Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
September 10, 2008

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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

CES Fall Speakers Series

Friday, September 12, 2008
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Dr. David Armitage, Jr., specialist on the European Union at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, will present a lecture on TransAtlantic Security Cooperation. He is also an adjunct research fellow at the National Defense University's Institute for National Strategic Studies.

Part of the fall 2008 CES Friday Speaker Series, open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

A Comparative Analysis of U.S. Policy Toward European Defense Autonomy:
Enduring Dilemmas in Transatlantic Relations by David T. Armitage, Jr. (2008)

David CoatesFriday, September 19, 2008
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

David Coates (Wake Forest University) will discuss New Labour's Perfect Storm. Part of the fall 2008 CES Friday Speaker Series, open to the public. Light refreshments provided.


Lectures and Events

North Carolina German Studies Seminar

Christopher BrowningSunday, September 14, 2008 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | Hillel Center, UNC
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 ( in a timely fashion.

For more information see:

Ukrainian Famine-Genocide: Reflections After 75 Years

Friday, September 12, 2008 | UNC FedEx Global Education Center
The Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies will host an interdisciplinary academic conference placing famine and genocide in the context of Soviet and Ukrainian history.

  • 10:00am: Ukraine and Three Twentieth-Century Cataclysms
  • 3:30 - 5:30pm: Roundtable: The Famine-Genocide in Historical, Demographic, and International Perspective
  • 7:30pm: Keynote Address by Mark von Hagen, The Ukrainian Famine-Genocide and Confronting Stalinism in Ukraine and Russia

Concurrent Exhibits of Related Materials at UNC's FedEx Global Education Center, Duke University, and The Town of Chapel Hill Library. This is a joint UNC-Duke collaborative effort thanks to the efforts of Jehanne Gheith and Ernest Zitser. The conference is also a university-community partnership, as the Ukrainian Association of North Carolina is co-sponsoring the conference.

For full details, please click here. View the publicity flyer (PDF).

Three Films by Polish Filmmaker Lech Majewski

Lech MajewskiANGELUS
Tuesday, September 16 | Griffith Theatre, Duke University | 8pm
Polish director Lech Majewski followed up his 1999 film Wojaczek with this dark fantasy comedy based on true events that took place in a Silesian town beginning in the 1930s and continuing through the 1950s.

Tuesday, September 23 | Griffith Theatre, Duke University | 8:30pm
Lech Majewski, a poet and screenwriter for Basquiat (1996), directs this stylized biopic of Rafal Wojaczek, a rebellious poet who died prematurely in his twenties.


Tuesday, October 7 | Griffith Theatre, Duke University | 8pm

In this intense tale of passion and mortality, a beautiful but dying London art historian named Claudine, obsessed with Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights, spends her last months in Venice with her lover, Chris.

For full details, please visit

Grants and Fellowships

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,

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

Deadline: September 18, 2008

Berlin Program Fellowship Competition

Berlin Program for Advanced German and European StudiesThe Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies is pleased to solicit applications for its next fellowship competition. The program offers fellowships to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on modern and contemporary German and European history for a research period in Berlin between 10-12 months.

The Berlin Program Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation field research as well as postdoctoral research. Fellowship stipends are EUR 1100 per month for fellows working on a dissertation project and EUR 1400 per month for recent Ph.D.s.

The program accepts applications from U.S. and Canadian nationals or permanent residents. Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students who have completed all coursework required for the Ph.D. and must have achieved ABD (all but dissertation) status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins. Also eligible are U.S. and Canadian Ph.D.s who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years.

For details, please view this flyer (PDF). To download an application form, please refer to

Deadline: December 1, 2008

Call for Proposals

EUSA Panel and Paper Proposals

European Union Studies AssociationThe 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, April 23-25 in Los Angeles, California. 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 We do not accept proposals by e-mail, regular mail or via facsimile. Address all questions about the proposal process to or by telephone to 412.648.7635.

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

Europe Before the European Community, 1918-1957: Images and Ideas

December 11-12, 2008 | University College London
The 1920s and 30s were a moment of deep reflection on the identity of Europe. Almost all intellectuals and many artists and other writers of the time expressed their own understanding of Europe: Thomas Mann, Benedetto Croce, Lionel Robbins, Jaques Maritan, Carl Schmitt, Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Ortega Y Gasset, Miguel de Unamuno, Martin Heidegger, the members of the Frankfurt School – to mention just a few. Most of these authors survived the war and were able to see the birth of a new Europe thanks to the Schumann plan and the creation of the EEC.

The purpose of this conference is to shed light on the understanding of Europe and on representations and discourses concerning its identity between 1918 and 1957 by studying the ideas of some of Europe’s most prominent intellectuals, writers and artists. Above all, the conference aims to analyse how their perception of Europe changed between the crisis produced in the aftermath of the Great War and its rebirth with the creation of the EEC.

If you are interested in offering a 20 minute paper please send a title, an abstract of no more than 300 words and, if you wish, a short CV to Dr. Mark Hewitson or to Matthew D’Auria.

For more information, please visit

Deadline: October 1, 2008

American Association of University Professors: Globalization, Shared Governance, and Academic Freedom

American Association of University ProfessorsJune 12-13, 2009 | Washington, D.C.
The AAUP invites individuals and teams to submit proposals for its conference on Globalization, Shared Governance, and Academic Freedom, held in conjunction with the AAUP's Ninety-fifth Annual Meeting.

Among the questions the conference intends to explore are:

  • What is the state of academic freedom around the world and what challenges does it currently face in the United States? 
  • Can scholarship survive in an era of secrecy and censorship?
  • Who is making decisions in the corporate university? What ever happened to shared governance?
  • What are the implications of the excessive use of contingent faculty and how do we address the issue?
  • How are public policy decisions at the national and state levels affecting higher education?
  • What are the personal, professional and institutional responsibilities of faculty and how can conflicting responsibilities be resolved?
  • How can faculty communicate the intricacies and subtleties of their disciplines to a broad, non-specialist audience?

Conference strands are not limited to the above topics. Presenters are invited to propose a wide range of issues related to academic freedom, governance, faculty work life, rights and responsibilities. The goal of the conference is to provide a faculty perspective on critical issues in higher education presented in a format accessible to the general public.

Learn more about the conference and see guidelines for proposals.

Deadline for submission of proposals: October 31, 2008

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


  • 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 The application package is available at:

Deadline: September 12, 2008


Position Announcement

European Politics Position at the University of Mississippi

University of Mississippi Department of Political ScienceThe Department of Political Science and the Croft Institute for International Studies ( invite applications for an Assistant Professor of Political Science in European Politics. This is a tenure-track position beginning August 2009. The successful candidate will have his/her research and teaching focus on the European Union and be able to teach 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 foreign language proficiency, strong quantitative methods skills, and demonstrated excellence in teaching are required. Candidates must 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.


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.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Université de Montréal-McGill University Institute for European StudiesThe Université de Montréal-McGill University Institute for European Studies (IES) will award a number of postdoctoral fellowships to recent PhD graduates who wish to conduct research on Europe and the European Union at the Institute during the year 2008-2009. It may also award postdoctoral fellowships to Ph.D. candidates who have submitted their dissertation for defence and will be defending it not later than December 2008. These fellowships aim at assisting young scholars in establishing a research base at an important time in their research careers.

The IES' research program focuses on three broad themes:

  1. institutional and legal consolidations in the EU;
  2. the European integration and its impact(s) on the member states' policies and structures;
  3. transatlantic relations and/or the EU as an international actor.

For full details, please view the call for applications (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 Professor Bert Mosselmans, Dean of Vesalius College (+32 2 629-2484; email:  For more details, please visit

Deadline: September 15, 2008

Other International Studies News

Japanese Drum, photo by Erik Araujo

Global Music Show: Contemporary Japanese Music

Wednesday, September 24 | 4-5pm | WXYC 89.3 FM 
WXYC will welcome Mark Driscol, Professor of Asian Studies for the next Global Music show. They will discuss Contemporary Japanese Music.

All archived shows available in streaming audio here.

Japanese Drum, photo by Erik Araujo




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