Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
January 23, 2008

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

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CES News

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Grant Competition: Deadline Next Week!

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: Deadline Next Week!

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...

Graduate Workshop on EU Politics

A 2-day workshop for Ph.D. students on EU politics to be held at the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg, Germany on May 9-11, 2008.

Sponsored by the EU Center for Excellence of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) in Delmenhorst (near Bremen) in Germany. Doctoral students whose research is related to political parties, public opinion, political economy, or multilevel governance, and whose research has an EU component, are encouraged to apply for up to 15 fellowships to present their dissertation proposal or dissertation research. The fellowships will cover by receipt economy travel expenses (up to €750). Local accommodation and meals in Delmenhorst will be covered.

Organized by: Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

For application details, please view the workshop flyer (PDF).

Application Deadline: February 1, 2008

Great Decisions Lecture Series: The EU at 50

Michael CalingaertTuesday, January 29 | 7:00 - 8:15 pm | Carroll 111
Michael Calingaert will present a lecture, followed by question and answer session, as part of the Great Decisions Lecture Series (open to the public). Calingaert has combined a career of diplomat, trade association executive, consultant, and author and lecturer on Europe and US-European relations.  Since 1997 he has headed the Council for the United States and Italy, which, together with its sister organization, the Consiglio per le Relazioni fra Italia e Stati Uniti, fosters closer ties among business leaders in the two countries.  He is the Council's Executive Vice President.  The Council is based at the Brookings Institution, where Mr. Calingaert continues his academic/research activities as a Visiting Scholar at the Center on the United States and Europe.

Cosponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence at UNC-CH.

Joan W. Scott at UNC as Part of the Workshop Series Gender, Politics, and Culture in Europe and Beyond

Joan W. ScottJoan W. Scott is Harold F. Lindner Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Her work has challenged the foundations of conventional historical practice. Drawing on a range of philosophical thought, as well as on a rethinking of her own training as a labor historian, she has contributed to the formulation of a field of critical history. Written more than twenty years ago, her now classic article, "Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis," continues to inspire innovative research on women and gender. In her latest work she has been concerned with the ways in which difference poses problems for democratic practice. She has taken up this question in her most recent books: Only Paradoxes to Offer: French Feminists and the Rights of Man (1996); Parité: Sexual Equality and the Crisis of French Universalism (2005).

Cover-up: French Gender Equality and the Islamic Headscarf

February 7, 2008 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium of the of the UNC School of Social Work (325 Pittsboro Street)
There is much talk these days (in the context of the "clash of civilizations", Islam versus the West polemic) about the fact that secularism (separation of church and state) is a guarantee both of democracy and of equal rights between women and men. Joan W. Scott will interrogate that claim by looking both at historical and current examples. View the flyer here (PDF).

What is the Future of Feminist/Gender History?

February 8-9, 2008 | UNC Institute for Arts & Humanities, Hyde Hall, University Room
Part of the workshop series Gender, Politics and Culture in Europe and Beyond, with Joan Scott (Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton). Download flyer (PDF) or click here for website with more details. Cosponsored by the Center for European Studies.

Registration Deadline: January 31, 2008

North Carolina German Studies Seminar

Sunday, February 17 | 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. Helga Braunbeck (North Carolina State University) will present a portion of her book-length manuscript on contemporary German writer and Czech national Libuse Moníková.

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

Lectures and Events

Lecture: Windows of Prague

Thursday, January 24 | 5:00 pm | 402 Dey Hall
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is pleased to announce a lecture by Prof. Hana Pichova, one of our four finalists for our open-rank vacancy in Czech/Slovak literatures and cultures. Prof. Pichova (Ph.D., Wisconsin-Madison), who currently teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, will give a talk titled Windows of Prague: The Tradition of (Literary) Defenestration.

Polish Poetry Reading

Thursday, January 24 | 7:00 pm | Duke University’s Rare Book Room
Grazyna Drabik will give a reading from her new English translation (with David Curzon) of Astonishments: Selected Poems of Anna Kamienska (Paraclete Press, 2007). In conjunction with this event, the Rare Book Room will have on display a sample of Duke Library’s Polish collection, including photographs and other materials from the Joseph Conrad Papers.

Grazyna Drabik is a translator of Polish poetry into English and Portuguese, with translations published in literary journals and anthologies in the U.S. and Brazil. She teaches literature at City College-CUNY.

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The Rare Book Room is located near the main entrance to Perkins Library, on Duke’s West Campus. Parking is available at the Bryan Center on West Campus.

For more information about this event, contact Beth Holmgren.


Grants and Fellowships

Short-Term Travel Grants Program for US Scholars and Professionals

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)The Short-Term Travel Grants (STG) Program of the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) seeks to attract, select, and support in-depth field research by US scholars and experts in policy-relevant subject areas related to Southeast Europe and Eurasia, as well as to disseminate knowledge about these regions to a wide network of constituents in the United States and abroad. The STG Program provides fellows with the means to conduct in-country research on contemporary political, economic, historical, and cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy. The STG Program plays a vital role in supporting the emergence of a dedicated and knowledgeable cadre of US scholars and experts who can enrich the US understanding of developments in Southeast Europe and Eurasia.

STG provides fellowships for up to eight weeks to US postdoctoral scholars and holders of other graduate degrees for independent or collaborative research projects in Europe and Eurasia.

Eligible Countries of Research Focus

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Application materials are available on the STG website at

For more information about the program and application details, visit or contact

Deadline: February 1, 2008

Columbia University Institute for Comparative Literature & Society Fellowships

Columbia UniversityThe Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University will appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Spring 2009 semester. The fellow must have received a PhD between January 1, 2002 and July 1, 2008. As one of the Institute's primary goals is to provide institutional support for the best in cross-disciplinary and cross-regional comparative work, we encourage applications from a wide variety of humanities and social science disciplines. Of particular interest to the Institute is the importance of language learning and/or translation to produce an informed global scholarship and practice.  The Fellow will be given time and resources to develop his or her scholarship in a broadening and experimental cross-disciplinary and cross-regional context. The Fellow will join an intellectually vibrant community of scholars from the humanities, the social sciences, architecture, and law affiliated with the Institute. Regularly scheduled lectures, workshops and seminars will permit the Fellow to associate with many of Columbia University's leading scholars engaged in the Institute's innovative project.

The stipend for one semester in Spring 2009 will be $25,000.  Full fringe benefits will be added, plus $1,000 for travel.  An additional $2,000 will be given for innovative course planning.

Application forms may be downloaded from:

Deadline: January 31, 2008

Call for Proposals

EU-Asia Relations: A Critical Review

EU-Asia Relations: A Critical ReviewMarch 26-28, 2008 | Contemporary Europe Research Centre, University of Melbourne
A major international conference will take place in Melbourne in March 2008, examining the EU's external relations and objectives with Asia-Pacific. It is widely acknowledged that the EU has actively pursued a more influential role in East Asia in recent years. This engagement is no longer exclusively economic, but also political, where it has begun to reflect the EU's perceived role as a 'norms exporter' - particularly in the areas of human rights and democracy promotion.

In aiming to contribute to the relatively new academic engagement with the EU's international presence, "EU-Asia Relations: A Critical Review" will provide a greatly necessary critical assessment of the current state of the EU - Asia-Pacific engagement. To capitalize on the conclusions of the conference, a policy workshop in early July 2008 in Brussels is to follow.

To this end, we invite contributions from a broad range of backgrounds. For full details, please view the call for papers.

Deadline: February 1, 2008

Seminars and Workshops

Conference on Data Privacy in Transatlantic Perspective: Conflict or Cooperation?

Data Privacy Day 2008Monday, 28, 2008 | Duke University School of Law, room 3041
The day-long Duke conference will bring together privacy experts from academia, international corporations and governments in the United States and Europe. Among them are representatives of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Interpol and the European Union (EU).  Panelists from academia will include researchers from the Duke Law School, North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

The U.S. and Europe hold differing views on privacy, which makes this conference a rare opportunity to further the international discussion about the future of privacy.

The conference is open to all interested persons and there is no registration fee. However, there is limited seating. Please email Conference Coordinator Sharon Peters at at if you plan to attend.  For details and logistical information, go to

2009 Joint Sessions: Lisbon, Portugal

Belem Tower in Lisbon, PortugalApril 14-19, 2009 | Lisbon, Portugal
The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) currently welcomes proposals to direct workshops at the 2009 Joint Sessions which will be hosted by four institutions namely Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-ISCTE); University Institute for Social Sciences Business Studies and Technologies (ISCTE); Institute for Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS) and Portuguese Political Science Association (APCP).

An online application form, together with details on how to submit a proposal to run a workshop can be found on our website at As the Center for European Studies is a member of ECPR, UNC faculty and graduate students receive a discount on registration.

The deadline for proposals is 1 February 2008.

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.

Early-bird Application Deadline: February 15, 2008
Final Application Deadline: April 1, 2008

EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels for Undergrads

July 14 - August 8, 2008 | Universite Libre de Bruxelles | Brussels, Belgium
The European Union Centers of Excellence at the University of Washington and University of Wisconsin are pleased to announce the 2008 EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels, hosted and co-organized by the Institute for European Studies at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). This program is supported by grant funds from the European Commission.

This is an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students pursuing degrees at US and Canadian universities to study the EU up close with leading experts from both sides of the Atlantic; and to gain an understanding of the "real world" of EU institutions through discussions with officials and site visits in Brussels, the political capital of the European Union. The program includes site visits to EU institutions in Brussels and Luxembourg, along with several special group activities and meals. 

Additional information, as well as the application form, scholarship information, procedures and deadlines, can be found on the program's website.

Deadline: February 22, 2008

K-12 Schools

Global Updates from World View

World ViewIn our excitement over emerging possibilities for global connections, it's easy to forget the local ties and anchorages that define and sustain us. In Grounded Globalism: How the U.S. South Embraces the World, James Peacock, distinguished professor of anthropology at UNC at Chapel Hill, reminds us of the importance of where we come from, even—or especially—in a global age. Read a review of World View's book of the year in this month's Global Update.

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

North Carolina In the World News

North Carolina in the WorldLearn about North Carolinians participating in an international youth science competition held in China in the latest edition of North Carolina in the World News. To see previous editions of the newsletter, 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.

Short-Term Visitor in EU Studies and Transatlantic Relations: Carleton University, Ottawa

Carleton UniversityThe Centre for European Studies, an EU Centre of Excellence at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) invites applications from European scholars for a short-term research-teaching visit to Carleton University. The visit is expected to be approximately 3 weeks in length, in July 2008; the visitor will assist the Canadian course instructor in teaching a two week intensive graduate module on Canada-EU relations. Applied policy experience will be considered an asset. The visitor is also expected to give a public lecture at Carleton University. The Centre will attempt to assist the visitor in making research contacts in Canada.

An allowance for travel costs, living expenses and a modest stipend will be offered. Applicants should be from an EU member state and should have expertise in European integration and trans-Atlantic relations (preferably EU-Canada).

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, letters from two scholarly referees (which may be sent by email), and a letter of application outlining your interest in the position. Consideration of applications will commence on March 2, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled.  Please send materials to Natasha Joukovskaia, Project Manager, Centre for European Studies, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1S 5B6; fax (613)520-7501, or by e-mail to This program is supported by a grant from the European Commission.

Join the ECPR Standing Group on the European Union

European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) is an independent, scholarly association that supports and encourages the training, research and cross-national co-operation of political scientists throughout Europe and beyond.

The ECPR Standing Group on the European Union has been in existence since 1995. The Group has historically not kept a list of members, but based on the attendance figures for its bi-annual conference it has a soft-membership of around 600 people. The Standing Group now aims to formalize its membership into a transnational network of scholars and post-graduate students working on the wide range of issues associated with the European Union. The group actively encourages the establishment of research groups on different aspects of European Studies, with a view to reaching out to complementary disciplines (IR, economics, regional studies, anthropology etc).

The group's activities include running a bi-annual conference, with the next one scheduled for Riga, 25-27 September 2008 (see, maintaining a email list and discussion forum and also publishing a quarterly newsletter.

The Standing Group's homepage can be found at:

To join the Standing Group and it's mailing list please go to: and follow the instructions.

Please contact the convenor of the group Erik Jones ( or Rob Dover ( for further information.

Other International Studies News

Lecture on Mandelshtam and Bosch

Tuesday, February 5 | 5:00 pm | FedEx Global Education Center, 4th floor atrium
Prof. Tatyana Buzina (Russian State University for the Humanities) will speak on From Adamites to Adamists: Mandelshtam and Bosch. This event is cosponsored by the Slavic Department and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.

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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