Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
April 22, 2009

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

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CES News

Memorial for Ruth Mitchell-Pitts: Next Week

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:

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

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.

Global Women's Health Luncheon Series

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 | 12:15 pm | UNC FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003

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

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

Call for Proposals

European Social Science History Conference

European Social Science History ConferenceApril 13-16, 2010 | Ghent, Belgium
The Network on Education & Childhood of the European Social Science History Conference invites papers for the next conference. In general the Network is interested in proposals concerning childhood and education, in all periods and on various issues and in different domains.

In order to stimulate and continue debates in the field of the history of education and childhood, we especially invite papers which from a historical perspective examine themes such as:

  • Children and childhood in a globalizing world
  • Children's rights and history of NGO's related to education and childhood
  • Children, sexuality and sexual abuse
  • Children, childhood, education and the history of emotion(s)
  • Early childhood development and the brain
  • Children, disability and special education
  • Children, consumerism and play
  • Children, violence and war
  • Children, colonial childhood and postcolonial developments in education
  • Children and the new media
  • Methodology, autobiographical approaches and the child-perspective
  • Children and childhood in politics and economy

Individuals interested in organizing panels on one of these themes may contact the network chairs of Education and Childhood listed on the website. In arranging panels on these themes, the possibility to coordinate sessions with other networks will be explored. To propose a panel or a paper it is necessary to follow procedures formulated at the ESSHC website:

Deadline for paper and panel proposals: May 1, 2009

Seminars and Workshops

European Summer Institute on the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels

July 4-11, 2009 | Prague, Czech Republic
The Prague's Centre for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku - CPVP) is pleased to announce the forthcoming European Summer Institute 2009 (ESI2009) on the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels. ESI2009 is a seven-day academic program designed to bring together 30 undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their summer holidays in the unique academic and cultural environment.

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

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

Early Bird Application Deadline: April 30, 2009
Final Deadline: May 15, 2009

Savaria Summer University

Flag of HungaryJune 19 - July 1, 2009 | Koszeg, Hungary
The 14th Savaria Summer University is international and multidisciplinary, focusing on Central and Eastern Europe broadly defined, including the Balkans and post-Soviet republics. The first three days of the Summer University will focus on the 20th anniversary of 1989. Lectures and workshops will investigate what happened to the ideals of democracy over the past 20 years.

From the 22nd on, lectures, panel discussions, workshops and student presentations will be held on the topic of diversity management. Scholars, authors and public intellectuals will share their thoughts in an inspiring environment for high level conversations about our common past and future.

On the 29th and 30th an overall workshop will be held on Cultural Heritage Management, which might be the next MA Programme offered by ISES starting September 2009.

For details, please visit

Deadline: May 15, 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.

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

Global Updates from World View

World View This issue of Global Updates highlights the work of Greg Mortensen (author, activist, climber, and non-profit foundation executive) and the Central Asia Institute program Pennies for Peace. The Pennies for Peace program not only teaches children about philanthropy, it educates them about the world and cultures beyond their school.

To see previous Global Updates from World View, please visit the archive.

North Carolina In the News

North Carolina in the WorldRead about a rural North Carolina school linking to Ireland for virtual lessons in the latest edition of North Carolina in the World News. To see previous editions of the newsletter, please visit the archive.

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 Research Project Proposals: Hellenic Observatory

London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondon School of Economics and Political Science | 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 following 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

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.

Applications should be submitted electronically to The subject line of the email should read “HO Call 2009” only and all application material should be in MS Word format. In their email the applicants should indicate the research theme addressed by their proposal.

Please view the call for proposals (PDF) for details.

Deadline: 5pm GMT, April 30, 2009

Call for Papers: Transatlantic Studies Association Conference

Canterbury Christ Church, Canterbury, UKJuly 13-16, 2009 | Canterbury, United Kingdom
We welcome proposals by individuals, full panels of three speakers or a series of related panels focusing on a particular theme or topic. Please direct any initial questions to Alan Dobson or the relevant panel co-ordinator.

Each of the five panels will accept a broad range of proposals with the sub-panels receiving proposals that fit with their nominated themes. Sub-panels include:

  • Literature & Culture
  • New Transatlanticisms
  • Planning and the Environment
  • EU-US environmental policies: Comparing EU member states and US states
  • Economics
  • History, Security Studies and IR
  • Intellectuals, Policymakers and US Interventionism in Europe
  • What President for Transatlantica? A Comparative Historical Assessment of American Chief Executives and Their Impact on Transatlantic Relations
  • Anglo-American Relations
  • NATO
  • Special Relationship: 400 Years of Dutch-American Relations
  • Isolationism and Internationalism in Transatlantic Affairs
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Transatlantic Relations

Proposals in a 300 word abstract and brief CV should be submitted to panel leaders or to Alan Dobson. For further information please visit

Deadline: May 1, 2009

Position Vacancies: Maastricht University

Maastricht UniversityThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, the Netherlands has three openings:

  • Assistant Professor in Research Methods (m/f), 1.0fte
    Reference number 3
  • Lecturer in International Relations (m/f), 1.0fte
    Reference number 4
  • Lecturer in History of European Integration (m/f), 1.0fte
    Reference number 5

Universiteit Maastricht (UM) is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools.

Candidates are invited to submit their application, mentioning the reference number on envelope and letter, – including curriculum vitae and list of publications – to the Secretariat of the Faculty Office, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands. Applications can also be submitted electronically at:

For details, please view the position announcement.

Deadline: May 1, 2009

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

Registration Deadline: May 1, 2009


Other International Studies News

Iraq in FragmentsMosaic Film Screenings

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 | 8:30PM | Murphy 116, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • PERSEPOLIS: This 2007 Academy Award nominated film showcases the perspective of one woman growing up during the 1979 Islamic Revolution (from the bestselling novel Persepolis)

Thursday, April 23, 2009 | 8:30PM | Murphy 116, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS: This 2006 Academy Award nominated film documents the lives of Sunnis, Shias, and Kurds in Iraq during the US military occupation.



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Center for European Studies/EU Center of Excellence
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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