors in this new phase, we will also open a consultation to better understand the expectations regarding the website.
Contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to write something for the magazine!
What do you like the most about Euroculture?
The commitment shown by all Euroculture teachers, coordinators, programme directors… It is rare to see that much interest in how students experience the programme, that much openness, availability, and kindness. Of course, I also like the interdisciplinary approach, the diversity of teaching styles, and many other aspects of the programme. But I am really grateful for the dedication of all persons involved from the consortium’s side.
What did you do before Euroculture?
I was working in digital communications; and before that, I graduated in Nordic studies (BA). Since 2012, I was also taking part in Model European Union simulations as participant, organiser and chairing team member; this experience included one mandate as Vice-President of the Bringing Europeans Together Association (BETA Europe).
What are your plans for the future?
Now that I have “retired” from the “MEU world”, I am focusing on Euroculture, be it through studying or my role as Editor-in-Chief of the Euroculturer Magazine. What will come next, I can’t really tell for now…! I tend to be surprised by my own choices and decisions most of the time, honestly.
Where is the best place you have travelled to and why?
This is a very difficult question to answer. Each and every place is worth visiting and brings its share of memories, experiences, “life lessons”, etc. However, my three favourite places to travel to are (not necessarily in that order) Tartu, Olomouc and Leiden. There’s something “homey” in each of them, though each city is unique in its own way. I would not be able to explain why in a concise and precise manner. Head to Tartu when it is snowing, dark and cold, taste the cakes at Werner Café, and join the Student Song Festival during that season where you can’t tell whether it’s winter or spring. Travel to Olomouc and spend a few weeks there, wander in the city centre filled with this indescribable historical aura, and enjoy the atmosphere of the Christmas Market – punč included. And then, tell me: aren’t these places amazing, do you want to leave? Of course you don’t!
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