Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
October 4, 2006

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1. CES News
2. Grants and Fellowships
3. EUSA Corner
4. Other International Studies News

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CES News

CES Fall Speakers Series
Don Searing Friday, October 6, 2006
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Coates Building, 223 East Franklin Street: Seminar Room
Donald Searing (UNC-CH, Political Science) will discuss Political Tolerance: Meaning, Measurement, and Context.
Sophie Meunier Friday, October 13, 2006
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Coates Building, 223 East Franklin Street: Seminar Room
Sophie Meunier
(Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University) will discuss The EU as a Conflicted Trade Power.

Nobel x Four: Yeats, Shaw, Beckett, and Heaney

Paul MuldoonMonday, October 9, 2006
5:00pm reception, 6:00pm lecture
Wilson Library: Pleasants Family Assembly Room

Noted Irish poet Paul Muldoon will read from his latest work in celebration of the Rare Book Collection exhibit focused on the four Irish Nobel Laureates for literature. Exhibit runs through December 31, 2006.

Register for a LAC Course This Spring!
Languages Across the Curriculum, Spring 2007

We're excited to offer several new LAC courses for Spring 2007, including options in Czech and Arabic. To find out more information, visit the LAC website and open the LAC flyer.

Combined Arabic discussion section for:
ARAB 452 [152]: Imagining Palestine
ASIA 455 [142]: Arabs in America
RELI 181 [26]: Later Islamic Civilization and Modern Muslim Culture

GERM 257 [90A/B]: Society and Culture in Postwar Germany
German discussion section

POLI 239 [52]: Intro to European Government
French and German discussion sections
Czech research option

Combined French discussion section for:
ASIA 455 [142]: Arabs in America
FREN 398 [96]: The Francophone World

INTS 210 [77]: Global Issues
- Spanish
discussion section

HIST 143 [25]: Latin America Since Independence
- Spanish
discussion section

Bridging Italian & Germanic Studies: Two Lectures by Enrico Bernard

Enrico BernardWednesday, October 25 | 10am and 3pm | Dey Hall 202
Playwright, filmmaker, essayist, and translator, Enrico Bernard is the founder of the "Teatro S-naturalista" movement and wrote its "Manifesto," now included in Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo's website with Franca Rame. Bridging Italian and Germanic studies, Bernard's translations of Ludwig Tieck, von Chamisso, Eckermann and Grabbe have made the works of these German writers more readily available to Italian audiences, and twelve of his own twenty-two plays have been translated and staged in German, French, and English. He will discuss Tieck and Pirandello, The European Roots of an Italian Nobel Prize, Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 10:00 am Dey Hall, location TBA, and Carlo Bernari and the Birth of Neorealism, on Wednesday, October 25, 2005, 3:00 pm Dey Hall 202. The events are organized by the Italian Section of the Department of Romance Languages and sponsored by The Center for European Studies. Contact Sergio Ferrarese with any questions.

European Film Screenings

L'auberge EspagnoleIn collaboration with Prof. Martine Antle's course on Identities in Contemporary European Cinema and the Languages Across the Curriculum program, CES is sponsoring a series of film screenings on Tuesday evenings during the fall semester. The series is free and open to the campus community, and a short discussion of the films will follow the screenings. All films will be shown in their original language with English subtitles; the LAC discussions will be in French. Individuals wishing to attend only the film screenings are free to leave Chocolatbefore the discussion. A full listing of the films is available here

Tuesday, October 10, 2006
5:00 pm
Undergraduate Library, room 205
L'auberge Espagnole (France)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006
5:00 pm
Undergraduate Library, room 205
Chocolat (France)

Grants and Fellowships

Getting to Know Europe: Local Communities and the EU - Grant Competition Reopened

Euro coins and billsThe Delegation of the European Commission in Washington DC has relaunched the Getting to Know Europe grant competition for activities that encourage greater understanding of the European Union among local communities in the US and the many ties between the United States and the European Union.

Activities can include competitions, publications and other information products, training and briefing sessions, study and exchange visits, and town twinning arrangements. Full details of the competition can be viewed at the Delegation website.

Changes and clarifications to the Call for Proposals include the following:

  • All activities should be targeted at local communities and local government in the United States;
  • All activities must take place between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2007;
  • In addition to activities celebrating Europe Day, applicants are encouraged but not required to include activities related to the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome (25 March 1957) establishing the European Community;
  • Institutions from the United States, EU Member States and EU Acceding States may apply;
  • Universities are included among institutions eligible to apply provided that they are not currently receiving European Commission funding for European Union Centers of Excellence.

Please direct any questions regarding the Call for Proposals to Helen Henderson, in writing, at the email address below. Helen Henderson BEM, Delegation of the European Commission, Political & Development Section, 2300 M Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20037
Fax: 202 429 1766

Deadline: November 8, 2006

EUSA Corner
Following are meetings and announcements from the European Union Studies Association, of which the UNC-CH Center for European Studies is a sustaining member.

Position Vacancy: Chair in Contemporary Turkish Studies

London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondon School of Economics and Political Science
Applications are invited for the newly endowed post of Chair in Contemporary Turkish Studies in the European Institute. The appointment will be from 1 April 2007 or later by agreement. The Chair has been established on a permanent basis as a result of the generosity of various donors.

We seek an outstanding candidate to provide academic leadership in research, teaching and related public activities. Preference may be given to candidates in political economy, economics, or public policy - but candidates in other social science disciplines are encouraged to apply. The appointee will be expected to have a good knowledge of the Turkish language and society. For further information on the Institute, visit the website.

Those interested are encouraged to obtain the further particulars and details of how to apply from the Human Resources Division, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, UK (telephone: +44 20 7955 6068 or e-mail Applications must be submitted via the Human Resources Division.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Kevin Featherstone, Director of the European Institute, at: Please quote job reference number: SA/05/04.

Deadline: October 6, 2006

Lectureships: University of Strathclyde, Scotland, UK

University of StrathclydeThe Department of Government at the University of Strathclyde seeks to recruit two research-focused individuals with a strong early career track record to connect to the existing strengths of the Department in public policy.

Public Policy and Multi-Level Governance are areas of traditional strength within the 5 RAE-rated Department. These posts enable the Department to extend its research activities into important and developing areas of European Public Policy and Governance, and International Governance. An important aspect of these positions, therefore, is to reinforce the distinctive contribution of the Department to the development of innovative research into policy change in the European and international contexts.

Lectureship One: Policy Change and Policy Frameworks
This post would have a primary focus upon policy change whether at:

  • a conceptual level, of explaining change in terms of developing models of, for example, transnational diffusion of policy ideas; agenda setting, new institutionalism, governance and regulation, policy analysis, multi-level governance, or crisis management.
  • an empirical level, of analysing change in specific policy areas. This might develop existing departmental interests in regional policy, welfare and pension policies, environmental policy, nuclear policy, migration policy, security policy, telecommunications and energy policies, European social policies, urban policy; or extend coverage into other policy fields.

Lectureship Two: Policy Change, Civil Society and Governance
Building upon the existing projects in the Department (concerned with civil society organisations and movements - nationalist, feminist, environmental, anti-globalisation), this post might extend the analysis of civil society organisations in shaping public discourse, policy agendas and the implementation of public policies; or focus upon the interactions of political institutions and policy change.

Alternatively, the focus of research might concentrate upon the impact of public attitudes and behaviour upon the agenda for policy change and the successful implementation of change.

Both positions require:

  • research performance at international level for RAE 2008 and evidence of strong and sustainable individual research plans beyond 2008.
  • ability to secure external research funding (for individual and collaborative projects).
  • capacity to contribute to the expansion of two new taught postgraduate programmes: MSc in European Public Policy and MSc in International Public Policy.

Further details at

Other International Studies News

Lecture: Endangered Languages, Knowledge Loss, and Sustainability

K. David HarrisonMonday, October 9 | 4pm | Dey Hall 402
Professor K. David Harrison (Swarthmore College, Linguistics) is visiting UNC to discuss Endangered Languages, Knowledge Loss, and Sustainability.
Of the world's nearly 7,000 known languages, the majority are endangered, and up to half may disappear in this century. Most languages remain unwritten, undocumented by science and cannot be recreated once lost. How, where, and why do languages vanish; what do we stand to lose; and what are scientists doing about it?

This talk addresses four key aspects of language extinction. First, the distribution of languages across space and populations is highly uneven. Mapping global hotspots of linguistic diversity is proposed as an efficient way to identify areas of critical endangerment. Second, we consider who abandons languages, when, and why. What are the demographics of endangerment and factors driving the disappearance of languages? Third, languages are shown to serve as repositories of traditional knowledge that contribute to human survival and ecosystem management. Specific domains of human knowledge are packaged in languages in such a way that they cannot be readily transferred when a community switches to speaking a global language. Fourth, each language with its grammatical quirks provides unique insights into human cognition. The ability to understand and explain the architecture of cognition is diminished as the number of languages decreases.

Members of the UNC community may also join us for Harrison's presentation of "A sneak preview of the documentary film: The Last Speakers" in Murphey 104 at 1pm on Oct 9.

K. David Harrison's visit to UNC is sponsored by the Slavic Department and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies.

Call for Proposals: Navigating the Global American South

Navigating the Global American SouthThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is again pleased to host the Navigating the Global American South conference in April 2007. The theme of this year's conference is "Global Health and Regional Solutions".

We are currently inviting proposals for presentations by scholars, policymakers, and professionals dealing with health issues that connect the American South and the world. Specifically, the conference will explore regional approaches to public health issues and ask what experiences translate between the American South and other world regions. We encourage proposals from a wide range of academic and professional fields and perspectives on various topics. Please see the flier for more information. If you have any questions, please contact us at

To propose a single presentation or an entire panel, please submit a proposal and an abbreviated CV on line at

Deadline: November 1, 2006


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Center for European Studies/EU Center
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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