Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
November 1, 2006

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This week we have:
1. CES News
2. Grants and Fellowships
3. Seminars and Workshops
4. Position Openings
5. EUSA Corner
6. CES Award Competition

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CES News

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Grant Competition

Foreign Language and Area Studies, 2007-2008We are pleased to announce the annual call for applications for Foreign Language and Area Studies awards. FLAS grants are academic year and summer awards designed to assist graduate and professional students to study a West European language to proficiency. The awards include tuition and fees plus a stipend. More information on the FLAS competition and application forms can be found in the FLAS section of the UNC Area Studies Centers website and on the Center for European Studies site.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the following FLAS informational open meetings, where representatives of all the Area Studies Centers with FLAS funding will be present. The meetings will be located in the Coates Building Seminar Room at 223 E. Franklin Street.

  • Tuesday, November 7 | 11am
  • Wednesday, November 15 | 12pm

Deadline: January 31, 2007

CES Award Competition

The Center for European Studies and the European Union Center of Excellence are pleased to announce several competitions for funding for UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and graduate students.

The deadline for all proposals listed below is Wednesday, January 31, 2007. Read on...

CES Fall Speakers Series

Henrik Enderlein Friday, November 3, 2006
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Coates Building, 223 East Franklin Street: Seminar Room
Henrik Enderlein
(Fulbright Visiting Professor, Duke University) will discuss European Monetary Union.
Erik Jones Friday, November 10, 2006
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Coates Building, 223 East Franklin Street: Seminar Room
Erik Jones (SAIS Bologna Center, Johns Hopkins University) will present a lecture entitled The Crisis of European Solidarity.
Christiane Lemke Thursday, November 16, 2006
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Coates Building, 223 East Franklin Street: Seminar Room
Speaker Christiane Lemke (University of Hannover) will discuss Deliberation in Deeply Divided Societies: The Case of Kosovo.

Two Events with Professor Henri Béhar

Henri BeharFriday, November 3, 2006 | 3pm - 5pm | Toy Lounge, Dey Hall
Professor Henri Béhar will present a lecture entitled Le surréalisme comme mauvais genre. Béhar is former dean of La Sorbonne and the Director of the Centre de recherches sur le surréalisme (CV).

Monday, November 6, 2006 | 12pm - 3pm | Toy Lounge, Dey Hall
Henri Béhar will host a roundtable discussion, followed by lunch: Études assistées par ordinateur. Please reserve your seat at this lunch with Martine Antle by October 30.

View event flyer (PDF). These events are sponsored by The French Cultural Services of Atlanta, the Center for European Studies at UNC, the UNC Art Department, and the Department of Romance Languages.

European Film Screenings

La promesseIn 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 L'ange de goudronbefore the discussion. A full listing of the films is available here

Tuesday, November 7, 2006
5:00 pm
Undergraduate Library, room 205
La promesse (Belgium)

Tuesday, November 14, 2006
5:00 pm
Undergraduate Library, room 205
L'ange de goudron (Belgium)

Family, Work, and Welfare in Past and Present: A Transatlantic Workshop

European Union Flag and Female Symbol CombinedFriday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, 2006 | UNC Institute for Arts & Humanities
Juggling work and family commitments is a major challenge for both parents and governments. Families looking for a work-life balance are deciding whether to have children, when, how many, and who looks after them - and whether to work full- or part-time. Governments potentially can promote family-friendly policies for numerous reasons: reduce poverty and promote child development and family well-being, underpin economic growth, and bolster pension systems.

One consequence of this dilemma is for an increasing number of women in the post-industrialized Western states on both sides of the Atlantic the decision to have only one child or no child at all. This has resulted in decreasing birth rates in most European countries and North America. The birthrates in almost all of these countries are below population reproduction and they are so low in some countries, notably the Mediterranean countries, that they represent a major crisis for their pension systems and welfare states as a whole.

The workshop aims to analyze this problem in a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective: historians, political scientists and sociologists compare the historical and contemporary development in different Eastern and Western European Countries and North America and discuss the necessary consequences for a future oriented welfare state policy which helps families to combine work and life.

This is the third workshop in the series Gender, Politics, and Culture in Europe and Beyond. For more information, please view the website, the flyer, and the workshop program.

Grants and Fellowships

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

Euro coins and billsThe Delegation of the European Commission is 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.

All applicants must use the correct Grant Application and Proposal Narrative forms, covering the January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007 period for eligible activities. These documents are available as attachments to the current Call for Proposals.

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

Visiting Fellows Program: Centre for the Study of Political Change

Centre for the Study of Political ChangeUniversity of Siena, Centre for the Study of Political Change
A limited number of Short Term (1-2 weeks) or Medium Term (1-4 months) fellowships will be granted for the Academic Year 2006-2007 to distinguished and junior scholars in the fields of Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and European Studies. The Visiting Fellows will be able to pursue their research activities in an intellectually stimulating and pleasant surrounding. During their stay they will be invited to make a “brown bag” presentation of their research project and to attend the weekly staff-student seminar (Tuesday Seminar in Political Science).

For more information about the Centre for the Study of Political Change, visit For full details on the fellowship program, open this document.

Deadline: November 15, 2006

Seminars and Workshops

Triangle Seminar in the History of the Military, War, and Society

Thomas KühneFriday, November 17 | 4-6 pm | National Humanities Center, RTP
Thomas Kühne (Clark University) will present a lecture entitled Male Bonding and Genocidal War: Germany, 1918-1945.
Why did the Holocaust happen? What made Germans stick together amidst a catastrophic total war? Thomas Kühne presents a new answer to these questions by focusing on male bonding among ordinary soldiers. It was neither the Hitler-myth nor an eliminationist Antisemitism, nor even just group pressure but--group pleasure: Since WWI Germans became fascinated with an idea of comradeship and togetherness which eventually would be realized by genocidal warfare from 1939 on. Both suffering from mass death and practicing mass killing as well as mass murder mutually reinforced each other: Physical death provided social life.

Thomas Kühne is the Associate Professor of History and Strassler Family Chair in Holocaust History at Clark University. An expert in modern German history, he has published widely about electoral and party history and the history of masculinities and mass violence in the 20th century. He is the author of Prussian Three-Class Electoral Law and Electoral Culture in Wilhelmine Germany (1994) and Comradeship. Soldiers of the Nazi War and the 20th Century (2006).

Refreshments will be served. A pre-circulated paper is available a week in advance by emailing For more information, contact Dirk Bönker, Department of History, Duke University, or Karen Hagemann, Department of History, UNC Chapel Hill.

Position Openings

Associate Director for Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies

UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European StudiesThe UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (CSEEES) is pleased to announce that it is recruiting for the new position of Associate Director. This is an exciting opportunity to become part of the growing Center community, highlighted by a move into the brand new FedEx Global Education Center in December 2006. The Associate Director will be involved in all aspects of Center operations, with particular responsibility for outreach and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) coordination.

Please see the announcement and visit the Center web page for more information.

Deadline: November 22, 2006

Events Coordinator for Global Education Center

Global Education CenterThe Global Education Center serves as the university's vibrant hub of international research, teaching, public service and cultural exchange. Eleven units dedicated to global education are housed within the GEC, as is the Associate Provost for International Affair who serves as the university's point person for leading the internationalization effort.

Primary Purpose of Position:
The Events Coordinator will coordinate the diversity of events organized by the units of the GEC.

The Events Coordinator will work closely with units to:

  • craft, implement and manage a building-wide scheduling process;
  • maintain event calendar and database;
  • work with caterers, audio-visual technicians, hotels, travel agents and other relevant vendors on providing logistical support for events;
  • design and deliver event marketing and communication materials;
  • evaluate event impact and effectiveness;
  • prepare and manage event budget;
  • work with Registrar to schedule the use of the 5 classrooms in the building.

To access the job link, go to and type in position # 0055805 in the search box.

German Internship Program in the Bundestag

Bundestag: The German ParliamentÈmigré Memorial German Internship Program EMGIP – Bundestag
EMGIP - Bundestag offers internship opportunities for U.S. and Canadian students in the German parliament, the Bundestag. The internships are 2 months long in positions matching the student's interest and experience. Interns will be placed with their preferred Fraktion, Ausschuss, with individual members of the Bundestag, and their offices. Asides from contributing to the respective offices, interns have the opportunity to study legislative and administrative procedures in the German parliament.

DAAD programs are helping to create good will and professional relationships that will help build a solid basis for relations between Germany and North America. EMGIP Internships were founded in 1965 by Professors Louise Holborn and George Romoser with the assistance of many scholars of German affairs, especially in the social sciences and contemporary history, and with the financial and planning aid of various German offices also interested in encouraging the development of future generations of German experts. In view of the contributions of German émigrés, the experiential program was named Émigré Memorial German Internship Program.


  • Applicants for EMGIP – Bundestag should possess outstanding academic records and personal integrity as well as some knowledge of the German legislative process.
  • Participants should be advanced undergraduates or graduate students in fields such as political science, international relations, law, history, economics or German. Students must be able to fully communicate in German.
  • US and Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply. International students who are enrolled in a full time course of study in the US or Canada may also apply. German nationals are not eligible.

Intermediate German skills and above (oral and written) are required as well as the appropriate professional vocabulary. Applicants must submit the DAAD language certificate. The successful applicant will receive compensation of approximately €1,100 per month by the German Bundestag. Travel expenses are the intern's responsibility.  

Application forms and up-to-date information about the application process for the EMGIP – Bundestag internships as well as detailed guidelines are available at and here.

Application Deadline: November 18th, 2006         

Atlantic Council Internship Program

Atlantic Council of the United StatesThe John A. Baker Internship Program of the Atlantic Council of the United States offers ten to fifteen volunteer (unpaid) positions during the fall, spring, and summer academic terms. These positions require a strong interest in international affairs, business, and/or education. Applicants should possess some administrative or office experience, as well as work in scholarly research. Course credit may be arranged through the student's academic institution. 

For more information on the Atlantic Council, please see our website: Inquiries may be directed to the Internship Coordinator at 202-778-4954 or or consult our website:

Deadline: November 24, 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.

Visiting Fellows Program: National Europe Centre of Australian National University

Australian National UniversityThe Visiting Fellows Program at the National Europe Centre supports local and international scholars wishing to undertake research, at the ANU, as part of its mission to promote understanding of Europe in Australia. The National Europe Centre seeks to advance scholarly research on issues of European and Australian significance. The program aims to have three Visiting Fellows in residence each year (Visiting Fellows must be in residence at The Australian National University for the duration of their appointment). Other opportunities also exist for scholars to participate in the Centre's programs through part- or non-funded fellowships.

For more information please go to

Deadline: December 1, 2006

CES Award Competition

For all competitions below please send the required documents via email. All CES grantees are asked to submit a brief (one page) report on the funded project at the end of the grant period.

Deadline: January 31, 2007

Faculty Curriculum Development Awards

Courses developed under this program should be offered during the academic year following the summer of the award. After this first offering, the courses should be regularly scheduled in departmental course offerings. Students who will benefit particularly from the new courses are majors in the Center for European Studies' newly approved major in Contemporary European Studies.

  • European Union Center of Excellence awards
    We will make at least two awards to UNC-CH faculty to develop new European Union courses or tracks in existing courses. The definition of EU tracks is broad; it may include special readings and research assignments integrated into the main class, or special sections of a class focused on the EU. Awards for full EU courses will be for $4500 and $2000 for EU tracks.
  • National Resource Center (Title VI) awards
    Two curriculum development awards will be made for courses relevant to the study of modern Western Europe . Courses in any discipline may be funded in this category. Awards will be $4500.
  • Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) awards
    Faculty who would like to offer a recitation section of a relevant course in a West European language can find out more about the LAC program and current offerings at: LAC faculty development grants are $1500 for a language section embedded within a related course. In addition, a LAC course developer (Research Assistant) is also appointed to assist the faculty member in locating and adapting course readings and assignments.

To submit a curriculum development proposal please send:

  1. your curriculum vita,
  2. the proposed course syllabus, and a cover letter describing the course relevance to contemporary European Studies or European Union studies, and where the course will fit in your departmental offerings (include any pre-requisites) and in the new General Education undergraduate curriculum.
  3. A letter from your chair approving the project and agreeing to offer the course during the next academic year and on a continuing basis.

Faculty Research Travel Awards

We will make approximately six awards for faculty research travel in the US or Europe related to a project on contemporary European or EU Studies. Proposals will be evaluated by a CES committee. Please send a cover letter including a short (one page) summary of the paper/project, an estimated budget including other sources of funding, and a curriculum vita.

  • Grants for Research Travel in the US to present papers on contemporary Europe. Domestic travel grants are $500.
  • Grants for Travel to Europe related to research and publication on contemporary Europe. Summer research travel grants are for $2000.

Faculty and Graduate Student Joint Projects

The European Union Center of Excellence will make two awards of $2500 to support faculty/graduate student joint projects. These funds will be for use September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008. $2000 is designated for graduate student support; $500 for the faculty. Please submit a cover letter consisting of a short summary of the paper/project, a time-line for publication of the project, and curriculum vitae.

Graduate Student Awards

CES has several sources of funding for graduate students in contemporary European Studies:

  • European Union Center of Excellence Summer Research Fellowships
    Two awards will be made to UNC-CH graduate students to conduct dissertation research on the EU in Europe during summer 2007. Awards will include a stipend of $4000. Proposals should include a 5-page (max) synopsis of the research project including a timetable and a budget, and should attach a letter of support from the dissertation advisor.
  • Graduate Student Research Travel
    Two awards will be made to present papers in the US or Europe on some aspect of the European Union. Awards for travel in the US are $600 and for travel to Europe $1500. Applicants should send a brief (one page) cover letter summarizing the project and other sources of funding, and should attach a letter of support from the dissertation advisor.
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grants
    Academic year and summer awards designed to assist graduate and professional students to study a West European language to proficiency. The awards include tuition and fees plus a stipend. More information on the FLAS competition and application forms can be found in the FLAS section of the UNC Area Studies Centers website and on the Center for European Studies site.


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