Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
February 20, 2008

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

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CES News

Message from CES Faculty Director John D. Stephens

The Center for Global Initiatives, the Center for European Studies, and the other area studies centers are considering initiating a cross-regional research project in the broad area of migration, immigrant integration into host societies, and national/ethnic identity.

The group has asked the Center directors to gauge the interest of UNC faculty and graduate students in this broad topic in their region. When framed this broadly, immigration and its intersection with questions of citizenship and national identity is clearly a central topic in contemporary European Studies. It overlaps with almost every other research field in some way; for example, in political behavior with the rise of the radical right; in welfare state studies with the question of migration incentives posed by generous social policy, and in EU studies with the question of regulation of movement across borders. If you have an interest in this area of study, please send me an email very briefly describing your interests ( We meet again to discuss this initiative on March 19, so please get your response to me before that date. Thanks.

New Funding Proposals for EU Grant

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 submit a proposal for research working groups, research projects, or other research or teaching projects directly related to the EU or transatlantic studies. All proposals must be submitted electronically (preferably from a UNC email account to avoid the spam filter) to by April 30th, 2008. A CES committee will consider which projects best fit the grant proposal and the appropriate level of funding.

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum:
Call for Papers

October 15-17, 2008 | FedEx Global Education Center
The Fall 2008 conference on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) is entitled Frankly Speaking: Challenges in Integrating Languages and Cultures into a Post-Secondary Curriculum. This conference provides an opportunity for faculty, graduate instructors, and administrators to share expertise in building and managing post-secondary CLAC programs.  A special focus this year will be on the implications of the May 2007 MLA Foreign Language Report ( on CLAC initiatives nationwide.

Please visit the CLAC conference website for more information. Proposals for 30-minute papers or 90-minute panels on any issue relating to CLAC are welcome, although certain topics are of particular interest. Please view the call for papers for details.

Deadline: May 15, 2008

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

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).

Video Lecture and Discussion with Fatou Bensouda

Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4, 2008 | 10:55am | UNC Law School, room 5052
Fatou Bensouda, deputy in charge of prosecutions for the International Criminal Court, will visit the UNC course "International and Comparative Criminal Law" by remote video link. Ms. Bensouda will discuss the development and current work of the ICC. Open to the public.

A UNC Law School event sponsored by the Center for European Studies.


Lectures and Events Window overlooking Prague, Czech Republic

National Socialist Genocide of the Roma in the Context of Czech Literature

Thursday, February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm | 404 Dey Hall
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is pleased to announce a lecture by Prof. Urs Heftrich, one of our four finalists for our open-rank vacancy in Czech/Slovak literatures and cultures. Prof. Heftrich (Ph.D., University of Heidelberg), who is the Chair of Slavic Literatures at the University of Heidelberg, will give a talk titled Winding Paths to Mourning: National Socialist Genocide of the Roma in the Context of Czech Literature.

Eiffel Tower, Paris, FranceParis, Birthplace of Modernity

February 22-23, 2008 | UNC Program in the Humanities and Human Values
Paris – the city of lights, romance, and high fashion – has shaped many aspects of modern history. Led by one of UNC’s most prominent historians, this seminar will examine the ways in which Paris became the scene of decisive political and social changes that still influence us today. Using art and other images of the city, we’ll also reflect on how Paris gained its cultural status as a symbol of avant-garde intellectual and artistic life.

This Distinguished Scholar Seminar features Lloyd S. Kramer, Chair and Dean E. Smith Distinguished Term Professor in the History Department.

For details and registration information, please visit


Call for Proposals

Symposium on Citizenship at Wake Forest University

Wake Forest UniversityThursday, April 24, 2008 | Wake Forest University
Citizenship is learned and mastered in multiple contexts, especially as communities evolve and its meaning is challenged. Wake Forest University students invite students, scholars, community members, interest groups, and businesses to a Symposium to discuss the importance and evolving practices of a participatory, deliberative, and imaginative mode of citizenship at the local, national, and international levels.

We welcome all contributions addressing themes related to citizenship (papers, proposals for panels, and other creative ideas). Issues may include, but are not limited to:

  • immigration, immigration reform, refugees, border control, global citizenship, dual citizenship, international views of citizenship;
  • theories of citizenship from political science, sociology, philosophy, religion, anthropology, history and other related fields;
  • political elections, primaries, presidential elections, campaigns;
  • online citizenship, blogging, online debates, forums, chat rooms;
  • citizenship rights and socio-economic issues, education, poverty, inmate population;
  • citizen participation and contemporary levels of information, voting, volunteering, public service and other practices of citizenship;
  • citizenship and foreign policy, citizenship in a time of war, terrorism;

For proposal details and contact information, please view the call for proposals (DOC).

Deadline: March 15, 2008

Global Borders: New Institute for Historical Studies at UT-Austin

The University of Texas at AustinThe Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin announces the establishment of a new Institute for Historical Studies at UT-Austin:

The first two year theme is Global Borders, defined very broadly, conceptually as well as geographically. We invite proposals for papers related to the theme to be given at Institute workshops. Paper givers will present pre-circulated 15-page papers. The Institute will pay for the expenses of paper givers.

Deadline: April 15, 2008

First International Graduate Students' Conference on Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Clark UniversityApril 23-26, 2009 | Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts
The Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University will host the First International Graduate Students’ Conference on Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The conference will provide a forum for graduate students to present original research papers to peers and established scholars. Participants will be able to forge scholarly ties from which further cooperation and research may evolve. This interdisciplinary conference will reflect the full range of issues, concepts, and methods in current Holocaust and Genocide Studies; accordingly, we invite pertinent applications from all fields and from countries around the world.

For full details, please view the call for proposals (PDF).

If you have questions, please contact Raz Segal, Doctoral Student,, or Thomas Kuehne, Strassler Professor in Holocaust History,

Deadline: August 15, 2008

Seminars and Workshops

EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels for Undergrads: Deadline this Friday!

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

Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative: Summer Institute for Youth

The Department of Communication at Wake Forest University, in cooperation with the US Department of State has available 20 Scholarships for American students (ages 15-19) to attend the 2008 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Institution. Read on for more information...


K-12 Schools

Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative: Summer Institute for Youth

Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative: Summer Institute for Youth

Institute June 28-July23 Ages 15-17
Diplomats Institute July 5-July 30 Ages 17-19

The Department of Communication at Wake Forest University, in cooperation with the US Department of State has available 20 scholarships for American students to attend the 2008 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative (10 for each Institute). These Scholarships include the following:

  • $2,500 scholarship; Designation as Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellow (covers tuition, activities, meals and lodging in a WFU dorm, and partial travel funds)
  • Participation in all Institute events, including classes covering topics such as: Constitutions, Media Literacy, Citizenship Issues, Internet Communication, Economic Globalization, World Media, Community Advocacy, taught by Wake Forest and visiting faculty.
  • Six day educational trip to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, PA, including a visit to the State Department and the Constitution Center.
  • Activities including an International Dinner, cultural event, community service projects, site visits, and computer-training classes on Blogging.

Join 40 Fellows on the Wake Forest campus for a three and one-half week Institute with classmates from over 30 countries-- Armenia to Tajikistan, Denmark to Kosovo and Malta to Lithuania. First year students at colleges and universities may apply for the Diplomat program.

Application form can be found at You can explore the 2007 program at to check out this opportunity.

Deadline: March 15, 2008

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:

Global Updates from World View

World ViewThis issue of Global Updates highlights a sample of summer institutes or courses, international service learning and exchange opportunities, and international study tours for educators and a special section with a few opportunities for students.

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

North Carolina In the News

North Carolina in the WorldRead about Egyptian visitors opening eyes and minds in the mountains of North Carolina 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.

4th Pan-European Conference on EU Politics: Call for Papers

September 25-27, 2008 | University of Latvia | Riga, Latvia
ECPR: European Consortium for Political ResearchThe ECPR Standing Group on the European Union is organizing its Fourth Pan-European Conference, hosted by the University of Latvia in Riga. The Standing Group's Pan-European Conferences are the largest academic conferences on the European Union in Europe and bring together scholars from all over the world.

The Conference has eight sections covering major fields of current research on the EU.

  • Theories of European Integration
  • EU Institutions and Politics
  • Political Economy of the European Union
  • EU Law and Policies
  • Gender, Diversity, and European Integration
  • The Politics and Economics of EU Enlargement
  • Foreign Policy and External Relations
  • Migration and European Integration

The program chair will accept proposals for BOTH individual papers and whole panels (including a maximum of four papers). Proposals should be made on-line using the conference website:

Deadline: February 29, 2008

London School of Economics and Political Science: Position Opening on Greece and European Security

London School of Economics and Political ScienceThe London School of Economics (LSE) announces a new position: IAA Senior Research Fellow /Research Fellow on Greece and European Security. This post is part of a programme of research collaboration between the Hellenic Observatory and the Defence Analysis Institute (IAA) in Athens and the post is intended to foster a substantial piece of research at the LSE. Candidates should have a PhD, publications, fluency in English, knowledge of Greek. Preference will be given to research covering: Greek Foreign and Security Policy in South Eastern Europe; Dialogue and confidence-building in the Aegean; Defence Economics and Procurement; Greece and the ESDP; Greece in International peacekeeping and peace-building operations.

A full application pack can be obtained at  See the position announcement here. If you cannot download the pack, email or call 020 7955 6183 quoting reference RES/07/17.  Applications may ONLY be submitted to Human Resources at the LSE.

Deadline: March 10, 2008

University of Vienna: Assistant Position Announcement (Post-Doc)

Belvedere Castle in Vienna, AustriaThe Department of Methods in the Social Sciences of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Vienna announces the opening for an Assistant position (Post-Doc) from September 1, 2008 (or earlier if necessary).

The Department's research focuses in particular on ‘electoral behaviour’, ‘public opinion’, ‘democratic representation’ and ‘Europeanisation of party politics’. Candidates are expected to do research related to these areas. In addition, candidates are required to have a strong expertise in quantitative research methods and statistics. Candidates are expected to be able to teach courses in some of the subfields mentioned as well as on quantitative methods in the social sciences. The teaching load is at most four units (2 lectures) per academic semester (October-January, March-June).

In addition to proficiency in English, fluency in German is considered an important asset, but not a condition, although candidates who are not functionally fluent in German will be expected to become so within two years. Applicants must hold a PhD in political science, sociology, or another field in the social sciences relevant to the indicated fields of expertise, have a promising publication record that includes publications in international refereed journals, have a proven record of lectures and conference presentations, and have good teaching evaluations.

The candidate will be appointed for a period of four years. Based on full time employment (40 hours/week), the gross income will be € 41,246 per year, increasing by gross € 1,024 for each teaching unit.

Applications can be sent electronically to our Personnel Department at or by mail. Please view this page for application information. Please note the vacancy number 531/w on the submission letter. Specific enquires regarding the application process can be send to

Deadline: April 15, 2008

Other International Studies News

Beyond the Sunbelt: Southern Economic Development in a Global Context

Global American SouthApril 13-14, 2008 | Global Education Center and Friday Center, UNC Campus
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to announce its annual interdisciplinary conference on the globalization of the southern United States. This year's conference the fourth in the Global American South series will bring together 200 academics, policy makers, and economic development practitioners from across the region and beyond. A collaboration of the Center for Global Initiatives, the Center for the Study of the American South, the Office of Economic and Business Development and Quintiles Transnational Corporation, the goal is to examine how global forces are shaping regional economic development strategies and to consider best paths forward.

For more information about the 2008 conference, or past conferences, please visit



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Gali Beeri
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Center for European Studies/EU Center of Excellence
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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