Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
February 24, 2010


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

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CES News

Direct Democracy and the Democratic Deficit of the European Union

Klaus ArmingeonThursday, February 25, 2010 | 5:30 - 7:00pm | Hamilton Hall, Room 355 | UNC-Chapel Hill
Professor Klaus Armingeon will present a lecture entitled Direct Democracy and the Democratic Deficit of the European Union. This event is free and open to the public.

Klaus Armingeon is full professor of comparative and European Politics at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Berne in Switzerland. He is the Nannerl O. Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship for the Spring Term 2010 at the Universities of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Previously he did research and taught at the universities of Tuebingen, Konstanz, Mannheim and Heidelberg (Germany). He has been visiting professor at Duke University and the Karl-Franzens-University in Innsbruck (Austria) in 2002. He served on scientific boards of ZUMA Mannheim, Max-Planck Institute, Cologne, Institut für höhere Studien, Vienna, Hans-Böckler-Foundation (Germany) or FORS (Lausanne). He is member of the Executive Committee of the European Consortium for Political Research, which is the European analog to the APSA. His main research interests are in the field of comparative political economy, comparative labor relations, comparative political institutions and the interaction of democratic nation states and international organizations.

Ryan Bakker

She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not: Sincere Switching in the European Electorate

Friday, February 26, 2010 | 12:00pm | Hamilton Hall, Room 355 | UNC-Chapel Hill
Ryan Bakker, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Georgia, will present a lecture entitled She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not: Sincere Switching in the European Electorate.

Tanja BörzelWhen Europe Hits...Beyond its Borders: Europeanization and the Near Abroad

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 | 12:00pm | Room 4003 | FedEx Global Education Center | UNC-Chapel Hill
Professor Tanja Börzel will present a public lecture entitled When Europe Hits... Beyond its Borders: Europeanization and the Near Abroad. Prof. Börzel is the Jean Monnet Chair and Director of the Center for European Integration at the Freie Universität Berlin. She received her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy in 1999. More information about Prof. Börzel can be found at http://www.polsoz.fu-berlin.de/en/polwiss/forschung/international/europa/team/boerzel/index.html.

Thomas RisseA Community of Europeans? Transnational Identities and Public Spheres

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 | 5:30pm | Room 1009 | FedEx Global Education Center | UNC-Chapel Hill
Professor Thomas Risse will present a public lecture entitled A community of Europeans? Transnational identities and public spheres. Prof. Risse is director of the Center for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin. More information about Prof. Risse can be found at http://www.polsoz.fu-berlin.de/en/polwiss/forschung/international/atasp/team/risse/index.html.

European Union Center of Excellence Competition for Undergraduate Travel to Brussels

European Parliament, Brussels,  BelgiumJune 2010 | Brussels, Belgium
Two awards will be made to UNC undergraduate students for participation in a program organized by the European Commission, travel expected June 2010. Students from EU Centers of Excellence across the U.S. will join a 4 day study tour of EU institutions in Brussels. Each award would include funds for travel, accommodation and per diems. Priority will be given to students having declared a major in Contemporary European Studies (EURO).

To download the application and view last year's itinerary, please visit www.unc.edu/depts/europe/research_funding/fundingundergrad.htm

Deadline: 5:00pm on Monday, March 22, 2010

Languages Across the CurriculumCall for LAC TAs

UNC's Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) Program is currently seeking experienced bilingual TAs to lead LAC discussion sections for the following Fall 2010 courses:

  • FRENCH LAC section for HIST 159: 20th-Century Europe
  • FRENCH LAC section for INTS 210: Global Issues in the 20th Century
  • GERMAN LAC section for HIST 159: 20th-Century Europe
  • SPANISH LAC section for BUSI 617: Global Marketing
  • SPANISH LAC section for INTS 210: Global Issues in the 20th Century

Applicants 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 (visit www.unc.edu/lac for more information).

LAC TAs are paid a total of $5,000 for the semester. For information on the responsibilities, the eligibility requirements, and the application procedure, visit www.unc.edu/lac.

Application Deadline: April 6, 2010

Register for a LAC Course Next Semester!

Languages Across the CurriculumThe Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) program is delighted to offer the following LAC sections during the Fall 2010 semester. These discussion sections give you the opportunity to use your foreign language skills while taking courses within your major.

  • FRENCH LAC section for HIST 159: 20th-Century Europe
  • FRENCH LAC section for INTS 210: Global Issues in the 20th Century (ANTH/GEOG/HIST/POLI 210)
  • GERMAN LAC section for HIST 159: 20th-Century Europe
  • SPANISH LAC section for BUSI 617: Global Marketing
  • SPANISH discussion section for HIST 240: Introduction to Mexico
  • SPANISH LAC section for INTS 210: Global Issues in the 20th Century (ANTH/GEOG/HIST/POLI 210)
  • SPANISH discussion section for ENST 201: Introduction to Environment and Society

LAC students are eligible to earn one credit hour for their participation in LAC courses. Generally, LAC discussion sections are taken in lieu of the normal recitation sections in English. In courses where recitations are not required, LAC discussion sections are additional opportunities to discuss course themes in the target language of the section.

For more information about any of these courses or about the LAC program in general, visit www.unc.edu/areastudies/degreeprograms/lac-courses-upcoming.html

Workshop Series: Gender, Politics, and Culture in Europe and Beyond

  • Duke-UNC Graduate Reading Seminar: Gendering Historiographies of Nation and Empire
    • Friday, March 26, 2010 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. | UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall
      The Graduate Reading Seminar will focus on the writing of national and imperial history and the ways in which it is gendered. Students will have to read two texts in advance, which they will discuss with Catherine Hall in the reading seminar. Participants will get the two chapters after their registration by email. To register, please send an email to: Sarah Summers ses278@email.unc.edu
  • Workshop: Gender and Empire - Comparative Perspectives
    • Friday and Saturday, March 26-27, 2010 | UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall
      In the workshop we will explore the complex connections between gender and empire in a comparative perspective. We will contrast British colonial rule in North America, the Caribbean and India; French rule in the Caribbean and Africa; Habsburg rule in Central-Eastern Europe; the Spanish Empire and its rule in Latin America; and the rule of the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East during the long nineteenth century. In our comparison we want to study the specific characteristics of the different empires and the function of the gender order for their rule in the colonies. We will discuss the deployment of femininities and masculinities that justified imperial rule and attempted to establish clear lines of demarcation between ruler and ruled. We will analyze the ambiguities and contradictions of colonial relationships across genders and look at colonial policies that regulated these gender relations and how they transformed over time. Finally, we will analyze the ways in which processes of decolonization and nation-building were influenced by the gendered legacies of imperialism. Registration is required; to register, please send an email to: Sarah Summers ses278@email.unc.edu

For more information, please visit http://www.unc.edu/gpc/ and see the publicity flyer (PDF): http://www.unc.edu/gpc/10mar/gender&empire.pdf. Cosponsored by the Center for European Studies.

Registration Deadline for both events: March 15, 2010

 

Lectures and Events

Eurozone in Crisis: The Threat of Sovereign Debt Default

Atlantic Council of the United StatesThursday, February 25, 2010 | 11:00am US Eastern Time
The Atlantic Council is hosting a conference call with Professor Leszek Balcerowicz, of the Warsaw School of Economics, former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, and former Polish Minister of Finance, on The Sovereign Debt Crisis in the Euro-zone. This discussion will be on the record with a high level audience.

The financial crisis has entered a new phase. What began as a series of mortgage defaults soon became a crisis of bank insolvency. The dire state of Greece’s budget and debt points to a more chilling aspect of the crisis: insolvency of sovereign nations. EU leaders have yet to outline a concrete plan. With fourth quarter GDP numbers in the Euro-zone looking dismal, unemployment high, and economic growth low, selling a “bail-out” plan will be politically unpopular.

How can the difficulties presented by debt levels in the Euro-zone be solved in the short-term? How will the battle for Greece change the European economic and political landscape? How will this affect Germany’s role as the de facto leader of the Euro? What reforms must EMU members take to ensure the integrity of the Euro? In conversation with Leszek Balcerowicz, we will talk about the work needed to ensure Euro-zone unity.

As a former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and former Polish Minister of Finance, Professor Balcerowicz was the architect of economic reforms initiated after the fall of communism in Poland. His work helped end hyperinflation and balanced the national budget and ensured that Poland was ready for EU ascension in 2004. His views on the current difficulties facing European nations as they attempt to rein in public spending and decrease their deficits will be invaluable to our discussion of future European economic growth.

To participate, please RSVP to dtzvetkov@acus.org. We will have toll-free call-in numbers set up for the United States and many European countries; please indicate from where you will be calling and we will send along the appropriate call-in instructions. This speaker series has been generously sponsored by Deutsche Bank AG.

Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp

Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor CampMonday, March 1, 2010 | 12:00pm | Coates Hall Jewish Studies Seminar Room
Please join the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies to celebrate the publication of UNC Professor Christopher Browning's book, Remembering Survival, at an informal discussion over lunch. Reservations are required: email ccjs@unc.edu or call 962-1509.

Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp is a remarkable story of survival for almost three hundred Jews who live to recount the brutalities of a Nazi work camp. For a synopsis, visit: http://books.wwnorton.com/books/978-0-393-07019-4/

Christopher R. Browning is the Frank Porter Graham Distinguished Professor of History. He received his M.A. (1968) and Ph.D. (1975) University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1967. He taught at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, for 25 years before joining the UNC faculty in 1999. His publications include: Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, September 1939-March 1942 (2004); Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (1992); The Path to Genocide (1992); Fateful Months: Essays on the Emergence of the Final Solution (1985); and The Final Solution and the German Foreign Office (1978).


Grants and Fellowships

Funding Opportunities at the UNC Center for Global Initiatives

Center for Global InitiativesThe Center for Global Initiatives is pleased to announce the following international funding opportunities for students.You may only apply for one opportunity. We encourage you to attend one of our funding info sessions after reviewing the links below for each opportunity.

  • C.V. STARR SCHOLARSHIP
    http://cgi.unc.edu/funding/cv-starr-ugrad.html
    Eligibility: Pell-eligible undergraduates, Financially needy International graduate/professional students
    These awards are intended to support UNC students who demonstrate financial need to undertake an independent internationally oriented experience. Awards usually range from $3,000 - $5,000.
  • INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP AWARD
    http://cgi.unc.edu/funding/internship-award-ugrad.html
    Eligibility: Undergraduates, Masters-level graduate/professional students
    These awards are intended to support UNC Undergraduate and Masters-level students who have secured internationally focused internships that will advance their academic and professional careers. Awards usually range from $500 - $3,000.
  • CAROLINA UNDERGRADUATE HEALTH FELLOWSHIP
    http://cgi.unc.edu/funding/health-fellowship.html
    Eligibility: Undergraduates
    Enables UNC undergraduates to create a self-designed health-related project anywhere in the world. Awards usually range from $1,000 - $3,000.

Information Sessions:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 24, 5pm - FedEx Global Ed Center Room 1009
    Info/RSVP on Facebook: http://bit.ly/a4f10B
  • Tuesday, Mar. 2, 5pm - FedEx Global Ed Center Room 1009
    Info/RSVP on Facebook: http://bit.ly/bUMOtJ
  • Thursday, Mar. 4, 10am - FedEx Global Ed Center Room 3033
    Info/RSVP on Facebook: http://bit.ly/bOgLjX

If you have questions about the sessions or the awards after reviewing the relevant webpage, please contact Tripp Tuttle (tripp@unc.edu)

Deadline for all applications: 5:00pm on March 19, 2010


Calls for Proposals and Applications

Minority Languages in Europe: Successes and Challenges

Indiana University, BloomingtonOctober 7-9, 2010 | Indiana University, Bloomington
Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks (plus 10 minutes for discussion) on any aspect of European minority languages and related cultural issues, including but not limited to:

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Geopolitical issues
  • Cultural vitality
  • Language endangerment & revitalization
  • Linguistic issues: descriptive & theoretical
  • Orthography/literacy
  • Education
  • Fieldwork/research issues
  • Language & identity
  • Media & technology

For more information, please visit http://www.indiana.edu/~eurlangs/

Submission Deadline: March 15, 2010

Central European University: Political Science MA and PhD Programs

Central European UniversityThe Department of Political Science at Central European University (CEU) is announcing a call for applications for graduate studies in political science. This year 31 full-package MA and 10 full package PhD scholarships will be distributed! Master level studies can be pursued in the framework of both one-year and two years long programs.

The Political Science Department is particularly well embedded in a dense network of first rank American and European departments through bilateral agreements, Erasmus contracts and through an exclusive club of PhD programs that provides possibilities for networking, conferences and external supervision for graduate students. The University supports the work of the students with scholarships, accommodation, and financial support for field work as well as funding for conferences and summer schools.

For the detailed curricula, course syllabi, a list of recent MA and PhD thesis topics, the application procedure, and more information on the faculty at the Department of Political Science, visit our website at http://www.ceu.hu/polsci, view the departmental poster at http://web.ceu.hu/polsci/admissions/POLS_poster.pdf, and see the departmental brochure at http://web.ceu.hu/polsci/admissions/POLS_flyer.pdf

Application Deadline: March 16, 2010

 

Seminars and Workshops

Undergraduate Study Opportunity: 2010 EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels

EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels Class of 2009

July 12 - August 13, 2010 | Brussels, Belgium
The European Union Centers of Excellence at the University of Washington and University of Wisconsin are pleased to announce the 2010 EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels, hosted and co-organized by the Institute for European Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). This program is supported by grant funds from the European Commission.

Now in its fifth year, the EU Studies program is an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students pursuing degrees at US and Canadian universities to study the EU up close with leading experts from both sides of the Atlantic; and to gain an understanding of the "real world" of EU institutions through discussions with officials and site visits in Brussels, the political capital of the European Union. The program includes site visits to EU institutions in Brussels and Luxembourg, along with several special group activities and meals.

Additional information, as well as the application form, procedures and deadlines, can be found on the program's website: http://jsis.washington.edu/euc/brussels/

Deadline: March 12, 2010

Microscope and a euro coinUNC Workshop: International Research and the IRB Process for Undergraduates in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 | 5:00-6:30 | Room 1005, FedEx Global Education Center | UNC Chapel Hill
Are you a UNC undergraduate planning to do research internationally this summer or next fall? If your research involves human subjects, using research methods such as interviews, surveys and documentaries, most likely you will need to apply for and receive approval from the UNC Institutional Review Board (IRB) before you can begin your research, and most likely, before you leave Chapel Hill. This workshop will focus primarily on the needs of students doing research in the Social Sciences and Humanities and will provide an overview of the IRB process and some of the ethical issues involved in doing research in a cultural context of another country. You will also receive guidance about ways to help determine in advance if additional review also might be required by the host country prior to beginning a research study abroad. The workshop facilitator will be Barbara Davis Goldman, PhD, IRB Consultation and Training, UNC-CH Office of Human Research Ethics. Registration is not required.

Slavic and East European Summer Language Institute, University of Pittsburgh

Russian and East European Summer Language Institute, University of PittsburghThe 2010 Slavic and East European Summer Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh will offer the following intensive language courses:

  • Russian Language Programs (first through fourth year):
    Eight Week Session in Pittsburgh, June 7 - July 30;

    Pitt/Moscow 5+5 Program and Russian Heritage Speakers' Program, June 7 - August 13.
  • Central & East European Languages:
    Six Week Programs in Pittsburgh, June 7 - July 16:
    Beginning Intensive Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak, and Ukrainian; Intermediate Intensive Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish, and Slovak; Advanced Intensive Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and Slovak.
  • Central & East European Study Abroad Programs:
    Pitt/Bulgaria 6+4 Program;
    Pitt/Poland 6+4 Program;
    Pitt/Slovakia 6+4 Program;
    4 Week Programs in Bulgaria, Poland, and Slovakia;
    Advanced Mastery Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian 6 Week Program in Belgrade, Sarajevo and Zagreb (for advanced and heritage speakers of B/C/S).

All courses are equivalent to one academic year of college-level language instruction. Daily contact with instructors, both in class and out, and the use of native speakers in most sections create an environment conducive to effective language acquisition. All programs include extracurricular activities such as film viewing, singing, cooking classes and cultural lectures. The study abroad programs include excursions and cultural programming in the targeted countries.

All applicants may apply for the various scholarships that the SLI has available. Over 90 percent of applicants receive partial or full funding from sources including SLI tuition scholarships and FLAS fellowships. Undergraduate students are now eligible to apply for FLAS fellowships for summer language study at the intermediate level or above. Tuition for the Beginning Polish and the Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Mastery B/C/S courses will be waived for graduate students specializing in any field of East European Studies due to grants from ACLS.

Further information and applications are available at http://sli.slavic.pitt.edu.

Application deadline for scholarships and all study abroad programs: March 19, 2010

 

K-12 Schools & Community Colleges

Teaching Resources Highlight: Lesson Plans on the European Union

Teachers looking to expand and deepen their classroom coverage of the European Union can download cutting-edge lesson plans created by teachers for teachers. Bring your European view into the 21st century with curriculum guides focused on environmental policy, immigration issues, economic integration, and contemporary society. Visit http://euce.org/lessonplans to download the lesson plans.

We welcome lesson plan submissions from K-12 teachers as well as community college lecturers. Please follow the standardized template to the extent possible, making sure to include references to your state's educational standards where appropriate. Authors of lesson plans accepted to the site will receive a $100 stipend for permission to publish the lesson plan on the website. Lessons should be submitted via email to euce@unc.edu.

Lesson plans address the following subject areas: French, German, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, and Technology. Current plans on the site span a wide variety of levels, from grades 3-12. http://euce.org/lessonplans

North Carolina Council for the Social StudiesCES at the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Conference

Thursday-Friday, February 25-26, 2010 | Koury Convention Center, Greensboro, NC
Stop by the Center for European Studies booth at this week's NC Social Studies Conference! We'll have lots of teaching resources and materials available for you to take back to your schools. Please join us at our session on Friday, February 26 at 10:20am: Teaching Contemporary Europe and the European Union. For more information about the conference, please visit http://ncsocialstudies.org/conferences/.

European Union Visitors Program

Delegation of the European Union to the USAThe European Union Visitors Program (EUVP), now in its 36th year, provides professionals in their mid-twenties to mid-forties having career-related interests in the EU with a unique opportunity to spend 5-8 days in Brussels, Strasbourg, and/or Luxembourg and learn how the EU works from the inside. Each EUVP visitor follows an extensive individualized program tailored to their professional interests and meets specialists in fields of their choice.

"This is an invaluable career-enhancing opportunity - especially for those interested in the policy areas with which the European Union is concerned," said Angelos Pangratis, Acting Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.

Since 1974, more than 600 Americans have participated in the EUVP, which is jointly sponsored and administered by the European Commission and the European Parliament. All programs are coordinated by the EUVP Secretariat in Brussels but applicants from the USA should apply directly to the EU Delegation in Washington, DC. Travel and per diem costs are covered.

Educators are eligible to participate. For more information, please visit www.eurunion.org/eu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2928&Itemid=9

Deadline for 2011 participation: March 1, 2010


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.

Funded PhD Positions at Maastricht University

Maastricht UniversityThe Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences of Maastricht University offers five fully funded PhD positions in the field of arts and social sciences. The programme is characterized by its interdisciplinary approach and its international character, focused on three topics:

  • European Administrative Governance;
  • Science, Technology and Society, including Globalization and Development;
  • Cultural Memory and Diversity.

You will receive a coherent programme of introductory courses and intensive supervision, complemented by additional courses organized by a national graduate school. PhD candidates are offered a 3 or 4 year contract, a competitive salary and a bench fee to cover research-related costs. The condition of a 4 year contract is to undertake a limited amount of teaching duties.

Please check our website www.fdcw.org/phdprogram for more information and details on the application procedure. More information on the stimulating and international environment of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences can be found at www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/web/Faculties/FASoS.htm.

Deadline for submitting statements of interest: Friday, March 5, 2010
Deadline for submitting f
ull applications: Friday, May 7, 2010

Call for Papers: Europeanization and Globalization

Université de BordeauxDecember 2-4, 2010 | Université of Bordeaux, France
This conference purports to analyse the relationship between Europeanization and globalization. Europeanization will be understood as the convergence of approaches among European countries, within the framework of EU policies, whether this process reflects a positive support for integration, or de facto convergence. Globalization will be analyzed from different perspectives: as an objective phenomenon, a discourse, the establishment of norms and standards by international institutions or the epistemic community of experts, or a geo-political phenomenon implying shifts in power relationships.

The relationship between globalization and Europeanization is a complex one, ranging from open opposition to complementary approaches. In some cases, Europeanization can be considered as a regional version of globalization, and the implementation of international norms in Europe. In many European countries, the mere prospect of a distinctive European model is clearly rejected. In other cases, European rules and practices clearly run counter to globalization, and European identity is asserted, as an alternative to other models. Both Europeanization and globalization harbour internal contradictions and witness heated theoretical debates as well as open competition between national and social interest groups. Power issues – what type of Europeanization? For whose benefit? For what purpose? Do we aim for a European framework or global one?

Such questions will be considered within several practical fields:

  • Immigration
  • Social Europe
  • Language Policies
  • Geo-politics

The conference will be held in French and English. Abstracts are to be e-mailed to Jean-Paul Révauger at jp-c.revauger@wanadoo.fr.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: March 15, 2010

Anglo-German "State of the State" Postdoctoral Fellowships in Political Science or Law

University of OxfordThe Universities of Bremen and Göttingen (Dept of Politics) and the University of Oxford (Dept of Politics and International Relations & Institute of European and Comparative Law) invite applications from scholars for a number of two-year postdoctoral Fellowships based mainly at the University of Oxford.

The Fellowships are open to people of all nationalities who work in the fields of political science, law, history, sociology or economics. The only restriction is that the Fellows should work on the transformation of the modern state (broadly conceived) with a focus on Western Europe and/or European integration. The programme welcomes international comparative perspectives extending to all parts of Europe as well as comparisons between the European Union and other regional blocks.

For more information, please visit www.politics.ox.ac.uk/about/vacancies/.

Deadline: 12:00 CET on March 15, 2010

PhD and Postdoctoral Stipends: Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences

Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications to its Ph.D. and postdoctoral programs. BIGSSS is an inter-university institute of the University of Bremen and Jacobs University and is funded by the German Excellence Initiative. The program provides close supervision of dissertation work within a demand-tailored education and research framework. BIGSSS is part of an international network of highly acknowledged graduate programs. It supports its doctoral and postdoctoral fellows in achieving early scientific independence and provides funds for the conduct, presentation, and publishing of their research. The language of instruction is English.

Successful applicants for the Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Fellowships will pursue a topic in one or more of BIGSSS’ five Thematic Fields:

  • Global Integration
  • Integration and Diversity in the New Europe
  • Social Integration and the Welfare State
  • Attitude Formation, Value Change, and Intercultural Communication
  • Life-Course and Lifespan Dynamics.

More information as well as lists of required application materials can be found at www.bigsss-bremen.de. For additional inquiries, please check the online FAQ and feel free to contact our admissions officer at admissions-officer@bigsss-bremen.de.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2010

Doctoral Fellowships in Economic Sociology and Political Economy

International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the EconomyThe International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) offered jointly by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and the University of Cologne invites suitable candidates to apply for up to seven doctoral fellowships in economic sociology and political economy.

Applicants must hold a Diplom or a Masters degree in political science, sociology, organization studies or related fields. Degrees must be received by September 2010. A joint German and French doctoral degree (Cotutelle) is possible. Fellowships will start on October 1, 2010, and will be awarded for 15 months with the option of two additional years. Working languages at the Research School are English and German.

For more information, please visit http://imprs.mpi-fg-koeln.mpg.de/ and http://www.mpifg.de/index_en.asp

Application Deadline: March 15, 2010

Position Announcement: European Policies and Politics

Sciences PoThe European Policies and Politics position opened by Sciences Po will strengthen the research capacities of the Centre d’études européennes, especially in the domain of the analysis of the dynamics and impacts of the process of European integration and of the Europeanisation of political systems and public policies.

We will consider candidates whose research interests are relative to one of the following domains:

  • the interaction between national and European public policies and comparative policies,
  • the political evolutions of European societies linked to the process of European integration.

The successful candidate will also contribute to the international academic position of the institution, notably by acting as a lead participant in competitive research programmes funded by national and European calls.

For more information, please visit http://www.cee.sciences-po.fr/en.html

Deadline: March 15, 2010

Call for Papers - The EU's Lisbon Treaty: Negotiation, Ratification, and Implementation

Dalhousie UniversityJune 6-8, 2010 | Dalhousie University | Halifax, NS, Canada
The EU Centre of Excellence at Dalhousie University hereby invites paper proposals for its fourth Annual Conference. Now that the Lisbon Treaty has been fully ratified and entered into force it is time to analyse how the treaty was negotiated and ratified. Further, since implementation has started, we are also interested in papers dealing with the various implementation problems that can be foreseen.

We are interested in papers covering the roles of the major actors during the negotiations, e.g. various member states, the Commission and the European Parliament. The role of the German Presidency hopefully can be covered in one of the papers. Obviously, it is hoped to get a paper on the problems of ratification in Ireland. Needless to say, there should be papers on the two member states derailing the Constitutional Treaty, France and the Netherlands, and difficult partners, such as the UK, Poland and the Czech Republic.

In respect to implementation it is hoped to have papers on the major innovations of the treaty, the new permanent Presidency of the European Council, the new High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, the new voting rules, the continuous empowerment of the European Parliament and changes in respect to the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.

For more information, please visit http://euce.dal.ca/CONFERENCES/The_EUs_Lisbon_Trea.php

Deadline: Abstracts of paper proposals (max 500 words) and a short cv should be mailed to euce@dal.ca by March 19, 2010.


Other International Studies News

Global Music Show - Electrolatino: Latin Identity in an Electronic World
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | 9:00 - 10:00pm | Listen online at http://wxyc.org, 89.3FM

Will Vizuete of WXYC (http://wxyc.org) will welcome Anna Ochs (UNC Department of Music, PhD candidate) for the next edition of the Global Music show (www.unc.edu/areastudies/publicprograms/global-music.html), hosted by the Institute for the Study of the Americas.
They will discuss Electrolatino: Latin Identity in an Electronic World.

Film - Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think

Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really ThinkSaturday, March 6, 2010 | 3:00 - 5:00pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium | UNC Chapel Hill
A Documentary Film Based on the Gallup Poll of Worldwide Muslim Public Opinion, by executive producers Alex Kronemer and Michael Wolfe. Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think, a new documentary film from Unity Productions Foundation, explores the expertly gathered opinions of Muslims around the globe as revealed in the world's first major opinion poll, conducted by Gallup, the preeminent polling organization.

Focused on the issues of Gender Justice, Terrorism, and Democracy, the film presents remarkable data deftly, showing how it challenges the popular notion that Muslims and the West are on a collision course. Like the research, the film highlights a shared relationship that is based on facts - not fear.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, led by Ms. Dalia Mogahed. Dalia Mogahed is a Senior Analyst and Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. Mogahed is co-author of the book Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think. In April of 2009 Mogahed was also appointed by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Omid Safi will also be a featured guest on the panel. Safi is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he specializes on Islamic mysticism, contemporary Islamic thought and medieval Islamic history.

Tickets are available for $15 for general admission and $7 for students. Reception prior to the film from 2:00-3:00 PM. This is event is hosted by Unity Productions Foundation, the Carolina Asia Center, NC Center for South Asia Studies and Geet Bazaar Radio. For more information, please visit http://insideislaminraleigh.eventbrite.com/

 

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