Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
March 10, 2010

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

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CES News

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

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

Digital Humanities Manifesto: Workshop and Public Lecture

Jeffrey SchnappWorkshop | Wednesday, March 23, 2010 | 3:00 - 5:00pm | Room 3009 | FedEx Global Education Center | UNC-Chapel Hill
Professor Jeffrey Schnapp will meet with students and researchers and discuss his Digital Humanities Manifesto ( and the projects that he has developed at the Stanford Humanities Lab (

Lecture | Wednesday, March 23, 2010 | 5:30 - 7:00pm | Room 4003 | FedEx Global Education Center | UNC-Chapel Hill
In his interdisciplinary lecture, entitled The Statistical Sublime, Professor Schnapp will be accompanied by a visual presentation, which can be downloaded at

Jeffrey Schnapp is the Rosina Pierotti chair and professor of French and Italian and comparative literature at Stanford. He is the founder and director of the Stanford Humanities Lab. Though primarily anchored in the field of Italian studies, Prof. Schnapp has played a pioneering role in several areas of transdisciplinary research and led the development of a new wave of digital humanities work. His research interests extend from antiquity to the present, encompassing the material history of literature, the history of 20th century architecture and design, and the cultural history of science and engineering.

More information can be found at

Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures

Carolina Conference on Romance LiteraturesMarch 25-27, 2010 | Toy Lounge, Dey Hall 4th floor, UNC Chapel Hill
The Graduate Romance Association of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill would like to invite you to the Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures (CCRL). Over the past fifteen years, our conference has grown tremendously and is now one of the largest conferences in the country that is coordinated entirely by graduate students. Each year, professors and graduate students from all over the globe present papers about literature in French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

The title of this year's conference is From Border Building to Border Hopping: The Shifting Nature of the Text, with keynote addresses by Réda Bensmaïa (French), Teresa Fiore (Italian), and José Manuel Prieto (Spanish). There will also be an Invited Reading by Manuel Muñoz.

More information is available at

Public Lecture: German Businesses and Germans Doing Business in a Global Economy

Klaus BeckerMonday, March 29, 2010 | 5:30 - 6:30pm | Room 4003 | FedEx Global Education Center | UNC-Chapel Hill
A native German, Klaus Becker holds a MBA degree and a Masters of National Economics from the Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany. He is the founder, owner, and CEO of Nirosteel, LLC and is the co-founder of several companies, among them Estrela Specialty Steel, AMS Specialty Steel, and South Star Steel, at that time the largest importer of stainless steel bars in the US. Mr. Becker is fluent in five languages and acquired global business experience by working in a number of different countries – Germany, Italy, Brazil, and the United States.

Mr. Becker is currently the President of the NC Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States. He is also on the Board of the World Affairs Council in Charlotte and previously served as the Vice President of the NC World Trade Organization. Mr. Becker has won numerous awards, among them the North Carolina ‘Entrepreneur of the Year.’

A networking reception will follow the lecture. Hosted by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures (Business German), the Center for European Studies, CIBER, and the Business German Class.

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

North Carolina German Studies Seminar

Map of Germany in Flag FormSunday, March 28, 2010 | 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, Terence McIntosh (UNC-CH Department of History) will present a seminar on Pietists, Jurists, and the Disciplining of the Parish in Early Enlightenment Germany.

Beginning in the 1690s, Christian Thomasius, Germany's foremost early Enlightenment jurist and moral philosopher, and his disciples redefined fundamentally the character of church-state relations in the Protestant territories. In doing so, they clashed repeatedly with clerical interests, especially Lutheran Pietism, which became after 1713 the dominant religious force in the Prussian state. Of the many legal and theological debates that ensued, those concerning the practice of confession in the Lutheran church deserve special attention because of their implications for reconceptualizing the pastor's role in disciplining parishioners for all forms of immorality, including illicit sex. The talk traces the unfolding of these debates and argues that they contributed significantly to the process by which Prussia in the late 1730s began to dismantle its system for the regulation of sexual behavior.

Terence McIntosh is Associate Professor in the Department of History at UNC Chapel Hill. His work focuses on early modern Germany, especially its political, economic, and religious history in the 17th and 18th centuries. His publications include: Urban Decline in Early Modern Germany: Schwäbisch Hall and Its Region, 1650-1750 (Chapel Hill, 1997) and several articles and book chapters.

Introduction and moderation by Tom Robisheaux (Duke University, Department of History). The seminar starts at 6:30 pm. Refreshments will be served before the seminar. Please register with Philipp Stelzel ( in a timely fashion.

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

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
  • 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

For more information, please visit and see the publicity flyer (PDF): Cosponsored by the Center for European Studies.

Registration Deadline for both events: March 15, 2010

North Carolina German Studies Workshop: Popular Beliefs, Religious Identities, and Conflict in Germany

German Flag on ReichstagApril 9-10, 2010 | East Carolina University, Joyner Library, Conference Room 209 | Greenville, NC
Scholarship on religious belief and identity represents some of the most innovative and provocative work on modern Germany. Research has cast light on a remarkable range of tolerance, assimilation, exclusion, coercion, and ultimately genocide in early modern and modern Germany. This work has suggested that religion has been inextricably enmeshed in the attempt to define what it means to be German.

The third in the North Carolina German Studies Workshop Series, the 2010 Workshop takes stock of this research and seeks to move beyond the state of current scholarship: What have been the roles of forms of coercion and exclusion in beliefs? How do we account for religious resurgence and decline in the modern period? How have different religious populations influenced the belief of other religious populations? In what ways have religious beliefs been embedded in social, cultural, and gender mores and relationships? Leading scholars from different disciplines including literature, history, and religious studies will address these and other issues.

Registration for the Workshop is necessary. To register, visit For more information, please visit

Registration Deadline: April 1, 2010


Lectures and Events

Turkish House in Chapel HillTurkish Day

Sunday, March 21, 2010 | 12:00 - 5:00pm | Turk Evi (Turkish House), 743 E. Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC
Enjoy traditional music and dance, Turkish coffee, and complimentary Turkish food courtesy of Turkish Cooking Club members at the second annual Turkish Day. Everyone is welcome!

For more information about the Turkish House, please visit

Linguistic Human Rights in Central Europe

Figures on a map of EuropeTuesday, March 23, 2010 | 5:15pm | Room 3009, Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
Professor Miklós Kontra is Hungary's leading sociolinguist and an internationally-recognized expert on linguistic human rights in the Danube basin. Although he has spent extended periods in the US, this will be his first visit to UNC Chapel Hill. The lecture will be of particular interest to scholars in the field of international law, international relations, the history of East Central Europe, human rights, sociolinguistics, journalism and education, as well as to the general public. All welcome!

Miklós Kontra is Professor and Head of the Department of English Language Teacher Education and Applied Linguistics, University of Szeged, and Head of the Sociolinguistics Research Group in the Linguistics Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest. His primary interests lie in variation in Hungarian; the contact varieties of Hungarian in Slovakia, Ukraine, Rumania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria; Hungarian-American bilingualism; educational linguistics and Linguistic Human Rights.

For more information, please visit Sponsored by the UNC Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and by the UNC Center for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies.

Grants and Fellowships

Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellows in Central European Studies

Center for Transatlantic RelationsJohns Hopkins University | Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies | Washington, DC
The Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellowships in Central European Studies enable each year two outstanding scholars to conduct research on important issues related to Central Europe at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.
The Fellows are closely integrated into the research, training, and outreach activities of the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) at SAIS, and will participate in CTR events and meetings. Each Fellow is expected to complete a research paper during the period of residence according to the terms of the assignment entered into with the Foundation.

Each year the Center and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation identify several themes of particular interest. For 2010-11, the Center is particularly interested in receiving applications that deal with any of the following:

  • Central European countries and the international financial crisis
  • Issues of political and economic stability and reform in central and eastern Europe

Applicants for the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellowship must have a doctorate or be at the post-doctorate level, have demonstrated research capacity, be fluent in English, and be eligible for a J-1 visa. Preference will be given to qualified and competitive candidates from Austria, but the Fellowship is open to candidates of other nationalities as well.

For more information, please view the call for applications (PDF):

New Deadline: March 30, 2010

ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship

ThinkSwissThinkSwiss offers 15 scholarships for a research stay in Switzerland. It supports highly motivated and qualified U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to do research at a public Swiss university or research institute for 2 to 3 months. The scholarship is open to students of all fields.

The ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship is part of the U.S.-wide ThinkSwiss program on Education, Research and Innovation. Switzerland, a leading country in science, research and technology, is working with its American counterparts to address global challenges. The ThinkSwiss program is under the auspices of the Swiss Confederation.

For more information, please visit

Deadline: March 31, 2010

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. All applications are due *March 19, 2010* by 5pm and you may only apply for one opportunity.

    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.
    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.
    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.

If you have questions about the sessions or the awards after reviewing the relevant webpage, please contact Tripp Tuttle (

Deadline: 5:00pm on March 19, 2010

Postdoctoral Fellowships: Transformative Power of Europe

KFG: The Transformative Power of EuropeThe Research College (Kolleg-Forschergruppe) “The Transformative Power of Europe. External and Internal Diffusion of Ideas in the European Union”, directed by Profs. Tanja Börzel and Thomas Risse, advertises up to 6 post-doctoral fellows. We particularly encourage applications on projects located in the field of comparative regionalism

The fellows should have their PhD in hand by the fall of 2010. The duration of the fellowship is 10 months (October 1, 2010 - July 31, 2011) with the possibility to reapply. The stipend amounts to € 30.000 annually (including travelling expenses).

For more information, please visit

Deadline: April 1, 2010

Multiculturalism in the Governance of the European Union and Turkish Accession

Sabancý UniversitySabancý University is pleased to announce the topic for the Sakýp Sabancý International Research Award for the year 2010: "Multiculturalism in the Governance of the European Union and Turkish Accession". The essays submitted to the competition should address the issues and challenges that multiculturalism presents for the governance of the European Union. In particular, the authors should assess the benefits and contributions of Turkey’s accession to the EU’s governance in meeting these challenges.

The competition is open to all scholars in the social sciences and humanities working on contemporary Turkey. The selection committee will give priority to those submissions which have the potential for publication in a leading scholarly journal.

The Sakýp Sabancý International Research Award includes $20,000 for the first prize, $10,000 for the second, and $5,000 for the third. An independent, international jury will select the prize winners. For details, please click here.

Deadline: March 19, 2010

Opportunity for Collaborative Transatlantic Research

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

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

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

Deadline: April 30, 2010

Calls for Proposals

Western US Graduate Student Workshop on the EU

Network of European Union Centers of ExcellenceMay 21-22, 2010 | University of Washington | Seattle, Washington
Since 1998, the European Union Centers of Excellence Program in the United States has advanced transatlantic understanding and people-to-people links through its support for teaching, research and outreach related to the EU and transatlantic relations. With the support of this program, the European Union Centers of Excellence in Seattle and Boulder are pleased to announce and solicit applications for the second Western United States Graduate Research Workshop on the European Union.

The workshop advances two direct aims: to provide a forum for US-based graduate students at the dissertation level to present their EU-focused research to an audience of knowledgeable, supportive, yet critical faculty and peers; and to provide methodological instruction to students in a way that is relevant to European Union-related work. Instruction will be organized around and informed by the research problems and opportunities presented by the EU and European integration. Professors James Caporaso (University of Washington) and Joseph Jupille (University of Colorado) will be responsible for organizing and conducting the workshops with additional support from Cliff Carrubba (Emory University) and Tanja Börzel (Free University of Berlin). A more general goal is to improve EU research in the United States by building a strong cadre of students with some sense of a shared project and a commitment to carry out sound research with an eye toward completion of the degree and publication of research results.

For more information, please visit

Deadline: April 2, 2010

American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages: Annual Conference

AATSEELSaturday, April 17, 2010 | 10am - 4pm | UNC Chapel Hill
The Carolina chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL of the Carolinas)
invites paper proposals on Slavic and East/Central European languages, literatures, linguistics, cultures, and pedagogy. All members, including graduate AND undergraduate students, faculty, and independent scholars are encouraged to participate. Please submit the title along with an abstract of your paper by Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes in length. This conference provides a small, friendly environment that is ideal for first-time conference presenters.

Please be aware that all presenters should be members of AATSEEL -- thus there will be a $5 membership fee to cover lunch for current nonmembers. Current members will be asked to pay $5 renewal fee. All fees go toward covering the cost of the conference. Lunch will be provided.

Please email any questions and/or submissions to Nicholas LeBlanc at

Deadline for Abstracts: March 31, 2010

Central and East European Music: Musical Crossroads?

British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies June 26, 2010 | Oxford University
The British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies Study Group for Russian and Eastern European Music invites proposals for its 2010 annual conference.

Past conferences have been devoted to the themes of ‘Eastern European Musical Relations’, ‘Music in Russia and Eastern Europe after “The Thaw”’, ‘Russia’s Musical Revolutionaries’, and ‘Musical Nationalism and Modernism in Russia and Eastern Europe’. This year, we would like to bring Central and Eastern European music further into the spotlight. Proposals are especially welcome that deal with the musical relationships between these countries, as well as between them and countries from other regions of Europe: Western and Southern Europe, Scandinavia and the Nordic lands, and Russia. Apart from highlighting inter-European musical dialogues, we hope that the conference will also reflect on how Central and Eastern European music may be defined in a number of ways depending on the context (political, cultural, historical, geographical), as well as analysing music’s particular role in shaping and negotiating various European identities. While REEM’s previous conferences featured papers that primarily employed historical musicological methods, we would welcome papers that draw on ethnomusicological approaches.

Abstracts of no more than 400 words and short biographical notes (of no more than 200 words) should be sent to For more information, please visit

Deadline: April 10, 2010


Seminars and Workshops

Intensive Summer Program - Globalizing Religions: Conflict or Conflict Resolution?

Taj MahalJune 13 - 25, 2010 | Boston University
The Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA) at Boston University conducts an annual summer seminar. It is organized by the well-known sociologist of religion Peter L. Berger, co-sponsored with the School of Theology of Boston University, under the guidance of Dean John Berthrong. The seminar is generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation's Henry R. Initiative on Religion and International Affairs.

The program is an intensive two-week seminar on special topics in religion and world affairs. The 2010 program will examine the world's major religious traditions, in each case asking the following questions: How has each tradition globalized? Has it contributed to conflict or conflict resolution? The seminar is designed for professional residents of the United States, with some coming from abroad, who are concerned with the international role of religion in politics, economics and social change. Those particularly encouraged to apply are journalists, policy analysts (in or out of government), and educators.

CURA will provide housing and meals for all participants. Travel fellowships will be available on a competitive basis. For more information, please visit

Deadline: March 31, 2010

Summer Program on International Affairs and Multilevel Governance

Geneva, SwitzerlandJune 7 - 25, 2010 | Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies | Geneva, Switzerland
At the beginning of the 21st century, international discussions and actions play an important part in public and private policy-making. This 4th edition of the Programme on International Affairs and Multilateral Governance takes you to the heart of international policy-making: it provides participants with a unique combination of academic expertise and practical experience on issues of economic integration, human rights and humanitarian action, health and environment.

This programme provides participants with a unique opportunity to learn and think about major current issues in world politics and the resulting challenges for multilateral governance. The programme makes participants experience the world of multilateralism through direct interaction with diplomats, negotiators and activists and through visits to some of the prominent international organizations located in Geneva. It is open to senior undergraduates, students at MA level and young professionals with a strong interest in international affairs.

For more information, please visit

Deadline: April 1, 2010

International Graduate Summer Program in Conflict Studies

OlympiaJuly 8 - 14, 2010 | Olympia, Greece
Since the summer of 2002, Olympia has been hosting, with growing success, an annual international graduate summer program in conflict studies. Thanks to the collaboration of Greek universities and institutions with Yale University’s Program on Order, Conflict and Violence and the hospitality of the city of Ancient Olympia, the OSS bring together every year a highly diverse and talented group of graduate students, professionals, and professors from more than 20 countries from around the world.

The purpose of the seminars is to create a forum for high quality academic work in the unique setting of Olympia, and to provide opportunities for the creation and consolidation of scholarly networks of cooperation. The 2010 program will offer two options:

  • Cycle A: Conflict and Identity
    • July 4-18, 2010
  • Cycle B: Advanced Research Methods
    • July 11-18, 2010

The application is competitive. Fees cover only part of the total cost of the program since OSS is generously supported by several sponsors. A number of scholarships are offered on the basis of merit and need. Participants have to choose one or the other course. Early applications are strongly encouraged, especially if a request for financial aid is submitted.

For more information, please visit

Application Deadline: April 9, 2010

K-12 Schools & Community Colleges

Galaxy Theater Tickets

Galaxy CinemaThe Center for European Studies has teamed up with the Galaxy Cinema in Cary, NC, 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.

Playing now: The White Ribbon (German with English subtitles). Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.

For movies and show times, please visit the Galaxy Cinema website:



Traineeships at the EU Committee of the Regions

European Union Committee of the RegionsEach year, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) provides a limited number of internships for young citizens, from Europe and elsewhere, offering them the opportunity to acquire work experience in a European institution.

Two types of internships are available: long-term paid traineeships ("stages") or short-term unpaid study periods ("séjours d'étude").

  • Long-terms paid traineeships
    Each year, the CoR offers young university graduates a limited number of five-month traineeships (stages). These training periods involve work experience in one of the Committee of the Regions' services, and run from 16 February until 15 July (spring traineeships) or from 16 September until 15 February (autumn traineeships).
    • Deadline for Autumn Traineeship: March 31, 2010
  • Short term unpaid study periods
    The CoR also offers short unpaid study periods (séjours d'étude) within one of its services to persons whose professional, academic or research activities indicate that they would familiarise with the Committee's practical workings and/or policies. The nature of the tasks to be fulfilled by trainees depends largely on the unit to which they are assigned; while some units are more political, others are more administrative.
    • Deadline: There are no fixed deadlines for unpaid study periods.

For details, please click here.

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.

Position Announcements at the University of Geneva

Professor in European Politics

University of GenevaThe Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics and the European Institute of the University of Geneva are opening a joint position as full or associate professor with a specialization in European politics. The University of Geneva is looking for a scholar with an international reputation, a distinguished research record, international publications, and excellent teaching record.

Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. in Political Science or International relations, or in a related field. The candidate must demonstrate his/her ability to offer excellence in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels and to supervise M.A. and Ph.D. students. If not currently fluent in French, the successful candidate is expected to be able to teach in French within a reasonable timeframe.

Deadline: March 26, 2010

Professor in Political Theory

The Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences of the University of Geneva is opening a joint position as full or associate professor with a specialization in Political theory. The University of Geneva is looking for a scholar with an international reputation, a distinguished research record, international publications, and excellent teaching record.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Political Science or in a related field. The successful candidate will undertake research, teaching, administrative tasks and other activities supporting the work of the Department of Political Science, as well as developing and enhancing its reputation within and outside of the University.

Deadline: April 2, 2010

For either position, applicants should submit two copies of a letter of application and a C.V. including a publication list as well as a list of at least 3 persons who might write a reference letter to: Secrétariat du décanat de la Faculté des SES, Uni-Mail, Boulevard du Pont-d’Arve 40, CH-1211 Genève 4, Switzerland.

PhD Positions at VU Amsterdam in the Chair for Multilevel Governance

Free University of AmsterdamWe are seeking three outstanding candidates to pursue a Ph.D. at the Free University of Amsterdam. Students will have the opportunity to spend one or two semesters taking graduate courses at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The Ph.D. students will be part of a collegial research team led by Professors Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks.

Two Ph.D. positions in the European Research Council programme The Causes and Consequences of Multilevel Governance. Successful applicants for the Ph.D. positions will pursue a topic in one or more of the following thematic fields:

  • International governmental organizations, including, but not limited to, the European Union
  • Regional and local government in Europe and beyond.
  • The policy consequences of multilevel governance in Europe and beyond.

One Ph.D. position in the NWO-funded programme on The European Commission.

We seek candidates for these three positions with strong academic abilities and a Masters degree (or equivalent) in political science, economics, or other social science. The positions are for four years beginning August 15, 2010. Salary is 31,195 per annum, increasing to 36,300 per annum, plus full health, social and pension benefits contingent on normal progress. The positions come with 2,000 annually in research funds and a startup equipment fund of 3,000.

To apply please send to in ONE email with header MLG: Ph.D. applicant [your name]:

  • One-page personal statement in which you describe your intellectual interests, educational experience, and skills.
  • A paper/essay you have written (in English).
  • Scanned copy of your grades for your masters or bachelors degree.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • GRE scores, if available.
  • Please ask two academic referees to send reference letters directly (emailed to or faxed +1-919-962-2494); please ask your referee to place your name in the heading of the email.

Deadline: April 1, 2010

A Forum for Young Leaders: The United States Meets Europe

Washington, DC and New York City, NY

April 18 - 24, 2010 | New York City, NY and Washington, DC
The United States Meets Europe: A Forum for Young Leaders is an active network of individuals interested in strengthening and supporting transatlantic relations. The next USAME Weeklong Seminar will take place in New York City & Washington DC. In addition to looking in greater detail at the history and development of cultural diplomacy, the seminar will look at how the priorities of U.S. foreign policy have changed since the end of the Cold War and are continuing to evolve. This will provide a framework for discussions on contemporary transatlantic relations, and for comparing and contrasting foreign policy priorities in the U.S. and Europe.

Further information about the seminar, including the online application form, can be found here.

Call for Papers: Diverging Paradigms on EU Trade Policy

Jean Monnet Centres of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Universiteit GentDecember 16 - 17, 2010 | Leuven, Belgium
The Jean Monnet Centres of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Universiteit Gent are organizing a workshop on “Diverging Paradigms on EU Trade Policy”. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together authors that analyze the EU’s external trade policies from different theoretical or paradigmatic perspectives. The central research question focuses on EU policy-making in this area and particularly on the respective roles of the European Commission, the member states, and non-state actors in determining and affecting these policies through the EU’s trade relations with third countries and in the WTO. The ultimate purpose of the workshop is to work on a special issue or a book volume (with a clear preference for a special issue) on this topic.

The focus on diverging paradigms is rooted in the observation that the EU’s external trade policies have been analyzed from different paradigms but that these do not tend to communicate with each other. As a matter of fact, different paradigms are often dealt with in separate journals or book volumes so that in many cases, authors do not engage in a debate with other approaches or paradigms. The workshop in Leuven aims therefore, at bringing together authors from different traditions. Submitted papers should deal with the EU’s policy-making process on trade, more specifically with policy-making processes that involve negotiations between the EU and third countries. The workshop itself should then, expound a range of contrasts and complementarities between the different approaches. Where is it possible for these approaches to talk with each other, and to engage each other in a debate? To what extent do these different approaches focus on different components or aspects of the EU external trade policy-making process? And to what extent may such complementarities open avenues for a more comprehensive understanding of the EU’s actions in this policy area?

The main approaches that we intend to focus on are:

  • Rational choice institutionalism
  • Neo-Gramscian IPE
  • World system approach
  • Neo-Marxist approaches
  • Constructivism
  • Realist and Neo-Realist approaches

Paper proposals, including a 250 word abstract, should be submitted to the workshop convenors: Bart Kerremans ( and Jan Orbie (

Deadline: April 16, 2010

Call for Contributors: Asymmetry in the EU

University of AucklandMay 10, 2010 | Europe Institute | University of Auckland, New Zealand
The Europe Institute, University of Auckland, will be hosting the final meeting of the Andrew Shonfield Association, an organisation set up after Sir Andrew’s death to encourage interdisciplinary research and discussion on the future path of European integration in the spirit of his own work on ‘Europe: Journey to an Unknown Destination’ and ‘Modern Capitalism’.

The content of the meeting ‘Asymmetry in the EU’ will be structured round a draft book written by David Mayes and Matti Viren with the same title, to be published later in the year by Palgrave-Macmillan. The asymmetry dealt with refers not to the obvious fact that the European countries differ from each other but to asymmetry over the cycle and the shocks to which they are exposed. The topics covered will include asymmetry in the EU relating to:

  • The business cycle
  • Monetary policy
  • Fiscal Policy
  • The Phillips curve
  • The Okun curve

but other contributions are welcome. Contributions are sought in two forms: papers on these topics; commentators on the chapters in the book. Limited funds are available primarily to cover costs within New Zealand.

Expressions of interest should be sent to or to

Other International Studies News

Russian Investigative Journalist Yulia Latynina Discusses Her Work

World NewsTuesday, March 16, 2010 | 6:00 - 7:30pm | Room 4003, Global Education Center, UNC Chapel Hill
Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating talk by prominent Russian journalist and novelist Yulia Latynina. Latynina is best known for her courageous work in investigative journalism. She is associated with the few remaining independent news outlets in Russia, including NOVAYA GAZETA (where she was a colleague of Anna Politkovskaya before her assassination in 2006) and the radio station ECHO OF MOSCOW (EKHO MOSKVY), both well known for their strong oppositional stance and bold independence in reporting. Last year the US Department of State awarded Latynina its Freedom Defenders Award. This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, and Prof. David Pike.

Carolina Seminar Series: Democratization and War in Georgia

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 | 5:00pm | Room 4003, Global Education Center, UNC Chapel Hill
David Aprasidze will speak about Russian-Georgian relations and present an article in progress about Democratization and War in Georgia. Aprasidze is a Fulbright visiting researcher at Duke University. He teaches at Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia and holds his PhD from Hamburg University, Germany. If you would like a copy of the reading emailed to you, please contact Sandi Payne Greene

Sponsored by Carolina Seminars, the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, and the Department of History.



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