Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
October 22, 2008


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This week we have:
1. CES News
2. Lectures and Events
3. Call for Proposals
4. Seminars and Workshops
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

Milada VachudovaFriday, October 24, 2008
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Milada Vachudova (UNC Political Science department) will present a public lecture entitled Democratization and EU Leverage in the Post-Communist World. Part of the fall 2008 CES Friday Speaker Series, open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Michael BauerFriday, November 7, 2008
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: Room 2008/2010

Michael Bauer (University of Konstanz) will present a public lecture entitled The Politics of EU Annulment Proceedings. Part of the fall 2008 CES Friday Speaker Series, open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Ghost Stories: Traces of the Holocaust in Paris

David CaronPublic Lecture | Friday, November 14 | 3:30pm - 5pm | Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC
Professor David Caron (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) will give a lecture entitled Ghost Stories: Traces of the Holocaust in Paris. Professor Caron is a specialist in Holocaust and Jewish and gay identities in France. He will speak in particular about the Marais neighborhood in Paris.

Graduate Seminar | Thursday, November 13 | 3:30pm - 4:45pm | 201 Dey Hall, UNC
Graduate seminar on Le Marais et la question de la visibilité with Professor Caron (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor), a specialist in Holocaust and Jewish and gay identities in France.

Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages, Center for European Studies, Center for Jewish Studies and the Board on Sexuality Studies.

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Awards Open Information Sessions

  • Tuesday, November 18 | 3-4 pm | FedEx Global Education Center, room 1009
  • Friday, November 21 | 3-4 pm | FedEx Global Education Center, room 4003

FLAS funds are awarded in a competitive process open to graduate students to pursue foreign language and area studies for professional purposes. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an open meeting, held every Fall, where representatives of all the Area Studies Centers with FLAS funding will be present.

For more information about FLAS awards, click here.

 

Lectures and Events

American-French-European Union Relations After George W. Bush: Legacies and Opportunities

American-French-EU Relations After George W. Bush: Legacies and OpportunitiesThursday, October 23, 2008 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | George Watts Hill Alumni Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
Pascal Bruckner (French novelist, essayist, journalist, and public intellectual) will speak and Homer Sutton (Professor at Davidson College) and Joe Golsan (Professor and Chair of the Department of European, Classical Languages, & Culture at Texas A&M University) will respond.  Lloyd Kramer (Chair of the Department of History at UNC) will moderate.

The panel discussion and public conversation, followed by a wine and cheese reception, are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Institut Francais de Washington. Please visit www.unc.edu/depts/institut/Institut/Welcome.html for more information.

Mapping Impulse of Classical Cinema

Thursday, October 23, 2008 | 3:30 pm | Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC Campus
Professor Tom Conley (Harvard University, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Visual and Environmental Studies)
will present a lecture entitled The Mapping Impulse of Classical Cinema. Cosponsored by the Center for European Studies.

Carolina Critical Thought Reading Group: Roberto Esposito on Biopolitics

Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy, by Roberto EspositoFriday, October 24 | 4pm - 6pm | Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Seminar Room, 2nd floor
In conjunction with the newly established Carolina Lectures in Critical Thought, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities will host a monthly reading group for faculty and students at Carolina interested in fostering interdisciplinary exchange and dialogue.

The focal point of this year's reading group will be Italian political philosopher Roberto Esposito's newly translated book Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy. In Bíos Esposito argues that the modern individual, with all of its civil and political rights as well as its moral powers, strives to attain immunity from the contagion of the extraindividual, namely, the community. 

A theoretically rich and yet remarkably accessible piece of research, Esposito's book will be of immediate scholarly interest to many faculty and students throughout the College of Arts and Sciences. A work that engages the ideas of Deleuze, Foucault, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Arendt, among others, Bios will also be of interest to anyone interested in contemporary posthumanist debates. We will read two introductory essays about Esposito and his work.

A detailed schedule and reading list can be found at the lecture series website:  www.unc.edu/clct. Readings are available either online through the lecture series website or through the Ram's Head Bookstore. Faculty and graduate students interested in participating in the reading group should notify organizers of their interest in participating: clct@unc.edu.

North Carolina German Studies Seminar

North Carolina German Studies SeminarSunday, October 26, 2008 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | Hillel Center, UNC Campus
Kevin Kennedy (Appalachian State University) will present a seminar entitled Peter Paul Zahl: German Exile Writer in Jamaica - A Video Documentary. The project deals with the contemporary German writer Peter Paul Zahl, who started writing as a member of the working-class literary circle Dortmunder Gruppe 61 and then became involved in the APO shortly after his move to West Berlin in 1964. Zahl was an active member of various splinter groups of the APO, and in the early seventies found himself caught in a violent police sting that ultimate ended with his incarceration. Zahl was released from jail in 1982. Kennedy's project deals in particular with Zahl's personal memoirs and writings (Elf Schritte zu einer Tat, 1968; Von einem, der auszog, Geld zu verdienen, 1970) from in, around, and about 1968. The presentation, which will include portions of his personal interviews with Zahl in his new home in Jamaica, provides a new perspective on 1968.

KEVIN KENNEDY is Associate Professor of German Language and Literature at Appalachian State University. He received his MA at McGill University, Montreal, Canada and his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Refreshments and drinks will be served before the seminar. The lecture starts at 6:45 pm. Please register with PHILIPP STELZEL (stelzel@email.unc.edu) in a timely fashion.

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

Two Works of Irish Theater: Druid Theater Company

Druid Theater CompanyOctober 29, 7:30pm & October 30, 7:30pm | Memorial Hall, UNC
Presenting 2 plays of John Millington Synge in one evening, Druid has revolutionized Irish theater. This performance is a part of the acclaimed DruidSynge, in which the company performs all of Synge's works. The Memorial Hall performances will present Synge's The Shadow of the Glen and The Playboy of the Western World. Playboy in particular did a great deal to revitalise Synge for Irish audiences, presenting the plays' sexuality and violence with an unflinching realism. The upcoming Kennedy Center performances prompted this in The Washington Post: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/16/AR2008101601357.html

Of special interest—the members of Druid will be presenting 2 master classes with the UNC Dept. of Dramatic Art on Tues. October 28. Visit the Carolina Performing Arts website for more details.



Call for Proposals

EUSA Conference Teaching Workshops: Extended Deadline

European Union Studies AssociationThe European Union Studies Association invites proposals for teaching workshops on Europe and the European Union in connection with its 2009 Eleventh Biennial International Conference in Los Angeles.

The teaching workshops are scheduled for Thursday, 23 April 2009 from 8:30 to 12:30am and Saturday, 25 April 2009 from 2 to 6 pm. Workshops may be planned for two hours or four hours and may be offered on one or both days.

The purpose of these workshops is to provide participants with tools, methods, materials, sources and approaches to teaching the European Union. We encourage teaching workshops designed to attract broad and/or diverse audiences including high school, community college, and university teachers (undergraduate and graduate levels).

Applications for teaching workshops should be sent to eusa@pitt.edu in PDF format. Please view the call for proposals (PDF) for details.

Deadline: October 31, 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


Seminars and Workshops

World View Community College Symposium: Globalization and Global Health Issues

November 12-13, 2008 | Friday Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
Join us as we explore how we are connected to the world through the lens of global health. It's difficult to understand globalization in our interconnected world without a solid grounding in global health issues. This program's goals are to provide that background, inspire educators to integrate these issues in their daily instruction, and give them the resources to do so. This program is designed for faculty and administrators in all disciplines, and is suitable for K-12 educators.

Leading scholars from Duke University, North Carolina State, and UNC at Chapel Hill will address the major issues of global health in an age of globalization. Small group sessions will focus on a range of global health topics. College-based teams will meet with a faculty advisor to develop a global initiative plan. Please refer to the program (PDF) for session titles; find the registration form here (PDF).

Cost: $150 per person. $500 for a Team of 4 individuals from the same college (save $100). $125 for each additional Team member.

Visit the symposium website at www.unc.edu/world/CCSymposium08.htm for more information. Please visit www.unc.edu/world for details.

EU-US Workshop on Internationalization of Research and Graduate Studies

EU/US Research and Education WorkshopNovember 17-18, 2008 | Atlanta, GA
In an increasingly globalized economy, science and technology careers extend beyond national boundaries. Universities and research institutes worldwide are addressing these developments by setting up exchange programs, double and/or joint degrees, and foreign campuses. Several EU-U.S. co-operation ventures promote the training and mobility of researchers and are likely to be further developed.

The workshop is organized by the French Presidency of the European Union in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Delegation of the European Commission, the French, Czech, Slovenian and Swedish Embassies and the other 23 EU Embassies in Washington, D.C.

The workshop aims at addressing issues relating to the internationalization of research and higher education. The objectives are: to achieve a common understanding of the current situation and the main trends; to identify key obstacles to increasing transatlantic mobility of students are researchers; to identify ways and means for strengthening the exchange of scientists and engineers between the EU and the U.S. in quantitative as well as qualitative terms.

Please visit www.dlpe.gatech.edu/EUUS-Workshop/ for more information.



K-12 Schools

Euro Challenge Competition

Euro Challenge

The Euro Challenge is an exciting educational opportunity for high school students (grades 9 and 10) to learn about the European Union (EU) and the euro. Student teams make presentations answering specific questions about the European economy as a whole and the single currency, the euro. They also pick one member country of the euro area, examine an economic problem at the country level, and identify policies for responding to that problem.

Euro Challenge Expands with New Website and Facebook Page

The Euro Challenge competition is poised to expand greatly in 2009, with up to 100 teams expected to compete in regional rounds and the final round in New York City for cash awards and an exciting trip to Washington D.C., made possible by The Moody's Foundation.

We are pleased to announce that this significant increase in participation will be met with extended support through our new website at www.euro-challenge.org and a Euro Challenge Facebook page, which are now up and running.

Euro Challenge Goals

  • Increase students' knowledge and understanding of the European Union and the euro
  • Promote an understanding of economic challenges facing European Union member nations
  • Support local learning standards related to global studies and economics
  • Foster economic and financial literacy and understanding of economic policy issues
  • Develop communication, critical thinking and cooperative skills

Euro Challenge in North Carolina: Orientation Session and Free Trip to Brussels!

Brussels, BelgiumUNC will host an orientation session for teachers from North Carolina schools participating in the Euro Challenge on November 10, 2008. Teachers enlisting a team in the Euro Challenge will be eligible for one of three spots to travel to Brussels in summer 2009, travel and accommodations paid, on a program organized by the European Commission.

For more information and to register, visit www.euro-challenge.org. For details for NC schools, visit www.unc.edu/depts/europe/academicprograms/eurochallenge.html. Open the registration form here (DOC).

Contact the Delegation of the European Commission at delegation-usa-eurochallenge@ec.europa.eu or Gali Beeri at the UNC EUCE with any questions.

World View Symposium: Globalization and Global Health Issues

Now open to K-12 educators! Please read the above section for more information.

Global Updates from World View

World View Learn about International Education Week 2008 (November 17-21) in this issue of Global Updates. IEW promotes international understanding and builds support for international educational exchange, better preparing Americans to live, work, collaborate and compete in a global environment. The theme for this year's IEW is International Education: Fostering Global Responsibility and Leadership. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

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

 

Position Announcement

Institute of European Integration Research: Post-Doctoral Research Position

Institute for European Integration ResearchThe Institute for European Integration Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences now invites applications as full-time researcher on post-doctoral level: initial appointment for 1 or 2 years starting January 2009, prolongation possible, salary depends on seniority.

Among the tasks are own research and activities in the frame of the Institute’s research programme (www.eif.oeaw.ac.at), plus co-operation in ongoing projects. For example, the Institute is partner of the RECON consortium and one researcher will be involved in our SHARE project’s empirical study on the EP elections 2009.

View the call for applications (PDF) for details.

Deadline: October 24, 2008


Internships

Emigré Memorial German Internship Program

BundestagBundestag offers internship opportunities for U.S. and Canadian students in the German parliament, the Bundestag. The internships are 2 months long in positions matching the student’s interest and experience. Interns will be placed within the Verwaltung, preferably with a Sekretariat working for their preferred Ausschuss. Asides from contributing to the respective offices, interns have the opportunity to study legislative and administrative procedures in the German parliament.

DAAD programs are helping to create good will and professional relationships that will help build a solid basis for relations between Germany and North America. EMGIP Internships were founded in 1965 by Professors Louise Holborn and George Romoser with the assistance of many scholars of German affairs, especially in the social sciences and contemporary history, and with the financial and planning aid of various German offices also interested in encouraging the development of future generations of German experts. In view of the contributions of German émigrés, the experiential program was named Émigré Memorial German Internship Program.

For application details, please view www.daad.org/page/53287/.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2008

U.S. Department of State Summer Student Internships

Department of State of the United States of AmericaThe U.S. Department of State is now accepting applications for the Summer 2009 Student Internship Program. The U. S. Department of State is the official international relations arm of the President of the United States. The Department is responsible for formulating, implementing and supporting U.S. foreign policy, assisting U.S. citizens abroad and managing the human and material resources that provide the platform for U.S. foreign policy.

The objectives of the internship program are to encourage students to consider careers in foreign affairs, to provide students with valuable work experience in a foreign affairs agency, and to aid the Department in achieving its mission. About half of the internships are in Washington, D.C., with the remaining internships at embassies and consulates abroad.

Please visit www.careers.state.gov/students/selection.html#SIP for more information.

Deadline: November 3, 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.

Postdoctoral Fellowships at the European University Institute

European University Institute, FlorenceMax Weber Fellowships | European University Institute | Florence, Italy
The Max Weber Programme is the largest postdoctoral programme for young researchers in the social sciences, funded by the European Commission (DG Education). Max Weber Fellowships are for 1 or 2 years and are open to candidates who have received a doctorate in the social sciences (economics, law, political science, sociology, history and related fields) within the last five years. The Max Weber fellowships are designed for junior post-docs who would like to pursue an academic career, concentrate on their own research and enhance their academic practice in a multidisciplinary environment.

Fellows are selected on the basis of their research accomplishments and potential, their academic career interests, and the availability of the EUI faculty to provide mentorship. Each year 40 - 45 postdoctoral fellows are part of the programme.

For more information please see www.eui.eu/Servac/Postdoctoral/MaxWeberFellowships/

Jean Monnet Fellowships | European University Institute | Florence, Italy
Through its Jean Monnet Fellowship Programme the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies offers yearly approximately 20 fellowships to post-docs in an early stage of their academic career. During their stay at the RSCAS, fellows work on a research topic that fits well in the overall research profile of the RSCAS (www.eui.eu/RSCAS/Research/) and participate in the academic life of the Centre and of the EUI. Each fellow is assigned a professorial mentor.

Jean Monnet Fellowships are for 1 year and are open to candidates who have received a doctorate within the last 7 years. The main criteria during the selection procedure are the CV, the overall scientific quality of the proposal, and the fit of the proposal with the research programme of the Centre.

For more information please see www.eui.eu/Servac/Postdoctoral/JeanMonnetFellowships/

Deadline for both fellowships: October 25, 2008

Position Announcement: Professors in Public Policy

Central European UniversityCentral European University | Budapest, Hungary
The Department of Public Policy at the Central European University (www.ceu.hu) opens two full-time positions at level of Assistant or Associate Professor in the field of public policy. Depending on qualification of the candidates one of these appointments can be made at the level of Professor.

Faculty appointed to these positions will teach a number of core courses in the field of public policy. The Higher Education Policy position also involves responsibility for developing and teaching courses in the higher education policy stream (a specialization of the MA in Public Policy). In addition, appointees for both positions will be responsible for supervision of research projects and dissertations at MA and PhD level.

View the position announcement for application details here: www.ceu.hu/jobbank.

Applications must reach the Central European University by Friday October 31, 2008.

Post Doctoral Research Fellow: Centre for Competition Policy

Centre for Competition PolicyThe Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Centre for Competition Policy seeks a Post Doctoral Fellow with demonstrated research potential, who wishes to develop an academic career in this 3 year post.

The Centre is a focus of research into Competition and Regulation across a range of disciplines, and welcomes applications in the area of competition or regulation policy from within the Economics, Competition Law, Political Science and/or Business disciplines.  Applications for this post are particularly welcome from candidates with a background in Political Science.  Post doctoral fellows are expected to both contribute to the Centre's research individually, and develop joint research with other Centre members. Details of the current research programme and the Centre members and their interests are given on the CCP website at http://www.ccp.uea.ac.uk.

Further particulars and an application form can be obtained from the University's web page at: www.uea.ac.uk/hr/jobs/ or by e-mail at hr@uea.ac.uk.

Closing Date: 12 noon on November 14, 2008.

 

Other International Studies News

Caryl EmersonLecture: The Return of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky

Monday, October 27 | 5:00pm | Toy Lounge (4th floor), Dey Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
Please mark your calendars and come hear PROF. CARYL EMERSON (Princeton) speak on "The Return of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky (1887-1950): Moscow 'Minus-Space', a Theater of Dreams, and the Stalinist Surreal."

Taiko: Japanese Drumming Performance
Triangle Taiko: Japanese Drumming Performance

Tuesday, October 28 | 7pm | Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
Combining music and movements drawn from the martial arts, taiko is a high-energy tradition of drumming that originated in Japan and is exhilarating to watch and hear. "Taiko" means large drum, and the sound and sight of a taiko ensemble is hard to forget!  Enjoy a dynamic performance from Triangle Taiko, the only taiko ensemble in North Carolina.

Lecture: PhotoNight with National Geographic Fellow

Tuesday, October 28 | 7:30pm - 9pm | Carroll Hall, room 111, UNC-Chapel Hill
Photojournalist Chris Rainier, a National Geographic Fellow, will present his work in a free, public event at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication. PhotoNight is an opportunity for students and professionals to come together and share work. The evening is designed to give photographers the chance to learn from each other and develop their own style. PhotoNights are held around the world, providing an avenue for the enhancement of the photojournalism community.

Rainier co-directs the National Geographic Society Cultural Ethnosphere Program and the All Roads Photography Program. He is a contributing editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine; a contributing photographer for National Geographic Adventure magazine; and a correspondent on photography for National Public Radio Day to Day program. Rainier also heads the National Geographic Enduring Voices Project that documents endangered languages. He has traveled to all seven continents and gone on expeditions in Africa, Antarctica and New Guinea.

This lecture is hosted by the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication and UNC National Press Photographers Association. For more information, contact Patrick Davison: pdavison@email.unc.edu or visit www.carolinaphotojournalism.org.

Lecture by Walter Feldman - The Musical Ritual of the Mevlevi Dervishes: Past and Present

Wednesday, October 29 | 5:30 pm | Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
The musical ritual of the Mevlevi or Whirling Dervishes (of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana Rumi) originated in the 15th century and has been practiced in something like its current form since the 17th century. In 1925, it, along with the Mevlevi Order, was prohibited by the new Turkish Republic, yet in 2005 the ritual was declared a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO. Officially sponsored performances of the ritual abroad helped to increase tourism to Turkey by 30 percent in 2007, which had been declared Mevlana Rumi Year by UNESCO. Given these contradictory facts, what had the Mevlevi ritual been in the past, and what is it today?

Hosted by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations and co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies through a grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation in honor of Eli N. Evans, '58. For more details, please click here.

 

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