Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
August 27, 2008


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This week we have:
1. CES News
2. Lectures and Events
3. Grants and Fellowships
4. Call for Proposals
5. K-12 Schools
6. Position Announcement
7. Internships
8. EUSA Corner
9. Other International Studies News

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CES News

Message from John Stephens, CES Director

John StephensI would like to welcome everyone back for the new academic year. I am delighted to pass on the great news that our European Union Center of Excellence grant was renewed by the European Commission for another three years. The competition was very tough as two dozen centers from leading universities across the country applied for the funding. The grant amount is €429,602, approximately $635,915 at the current exchange rate. The grant will fund teaching, research and outreach activities on campus and in the region for 2008-2011. We have also been selected to serve as the U.S. National Coordinators for the network of eleven EUCEs in the United States.

Our instructional programs in European Studies continue to gain strength. The TransAtlantic Masters Program (TAM) marks a full decade of operation this year as the tenth TAM class will receive their degrees in December 2008. TAM has been so successful that we have expanded the program, adding a second track with our first entering class this year. The new track, which we have dubbed TAM II, is more research oriented in comparison to TAM I, which is principally a professional degree. The students in TAM II will spend a year at UNC and then a year at VU University Amsterdam. We are currently negotiating with two other European partner universities and expect that, in the future, TAM II students will have a choice between two or three universities for the second year of study. This will be our third year for the new undergraduate major in Contemporary European Studies, which is attracting more and more interest among the students. Our Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) program is expanding its course offerings and, as of fall 2007, we offer a new Graduate Certificate to document LAC pedagogical training for UNC graduate students. UNC's LAC program is increasingly recognized as the model for language across the curriculum at research universities.

The TransAtlantic Masters (TAM) Program Welcomes the Classes of 2009/2010 to Carolina!

TransAtlantic Masters Class

The Center for European Studies is pleased to welcome the 2008-2009/10 TransAtlantic Masters Classes to UNC-CH. This year marks the launch of TAM's research track, referred to as TAM Track II; students in track II will study for one year at UNC-CH and will spend their second year at VU University Amsterdam.  Five students are in this year's track II cohort. TAM track I has 22 students in its class of 2009.  Students in both cohorts come from a variety of states, including Louisiana, California, Florida, Hawaii, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan, Washington, New York, Wisconsin, Indiana, New Jersey, Arizona and North Carolina. Those who have traveled across the Atlantic to get here hail from Greece, Slovakia, and Germany. A few other nationalities such as Czech, Polish, British, Swedish and Bulgarian are represented by dual nationals in the group. This year's in-coming TAM students received undergraduate degrees from institutions such as Louisiana State University, California State University, UNC-CH, the University of Bremen, Rollins College, Passau University, UW – Seattle, The University of Macedonia, Miami University, Michigan State University, Wake Forest University, Cormenius University, SUNY-Oswego, Wisconsin Lutheran College, UC-Davis, the College of Charleston, BU, the University of Arizona and Indiana University, Bloomington. They have studied abroad in France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, the Czech Republic, England, New Zealand, Greece, Germany, Morocco and in other locations.  A few have also pursued MA degrees in such disciplines as War Studies and Cultural Studies.  Many of the in-coming students already have substantial work experience in international fields including journalism, education, and management. 

CES Welcomes Visiting DAAD Scholar Holger Moroff

Holger MoroffThe Center for European Studies is pleased to welcome Professor Holger Moroff as our new DAAD professor at Carolina . His appointment will be for three years, and he will be affiliated with both the Center for European Studies and the Political Science Department. Prof. Moroff has taught international and comparative politics at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena since 2002. Before that he was a research fellow at the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) in Berlin for one year. Prof. Moroff earned his BA in Economics, History and American Studies in 1995 from the University of Bochum. In 1997 he received an MA in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. Prof. Moroff earned a Master's of European Studies (M.E.S.) in 2000 from the Center of European Integration Studies (ZEI) at Bonn University. In 2008, he was awarded his PhD in Political Science from Friedrich Schiller University Jena. His dissertation focused on conceptions of security in EU external relations. Professor Moroff is fluent in German, English, and Spanish. He also speaks French and Russian.

During the fall 2008 semester, Professor Moroff will teach one TAM class – POLI 891: The EU as a Global Actor. The seminar will focus on the EU's external relations and foreign policies. The EU is not a classical actor in international relations, as it enjoys more decision making powers than an international organization and less than a unitary state. However, these powers vary according to the degree of integration in different policy fields. TAM students will look at a diverse set of EU external policies ranging from trade and soft security issues to diplomatic and military developments as well as US-EU relations.

Open House & Info Sessions at the Global Education Center

Global Education CenterWednesday, September 3, 2008 | 11am - 1pm | FedEx Global Education Center Atrium
UNC provides countless opportunities to explore other cultures and to become more globally aware. The FedEx Global Education Center houses several of the university's primary international units dedicated to global learning and services.

Come to the Open House of the Global Education Center where you'll be able to sample coffees (from the Global Cup Café) and goodies from countries all over the world! Plus, pick up brochures about international units and programs on campus, and speak with department representatives.

Take part in information sessions throughout the day. Sessions will cover funding opportunities, academic programs, study abroad and a variety of other international topics. Please view the flyer (PDF) for more details.

12:00pm | Transatlantic Masters Program Information Session
12:30pm | Languages Across the Curriculum and EURO Major Information Session

CES Fall Speakers Series

EU Flag on the Manzanares el Real Castle, Madrid, Spain Friday, September 5, 2008
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Speaker Ivan Llamazares (University of Salamanca) will discuss Euro-scepticism in Southern Europe. Open to the public.

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum:
Early Registration Deadline Approaching

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 (http://www.mla.org/flreport) on CLAC initiatives nationwide.

Please visit the CLAC conference website for more information. Registration information can be found here: www.unc.edu/clac/registration.html.

Please note that up to 20 UNC graduate students can receive waived conference fees in exchange for volunteering a minimum of 10 hours of their time to assist with the conference. To apply, email clac2008@unc.edu .

Deadline: September 5, 2008

 

Lectures and Events

Louvre, Paris, FranceInformation Session for French Majors and Minors

Friday, September 5, 2008 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm | Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC
French majors and minors at UNC are invited to an information session to learn about career opportunities in French. Please view this flyer (PDF) for details.

North Carolina German Studies Seminar

Christopher BrowningSunday, September 18, 2008 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | Hillel Center, UNC Campus
Christopher R. Browning , UNC Chapel Hill, Dept. of History will discuss Survivor Testimonies and Holocaust History: A Study of the Starachowice Factory Slave Labor Camps.
Abstract and Bio

The presentation will focus on the perceptions and memories of the Jewish prisoners of and relations with the German factory management and camp commandants, Ukrainian guards, and Polish neighbors. It is composed of two parts: First, it will discuss the methodological issues involved with using survivor testimony as a source for writing Holocaust History in general and the history of the Starachowice factory slave labor camps in particular. Afterwards, it will focus on the questions how the other ethnic groups (Germans, Poles, Ukrainians) are remembered and perceived in survivor testimony. Its main argument is that a micro-historical approach and close reading of the testimonies allow the historian to go beyond broad, negative generalizations to arrive at a more nuanced and differentiated picture of inter-ethnic relations during the Holocaust.

Refreshments and drinks will be served before the seminar. The lecture starts at 6:30 pm. Please register with Philipp Stelzel (stelzel@email.unc.edu) in a timely fashion.

For more information see: http://www.unc.edu/ncgs


Grants and Fellowships

DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program

American Institute for Contemporary German StudiesThe DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program, funded by a generous grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), is designed to bring scholars and specialists working on Germany, Europe, and/or transatlantic relations to the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) for research stays of two months each. Fellowships include a monthly stipend of up to $4,725, depending on the seniority of the applicant, transportation to and from Washington, and office space at the Institute.

Please note that the DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship supports fellows conducting research at AICGS in Washington, D.C. We are unable to support research in Germany/Europe. DAAD/AICGS Research Fellows will be expected to produce a short analytical essay that will be published on the AICGS website and distributed via the Institute's bimonthly email newsletter, The AICGS Advisor.

Project proposals should address a topic closely related to one or more of the Institute's three research and programming areas:

  1. Business and Economics
  2. Foreign and Domestic Policy
  3. Society, Culture, and Politics

For further details, please visit http://www.aicgs.org/fellows/opps/daad.aspx.

Deadline for Spring 2009 (January 2009 - June 2009): August 31, 2008

Getting to Know Europe: Local and Regional Communities and the European Union

The Delegation of the European Commission in Washington DC is pleased to announce a “Getting to Know Europe: Local and Regional Communities and the European Union” grant competition.  This program supports activities that encourage greater understanding of the European Union, and of the many ties between the United States and the European Union, within local and regional communities in the United States.

Activities can include competitions, publications and other information products, training and briefing sessions, study and exchange visits, and town twinning arrangements. All activities should be focused at the local level, engaging students, teachers, local & state government, civil society leaders, and others in promoting greater understanding of the European Union.  Such activities will be funded for the period 1 December 2008 to 31 December 2009. 

Institutions from the United States and the European Union which may apply include secondary schools, universities, youth groups and associations, local community groups, local associations promoting socio-cultural exchanges across the Atlantic, media and other professional training centers, and other civil society organizations such as chambers of commerce. Proposals involving two or more such institutions are welcome, and national "umbrella" groups with active local chapters may also apply. Universities are included among institutions eligible to apply provided that they are not currently receiving European Commission funding for European Union Centers of Excellence. 

Full details of the competition can be viewed at the Delegation's web site, http://www.eurunion.org/infores/GettintoKnowEurope2008-9GrantAnnounceHomepage.htm

Please direct any questions regarding this competition in writing (no telephone enquiries) to the email address below, referencing "Call for Getting to Know Europe 2008-9" in the subject line. 

Helen Henderson BEM, Academic Programs Officer, Political & Development Section, Delegation of the European Commission, 2300 M Street NW, Suite 300, Washington DC 20037
Fax: 202 429 1766
Email: helen.henderson@ec.europa.eu
Web: www.eurunion.org

Deadline: September 18, 2008


Call for Proposals

Coming Home? Conflict and Return Migration in 20th Century Europe

Coming Home? Conflict and Return Migration in 20th Century Europe
April 1-3, 2009 | University of Southampton
The question of return has long been thought to be central to an exilic discourse and yet relatively little is known about how return migration is actually experienced and subsequently remembered by exiles and also by migrants more widely. In order to mark the 70th anniversary of the "official" end of the Spanish Civil War and the start of the Second World War, events which led to the mass displacement of refugees, this conference seeks contributions for papers on the broad theme of conflict and return migration in twentieth-century Europe. We welcome individual papers or panels in English that focus on any exile, refuge or migrant return episode that has Europe as its point of arrival or departure. We are particularly interested in addressing the experiences, memories and conceptual issues of return.

A selection of papers will be considered for publication after the conference. Please send abstracts (250 words) to: Dr Alicia Pozo Gutiérrez, Dr Scott Soo

For more information: http://www.soton.ac.uk/ml/research/cominghome.html

Deadline: September 1, 2008

EUSA Panel and Paper Proposals

European Union Studies AssociationApril 23-25, 2009 | Los Angeles, California
The European Union Studies Association invites scholars and practitioners engaged in the study of Europe and the European Union to submit panel and paper proposals for its 2009 Eleventh Biennial International Conference. This conference also marks the 20th anniversary of EUSA.

The firm deadline for receipt of paper and panel proposals is September 30, 2008. You will be notified of the Program Committee’s decision regarding your proposal by December 15, 2008.

All proposals must be submitted via our online proposal submission forms, located at www.eustudies.org. We do not accept proposals by e-mail, regular mail or via facsimile. Address all questions about the proposal process to eusa@pitt.edu or by telephone to 412.648.7635.

For more information, please view the call for proposals (PDF).

 

K-12 Schools

Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program

FulbrightThe Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides opportunities for overseas experience. The program is open to educators and administrators with responsibilities for curriculum development in fields related to humanities, languages, and area studies. Topics and host countries of the seminars vary from year to year. All seminars are in non-western European countries. Seminars are designed to provide a broad and introductory cultural orientation to a particular country (ies). The program is geared towards those educators with little or no experience in the host country (ies) who demonstrate the need to develop and enhance their curriculum through short-term study and travel abroad.

There are nine seminars being offered for Summer 2009 with 16 positions per seminar, subject to the availability of funds. Seminars take place from late June to mid-August for four to six weeks.

Countries offered in 2009:

  • Elementary Seminars: India; Mexico; New Zealand & Mongolia
  • Secondary Seminars: China-For Language Instructors; Poland; Turkey
  • Postsecondary Seminars: China-History & Culture; Jordan & Oman; Senegal

THOSE QUALIFIED TO APPLY:

  • Elementary School Teachers in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages
  • Middle or High School Educators in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages
  • Administrators or Curriculum Specialists who have responsibility for curriculum in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages;
  • Librarians, Museum Educators or Media or Resource Specialists who have responsibility for curriculum in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages; and
  • Faculty or Administrators from public or private, 2- or 4-year institutions of higher education whose discipline is related to the social sciences, humanities, languages and/or area studies.

For more details, please visit www.ed.gov/programs/iegpssap/sapfacts.html. The application package is available at: http://e-grants.ed.gov/

Deadline: September 12, 2008

ThinkGlobal Summer 2008 Issue Available

The Summer 2008 edition of ThinkGlobal is now available online: www.unc.edu/world/newsletter.pdf

World View's semiannual newsletter provides information on international studies in K-12 and community college classrooms across North Carolina, resources for educators, and news about World View and other international programs.

Summer 2008 Highlights include:
  • NC State Board of Education's Commitment to Global Ed
  • Upcoming World View Programs
  • New World View Partners
  • Community College Grants and Initiatives
  • Global Learning in Catawba
  • The NC-China Partnership
  • and more!

Global Updates from World View

World ViewFor better or worse, food helps us define who we are. Throughout history, grains, spices, and produce have connected civilizations and strengthened national identities. In today's global economy, food production has had a dynamic effect on international development and stability. In this month's Global Update, take a quiz to learn about food from around the world. This month's Update also highlights resources for educators to learn about the current food crisis and how your students can become informed and involved citizens on fighting global hunger.

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

 

Position Announcement

Position in European Union and European Politics

Vanderbilt UniversityThe Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University invites applications and nominations from outstanding political scientists for a tenured or tenure track appointment as Assistant Professor with a specialization in European Union and European Politics. The department encourages applications from the best possible candidates to enhance its growing scholarly reputation and teaching effectiveness, and especially to help it pursue its focus on research on substantively important issues of politics using advanced methods. The appointment will begin in Fall 2009. Salary and benefits are highly competitive.

To assure full consideration, applications should be received by October 1, 2008, but applications are welcomed now and interviews or campus lectures may be scheduled at any time. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. All applicants should send a letter of application, a complete curriculum vitae, and a list of professional references. In addition to these items, applicants who would qualify for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor should also send a single writing sample, three letters of recommendation, and information on teaching experience and performance. The Ph.D. is required for appointment to a tenured or tenure track position. Vanderbilt is an AA/EO employer. Its Department of Political Science particularly encourages applications from minorities and women.

Send all application materials to: John G. Geer, Acting Chair, Department of Political Science, Vanderbilt University, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, VU Station B Box 351817 Station B, Nashville, Tennessee 37235-1817.


Internships

Internship at Analytica

Analytica is a non-profit independent institution dedicated to helping individuals and institutions with the aim to foster lasting improvement in the democracy and governance in Macedonia and elsewhere in the region of South Eastern Europe.

Internship applicants are expected to be university students, undergraduates or graduates preferably interested in EU studies. They should also have interest in policy research and at least basic research skills. An interest in one or more of Analytica's programmes of research would be an advantage. Proficiency in English is essential. There are no citizenship requirements.

The autumn cycle of the internship runs from October 5 - December 25. Interested applicants should send their CVs (resumes) along with an application letter explaining the reasons behind their application to: info@analyticamk.org, within the specified deadline. Same application procedure applies both for residential and non-residential internship.

For more info about Analytica and its work, please visit: http://www.analyticamk.org/index.html

Deadline: September 10, 2008

Internships with the Delegation of the European Commission

The Delegation of the European Commission offers a variety of internship positions at its office in Washington, DC. The New York Delegation, too, offers internship positions. Please contact that Delegation directly for more information on opportunities there. (For information on EU internships in Europe, click here.)

Internships are intended to provide college and university students and recent graduates with the opportunity to acquire considerable knowledge of the European Union, its institutions, activities, laws, statistics and relations with the US. Internship applicants may be of any nationality.

For details, please visit the Delegation website.

Deadline for the Spring Semester: September 15, 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.

Job Announcement: Liaison and Networking Manager - Centre for European Studies, Carleton University

Carleton UniversityThe Centre for European Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa invites applications for the position of Liaison and Networking Manager. This position offers a unique opportunity to develop a Canada-Europe network of research excellence based on a consortium of expertise from across Canada. The person filling the position will be responsible for working with the Director of the Centre and with other professors from across Canada in developing vehicles for linking research outputs in the field of European and EU Studies with relevant constituencies in Canada and Europe, including government agencies, non-governmental organizations, civil society structures, academic institutions, and the business community. Ideally, the position will be filled at the half-time or three-quarter time level (18-28 hours per week), but for the appropriate candidate full-time appointment may also be considered. 

Consideration of applications will commence on July 8, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, you may contact. Prof. Joan DeBardeleben at joan_debardeleben@carleton.ca

For full details and application information, please view the position announcement (PDF).

Job Announcement: Assistant/Associate Professor in Politics/European Studies

Vesalius CollegeThe International Affairs programme at Vesalius College (associated with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel) has a full-time vacancy at the assistant or associate professor level for a broadly oriented political scientist able to teach courses on comparative politics, international relations, and international organizations with a European focus. The position is initially for one year, but renewable, with the possibility to become permanent.

Vesalius College offers a 3 year undergraduate education in English to international students. The student body and the Brussels location offer many opportunities to scholars interested in international issues. The position requires a commitment to high quality teaching and research potential. The successful candidate is expected to emphasize and strengthen the European dimension in the International Affairs programme.  Research opportunities exist with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in general and its Institute for European Studies in particular.  Candidates should have the Ph.D in hand by the commencement of the position in January 2009.

Applications should include a full CV including information on teaching experience (course preparations), publications, and the names and contact addresses of two referees. More information about the position may be obtained from International Affairs Chair Professor Alison Woodoward or Professor Bert Mosselmans, Dean of Vesalius College (+32 2 629-2484; email: dean.vesalius@vub.ac.be).  For more details, please visit www.vesalius.edu/jobs/poleustudies.

Deadline: September 15, 2008


Other International Studies News

3rd Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance: Focus on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

Girl holding a globeOctober 19-22, 2008 | Manila, Philippines
The Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP) and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN/ISDR) are pleased to invite you to the Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance. Gender experts have raised concern over the absence of women in the discourse/debate on climate change and disaster risk reduction, both of which are global mainstream issues that are currently impacting the entire world. The involvement of women in areas of environmental management and governance should not be perceived as an afterthought. Women's roles are of considerable importance in the promotion of environmental ethics.

The current imperative is for women to understand the phenomenon of climate change and disaster risk reduction and their impacts and implications at the individual, household, community and national levels. Studies show that women have a definite information deficit on climate politics, climate protection, and preparedness through disaster risk reduction. Only with this information can women take their proper, significant and strategic role in the issues of climate change and disaster risk reduction.

Please download the full information sheet and registration form for this Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance from our website.

Deadline: August 31, 2008

2008 International Festival of Raleigh

September 5- 6, 2008 | Raleigh Convention Center
The International Festival of Raleigh is an annual celebration of dance, food, and music from around the globe. This event brings ethnic groups together to share traditions and celebrate their unique differences. It also allows native North Carolinians the ability to visit the world in their own backyard.

For a schedule of events and more information visit: www.internationalfestival.org/

Got Talent?

Do you perform cultural music or dance? Are you a chef who can teach world cuisine? Have you created a film about international issues? The UNC FedEx Global Education Center hosts art exhibitions, musical and dance performances, interactive and other various cultural events to educate the public about world cultures. We are looking for local talent! Please view this flyer (PDF), and email lauragriest@unc.edu for details.

 

 

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