Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
April 8, 2009

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

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CES News

Memorial for Ruth Mitchell-Pitts

Ruth Mitchell-PittsWednesday, April 29, 2009 | 2:00pm | Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden
Ruth's memorial will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 2:00 PM followed by a reception.

The memorial will be held at The Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden, 301 Pogue Street, Raleigh, NC 27607.

The Rose Garden is located in the horseshoe-shaped area that can be seen on this map. There is parking on the street around the horseshoe, on close-by residential streets, and in the adjacent Raleigh Little Theatre parking lot south of the RLT building, off Pogue Street. In case of rain, Ruth's memorial will be held in Carswell Concert Hall, Wainwright Music Building, Meredith College.

Please check in mid-April for updates and more details. To send the memorial service information to a friend, please use the following URL:

Languages Across the Curriculum Workshop:
LAC and the Job Market

Thursday, April 16, 2009 | 11:00am - 12:30pm | FedEx Global Education Center, 4th Floor
UNC's Languages Across the Curriculum Program cordially invites graduate students and faculty from any department to attend the LAC and the Job Market Workshop.

This discussion panel provides general advice for graduate students seeking to highlight their interdisciplinary and/or international teaching experience, as well as tips specifically intended for UNC LAC TAs preparing for the academic job search. Information will also be provided on UNC's Graduate Certificate in LAC Instruction, an opportunity to formally demonstrate expertise in interdisciplinary multilingual teaching.

An open Q&A session will follow short presentations by:

  • D. Seth Murray
    Teaching Assistant Professor, Program in International Studies & Department of Sociology and Anthropology, NC State Univ
    Ph.D. in Anthropology (UNC-Chapel Hill 2008)
    UNC French LAC TA (2005-2008)
  • Ellen Welch
    Assistant Professor of French, Department of Romance Languages, UNC-Chapel Hill
    Ph.D in French Studies (University of Pennsylvania, 2008)
  • Stefanie Murray
    Masters Degree Candidate, Department of Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill
    UNC Swahili LAC TA (2009)

To register for this workshop, email the following information to Name, Home department, Stage of graduate/professional career, Foreign language(s) in which you are fluent, Field(s) of research or professional interest.

To learn more about LAC at UNC, email or visit

This workshop is sponsored by UNC's Center for European Studies, Center for Global Initiatives, Institute for the Study of the Americas, and African Studies Center and is made possible by Title VI grants from the US Department of Education.

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

Isabel HullFriday, April 10, 2009 | UNC Institute for the Arts & Humanities, Hyde Hall
Ninety years after the end of World War I we have largely forgotten how central international law was to the contemporaries, both regarding how the war was actually fought and what peoples and nations thought they were fighting for. This talk is based on a research project comparing Germany, Britain, and France and their decisions on how to fight the war. After a brief summary of the peculiarities of international law, it examines why law was so important during the Great War and then focuses on Imperial Germany, which the Allies successfully branded as an outlaw. Was Germany really so distant from the rest of the European world in its understanding of the laws of war?

Isabel V. Hull is the John Stambaugh Professor of History at Cornell University. She specializes in German history from 1700 to 1945, with a focus on socio-politics, political theory, and gender/sexuality.

  • 2:00 - 3:30pm | Reading Seminar (Registration required)
    In the reading seminar students and faculty will discuss with Isabel Hull her book: Absolute Destruction: Military Culture and the Practices of War in Imperial Germany (Ithaca, 2005). We recommend that everybody has read its introduction.
    Please contact Friederike Bruehoefener ( to register by Friday, March 31, 2009.
  • 4:00 - 6:00pm | Public Lecture
    Isabel Hull will present a lecture entitled Imperial Germany and International Law in the Great War, 1914 - 1918.

For more information, please visit

A Season of Postwar Hungarian Films

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 | 6:00pm | Room 302, Dey Hall, UNC
Please join us for a free screening of Kontroll/ Control (Antal Nimród, 2003) – An example of a professional, popular film: are Hungarians just like us now?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 | 6:00pm | Room 402, Dey Hall, UNC
Please join us for a free screening of Hukkle (György Pálfi, 2002) – An almost wordless, visually endlessly inventive and subtly amusing postmodern film you’ll want to see more than once.

All films will be shown with English subtitles.

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Workshop: Patriarchy, Sexuality, and Power in Post-Yugoslav Culture

UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European StudiesWednesday, April 15, 2009 | 2-5pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Room 3009
Lectures during the workshop to include Patriarchy and Power in Some Recent Works by Post-Yugoslav Women Writers, Queering National Identities in Post-Yugoslav Film, and Le Zbor and Qlapa: Challenging Patriarchal Femininity and Masculinity in Traditional Croatian Music. For workshop details, please visit

If you plan on attending the workshop, registration is required. Please RSVP to Karla Nagy ( by April 13, 2009. Sponsored by CSEEES, Carolina Women’s Center, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Europe Day Celebration

Thursday, May 7, 2009 | Smith Middle School, Chapel Hill, NC

  • 5:00-7:30 - European Foods and treats will be available for dinner (pizza included- bring $$)
  • 6:00-6:30 Walk for Unity from Ironwoods to Smith - bring a banner displaying “United in Diversity” in many languages.
  • 6:30-7:00 - Enjoy complimentary EU birthday cake and hear what Smith students have to say about traveling abroad.
  • 7:00-7:45 - Author Fernande Davis will share stories of life as a 16 year-old during WWII.
  • 7:45-8:30pm - Videos of student Exchange programs to Belgium and China

May 4-11th: Connect with European heritage by eating at European-style restaurants. All participating restaurants will be offering incentives or discounts during this historic week. Look for a list of participating restaurants in the Chapel Hill News or Southern Neighbor. All events are sponsored by a “Getting to Know Europe” grant.

For details, please view this flyer (PDF). Contact for details.

Seminars and Workshops

Danish Atlantic Youth Seminar: Security Policies and Conflict Management

North Atlantic Treaty OrganizationJuly 6-12, 2009 | Aalborg air base, Denmark
Each year, the Danish Atlantic Treaty Association welcomes young leaders from throughout the Euro-Atlantic region to Denmark for a week of lectures, debate and a simulation of current security issues. This year, the 24th annual DAYS Seminar will bring together international students representing over twenty different nationalities as well as renowned scholars to focus on the future of NATO and its relations with Russia and the European Union.

In 2009 the NATO celebrates its 60th anniversary. This milestone gives one cause to reflect upon the past achievements and future challenges of the alliance. How is the aging giant to deal with a modern world in which economic turmoil and energy uncertainties threaten the stability of the international system? A critical issue is the tense relationship between Russia, Ukraine and the Caucasian nations. The Russo-Georgian military conflict and the Russian energy shutdowns in Eastern Europe have somewhat reduced the confidence in a peaceful development in the region. This could, in turn, have an adverse effect on the economic climate in Western European countries that depend on stable energy deliverances. Thus the European Union too has a great interest in the regional development. DAYS 2009 will deal with each of the abovementioned topics.

The Atlantic Council of the United States is seeking to nominate a group of talented Americans for this year’s session. All applicants should be nominated to attend by submitting the application form (see below), a short letter of motivation (as described in the application form), and a résumé to Brooke R. Heaton, Associate Director of Young Atlanticist Programs at the Atlantic Council, at

For details, please view the preliminary program (PDF), the program announcement (PDF), and the application form (DOC).

Deadline for U.S. participants: April 15, 2009

EUROPEUM Institute for Social Policy Summer School: Transatlantic Relations from the Perspective of Central Europe

Transatlantic Relations from the Perspective of Central EuropeJuly 11-21, 2009 | Prague, Czech Republic
The European Summer School 2009 (ESS 2009) "TransAtlantic Relations from the Perspective of Central Europe" focuses on similarities and differences in policies and approaches of the European Union and its member states and the United States of America. The courses will emphasize the particular situations of Central European countries (Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia) and try to answer the question to which extent the division of Old Europe and New Europe remained. Participants of the ESS 2009 will learn and discuss the different issues of individual policies.

Please visit and view the promotional leaflet (PDF) for more information.

Deadline: April 30, 2009

4th ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques

ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques: University of LjubljanaJuly 29 - August 15, 2009 | University of Ljubljana
The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Summer School in Methods and Techniques provides high quality up-to-date training in a broad range of specially selected methods across the whole spectrum of approaches employed in the social sciences. Its courses emphasise those methods which are particularly salient for research questions in political science and neighbouring disciplines, as well as dealing with all stages of a project and catering to the needs of research set at the macro and micro level. It covers both 'quantitative' and 'qualitative' designs as well as more 'positivist' and 'interpretative' perspectives.

We plan to organise a lively plenary and social programme that will include debates, lectures and receptions. For further information please visit or contact

Summer School Regions in Europe: New Challenges for Regionalism and Federalism in the 21st Century

European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)August 28 - September 4, 2009 | University of Münster, Germany
The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) is happy to announce the first of three Summer Schools on Federalism and Regionalism, hosted by the University of Münster, Germany. The Summer School is open to PhD-students (preferably social scientists) from across Europe (and beyond).

PhD-students wishing to apply should complete the application form and return it to Klaus Detterbeck ( or Jörg Mathias
( They should also submit a 500 word abstract of a paper/research proposal which they are expected to present during the summer school. The participation fee is 400 GBP; this covers accommodation, tuition fee and meals. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application shortly after the application deadline.

For details and the application form, please see the program (DOC), which is subject to minor changes.

Deadline: June 19, 2009

K-12 Schools

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.

We have just a few spots left, so please register today by filling out the registration form (PDF). For additional information, contact World View at 919/962-9264 or email


Position Announcements

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 (

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Assistant Professor: International Relations and European Studies

Central European UniversityCentral European University | Budapest, Hungary
The Department of International Relations and European Studies (IRES) at Central European University (CEU), Budapest, invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate should have a general background in European Studies, with research expertise and teaching experience in EU institutions and policymaking, and theories of integration. Additionally, a strong methodological background (preferably in quantitative methods) and/or an interest in International Political Economy is advantageous.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in a relevant discipline by August 2009, and a demonstrated potential for high-level research and publication. Teaching responsibilities are three courses per year, plus supervision of MA and PhD theses. The initial contract is for four years, with the possibility of long-term renewal.

CEU is a graduate, research-intensive university accredited in both the U.S. and Hungary. The language of instruction is English. For more information about the university and the department, please visit the CEU website (, or contact the head of the IRES Department, Paul Roe ( Direct applications to the Rector of CEU, c/o Human Resources Office, Central European University, H-1051 Budapest, Nádor u. 9., Hungary (Fax: + 36 1 235-6135, e-mail: Please include a CV, a relevant example of research undertaken, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same, above address.

Deadline: April 17, 2009



Internships with the Delegation of the European Commission

The Delegation of the European Commission offers a variety of internship positions at its office in Washington, DC. The New York Delegation, too, offers internship positions. Please contact that Delegation directly for more information on opportunities there. (For information on EU internships in Europe, click here.)

Internships are intended to provide college and university students and recent graduates with the opportunity to acquire considerable knowledge of the European Union, its institutions, activities, laws, statistics and relations with the US. Internship applicants may be of any nationality.

For details, please visit the Delegation website.

Deadline for the Fall Semester: May 15, 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.

Call for Proposals: Eurosklerosis or Europeanisation?

L'Europe en FormationEuropean Integration in the Times of Helmut Schmidt and Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
The 1970s are commonly known as a decade which witnessed only few advances, if not setbacks, in the process of European integration. However, two protagonists of this time, German chancellor Helmut Schmidt and French president Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, consider themselves as the architects of important projects, pushing forward the unification of Europe and giving the community a more coherent voice in international affairs. In addition, recent comparative research suggests that Western European countries embarked in the 1970s on a process ongoing until today and making their societies more similar. Thus, the question arises whether the commonly held view of a period of "eurosklerosis" needs to be reconsidered. To which degree are the 1970s a productive era of European integration, the prelude to the major steps made in the 1980s? Which role plays the recession of the 1970s for the evolution of European integration? What are the indicators for a Europeanisation of our societies in the 1970s?

"L'Europe en Formation" welcomes proposals for articles to appear in the Fall 2009 issue of the journal and in its online version. Articles can cover a variety of topics:

  • Societal changes in Western European countries
  • Comparative perspectives on the social history of Western Europe in the 1970s
  • Evolution and repercussions of European policies
  • Institutions
  • Political leaders

Proposals shouldn't be longer than 500 words and can be written either in English or French. They should be accompanied by a CV of the author. Please send propositions by email to (Dr Matthias Waechter, Director, Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes Internationales).

Deadline: April 10, 2009

PhD Positions: Odysseus Research Project

University of AntwerpUniversity of Antwerp | Antwerp, Belgium
Interest groups are important political actors, which face a changing political environment as a result of globalisation and internationalisation. Obtaining a thorough understanding of how interest groups cope with such challenges is important in explaining their role in democratic policy making. Why, for instance, are some interest groups better capable of exerting influence in a multi-level political system than others? Or, why do some groups seek access to only national governments and others to European institutions as well? Answering these and related questions is the overarching aim of the Odysseus-project. The available PhD-positions concern two sub-fields within the larger project:

  • The politics of EU territorial lobbying.
    • This project studies the European strategies of interest groups that are territorially defined (such as the port of Antwerp, Schiphol airport or Scottish interests).
  • Multi-level venue shopping of interest groups
    • This project entails a comparative research on how interest groups make use of multiple access opportunities situated at different levels of government (national, regional, European, international).

For position details and to apply, please visit*VACATURES&n=47968&ct=48011&e=192779

Deadline: April 15, 2009

Europe Summer Institute: The Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models

Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM) Europe Summer Institute June 29 - July 10, 2009 | Mannheim University
The Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM) Europe Summer Institute will focus on the problems of testing theoretical models from a polit-economic perspective. The institute is designed for advanced graduate students and junior faculty whose research and teaching would benefit from training seminars on the link between methods of empirical analysis and theoretical models.

The EITM Europe Summer Institute concerns the relationship between formal models of politics and empirical research methods in a substantive field of political economy. The theoretical models addressed span game theory, spatial theory, social and public choice theories, agent-based and behavioral economics models, domestic and international political economy, and general equilibrium models. Empirical methods include basic and advanced statistical techniques and spatial models, experimental and field methods, and computational methods. The program aims to advance scholarship exhibiting more-seamless integration of theoretical model development and empirical evaluation through a highly interactive training program, primarily for advanced graduate students (and possibly a few junior faculty), led by distinguished scholars from across the discipline working at the forefront of such empirical-theoretical integration.

For details, please visit

Deadline: April 30, 2009

Call for Research Project Proposals

London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondon School of Economics | Hellenic Observatory
The LSE’s Hellenic Observatory invites researchers with a recognised interest in contemporary Greece to submit an application for funding in order to carry out a project on one of the themes highlighted below. This call has been made possible by funding generously provided by the National Bank of Greece, to which we wish to record our gratitude.

Research grants of up to GPB £10,000 will be awarded for research on one of the themes, to be undertaken normally within a period of 12 months. It is expected that a total of two projects will be selected from this Call.

Research themes:

  • Inflation and Price Rigidities in Greece: causes and characteristics
  • Assessing the impact of Privatisation in Greece on the subsequent management of the enterprise(s)
  • The effect on GDP of the opening-up of Closed Professions within Greece

For more information and application details, please see the call for proposals (PDF).

Deadline: April 30, 2009

Other International Studies News

Global Women's Health Luncheon Series

Join us for interdisciplinary dialogue relating to women's health issues on Tuesdays in April. All talks in the series will be held at 12:15 pm in the UNC FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003.

Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies and Carolina Women's Center. *Lunch provided.*

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2009 | Growing Old in North Carolina: Listening to Latina, Hmong and Russian-Speaking Women
    Sarah G. Lowman, MPH
    Special Projects Coordinator
    Center for Aging and Health, UNC School of Medicine
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2009 | Roundtable: The North Carolina-Moldova State Partnership Program
    Moderator: Brenda McAdams Motsinger
    Director of Special Projects
    Office of the Dean, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Tuesday, April 28, 2009 | Lecture on Maternal Health in the Post-Socialist Czech Republic: Politics and Interactions
    Ema Hresanova, University of West Bohemia (Czech Republic) Fulbright Student Researcher UNC Department of Anthropology Lecturer, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen


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