Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
April 2, 2008

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1. CES News
2. Lecture
3. Grant
4. Calls for Proposals
5. Seminars and Workshops
6. K-12 Schools
7. Position Announcement
8. EUSA Corner
9. Other International Studies News

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CES News

Spring LAC Pedagogy Workshop Series

LAC WorkshopLAC Instructional Workshop

Friday, April 4 | 11:00am - 12:30pm | FedEx Global Education Center Room 4003
Registration required; Complimentary refreshments will be served

This best practices teaching workshop provides a forum for experienced and prospective LAC TAs to share ideas and instructional resources, while strengthening their teaching portfolios. Presentation topics will include:

  • Effective Course Planning and Syllabus Design for LAC
  • Special Strategies for Teaching Combined LAC Sections
  • Using Language as an Instrument for Critical Thinking

Information will also be provided on the upcoming national conference on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum, to be hosted by UNC in October 2008, as well as on UNC's new Graduate Certificate in Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) Instruction, which enables graduate students to formally demonstrate their expertise in LAC pedagogy, thereby better preparing themselves for the academic job market.

LAC Professional Development Workshop

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | 2:00 - 4:00pm | FedEx Global Education Center Room 4003
Registration required; Complimentary refreshments will be served

This professional development workshop is designed to assist UNC LAC TAs in marketing their teaching experience for the academic job search, while providing general advice for graduate students seeking to highlight their interdisciplinary and/or international teaching experience when entering the job market. The discussion panel will include:

Ryan Carlin, 2008 Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science
Dr. Martine Antle, Professor of French

Participation in this workshop series is recommended for graduate students who wish to apply for upcoming LAC TA positions. To see positions available for Fall 2008, visit

Faculty and graduate students from languages/literatures, social sciences, and humanities
departments are especially encouraged to attend.

Registration is Required

To register for either workshop, email the following information to

  • Your name
  • Home department
  • Stage of graduate/professional Career
  • Foreign language(s) in which you are fluent
  • Field(s) of research or professional interest

To learn more, email or visit

This workshop is sponsored by UNC's Center for European Studies, Center for Global Initiatives, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, and the African Studies Center, and is made possible by Title VI grants from the US Department of Education.

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

New EURO Major Website

EURO Major: the newly designed website for our undergraduate major in Contemporary European Studies at Prospective majors will find information about the degree requirements, upcoming courses, and advising. In addition, the site features links to funding sources, international opportunities, career searches, and informational resources that may be of interest to all undergraduates interested in modern Europe.

From Negativity to the Event: Heidegger After Adorno

Federico VercelloneThursday, April 10 | 3:30 pm | FedEx Global Education Center, room 2008
The Center for European Studies is pleased to announce a lecture by Prof. Federico Vercellone. Vercellone is Professor of Aesthetics in the Dipartimento di Scienze Filosofiche e Storico Sociali and Director of the Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerche sulla Morfologia at the Università di Udine, Italy. He is the author of several books on philosophy and cultural history and a regular contributor to the cultural pages of the Italian daily newspaper Il Manifesto. At UNC Prof. Vercellone will give a talk titled From Negativity to the Event: Heidegger after Adorno, in which he will explore the implications for European thought of the philosophies of Heidegger and Adorno.

Vercellone's main publications:

The website of the Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerche sulla Morfologia:

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.



Flag of FranceWhen Ethnologists Chose to Resist: the Case of France 1940-1945

Monday, April 14 | 3:30pm | Hamilton 569
Alice Conklin, professor of history at Ohio State University, will give a lecture entitled When Ethnologists Chose to Resist: the Case of France 1940-1945.

This talk is co-sponsored by the history departments of UNC-CH and Duke University.


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


Calls 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 program will be organized in the format of sections and panels, with each Section Chair organizing 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 organize 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

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

Seminars and Workshops

Summer School on Cultural Dimensions of Politics in Europe

PragueJuly 2-9, 2008 | Prague, Czech Republic
The founder of the European Spring/Summer Institute and the Summer School on Crime, Law and Psychology, the Prague's Centre for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku - CPVP), has teamed up with professors from Poland, USA and UK to launch a Summer School on Cultural Dimensions of Politics in Europe 2008.

The Summer School "Cultural Dimensions of Politics in Europe" is a week long academic program designed to bring together 30 undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds (political science, sociology, media studies, anthropology and cultural studies, behavioural sciences, gender studies) from all parts of the world to enjoy their summer holidays in the unique academic and cultural environment.

The program is designed for those who are interested in and would like to learn more about the cultural aspects of political institutions and processes. The program is aimed at drawing closer attention to the cultural dimensions of political institutions and processes in Europe (e.g. policy making, political communication, migration and citizenship in the EU).

We invite you to visit our website to discover all the details about the CDPE 2008. The website contains updated information about the Summer School, application process and on-line application.

Early Bird Application Deadline: April 30, 2008
Final Deadline: May 15, 2008

European Summer Institute: Lobbying in Brussels

European Summer InstituteJuly 2-9, 2008 | Prague, Czech Republic
Prague's Centre for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku - CPVP) and INstrategy - Institute for European and National Strategies have teamed up to organize the seventh institute On the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels (ESI2008).

The European Summer Institute 2008 is a seven-day academic program designed to bring together 30 undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their summer holidays in the unique academic and cultural environment. The program provides students with an exciting opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the current EU politics through exchange of ideas with academics, policy practitioners and fellow students from different cultural environments. The ESI2008 combines intensive academic courses with cultural, social and recreational opportunities.

We invite you to visit our new website to discover all the details about the ESI2008. The website contains updated information about the academic content, practicalities and application process.

Early Bird Application Deadline: April 30, 2008
Final Deadline: May 15, 2008

K-12 Schools

Remembering the Gulag: 1-Day Workshop

Behind barsSaturday, April 5, 2008 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Room 320 Languages Building, Duke West Campus, Durham, NC
The Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at Duke University is pleased to invite you to participate in a unique one-day workshop: REMEMBERING THE GULAG.

The GULAG—the prison camp system that arose in the Soviet Union after 1929—served primarily as a way to gain control over the entire population, rather than punish criminal acts. The incarceration of millions of innocent people in the GULAG system is correctly seen as one of the worst and most shocking episodes of the twentieth century.

Millions of innocent people were incarcerated in the GULAG, serving sentences of five to twenty years of hard labor. Prisoners in camps worked outdoors and in mines, in arid regions and the Arctic Circle, without adequate clothing, tools, shelter, food, or even clean water. We will never know how many prisoners suffered from starvation, illness, violence, and cold; an immense number of people died. More people passed through the GULAG, for a much longer period of time, than through Nazi concentration camps; yet, the GULAG is still not nearly as well known.

REMEMBERING THE GULAG is intended to introduce participants to this notorious Soviet prison system and its long-lasting effects on Russian society. We will provide middle and high school teachers who participate with the background understanding and curricular materials to introduce their students to it as well.

COST: No registration fee. CSEEES is able to provide limited financial assistance for participants who travel substantial distances to attend.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT: CSEEES will provide participating teachers with documentation for CE credit.

Please see a detailed program here (PDF).

North Carolina In the News

North Carolina in the WorldRead about Danish high school students visiting Asheville in the latest edition of North Carolina in the World News. To see previous editions of the newsletter, please visit the archive.


Position Announcement

Professor of European Politics: University of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi Department of Political ScienceThe Department of Political Science and the Croft Institute for International Studies invite applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science in European Politics. This is a one-year position beginning August 2008. The successful candidate will have a research and teaching focus on the European Union and be able to teach introductory comparative politics, as well as some other European studies topic. Teaching and service responsibilities will be divided between the Croft Institute for International Studies and the Department of Political Science. The Croft Institute administers the major in International Studies within the College of Liberal Arts. Ph.D. or advanced ABD, appropriate language proficiency, and demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching are required (advanced ABDs may be appointed as an instructor).

Candidates should apply online at Please also send a letter of application that outlines current and projected research interests, a vita, three letters of recommendation, teaching evaluations, and a writing sample to: Chair, European Politics Search Committee, Department of Political Science, 130 Deupree Hall, University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677-1848. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The University of Mississippi is an AA/ADA/EOE institution.

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.

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

Position Opening: Associate Professor in Political Science, University of Agder, Norway

University of AgderUniversity of Agder in Norway is pleased to announce that we have an open associate professor position in political science at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Department of Political Science and Management, at present located in Kristiansand, Norway.

The position calls for scientific qualifications in political science, preferably with emphasis on the fields of EU institutions, European integration/governance, europeanization and/or international organizations.

Four sets of the application, including CV, verified copies of testimonials, and three sets of copies of up to 10 selected scientific publications, including a list of the publications submitted, should be forwarded to University of Agder, HRM department, Servicebox 422, 4604 Kristiansand, NORWAY, marked ref. nr 35/08.

A more detailed description of the post and further information are available on request to Head of Department, Hans Kjetil Lysgård, phone no. +47 38 14 14 96, email:, and Professor Jarle Trondal, phone no. +47 38 14 15 61, email:, as well as on the Internet:

View the position announcement here (DOC).

Deadline: June 1, 2008

Other International Studies News

USA vs. al-Arian Film Screening

USA vs. Al-ArianThursday, April 3, 2008 | 7 pm | Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH Campus
The film screening of USA vs. Al-Arian will be followed by Panel Discussion with Abdullah and Laila Al-Arian (featured in the film). Free and open to the public, parking available below the building. RSVP on facebook:

A family facing charges of terrorism:
USA vs. Al-Arian follows the arrest and trial of Sami Al-Arian, an Arab-American university professor accused of supporting a terrorist organization abroad. For two and a half years Dr. Al-Arian was held in solitary confinement, denied basic privileges and given limited access to his attorneys. The film is an intimate family portrait documenting how a tight-knit family unravels before our very eyes as trial preparations, strategy and spin consume their lives. Norwegian director Line Halvorsen has made a damning portrait of the case focusing on the trial's emotional toll. This is a nightmare come to life, as a man is prosecuted for his beliefs rather than his actions. The jury did not find Dr. Al-Arian guilty on a single count after a 6-month long trial, but he remains in jail. Currently he is being held in a Virginia prison. Nobody knows when he will be released.

More information on

This event at the UNC-CH campus will kick off a five-day tour across the North Carolina/Triangle region. Free Dr. Al-Arian now! Sponsored by Solidarity with Palestine through Education and Action at Carolina (SPEAC). Contact or for more information

Mass Death and Mass Release: Reflecting on the Gulag's Role in Stalin's Soviet Union

Prisoners in Forced Labor CampFriday, April 4 | 2:00pm | Room 4003 (4th floor Atrium) of the FedEx Global Education Center

The Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies and Department of History are pleased to announce a public talk by Professor Steven Barnes of George Mason University, “Mass Death and Mass Release: Reflecting on the Gulag’s Role in Stalin’s Soviet Union.”

Global Women's Health: Focus on Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine Luncheon Series

12:00-1:30 p.m. | Room 4003, UNC FedEx Global Education Center
Global HealthThe UNC Women's Center and the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies (CSEEES) invite you to join us for multi-disciplinary dialogue as distinguished scholars explore the state of women's health in the former Soviet Union.

April 9, 2008, Nino Kiladze, Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Tbilisi State Medical University in Tbilisi, Georgia "Women Health Issues in Georgia"

April 16, 2008, Elizabeth King, Doctoral Candidate in the UNC School of Public Health "Confronting Domestic Violence in Russia: Exploring the Role of Health Care Providers"

April 23, 2008, Oleh Wolowyna, Independent Researcher and Natalia Levchuk, Sr. Demographer, Institute for Demography and Social Research, Ukraine "Health and Mortality Patterns of Women in Ukraine"

Lunch generously provided by the UNC Women's Center. Contact CSEEES Associate Director, Jacqueline M. Olich, with any questions at

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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