Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
December 3, 2008

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1. CES News
2. Lecture
3. Calls for Proposals
4. K-12 Schools
5. Position Announcements
6. Internships
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...

The Berlin Airlift Sixty Years On

Berlin youngsters who live near the Tempelhof Air Force Base, where the U.S. Air Force transport planes unload their airlift supplies, play at a game called Saturday, December 13, 2008 | 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.

New Graduate Course: Teaching Languages Across the Curriculum

Languages Across the CurriculumINTS 789 | Spring 2009 | TTh 9:30 - 10:45
This course focuses on the pedagogy and practice of teaching Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) at the postsecondary level. Broadly defined, LAC integrates the use of languages other than English into courses outside the traditional language/literature repertoire.  LAC takes a wide variety of names and forms, depending on curricular and institutional priorities, student needs and proficiency levels, and specific disciplinary goals. LAC courses or programs are offered by numerous institutions nationwide, at research universities, comprehensive four-year colleges, liberal arts colleges, professional and technical schools, and community colleges. Given the Modern Language Association's May 2007 Foreign Language Report advocating interdisciplinary collaborations in higher education, the significance of LAC is likely to increase in coming years.

For more details, please view the course flyer (PDF).



Conditions for Overcoming Nationalistic Populism in Central Europe: The Case of Slovakia

Flag of SlovakiaWednesday, December 3 | 5:30 - 6:30 pm | 4003 FedEx Global Education Center
Dr. Michal Vašečka will present a talk addressing conditions for minority policy-making toward Roma, Hungarians, and other minorities in Slovakia and Central Europe.

Dr. Vašečka is assistant professor at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University Brno ( and director of the Center for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture ( He studied sociology at the Masaryk University and at the New School for Social Research. He served at the Slovak think-tank Institute of Public Affairs ( as a program director and researcher in 1999 - 2005 analyzing the Slovak transformation process. He has been a consultant for the World Bank since May 2000. He is currently a Fulbright Fellow at Georgetown University Institute for Studies in International Migration.

Sponsored by the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.

Calls for Proposals

Carolina Conference on Romance LiteraturesCarolina Conference on Romance Literatures: (Re)Writing History: Text as Monument to Memory

March 26-28, 2009 | UNC-Chapel Hill
The 15th Annual Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures is now accepting abstracts and proposals for next year's conference. Papers or panels on all aspects of literature in French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, and Comparative Literature will be considered. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.

Abstracts are limited to 250 words and may be submitted online only. For abstract submissions, last year's program, and further information, visit our website at: and see the "Submit a Proposal" link in the top left corner of this page for further instructions.

Deadline: December 20, 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

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.

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.

Introduction to African Studies for Educators: Online Course

Globe with magnifying glass on AfricaExplore the geography, economics, politics, history, and cultures of Africa with other teachers! Delve deeper into “cutting-edge” knowledge of historical and contemporary Africa!

For the second year, UNC-CH will be offering an online course: "Introduction to African Studies for Educators." This is a semester-long, full-credit, content-rich course designed for experienced, lateral entry, and pre-service teachers across the state. The course, AFRI 101t, meets UNC-CH requirements for international social science perspective, and is NOT a pedagogy course, though learners are encouraged to reflect on how they will use the compelling content knowledge they are gaining in future teaching.

For more information, please contact Barbara Anderson and learn more about the course at View the course flyer here (PDF).


Position Announcements

Program Manager in West European Studies at Indiana University

Indiana UniversityJob Description: Performs work requiring advanced knowledge of Western Europe and the European Union's foundation, structure, and the histories and peoples of its member and candidate countries. Manages and collaborates in directing the unit's outreach programs which provide teacher training and other educational outreach to a nationwide clientele of K-12 teachers, government officials, and the general public about the European Union and Western Europe. Manages the business operations of the unit and supervises secretarial staff and part-time student employees. Establishes, interprets, and modifies management policies and procedures within the unit.

Qualifications: Master's degree in International Studies or related field required. Advanced knowledge of the European Union or West European and its languages essential. Ability to use computer/internet tools and search engines to gather information and advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite necessary. Web editing skills and experience with Frontpage, Contribute, or similar software strongly preferred. Experience with Indiana University financial reporting systems (FIS/EPIC) preferred.

Department info: With funding from the US Department of Education, the West European Studies National Resource Center supports activities for the purpose of promoting greater understanding of and interest in Western Europe. For more information, please visit

To apply: go to See the full position description here.

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

Carleton University: Assistant Professor at the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Carleton UniversityThe Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies in the Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University invites applications for a five-year term appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing July 1, 2009. The position requires a completed Ph.D. (or expected in 2009), evidence of high-quality research, and good teaching potential. Applicants’ fields of expertise may include economics, political economy, economic sociology, or a related field (which may be as an economically-oriented subfield within disciplines other than economics). In addition, a regional specialization in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly in the area of the expanded EU, is preferred.

For more information on the Institute, see For full details, please view the position announcement (PDF).

Deadline: January 9, 2009


Internship at Analytica

Analytica Thinking LaboratoryAnalytica 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 programs of research would be an advantage. Proficiency in English is essential. There are no citizenship requirements.

The winter cycle of the internship runs from January 10 - March 30. Interested applicants should send their CVs (resumes) along with an application letter explaining the reasons behind their application to:, 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:

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: 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

We seek candidates with a Ph.D. in political science, or corresponding, and competence within the areas of transnational actors, international institutions, and democracy in global governance. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience of comparative research on the global governance of environmental issues, trade, finance, development, human rights, health, security or migration.

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

Deadline: December 15, 2008

Anglo-German "State of the State" Postdoctoral Fellowships

Universities of Bremen and Göttingen (Department of Politics & Faculty of Law) and University of Oxford (Department of Politics and International Relations & Institute of European and Comparative Law, Faculty of Law)
Applications are invited for a number of two-year postdoctoral Fellowships to work mainly at the University of Oxford. The Fellows will work on the transformation of the modern state with a focus on Western Europe (including Germany) and/or European integration, be it in political science, law, history or economics. The program welcomes international comparative perspectives extending to all parts of Europe as well as comparisons between the European Union and other regional blocks. Fellowships will start in September 2009.

The program aims to enable outstanding scholars at the start of their careers to spend time in an intellectually stimulating environment and to turn their finished doctoral theses into an English-language manuscript suitable for publication with a good university press. The program also intends to establish an international network of leading scholars specializing in the study of the state.

Further information about this Fellowship Programme and how to apply can be found at the following website:

Deadline: Noon CET on Monday, 12 January 2009

EUSA Haas Fellowship Competition

European Union Studies AssociationThe 2007-2009 EUSA Executive Committee is pleased to announce the 2009 EUSA Haas Fellowship Competition, an annual summer fellowship for graduate student EU-related dissertation research. We will offer two unrestricted fellowships of $1,500 each.

Applicants must:

  • be pursuing the doctoral degree (PhD) at an accredited institution in any country;
  • be writing a dissertation in English;
  • have an EU-related, doctoral dissertation topic approved by the professor who will supervise it; and,
  • be able to demonstrate the relevance to EU studies of the dissertation topic.

Applicants for this Fellowship should submit: (1) A two-page (max 1,200 words) précis of the dissertation research (2) A one-page description that describes the summer project and specifies how the fellowship may be used (3) A CV (4) Ask for a letter of support, which must be from the Chair of the student's dissertation committee; the letter should be sent directly to EUSA ( under the heading "2009 Haas Fellowship: letter for [applicant name]" Please send applications to, and use the heading “2009 Haas Fellowship: [applicant name].”

Deadline: January 31, 2009


Other International Studies News

Lecture | Not Just Words: The Remarkable Resilience of Human Rights

Michael ByersWednesday, December 3 | 5:00 pm | FedEx Global Education Center Auditorium
Professor Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia, will give a public lecture on human rights and social movements in contemporary Africa.

Dr. Byers' work focuses on the interaction of international law and politics, particularly with respect to human rights, international organizations, the use of military force, the Arctic, and Canada-United States relations. He is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books, The Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star.   Co-sponsored by Office of International Affairs, Center for Global Initiatives, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, African Studies Center, Campus Y, Curriculum in International Studies, Department of African and Afro-American Studies, and the Office of Undergraduate Research. 

Human Rights, Global Institutions, and Social Movements in Contemporary Africa

Thursday, December 4 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Room 1005, FedEx Global Education Center

Conference on major issues in Contemporary Africa, such as Human Rights, Global Institutions, and Social Movements. Professor Julius Nyang'oro, chair of the African and Afro-American Studies department will give opening remarks. This will be followed by roundtable discussions on: Accumulation by Dispossession and Struggles for Human Rights in Africa, Health and Human Rights, and Global Institutions and Contemporary Human Rights Struggles.

Free and Open to the Public. Please Contact: Eunice Sahle 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
International Education Program Coordinator
Center for European Studies/EU Center of Excellence
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3449
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