Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
December 17, 2008

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1. CES News
2. Call for Proposals
3. K-12 Schools
4. Position Announcement
5. EUSA Corner

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CES News

Happy Holidays from CES!

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...

Global Music Show: Music of the Balkans

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 | 4-5pm | WXYC 89.3 FM 
WXYC host Ainsley Morse will welcome Alan Zemel (Department of Culture and Communication, Drexel University) for the next Global Music show. They will discuss Music of the Balkans.

All archived shows available in streaming audio here.

History of the Military, War, and Society: A Research Triangle Seminar Series

January 30, 2009 | 2:00-3:30 pm Reading Seminar | 4:00-6:00pm Public Lecture and Reception | 4003 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill

Michael GeyerMichael Geyer (University of Chicago) will discuss Genocide, Massacre, and Warfare in World War Two in Comparative Perspective. What distinguishes “good war” from “bad war”? Are there moral choices to be made in war and what might they entail? Specifically, how would you differentiate between the Nazi war in the Soviet Union, the Red Army’s advance into Germany, the bombing campaign of the Western Allies against German cities, and the mass-expulsion of civilians? Are all wars against civilians genocides, and is the Holocaust another genocide? These questions have gained a new urgency with regard both to the European and the East Asian War. Research on World War II during the past decade provides some judicious, if tentative, answers to these questions, but has also produced its share of miscues. The more productive answers all point to the insight that World War II is best understood as a “new war,” if not a “revolution in warfare,” rather than being the last and most extreme in a series of “old” mass wars.

Registration for the Reading Seminar is necessary. Please contact Friederike Bruehoefe by January 23 to register and receive the papers:

For more information see the website:
Cosponsored by the Center for European Studies.

Call 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

EU Enlargement and Institutional Reforms in Southeast Europe

Freie Universitat BerlinFebruary 5-6. 2009 | Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin
Our main focus is comparative and/or case studies from the Western Balkans and the wider Balkan region. While interested in wider issues of enlargement, we explicitly seek papers that address theoretical debates and/offer comparative perspectives to questions of EU enlargement driven institutional change in the Balkans.

The call for abstracts is addressed to academics of various sub-disciplines such as comparative
politics, international relations, law, political theory, and public policy. Yet, we also welcome
submissions from practitioners and policy-makers, whose work can bring rich empirical insights
and increase our understanding of institutional reforms in the region.

In addition to the call for proposals we will invite scholars from the region or with academic
interests on the region to participate in the debate with either conceptual or empirical research.
We intend to have around 15 papers. All participants will have their expenses covered including a two round trip to Berlin, accommodation as well as meals for all the duration of the workshop.

For details, please visit

Deadline: December 22, 2008

Western US Graduate Research Workshop on the EU

Network of European Union Centers of ExcellenceJune 18-19, 2009 | University of Colorado at Boulder
The Colorado European Union Center of Excellence and the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Washington, Seattle, are pleased to announce and solicit applications for the Western United States Graduate Research Workshop on the European Union. The workshop advances two direct aims: to provide a forum for Western US graduate students at the dissertation level to present their EU-focused research to an audience of knowledgeable, supportive, yet critical faculty and peers; and to provide methodological instruction to students in a way that is relevant to European Union-related work. A more general goal is to improve EU research in the United States by building a strong cadre of students with some sense of a shared project and a commitment to carry out sound research with an eye toward completion of the degree and publication of research results.

Doctoral students with approved EU-focused dissertation topics in any academic field and enrolled at institutions in the Western US (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) may apply to attend the workshop. Applicants should submit a 5-page research proposal and curriculum vitae, and should solicit letters of recommendation from two faculty, all to be sent by email using this link.

Graduate students selected to participate in the 2009 workshop will be expected to give a formal presentation of their research proposal and participate in all planned workshop activities. Students will receive up to $300 reimbursement for a round trip economy airfare from their home cities to Boulder, along with two nights in a hotel and most meals.

For more information, please view the call for proposals (PDF). Please address inquiries to the EU Centers of Excellence in Seattle (, tel. 206-616-2415) and/or in Boulder (, tel. 303-492-4314).

Deadline: January 23, 2009

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.

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.

World View International Study Visits: Turkey & Honduras

Blue Mosque, TurkeyJune 17-29, 2009 | Turkey
Educators will learn more about the educational system and practices in Turkey. We will also explore significant cultural and historical sites. 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 and the application form (PDF).

HondurasTour 1: July 7-15, 2009 | Tour 2: July 22-30, 2009 | Honduras
Learn more about the culture and educational system of the beautiful Central American country of Honduras. Tour the ancient Mayan city of Copán and see first hand one of the most well-preserved archaeological sites in the western world. Hosted by Heifer International Study Tours: Travel with a Purpose. For more information, please visit

Extendede application deadline: January 30, 2009

Global Updates from World View

World View Find out about service learning and giving for global education 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 a global business preparatory program in the latest edition of North Carolina in the World News. To see previous editions of the newsletter, please visit the archive.


Position Announcement

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

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.

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, January 12, 2009

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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