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

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

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CES News

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

Call for LAC TAs

UNC's Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) Program is currently seeking experienced bilingual TAs to lead LAC discussion sections for the following Fall 2009 courses:

  • FRENCH LAC section for HIST 159: 20th-Century Europe
  • FRENCH LAC section for INTS 210: Global Issues in the 20th Century
  • GERMAN LAC section for GERM 270: German Culture and the Jewish Question
  • GERMAN LAC section for HIST 159: 20th-Century Europe
  • SPANISH LAC section for INTS 210: Global Issues in the 20th Century
  • SPANISH LAC section for POLI 238: Contemporary Latin American Politics

Applicants should be native speakers or possess advanced proficiency in the target language, and demonstrate relevant teaching experience at the postsecondary level. Advanced graduate students with interdisciplinary interests are especially encouraged to apply. Preference will given to applicants who have attended a LAC pedagogy workshop and/or intend to pursue the Graduate Certificate in LAC Instruction (visit for more information).

For information on the responsibilities of LAC TAs, the eligibility requirements, and the application procedure, visit

Application Deadline: Friday, March 27, 2009

North Carolina German Studies Seminar

Map of Germany in Flag FormSunday, March 22, 2009 | 6:00 - 8:00pm | Hillel Center, UNC
As part of the North Carolina German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series, Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand (Appalachian State University) will present a seminar on Performing Literature and/as History: The Stadtmuseum of Wolframs Eschenbach.

Town museums usually display town history. How does one begin to understand a town that reads its history in the literary creation of an author that we suppose to have lived around 1200 but of whom we have no “real” evidence other than his poetry? Instead of the usual farm implements and period costumes, the Stadtmuseum of Wolframs-Eschenbach showcases the artistic products of the town’s alleged most famous son, the medieval poet Wolfram von Eschenbach. Wolframs-Eschenbach and its museum are thus one of the most unique examples of modern performativity and medieval literature. In the Stadtmuseum, the connections between medieval literature and the town’s history become concrete (become memory) in a very intentional way. In this talk, Sterling-Hellenbrand will explore the genesis and concept of the museum as a work of “modern medievalism” or the “living middle ages.”

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.

Conversations on the Future of the Adversary System

Conversations on the Future of the Adversary SystemApril 8, 2009 | FedEx Global Education Center
This conference will focus on changes in traditional features of the adversarial justice system, and the adoption by inquisitorial systems of adversarial features.

Participants include:

  • Giulio Illuminati, University of Bologna
  • Jackie Hodgson, University of Warwick
  • Kent Roach, University of Toronto
  • Richard Myers, UNC
  • Ron Wright, Wake Forest University
  • Theresa Newman, Duke University

Academics, judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys from the region will be invited, and will be offered professional credit. Several events for students will be scheduled in the law school, the day before and the day after the conference. For more information, please visit

The program is supported by the UNC European Union Center of Excellence and the UNC School of Law. If you have any questions regarding this conference, or would like to attend, please contact Professor Michael L. Corrado at the University of North Carolina, School of Law: 919-962-4121,

Maymester: Identities in Contemporary European Cinema

Maymester: Identities in Contemporary European CinemaMay 12 - 29, 2009 | 9:00am - 12:15pm, MTWRF | FREN 398 | 3 credit hours
This course examines the construction of European identities in a range of European films from the 1960s to today. It will analyze and compare modes of narrating national, class, racial, sexual and social differences in England, France, Germany, Spain and other European nations.
Focusing on key moments in Europe’s cultural, social and political history, we will consider how discourses on otherness have evolved. We will also investigate the ways in which film culture has reflected, reinforced, reshaped and, in some instances, vigorously contested Europe’s dominant ideologies. Course is taught in English with written assignments in either French or English.

For more information, please view the publicity flyer (PDF). To find out more about the new Maymester, please visit


Lectures and Events

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

Friday, 20 March, 2009 | 4:00 - 6:00 pm | Duke University East Campus, Carr Building, Room 229, 114 Campus Drive
Heather Perry (UNC Charlotte, Dept. of Modern German and European History) will present a seminar entitled Recycling the Disabled: Medical Mobilization in World War I Germany. The breathtaking technology of the First World War paradoxically destroyed and re-created the male body. Soldiers who would have died from less devastating wounds in previous wars, returned from the trenches as mutilated bodies and unrecognizable figures. The unexpectedly high human cost of trench warfare was a constant drain on fit and healthy workers needed elsewhere in the German war economy. The presentation examines the response of German industry and medicine to this crisis and argues that through envisioning the male body as a machine that needed to be repaired and/or reproduced, medical professionals were able to rationalize the artificial re-creation of the wounded body. Ultimately, it demonstrates that modern medical technology allowed for the physical "recycling of the disabled" within the labor economy of WW I Germany.

The seminar starts at 4:15 pm. Refreshments will be served before the seminar. A pre-circulated paper is available a week in advance at (Friederike Bruehoefener)

For more information, please visit

Kafka at 125: An International Scholarly Conference

Kafka at 125April 3-4, 2009 | UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University
Franz Kafka’s literary career began in the first decade of the twentieth century and produced some of the most fascinating and influential works in all of modern European literature. Now, a hundred years later, the concerns of a new century call for a fresh look not only at what Kafka has meant to the past ten decades but also at what challenges his writings offer to the decades ahead.

The organizers of this conference bring to the Research Triangle of North Carolina a group of distinguished Kafka scholars from North America and Europe. We will celebrate Kafka’s 125th birthday by exploring together the ways in which this extraordinary writer, who so decisively shaped our conception of the twentieth century, might suggest fruitful strategies for coping with the twenty-first.

Please visit for details

Grants and Fellowships

Funding Opportunities for UNC Students from the Center for Global Initiatives

Center for Global InitiativesCV Starr Scholarships | Deadline: March 20, 2009, 5pm
These awards are intended to support UNC students who demonstrate financial need to undertake an independent internationally-oriented experience. For PELL-eligible undergraduates and international graduate students.

Internship Award | Deadline: March 20, 2009, 5pm
These awards are intended to support UNC Undergraduate and Masters-level students who have secured internationally-focused internships that will advance their academic and professional careers. Upon completing the internship and returning to UNC, students should build the internship experience into their academic program. Ideally, upon graduation, students will land jobs with the same or a similar organization. For undergrads and master's students.

Carolina Undergraduate Health Fellowship | Deadline: March 20, 2009, 5pm
The Carolina Undergraduate Health Fellowship (CUHF) enables promising UNC undergraduates to create a self-designed health-related project anywhere in the world. The fellowship is an investment in talented students whose medical and cultural experience will strengthen the future of health care both in the United States and the world.

Undergraduate International Studies Fellowship | Deadline: March 30, 2009
The Undergraduate International Studies Fellowship (UISF) supports international travel and study for students in good standing and enrolled full-time at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Second term freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply for Fellowships awarded each year. The program is open to all students, but is intended to provide support for those who do not otherwise have the financial resources to participate in study-abroad programs, and who are members of underrepresented groups in undergraduate international study.

For details, please visit

ThinkSwiss Travel Grants

ThinkSwissIn 2009, ThinkSwiss offers travel grants to U.S. participants of Swiss Summer Schools. Schools with open deadlines include:

  • University of Zurich and ETH Zurich: Biology Undergraduate Summer School (BUSS) 2009
    • Deadline: April 1, 2009
  • University of Basel – Institute of Nursing Science: 2009 INS Summer School on Measurement in Health Care Research
    • Deadline: June 30, 2009
  • University of Lugano – Academy of Architecture: Environmental Responsive Building Envelope Summer School 2009
    • Deadline t.b.c.

The participants will benefit from hands-on research, training and exposure to cutting-edge issues within a professional research community. Awardees of the travel grants will be asked to share their experiences by contributing to the ThinkSwiss Research Blog. The selection of all participants is done by each summer school. Please apply directly to the individual program.

For details, please visit

Smith Richardson Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships

Smith Richardson FoundationInternational Security Studies at Yale (ISS) will award two Smith Richardson Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships in Security Studies beginning in the fall semester of 2009. These fellowships will have a term of one academic year.

These predoctoral fellowships will provide an opportunity for advanced doctoral candidates in the field of security studies (with particular emphasis on international, diplomatic, and military history) at universities other than Yale to benefit from a year of involvement with Yale and the ISS community of scholars. Fellows must be in residence in New Haven, Conn., or its environs during the tenure of their appointment. They must have largely completed archival research for their doctoral dissertations; Fellows will be expected to use this Fellowship to finish writing their dissertations. Applications from non-US citizens are welcome, but successful applicants bear final responsibility for all immigration-related issues.

Fellows will have full access to Yale's libraries and other academic resources but will not be eligible for Yale financial aid or degrees, nor will they be allowed to take or teach classes. The stipend will be $22,000 for the academic year, with an additional $3,000 available to cover research expenses. The Fellowship will provide shared office space at ISS. Fellows will be expected to make all reasonable efforts to utilize existing health coverage while in residence at Yale, or to obtain private health insurance. In the event of need, ISS will supplement the cost of single health coverage for the Fellow to a reasonable amount, but in no event more than $2,000 per year.

Applicants should submit a CV, a research proposal describing how the Fellowship will be used, graduate transcripts from their home university, a short (no more than 50 page) writing sample, and two letters of recommendation (one of which must be from the applicant's dissertation adviser) to: Kathleen Murphy, Senior Administrative Assistant, International Security Studies, Yale University, PO Box 208353, New Haven, CT 06520-8353

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is April 3, 2009.

Seminars and Workshops

The External Dimension of EU Immigration and Asylum Policy

April 3-4, 2009 | Brussels, Belgium
This is the 6th European Congress of lawyers specialised in immigration and asylum, and is a common initiative of the Odysseus Academic Network and the Research Group “Transposition of & Legal Protection under European Migration Law”. The aim is to examine the legal basis of this policy and to assess from a legal point its recent rhetorical and practical developments. Academics will at this occasion collaborate with practitioners from the EU Institutions and the Member States. The congress will be followed by the publication at the autumn 2009 of a book that will also comprise the contributions to the seminar organised in Leuven on the same subject in October 2008.

The participants are kindly requested to subscribe by using the registration form available on the website of the Network

For further details, please visit

Deadline: March 20, 2009

North Carolina German Studies Workshop: Ways of War: Violence and the Culture of Conflict in Modern Germany

Man wearing a historical uniform of Wehrmacht soldier from times of World War IIApril 17-18, 2009 | Cone Center, UNC Charlotte
Germans can be found at the heart of nearly every transformative conflict of Western civilization. From the Protestant Reformation to the “total wars” of the twentieth century, scholars have often located Germans and/or so-called “German ideologies” at the center of these phenomena. Indeed for some critics of Germany, the guiding principle of the Sonderweg, or “special path” continues to exercise a firm teleological hold on scholarship about Germany. Yet, recent interdisciplinary globalization studies have demonstrated that European cultures, along with their knowledge bases and technologies were surprisingly far more interconnected in the past than has been assumed. Given that today many scholars are finding more similarities between national cultures than differences, to what extent can a certain phenomenon continue to be labeled specifically “German”?

The theme of the 2nd annual NCGS conference, Ways of War: Violence and the Culture of Conflict in Modern Germany examines these ideas in an international and interdisciplinary forum. We invite scholarly presentations which consider the general phenomenon of competition and conflict in Germany—especially its theoretical development, practical exercise, and long-term impact on both Germany and the wider world.

The workshop is open to all students, teachers, scholars as well as anyone in the general public interested in learning more about this controversial subject in German history, however, registration is required. Please visit for details and registration information.

Deadline: April 1, 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

The European Union and the Euro: A K-12 Workshop

May 7-8, 2009 | FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
Want to learn more about the European Union? World View and the UNC European Union Center of Excellence have partnered together to offer a 1½ day workshop on the European Union. Designed to help North Carolina K-12 teachers better understand our interconnected world, this workshop will include presentations by EU scholars on the European Union and the Euro currency. Resources that use technology to enhance content and better integrate the EU in the school’s curriculum will also be provided. One CEU will be awarded for completion of the program.

Registration fee is at the low cost of $50 per person and includes hotel accommodations in Chapel Hill on May 7, travel reimbursement, and lunch on May 8.

Space is limited to 30 participants, so please register today by filling out the registration form (PDF). For additional information, contact World View at 919/962-9264 or email

World View Spring Seminars

Latin America and North Carolina Seminar
March 24-25, 2009 (1.5 days) | Friday Center, UNC
Co-sponsored by the Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC and Duke & The Jack and Mary McCall Foundation, this seminar offers insights into Latin America and support for K-12 and community college educators facing the challenges and opportunities of our growing Latino student population. Help your Hispanic and Latino students succeed in school by learning more about Latin America, critical issues facing Latino students, and new teaching strategies to support students and their families.

Middle East and the West Seminar
March 25-26, 2009 (1.5 days) | Friday Center, UNC
Co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies at UNC at Chapel Hill, this seminar will examine contemporary issues facing the Middle East and the West as they encounter one another in an increasingly globalized world. This seminar will also introduce educators to the region’s cultures, politics, religions, and economy. Application sessions will feature methods and resources for including the study of the Middle East in K-12 and community college classrooms.

Both seminars are appropriate for all educators: K-12 and community college, ESL and regular classroom instructors, school counselors, and administrators. 1.5 CEUs will be offered for each seminar.

For details, view To register, please open this flyer (PDF).

North Carolina In the News

North Carolina in the WorldRead about the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' summer Educators of Excellence institutes in the latest edition of North Carolina in the World News. The Museum's programs this summer include the exploration of wildlife, eco-systems and conservation in Yellowstone National Park; Ecuador, South America; and Belize, Central America. To see previous editions of the newsletter, please visit the archive.


Position Announcement

Executive Director of European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill

UNC-Chapel Hill Center for European StudiesThe Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for the position of Center Executive Director, employment beginning as soon as possible but no later than June 1, 2009. The Center is composed of a Title VI National Resource Center, a European Union Center for Excellence, and the Trans-Atlantic Masters program. The Executive Director is the chief administrative officer for these programs and is responsible for writing Center grants and administering Center programs. Teaching in the Trans-Atlantic Masters program is an optional duty. The Center for European Studies is one of five Centers in the United States with both Title VI and EUCE grants and thus ranks in the top tier of European Studies programs in the US. Further information about the Center can be obtained at A master's degree, preferably in modern European Studies, is required. PhD or ABD preferred. Salary range: $60,000-$75,000 depending on qualifications.

Candidates should apply at (search in EPA non-faculty positions) and attach a CV and cover letter. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer and educator. Review of applications will begin immediately. Please submit reference letters to: John D. Stephens, Director, Center for European Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB# 3449, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3449 (

Deadline: March 26, 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.

Position Announcement: University of Hamburg, Research & Teaching Associate

University of HamburgFaculty: Economics and Social Sciences | Department: Social Sciences | Institute: Political Science
The University of Hamburg has a full-time position for a Research and Teaching associate (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in) - salary group 13 TV-L – starting on 1 May 2009. The short-term, three-year contract shall end on 30th April 2012 (see also § 2 of the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz)).

The tasks of an Assistant Professor include academic services mainly in the areas of research and teaching. The post also provides an opportunity for further academic qualification, especially the completion of a Habilitation or a monograph published with a leading University Press. A third of the agreed weekly working hours may be used for this purpose. The tasks involve collaboration in research activities and teaching in the specified area, and the conduction of seminars in the BA programme. They entail four teaching hours/week as well as collaboration in academic and administrative matters at the Chair in Political Science.

Required Qualifications: PhD in the Social Sciences, ideally in Political Science and experience with applications for research funding

Additional Qualifications:

  • Excellent knowledge of International Relations Theories (demonstrated achievements, transcripts, additional qualifications, above average PhD)
  • Very good knowledge of at least two of the three following topics 1.) Constitutionalism 2.) International Law, 3.) Qualitative Methods
  • Demonstrated interest in and experience with research collaboration and conception of research projects
  • Language and area knowledge outside the EU

Please send applications with letter of interest, CV, and documentation of academic qualifications to: Prof. Antje Wiener, PhD, Universität Hamburg, Allende Platz 1, 22146 Hamburg

For further information please contact Prof. Antje Wiener, PhD, Tel. 040 42838-2424, e-Mail:, or the secretariat: Frau Adolphs, Tel. 040 42838-3551, e-Mail:

Deadline: March 15, 2009

Call for Papers: Globalization and Europeanization Conference: The Nature of the Beast

University of WarwickJune 5-6, 2009 | University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom
The conference on Globalization and Europeanization: "The Nature of the Beast" invites specialists from the fields of politics, international relations, international political economy and sociology to build on their experience of applying historical materialist theories in empirical settings related to global governance and regional integration, with an emphasis on the European Union (EU). Working papers designed to stimulate dialogue between invited speakers, Warwick research staff and postgraduate students will introduce workshops in this two-day event.

The conference aims to stimulate interdisciplinary exchange on the historical materialist frameworks used to investigate the relationship between global governance, regional integration and the national state, with special reference to the European Union. It will also seek to stimulate a constructive engagement, in one of its panels, between historical materialist, constructivist and post-structuralist approaches to European integration.

For details, please visit

Deadline for submission of abstracts: March 20, 2009

Position for PhD Students: The Tax State and International Tax Policies

Transformations of the StateWe offer a position (1/2 time, 4 years, TVD E13) for PhD students in the research project The Tax State and International Tax Policies. The project is part of the Collaborative Research Center "Transformations of the State". The research project analyzes tax policy making in the multi-level system of the European Union.

Prospective candidates should have a background in political science, sociology or economics and a research interest in political economy and the European Union. Candidates are expected to write their PhD thesis in these fields. Knowledge of the German language is a welcomed but not necessary condition. The successful candidate will become an associate member of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS).

For details, please visit

Deadline: March 31, 2009

Call for Editors: Journal of Common Market Studies

Journal of Common Market StudiesThe University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) is currently inviting applications from those wishing to be considered for the editorship of JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies.

The Journal is the leading interdisciplinary, international journal for research and scholarship in the field of European integration. It covers the full range of EU activities, as well as theoretical aspects of integration and comparative regionalism. The main disciplinary focus of the Journal is on economics and political science, but with important contributions from a range of other disciplines such as law, social policy, history and international relations.

For details, please visit

Deadline: March 31, 2009

Position Announcement: Aston University

Aston University, BirminghamAston University, Birmingham, UK
The Politics and International Relations subject group in the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University is seeking to make three new appointments from 1 September 2009. Strong candidates from any area of the discipline are encouraged to apply, although preference may be given to applicants with profiles in International Security, Political Economy or European Integration. As the posts will also be linked to the newly-established Aston Centre for Europe (ACE), preference will be given to candidates who focus on the study of Europe, both internally and externally.

For further details, please visit

Deadline: April 3, 2009

Europe as a Normative PowerViadrina Summer Workshop: Europe as a Normative Power

June 15 - July 1, 2009 | European University Viadrina | Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
The summer university on “Normative Power Europe? European Political Culture in Global Politics” deals with the role of the European Union in international politics. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the EU in international politics? What kind of actor is it? Is it a normative power, a realist power, or is it more appropriately described as an imperial power? Although legal, historical and cultural sciences have all contributed important findings to understanding EU foreign policy, it is hard to overlook that truly interdisciplinary approaches are still missing. The summer university will contribute to overcoming this desiderates by bringing together different disciplinary perspectives to the analysis of “Europe in the world”. We will discuss different policies, theoretical approaches and provide opportunities for presenting own research projects.

For more detailed information on the Viadrina Summer University, please visit

Deadline: April 15, 2009


Other International Studies News

Irina ReyfmanWhat Makes a Gentleman? Revisiting Gogol's "Diary of a Madman"

March 18, 2009 | 5:00pm | 402 Dey Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
Irina Reyfman will present a lecture entitled What Makes a Gentleman? Revisiting Gogol’s "Diary of a Madman". She is Professor of Russian Literature in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Columbia University. Her specialties include eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Russian literature, Gogol, Pushkin, and the semiotics of culture. She is the author of the books Ritualized Violence Russian Style: The Duel in Russian Culture and Literature (Stanford, 1999) and Vasilii Trediakovsky: The Fool of the 'New' Russian Literature (Stanford, 1991).

Galina RylkovaThe Russian Silver Age and its Legacy

March 23, 2009 | 12:00pm | Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke University
Professor Galina Rylkova will present a lecture on "The Archaeology of Anxiety: the Russian Silver Age and its Legacy." Galina Rylkova is Associate Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Florida. Her fields of specialization are Russian and European Modernism; contemporary Russian literature; Russian and East-European Film; and Cultural Studies. She is the author of the book The Archaeology of Anxiety: The Russian Silver Age and its Legacy on which this talk will be based.



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