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

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3. Grants and Fellowships
4. Call for Proposals
5. Seminars and Workshops
6. K-12 Schools & Community Colleges
7. Other International Studies News

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CES News

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

The Shadow of Empire: Rewriting British History for the 21st Century

LondonThursday, March 25, 2010 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Gerrard Hall, 118 East Cameron Ave., UNC-Chapel Hill
The Institute for the Arts and Humanities presents the 2010 Mary Stevens Reckford Lecture on European Studies: The Shadow of Empire: Re-writing British History for the 21st Century by Catherine Hall (University College London). A reception will follow the lecture.

History writing is critical to modern nation-states and to forms of national belonging. National histories represent the making of the nation as 'the' route to modernity. They offer us stories that take us from past to present, they tell us who we are and where we came from, they fashion the cornucopia of the past into arresting and memorable dramas, key moments in the natural process of nation making. They highlight particular events and people, erase those which disturb. They tell ordered tales and offer reliable explanations. This lecture will consider what kinds of history writing are appropriate for contemporary Britain, with its multicultural population and its past haunted by empire. It will address the compelling legacy of England's greatest national historian, Thomas Babington Macaulay, reflecting on his powerful vision of home, nation and empire.

Catherine Hall, one of the most distinguished historians of modern British history, is Professor of Social and Cultural History at University College London. Her recent work has centered on questions of 'race', ethnicity and difference in the history of the nineteenth-century nation and empire.

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.

Please RSVP to

Call for LAC TAs

Languages Across the CurriculumUNC'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 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

Application Deadline: April 6, 2010

Spring 2010 LAC Pedagogy Series

Languages Across the CurriculumUNC's Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) Program cordially invites graduate students and faculty from any department to attend three upcoming workshops. To register for any of these workshop, email the following information to Name, Home department, Stage of graduate/professional career, Foreign language(s) in which you are fluent, Field(s) of research or professional interest.

LAC Information Session
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 | 1:00 - 2:00pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003
This session provides an overview of UNC's LAC Program, which integrates the use of languages into interdisciplinary courses within the College of Arts and Sciences. Participation in this workshop is strongly recommended for graduate students who wish to apply for upcoming LAC TA positions. For information on available Fall 2010 positions, visit

LAC Instructional Workshop
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003
This best practices teaching workshop provides a forum for experienced and prospective LAC TAs to share ideas and instructional resources. Participation in this workshop is strongly recommended for graduate students who wish to apply for upcoming LAC TA positions. For information on available Fall 2010 positions, visit

  • Title TBA
    University of Binghamton LxC Language Resource Specialists (via Skype)
  • Outsourcing LAC: Ideas on How to Culturally Expand Beyond the Bounds of the Classroom
    Catherine O. Clark (CMPL), French LAC Instructor
  • Swahili Pedagogical Discourses: Strategies for Meeting Diverse Student Needs in a Special Swahili LAC Section
    Dr. Waithera Karim-Sesay (AFRI), Swahili LAC Instructor

LAC and the Job Market Workshop
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 | 2:00 - 3:30pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Room 3009
This discussion panel provides general advice for graduate students seeking to highlight their interdisciplinary and/or international teaching experience, as well as tips specifically intended for UNC LAC TAs preparing for the academic job search. Information will also be provided on UNC's Graduate Certificate in LAC Instruction, an opportunity to formally demonstrate expertise in interdisciplinary multilingual teaching.

To learn more about LAC at UNC, email or visit

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.

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.

My IsraelFilm Screening: My Israel

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 | 5:30pm | Nelson Mandela Auditorium | FedEx Global Education Center | UNC-Chapel Hill
Filmmaker Yulie Cohen will be showing her recent film "My Israel" followed by a discussion. Sponsored by: Department of Asian Studies, The Center for European Studies, The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, The Middle Eastern and Muslim Civilization Center, The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, UNC Interdisciplinary Program in Cinema.

Free parking available in the building's basement parking garage after 5:00PM. For information about the film, please visit

11th Annual Czech Studies Workshop: Public Lecture

Pink TankFriday, April 9, 2010 | 7:00pm | Room 4003 | FedEx Global Education Center | UNC-Chapel Hill
Otto Urban is the keynote speaker for the 11th Annual Czech Studies Workshop. He will be discussing Before Entropa: Czech Subversive Art after 1989. Otto Urban earned his PhD in art history and aesthetics from Charles University in 2000. He has taught courses on modern Czech art for the University of Texas at Austin, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and numerous university programs in Prague. In recent years Urban has curated a number of exhibitions, and his most recent book, In Morbid Colors: Art and the Idea of Decadence in the Bohemian Lands, 1880-1914, received the first prize in the “The Most Beautiful Book of 2006” competition organized by the Czech Ministry of Culture and the Museum of Czech Literature. He is currently working on a book and exhibition entitled Decadence Now! Visions of Excess. His talk will explore the work of David Cerný, perhaps best known for his Pink Tank (1991) and Entropa (2009), while placing Cerný's work within a movement of post-Communist Czech artists known for the politically meaningful, and sometimes shocking, content.

The 11th Annual Czech Studies Workshop will take place on Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, 2010. Attendance at the workshop panels *requires* pre-registration. For the workshop schedule and information about registering, please visit

Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Center for European Studies, Office of International Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, Music Department, Slavic Languages and Literatures, History Department at NC State, and the Czechoslovak Studies Association.

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

Die Methode (The Procedure): A New German Play

Sunday, March 28 | 6:00PM | Chapman 201, UNC Campus
Monday, March 29 | 7:30PM | Chapman 201, UNC Campus

The ProcedureLuna Limburg, a bitter romantic, wants to forget her jerk of an ex-husband. Lutz Biedermann, a shady, dishonest business man wants to cover up his involvement in a high profile scandal for his boss at work. Ludgar, a bum from the streets, just wants an easy way to make to make some money. What will happen when these three decide to take part in a landmark scientific and medical procedure that a local, elderly, eccentric, success-obsessed doctor claims can fulfill these wishes? Will catastrophe ensue or will the procedure be deemed a Nobel-prize-worth success?

Catherine Cheney has written her very own German play for her Senior Honors Thesis. So join Herr Doktor Feinreinstein, his loyal research assistant, the 3 participants and those involved as they endeavor to change the world and go down in the history books with the Herr Doktor's newly developed scientific procedure for the human memory in a environment where everything that can and will go wrong, does.

This performance is in German; however do not let this deter you! Some of the very best and most famous performances in the world are in other languages such as Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" and Mozart's "Don Giovanni" and are still today enjoyed by audiences all across the world of all ages. Should you desire a more in depth synopsis, members of the cast and crew will be delighted to oblige you in answering any of your questions. We hope to see you there! Admission is free.

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

Call 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


Seminars and Workshops

Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative: Summer Institute for Youth (Ages 16-19)

Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative: Summer Institute for Youth

July 1 - 31, 2010 | Wake Forest University | Winston-Salem, NC
Join 45 Fellows on the Wake Forest campus for a month long Institute with classmates from 30 countries-- Armenia to Iceland, Denmark to Kosovo and Malta to Lithuania. First year students at colleges and universities may apply for the program.

The Department of Communication at Wake Forest University has available 10 Scholarships for American students to attend the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Institute. These Scholarships include the following:

  • $2,500 scholarship; Designation as Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellow (covers tuition, activities, meals and lodging in a WFU dorm, and partial travel funds)
  • Participation in all Institute events, including classes covering topics such as: US and other Constitutions, New Media, Documentary, Citizenship, Internet Communication, Economic Globalization, Public Engagement and Community Advocacy, taught by Wake Forest and visiting faculty.
  • Six day educational trip to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, PA, including a visit to the State Department and the Constitution Center.
  • Activities including an international dinner, cultural events, community service projects, site visits, and training

The application form is available at For more information, please visit

Application Deadline: April 15, 2010

K-12 Schools & Community Colleges

Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative: Summer Institute for Youth (Ages 16-19)

Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative: Summer Institute for Youth

July 1 - 31, 2010 | Wake Forest University | Winston-Salem, NC
The Department of Communication at Wake Forest University has available 10 Scholarships for American students to attend the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Institute - a month long Institute with classmates from 30 countries: Armenia to Iceland, Denmark to Kosovo and Malta to Lithuania.

Please see the full announcement in the above section for details and tell your students about this great opportunity! For more information, please visit

Application Deadline: April 15, 2010

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: A Town Called Panic (French with English subtitles). Animated plastic toys like Cowboy, Indian and Horse have problems, too. Cowboy and Indian's plan to surprise Horse with a homemade birthday gift backfires when they destroy his house instead. Surreal adventures take over as the trio travel to the center of the earth, trek across frozen tundra and discover a parallel underwater universe where pointy-headed (and dishonest!) creatures live. With panic a permanent feature of life in this papier mâché town, will Horse and his girlfriend ever be alone?

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

Global Updates from World View

World ViewThe latest issue of Global Updates highlights music around the world: Throughout history, music has been used by civilizations all over the world to express beliefs and strengthen personal and social identities. Some claim it is the single most uniting factor in the world today, transcending gender, race, and creed to unite individuals from every walk of life. In this month’s Global Update, find out how much you know about music around the world, the history behind the masterpieces, and how your students can become more informed about an art form that helps define the cultures of the world and promote positive change.

To see previous Global Updates from World View, please visit the archive at

Other International Studies News

Immigration and National Identity: A Public Discussion

Parr Center for EthicsThursday, March 25, 2010 | 6:30pm | Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center | UNC-Chapel Hill
Continuing the discussion over immigration reform launched by the September 2009 event, a new panel of experts focuses on the issues of citizenship, assimilation and national identity at the heart of the debate over immigration reform. Is there a distinct and universal American identity? What constitutes assimilation into American culture? Who deserves citizenship?

The resulting dialogue will promote a deeper understanding of the ethical issues surrounding immigration, and encourage rigorous discussion for future personal and public policy decisions.

This event is coordinated in conjunction with Latin American Migration: Transnational Perspectives, Regional Realities, a free public conference to be held on March 26-27, 2010, organized by the UNC Institute for the Study of the Americas. For further information on this event, please visit:

Sponsored by the Parr Center for Ethics, the Center for Global Initiatives, and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.

For more information, please visit

Latin American Migration: Transnational Perspectives, Regional Realities

Latin American MigrationMarch 26-27, 2010 | FedEx Global Education Center | UNC-Chapel Hill
The conference will examine the transnational impacts of Latin American migration to the United States in the current era of local immigration governance, with a focus on lessons learned in North Carolina, the Southeast region, and migrant source communities in Latin America. North Carolina is a new migrant destination and locus for nationally relevant debates on immigration enforcement, demographic shifts and economic transitions. Conference themes will include human rights and citizenship, borders and national security, international labor skills, local and state immigration governance, and the impact of the recession on migratory populations. The conference is designed to provide a venue for dialogue between academics, practitioners working in diverse human services and non-profit fields, international rights attorneys, students, and the general public.

The conference is made possible by funding from the College of Arts and Sciences, the UNC Provost's Office, the UNC Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense, the School of Law, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, and the Center for Global Initiatives.

Attendance is free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit:

Global Music Show: Politics of Contemporary Women's Music in Senegal
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 | 9:00 - 10:00pm | Listen online at, 89.3FM

UNC Communications Studies doctoral student Ali Neff will present a special episode of the Global Music show ( - all the way from Senegal!
The show is entitled 'Wooyo! (Sing!)': Representing the politics of contemporary women's music in Senegal.



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