Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
September 23, 2009


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

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CES News

New Funding Proposals for Title VI Grant

Euro coins and bills The Center for European Studies at Chapel Hill will be re-applying for funding as a National Resource Center for 2010-2014. We invite all UNC faculty and graduate students with a primary focus on European studies to submit a proposal 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 eedwards@email.unc.edu. 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)

Deadline: Monday, October 19, 2009

To UNC Faculty: Message from John Stephens, CES Director

John StephensDear CES faculty affiliates at UNC-CH: The Center for Global Initiatives maintains a database of our campus international expertise. The database can help you connect with colleagues across campus and around the world, and it is important to CES as we draw from this database for our grant proposals and research projects. The Center staff and I are now hard at work on our Title VI grant application, which requires short CVs of all faculty and staff with European expertise. We can download this information from the Database of Faculty with International Expertise.

If you include an international perspective in your teaching or research or if you have international experiences, you should be profiled in the database. However, we need to ensure that your profile is current, especially in terms of research and publications. I ask that you take a minute to update it. At the site (www.unc.edu/fie), click the 'login' button near the top right corner of the screen and on the next page enter your UNC onyen and password. In most cases, such an update will only require posting your recent publications.

I encourage you to explore this database to appreciate the depth of international expertise at UNC and hope that it is a useful resource for your own work. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

CES Fall Speakers Series

David CoatesFriday, September 25, 2009
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Professor David Coates (Wake Forest University, Political Science) will discuss New Labour in Crisis: The end of a project? Open to the public, light refreshments provided.

Graeme RobertsonFriday, October 2, 2009
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Professor Graeme Robertson (UNC-CH Political Science) will discuss Elections, Information and Liberalization in the Post-Cold War Era. Open to the public, light refreshments provided.

Languages Across the Curriculum Information Session

World mapWednesday, September 30, 2009 | 4:00 - 5:00pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003
UNC’s Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) Program cordially invites graduate students and faculty from any department to attend its annual information session.

This session provides an overview of UNC's LAC Program, which integrates the use of languages into interdisciplinary courses within the College of Arts and Sciences. Topics covered will include:

Participation in this workshop is strongly recommended for graduate students planning to apply for upcoming LAC TA positions.

To register for this workshop, email the following information to lac@unc.edu: 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 lac@unc.edu or visit www.unc.edu/lac. 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.

European Voices: A Dialogue with Journalists on Contemporary Media in Transition

World NewsMonday, October 5, 2009 | 1:30 - 2:30pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003
Journalists from 16 countries participating in the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists (http://exchanges.state.gov/ivlp/murrow.html) discuss the challenges they face in independent media outlets with UNC faculty, students, and staff. Audience members will have an opportunity to engage Murrow Program participants in a moderated forum.

Dr. Robert Jenkins, Director, Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies will moderate the session. Sponsored by the Center for European Studies and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies in conjunction with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists.

 

Lectures and Events

Lecture: Next Steps on Missile Defense in Europe

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 | 9:00am – 5:00pm | The Atlantic Council, Washington, DC
The Atlantic Council is pleased to announce an all-day conference on European Missile Defense.

Atlantic CouncilThe Honorable Ellen Tauscher, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, will open the conference with an address on the Obama administration’s perspective on European missile defense.

Representative Michael Turner (R-OH), Ranking Member, House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, will provide a Congressional perspective on European missile defense.

This conference follows the 2007 conference at the Atlantic Council: Third Site and Missile Defense in Europe. The political and geostrategic context for European missile defense has changed significantly since then, particularly in light of today’s news that the Obama administration will not proceed with Bush administration plans for missile defense installations in Poland and the Czech Republic, but rather will pursue alternative technologies and architecture. This conference will revisit the issue by tackling the five key topics listed below, with high-profile and senior commentators and speakers for each.

This conference is generously supported by Raytheon. For details, please visit www.acus.org/event/missile-defense-europe-next-steps.

Gravestone in PolandPortable Graveyards: Polish and Russian Albums in the Romantic Culture of Memory

Thursday, September 24, 2009 | 5:00pm | Room 304, Dey Hall, UNC Chapel Hill
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is pleased to announce a lecture by Prof. Justyna Beinek, one of our finalists for our vacancy in Polish literature and culture. Prof. Beinek (Ph.D., Harvard), who currently teaches at Indiana University, will give a talk titled "Portable Graveyards: Polish and Russian Albums in the Romantic Culture of Memory."


Grants and Fellowships

UACES Travel Grants for PhD Students

University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)The University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) is offering travel grants (up to £4,000) to PhD students who need to do field-work in 2010. The 2010 UACES Scholarships are funded by UACES and the European Commission. The scholarships are designed to provide mobility to existing postgraduate students so that they can undertake research in another country. Students must be studying an aspect of the European Studies subject area.

For details, please visit http://www.uaces.org/awards/scholarships/.

Deadline: October 5, 2009

Opportunity for Collaborative Transatlantic Research

Transatlantic ResearchIn the context of the TransCoop Programme, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation supports transatlantic research cooperation between German, American and/or Canadian scholars in the humanities, social sciences, economics, and law. Joint research initiatives can receive up to 55,000 EUR over a three-year period. Prerequisite is that the American and/or Canadian partners raise matching funds equaling at least the amount granted by TransCoop.

Funds can be used to finance short-term research visits lasting up to three months, to organise conferences and workshops, for material and equipment and printing costs, as well as for a limited amount of research assistance. Up to 15 p.c. of the TransCoop funds granted can be earmarked for the German partner institution and used as an administrative lump-sum.

Applications should be submitted jointly by at least one German and one U.S. and/or Canadian scholar. A Ph.D. is required of both applicants. Applications are accepted biannually, with deadlines of April 30 and October 31.
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Applications and detailed information can be found on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation webpage: http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/8175.html

Deadline: October 31, 2009

International Fellowship for Prospective Leaders: German Chancellor Fellowship

Alexander von Humboldt FoundationThe Alexander von Humboldt Foundation annually awards ten German Chancellor Fellowships to young professionals in the private, public, not-for-profit, cultural and academic sectors who are citizens of the United States.

The program, which also includes fellowships for citizens of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China, sponsors individuals who demonstrate the potential to strengthen ties between Germany and their own country through their profession or studies. Prior knowledge of German is not a prerequisite.

The German Chancellor Fellowship provides for a stay of one year in Germany for professional development, study, or research. Applicants design individual projects and decide at which institutions or organizations to pursue them.

A bachelor's degree is required and candidates must have received their degree after September 1, 1998. Successful candidates have come from such fields as government, social and policy sciences, law, journalism, communications, management, finance, economics, architecture, public service, the humanities, the arts, and environmental affairs. Candidates from the life sciences and engineering will be considered if their topics have a compelling social or humanistic dimension.

For additional information, please visit http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/4074.html

Application deadline for 2010-2011 awards: October 31, 2009


Calls for Proposals

European Union, United States and Global Governance – Major Trends and Challenges

Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies December 3-4, 2009 | Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts | Brussels, Belgium
The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (www.globalgovernancestudies.eu) of the University of Leuven is organising a two-day conference. The purpose of this Transatlantic Strategy Forum is to contribute to the construction of a shared transatlantic vision of the strategic challenges that will confront the United States and the European Union in the coming years, and the identification of potential transatlantic responses to these challenges with a global dimension. With the support of the European Commission, the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies aims to help build up a transatlantic capacity to identify the long-term trends in a number of key policy areas and to keep policy-makers on both sides of the Atlantic informed of the near and medium-term implications of these trends. The outcome of the Forum will be disseminated to the relevant policy communities for discussion and debate.

The focus of the Transatlantic Strategy Forum is on the following policy fields: (i) peace and security, (ii) human rights and rule of law, (iii) energy, (iv) climate change, (v) migration, and (vi) trade and political economy.

For details, please visit www.ghum.kuleuven.be/ggs/trans_strategy_forum/index.html. View the call for papers at www.ghum.kuleuven.be/ggs/trans_strategy_forum/call_papers.html.

Deadline: September 30, 2009

MPSA Political Science Conference

Midwest Political Science AssociationApril 22-25, 2010 | Chicago, IL
In the spring of each year, the Midwest Political Science Association holds one of the largest political science conferences in the United States. Conference presentations are organized by topic in more than 60 sections; each section is managed by a section head, who selects papers and assigns them to session formats (panel, poster, or roundtable). Section heads comprise the Conference Program Committee, which is overseen by a Program Committee Chair or Co-chairs.

Each year, MPSA provides a limited number of scholarships for conference registration, travel, and childcare assistance on a first-come basis to eligible individuals.

For more details, please visit http://www.mpsanet.org/Conference/tabid/75/Default.aspx

Proposal Submission Deadline: October 9, 2009

Graduate Student Conference: European Dynamics in the Age of Globalization

Georgetown UniversityFebruary 5-6, 2010 | Georgetown University | Washington, DC
We are excited to announce the BMW Center for German and European Studies 2010 Graduate Student Conference. The European continent’s continuing evolution is an undeniable fixture of our increasingly interconnected world. The formation and expansion of the European Union, the nation-state’s comparative decline, and Europe’s contributions to and detractions from the forces of modernization are only a few of the measures of Europe’s role in the contemporary global landscape. How we characterize Europe in the 21st century is, above all, subject to our vantage point. To further this discussion, the BMW Center for German and European Studies is submitting a call for papers, inviting scholars to complement this historical and contemporary European debate by looking forward to the future of a globalized Europe.

For details, please visit http://cges.georgetown.edu/research/conferences/gradstudentconference/.

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 15, 2009

The Socialist 1960s: Popular Culture and the Socialist City

University of IllinoisJune 24-26, 2010 | 2010 Fisher Forum | Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The 1960s witnessed an explosion of cross-cultural fertilization in a time of world competition for the hegemony of two enduring “systems” – capitalism and socialism. As a moment when decolonization created immense possibilities for liberation movements throughout the world, the 1960s became the heyday of the “Second World” appeals to the newly decolonized societies of the “Third World,” as well as the reemergence of a European “First World” as a postwar consumer society in reaction to American hegemony.

The purpose of this conference will be to use the Second World, the socialist societies of the 1960s, as the center from which to explore global interconnections and uncover new and perhaps surprising patterns of cultural cross-pollination. This forum will be structured around cities as the units of analysis, and it will focus on the arena of popular culture as played out in these city spaces.

The core of the forum will be the socialist societies of eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, but the forum would be enriched by participation from scholars who study other socialist societies. We anticipate that the conference will result in a published volume; submissions should be original work, not previously published.

For details, please visit http://illinois.edu/lb/article/114/29504

Deadline: October 15, 2009

 

K-12 Schools & Community Colleges

Euro Challenge Competition

Euro Challenge

Welcome to the Euro Challenge 2010 – an exciting educational opportunity for high school students (grades 9 & 10) to learn about the European Union (EU) – the largest trading partner of the US – and its single currency, the euro. The competition is also an excellent opportunity for NC teachers, as teachers enlisting a team in the Euro Challenge are eligible to win a free trip to Brussels next summer. Now in its fifth year, the Euro Challenge is designed to appeal to students with a background in global studies, economics, world history/geography or European studies.

The competition aims to:

  • Support local learning standards related to global studies and economics
  • Foster economic and financial literacy and understanding of economic policy issues
  • Increase students’ knowledge and understanding of the European Union and the euro
  • Develop communication, critical thinking and cooperative skills

The Competition

Each team of 3-5 students must make a 15-minute presentation describing the current economic situation in the euro area and analyzing a specific economic challenge in a country of their choice. Teams then answer questions from a distinguished panel of judges. Preliminary rounds are held in each of the participating regions, and the regional winners advance to the semifinal and final rounds held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Cash prizes for the top teams are generously provided by The Moody's Foundation.

Check out www.euro-challenge.org for training videos, research materials, and web resources.

Brussels, BelgiumEuro Challenge in North Carolina: Orientation Session and Free Trip to Brussels!

UNC will host an orientation session for teachers from North Carolina schools participating in the Euro Challenge later in the fall (details forthcoming). Teachers enlisting a team in the Euro Challenge are eligible for one of two spots to travel to Brussels in summer 2010, travel and accommodations paid, on a program organized by the European Commission.

How to Register?

To register for the Euro Challenge 2010, please complete and send in the registration form (DOC). For more information about the competition in the North Carolina region, contact Gali Beeri at gali@unc.edu or 919.843.9852.

For details for NC schools, visit www.unc.edu/depts/europe/academicprograms/eurochallenge.html. Open the information sheet and registration form here (DOC).

The Euro Challenge is a program of the Delegation of the European Commission to the U.S.

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: http://www.mygalaxycinema.com/NowPlaying_old.asp

Global Updates from World View: Immigrant Populations in North Carolina - The World in Your Classroom

World ViewWith over 200 million estimated international migrants in the world today, more than fifty countries from Spain and Costa Rica to Ireland, Canada, Jordan, and the United States have immigrant communities comprising 10% or more of their total population. The US Census Bureau estimates that North Carolina is home to over 600,000 foreign born immigrants: 6.8% of the Tar Heel State’s population. As the internet, television, and international business bring the world to North Carolina’s classrooms, so too do immigrant students bring a wealth of second language capabilities, cultural knowledge, and global connections.

This month’s Global Updates highlights the top ten countries of origin for the foreign born immigrants in North Carolina. The suggested websites, books, and activities will help us learn about and learn with our newest neighbors. Before using this information in your classroom, please read the Tips for Using Cultural Knowledge in the Classroom.

To see previous Global Updates from World View, 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.

Postdoctoral Fellowships at the European University Institute: Florence, Italy

  • European University InstituteMax Weber Fellowships
    The Max Weber Programme is the largest postdoctoral programme for young researchers in the social sciences, funded by the European Commission (DG Education). Max Weber Fellowships are for 1 or 2 years and are open to candidates who have received a doctorate in the social sciences (economics, law, political science, sociology, history and related fields) within the last 5 years.

    The Max Weber fellowships are designed for junior post-docs who would like to pursue an academic career, concentrate on their own research and enhance their academic practice in a multidisciplinary environment. Fellows are selected on the basis of their research accomplishments and potential, their academic career interests, and the availability of the EUI faculty to provide mentorship. Each year circa 45 postdoctoral fellows are part of the programme.

    For more information on how to apply please visit the Max Weber Fellowships website.

  • Jean Monnet Fellowships
    Through its Jean Monnet Fellowship Programme the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies offers fellowships to post-docs in an early stage of their academic career. During their stay, fellows work on a research topic that fits well in the overall research profile of the RSCAS and participate in the academic life of the Centre and of the EUI. Each fellow is assigned a professorial mentor.

    Jean Monnet Fellowships usually have a duration of 12 or 24 months and are open to candidates who have received a doctorate within the last 7 years. The main criteria during the selection procedure are the CV, the overall scientific quality of the proposal, and the fit of the proposal with the research programme of the Centre.

    For more information please visit the Jean Monnet Fellowships website.

Deadline: October 25, 2009

Call for Papers: Europe Twenty Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies | Geneva, SwitzerlandOctober 14-15, 2010 | Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies | Geneva, Switzerland
The organizers of this conference wish to provide a framework for reflection on developments and realignments in Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Eastern enlargement of the European Union. The conference proposes to explore changes and continuities by analyzing the transformations in Europe following the fall of the Iron Curtain and by contextualizing EU Eastern enlargement within the long-term development of European integration up to the present. The conference will also examine the interaction between these transformations, Eastern enlargement and other changes that have occurred in international politics since the early 1990s.

The impact of these changes will be explored within the following themes:

  • The emergence of a European political space, within the EU and beyond its borders: Russia and Europe, the Caucasus and Europe, the Balkans and Europe, but also the role of other European organizations, notably the Council of Europe, as well as EU member-states in Europe or Europe in the world.
  • The internal functioning of the EU: the impact of the accession of new member-states on European institutions and relations between member-states, the impact on the role of non-state actors and civil society.
  • The development of EU external relations: relations with the United States – within NATO and beyond – and Russia as well as with the EU’s new neighbours in the East and the countries of the Mediterranean region, relations with the rising powers of India and China and less developed states, also in the context of globalization.
  • Visions and expectations regarding Europe and the European integration process: perceptions of an enlarged EU and its long-term development expressed by intellectuals as well as official discourse and public opinion. This perspective will allow us to address a number of issues including the impact of the communist heritage or the rise of Euro-scepticism.

Researchers interested in participating in the colloquium and presenting a paper that fitted within these themes are invited to submit an abstract of the proposed contribution (500 words maximum) to colloque2010@fondation-pierredubois.ch.

The organisers encourage contributions by researchers at all stages of their academic career. For younger researchers, they may however request a letter of recommendation from the supervisor or an example of written work. For more information about the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, please visit http://graduateinstitute.ch/

Deadline: October 30, 2009

 

Other International Studies News

Sarah KriveCarolina Seminars: Russia and Its Empires, East and West

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 | 6:00 - 8:00pm | Room 1009 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH
Dr. A. Sarah Krive, Assistant Director, Lloyd International Honors College, UNC-Greensboro, will be presenting a chapter from the manuscript she is finishing, "Poetry and the Politics of Sorrow: Appropriating Anna Akhmatova."

For a copy of the paper please send an email to knagy@unc.edu.

Coffee cupInternational Coffee Hour

Thursday, September 24 | 5:00 to 6:00 PM | FedEx Global Education Center, Peacock Atrium
Join international and American students, scholars, faculty, and staff for an evening of good conversation and light refreshments! Sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. An English Language & American Culture service of the Writing Center.

Global Music: Middle Eastern Sufi Groove

Friday, September 25, 2009 | 5:00 - 6:00pm | WXYC 89.3 FM
WXYC's Joe Hendrix will welcome Carl Ernst (Director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, and Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies) for the next Global Music show. They will discuss Middle Eastern Sufi Groove, including musical settings of classical Sufi poetry in Arabic, Persian, and Kurdish.

Lecture: Global Health Diplomacy

Global HealthThursday, October 1 | 6:00-8:00 pm | RTI International, Building 8, first floor | Research Triangle Park, NC
This is the first lecture in the International Affairs Council's (http://iacnc.org/) four-part series on Global Women's Health, sponsored by Pfizer and in conjunction with IAC's sister council in Hartford, CT.

Dr. Thomas Novotny of San Diego University is the speaker and will be broadcast from New York. Guests will participate in Q&A and follow-up discussion locally. This event is ideal for healthcare professionals, students, and anyone interested in global women's health issues.

Event is open to the public. IAC members receive priority seating.

The event will take place in building 08, first floor conference room (auditorium). Directions may be found here: Directions to RTI International Campus.

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