Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
November 19, 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. EUSA Corner
8. Other International Studies News

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CES News

CES Award Competition

The Center for European Studies and the European Union Center of Excellence are pleased to announce several competitions for funding for UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and graduate students.

The deadline for all proposals listed below is Friday, January 30, 2009. Read on...

CES Welcomes Visiting European Union Fellow Paul Timmers

Paul TimmersCES is pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Timmers will be our new Visiting European Union Fellow at the European Union Center of Excellence at UNC-CH, Spring 2009. Dr. Timmers is Head of Unit ICT for Inclusion within the Directorate-General for Information Society and Media in the European Commission. During Spring 2009 Dr. Timmers will conduct research in collaboration with UNC-CH faculty and will give guest lectures by request on the UNC campus and with other relevant organizations.

Dr. Timmers holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics from the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands, and has extensive experience serving in the European Commission. His recent projects have involved developing the 2006 Riga EU Ministerial Declaration setting targets in broadband, ICT & ageing, digital accessibility, inclusive public services, digital literacy and cultural inclusion. He has also worked with defining e-Inclusion large-scale deployment projects in e-accessibility and ageing / chronic disease management and e-Inclusion good practice promotional initiative, addressing the geographic digital divide and remote regions, marginalized young people, minorities, ageing, and people with disabilities. Dr. Timmers' full CV is available here (PDF).

Dr. Timmers, his wife Victoria and their three sons arrive in Chapel Hill in early January. Please contact Ruth Mitchell-Pitts at the Center if you would like to get in touch with Dr. Timmers.

CES Fall Speakers Series

Pablo BeramendiFriday, November 21, 2008
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: Room 2008/2010

Pablo Beramendi (Duke University Department of Political Science) will present a lecture entitled Distributive Conflict and Institutional Stability in Europe. Part of the fall 2008 CES Friday Speaker Series, open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Awards Open Information Session

  • 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.

When Women Think About Security: Some Feminist Lessons from the Iraq War

Cynthia EnloeTuesday, December 2, 2008 | Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Graduate Reading Seminar | 4:00 - 5:30pm
    Students will discuss in the seminar two new articles by Cynthia Enloe with the author. The text will be distributed in advance. Registration is necessary. Please send an email to: Carolyn Pumphrey
  • Public Talk | 6:00 - 8:00pm
    “Security" is a goal that can spark wars and end wars. But too often we don't ask "Whose security?" Feminists from myriad countries pose a deep question for all of us: If we take seriously the sorts of insecurities that women experience in their daily lives, how would we go about re-making "national security policy" and "global security policy?" Looking afresh at the 6-year US-led war in Iraq gives us a chance to explore these urgent questions and craft some useful answers.

Cynthia Enloe is Research Professor at Clark University (MA) and affiliated with the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment and the Women's Studies Program. Much of her work has focused on the struggle for women in developing countries to gain a political voice. Her research on how militaries, governments and corporations shape women's lives has received international acclaim.

Co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies. Download flier for details (DOC).

The Berlin Airlift Sixty Years On

Black and white photograph of children playing with airplanesSaturday, December 13, 2008 | FedEx Global Education Center Auditorium, UNC-Chapel Hill
This seminar with distinguished historian Gerhard L. Weinberg takes the sixtieth anniversary of the Berlin Airlift to reflect back on the origins of Cold War. On June 24, 1948, the Soviets announced that the four-power administration of Berlin had ceased and that the Allies no longer had any rights there. On June 26, the United States and Britain began to supply the city with food and other vital supplies by air. They also organized a similar “airlift” in the opposite direction. Professor Weinberg will take us back to the origins of the situation in Berlin and explain why the Soviets set up the blockade. He'll explore the logistical efforts of running the blockade, and explain why the Soviets lifted it when they did. He will conclude with a session on the larger significance of the blockade for Germany's future, as well as relations between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Click here for more details. The tuition for the general public is $120. The optional lunch is $10. Tuition for teachers is $60, and tuition for students is $20. Email for enrollment and special price. Organized by the UNC Program in the Humanities and Human Values. With support from the Center for European Studies.


Lectures and Events

Research Triangle Seminar in the History of the Military, War, and Society

Friday, November 21, 2008 | 4-6pm | Duke University, East Campus, 229 Carr Building
John Lynn (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign) will present a seminar on Gauging Women's Participation in Early Modern European Armies: Demonstrable Certainties, Reasonable Inferences, and Sheer Speculations.

Large numbers of women accompanied early modern European armies on campaign, particularly before 1650. Their presence helped to set the logistical parameters of armies, they partnered with men in pillage, and they performed useful gendered functions in camp. However, if we are to explain why so many women ventured on campaign, the thin character of the evidence requires that we go beyond what can be conclusively documented. How great are these interpretive leaps, and how justified are they?

The seminar starts at 4:15 pm. Refreshments will be served before the seminar. Co-sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. A pre-circulated paper is available a week in advance at (Friederike Bruehoefener). For more information see the website:

Grants and Fellowships

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

ECPR Joint Sessions 2009

European Consortium for Political ResearchApril 14-19, 2009 | Lisbon, Portugal
The 2009 Joint Sessions is being hosted by four institutions: the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-ISCTE); University Institute for Social Sciences Business Studies and Technologies (ISCTE); Institute for Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS) and Portuguese Political Science Association (APCP).

The ECPR currently welcomes proposals to participate in workshops at the 2009 Joint Sessions. For further information on how to apply to participate please see our website at

Deadline for submission of paper proposals: December 1, 2008

Call for Papers: 5th History of European Integration Research Society Colloquium

History of European Integration Research SocietyMarch 6-7, 2009 | European University Institute, Florence, Italy
The approaches and methodologies associated with a turn towards the so-called “New Cultural History” are rapidly increasing their presence in different areas of historical research. However, the study of the History of European Integration through this cultural lens has not, apparently, been so dynamic.

Therefore, our interest for this call for papers lies in outlining concrete cases of the use of cultural history approaches and methodologies concerning any period (hence also including analysis related to European integration projects before the foundation of the European Communities, e.g. the interwar period, etc.) and any research area related to the History of European Integration.

We welcome papers from postgraduate researchers at all stages of their career, including first year PhD researchers. Abstracts of 500 words maximum should be sent to: For any question related to the conference, contact Cristina Blanco Sío-López at:

For further information, please refer to our website:

Deadline: December 15, 2008

K-12 Schools

NC Educator Study Program to Denmark

Flag of DenmarkWho: NC educators: teachers of all subjects and levels, principals, administrators

What: Professional Development Study Program to Denmark

When: June 13 – 21, 2009

Where: Denmark – Copenhagen and other sites

Why: to help strengthen teaching about Denmark and the European Union

Cost: $2750 per person, including round trip airfare to Denmark, in-country transportation, double occupancy hotel, orientation, study abroad program in Copenhagen and Odense, and follow-up workshop

Program Highlights: We will explore Denmark's approach to renewable energy; how Denmark's social welfare model plays out in education; its role in and relationship with the European Union; and its history and culture, through lectures, field research, a school visit and home stay.

Contact: Angie Bolin, Denmark Programs Coordinator, (919) 420-1360, ext. 200; 1-888-840-8328; or email for information and application.

This educator study program is organized of the Center for International Understanding, a program of the University of North Carolina.

Applications are due by December 15

World View Study Visits to Turkey

Blue Mosque, TurkeyJune 17-29, 2009
Applications are now being accepted from current educators for the 2009 Turkey Study Visit. The goal of the study tour is to help key educators become leaders for global education by looking beyond the borders of North Carolina and experiencing a culture, a country, and people different from their everyday lives. Educators will learn more about the educational system and practices in Turkey. We will also explore significant cultural and historical sites. This Study Tour is intended to be a unique and challenging professional development opportunity---not your typical tourist trip! Before the study visit, participants are required to attend a day-and-a-half seminar on Middle East (includes Study Tour Orientation) and following the study tour participants come back together for a follow-up workshop. As a result, participants will gain the confidence to add more global content to their teaching and help their schools become more global in focus.

Highlights of the itinerary include Istanbul, one of the world's most historically rich and breathtakingly beautiful and vibrant cities, where we will explore the Blue Mosque, Sunken Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, and the underground cistern. We will also travel to Troy, Canakkale, Izmir, Kudasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Konya. We will experience some of the best preserved classical cities and ruins of ancient Rome in the world, early Christian sites such as the church and house of the Virgin Mary, Muslim sites and mosques, lush pools and gardens, bazaars, historical sites from the Seljuk and Ottoman empires, and more. Throughout our time in Turkey, we will be visiting schools and colleges, meeting educators, and immersing ourselves in the rich culture of the country.

For more information, please view the application form (PDF). For details about Study Visits to Honduras, please visit

Deadline: December 1, 2008

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 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 for Teachers!

Brussels, BelgiumUNC will host an orientation session for teachers from North Carolina schools participating in the Euro Challenge on December 15, 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 For details for NC schools, visit Open the registration form here (DOC).

Contact the Delegation of the European Commission at or Gali Beeri at the UNC EUCE with any questions.

Global Updates from World View

World View Educators often ask members of World View how they can obtain funds for their global education projects. Find out more about grant and award opportunities for educators in this issue of Global Updates.

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

North Carolina In the News

North Carolina in the WorldRead about educators from North Carolina studying places of the Holocaust in the latest edition of North Carolina in the World News. To see previous editions of the newsletter, please visit the archive.


Position Announcement

Center for Global Initiatives Program Officer

Center for Global InitiativesUNC's Center for Global Initiatives is looking to hire a program officer. This position coordinates the Fulbright Program and other funding opportunities for students and faculty. The position is part-time (75%) and requires a graduate degree. Applications are accepted only through the UNC HR page:

Deadline: December 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.

Call for Papers: Graduate Student Conference on The Future of the EU: External Challenges and Internal Debates

EUCE at the University of PittsburghSaturday, March 21, 2009 | University of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh, PA
The European Union is currently facing many challenges that affect its citizens, institutions and policy-making capability. This conference wishes to highlight graduate student research that addresses some of these broad challenges. The Organizing Committee of the 4th Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union welcomes papers addressing the theme of the conference. We seek submissions from all disciplines on topics including, but not limited to, European Union politics, economics, governance, security and institutions; and policies including enlargement, immigration, development, trade, transatlantic relations and foreign policy more generally.

Abstracts should be 250-300 words in length and will be accepted only via email as a Word document or PDF attachment; please include a current CV with your submission. Only authors enrolled in a degree granting graduate or professional program are eligible to participate.

Please submit abstracts and any inquiries to: For more information visit our website:

Deadline for Abstract Submission: December 1, 2008

Call for Papers for 13th Annual Graduate Student Conference: Lifting the Iron Curtain: Twenty Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Georgetown UniversityFebruary 6-7, 2009 | Georgetown University, Washington, DC
The year 1989 represents a milestone in the history not only of Europe, but the world. The Berlin Wall fell, the Iron Curtain was lifted, and East met West once again. How has Europe changed since the events of 1989? Why did these events take place? What are the lasting consequences for the rest of the world?
In order to reflect the numerous faces of Europe's changing role in the international community, this conference is multidisciplinary in nature. Paper topics are open to all relevant disciplines and interdisciplinary approaches.

For more information, please visit

Abstracts Submission Deadline Extended: December 1, 2008

Call for Papers: The EU in a Comparative Perspective

Dalhousie UniversityApril 26-28, 2009 | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
The EU Centre of Excellence at Dalhousie University hereby invites paper proposals for its third Annual Conference.
We are calling for papers that will put the EU into a comparative perspective at three levels: polity, politics and policies. The EU is often referred to as a sui generis organization, yet it has been compared, on one hand, with other integration schemes like NAFTA, MERCOSUR, ASEAN, etc., and on the other hand with federal systems, such as Canada, USA, Australia, etc.

We will not charge a registration fee. The EUCE will offer meals during the conference, but paper givers will be expected to pay travel and accommodation. There will be some limited financial assistance available, especially for younger scholars who cannot get participation financed through their home institutions. If your participation depends on such assistance please state it, including the amount, at the time of submitting your proposal.

For full details, please view the call for proposals (PDF). Questions about this call can be directed to the EUCE's director, Professor Finn Laursen at

Deadline: Abstracts of paper proposal (max 500 words) and a short CV should be mailed to by 15 December 2008.

Post-Doc Positions in Lund and Stockholm

Lund University and Stockholm UniversityLund University and Stockholm University invite applications for four post-doc positions in political science, oriented toward research on transnational actors, international institutions, and democracy in global governance.

Two of the positions will be part of the research program ”Democracy Beyond the Nation-State? Transnational Actors in Global Governance”. More information about the research program can be found at

The other two positions will be part of the research project ”The Design of International Institutions: Legitimacy, Effectiveness, and Distribution in Global Governance”. More information about the project can be found at

For further information about the positions, please view the call for proposals (PDF).

Deadline: December 15, 2008

Position Search: EU Scholar at University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at AustinThe University of Texas at Austin European Center of Excellence at the Robert S. Strauss Center is a multidisciplinary unit of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law focused on the study of European Union politics and Transatlantic affairs.

Under the theme of Trans-border Opportunities and Challenges, the Center works to spur dialogue on the common challenges facing the European Union and the United States and to create opportunities for Europeans and Americans to discuss and evaluate contending policy solutions. In doing so, the Center engages the best minds in academia, government, business, and the not-for-profit sectors in its activities.

The Center is looking for a European Scholar who can teach a course on European Union politics, broadly defined. Compensation would be 20,000 USD and the length of the contract would be one semester. The applicants should have a strong research background in EU politics and some teaching experience.

If interested, please send your CV to


Other International Studies News

Artist Exhibition Opportunity

FedEx Global Education CenterThe FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is currently requesting proposals from artists wishing to display work in our gallery. The Center is a hub of international and educational activity and on average hosts well over 1,000 people each week, including members of the University community (students, faculty and staff), local community and visitors from around the world.  Please view the call for proposals (PDF) for more information.

CES Award Competition

For all competitions below please send the required documents from a UNC email account to All CES grantees are asked to submit a brief (one page) report on the funded project at the end of the grant period. Proposals are evaluated by the Steering Committee of the Center in early March and decisions announced by mid-March.

Deadline for all awards listed below: January 30, 2009

Faculty Curriculum Development Awards

Courses developed under this program should be offered during the academic year following the summer of the award. After this first offering, the courses should be regularly scheduled in departmental course offerings. Students who will benefit particularly from the new courses are majors in the Center for European Studies' newly approved major in Contemporary European Studies.

  • European Union Center of Excellence awards
    We will make one award to UNC-CH faculty to develop new European Union courses or tracks in existing courses. The definition of EU tracks is broad; it may include special readings and research assignments integrated into the main class, or special sections of a class focused on the EU. Awards for full EU courses will be for $4500 and $2000 for EU tracks.
  • National Resource Center (Title VI) awards
    One curriculum development award will be made for courses relevant to the study of modern Western Europe. Courses in any discipline may be funded in this category. Awards will be $4500.

To submit a curriculum development proposal please send:

  1. your curriculum vita,
  2. the proposed course syllabus, and a cover letter describing the course relevance to contemporary European Studies or European Union studies, and where the course will fit in your departmental offerings (include any pre-requisites) and in the new General Education undergraduate curriculum.
  3. A letter from your chair approving the project and agreeing to offer the course during the next academic year and on a continuing basis.

Faculty Research Travel Awards

We will make approximately four awards for faculty research travel in the US or Europe related to a project on contemporary European or EU Studies. Proposals will be evaluated by a CES committee. Please send a cover letter including a short (one page) summary of the paper/project, an estimated budget including other sources of funding, and a curriculum vita. Priority will be given to faculty applicants without endowed research accounts.

***Please note: all transatlantic travel awards are contingent upon the faculty member submitting the necessary information (dates and purpose of travel, flight numbers on American carrier) to CES a minimum of 45 days in advance of travel. CES must in turn file a Travel Approval Request (TARS) with the U.S. Department of Education and approval for use of travel funds must be received at least 30 days prior to departure. All boarding passes and receipts must be submitted at the end of the travel period.

  • Grants for Research Travel in the US to present papers on contemporary Europe. Domestic travel grants are $650.
  • Grants for Travel to Europe related to research and publication on contemporary Europe. Summer research travel grants are for $2000.

Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

CES has several sources of funding for graduate students in contemporary European Studies:

  • European Union Center of Excellence Summer Research Fellowships
    Two awards will be made to UNC-CH graduate students to conduct dissertation research on the EU in Europe during summer 2009. Awards are in the amount of Euro 4000. Proposals should include a 5-page (max) synopsis of the research project including a timetable and a budget, and should attach a letter of support from the dissertation advisor.
  • Graduate Student Research Travel
    Three awards will be made to graduate students to present papers in the US or Europe on some aspect of the European Union. Awards for travel in the US are $750 and for travel to Europe $1500. Applicants should send a brief (one page) cover letter summarizing the project and other sources of funding, and should attach a letter of support from the dissertation advisor.

    Please note: all transatlantic travel awards are contingent upon the graduate student submitting the necessary information (dates and purpose of travel, flight numbers on American carrier) to CES a minimum of 45 days in advance of travel. All boarding passes and receipts must be submitted at the end of the travel period.
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grants
    Academic year and summer awards designed to assist graduate and professional students to study a West European language to proficiency. The awards include tuition and fees plus a stipend. More information on the FLAS competition and application forms can be found in the FLAS section of the UNC Area Studies Centers website and on the Center for European Studies site.

New: European Union Center of Excellence Competition for Undergraduate Travel

Two awards will be made to UNC undergraduate students in the amount of Euro 2000 for participation summer 2009 in a new program organized by the European Commission. Students from 11 EU Centers of Excellence will join a 3-4 day study tour of EU institutions in Brussels. Each award would include funds for travel, accommodation and per diems. Priority will be given to students having declared a major in Contemporary European Studies (EURO).



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Gali Beeri
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Center for European Studies/EU Center of Excellence
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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