Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
September 12, 2007

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1. CES News
2. Lectures and Events
3. Grants and Fellowships
4. Call for Papers
5. Internships
6. EUSA Corner
7. Other International Studies News

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CES News

To UNC Faculty: Message from John Stephens, CES Director

John StephensDear CES faculty affiliates at UNC-CH: The Center for Global Initiatives (formerly UCIS) maintains a database of our campus international expertise. The database can help you connect with colleagues across campus and around the world and it is important to us at CES as we draw from this database for our grant proposals and research projects.

If you include an international perspective in your teaching or research or if you have international experiences, you should be profiled in the database. However, we need to ensure that your profile is current, especially in terms of your research and publications. I ask that you take a minute to update it. At the site (, click the 'login' button near the top right corner of the screen and on the next page enter your UNC onyen and password. In most cases, such an update will only require posting your recent publications.

To encourage you, we are giving away $25 gift certificates to the Global Cup Café in the new Global Education Center. For the next five Fridays, we will randomly draw 5 faculty who updated their bios in the past week.

I encourage you to explore this database to appreciate the depth of international expertise at UNC and hope that it is a useful resource for your own work. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

Commissioner Olli RehnSpecial Video Conference with Olli Rehn, European Union Commissioner in Charge of Enlargement

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 | 12pm - 1pm | 008 Peabody, UNC Campus
The European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE) at UNC will host a video-conference with the EUCE component at Johns Hopkins (SAIS) and other EU Centers of Excellence. The guest speaker will be Commissioner Olli Rehn, member of the European Commission in charge of Enlargement. Please email if you wish to attend.

Dr. Rehn's bio can be viewed at:

CES Fall Speakers Series

Milada VachudovaFriday, September 14, 2007
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Milada Vachudova (UNC-Chapel Hill, Political Science) will speak about Europe and the USA: Strategies for Democracy Promotion. O
pen to the public.

Deb ReisingerFriday, September 21, 2007
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Deb Reisinger (Duke University, Department of Romance Studies) will discuss Violence and the Media: French Response to the Succo Affaire. Recommended reading: Crime and Media in Contemporary France (Purdue University Press 2007). Open to the public.

David CoatesFriday, September 28, 2007
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

David Coates (Worrell Professor of Anglo-American Studies, Wake Forest University Department of Political Science) will speak about The Browning of British Politics. Open to the public.

North Carolina German Studies Seminar

Sunday, September 16 | 6-8:30 pm | Hillel Building, UNC Campus
The North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series seeks to foster intellectual exchange among students, scholars and the wider community at both public and private institutions of higher learning. The Series intends to open academic dialogues to the general public of North Carolina in order to raise awareness of the importance of Germany and German-speaking lands for the cultural literacy of all North Carolinians.

Dr. Jonathan Hess (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) will present an overview of his book-length manuscript on German-Jewish popular literature in the nineteenth century, "Middlebrow Literature and the Making of German-Jewish Identity".

Those interested in attending will be asked to register in advance. No admission charge. Cosponsored by the Center for European Studies.

Lectures and Events
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

Romanian Film Series

September 20, 7pm | Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005, Cristi Puiu) will be showing as part of a film series to complement States of Mind: Dan and Lia Perjovschi. Co-sponsored by Duke University Libraries and Duke's Film/Video/Digital Program.  Museum Auditorium. Free and open to all.

Eastern European Concert

Sunday, September 23 | 3pm | 1st Presbyterian Church, Durham
Mallarmé Chamber Players will launch the Music on Main Concert Series with "Gypsy Caravan" and will feature the exotic sounds of Eastern Europe with internationally acclaimed cimbalom player Petra Berenyi. She will be joined by some of Mallarmé's young musicians, including Jennifer Curtis, violin; Susan Babini, cello; and a pianist to be announced.

General admission tickets will be sold at the door for $17; tickets are $5 for students.

Grants and Fellowships

Fulbright US Student Program Information Session

Thursday, September 13th | 3 pm | Room 4003 of the Global Education Center
Begin your preparation for a Fulbright! The campus deadline for the Fulbright US student program has been set for Wednesday, September 26, 2007.

Prepare now by reviewing complete application instructions which can be viewed in this general information PDF. Also, plan on attending a Fulbright Information Session and learn how to make a competitive proposal.

The Fulbright US Student Program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Grants (in duration of 9-12 months) are available in 140 countries worldwide. Please determine your eligibility before applying.

Postdoctoral Fellowships: Institute for European Studies

Institute for European Studies, University of Montreal, McGill UniversityThe Université de Montréal-McGill University Institute for European Studies (IES) will award a number of postdoctoral fellowships to recent PhD graduates who wish to conduct research on Europe and the European Union at the Institute during the year 2007-2008. It may also award postdoctoral fellowships to Ph.D. candidates who have submitted their dissertation for defence and will be defending it not later than December 2007. These fellowships aim at assisting young scholars in establishing a research base at an important time in their research careers.

For details and application information, please visit the Institute for European Studies website.

Deadline: October 1, 2007

Call for Papers

Whither the Franco-German Engine?

College of EuropeFebruary 28, 2008 | College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium
The Department of European Political and Administrative Studies of the College of Europe will be holding a conference titled “The Future of the Franco-German Engine in the European Union.”

France and Germany historically have served as the engines of European integration. Since the Mitterrand-Kohl years, however, this tandem has been considerably less active due to different political priorities of their respective governments and the integration fatigue that has recently plagued Europe. This conference seeks to deepen our understanding of the Franco-German relationship in different policy fields within the EU as well as improve our theoretical understanding of political leadership inside an enlarged EU. Thus topics will include specific policy areas (e.g. cooperation in security and economics) as well as larger institutional questions, such as the ability of France and Germany to be influential in an EU comprised of 27+ nations and the types of alliances likely to form.

We invite proposals from academics and practitioners who study this view from both institutional perspectives as well as more policy-oriented views. Papers can be in either English or French. Please send an abstract (max. 1 page) to Professor Michele Chang. The organizers will reserve and cover accommodation for academic presenters as well as cover their travel costs after prior approval up to a certain level. The event is open to the public. Please direct inquiries to

Deadline: September 21, 2007

NATO and Global Partners: A comprehensive approach to rebuilding Afghanistan and other challenges

Atlantic Treaty AssociationOctober 31 - November 2, 2007 | Ottawa, Canada
The Atlantic Council of the U.S. will send a delegation of current students and faculty to the Atlantic Treaty Association's 53rd Annual General Assembly in Ottawa, Canada. 
While the agenda remains in progress, anticipated speakers include many distinguished ambassadors and Alliance leaders. The conference will include meetings of the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association, bringing together young leaders from throughout the Euro-Atlantic region and meetings with Canadian university students. Through panel discussions focusing additional areas such as relations with Russia, Missile Defense, Energy Security, and NATO partnerships, participants will gain insight into current and critical security issues. Please see the ATA Program 2007 for more details. Students residing in the United States, but not U.S. citizens should contact their national association affiliated with the ATA.

To Apply: Students must submit a cover letter, resume, and a brief (500-600 words) essay on the topic “What is the greatest security challenge to the transatlantic community and how can we overcome it?“ Faculty should submit a CV.

Cost: $300 conference fee; Students enjoy subsidized rate of $125; plus travel, accommodations, and personal expenses.

For more information, please contact Brooke R. Heaton via email or 202-778-4954.

Deadline: Applications must be received by September 21, 2007.


Internships with the Delegation of the European Commission

The Delegation of the European Commission offers a variety of internship positions at its office in Washington, DC. The New York Delegation, too, offers internship positions. Please contact that Delegation directly for more information on opportunities there. (For information on EU internships in Europe, click here.)

Internships are intended to provide college and university students and recent graduates with the opportunity to acquire considerable knowledge of the European Union, its institutions, activities, laws, statistics and relations with the US. Internship applicants may be of any nationality.

For details, please visit the Delegation website.

Deadline for the Spring Semester: September 15, 2007

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.

Postdoctoral Position: Democratic Representation in the EU

VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Department of Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam invites applications for a position as Postdoctoral Researcher in Political Science, specializing in democratic representation in the European Union. The Postdoctoral position has come available due to the department's participation in the RECON-programme (Reconstituting Democracy in Europe), a large-scale European research project supported by the European Commission's FP6.

The full job description can be found here. For more information, potential candidates can contact Dr. Ben Crum.

Deadline: September 17, 2007

Other International Studies News

Events with Russian Writers

UNC Department of Slavic Languages and LiteraturesFrom September 14 to 24, UNC's Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is hosting four award-winning Russian writers as part of a unique cultural exchange program jointly organized by the Department and CEC ArtsLink and managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress. For more information about their visit, see the press release.

Tuesday, September 18 | 5pm | FedEx Global Education Center, 4th floor atrium
Panel discussion and open forum with writers: The Joys and Hazards of Being a Writer Today in Russia.

Thursday, September 20 | 7pm | Borders Books, 1807 Chapel Hill Blvd, Chapel Hill
Russian writers to read from their work.


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