Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
October 21, 2009

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1. CES News
2. Grants and Fellowships
3. K-12 Schools & Community Colleges
4. Internships
5. EUSA Corner
6. Other International Studies News

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CES News

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 (, 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.

Present and Future Challenges in Transatlantic Trade Policy

Euro currency symbol on map of EuropeMonday, October 26, 2009 | 2:00 - 4:00pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1009
Join us in a videoconference with Baroness Catherine Ashton, the European Commissioner for Trade, and Dr. Ewa Björling, Swedish Minister for Trade, Presidency of the European Union, for a discussion on “Present and Future Challenges in Transatlantic Trade Policy.”

Baroness Catherine Ashton is Former Leader of the House of Lords; former Parliamentary Under-Secretary, UK Ministries of Justice; Constitutional Affairs; and Education and Skills. Dr. Ewa Björling was elected to the Swedish Parliament in 2002; former Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee; Member, Swedish Moderate Party.

Hosted by the European Union Center of Excellence Washington, D.C., the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and Johns Hopkins University.

U.S. Department of StateCES Fall Speakers Series

Friday, November 20, 2009
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Bill Lucas, Director of the Office of European Union and Regional Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, will present a lecture. Open to the public, light refreshments provided.

North Carolina German Studies Seminar: The Concept of "Otherness"

Map of Germany in Flag FormSunday, November 15, 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 A. Becker (NC Central University, Department of Modern Foreign Languages, German Studies) will present a seminar on The Concept of 'Otherness' in The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald and Heimat by Edgar Reitz.

This presentation will compare and contrast the processes that are involved in deciphering the literary and filmic representations and conceptualizations of images of 'otherness' in the four portraits of "Verschollene", i.e. 'individuals that one has not heard from/of for a longer time' in The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald and the characters that are perceived as 'they' rather than 'we' within the literary microcosms that are constructed by the respective narrators ("Geschichtenerzähler"). Further, an attempt will be made to analyze the reasons and describe the linguistic components in terms of word choices made to depict those individuals who do not belong any more and/or have been excluded by their peer group/s.

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.

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

Languages Across the Curriculum: Call for TAs

Languages Across the CurriculumUNC's Languages Across the Curriculum Program currently seeks TAs to teach the following Spring 2010 discussion sections:

  • FRENCH LAC section for POLI 239: Introduction to European Government
  • GERMAN LAC section for GERM 257: Society and Culture of Post-War Germany (HIST 257 / POLI 257 / SOCI 257)
  • GERMAN LAC section for POLI 239: Introduction to European Government
  • SPANISH LAC section for HIST 143: Latin America Since Independence
  • SPANISH LAC section for INTS 210: Global Issues in the 20th Century (ANTH 210 / GEOG 210 / HIST 210 / POLI 210)

Candidates should be native speakers or possess advanced proficiency in the target language, and demonstrate relevant teaching experience at the postsecondary level. Advanced graduate students with interdisciplinary interests are especially encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to applicants who have attended a LAC pedagogy workshop and/or intend to pursue the Graduate Certificate in LAC Instruction.

For details, please visit

Deadline: November 6, 2009

Grants and Fellowships

American-Scandinavian FoundationAmerican-Scandinavian Foundation Award Competition: Fellowships and Grants to Study in Scandinavia

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) will offer fellowships to outstanding American and Scandinavian students, scholars, professionals, and artists in its 2010-11 program. Fellowships of up to $23,000 are intended to support an academic year-long stay, and priority is given to students at the graduate level who need to spend time at foreign academic or research institutions. Grants beginning at $5,000 are considered more suitable for shorter research visits, both on the graduate or post-doctoral level. Over $300,000 is available for the 2010-11 competition. Awards are made in all fields.

For more information, please visit

Deadline: November 2, 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

Berlin Program Fellowships: Research Proposals on Advanced German and European Studies

Freie Universität BerlinThe Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies is pleased to solicit applications for its next fellowship competition. The program offers fellowships to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on modern and contemporary German and European history for a research period in Berlin between 10-12 months.

The Berlin Program Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation research as well as postdoctoral research. Fellowship stipends are EUR 1100 per month for fellows working on a dissertation project and EUR 1400 per month for recent Ph.D.’s.

The program accepts applications from U.S. and Canadian nationals or permanent residents. Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students who have completed all coursework required for the Ph.D. and must have achieved ABD (all but dissertation) status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins. Also eligible are U.S. and Canadian Ph.D.s who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years.

The Berlin Program is based at, funded and administered by the Freie Universität Berlin, one of the nation´s leading research universities. The program´s publicity and selection process is organized in cooperation with the German Studies Association (GSA).

For details, please visit

Deadline: December 1, 2009

IREX Regional Policy Symposium: Regional Security in Eastern Europe and Eurasia

IREX: International Research and Exchanges BoardIREX (The International Research & Exchanges Board), in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Kennan Institute (WWC), is pleased to announce its 2010 Regional Policy Symposium, “Regional Security in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.”

The research symposium, supported by the United States Department of State (Title VIII Program), will bring American junior and senior scholars and members of the policy community together to study and discuss timely issues concerning regional security in Eastern Europe and Eurasia from multi-disciplinary perspectives. Topics may include: economic stability; energy security; nonproliferation; terrorism, trafficking of drugs, weapons and people; among other issues critical to regional security.

Junior scholars will be chosen based on a national competition to present their current research on the topic of the Symposium. Grants will be awarded to approximately ten junior scholars.

The Symposium is scheduled to take place in early April 2010 in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and will involve two full days of reviews of current research projects, roundtable discussions, and the development of policy recommendations.

For more information, visit

Deadline: December 11, 2009

K-12 Schools & Community Colleges

Euro Economics: A New Educational Resource

Euro EconomicsThe Euro Economics website ( is an online "textbook" intended as an introduction to economics written through the lens of the European Union. The European Union is a collection of 27 European member states, 16 of which are economically interlinked through the use of a single currency, the euro, making the EU an ideal starting point for learning the principles of economics.

For teachers this site can act as an introduction or a refresher to economics, to incorporate economics concepts and material into your classes.

For students this site can provide a jumping off point for learning about economics, either on your own or ideally in a study group.

Motivated teachers and students may be interested in participating in the Euro Challenge competition. Please see the announcement below.

Euro Economics was developed by the European Union Center of Excellence at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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). You must sign up for the orientation session by November 30: email Gali Beeri to register. 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.

EU Bookshop Digital Library Goes Live

EU Bookshop12 million scanned pages in more than 110 000 EU publications are available free of charge for download in the EU Bookshop Digital Library. Launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 16th, it offers all publications edited by the Publications Office on behalf of the EU institutions, agencies and other bodies since 1952.

The Publications Office's archives have long represented a veritable treasure trove of European history. Publications such as the address delivered by Mr. Jean Monnet, President of the High Authority before the Common Assembly at the first session of September 1952 or the General Report on the activities of the Community in French from 1953 can once again see the virtual light of day through the Publications Office Digital Library. New publications are added every day. In the words of Leonard Orban, Commissioner for multilingualism: “The digital library frees the memory of the European Union tied to paper since its beginning. The millions of pages now accessible to everyone in the 23 official languages demonstrate the continued commitment of the European Union to preserve and encourage the history of the Union in its linguistic diversity.”

The Publications Office Digital Library was a response to a growing demand to digitise out-of-print publications. In 2007, the Publications Office launched a PDF-on-demand service, wherein users could request publications to be retrieved from the archives and scanned as needed. The demand was so high that within six months the service was saturated. To better serve the users, it was decided to scan the industrial volumes of the entire archive.

The result – less than two years later – is an electronic library of more than 14 million pages of web-optimised PDFs available to the public free of charge. It consists of the 12 million scanned pages of historic publications and about 2 million pages of recent publications. At the rate of 1600 new publications per year, EU Bookshop is a valuable information source for citizens, journalists, education professionals, students, librarians, publishers, and anybody interested in Europe, in about 50 languages, including the possibility of ordering printed copies.

You can access the Digital Library by selecting the option “Digital Library” in the search pages of the EU Bookshop:

Position Announcement: Chair, External Relations of the European Union

University of Amsterdam: Faculty of Social and Behavioural SciencesThe Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam invites applications for its chair in Political Science, in particular European External Relations, at the rank of full professor. The department is seeking an enthusiastic and entrepreneurial colleague with a firm background in political science to take a leadership role in the department's International Relations group.

The department has a large and international faculty and is located in the centre of Amsterdam. As a unit of the FMG, the department is responsible for academic staff who engage in teaching and research activities in political science. The new chair will have a special responsibility for the MA programme ‘The European Union in the Global Order'.

For details, please visit

Deadline: November 9, 2009

PhD Fellowships at ARENA

arenaARENA - Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo hereby announces the vacancy of two PhD fellowships relating to the following research fields:

  • Fellowship 1: The research focus for the first fellowship should be within one of the core research areas of ARENA. For details, please see:
  • Fellowship 2: The second fellowship (in the field of European foreign and security policy) will be attached to work package 4; "The External Dimension of Political Order". For details, please see the link listed above (under the heading "The External Dimension of Political Order").

ARENA is seeking candidates who have graduated within the social sciences. The required qualification for the positions at the time of appointment is a two year master's degree (or equivalent) in the social sciences. The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

For more information: see

Application deadline: November 10, 2009

Call for Papers: Pan-European Conference on EU Politics

ECPR: European Consortium for Political Research, Porto

June 24-26, 2010 | Porto, Portugal
The ECPR Standing Group on the European Union is organizing its Fifth Pan-European Conference. It will be hosted by the Faculty of Economics of the University of Oporto and the University Fernando Pessoa. The Standing Group's Pan-European Conference is the largest academic conference on the European Union in Europe and brings together scholars working on the European Union from all over the world.

The program chair will accept proposals for BOTH individual papers and whole panels (including a maximum of four papers).

For more information, and to submit a proposal on-line, visit the conference website:

Deadline: November 30, 2009

Open Competition for the Special Edition of the Journal of Common Market Studies

Journal of Common Market StudiesApplications are invited for the JCMS Open Competitions for the 2011 special issue. This will appear in the January 2011 issue of the Journal under the general supervision of Michelle Cini and Amy Verdun the incoming editors of JCMS.

Proposals should be for 8-10 articles of up to 8,500 words in length, including an editorial overview. Proposals should be concise, and certainly no longer than 750 words. Proposals may come from practitioners as well as academics, and are equally welcome from new or more established scholars. Submit proposals by email to

The successful guest editor(s) will be expected to take on the full editorial task up to the handover to copy editors, including finding reviewers and managing any consequent revisions. The successful teams of applicants will be expected to organise a JCMS-funded workshop in spring 2010 to discuss drafts of the papers for which there is a budget of up to £1000 and to which the JCMS editors should be invited. After the workshops, papers should be reviewed according to exacting JCMS standards in time to be passed to the copy editor in July 2010. Proposers should be aware that this is a tight timetable to manage.

For more information about JCMS, visit

Deadline: December 1, 2009

Other International Studies News

Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann: Afghanistan Deteriorating

Ronald E. Neumann Monday, October 26, 2009 | 5:30pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium
Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann (President, American Academy of Diplomacy) will present a public lecture entitled Afghanistan Deteriorating: Need the U.S. Stay? How Will Success Be Defined? Ronald E. Neumann was U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from July 2005 to April 2007. Formerly a Deputy Assistant Secretary, Ronald E. Neumann served three times as Ambassador; to Algeria, Bahrain and to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Before Afghanistan, Mr. Neumann, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, served in Baghdad from February 2004 with the Coalition Provisional Authority and then as Embassy Baghdad’s principal interlocutor with the Multinational Command, where he was deeply involved in coordinating the political part of military.

For more information, visit Sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives.

South Asia Film Festival: Amar Akbar Anthony

Amar Akbar AnthonyWednesday, October 28, 2009 | 6:30 - 9:30pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium
"Amar Akbar Anthony" (1977) stars Amitabh Bachchan; Vinod Khanna; Rishi Kapoor; Neetu Singh; Shabana Azmi and is directed by Manmohan Desai. The fantastic plot about three brothers separated at birth and raised in three different religions becomes a comedic allegory of national integration in India.

Released after censorship restrictions were lifted by a more liberal Indian government, Amar Akbar Anthony indulged audiences in a story with loose morals and visual excitement. The Chinese box of a narrative is essentially a comedy of errors concerning three brothers, Amar, Akbar, and Anthony. Abandoned in a park by their father, the three are raised separately and without knowledge of each other. By coincidence they all find themselves giving blood to a woman in a hospital and events stemming from this encounter bring them together. All three meet women who they fall in love with, but when their father, who unbeknownst to them has become a successful smuggler, kidnaps one of the women, all three become implicated in the struggle for her release. At the end of the film, the identities of the three are revealed, the police reveal that the smuggler is their father, and they manage to defeat a variety of criminal elements. The film closes with the brothers reunited, driving off into the sunset with their women.

Part of the South Asia Film Festival.

Manga for Girls: Girls' Culture, Girls' Sexuality, and Sho-jo Manga

MangaThursday, October 29, 2009 | 5:30pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium
Jennifer Prough of Valparaiso University will present a lecture entitled Manga for Girls: Girls' Culture, Girls' Sexuality, and Sho-jo Manga. Sho-jo manga are Japanese comics for girls. This definition reverberated throughout Dr. Prough's research in Japan on the production of mainstream girls' manga. It was broadcast through the proliferation of pastel and glitter, hearts and stars, and doe-eyed cuties which populate the pages of most sho-jo manga magazines; and it peppered conversations with editors, artists, and scholars about the history, aesthetics, and production of girls' comics in millennial Japan. In this talk Dr. Prough will examine the construction of gender in mainstream sho-jo manga and the relationship between sho-jo manga and wider representations of girls in contemporary Japan.

For more information, visit Organized by the Carolina Asia Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Arabic Music and Film Series: Rana's Wedding

Rana's WeddingThursday, October 29, 2009 | 7:00 - 9:00pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Room 3024
Shooting on location in East Jerusalem, Ramallah and at checkpoints in-between, Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad (Ford Transit) sees the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the eyes of a young woman who, with only ten hours to marry, must negotiate her way around roadblocks, soldiers, stonethrowers, overworked officials ... and into the heart of an elusive lover.

This timely feature that explores love among the ruins of an occupied territory was presented with the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival's 2003 Nestor Almendros Prize for courage in filmmaking. According to Abu-Assad, "when the abnormalities of barriers and occupation become an everyday reality, normal things like love and marriage turn into fiction. This is life in Palestine right now. I wanted to challenge it through cinema."

Winner of the Best Actress award at the 2002 Marrakesh International Film Festival (for Clara Khoury's affecting performance), Rana's Wedding premiered during the 2002 International Critic's Week at Cannes and has been a festival favorite in Palm Springs, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Cairo and London.

Organized by the Arabic Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. For more information contact Doria ElKerdany ( or Charles Joukhadar (


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