Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
March 19, 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

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CES News

Fall 2008 LAC Courses

Languages Across the CurriculumThe Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) program is delighted to offer the following LAC sections during the Fall 2008 semester.

  • FRENCH discussion section for HIST 159: 20th-Century Europe
  • GERMAN discussion section for HIST 159: 20th-Century Europe
  • SPANISH discussion section for POLI 238: Contemporary Latin American Politics

For more information, including instructions on how to enroll, visit or email

Languages Across the Curriculum

Call for Fall 2008 LAC TAs

UNC's Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) program is currently seeking experienced bilingual TAs to lead discussion sections in Fall 2008.

For information on how to apply, please visit

Application Deadline: Friday, March 28, 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

Postmodern Obstructions: Dogma and Distortion in Lars von Trier's The Five Obstructions

David FerrisTuesday, April 1, 2008 | 5 pm | Lecture | Institute for the Arts and Humanities, University Room, Hyde Hall

Monday, March 31, 2008 | 6 pm | Screening of Lars von Trier's The Five Obstructions | Institute for the Arts and Humanities, University Room, Hyde Hall

David Ferris, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature and Humanities, University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to teaching at CU-Boulder he held concurrent positions in Comparative Literature, English, and German at the Graduate School and in Comparative Literature at Queens College of the City University of New York, in Comparative Literature and English at Yale University, and in English at Haverford College. In addition to extensive publication on Walter Benjamin, he has published on literary theory, Romanticism, German Idealism and Aesthetics, modernity, and Adorno. His research and teaching interests include Enlightenment and Romantic literature and philosophy, lyric poetry, 19th and 20th century continental philosophy and aesthetics, literary theory, the Frankfurt School, modernity and the postmodern, political theory, 18th and late 20th century painting, photography.

This lecture is sponsored by The Institute for the Arts and Humanities, The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, The Center for European Studies, The University Program in Cultural Studies, The Department of English, and The Comparative Literature Program.

View the flyer here (PDF). For more information, please contact Federico Luisetti.

Franco/Arabic Cultures Today: Developments, Dialogues, and Challenges

April 17-19, 2008 | FedEx Global Education Center
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.

For more information, please view the conference website.

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.

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.


Lectures and Events

Piedmont Slavic Colloquium

Maria CarlsonMonday, March 24 | 5:30 pm | Breedlove room, 2nd floor, Perkins Library, Duke West Campus
The second semiannual meeting of the Piedmont Slavic Colloquium will be held on the evening of Monday, March 24. Our speaker will be Professor Maria Carlson of the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at the University of Kansas. Her topic will be The New Russian Paganism: Folk? Faith? Faux?—or Fascist?

For directions and parking information see

Refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Newcity via email or call 919-660-3150.

Adrian WannerHow Russian Are They? Identity in the Translingual Fiction of Makine, Kaminer, and Shteyngart

Wednesday, April 2 | 5 pm | 402 Dey Hall
Come hear Prof. Adrian Wanner (Penn State) speak on "How Russian Are They? Identity in the Translingual Fiction of Andreï Makine, Wladimir Kaminer and Gary Shteyngart." This event is sponsored by the UNC Slavic Department.

Please spread the word about this event: since Makine, Kaminer and Shteyngart are well-known French, German and American writers, the topic should be of wide interest.


Grants and Fellowships

ECPR Scholarship Fund: UNC Students Eligible

ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques | University of Ljubljana | Faculty of Social SciencesDid you know that graduate students from ECPR member institutions who are attending the ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques (Ljubljana) are eligible to apply for a scholarship fund that will contribute towards the cost of attendance?

The scholarship award is set at £150 per successful applicant. Graduate students from ECPR member institutions (UNC included) who have been accepted to attend a two week course are eligible to apply. The scholarship fund is also open to graduate students attending the 41st Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and The École d'Été de Lille en Méthodes Quantitatives en Sciences Sociales.

Click here for further information on the application process for the ECPR Scholarship Fund.

Deadline: April 1, 2008

Policy-Connect Collaborative Research Grants

International Research and Exchanges BoardThe International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) is pleased to announce the 2008 Policy-Connect Collaborative Research Grants competition. IREX's Policy-Connect program seeks to attract, select, and support advanced research by US experts in policy-relevant subject areas related to Southeast Europe and Eurasia, facilitate collaboration among and between US and international scholars, and disseminate knowledge about Europe and Eurasia to a wide network of constituents in the United States and abroad.

This year applications will be accepted for research on the following topics and regions:

  • Eurasia & Southeast Europe: Ethnic and religious conflict, terrorism, transition economics, access to information, youth and women's issues, human rights, citizen participation in politics and civil society, and issues related to the final status of Kosovo.
  • Cross-regional: Post-Soviet relations between Eurasia and the countries of Middle East/North Africa and/or Asia.

Further information and application materials are available at Please contact Policy-Connect Program Staff at or by calling (202) 628-8188 with any questions.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2008

Grant Opportunity for US Scholars: US Embassy Policy Specialist Program

U.S. Embassy in MoscowThe International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) IREX is pleased to announce the  2008-2009 competition of the US Embassy Policy Specialist (EPS) Program. 

The US Embassy Policy Specialist Program will allow fellows to travel to Eurasia and serve the embassy as policy specialists on a chosen topic and also pursue their own research project independently for up to eight weeks.

Eligible embassies are Azerbaijan (Baku), Georgia (Tbilisi), Kazakhstan (Astana), Moldova (Chisinau), Russia (Vladivostok), Tajikistan (Dushanbe), Turkmenistan (Ashgabat), and Ukraine (Kyiv).

Additional program information and application materials are now available on the IREX website at Please contact or call (202) 628-8188 with any questions. You may find a list of all IREX International Fellowship opportunities on the website:

Deadline: April 4, 2008


Call for Proposals

Call for Sections: ECPR General Conference, Potsdam

September 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.
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 any 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 online form, which can be found on the ECPR website at:

Guidelines and deadlines for Section Chairs can be found on our website at:

Deadline: April 15, 2008

Seminars and Workshops

North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop

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

Faculty Seminar: Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

The Center for Advanced Holocaust StudiesJune 2-13, 2008 | U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Washington, DC
The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum announces the 2008 Silberman Seminar for college/university faculty from all disciplines who are teaching or preparing to teach Holocaust or Holocaust-related courses that examine the impact and legacy of the Holocaust. Over two-thirds of the Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis and their allies lived within the borders of prewar Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine. This year's seminar will focus on the Holocaust in these regions and on the struggle of countries to come to terms with their Holocaust history; the current public debates on the involvement of their citizens in the perpetration of the Holocaust; and the complex issues of memory, memorialization, and remembrance.

For further details, please view the seminar announcement (PDF).

Deadline: Monday, March 24, 2008

Danish Atlantic Youth Seminar on Security Politics and Conflict Management

Map of Western Europe with Denmark HighlightedJuly 2-8, 2008 | Aalborg air base, Northern Denmark
For the 23rd time The Danish Atlantic Treaty Association has the pleasure of inviting YATA chapters to attend the Danish Atlantic Youth Seminar (DAYS). This year's seminar will introduce the participants to current security policy issues and touch upon topics such as the military and civil mission in Afghanistan, regional conflicts of secession and nationalism in South Caucasus, and energy security. Through lectures by Danish as well as foreign experts and practitioners the roles and mandates of international organizations and state actors will be examined. In particular there will be a focus on NATO, the European Union, the United States, and Russia. Furthermore the participants will put theory into practice through a simulation game focusing on the Caucasus area. The simulation game is aimed at enhancing skills in international negotiation and conflict management.

At DAYS the participants will get the chance to meet with 40 other engaged students and young people from across the world, and take part in an interesting and eventful week, which by former participants has been described as "an event for life".

Participants must be between the ages of 20 – 30 (we give priority to those who have not attended DAYS before). Each participant is requested to fill in the application form (DOC) and to write a short essay about him- or herself and the motivation for applying for DAYS

As previous years we work to raise funds to cover partial reimbursement of travel expenses –we will keep the participants informed about any contributions as soon as possible. View the preliminary program here (PDF): For more information please visit the DAYS website.

Deadline for U.S. participants: March 31, 2008

K-12 Schools

Fairy tale houseStorybook Time: Fairytales from Across the Globe

March 20 | 6:30 pm | Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC Chapel Hill
Children will enjoy a juice and cookie reception and will then hear cherished fairytales from countries around the world.  Come dressed in your pajamas and snuggle in for some wild adventures.  For ages 4 to 7.

Global Updates from World View

Discover resources and programs from Rotary International in World Viewthis issue of Global Updates.

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 Paper Proposals: ACES Cases on European Economic Issues

American Consortium on EU StudiesThe American Consortium on EU Studies (ACES), which is the European Union Center of Excellence in Washington, DC, is issuing a request for proposals for manuscripts to
be considered for inclusion in the 2008 round of its working paper series, "ACES Cases on European Economic Issues." Three papers will be published on the ACES website in September 2008. An honorarium of $1000 will be awarded for each paper.


  • A proposal must address an issue related to economic aspects of European Integration, or to the performance of the European economy.
  • A proposal must take the format of a case study.
  • Interested parties may submit either a manuscript or a proposal.
    • In either instance, an abstract not to exceed 200 words should be submitted.
    • Parties submitting a proposal rather than a finished manuscript should also submit an outline.
    • A preference will be given to submissions in the form of finished manuscripts.
  • Any manuscript submitted must be previously unpublished.
  • Any manuscript must be no longer than 10,000 words in total.
  • Interested parties should also submit a CV.

Please send proposals and all support material to: If you have any inquires, please contact Stephen Silvia via e-mail or at 202.885.2462.

Submissions on paper are also accepted. Please send them to: Prof. Stephen J. Silvia, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016-8071, USA

Deadline: April 30, 2008

Position Opening: Program Officer for US Institute of Peace

United States Institute of PeaceThe United States Institute of Peace (USIP) seeks an individual to serve as a Program Officer in the Institute's Grant Program. The Institute provides funding to individuals and civil society organizations throughout the world for research, education and training projects, and for the dissemination of information on international peace building and conflict resolution.

The individual hired will play a significant role in the administration of the Grant Program. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.

Find out more details here; scroll down to Program Officer, Grants.

Other International Studies News

A collection of traditional psyanky (Ukrainian painted eggs)

A collection of traditional pysanky
from Volyn
by Luba Petrusha

Ukrainian Egg Decorating Demonstration

Thursday, March 20, 2008 | 11am - 2pm | UNC FedEx Global Education Center Atrium
Come watch as local artists demonstrate the technique of making pysanky (painted eggs), a widely practiced form of decorative art in Ukraine.  A short video about the pysanka will be shown, complemented by an exhibit of pysanky with patterns from different regions of Ukraine, albums, and how-to books.  The pysanka (literally, ‘written egg') is produced by a complex technique, which is a process similar to batik printing on clothing.  In conjunction with the Ukrainian Association of North Carolina, the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (CSEEES) will sponsor this demonstration.

War/Dance Film Screening

Thursday, March 20, 2008 | 7-9pm | UNC FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium
Sean Fine and Andrea Nix-Fine's War/Dance is a powerful documentary that follows three children--Dominic, Rose, and Nancy--and their school in the Patongo refugee camp, the first school from the northern war zone to make it to the finals of Uganda's national music and dance competition. Winner of numerous awards, including the 2007 Sundance Best Documentary Director Award, War/Dance is beautifully filmed and captures the inspiration and heartbreak of children caught in the midst of Uganda's civil war. Sponsored by the African Studies Center through the NCSU African Diaspora Film Festival.


Human Rights Event at Duke: Film Screening of Missing Lives: Disappearances and Impunity in the Caucasus

Missing Lives: Disappearances and Impunity in the CaucasusMarch 20, 2008 | 1:15pm | Rare Book Room, Duke University Library
Grace Lile, moving image archivist for Witness, will discuss this organization's innovative use of video and other moving image technology to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. Grace will screen "Missing Lives: Disappearances and Impunity in the North
Caucasus" (2007) Memorial / WITNESS (14 minutes)

In February 2001 local residents discovered a mass grave in the vicinity of the Khankala military base near Grozny. Many of the bodies had been mutilated and showed evidence of torture. As word spread relatives of disappeared began to locate their loved ones among the dead. Since the start of the “second” Chechen war in 1999, more than 3000 people have gone missing in the context "counter-terrorism operations" conducted by Russian military and security. Failure to investigate or prosecute these forced disappearances has led to their spread to the neighboring republics in the North Caucasus. Missing Lives shows the horror and brutality of this practice, and calls for an end to the climate of impunity.

Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Archive for Human Rights. For more information, please see

Russian Documentary Screenings

House in St. Petersburg suburbsSaturday, March 29 | 7pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium
Here is an outstanding opportunity to get acquainted with some of the newest and most cutting-edge documentary filmmaking out of Russia today! Join us at this special free screening of three short documentaries by award-winning Russian documentarians, followed by Q&A with the filmmakers. (All films are with English subtitles.)

The filmmakers are coming to the Triangle to participate in Durham's annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the premier documentary film festival in the US. Their visit is sponsored by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, and organized by CEC ArtsLink. This particular event will be hosted by UNC's Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.

For more information, contact Christopher Putney at


  • Coal Dust (20 min.), directed by Maria Miroshnichenko of Moscow.
    This film tells about the life in a small mining town near the Ural mountains. The miners have been working all their lives for the state industry for which individuals are not more important than coal dust.
  • Sarafan (20 min.), directed by Aleksandra Strelyanaya of St. Petersburg.
    This spectacularly visual film depicts a Russian village on the eve of a wedding. The senior members of the community reminisce about their youth and the community’s wedding traditions.
  • Being Director Berezovsky (22 min.), directed by Sergey Kachkin of Perm.
    This film portrays film director Berezovsky, now retired, who has made a film that used to be very popular in Soviet times. Berezovsky’s film received many awards and was purchased by more than 20 countries, though it has since sunk into obscurity.

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.

Early bird registration deadline: March 20, 2008

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



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