Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
October 7, 2009

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1. CES News
2. Lectures and Events
3. Grants and Fellowships
4. Calls for Proposals
5. K-12 Schools & Community Colleges
6. Internships
7. EUSA Corner
8. 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 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

CES Fall Speakers Series

Jolyon HoworthFriday, October 9, 2009
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Professor Jolyon Howorth (Jean Monnet Professor of European Politics at the University of Bath, and Visiting Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Yale University) will discuss European Defense Policy in the Light of the Irish Referendum. Open to the public, light refreshments provided.

Claude Mosséri-MarlioFriday, October 16, 2009
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Claude Mosséri-Marlio of the European Court of Justice will discuss Contrasting Competition Concepts. The lecture will focus on why the approach by EU and US courts to similar competition cases often results in contrasting conclusions. Mosséri-Marlio is professor of European law and the European Court of Justice at the American Business School in Paris and visiting lecturer at the Tyumen University in Siberia. Open to the public, light refreshments provided.

Workshop: Fall of the Wall, Twenty Years After

Fall of the Berlin WallThursday, October 29, 2009 | 4:00 - 8:00pm | UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall
Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this workshop explores causes and consequences of this truly historical moment by looking at the revolutionary process itself and its cultural manifestations. The night of November 9th, 1989, was one of disbelief in the media images, exuberant joy, great expectations and some subdued fears of what was to come after 40 years of geopolitical certainties. “Now grows together what belongs together” was Willy Brandt’s dictum. What seemed only natural to most Germans didn’t seem so to most of their neighbors. The German Question that had appeared solved was suddenly on the table again, and it had to be settled in a wider context of further European integration. The fall of the wall was the symbolic and real culmination of an Eastern European rebellion against Soviet hegemony that had repercussions for Europe as a whole. It marked an end of the East West conflict and beginning of the political and economic transformation of the former East bloc.

This workshop looks at the wider societal implications of these revolutionary events from the perspectives of various disciplines. Panel presentations focus on the revolutionary transformation itself, on how these developments have been reflected in literature and even gave rise to a new genre – the “Wenderoman”, as well as on the nexus between democracy and revolution in Eastern Europe. A roundtable will look at the consequences of unification from a literary, historical and political science angle, and bring together participants with personal experiences from East and West Germany, as well as the US, to assess how much the two parts have grown together, how far apart they still stand, and whether this reflects a wider East-West European experience.

For details, please visit View the publicity flyer: Email Philipp Stelzel to register:

Registration Deadline: October 25, 2009

Lectures and Events

9th Annual European Union Day: University of Illinois

Swedish Presidnecy of the European UnionWednesday, October 21, 2009 | Alice Campbell Alumni Center | 601 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana, IL
Sweden currently holds the rotating EU presidency, and following our tradition at the EU Center, we've invited Sweden's Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Jonas Hafström, to give the "State of the European Union" address at our October 21st EU Day event. We are also excited for the EU Day Symposium, "Green Sweden." Also, don't miss the European Menu at Bevier Cafe on October 20th and the October 22nd "Natural Resources, Agriculture and Sustainable Development in Sweden" workshop - in person at the University of Illinois Extension Springfield Center - or by video conference at the ACES Library on the Urbana campus.

For more information, please visit

Grants and Fellowships

Undergraduate International Studies Fellowship

Stone CenterThe Undergraduate International Studies Fellowship (UISF), coordinated by the Sonja Haynes Stone Center, awards fellowship recipients up to $2500 to help offset expenses associated with studying abroad. The program seeks to increase the low numbers of underrepresented UNC-Chapel Hill students who travel and study abroad. Students who are in good academic standing and enrolled full-time are eligible to apply for the fellowship. A selection committee evaluates applicants based on their academic records, extracurricular activities, financial need and objectives of their intended study abroad.

For more information, please visit

Deadline: October 15, 2009

International Projects on European Remembrance

Geschichtswerkstatt EuropaGeschichtswerkstatt Europa funds international projects involving students, graduates, young academics, journalists, artists and other members of civilian society between 18 and 35 years of age, who collectively set out to retrace a Path of Remembrance between April and October 2010.

The projects will be planned and carried out by the applicant together with a partner from another Central or East European country or Israel. Presentation and discussion of the project should aim to reach a wider audience. It is expected that the project will result in a joint contribution to the Geschichtswerkstatt Europa internet platform in the form of text, photos or video.

Projects can be financed in one of two ways: Institutions planning a project with more than 4 participants are eligible for grants for travel, accommodation, materials and communication up to a maximum of 15,000 Euros. International teams of between 2 and 4 people without any attachment to an institution can claim a maximum of 2,500 Euros per person to carry out the entire project.

View the call for applications:

Deadline: October 26, 2009

Fulbright-Hays Awards for Faculty and Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

FulbrightFulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program
This program funds fellowships (3 to 12 months in length) to faculty members who propose to conduct research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies to improve their skill in languages and their knowledge of the culture of the people of these countries. For more information, please visit

Campus Deadline: November 12, 2009

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program
This grant is only available to Ph.D. candidates who wish to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies (does not include projects focusing on Western Europe). Duration of grants is 6-12 months. The grant provides travel expenses, maintenance allowance for the grantee and his/her dependents, tuition, books and other research related expenses and health insurance. For more information, please visit

UNC Campus Deadline: November 12, 2009

Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Fellowship

IREX: International Research and Exchanges BoardIREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2010-2011 Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program. The Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO) provides students, scholars and professionals with support to perform policy relevant field research in the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. In addition to engaging in research in the region, the IARO fellowship affords scholars the opportunity to increase their understanding of critical, policy relevant issues, develop and sustain international networks, and collaborate with foreign scholars on topics vital to both the academic and policy-making communities.

Applications and all supporting documents for 2010-2011 IARO Fellowship will only be accepted through the online application system found at

Masters Students, Pre-doctoral Students, Postdoctoral Students, and Professionals with advanced degrees are eligible for the IARO Fellowship. IARO Fellowships cover the cost of international airfare, a living/housing stipend, visa support, travel insurance, and access to the resources available at any of our 25 area field offices.

Questions may be addressed to the IARO Program Staff at or by telephone at 202-628-8188. IARO is funded by the United States Department of State Title VIII Program.

Countries Eligible for Research:
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan

Application Deadline: November 17, 2009

Calls for Proposals

Is There a Model of European Governance? A Comparative Perspective

IPSA International Conference, Luxembourg 2010: Is There a Model of European Governance?March 18-20, 2010 | Jean Monnet Building, European Commission, Luxembourg
The International Political Science Association (IPSA) is proud to co-host its latest international conference with the newly formed Luxembourg Political Science Association (Luxpol) and the European Governance Program at the University of Luxembourg.

European integration has led to the ongoing building of an original model of governance that needs to be assessed and compared with other regional integrations; the impact of European integration on member states and neighboring countries (regarding public policies, law-making processes, political institutions and actors in general) calls for comparative research; triggered by or independent from European integration, new forms of governance (including political participation, delegation, decision-making, evaluation) that emerged in European countries also need to be studied; finally, the building of an original European model of governance may call into question theoretical and methodological approaches usually adopted in political science research.

A total of fifteen panels will be organized in English and French around the general theme of the conference. Each panel will consist of a maximum of six panelists, in addition to two co-Chairs, from different universities or institutions, who will also act as rapporteurs.

For more information, please visit

Deadline: November 15, 2009

Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures - From Border Building to Border Hopping: The Shifting Nature of the Text

Forom Border Building to Border Hopping: The Shifting Nature of the TextMarch 25-27, 2010 | UNC Chapel Hill
Artistic production carries with it an inherent quality of crossing borders, given that the artist must cross from a public face to an insular, creative self at each moment of creation. This conference is dedicated to analyzing the various aspects of borders as seen in artistic creation - authors and characters crossing geographic borders, sexual and gender boundaries; transgressing the norms allowed by a given political regime; bending or breaking traditional boundaries of genre and medium; rejecting the High Culture / Low Culture dichotomy; the dispersion of texts themselves across boundaries geographic, political, temporal and more.

At the same time, presenters may consider the parallel and opposing phenomenon of Border Building – including the role of artistic production in nation-building and in the construction of borders of identity, as well as the (re)definition of academic disciplines – and how such construction is carried out by artists and academics.

Keynote speakers for the 2010 Carolina Conference are Réda Bensmaïa (Professor of French Studies and Comparative Literature), Teresa Fiore (Professor of Italian Studies) and José Manuel Prieto (Novelist, Professor of Spanish-American Literature). There will also be an Invited Reading by author Manuel Muñoz.

For details and abstract submission information, please visit

Deadline: December 18, 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 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 on December 10 (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 or 919.843.9852.

Registration Deadline: December 11, 2009

For details for NC schools, visit 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:


DAAD Bundestag Internship

BundestagEMGIP (Émigré Memorial German Internship Program) offers internship opportunities for U.S. and Canadian students in the German parliament, the Bundestag. The internships are 2 months long in positions matching the student’s interest and experience. Interns will be placed within the Verwaltung, preferably with a Sekretariat working for their preferred Ausschuss. Aside from contributing to the respective offices, interns have the opportunity to study legislative and administrative procedures in the German parliament.

Program Objectives:
DAAD programs are helping to create good will and professional relationships that will help build a solid basis for relations between Germany and North America. EMGIP Internships were founded in 1965 by Professors Louise Holborn and George Romoser with the assistance of many scholars of German affairs, especially in the social sciences and contemporary history, and with the financial and planning aid of various German offices also interested in encouraging the development of future generations of German experts. In view of the contributions of German émigrés, the experiential program was named Émigré Memorial German Internship Program.

Language Skills:
Intermediate German skills and above (oral and written) are required as well as the appropriate professional vocabulary. Applicants must submit the DAAD language certificate.

For more details, please visit

Application Deadline: November 1, 2009 (postmark)

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.

Conference: National European Debates and the 2009 European Parliament Elections - Lessons Learned for the Future

European Academy OtzenhausenOctober 15-16, 2009 | European Academy Otzenhausen | Saarland, Germany
While a vast literature has grown up surrounding European elections, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the framing of issues surrounding the project of European integration itself during EP election campaigns. In particular, the dominance of the "second order" model in studies of EP elections, while illuminating underlying questions of partisan competition, has nonetheless also tended to obscure the extent to which such elections offer singularly privileged occasions for observing the patterns of national European discourses seeking both to contest and to legitimate the wider project of European integration. Addressing this gap, the present workshop brings together leading experts on a representative sample of EU member states to examine this year’s EP election campaign. Each national paper will survey the "European discourses" deployed by both "mainstream" and "Eurosceptic" parties during the campaign, as well as situating immediate events relative to the longer-term evolution of national European debates. This, in turn, will permit a broader, comparative "‘mapping" exercise – seeking to delimit both the geographical and ideological contours of differing representations (and contestations) of European integration.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Schmitt at the Academy ( The conference fee, including overnight accommodation at the Academy on the night of October 15, is €70 (full rate) or €30 (student rate).

Questions about the academic program may be directed to either of the conference organisers, Prof. Robert Harmsen ( or Prof. Joachim Schild ( See the conference program here (PDF).

THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration

THESEUSThe THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration will distinguish an excellent piece of work of a junior researcher in the field of European integration, which analyzes an ongoing challenge for the European Union and its member states.

The rewarded work will be a Ph.D. thesis or a publication in a major journal (published within the last three years from application deadline in English, French or German). Disciplines covered include especially – but not exclusively – political or social sciences. The award is endowed with 3000 €. The award winner will be involved into the activities of the THESEUS network.

For more information, please visit

Deadline: October 15, 2009

Position Announcement: Assistant Professor in EU Foreign and Security Policy at Boston University

Boston UniversityThe Department of International Relations at Boston University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, with a specialization in European Union (EU) Foreign and Security Policy (pending budgetary approval). Knowledge of European foreign policy, defense and security policy, and trans-Atlantic relations required.

Candidate should have a research and publication agenda that focuses on the major players in security and defense (e.g., the United Kingdom, France, and Germany) and/or on other sub-regions (e.g., Central and Eastern Europe), expertise in terrorism, non-traditional risks, human rights, and/or asylum policy. Position requires commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching, as well as research. Publications and teaching experience required. Ph.D. must be completed by the time of appointment.

Please submit curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, samples of written work, and three current letters of recommendation to: Chair, European Union Search Committee, Department of International Relations, Boston University, 152 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215.

Deadline: October 30, 2009

Call for Papers: Nations and States - On the Map and in the Mind

Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)April 15-17, 2010 | Columbia University, NY
The Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) Convention, the most attended international and inter-disciplinary scholarly gathering of its kind, welcomes proposals on a wide range of topics related to nationalism, ethnicity, ethnic conflict and national identity in Central Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, the Caucasus, the Turkic world, and Central Eurasia. The Convention also invites proposals devoted to comparative perspectives on nationalism-related issues in other regions of the world, as well as theoretical approaches that need not be grounded in any particular geographic region. Disciplines represented include political science, history, anthropology, sociology, international studies, security studies, area studies, economics, geography and geopolitics, sociolinguistics, literature, psychology, and related fields.

The convention will hold over 120 panels on the Balkans, Central Europe and the Baltics, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Central Asia and Eurasia, the Caucasus, Turkey, Afghanistan, China and Nationalism Studies, along with special sections and thematic panels.

For more information, please visit

Deadline: November 4, 2009

Other International Studies News

Carolina Seminars: Russia and its Empires, East and West

Leeza AhmadyTuesday, October 13, 2009 | 6:00 - 7:30pm | FedEx Global Education Center, room 1009
Leeza Ahmady, independent art curator, educator, and a noted specialist in art from Central Asia, will present a public
lecture with slides and video as part of her ongoing curatorial project The Taste of Others, intended to promote the largely unknown artists of Afghanistan and the former Soviet Republics of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

For more information please visit:

Global Women's Health

Global HealthTuesday, October 13, 2009 | 6:00 - 8:00pm | John Hope Franklin Center, 2204 Erwin Road, Durham
Please join the International Affairs Council ( for the second event in a four-part series on global women's health in conjunction with our Hartford, CT, sister council and Pfizer.

This second lecture will focus on gender inequities and features Dr. Mayra Buvnic, senior director, Gender and Development Group, PREM, The World Bank. Guests will participate in Q&A and follow-up discussion. This event is ideal for healthcare professionals, students, and anyone interested in global women's health issues.

The event is open to the public. IAC members receive priority seating. RSVP by October 11 to OR 919.838.9191. The web cast begins promptly at 6:05. Light refreshments will be available beginning at 5:30.

Threats to the Global Food Supply: Frontline Reports by Award-Winning Journalists

Hungry? Frontline on the Threats to the Global Food Supply

Thursday, October 15, 2009 | 5:30pm | Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center
Three award-winning journalists will discuss mounting threats to the global food supply and the challenges of reporting them. HUNGRY? Frontline on the Threats to the Global Food Supply will also feature new documentary footage reporting on the global food crisis from Africa, Asia and Central America. The event is free and open to the public, and a reception with the journalists will follow.

Peter A. Coclanis, UNC’s associate provost for international affairs and Albert R. Newsome Professor of History, will moderate. Featured journalists are:

  • Fred de Sam Lazaro, director of the Project for Under-Told Stories at St. John's University, in Collegeville, Minn., a program that combines international journalism and teaching.
  • Samuel Loewenberg, a journalist based in Washington, D.C. He writes on foreign affairs, politics, culture, business, health and poverty.
  • Sharon Schmickle, freelance journalist with 27 years of experience covering local, national and international news on a wide range of issues. Through mid-2007, Sharon was a reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, most recently as a foreign correspondent.

UNC sponsors for the event are the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), Center for Global Initiatives and UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

For more information, contact Julia Kruse at the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) (919) 962-7843 or, or visit

Lecture: Neo-Liberal China Confronts the Global Economic Crisis

Global Economic LinksThursday, October 8, 2009 | 5:30 to 7:00pm | Room 1009, FedEx Global Education Center
China, faced with a long-term downward shift in Western consumption of its exports, seeks to replace export dependency with domestic growth. However, the neo-liberal policies adopted since the 1980s preclude such adjustment, while the Communist Party continues to side with capital and foreign investors, whose interest is to maintain low-wage disciplined labor.

The Chinese government's massive stimulus programs have thus neither increased people's consumption nor created jobs for millions of unemployed; they have only resulted in asset bubbles and more official corruption. Relatedly, the government's repression of criticisms and unrest has led to more questions of its legitimacy and the regime's stability.

Dr. Peter Kwong is professor of Asian American studies and urban affairs and planning at Hunter College, as well as professor of sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. This lecture is hosted by the Carolina Asia Center.

Arabic Music and Film Series

FilmThursday, October 8, 2009 | 7:00 - 9:00pm | Room 3024, FedEx Global Education Center
Film about Iraq. Organized by the Arabic Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Film to be shown: Road Beyond Sunset (2004) by Bassem Fayyad. For more information, contact Doria El Kerdany ( or Charles Joukhadar (

Monday, October 12, 2009 | 7:00 - 9:00pm | Room 3024, FedEx Global Education Center
Samples from Palestinian Music: Traditional and Political. Organized by the Arabic Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. For more information, contact Doria El Kerdany ( or Charles Joukhadar (



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