Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
October 24, 2007

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1. CES News
2. Lectures and Events
3. Grants and Fellowships
4. Calls for Papers
5. Seminars and Workshops
6. K-12 Schools
7. Internships
8. EUSA Corner
9. Other International Studies News
10. CES Award Competition

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CES News

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Grant Competition

We 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 a FLAS informational open meeting, where representatives of all the Area Studies Centers with FLAS funding will be present. The meetings will take place in the FedEx Global Education Center during International Education Week (November 12-16); details forthcoming.

Deadline: January 31, 2008

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 Thursday, January 31, 2008. Read on...

CES Fall Speakers Series

Stephen HansonFriday, October 26, 2007
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Speakers Stephen Hanson (University of Washington), Hilary Appel (Claremont-McKenna College) and Graeme Robertson (UNC Chapel Hill) with moderator Milada Anna Vachudova (UNC-Chapel Hill) will participate in a roundtable about Russia and the Future of Democratization in Eurasia.

Sahar AmerFriday, November 2, 2007
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Speaker Sahar Amer (UNC Department of Asian Studies) will discuss Immigrant Communities in Europe. Part of the CES Friday Speaker Series, open to the public.

Friday, November 9, 2007
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Speaker John Stephens, Director of the Center for European Studies will present a lecture entitled From the Single European Act to the Single Europe. Part of the CES Friday Speaker Series, open to the public.

Women and Gender in Eastern European History

Tuesday, November 6 | FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003
Part of the workshop series Gender, Politics and Culture in Europe and Beyond, with Maria Bucur-Deckard (Indiana University). Open to the public. Please view the conference website for details. Cosponsored by the Center for European Studies.

Seminar | 5:00 - 6:30 pm | How to Tell the Story of Your Grandparents? Ethical Dilemmas of Post-Memory
A conversation with Maria Bucur-Deckard about her working paper. The paper will be pre-circulated to registered attendees. In order to attend you must first register with Chad Bryant by emailing him at

Public Lecture | 7:00 - 8:30 pm | Gendering Dissent: Of Bodies and Minds, Survival and Opposition Under Communism
In her lecture Professor Bucur-Deckard will discuss the relationship between dissent and gender. Dissent, she argues, is coded masculine, and this reflects a misogynist view of political activism. Bucur-Deckard suggests that we might explore anti-politics in the private sphere—in the family, the body (such as controlling one's sexuality), and in the retreat from politics, which is also a form of opposition. The task of dissidence in the 1980s, she argues, was to advance the cause of civil society; now, perhaps, a movement for political parity (as in Joan Scott's Parité) will spread to the former Communist nations.

Languages Across the CurriculumJoin a LAC Course Next Semester!

We're excited to offer a number of LAC options for the upcoming semester in Arabic, French, German, and Spanish. For a full list of Spring 2008 LAC options, as well as detailed instructions on how to enroll, see our webpage at View the publicity flyer (PDF).

Call for LAC Teaching Assistants

UNC's Languages Across the Curriculum program is currently seeking experienced bilingual TAs to lead discussion sections in Spring 2008.

For detailed information, please visit the LAC website.

Application Deadline: October 31, 2007


Lectures and Events

A View From the Forest

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 | 7:30 - 9pm | Richard White Auditorium, Duke East Campus
Faye Schulman is one of those rare individuals who is not a Holocaust survivor, but a Holocaust resistor. From the day the German armies occupied her home village in Eastern Poland, Faye fought with partisan units in the forest. To fight as a Jew among Polish partisans without being killed was in itself an accomplishment. But to be a Jewish woman doing this was exceptional. Besides boasting about her (non-existent) nursing skills, Faye won her comrades' respect because she quickly became a crack shot and skilled horsewoman.

Perhaps even more extraordinary is Faye's photographic ability. In every town the partisans raided, Faye stole film, developer and paper. As a result, 4,000 of her photos form the core of the museum on World War II in Minsk. Faye will be discussing the reasons she became a resistor and her memories of the Holocaust.

Free and open to the public. More details here.

La Battaglia di AlgeriItalian Cineforum

October 31, 2007 | 5pm | Dey 113 | La battaglia di Algeri - Gillo Pontecorvo

November 7, 2007 | 5pm | Dey 113 | Signore e signori - Pietro Germi

The Cineforum provides an opportunity for graduate students to screen and discuss major Italian directors and their films. We will screen six films each semester, working in chronological order from the 1950s on. Others outside of the department are welcome to attend. The discussions following the screenings will be conducted in Italian. For more information, please visit the Italian Studies section of the UNC Department of Romance Languages website, and open this schedule.

Grants and Fellowships

Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Fellowships

The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) is pleased to announce the 2008-2009 competition of the Individual Advanced Research Opportunities (IARO) Program. The IARO Program provides fellowships to US scholars and professionals for overseas research on contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy. Limited funding is also available for non-policy-relevant topics.

IARO applications and supporting materials are available on the IREX website.

Deadline: November 15, 2007

Calls for Papers

Modernization as a Global Project: American, Soviet, and European Approaches

March 28-29, 2008 | German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.
The German Historical Institute in Washington is organizing a workshop on Modernization as a Global Project. The GHI will cover travel and accommodation expenses. The workshop will be held in English.

For full details and the call for proposals, please visit the GHI website.

Deadline (extended): October 31, 2007

Germany's 1968: A Cultural Revolution?

Flag of GermanyThe North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series invites graduate students in the triangle area to submit proposals for individual papers for an interdisciplinary workshop on 1968 in the two Germanys.

For details, please open the call for proposals (DOC).

Deadline: November 1, 2007

Europe on the World Stage

February 8-9, 2008 | Georgetown University, Washington, DC
From Javier Solana negotiating over Iran's nuclear ambitions, to the European Union's entry in the WTO, to the development of the GALILEO satellite program, Europe is playing a leading role on the world stage. What is Europe's role, and how is it changing? What opportunities and challenges lie ahead? Is this the dawn of a new European era?

In order to reflect the numerous facets of Europe's changing role within the international community, this conference is multidisciplinary in nature. Paper topics are open to all relevant disciplines and approaches. Abstracts might consider, but are not limited to, historical, political, legal, economic, cultural, and social perspectives.

For more information, please open the call for papers (PDF) and visit the conference website.

Deadline: November 1, 2007

Seminars and Workshops

European Education Policy Network Conference: Advancing the European Education Agenda

November 30 - December 1, 2007 | Brussels and Leuven, Belgium
The European Education Policy Network is a forum for academics and policymakers to analyse current and future trends, challenges and priorities for European education. It is a non-profit research network affiliated with the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge.

This event will take place over two days in Brussels and Leuven, bringing together senior policymakers and leading policy researchers from across Europe. Registration for the conference is now open, and further details are available online at

K-12 Schools

Euro Challenge

The European Union Center of Excellence at UNC-Chapel Hill is excited to offer North Carolina 9th and 10th grade classes a new opportunity to participate in a national competition with amazing prizes! The Euro Challenge ( is an opportunity for student teams to learn about the new European currency, the euro, by examining one country of the euro area and making a presentation on the impact the euro has had there. The competition is sponsored by the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States in Washington and the Moody's Foundation. More information on Euro Challenge and complete rules for the competition may be found at the website listed above.  The first round of competitions will be held in Chapel Hill at the European Union Center of Excellence on April 5, 2008. The winning team from that competition will be given an expenses paid trip to compete in the national competition in New York City in late April-early May 2008.

If you are interested in participating after you have reviewed the website details, please email Gali Beeri at the EU Center in Chapel Hill for the registration forms. The deadline for North Carolina schools registering is November 30th, 2007.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program

The Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has announced an open competition for the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX). Eligible organizations may submit proposals to facilitate educational exchanges between American and German high school students and young professionals.

The CBYX program supports the exchange of American and German young people in order to sustain and strengthen German-American friendship based on common values of democracy, and to convey lasting personal and institutional relationships to the successor generation. The program provides a full scholarship for an academic year experience of living and studying in the host country. For more information, view the Exchange Program website.

Application deadline: December 16, 2007


DAAD Émigré Memorial German Internship Program

EMGIP (Émigré Memorial German Internship Program) offers internship opportunities for US and Canadian students in the German parliament, the Bundestag. The internships are two 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. In addition to contributing to the respective offices, interns have the opportunity to study legislative and administrative procedures in the German parliament.

For more information please visit the DAAD website.

Deadline: November 17, 2007

Atlantic Council: John A. Baker Internship Program

The John A. Baker Internship Program offers 10 to 15 volunteer positions during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Interns assist with Council projects, attend briefings and seminars, and complete an independent research project. These positions require a strong interest in international affairs, Europe, security, event management, journalism and education. Applicants should possess some administrative or office experience and be able to work at least 3 full days per week. Course credit may be arranged through the student's academic institution.

For full information, please visit the ACUS website.

Deadline: November 26, 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.

García Pelayo Postdoctoral Fellowships in Public Law and Political Science

The Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales (CEPC) announces 6 fellowships (3 years) open to candidates holding a postgraduate doctoral degree. Total stipend is 52.000,00 euros per year gross (plus benefits).

For details, please visit the CEPC website.

Deadline: November 15, 2007

Other International Studies News

Global Music Show: Australian Political Rock

Friday, October 26, 2007 | 5-6pm | WXYC 89.3 FM 
WXYC's Katie O'Neil will welcome Kevin Hewison, Director of the Carolina Asia Center, for the next Global Music show. They will discuss Australian Political Rock: Not Just Sex and Drugs.

Global Music

Beyond the Sunbelt: Southern Economic Development in Global Context

Global American SouthThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to announce its annual interdisciplinary conference on the globalization of the southern United States. The goal is to examine how global forces are shaping regional economic development strategies and to consider the best paths forward. It is a collaboration of the Center for Global Initiatives, the Center for the Study of the American South, and the Office of Economic and Business Development.

We invite brief proposals for presentations by scholars, policymakers, and professionals dealing with regional economic development issues that connect the American South and the world. Specifically, the conference will explore the globalization of business and of labor and how they are affecting economic development at the regional, state, and local level. There will also be a special focus on private and public partnerships with institutions of higher education to capitalize on opportunities and solve problems created by this profound change in the economic landscape.

For details, please view the call for proposals.

Deadline: November 1, 2007

Ukrainian Dance Ensemble "Lyman"

November 3, 2007 | 7:30pm | N. Raleigh Christian Academy, 7300 Perry Creek Rd.
The “Lyman” dance ensemble from Baltimore, MD, was founded in 1978 and has been under the continuous direction of choreographer Orest Lasiuk.
Most dances are performed to high-speed music based on folk songs from different regions of Ukraine. Ukrainian folk dances, which allow the opportunity to express feelings and emotions, are both a summary and synthesis of national character and temperament, in which the soul of Ukrainian people is revealed.

The concert will also feature the Ukrainian national instrument “bandura”, as well as singing of Ukrainian folk songs. A reception for the dancers will be held after the concert.

Advance ticket sales and more information available here.

CES Award Competition

For all competitions below please send the required documents from a UNC email account to All CES grantees are asked to submit a brief (one page) report on the funded project at the end of the grant period. Proposals are evaluated by the Steering Committee of the Center in early March and decisions announced by mid-March.

Deadline for all awards listed below: January 31, 2008

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. We are especially interested to develop European clusters of courses in accordance with the new undergraduate curriculum.

  • European Union Center of Excellence awards
    We will make 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.
  • European Clusters
    Faculty wishing to develop clusters of European courses may apply to receive $1500 as the coordinating fellow, each additional faculty member joining the cluster may apply to receive $500 (up to a total of five additional faculty members). Guidelines for developing clusters may be found at All proposals must meet these criteria. The coordinating fellow will have responsibility for ensuring that all requirements as stated by the Office of Undergraduate Curricula are met. Proposals for clusters should be submitted under one name, that of the coordinating fellow. Funding is also available from the Office of Undergraduate Curricula for the development of clusters with a deadline of November 30.

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.

Priority will be given to faculty applicants without endowed research accounts

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, 2008 through August 31, 2009. $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 2008. 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
International Education Program Coordinator
Center for European Studies/EU Center of Excellence
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3449
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