Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
November 7, 2007

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1. CES News
2. Lectures and Events
3. Seminars and Workshops
4. K-12 Schools
5. Position Announcement
6. EUSA Corner
7. Other International Studies News
8. CES Award Competition

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CES News

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Grant Competition and Informational Sessions

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 take place in the FedEx Global Education Center, room 2008/2010.

  • Monday, November 12 | 10:00 - 11:00am
  • Tuesday, November 13 | 3:00 - 4:00pm

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

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 European Integration and the European Social Model. Part of the CES Friday Speaker Series, open to the public.

Friday, November 16, 2007
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: Room 1009

In this TAM Alumni Roundtable, recent graduates of the TransAtlantic Masters (TAM) Program will discuss their internship and work experience. Alumni will speak about the international careers with NGOs and US federal service they have pursued since completing their MA degrees. They will talk about their job searches, current work, and possible next steps. A question and answer session will follow. Open to the public.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007
11:00 a.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: Room 3009

Speaker Gary Marks (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) will present a lecture entitled Patterns of International Organization. Part of the CES Speaker Series, open to the public.

Call for Paper & Panel Proposals - Franco/Arabic Cultures Today: Developments, Dialogues, and Challenges

The goal of this conference is to initiate a dialogue between the fields of Francophone and Franco-Arabic Studies in Europe, in the former French colonies and mandates, and in the US. In what ways and to what extent have these disciplines come into contact with one another over the past three decades: literature, cinema, music, and visual arts? What intellectual, pedagogical, ideological and cultural frameworks have shaped comparative scholarly inquiries into these disciplines? Our objective is to better understand the current state of scholarship into Franco-Arabic cultures, and to bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines to reflect upon the intersections, challenges and future of Franco-Arabic and Francophone cultures.

Conference organized by Sahar Amer (Dept. of Asian Studies, UNC) and Martine Antle (Dept. of Romance Languages, UNC) in conjunction with the Center for European Studies.

Click here to read the call for papers. Deadline for individual paper proposals (400 words) as well as panel proposals: December 15, 2007

North Carolina German Studies Seminar

Sunday, November 18 | 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. Thomas Robisheaux (Associate Professor of History, Duke University) will present Living with Witches. The German lands were the heartland of witchcraft and the witch hunt in Europe. Dr. Robisheaux discusses witchcraft and the witch hunt and his forthcoming book about one of Germany's last witches.

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

Lectures and Events

International Education Week Events

International Education Week 2007International Education Week is a national celebration of international education and exchange.  During November 12-16, 2007 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is offering dynamic, engaging and educational events that you won't want to miss!  Experience Japanese drumming, Samoan dance, Korean story-singing and international photography.  Learn about graduate school options and funding opportunities.  Get a passport to go abroad!  Hear about students' international research and career experience.  For a full listing of events during International Education Week, please view this promotional flyer (PDF) and view this detailed listing (PDF).

International Graduate Professional Schools & Career Forum

Tuesday, November 13 | 5:30 - 7:00pm | FedEx Global Education Center, room 1005
Learn about graduate school opportunities in international affairs through presentations by multiple professional schools and programs.  Admissions representatives will be available to answer questions about programs offered, application requirements and general questions regarding graduate school in the field of international and public affairs.

Featured Programs:

Columbia University - The School of International and Public Affairs
Georgetown University - The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Johns Hopkins Univ. - Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs
Tufts University - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Transatlantic Masters Program

Get-a-Passport Drive

  • Wednesday, November 14 | 10am - 3pm | Carolina Union Room 1505
  • Thursday, November 15 | 10am - 3pm | Global Education Center Room 4003

Take advantage of this easy one-stop shopping opportunity to apply for or to renew a U.S. passport! Officials from the U.S. Department of State will be on campus November 14 and 15 to accept passport applications (provided on site), and you can also get passport photos taken. For details about the event and required documentation, visit

Polish Poet Piotr Sommer

Piotr SommerNovember 12, 2007 | 5:00 - 6:15 pm | Global Education Center, Room 4003
As part of the visit of Piotr Sommer to the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European is co-hosting with Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures Polish Poet Piotr Sommer, who will read from his poetry in English and Polish. This event will be informal and Mr. Sommer will also answer questions. Read his biography here.

Seminars and Workshops

Germany and Poland: A Troubled Partnership in a "Deepening" European Union

Studienforum BerlinJune 18 - July 1, 2008 | Berlin, Krakow
In 2008, Studienforum Berlin will devote its annual Faculty Development Seminar to the question of Polish-German relations -- in particular whether and how two major member countries of the European Union in the heart of Europe will be able to end, or at least ameliorate, their current relationship of mistrust and irritation. For further details, please visit the Studienforum Berlin website.

Scholarship Application Deadline: December 31, 2007
Early-bird Application Deadline: February 15, 2008
Final Application Deadline: April 1, 2008

K-12 Schools

Euro Challenge

Euro ChallengeThe 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 fill out a registration form, which can be found here. Feel free to email Gali Beeri at the EU Center in Chapel Hill with any questions. The deadline for North Carolina schools registering is November 30th, 2007.

Global Updates from World View

World ViewRead October's Global Updates from World View to find out ways to celebrate International Education Week with your students with a list of suggested activities for K-12 schools.

To see previous Global Updates from World View, please visit the archive.

North Carolina In the World News

North Carolina in the WorldLearn more about North Carolina's connection to China in the latest edition of North Carolina in the World News. To see previous editions of the newsletter, please visit the archive.

Position Announcement

Associate Director of West European Studies, Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana UniversityServes as the fiscal officer for the West European Studies Center and assists with the administrative operations of the Center. Responsible for program planning and supervision of graduate assistants and staff. Prepares and submits grant proposals and funding requests and advertises, recruits, and advises students on academic programs. Plans and coordinates conferences, seminars, workshops, and academic, cultural, business and informational exchanges. Manages resources relating to educating specialists in West European Studies for a variety of U.S. audiences including K-12 teachers, the media, and businesses.

For details, please view the job posting. Interested applicants should consult the Indiana University Human Resource Services website at for on-line application procedures.

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.

PhD Positions: Leiden University

Leiden UniversityFaculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden University
The Department of Public Administration of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences wishes to announce that its has openings for PhD positions (38 hours per week). The Department offers a degree in Public Administration.  The Department also provides various specialized public administration courses and seminars for public sector organizations. Research in the Department is conducted in the framework of the program "The politics and administration of institutional change", part of the general program of the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG). The student will receive his/her training from the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG), the research school in the area of public administration and political science.

For details, please view the position announcement.

Deadline: November 20, 2007

Call for Papers for ECPR 2008 Joint Sessions: Intra- and Interinstitutional Relations in EU Decision- making

University of Rennes, FranceApril 11-16, 2008 | University of Rennes, France
There has been a significant increase in the delegation of vital legislative competences from the member states to the supranational level since the start of the European Community. In the existing literature of EU legislative politics, a distinction can be made between inter-institutional studies, which look at the interaction between the EU institutions in different legislative procedures, and intra-institutional studies, which examine organizational dynamics within the EU institutions, for example their internal decision-making structures and organizational units.

For further information, please visit the ECPR website and contact the conveners: Anne Rasmussen (European University Institute) and Daniel Naurin (Göteborg University).

Deadline: December 1, 2007

Rethinking the European Union: Call for Panels and Papers, UACES Annual Conference

September 1-3, 2008 | Edinburgh, Scotland
Fancy a wee dram? Scotland is playing host to the next UACES annual conference in the historic and cosmopolitan capital of Edinburgh, which is also the venue for a variety of festivals during August and September. Does your research have an emphasis on Europe? This conference is an opportunity to present your research and to interact with an international audience from a broad range of European related disciplines. For further information, visit:

The deadline for submission of abstracts is December 14, 2007.

Other International Studies News

Global Music Show: Afrobeat and Modern Nigeria

Friday, November 16, 2007 | 5-6pm | WXYC 89.3 FM 
WXYC's Reece McGowen will welcome Lisa Lindsay, Associate Professor of History at UNC, for the next Global Music show. They will discuss Afrobeat and Modern Nigeria.

Global Music

Xenophobia: Nationality & Ethnicity in Wartime America

December 7-8, 2007 | Program in the Humanities and Human Values, UNC-Chapel Hill
With attention to the cherished metaphor of America as a cultural melting-pot and in the context of our own times (when stories of terrorism appear in the press next to stories about the rising tide of immigrants), the Humanities Program invited four scholars to analyze xenophobia the fear of strangers in our midst whose ethnic or cultural identities and practices unfortunately bring out the worst in us. How should we best understand and respond to these fears?

For full details and registration information, please visit the Program in the Humanities and Human Values website. Scholarships for teachers available.

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
919-962-2494 (fax)
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