Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
February 11, 2009

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1. CES News
2. Lectures and Events
3. Grants and Fellowships
4. Call for Proposals
5. Seminars and Workshops
6. K-12 Schools
7. Position Announcements
8. EUSA Corner
9. Other International Studies News

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CES News

Ruth Mitchell-PittsRuth-Mitchell Pitts: In Memoriam

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that our Executive Director Dr. Ruth Elizabeth Mitchell-Pitts passed away Sunday morning, 1st February, after a sixteen-month battle with cancer. She was courageous and uncomplaining throughout her ordeal. If we did not know already, over these last weeks Ruth continually reminded us of her exceptional spirit, her generosity and strength of mind.

Please visit the memorial website at

Memorial Service Information

Thursday, February 19, 2009 | 5:30pm | 4th Floor, Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
Please join us in remembering Ruth and celebrating her contributions to UNC and beyond. We will be holding a memorial service at 5:30pm on February 19. For those who cannot attend the evening service, we will set aside space on the 4th floor from 11:00am - 2:30pm on Thursday, February 19th with a remembrance book and image slideshow.

For directions to the GEC, please visit the UNC Global website. The parking deck opens to the public at 5pm.

Please help us create an image slideshow for the memorial. Send any photos of Ruth to

If you are unable to attend and have thoughts or memories about Ruth that you would like to share, please send them to

FLAS Award Competition

The Center for European Studies is pleased to announce the Foreign Language and Area Studies competitions for funding for UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students.

FLAS awards are 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

European Union Center of Excellence Competition for Undergraduate Travel to Brussels

European Parliament, Brussels,  BelgiumJune 2009 | Brussels, Belgium
Three awards will be made to UNC undergraduate students for participation summer 2009 in a new program organized by the European Commission. Students from EU Centers of Excellence across the U.S. will join a 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).

To download the application and view the itinerary, please visit

Deadline: 5:00pm on March 17, 2009

North Carolina German Studies Seminar

Marchers waving the German flagSunday, February 22, 2009 | 6:00 - 8:00pm | Hillel Center, UNC
As part of the North Carolina German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series, Michael Lawrence Hughes (Wake Forest University, Dept. of History) will present a seminar on "Reason, Emotion, Force, Violence: Modes of Demonstration as Modes of Political Citizenship in 1960s West Germany".

During the 1960s, many if not most West Germans seemed to prefer narrow conceptions of democratic citizenship in which citizens simply chose their leaders or vaguely influenced policy. The “68ers,” though, propounded more participatory conceptions. Student protesters complained that media and politicians simply ignored rational petitions and demonstrations. Hence, only deliberate provocation and Regelverletzungen could gain a hearing for challenges to the existing order. The 68ers argues that discussion alone, rational, emotional, or provocative, was insufficient. Only pressure or force would move government to act. Hughes argues that understanding democratization in the FRG requires understanding both the 68ers’ participatory ideas of democracy and the narrower visions, rooted in more authoritarian traditions but also in fears of the crowd and of fascism’s return, which most West Germans propounded.

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.


Lectures and Events

Flag of HungaryA Season of Postwar Hungarian Films

Tuesdays at 6:00pm | Room 402, Dey Hall, UNC
Please join us for FREE screenings of some of the greatest Hungarian movies of the last 60 years. All are high-quality DVDs, some
re-mastered, with English subtitles (usually decent!). No need to book, just drop by.

February 17, 2009 | Szegénylegények/The Round-Up (Miklós Jancsó, 1965)
masterpiece of pure cinema, on every critic’s list of the ‘100 best films of all time’.

February 24, 2009 | Szerelem/Love Károly Makk, 1971)
A delicate yet powerful
account of love and loyalty during the worst years of Hungarian Stalinism.

Grants and Fellowships

Class of '38 Summer Abroad Fellowship Program for UNC Sophomores and Juniors

Class of '38 Awardees, 2007The UNC-Chapel Hill Alumni Class of 1938 annually awards summer study abroad fellowships to U.S. students interested in pursuing independent career or personal projects outside the United States. This is a unique scholarship program because it provides financial assistance to students who could not perform independent projects abroad without the support of the Class of 1938 funding.

Fellowships of $4000 each are awarded. The number and amount of the fellowships are subject to approval by the 1938 Endowment Committee board members. For details, please visit

Deadline: February 23, 2009

DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program

American Institute for Contemporary German StudiesJune - December 2009 | American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Washington, DC
The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) is now accepting applications for the next round of DAAD fellowships. The DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program, funded by a generous grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), is designed to bring scholars and specialists working on Germany, Europe, and/or transatlantic relations to AICGS for research stays of two months each. Fellowships include a monthly stipend of up to $4,725, depending on the seniority of the applicant, transportation to and from Washington, and office space at the Institute.

Please note that the DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship supports fellows conducting research at AICGS in Washington, D.C. We are unable to support research in Germany/Europe.

Project proposals should address a topic closely related to one or more of the Institute's three research and programming areas:

  • Business and Economics
  • Foreign and Domestic Policy
  • Society, Culture, and Politics

For details, please visit

Deadline: February 28, 2009

Call for Proposals

Eurasia: Prospects for Wider Cooperation

Eurasia: Prospects for Wider CooperationJuly 26-31, 2010 | Int'l Council for Central & East European Studies, Stockholm
In 2010, the World Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies will take place in Stockholm, Sweden. The Swedish Society for the Study of Russia, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia invites all interested scholars to submit proposals for panels, papers and round-table discussions.

The processes of European integration and wider cooperation across Eurasia not only impact upon geographical spaces but also leave their mark upon cultural spaces. These processes make communication between languages, histories, religions, traditions, legacies and memories more complex. Humanities and social science scholars are therefore invited to present the results of new research in the study of developments in the cultural, political, social and economic processes underway in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

For further information about the general themes of the Congress, visit the Congress webpage at

Deadline: February 28, 2009

Seminars and Workshops

European Spring School: Central Europe in the EU

European Spring School in PragueApril 4-11, 2009 | Prague, Czech Republic
EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy organises the European Spring School 2009, this year under a title “Central Europe in the EU - How the Czechs shape the EU politics?”. ESpS 2009 will focus on the role, activities and influence of the new member states, from Central Europe (Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia) in the enlarged European Union and its institutions. Participants of the ESpS 2009 will learn about and discuss the current political and economic challenges the EU member states in the Central Europe are facing. Lots of attention will be paid to the Czech presidency and its priorities for the first half of 2009.

Further details available at and view the promotion leaflet at

Deadline: February 28, 2009

EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels for Undergraduates

EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels, Class of 2006

July 6 to August 14, 2009 | Brussels, Belgium
The Wisconsin and Seattle EU Centers of Excellence are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the summer 2009 EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels. The EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels offers US and Canadian students the opportunity to study the emergence of a united Europe in its dynamic core. The six-week program features lectures and seminars by leading experts on the EU from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as site visits to major EU institutions and organizations involved in European integration.

The academic program is supplemented by cultural and social events in and around the city, as well as a program excursion to Luxembourg and Strasbourg. An introductory welcome week includes a reception, dinner, and an orientation walking tour. Brussels' central location allows students to easily explore the region's rich history and culture at their own pace on weekends. The tour, excursion travel costs, reception, and two dinners are all included in a program fee that is much lower than most similar European study programs. Discover the new Europe through the EU Studies Program in Brussels!

Grant funding is available on a competitive basis to students on this program. For more information about the program, please visit

Deadline: March 9, 2009

K-12 Schools

European Union Center of Excellence Competition for K-12 Teacher Travel to Brussels

Brussels, BelgiumJune, 2009 | Brussels, Belgium
Two awards will be made to North Carolina K-12 teachers for participation summer 2009 in a new program organized by the European Commission. Teachers from 11 EU Centers of Excellence will join a four day study tour of EU institutions in Brussels. Each award would include funds for travel, accommodation and per diems. Priority will be given to teachers enrolling a team in the 2009 Euro Challenge competition. In future years, priority may also extend to teachers attending UNC EU Center teacher workshops.

To download the application and view the itinerary, please visit

Deadline: 5:00pm on March 17, 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


Position Announcements

Short-Term Visitor at Carleton University: EU Studies and Transatlantic Relations

Carleton University, Ottawa, CanadaSummer 2009 | Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
The Centre for European Studies at Carleton University (Ottawa) invites applications from European scholars for a short-term research-teaching visit to Carleton University. The visit is expected to be approximately 3 weeks in length during time period from July 6 - August 17, 2009 (exact dates to be determined). Pending course approval, the visitor will be expected to assist a Canadian course instructor in teaching a two week graduate module on policy issues in trans-Atlantic (Canada-EU) relations. Applied policy experience will be considered an asset. The visitor is also expected to give a public lecture at Carleton University.

An allowance for travel costs, living expenses and a stipend will be offered. To be considered for the position the applicant must be from an EU country and be an EU citizen. Applicants should have expertise in European integration and the EU and/or trans-Atlantic relations (EU-Canada).

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, letters from two scholarly referees (including e-mail addresses), and a letter of application outlining your interest in the position. Consideration of applications will commence on February 23, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled. Please send materials to Olga Arnaudova, Centre for European Studies, 1311 Dunton Tower, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1S 5B6; fax (613) 520-7501, or by email to

For further information about the position please contact Prof. Joan DeBardeleben, Director, Centre for European Studies, at This program is supported by a grant from the European Commission and Carleton University.

Norway Program Director

NorwayThe Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) and its Norwegian affiliate, the International Summer School at the University of Oslo, seek a Program Director for their two Norway-based study-abroad programs. These integrated and interdisciplinary programs are "Scandinavian Urban Studies Term," offered every fall, and "Divided States of Europe," offered each spring. The programs are based in Oslo, Norway and serve American undergraduate students.

Responsibilities include role as primary faculty with extensive teaching duties, overall program leadership/administration, and spokesperson for the program in Norway and the U.S. The Program Director has part-time administrative support. This is a full-time, full year position requiring the program director to be qualified for employment in Norway.

For further information about the two programs, please visit and

For details on the position, please visit

Deadline: February 27, 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.

Pre-Doctoral Researcher at Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna

Belvedere Castle, ViennaThe Department of Political Science at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna is now inviting applications for a Pre-doctoral Researcher in Political Science (50 per cent of standard working hours).

The successful candidate is expected to undertake empirical research in the context of a project on the role of domestic party politics in international negotiations and will be encouraged to write a PhD thesis on a topic related to the project.

For more details, please consult the call for applications at

Deadline: February 15, 2009

Call for Proposals: Historical Perspectives on the Common Agricultural Policy

German Historical Institute ParisMay 25-26, 2009 | German Historical Institute Paris
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is one of the oldest, most controversial and most expensive common policies of the European Union. While the political and social motives for putting the policy into practice have been relatively well explored, the subsequent developments from the late 1960s to the early 1990s are less well researched. Crucially, the economic and social effects of the policy, e.g. the changing labour relations and conditions in the agricultural sector or the extra costs for consumers, have been neglected in the historiography so far. From agricultural trade unions to producer organisations, from member state governments to the European Commission, the parties pushing for a European-level agricultural policy were diverse, as were the parties who benefited from the policy.

In an attempt to take stock of the studies being currently undertaken on the CAP, the German Historical Institute Paris will convene and host this conference devoted to the political, economic and social costs and benefits of the policy and the interests that were at stake. The conference will study the CAP in a long-term perspective, from the CAP's creation in the late 1950s to its first major reform in 1992 and beyond.

We especially welcome papers on the following themes: agricultural interest representation, for example trade unions and producer organisations; Community institutions and member state perspectives on the CAP; economic costs and social effects of the CAP; successive attempts of reforming the CAP: from the Mansholt Plan of 1968 to the MacSharry proposals in 1992.

The working language of the conference will be English. We welcome submissions from PhD students and researchers at any stage of their career. Accommodation and travel expenses will be covered by the organizers. Proposals should include a one-page curriculum vitae and a brief description, in English, of the proposed paper of 500 words maximum. Candidates will be notified by mid-March at the latest. The full papers will be due by 11 May 2009. Submit proposals to Carine Germond ( and Katja Seidel (

Deadline for proposals: February 15, 2009.

Trans-Atlantic Post-Doc Workshop

Institute for Advanced Study July 20 - July 31, 2009 | Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, Germany
The "SIAS" consortium of Institutes for Advanced Study is now accepting applications for the 2009/2010 Summer Institute: Comparative Federalism and Separation of Powers: Lessons from - and for - National, Supranational, and Global Governance

July 20 - July 31, 2009 | National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC
The "SIAS" consortium of Institutes for Advanced Study is now accepting applications for the 2009/2010 Summer Institute: Action Theory in Philosophy and Social Sciences.

Both of these workshops are supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Alexander v. Humboldt Foundation, which will cover travel, meals, and lodging for both U.S. and European meetings. Fellows will also be awarded a stipend of $600 for the workshop taking place in the United States and €500 for the workshop in Europe.

Applications are due on February 27, 2009. For more information please visit:

Position Announcement: Senior Research Fellow in Politics of South-East Europe

London School of Economics & Political ScienceEuropean Institute, London School of Economics & Political Science
This is a new, externally-funded fellowship (Senior Lecturer equivalent) created as part of our expanded focus on SE Europe. You will already have a strong research record on the politics / international relations of the region; knowledge of the region and one of its languages. You will develop and lead research projects on the region and the EU, foster appropriate networks and collaboration with the region; supervise occasional short-term research staff and their projects; and contribute to the development of a new research unit. This is a fixed term appointment for five years. The salary is
£47,864 – £55,446 pa incl.

A full application pack can be obtained at If you cannot download the pack, email or call 020 7955 6183 quoting reference 16/08/RES

Deadline: February 28, 2009

PhD Symposium on Contemporary Greece and Cyprus: Call for Papers

European Institute Hellenic ObservatoryJune 25-26, 2009 | London School of Economics and Political Science
The Hellenic Observatory PhD Symposium is a biennial meeting of young scholars working on issues related to Greece and Cyprus that serves as a forum for the discussion and reflection upon the changes that have taken place in contemporary Greece and its neighbourhood.

One of its main objectives is to build upon the success of the previous LSE PhD Symposia. Further objectives of the Symposium are to overcome academic isolation, establish new collaborative links between disciplines, test the ground for innovative ideas, and help 'engage' the wider academic community.

We invite submissions for the 4th PhD symposium on Contemporary Greece and Cyprus, welcoming contributions from research students (current and recent) across any field of the Social Sciences and Humanities whose PhD focuses on contemporary Greece and Cyprus.

For more information, please visit the Symposium website.

Deadline: March 1, 2009

Post-Doctoral and Dissertation Fellowships: The Transformative Power of Europe

The Transformative Power of EuropePost-doctoral fellowships
The Research College (Kolleg-Forschergruppe) “The Transformative Power of Europe. External and Internal Diffusion of Ideas in the European Union”, directed by Profs. Tanja Börzel and Thomas Risse, advertises up to 3 post-doctoral fellows. The fellows should have their PhD in hand by the fall of 2009. The duration of the fellowship is 10 months (October 1, 2009 - July 31, 2010) with the possibility to reapply. The stipend amounts to € 30.000 annually (including travelling expenses).

Doctoral stipends for completion of dissertation
Obligation of the stipend is the submission of the dissertation (first draft) at the end of the stipend duration. The stipend amounts to € 1.300 per month (tax free).

For further details on these fellowships, please view the call for applications and visit

Deadline for both fellowships: March 1, 2009


Other International Studies News

Tijana KrsticOttoman Self-Narratives of Conversion in the Age of Confessionalization

Thursday, February 12, 2009 | 4:00 p.m. | Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke University
Duke University’s Department of Slavic & Eurasian Studies presents a lecture by Tijana Krstic, Assistant Professor of History at Penn State. Professor Krstic specializes in social and cultural history of the early modern Ottoman Empire. Her forthcoming book is entitled Contested Conversions to Islam: Narratives of Religious Change and Communal Politics in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire.

Global Middle East Workshop: Global Economy, Islam, and Capitalism

February 20-21, 2009 | Friday, 3:00-5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. | 3009 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH
Speakers at this workshop include:

  • Caglar Keyder, professor of sociology, SUNY-Binghamton. "The Global City, Poverty. Globalization, or Social Exclusion?"
  • James Gelvin, professor of history, UCLA, "The Rise and Fall of the Populist State in the Middle East From the Perspective of Global Political Economy."
  • Valentine Moghadam, professor of sociology, Purdue University "Between Globalization And Family Law: Negotiating Women's Economic Citizenship In The Middle East And North Africa"
  • Cihan Tugal, professor of sociology, UC Berkeley, "Passive Revolution: Absorbing the Islamic Challenge to Capitalism"



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