Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
August 26, 2009

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This week we have:
1. CES News
2. Grants and Fellowships
3. Calls for Proposals
4. K-12 Schools & Community Colleges
5. Internships
6. EUSA Corner
7. Other International Studies News

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Message from John Stephens, CES Director

John Stephens, CES DirectorI would like to welcome everyone to another year with the Center for European Studies at UNC Chapel Hill.

The Center’s academic programs are flourishing. This year the TransAtlantic Masters Program welcomes its twelfth incoming class with eighteen students. We are excited to report that the expansion of the program to include a research oriented track, dubbed TAM II, has been a success. Our first cohort of TAM II students finished up at UNC in May and begin their second year of the program at VU Amsterdam this fall. We have also added the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona as a second European partner institute in TAM II, giving students more choice in their second year of study. The Center’s new undergraduate major in Contemporary European Studies (EURO) continues to gain strength as it enters its fourth year, attracting some of UNC’s top students and promoting undergraduate interest in European studies. Two EURO majors received grants to participate in a four-day study tour of the EU institutions in Brussels over the summer. In the spring, our Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) program awarded its first Graduate Certificates to document LAC pedagogical training for graduate students. UNC’s LAC program is unique in providing course offerings in less commonly taught languages and is frequently recognized as a model for languages across the curriculum at research universities.

CES remains committed to funding top quality teaching and scholarship through various curriculum development awards and research and travel grants. We are pleased to announce that this year we will be extending our Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship program. In addition to funding language training for graduate and professional students, we will offer summer awards to undergraduate students studying less commonly taught languages at the intermediate and advanced levels.

Lastly, CES will be re-applying for funding as a National Resource Center in European Studies for 2010-2014. We invite all UNC faculty and graduate students with a primary focus on European studies to submit proposals for research working groups, research projects, or other research or teaching projects directly related to contemporary Europe, the EU, or transatlantic studies. All proposals must be submitted electronically (preferably from a UNC email account to avoid the spam filter) to . We will hold an informational meeting early in the fall. A CES committee will consider which projects best fit the grant proposal and the appropriate level of funding.

In your funding proposal, please include:

  • Title and explanation of the project
  • Why the project is relevant to contemporary Europe, the EU, or transatlantic studies
  • If your proposal is for an on-going project funded in the current grant, please explain “added value”, i.e. what will be new about the next wave?
  • Names and depts. of faculty involved (key faculty), including European faculty names and institutions if there are any
  • How will the project involve students?
  • A 4 year requested budget broken down by year with detail (e.g. 3 speakers, workshop with 20 participants, research assistant for xx hours per week)

CES News

Introducing the Center's New Executive Director: Erica Edwards

Erica EdwardsWe are pleased to welcome Erica Edwards, the incoming Executive Director of the Center for European Studies, the European Union Center for Excellence, and the TransAtlantic Masters Program. Though new to the position, Erica is not new to Carolina or to CES. She received her PhD in Political Science from UNC in 2007 and has been involved in a number of the Center’s programs, most notably the Chapel Hill Expert Survey on Party Positioning and the UNC Video Consortium in EU Studies. Erica completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and obtained an MA in European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. Prior to joining the Center in August, she held academic positions at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna, Austria, and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her main research and teaching interests are in the fields of comparative politics, political parties and party systems, European integration, and public opinion.

The TransAtlantic Masters (TAM) Program Welcomes the Classes of 2009-2011 to Carolina!

TransAtlantic Masters Class of 2009-11

The Center for European Studies is pleased to welcome the 2009-2011 TransAtlantic Masters Classes to UNC-CH. There are eighteen in-coming students this year. Students in both TAM I and TAM II cohorts come from a variety of states, including New Mexico, California, Texas, Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Michigan, and North Carolina. Those who have traveled across the Atlantic to get here hail from Turkey and Germany. A few other nationalities such as Irish, Brazilian, Mexican, Bulgarian, and St. Lucian are represented by dual nationals in the group. This year’s in-coming TAM students received undergraduate degrees from institutions such as Boston University, San Francisco State University, the University of Kentucky, Bogazici University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Central Michigan University, NC State University, Miami University, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, UNC-CH, Willamette University, the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Daemen College, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, UNC-Charlotte and UC-Berkeley. They have studied and/or worked abroad in Spain, Italy, France, Botswana, Taiwan, Korea, Germany and in other locations. Many of the in-coming students already have substantial experience in international fields including journalism and educational outreach.

Open House & Info Sessions at the Global Education Center

Global Education CenterWednesday, September 2, 2009 | 11am - 1pm | FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
UNC provides countless opportunities to explore other cultures and to become more globally aware. The FedEx Global Education Center houses several of the university's primary international units dedicated to global learning and services.

Come to the Open House of the Global Education Center where you'll be able to sample coffees (from the Global Cup Café) and goodies from countries all over the world! Plus, pick up brochures about international units and programs on campus, and speak with department representatives.

Take part in information sessions throughout the day. Sessions will cover funding opportunities, academic programs, study abroad and a variety of other international topics. Please view the flyer (PDF) for more details.

10:00am | Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Awards Information Session
2:00pm | Languages Across the Curriculum and EURO Major Information Session

2:20pm | Transatlantic Masters Program Information Session

CES Fall Speakers Series

Gary MarksFriday, September 11, 2009
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Professor Gary Marks (UNC-CH Political Science) will discuss Multilevel Governance. Open to the public, light refreshments provided.

The 70th Anniversary of the Outbreak of World War II

Gerhard WeinbergSaturday, September 12, 2009 | UNC-Chapel Hill
Seventy years ago, a German warship opened fire on the Polish garrison in the Free City of Gdansk and German troops and airplanes attacked Poland, initiating a conflict that was quickly called “The Second World War.” We’ve taken the occasion of the 70th anniversary of this conflict to invite the leading historian of World War II and author of A World At Arms, Professor Gerhard L. Weinberg, to offer a seminar on this topic. In four lectures he will consider the causes of the conflict, the intentions of the belligerents, and the road to war.

Gerhard L. Weinberg is the author of ten books, including A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II (which received three major awards for scholarship, was a Book of the Month Club Main Selection, and is widely considered to be the best single-volume history of World War Two), Visions of Victory: The Hopes of Eight World War Two Leaders, and Hitler’s Foreign Policy: 1933-1939 The Road to World War II.

Co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies. For more information, please visit

North Carolina German Studies Seminar: The Muslim Kopftuch

Map of Germany in Flag FormSunday, September 13, 2009 | 6:00 - 8:00pm | Institute for the Arts & Humanities, Hyde Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
As part of the North Carolina German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series, Claudia Koonz (Duke University, Department of History) will present a seminar on The Muslim Kopftuch: An Object, a Symbol, and an Image in Visual Culture.

How did the Muslim Kopftuch [Hijab] simultaneously stabilize and disrupt German (but not Austrian) identity in the context of popular culture--mainly television documentaries, talk shows, and made-for-TV dramas? As a symbolically freighted image, the Kopftuch has provoked debates that reveal deep divisions in public culture that fracture conventional party alignments and provide a displaced discourse for widespread anxiety about German identity. Rather than using images to illustrate trends, the lecture will present a close reading of selected representations of the Hijab and suggest some ways historians can use cultural studies to identify their agency. Because this informal talk represents a work in progress, feedback from colleagues in literature, popular culture, and film studies is especially welcome.

Introduction and moderation by Richard Langston (UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of Germanic Languages and Literature).

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.

Join a LAC Course this Semester!

Languages Across the CurriculumThe Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) program is delighted to offer the following LAC sections during the Fall 2009 semester. These discussion sections give you the opportunity to use your foreign language skills while taking courses within your major.

  • FRENCH discussion section for HIST 159: 20th-Century Europe
  • FRENCH discussion section for INTS 210: Global Issues (ANTH 210 / GEOG 210 / HIST 210 / POLI 210)
  • GERMAN discussion section for HIST 159: 20th-Century Europe
  • SPANISH discussion section for INTS 210: Global Issues (ANTH 210 / GEOG 210 / HIST 210 / POLI 210)
  • SPANISH discussion section for POLI 238: Contemporary Latin American Politics

For more information about any of these courses or about the LAC program in general, please visit


Grants and Fellowships

DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program

American Institute for Contemporary German StudiesAICGS is now accepting applications for the next round of DAAD fellowships for spring 2010 (January 2010 - June 2010). 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:

  1. Business and Economics
  2. Foreign and Domestic Policy
  3. Society, Culture, and Politics

For details, please visit

Deadline: August 31, 2009

DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies: Call for Nominations

Building Knowledge, Insights and Networks for German-American RelationsEvery year, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) awards the DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies in recognition of exceptional work in one of the Institute's three major areas of research: Foreign & Domestic Policy Studies; Business & Economics; and Society, Culture, & Politics. The central aim of this prize is to foster a new generation of American scholarship on Germany and encourage innovative contributions to the interdisciplinary scope of German Studies. This year's prize will be awarded in the field of Politics and International Relations.

A jury composed of several of the most highly respected scholars in the field is charged with selecting the winner. This year's prize carries a stipend of $5,000 and will be awarded at the Institute's Global Leadership Award Dinner on November 4, 2009, in New York City.

For details, please visit

Deadline: September 8, 2009

Calls for Proposals

Transformative Power of Europe

KFG: The Transformative Power of EuropeDecember 10-11, 2009 | Berlin, Germany
In December 2009, the Kolleg-Forschergruppe organizes an international conference on “The Transformative Power of Europe: The European Union and the Diffusion of Ideas.” The conference will have four major themes around which the panels will be organized:

  1. Theorizing Diffusion: Processes and Mechanisms
  2. The Europeanization of Identities and Public Spheres
  3. Compliance, Conditionality, and Beyond
  4. Comparative Regionalism and the EU’s External Relations

For this academic conference, we invite papers from various disciplinary perspectives to each of these themes. Papers should explicitly address diffusion and transfer processes “from the outside in”, that is, the EU and its member states as recipients of policies and ideas, and/or “from the inside out,” that is, the EU and its member states as agents of diffusion. Please find more detailed information on the four major themes related to the KFG research clusters on our website:

Please send your paper proposal with a one-page abstract to Invited paper givers will be notified in early September. The Kolleg-Forschergruppe will take care of their travel costs as well as accommodation in Berlin during the conference.

Deadline: August 30, 2009

Central European Journal of International and Security Studies

International SecurityThe Central European Journal of International and Security Studies (CEJISS), the Czech Republic's - Prague based - premier international relations and security journal published in English, is designed to contribute to international relations and security debates by providing a forum for academic dialogue from around the world. To learn more about our activities we invite you to visit our website at

All contributions to CEJISS should focus generally on current issues and theories of international and security studies, divided into 5 main themes:

  • International, European and Regional Security
  • International Relations Theory
  • International and European Political Economy
  • Area Studies Related to International, European and Regional Security
  • International, European and Regional Organisations [UN, NATO, EU] as they Relate to Security

This is a biannual publication journal (expected in May and November), whose peer-reviewed articles are selected to assist scholars and decision makers in understanding central issues in international and security studies, identify new and important areas of research, and encourage the debates which will help direct the future of the discipline. CEJISS maintains the highest standards in article selection.

For more information on how to submit your contribution for publication, we highly encourage you to read our Author’s Guide section at

Deadline for November publication: September 1, 2009

K-12 Schools & Community Colleges

Galaxy Theater Tickets

Galaxy CinemaThe Center for European Studies has teamed up with the Galaxy Cinema in Cary, which specializes in independent films, international films, and documentaries. K-12 Educators and Community College faculty interested in expanding their knowledge of Europe through films can request free tickets to Galaxy Cinema films from the Center. Tickets are available only for films related to Europe that are not part of a film festival or event. To request a ticket, please contact the Center for European Studies' Outreach Coordinator with the following information: name, school, school mailing address, title of film, and date you need the ticket.

If you are requesting multiple tickets for a group of teachers at your school, please include in your request the names of all the teachers who will be attending.

For movies and show times, please visit the Galaxy Cinema website:

Global Updates from World View

World ViewThis issue of Global Updates addresses the topic of global education on a budget. Check out World View's top ten tools for supporting a cost-effective global agenda on your campus.

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


Internship at Analytica

Analytica Thinking LaboratoryAnalytica is a non-profit independent institution dedicated to helping individuals and institutions with the aim to foster lasting improvement in the democracy and governance in Macedonia and elsewhere in the region of South Eastern Europe.

Internship applicants are expected to be university students, undergraduates or graduates preferably interested in EU studies. They should also have interest in policy research and at least basic research skills. An interest in one or more of Analytica's programs of research would be an advantage. Proficiency in English is essential. There are no citizenship requirements.

The autumn cycle of the internship runs from October 5 - December 25. Interested applicants should send their CVs (resumes) along with an application letter explaining the reasons behind their application to:, within the specified deadline. Same application procedure applies both for residential and non-residential internship.

For more info about Analytica and its work, please visit:

Deadline: September 1, 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 Spring Semester: September 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.

Summer 2009 EUSA Review

European Union Studies AssociationThe Summer 2009 EUSA Review is now available. A hyperlinked copy of the table of contents is included below. You may also access the Review on our webpage in either pdf or html format.

  1. EUSA Review Forum
  2. EUSA EU as a Global Actor Interest Section Essay
    • "Your Choice is Peace": Testing the EU Model in the New Global Insecurity Environment - Stephanie B. Anderson, Thomas R. Seitz
  3. EUSA Public Policy Interest Section Essay
    • The European Parliament Elections of 2009: A First Assessment - Maurits van der Veen
  4. Book Reviews
  5. How to Support the EUSA

Other International Studies News

New Course at Duke University: Post Communist Visual Culture

Art, Art History & Visual Studies | Duke UniversityMondays, 2:50-5:20pm | East Duke Building | Visual Studies 260S/Russian Studies 299S
Sign up for a new course offering at Duke University this Fall - Post Communist Visual Culture: Russia, Central Asia, Yugoslavia. This course investigates how visual culture - cinema, fine arts, performance and mass media - is participating in the formulation of post-Socialist identities in Russia, Central Asia and Yugoslavia.

Themes include: how visual culture expresses and informs national identities in multi-ethnic states; how post-Socialist gender roles are codified through visual culture; and how collective and individual memory is mediated through visual culture.

Readings drawn from political science, cultural studies, sociology and art history. Taught by Pamela J Kachurin (

Center for Global Initiatives Photography Competition

The Center for Global Initiatives is pleased to announce our call for entries to the 10th Annual International Photography Competition. This is an amateur photography competition that is open to all students, faculty, alumni and staff of UNC-Chapel Hill. Entries will be judged on ability to represent a cross-cultural/international experience and on artistic merit. Winning entries will be featured in an exhibition this November and may be included in the 2010 Center for Global Initiatives Calendar!

For details, please visit

Deadline: September 18, 2009


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