Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
December 16, 2009

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1. CES News
2. Grants and Fellowships
3. Calls for Proposals
4. K-12 Schools & Community Colleges
5. EUSA Corner

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CES News

Happy Holidays from CES

CES Award Competition

The Center for European Studies and the European Union Center of Excellence are pleased to announce several competitions for funding for UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students.

The deadline for the proposals listed below is Friday, January 29, 2010. Read on...

Moral Panic in Postwar Germany

Map of Germany in Flag FormFriday, January 29, 2010 | 4:00 - 6:00pm | Duke University, East Campus, Carr Building, Room 229
As part of the North Carolina German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series and the Research Triangle Seminar Series on the History of the Military, War, and Society, Frank Biess (University of California, San Diego, Department of History) will present a seminar on Moral Panic in Postwar Germany: The Abduction of Young Germans into the French Foreign Legion.

This presentation focuses on widespread concerns in postwar West Germany surrounding the alleged abduction of young Germans into the French Foreign Legion from the late 1940s to the late 1950s. Stories of young Germans who were drafted into Legion against their will became notorious in postwar West Germany. They were published in a scandalized fashion in magazines and newspapers, they captured the attention of policy makers and judicial officials, and they were discussed in parliamentary debates. At the same time, there was virtually no evidence that these stories of forced abduction were accurate. The issue thus assumed the classic characteristics of a "moral panic" with the alleged German/French abductors serving as "folk devils." The paper seeks to place these fantasies of forced abduction and "white slavery" into the broader context of the moral and emotional after-effects of the Second World War, thus exemplifying specific German postwar fears and anxieties.

Introduction and moderation by Karen Hagemann (UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of History). The seminar starts at 4:15 pm. Refreshments will be served before the seminar. A pre-circulated paper is available a week in advance at

For more information, please visit and Cosponsored by the Center for European Studies.

CES Faculty Sahar Amer Wins Book Prize

Sahar AmerOn December 1, 2009, the Modern Language Association of America announced it is awarding its seventeenth annual Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies to Sahar Amer, of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for her book Crossing Borders: Love Between Women in Medieval French and Arabic Literatures, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding scholarly work that is written by a member of the association and that involves at least two literatures.

For details, please see the press release. Congratulations, Sahar!

Grants and Fellowships

3rd ECPR Graduate Conference

European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)August 30 - September 1, 2010 | Dublin City University
The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) invites panel and paper proposals for its 3rd graduate conference. The conference format will consist of open themed panels, roundtables and lectures. Approximately 26 sections will be offered (depending on the number of applications received). Section Chairs will be appointed, and should be the first point of contact for any queries. Each panel should contain a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 papers.

For more information, please visit For details about submitting a panel or paper proposal, please view this PDF.

Deadline: February 1, 2010

Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security

International SecurityThe Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR) is open to candidates who have recently received their doctorate in social and political sciences or economics and whose research focuses on topics of international relations and/or international peace and security issues. Fellowships are granted for a duration of 24 months to prepare Fellows for a career in policy-oriented and international research at renowned think tanks and political consulting research institutes. Fellows spend three eight-month stays at research institutions or think tanks participating in the program - at least one on the Eastern, and one on the Western side of the Atlantic.

The Fellowship aims to involve participants actively in the work and research of leading international think tanks. It is not intended to primarily fund the completion of major individual publications or of academic peer-reviewed journal articles. The fellowship consists of a monthly stipend of Euro 2,000 and a one-time travel allowance of Euro 3,500 for travel to and from the host institutions. Health insurance and fees for residence permits are not included.

Candidates must have a strong interest in working in a policy-oriented international environment and must demonstrate their ability to do so by previous international academic experience. U.S., Canadian and European (in a broader geographical definition) nationals can apply to the program.

For further information, please check TAPIR's website:

Deadline: February 1, 2010

Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace

Peace doveMiddlebury College is pleased to announce The Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages. These 100 fellowships are made possible by a generous gift from Kathryn Davis to address today's critical need for increased language proficiency in the United States.

For the fourth year in a row, 100 Davis Fellowships are offered to cover the full cost of summer language study from beginner to graduate levels in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian at the Middlebury College Language Schools. Fellowship grants cover the full comprehensive fee (tuition, room, and board) at the Middlebury summer Language Schools.

The Davis Fellowships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution. Individuals in other fields, including working professionals, are also encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the critical languages listed above.

For complete fellowship information and an application please visit

Deadline: February 1, 2010

Short-Term Travel Grants Program

International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2010-2011 Short-Term Travel Grants (STG) Program. STG provides fellowships to US scholars and professionals to engage in up to eight weeks of overseas research on contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy.

IREX's STG Program seeks to attract, select, and support short-term field research by US scholars and experts in policy-relevant subject areas related to Eastern Europe and Eurasia, as well as to disseminate knowledge about these regions to a wide network of constituents in the United States and abroad. The STG Program plays a vital role in supporting the emergence of a dedicated and knowledgeable cadre of US scholars and experts who can enrich the US understanding of developments in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

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

The STG application is now available online at:

Deadline: 5pm, February 2, 2010

Business Language Research and Training Grants

CIBER: Center for International Business Education and ResearchThe CIBER Consortium to promote Business Language Research and Teaching (BLRT) provides incentives for language faculty to teach and do research in a business context. The members of the BLRT Consortium have pledged a portion of their Title VI CIBER grant funding to establish the BLRT Research Awards, in order to encourage faculty and graduate students in foreign language departments to add a business-language dimension to their research and teaching. The program is organized by the University of Kansas Center for International Business Education and Research (KU CIBER).

The Consortium invites applications from faculty, graduate students, and language professionals for this year’s BLRT Research Grants. Grants in the amount of $5,500.00 will be made to researchers in three categories:

  • Tenured faculty or tenure track
  • Ph.D. candidate
  • Research on business language pedagogy

For more information, please visit

Deadline: February 8, 2010

Calls for Proposals

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

Call for Papers: Eleventh Annual Czech Studies Workshop

Prague, Czech RepublicApril 9-10, 2010 | UNC-Chapel Hill
The Eleventh Annual Czech Studies Workshop welcomes papers on Czech topics, broadly defined, in all disciplines. Slovak topics will also be considered. In the past our interdisciplinary conference has drawn participants from colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Areas of interest have been: anthropology, architecture, art, economics, education, film, geography, history, Jewish studies, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, society, sociology, and theater. Work in progress is appropriate for our workshop format. Junior faculty and advanced graduate students are particularly encouraged to participate.

Applications should include: Name, Full address, Institutional affiliation, Daytime telephone, Email address, Paper title, Paper abstract of approximately 250 words, Curriculum vitae. Please email these application materials to or mail your applications to: Chad Bryant, Department of History, CB #3195, Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3195.

For more information, contact Chad Bryant at

The 2010 Czech Studies Workshop is supported by funding from the Center for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; the Center for European Studies; the Office of International Affairs; the Department of History; the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies; the Music Department; and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature as well as the Department of History at North Carolina State University and the Czechoslovak Studies Association.

Deadline: January 8, 2010

Market Freedoms and Fundamental Rights in the Enlarging European Union

April 18-25, 2010 | Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik | Croatia
The 8th session of the Advanced Issues of European Law seminar will take place at IUC Dubrovnik in April 2010. The Seminar is aimed for undergraduate and graduate students of law, doctoral students and researchers, and junior public servants.

A limited number of travel and subsistence grants will be offered to participants presenting a research paper. Selected candidates will be invited to submit the paper in Dubrovnik. Deserving contributions will be published in the Croatian Yearbook of European Law & Policy:

For more information, please visit Organized by the Jean Monnet Chair of European Public Law, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law.

Proposal Submission Deadline: January 15, 2010

The Europeanness of European Cinema

European CinemaJune 4, 2010 | King's College London
Studies in European cinema have often been focused on specific countries, genres or auteurs. However, since the 1990s, there has been a renewed interest in European film as an entity with a significance beyond the sum of its parts. Promoted by the policies in support of the audiovisual industry set in motion by the Council of Europe and the European Union, this new interest led to an amplified debate on Europe and the cinema that is produced and consumed there.

Meanwhile, top of the theoretical agenda, the issue of identity has surfaced as the prime concern. As the framework shifts from national to transnational cinemas and concepts such as 'hyphenated identity' and 'double occupancy' gather strength, this conference seeks to explore the ongoing validity of Europe as a reference in film. Papers are welcomed on any aspect of how European identity might define itself through cinema, spanning issues of representation, industry and cultural policy. Areas of interest might include:

  • pan-European production and distribution strategies;
  • the label 'Europe' in film distribution and exhibition, including festival circuits;
  • examples of films that engage with the idea of Europe;
  • how particular national cinemas might simultaneously identify themselves as European;
  • the issue of language, dubbing and subtitling;
  • and how any of these questions might have shifted historically and with the advent of new European initiatives.

For more information, please visit

Deadline: February 5, 2010

K-12 Schools & Community Colleges

Working Spanish for Educators: Summer 2010

Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)Working Spanish for Educators, produced by the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, is designed to enable teachers, administrators, and other school personnel to learn enough Spanish to communicate with Hispanic students and their families.

This course is offered through weekly one hour and 15 minute ONLINE workshops. Students are also required to attend a one hour conversation session per week, which is offered online or in-person depending on the student’s location. The course is intended for true beginners or people with little functional knowledge of the language. This course is offered as a non-credit course through KFBS at UNC-Chapel Hill. The cost of each Level is $350.00 dollars, including materials.

For more information, please view the course description (PDF).

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 Research Fellow: ESRC Centre for Competition Policy

Economic and Social Research Council: Centre for Competition PolicyEconomic and Social Research Council | Centre for Competition Policy | University of East Anglia | Norfolk, England
The ESRC Centre for Competition Policy ( is a focus of research into Competition and Regulation across a range of disciplines, and welcomes applications in the area of competition or regulation policy from within the economics, competition law, political science and/or management disciplines. You will be expected to contribute to the Centre’s research individually, develop joint research with other Centre members, and undertake some teaching.

This is a three year post doctoral research training post for individuals wishing to develop an academic career. You must have submitted your thesis for a doctoral degree by the time you take up the appointment, and if you already have a doctoral degree, you should be within three years of the date of its award; and be able to satisfy all the essential criteria detailed in the person specification for this training post.

The appointment is available on a full-time, fixed-term basis for a period of three years from 1 September 2010. Further particulars and an application form are available on our website:

Deadline: 12 noon on January 14, 2010

Pre-doctoral Positions: University of Vienna

Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS)The Department of Political Science at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) is Austria’s premier postgraduate research and training institute. It runs postgraduate teaching programmes and conducts both internal and contracted research in the disciplines of political science, sociology and economics. The IHS Department of Political Science has received funding for a project on Political Preferences and Electoral Behaviour in the European Political Space by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF; In the context of this project, the Department is now inviting applications for two Pre-doctoral Positions in Political Science.

For more information, please visit

Deadline for applications: January 15, 2010

Call for Proposals: The EU and the Mediterranean: The End of a Vision?

The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP) once represented a high-profile EU commitment for economic development, regional cooperation, democracy and human rights in the Mediterranean Region. It quickly lost momentum with the stalling of the Oslo peace process. The majority of participating Mediterranean countries did not make any progress in issues such as democracy and human rights. Doubts about the EU's sincerity came to the surface in the post 9/11 context and the launch of a fourth EMP chapter in 2005 on migration, social integration, justice and security. Furthermore, the EU launched new programmes such as the ENP and the Union for the Mediterranean whose relationships to the EMP remain unclear.

If we review EU-Mediterranean relations and the Mediterranean countries’ development as well as both sides’ current commitments, several questions need to be addressed. What kind of progress has been made in the respective countries? Which indicators does the EU use in order to measure countries’ progress in the various issue areas? Is there effectiveness of the EU’s efforts as a norms exporter without the membership carrot? Which external and internal obstacles hinder a more profound cooperation? What is the driving force for EU policies vis-à-vis the Mediterranean and what kind of different positions do exist among EU member states? Which EU member states have a particular interest in the EMP and why so? Do these particular interests impair the coherence of the EU policy vis-à-vis the Mediterranean countries?

"L'Europe en Formation" (, welcomes proposals for articles to appear in the summer 2010 issue of the journal and in its online version. Articles can cover a variety of topics related to the EMP and should touch one of the above questions. They may include case-studies about a Mediterranean country and its development with respect to the EMP agenda or discuss, for example, difficulties of democracy promotion in the region.

Proposals (abstracts) should not exceed 500 words and can be written either in English or French. They should be accompanied by a CV of the author. Please send propositions by email (in pdf or word 2003 format) to

Deadline: January 20, 2010

Postdoctoral Fellowships at the MPIfG

Max Planck Institute for the Study of SocietiesThe Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) provides an attractive research environment for talented postdoctoral fellows. It offers up to four postdoctoral fellowships a year, including one specially designated for researchers from Central and Eastern Europe. During their tenure fellows are expected to reside in Cologne and participate in the intellectual life of the institute. Postdoctoral fellows may do research on a topic of their choice. Their projects should relate to the substantive concerns of the institute's research program.

Applicants must hold a PhD degree in political science, sociology, organization studies or related fields. Degrees must be received by September 2010 at the latest. Fellowships will start on October 1, 2010, and will be awarded for one year.

Projects at the institute are clustered in four research areas:

  • Sociology of Markets
  • Institutional Change in Contemporary Capitalism
  • European Liberalization Policies
  • Institution Building across Borders

For more information, please visit

Deadline: January 31, 2010

CES Award Competition

For all competitions below please send the required documents from a UNC email account to All CES grantees are asked to submit a brief (one page) report on the funded project at the end of the grant period. Proposals are evaluated by the Steering Committee of the Center in early March and decisions announced by mid-March.

Deadline for all awards listed below: January 29, 2010

Faculty Funding Opportunities

Curriculum Development Awards
Courses developed under this program should be offered during the academic year following the summer of the award. After this first offering, the courses should be regularly scheduled in departmental course offerings. Students who will benefit particularly from the new courses are majors in Contemporary European Studies.

  • European Union Center of Excellence awards
    We will make one award to a UNC-CH faculty member to develop a new European Union course or a track in an existing course. The definition of an EU track is broad; it may include special readings and research assignments integrated into the main class or special sections of a class focused on the EU. Awards will be in the amount of $4500 for full EU courses and $2000 for EU tracks.
  • National Resource Center (Title VI) awards
    One curriculum development award will be made for courses relevant to the study of modern Western Europe. Courses in any discipline may be funded in this category. Awards will be for $4500.

To submit a curriculum development proposal please send:

  1. Your curriculum vita
  2. The proposed course syllabus and a cover letter describing the course’s relevance to contemporary European Studies or European Union studies and where the course will fit in your departmental offerings (include any pre-requisites) and in the new General Education undergraduate curriculum.
  3. A letter from your chair approving the project and agreeing to offer the course during the next academic year and on a continuing basis.

Faculty Research Travel Awards
We will make approximately two awards in the amount of $2000 for faculty research travel in Europe related to projects on contemporary Europe or EU Studies. Proposals will be evaluated by a CES committee. Please send a cover letter including a short (one-page) summary of the paper/project, an estimated budget including other sources of funding, and a curriculum vita. Priority will be given to faculty applicants without endowed research accounts.

***Please note: all transatlantic travel awards are contingent upon the faculty member submitting the necessary information (dates and purpose of travel, flight numbers on American carrier) to CES a minimum of 45 days in advance of travel. CES must in turn file a Travel Approval Request (TARS) with the U.S. Department of Education and approval for use of travel funds must be received at least 30 days prior to departure. All boarding passes and receipts must be submitted at the end of the travel period.

Faculty and Graduate Student Joint Projects
Two awards will be made to teams of graduate students and faculty working on joint projects on European topics leading to publication. Awards will be in the amount of $2500. Proposals should include a five-page (max) synopsis of the research project.

Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

CES has several sources of funding for graduate students in contemporary European Studies:

  • European Union Center of Excellence Summer Research Fellowships
    Two awards will be made to UNC-CH graduate students to conduct pre-dissertation research on the EU or on a comparative European topic (i.e. involving more than one European country) in Europe during summer 2010. Awards will be in the amount of €4000. Proposals should include a five-page (max) synopsis of the research project with a timetable and a budget and should attach a letter of support from the dissertation advisor or another professor.
  • Graduate Student Research Travel
    Three awards will be made to graduate students to present papers in the US or in Europe on some aspect of the EU or on a comparative European topic (i.e. involving more than one European country). Awards for travel in the US will be $750 and for travel to Europe $1500. Applicants should send a brief (one-page) cover letter summarizing the project and other sources of funding and should attach a letter of support from the dissertation advisor or another professor.
    Please note: all transatlantic travel awards are contingent upon the graduate student submitting the necessary information (dates and purpose of travel, flight numbers on American carrier) to CES a minimum of 45 days in advance of travel. CES must in turn file a Travel Approval Request (TARS) with the U.S. Department of Education and approval for use of travel funds must be received at least 30 days prior to departure. All boarding passes and receipts must be submitted at the end of the travel period.
  • Faculty and Graduate Student Joint Projects
    Two awards will be made to teams of graduate students and faculty working on joint projects on European topics leading to publication. Awards will be in the amount of $2500. Proposals should include a five-page (max) synopsis of the research project.
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grants
    Academic year and summer awards designed to assist graduate and professional students to study a West European language to proficiency. The awards include tuition and fees plus a stipend. More information on the FLAS competition and application forms can be found in the FLAS section of the UNC Area Studies Centers website. You may download the applications here: MS Word | PDF

Undergraduate Student Funding Opportunities

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grants
    Summer awards for undergraduate students studying a less commonly taught language at the intermediate or advanced language. The awards include tuition and fees plus a stipend. More information on the FLAS competition can be found in the FLAS section of the UNC Area Studies Centers website. You may download the applications here: MS Word | PDF
  • European Union Center of Excellence Competition for Undergraduate Travel
    Two awards will be made to UNC undergraduate students for participation in a summer program organized by the European Commission. Students from 10 EU Centers of Excellence will join a four day study tour of EU institutions in Brussels. Each award will include funds for travel, accommodation, and per diems. Priority will be given to students having declared a major in Contemporary European Studies (EURO). Interested students should visit later in the fall for more information and application materials.



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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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