Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
November 28, 2007

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1. CES News
2. Lectures and Events
3. Grants and Fellowships
4. Call for Papers
5. Seminars and Workshops
6. K-12 Schools
7. EUSA Corner
8. 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.

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...

Film Screening: Antonia's Line

Antonia's LineThursday, November 29, 2007
7:00 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center Auditorium

The Languages Across the Curriculum program invites you to join our class for a screening of Antonia’s Line, a joyful European drama which chronicles the life of an independent, strong-willed Dutch woman who lived in a small farming community. UNC Dutch language instructor Dan Thornton will comment on the film, placing it in the context of the contemporary Netherlands. Feminist, Comedy Drama. For more information about the film, click here.

CES Fall Speakers Series

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

Speaker Liesbet Hooghe, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, will discuss A Postfunctional Theory of European Integration: From Permissive Consensus to Constraining Dissensus. Part of the CES Friday 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. View the conference website here. Deadline for individual paper proposals (400 words) as well as panel proposals: December 15, 2007

Lectures and Events

Italian Cineforum

I pugni in tascaNovember 28, 2007 | 5pm | Dey 113 | I pugni in tasca - Marco Bellocchio - 1965 (Facets: Fists in the Pocket)

December 5, 2007 | 5pm | Dey 113 | Giulietta degli spiriti – Federico Fellini - 1965 (Juliet of the Spirits)

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.

Scandinavian Christmas Fair

Scandinavian Christmas FairDecember 1, 2007 | 10am - 6pm | NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC
This event features Scandinavian favorites like homemade foods, unique crafts, and entertainment. There will be cultural exhibits and children's activities. Entertainment includes folk dancing, folk music, and the popular Lucia-procession. The food court will have Swedish meatballs, salmon, and homemade breads. For more information, visit

Grants and Fellowships

Southern Research Fellows Program

Southern Growth Policies BoardSouthern Growth Policies Board seeks student applicants for its Southern Research Fellows Program. The Southern Research Fellows Program promotes student research relating to economic development and quality of life in 13 Southern states.

Eligible applicants include current undergraduate and graduate students aged 18 - 25 at colleges and universities in the 13 Southern Growth member states. The focus of the 2008 Southern Research Fellows Program is the engagement, development and leadership of youth aged 14 to 24. Fellows will prepare an original report on an approved topic that will be incorporated into Southern Growth's 2008 Report on the Future of the South and distributed at Southern Growth's annual conference. Fellows will also receive a cash award of $1,000.

To learn more about the Southern Research Fellows Program, and to download application forms, please visit To learn more about Southern Growth, visit

Deadline: January 11, 2008

National Europe Centre at the Australian National University: Visiting Fellows and Visiting Scholars 2008

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 research, education and dialogue between Europe in Australia. Each year the Centre announces broad research themes which relate to Centre projects. Applications from scholars interested in these themes from any discipline are welcomed. Themes being developed during 2008 include:

  • Peace, Security and Terrorism
  • Environment, Risk and Certainty
  • Citizenship, Migration and Identity
  • Europe-Australia Trade
  • The EU in the Asia-Pacific

In addition to the Visiting Fellows and Scholars grants, short-term visitors may apply for a National Europe Centre Visitor grant to participate in Centre programs.

For details, please visit the National Europe Centre website.

Deadline: January 14, 2008

Call for Papers

EU Enlargement: Internal Problems, External Challenges - Annual Graduate Student Conference

University of TorontoFebruary 25-26, 2008 | Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies | University of Toronto
The Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at University of Toronto will be hosting a two-day conference, organized by the Centre's graduate students. The conference aims to examine the changing dynamics of European citizenship and identity, security, and sociopolitical integration. We are seeking qualified candidates to present papers and engage in subsequent roundtable discussions.

Graduate students interested in participating in the conference should submit a one-page paper proposal and their C.V. to: Qualified candidates will be considered for funding of travel and accommodation expenditures. For additional information about the conference, please contact the conference committee at

For details, please click here.

Deadline: December 20, 2007

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: Deadline This Friday!

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 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 ViewWant to enrich your daily classroom or need a break from the routine? Why not make global connections and take a virtual field trip and visit a museum or city without leaving the classroom. Or consider a video or web conference with museum educators. This month's Global Update highlights unique opportunities for your students to “visit” museums and other sites from across the globe.

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

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.

Call for Papers: The EU as a Global Actor

Dalhousie University: Inspiring MindsMay 5-6, 2008 | Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
The EU Centre of Excellence at Dalhousie University is now planning its second annual research conference. The topic this time is the "EU as a Global Actor."
We are inviting paper proposals on different aspects of EU's external relations and Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).

Interested scholars are invited to send an abstract of their paper proposal and a short cv to the EUCE director, Professor Finn Laursen. View the call for papers here. More information will be available in due course on the website of the EUC at

Deadline: December 20, 2007

MPIfG Postdoctoral Fellowship: Call for Applications

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne  is offering several postdoctoral fellowships in economic sociology and political economy.  The fellowships will start in October 2008 and will be awarded for one year. The program is open to researchers from a variety of social science disciplines, in particular but not exclusively sociology and political science.

For more information see the MPIfG website, where the application forms can be downloaded.
For information on the Postdoctoral Fellowship, click here. For information on the East and Central European Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, click here.

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2008

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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