Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
January 14, 2009

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This week we have:
1. CES News
2. Grants and Fellowships
3. Calls for Proposals
4. Seminars and Workshops
5. K-12 Schools
6. EUSA Corner

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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 most proposals listed below is Friday, January 30, 2009. The FLAS deadline has been extended to Friday, February 20, 2009. Read on...

North Carolina German Studies Seminar

Code UnknownSunday, January 25, 2009 | 6:00 - 8:00pm | Hillel Center, UNC
As part of the North Carolina German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series, Gabriele Weinberger (Lenoir-Rhyne University) will present a seminar on the film “Code Unknown”. The talk analyzes "Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys", a 2002 movie by the acclaimed Austrian director Michael Haneke, which takes on the theme of immigration in a multicultural Europe.

Gabriele Weinberger is full professor in the School of Modern and Classical Languages and the School of Communication and Literature at Lenoir-Rhyne University. She has published intensively on German film, literature and Holocaust studies as well as numerous articles on a wide range of topics in (especially women’s) literature, film, culture and language.

Please register with Philipp Stelzel ( in a timely fashion. Refreshments will be served at 6pm; the seminar will begin at 6:30pm.

For more information, please visit Cosponsored by the Center for European Studies.

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.

A registration for the Reading Seminar is necessary; please contact Friederike Bruehoefe by January 23 to receive the papers:

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

New Graduate Course: Teaching Languages Across the Curriculum

INTS 789: Teaching 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).

Spring 2009 LAC Courses

Languages Across the CurriculumThe Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) program is delighted to offer the following LAC sections during the Spring 2009 semester.

  • ARABIC combined discussion section open to students taking any of the following courses:
    • RELI 181: Later Islamic Civilization and Modern Muslim Cultures
    • HIST 276: The Modern Middle East
    • AFRI 101: Introduction to African Civilization
    • AFRI 524: North-East Africa
  • FRENCH discussion section for POLI 239: Introduction to European Government
  • FRENCH discussion section for INTS 210: Global Issues in the 20th Century
  • GERMAN discussion section for POLI 239: Introduction to European Government
  • GERMAN discussion section for GERM 257: Society and Culture of Postwar Germany
  • SPANISH discussion section for POLI 239: Introduction to European Government
  • SPANISH discussion section for INTS 210: Global Issues in the 20th Century
  • SPANISH discussion section for ECON 101: Introduction to Economics
  • SWAHILI combined discussion section open to students taking either of the following courses:
    • AFRI 101: Introduction to African Civilization
    • AFRI 523: Central Africa: The Politics of Development
  • TURKISH combined discussion section open to students taking either of the following courses:
    • RELI 181: Later Islamic Civilization and Modern Muslim Cultures
    • HIST 276: The Modern Middle East

For more information, including instructions on how to enroll, visit or email

Grants and Fellowships

Council for European Studies Pre-Dissertation Fellowship Program

Council for European Studies at Columbia UniversityEstablished in 1971, the CES Pre-Dissertation Fellowship Program has played a crucial role in the early stages of many scholars' careers. The Program serves as the leading source for pre-dissertation fellowships that fund students' first major research projects in Europe. Since the program’s founding, the Council has awarded more than 500 fellowships, totaling more than $2.0 million.

For full details, please visit All materials must be received via email:

Deadline: February 1, 2009

Fellowships and Seminars: The Intersection of Diaspora, Immigration, and Gender in World History

Center for Historical ResearchThe Center for Historical Research at Ohio State University brings together faculty, students, and the general public to examine the historical foundation and development of critical issues of global importance. The Center offers resident fellowships for senior and junior faculty, as well as those completing dissertations. We also invite members of the academic community and independent scholars to make presentations at our seminars.

In the academic years 2009-2011, we will be studying, “The Intersection of Diaspora, Immigration, and Gender in World History.” We believe that a gendered analysis of group migrations may reveal new patterns in diaspora and immigration history, shed light on specific migrations, and bridge the historiographical gap between diaspora and immigration histories. A gendered analysis of group migrations may help us better differentiate the meaning of forced and voluntary migrations, and the processes by which people maintained, discarded, and transformed their cultures, and their host cultures.

For the 2009-2010 academic year we are conducting a fellowship competition and seeking presenters whose research falls in the broad period extending from the Ancient World through the 18th century. (The 2010-2011 academic year will cover from the 19th century to the present.) We invite scholars from all disciplines, studying any peoples and geographic area(s) relevant to our program.

Application information for fellowships can be found at Those interested in making presentations at the seminars should contact the CHR director, Alan Gallay, at

Deadline: February 1, 2009

Calls for Proposals

Western US Graduate Research Workshop on the EU

European Union FlagJune 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

The Evolution of Integration in Europe 20 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Viessmann European Research CentreOctober 12-14, 2009 | Viessmann Academy, Viessmann Corporation, Allendorf a.d. Eder, Hessen, Germany
The transformation of Europe since the collapse of the Berlin Wall has been phenomenal. Europe is rapidly becoming ‘whole’ again. Great strides are made in the economic and political spheres, in particular through the expansion of the European Union (EU) into the former socialist countries. Trade and tourists flow freely between the former Iron Curtain countries, the rest of Europe, and the world. However, cultural and labour mobility is still somewhat constrained, as are social, political and defence integration efforts.

Please view the call for proposals (PDF) for more information:

Deadline: January 31, 2009

Seminars and Workshops

European Spring Institute on The Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels

March 28 - April 4, 2009 | Prague, Czech Republic
Prague's Centre for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku - CPVP) is pleased to announce the forthcoming European Spring Institute 2009 (ESI 2009) on the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels. ESI 2009 is a seven-day academic program designed to bring together 30 undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their spring holidays in a unique academic and cultural environment.

The program provides students with an exciting opportunity to deepen their knowledge of current EU politics through exchange of ideas with academics, policy practitioners and fellow students from different ethnicities. The ESI2009 combines intensive academic courses with cultural, social and recreational opportunities.

We invite you to visit our new website to learn all the details about the ESI2009. The website contains updated information about the academic content, practicalities and application process.

Early Bird Application Deadline: January 30, 2009
Final Deadline: February 15, 2009

UNC Summer Burch Field Research Seminar: Vienna and the Balkans

Vienna, AustriaJune 13 to July 26, 2009
The Burch Field Research Seminar in Vienna and the Balkans is a six week program designed to investigate the roles, structure, and dynamics of international organizations (IOs) with a strong emphasis on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and its conflict resolution and democracy building activities in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo. At the same time, the Seminar provides an intensive investigation of the conflicts resulting from the breakup of the former Yugoslav and international efforts to end those conflicts and promote post-conflict state building. Key research questions include the goal setting process within IOs, the relationship between IO headquarters and field missions, and the relations among IOs and between IOs and local actors in the field. Additionally, the Seminar will inquire about progress in the development of state institutions, minority rights frameworks, and ethnic reconciliation in post-conflict countries.

For further details, please contact: Dr. Robert Jenkins, Director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, (919) 962-4295,, or Friederike Seeger, Director of Burch Programs and Honors Study Abroad, (919) 962-9680,

For more information, please visit Additionally, visit Dr. Jenkins' web page for the 2007 program for more details:

Application Deadline: February 12, 2009

K-12 Schools

Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Awarded "Getting to Know Europe" Grant

Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools has been awarded a grant through the European Union from December 08-December 09. In 2007 Smith Middle School submitted a proposal to the EU that was funded for 51,000 euros (about $67,000). This year's award is for 67,000 euros (about $86,000) and will fund "Getting to Know Europe" activities such as Smith Middle School's Belgian exchange program, Chapel Hill High's exchange program to Normandy, a district middle-school geography contest for Europe Day in May and professional development for EU learning. The goal for this proposal is for faculty, students and community to gain a greater understanding of the European Union as well as the many connections between North Carolina and the EU. In March students from Chapel Hill High will visit Paris, learn about WWII in Normandy, attend classes at an International school in Bretagne and tour the European Commission and Parliament in Brussels. Smith Middle School will follow the same itinerary for Paris but will spend one day in Normandy and 6 days with host families in Liege, Belgium. While there, they will attend a Belgian middle school, visit Bastogne where the Battle of the Bulge was fought, visit an American WWII cemetery and attend sessions at the European Commission and Parliament in Brussels. This trip will be filmed by UNC TV for a documentary to be released next summer.

To learn more about the European Union:

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).

Last day for late registration: January 16, 2009

Attention High School Students: Language Study Opportunity

NSLI for Youth: Scholarships to Study AbroadNSLI-Y is an exciting, new merit-based US Government overseas language program for American high school students (ages 15-18) that will fund approximately 550 students to study and master languages not traditionally taught in U.S. high schools but which are critical for our country’s future. The program is funded by the Department of State’s Educational and Cultural Affairs Youth Programs Division and is being implemented by a consortium of organizations led by the American Councils for International Education. The program has already sent 350 American high schools students to summer language programs in China, Egypt, Jordan and Morocco during the summers of 2006, 2007, and 2008.

In 2009/2010, NSLI-Y is expanding the language offerings as well as the length of time for the programs. There will be programs in Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and Turkish. There will be summer programs in each of the seven languages. There will also be semester and academic year programs for Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Turkish. For more information and to apply online, visit

Other websites of interest: provides more information about the NSLI-Y program. If you'd like to join the conversation about exchanges in general and become a part of the growing network of individuals interested in NSLI-Y, visit and register for the NSLI-Y group.

Deadline: February 2, 2009

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 February 15


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.

MPIfG Postdoctoral Fellowships

Max Planck Institute for the Study of SocietiesThe Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne is offering several postdoctoral fellowships in economic sociology and political economy. The fellowships will start in October 2009 and will be awarded for one year. The program is open to researchers from a variety of social science disciplines, in particular but not exclusively sociology and political science.

For more information see:

Deadline: January 31, 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 (except FLAS) listed below: January 30, 2009
Deadline for FLAS award: February 20, 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.
    Deadline for FLAS award: February 20, 2009

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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