Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
February 6, 2008

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2. Grants and Fellowships
3. Call for Proposals
4. Seminar
5. K-12 Schools
6. Position Announcement
7. EUSA Corner
8. Other International Studies News

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CES News

Languages Across the Curriculum Info Session

Languages Across the CurriculumThursday, February 7, 2008 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm | Global Education Center room 3009
Graduate students and faculty are cordially invited to attend UNC-CH's annual LAC information session. Attendance is free and includes complimentary refreshments. This session provides a pedagogical introduction to UNC-CH's LAC Program, which integrates the use of foreign languages into interdisciplinary courses within the College of Arts and Sciences. LAC administrators and instructors will discuss the following:

  • The Theory and Practice of LAC: a brief background of the objectives, models, and methods of Languages Across the Curriculum programs at UNC-CH and other institutions nationwide.
  • Tips and Techniques for LAC Instructors: an overview of the responsibilities of UNC-CH LAC TAs, as well as practical advice on selecting teaching materials and leading discussions.
  • Applying for a LAC TA Position: detailed instructions for graduate students wishing to apply for LAC TAships, and a summary of application and hiring procedures.
  • UNC's new Graduate Certificate in LAC Instruction: information on the requirements and goals of the certificate for graduate students wishing to document their ability to teach in an interdisciplinary multilingual context.

***Participation in this workshop is strongly recommended for graduate students who wish to apply for upcoming LAC TA positions.*** Faculty and graduate students from languages/literatures, social sciences, and humanities departments are especially encouraged to attend.

Registration is required; please send an email with the following information to your name, home department, state of graduate/professional career, foreign language(s) in which you are fluent, field(s) of research or professional interest, and email address.

For more information, please email or visit

New Funding Proposals for EU Grant

March 4, 2008 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Global Education Center room 3009
The European Union Center of Excellence at Chapel Hill will be re-applying for funding as a continuing center for 2008-2011. We invite all UNC faculty and graduate students with a primary focus on the EU to attend a lunch-time open meeting. We will discuss criteria for including faculty research projects and working groups in the grant request. We hope to receive written faculty proposals and suggestions for funding before April 30th, 2008.

R.S.V.P for lunch (mention if vegetarian option required) to by February 25th.

Social Policy Against Poverty and Social Exclusion: Dealing with Informality

March 28-29, 2008 | Workshop at the European Union Center of Excellence, UNC Chapel Hill
This workshop will bring together scholars who study social policy regimes in Southern Europe and Latin America. We will examine the determinants, nature, and effects of different social policy regimes. The central effects of interest are those on poverty and social exclusion, two problems faced by European and Latin American governments alike.

The workshop will consist of sessions led by experts on social policy in the various countries. We will discuss the work of these experts as well as other studies suggested by them. We will make all the papers available ahead of time, posted on our website, to facilitate informed comparative discussions.

Organized by Evelyn Huber and John Stephens. For more information, please visit

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.

North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop

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.

April 11-12, 2008 | Institute for the Arts & Humanities, Hyde Hall, UNC Campus
Germany's 1968: A Cultural Revolution?
Four decades later, the personal memories of Germany's student movement have faded from view and media and political myth making have shaped the popular understanding of these student revolts from the late sixties. Although the actual events continue to shape the consciousness of the revolts' veterans, the brief epoch's iconic status in the public sphere has ballooned and become distorted. The result of amnesia and over-representation, "sixty-eight" has assumed today contradictory meanings: either the onset of disorder or overdue liberalization. This workshop undertakes a critical reappraisal of the causes, the course and consequences of the events and ideas commonly associated with the symbolic date of 1968 in the two Germanies. Drawing on the work of literary and cultural scholars, political scientists and historians, it will examine the motives that fueled this generational rebellion. It will analyze new forms of political confrontation which activists developed. And it will explore the impact of shifts in culture that propelled and grew out of these protests.

For full details, please visit the workshop website.

Registration deadline: April 1, 2008

Scholarly Culture and Religious Traditions in Ancient Alexandria

February 23-24, 2008 | FedEx Global Education Center room 1005
Alexandrian Personae: Scholarly Culture and Religious Traditions in Ancient Alexandria (1st ct. BCE to 3rd ct. CR) is a conference organized by the Department of Religious Studies at UNC-CH in collaboration with Ratio Religionis, with contributions by an international group of scholars.

The principal goal of this conference is to explore various forms of interaction between philosophy, textual exegesis, and religious discourses in late Hellenistic and Roman Alexandria (1st ct. BCE-3rd ct. CE), as they are reflected in the literary work, private records, and public activity of the following Alexandrian 'personae': (i) the Egyptian priest; (ii) the gymnasiarch; (iii) the magician; (iv) the astrologer; (v) the alchemist; (vi) the apocalyptic prophet; (vii) the philologist; (viii) the rhetorician; (ix) the antiquarian; (x) the physician; (xi) the Hermetist; (xii) the 'Gnostic'; (xiii) the Christian teacher; (xiv) the doxographer; (xv) the philosopher.

Conference organizers: Zlatko Plese, UNC-Chapel Hill and Rainer Hirsch-Luipold, University of Göttingen. Cosponsored by the Center for European Studies.

For details, please visit the conference website. Download the conference program (DOC).

Grants and Fellowships

Curriculum Development Awards

The Center for Global Initiatives offers Curriculum Development Awards to support faculty interested in:

  • adding international content to existing courses that have little or no such content;
  • adding comparative cases to courses that are currently area specific;
  • developing new courses with significant international content.

Awards range from (estimated) $2,500-$5,000. For more information please see

Deadline: February 15, 2008

Graduate Student Funding: Pre-Dissertation Travel Awards, REACH Fellowship

The Center for Global Initiatives is pleased to offer funding opportunities to graduate students of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in support of internationally focused research, training, and special events.

Pre-Dissertation Travel Awards: These awards are intended to get graduate students into the field to do a preliminary exploration of potential research materials in preparation for writing a dissertation proposal. As such, the ideal time to hold this award is after passing comprehensive exams and before defending the proposal. The Center for Global Initiatives will consider funding students at other stages as well, but it will not fund dissertation field research.

Peacock REACH Fellowship: This two year Fellowship allows a Ph.D. candidate to conduct field research in one year and then teach a course that is directly related to that research in the second year.  Only Ph.D. candidates who are ABD may apply.  Such candidates should also be ready to defend their dissertation by the end of the two year fellowship.

For more information, visit

Deadline: February 15, 2008


Call for Proposals

Call for Section Chairs for 5th ECPR General Conference: Potsdam 2009

Potsdam UniversitštSeptember 10-12, 2009 | Potsdam Universität
The 5th ECPR General Conference will be held at Potsdam Universität in 2009. The main academic programme will be organised in the format of sections and panels, with each Section Chair organising a variety of panels in a given field. The programme is intended to be very broad, with approximately 25-30 sections, and will be coordinated by the Academic Convenors, Professor Luciano Bardi (ECPR Executive Committee) and Professor Martin Bull (ECPR Academic Director).

Section Chairs may propose a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 panels. Each panel will comprise 4-5 papers, plus a chair and a discussant. The Academic Convenors warmly welcome proposals in any areas of political science of interest to ECPR members.

Anyone wishing to organise a section is requested to submit a proposal using the on-line form, which can be found on the ECPR website at:

Please note: As the Center for European Studies is an institutional member of ECPR, UNC faculty and graduate students qualify for ECPR travel grants.

Deadline for section proposals: April 15, 2008


Europe as a Global Player

Europea International
June 22 - July 4, 2008 | Belgium and Germany
The Ministry of Education Rhineland-Palatinate is offering a seminar called European Host Program 2008 for internationalizing personnel to strengthen education networks and building a common road to future cooperation in education in a global world. 

We are inviting people from around the world who are interested in learning about Europe, the European Union and Germany as well. The seminar sponsored by the Ministry reduces the seminar fee to a moderate $1950 USD or $1750 USD if paid before February 29, 2008.

Detailed information can be found at

Reduced rate registration deadline: February 29, 2008
Final registration deadline: April 30, 2008

K-12 Schools

Media and Technology Specialists: A World View K-12 Workshop on Europe and Russia

May 7-8, 2008 | Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
Join your colleagues for a 1½ day workshop designed to help K-12 media specialists and technology facilitators in North Carolina's public and independent schools better understand contemporary Europe and Russia by learning more about technology use for the 21st Century.  Resources and strategies that use technology to increase and improve content, collection, and integration of global themes in the school's media center will be provided.  1 CEU will be awarded for completion of the program.  Space is limited to the first 35 participants, so please register today! View the flyer here (PDF).

Cost:  $75 per person, includes lunch on May 8.  Limited scholarships to help defray travel expenses may be available.  Please contact Julie Kinnaird for more information ( or 919/962-6785).

Cosponsored by the Center for European Studies and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies. Register online at:

New Edition of ThinkGlobal from World View

World ViewRead about World View's spring seminars, World View online courses, and more in the current issue of ThinkGlobal (PDF).

Find out about more of World View's spring programs:

Position Announcement

Post-Doctoral Positions in Bremen

Bremen International Graduate School of Social SciencesThe Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications to its Ph.D. and Post-doc program. BIGSSS is part of an international network of strong graduate programs. It supports its Ph.D. and Post-doc Fellows in achieving early scientific independence, providing funds for conducting, presenting and publishing their research. The language of instruction is English.

Successful applicants for the Ph.D. and Post-doc Fellowships will pursue a topic in one of BIGSSS' five Thematic Fields:
- Global Integration
- Integration and Diversity in the New Europe
- Social Integration and the Welfare State
- Attitude Formation, Value Change, and Intercultural Communication
- Life-Course and Lifespan Dynamics.

More information as well as lists of required application materials can be found at View the call for applications here (PDF).

Non-German students are strongly encouraged to apply. BIGSSS strives to increase the share of women in the university and hence also strongly encourages women to apply. Applicants
with disabilities who are equally qualified will be favored.

Deadline: March 1, 2008

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: International Affairs Forum

Center for International RelationsThe Center for International Relations (CIR) seeks, editorials, articles and papers related to a specified topic(s) for publication on our on-line journal, the International Affairs Forum (IAF) at  Topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Foreign Policy                                                
  • Economics
  • Terrorism
  • Globalization
  • Arms Control
  • Democratization
  • Defense and Military
  • Human Rights
  • Environment
  • Intelligence
  • International Trade
  • European Union
  • Regional/Country Studies

For submission details, please visit

Competition Studentships: 3 year PhD and 1 year Masters

Centre for Competition PolicyThe ESRC Centre for Competition Policy (CCP), based at the University of East Anglia (UK), invites applications for up to 4 fully funded (3-year) PhD studentships, including one ESRC quota award place, from October 2008.  These studentships can be held in any area of competition or regulation policy appropriate for supervision by the Centre's faculty members, who come from the Schools of Economics, Law, Business and Political, Social and International Studies (see for details regarding the academic staff at the Centre). The CCP ( is the leading focus for competition policy research in the UK, and welcomes interdisciplinary proposals.

The Centre also invites applications from those intending to pursue an academic career for one year masters studentships for the MSc in Industrial Economics and the LLM International Competition Law and Policy, from September 2008. 

Applicants must possess (or be about to complete) a good first degree in one of the related disciplines (Economics, Law, Business or Political Science) and, in addition, for the PhD studentships, applicants must possess (or be about to complete) a Masters degree to a good standard in a related area. They should have a demonstrable interest in an area of competition policy. These studentships are only available to candidates who have been offered a place in a relevant UEA PhD or Masters Degree programme. Applicants should apply both for entry to the appropriate school and to the CCP for the studentship.

To apply for funding, send a copy of your Masters/PhD admissions application and research proposal (for PhD studentships), as well as a completed CCP Studentship Application form (available on the CCP website) to Stu White (

Deadline: March 28, 2008

Other International Studies News

Chocolatl-Kakaw: The New World Origins of Chocolate

Chocolate heartsThursday, February 14 | 7pm | Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium & Atrium | Public Lecture followed by Chocolate Reception
Celebrate Valentine's Day with a discussion and reception on chocolate!  Dr. Dorie Reents Budet, an expert on Mayan ceramics and curator of the Art of the Ancient Americas at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, will give the 2008 Robert Howren Lecture in Mayan Studies sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the Americas.  This talk explores the origins of chocolate and the social and ritual uses of this wonder-filled food.  After the lecture, enjoy a delicious chocolate reception with treats including Mexican chocolate fondue, chocolate bruschetta, Aztec chocolate bark, chocolate and fruit crepes and much more!

Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the Americas and the Global Cup Café with support from Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Foster's Market of Chapel Hill, Harris Teeter, A Southern Season, Chocolaterie Stam and Daniel's Catering.

Marketing Muslim Women International Conference

April 10-12, 2008 | Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill
Registrations are now open for our Marketing Muslim Women: an International Conference. Last year's event was a huge success and we are looking forward to creating another opportunity for scholars and students to intellectually engage one another with talks and questions that focus on Muslim womanhood that has become a transnational signifier of Islam as a whole. We are all acutely aware of the specific signs, symbols, and definitions of Muslim women that have gained international currency through their circulation in the media. This conference aims to examine 1) the market forces that manufacture such images for consumption; and 2) women as producers and consumers. How do these images function as the handmaiden of politics to promote imperial conquest, economic domination, and capitalist expansion?

What does it mean when religion, religious ideology, and religious products are marketed? Conversely, what does it mean when secularism and secular products are marketed? We seek to explore women’s engagement in the culture industry, through their own agency, through consumption of goods and services, and through knowledge production.

For additional information on this year's event please go to our website. Additional information will be posted over the next few weeks. The conference is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Hotel reservations should be made no later than February 25, 2008, to take advantage of the special rates. For additional information or any questions please contact Kelly Jarrett at



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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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