Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
September 22, 2010


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This week we have:
1. CES News
2. European Events
3. K-12 Schools & Community Colleges
4. Position Announcements
5. EUSA Corner
6. Other International Studies News

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CES News

CES Fall Speakers Series

Erica Edwards Friday, October 1, 2010
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Erica Edwards (CES Executive Director) will discuss Taking Europe to Its Extremes: Party and Public Euroskepticism. Open to the public, light refreshments provided.

Evaluation of the EU Centers Initiative

Network of European Union Centers of ExcellenceThe European Commission is currently undertaking an independent evaluation of the EU Centres initiative, and would like to ask for your assistance in responding to a web based survey. Your opinions on and experiences of the EU Centres will provide the Commission with important feedback to assess how the network of EU Centres/Institutes is performing as a whole; and examine what could be changed to better the initiative.

Your views and suggestions are very important for improving the initiative in the future, and we would be grateful if you could spare 10 minutes to take part in a survey, which forms a major part of the evaluation.

Please click here to take the survey. All results of this survey will remain confidential and will not be used for purposes other than this evaluation.

If you have any queries regarding the survey please do not hesitate to contact the external contractors The Evaluation Partnership: Mirja Gutheil, mirja.gutheil@evaluationpartnership.com

Visiting Scholar Holger Moroff

Holger Moroff The Center for European Studies is pleased to welcome Professor Holger Moroff (www.unc.edu/depts/polisci/faculty_pages/moroff.html) as our returning DAAD professor at Carolina. He now begins the third year of his appointment, and he is affiliated with both the Center for European Studies and the Political Science Department. Prof. Moroff taught international and comparative politics at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena from 2002 to 2008. Before that he was a research fellow at the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) in Berlin for one year. Professor Moroff earned his BA in Economics, History and American Studies in 1995 from the University of Bochum. In 1997 he received an MA in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Moroff earned a Master's of European Studies (M.E.S.) in 2000 from the Center of European Integration Studies (ZEI) at Bonn University. In 2008, he was awarded his PhD in Political Science from Friedrich Schiller University Jena. His dissertation focused on conceptions of security in EU external relations. Professor Moroff is fluent in German, English, and Spanish. He also speaks French and Russian. During the fall 2010 semester, Professor Moroff is teaching POLI 891: The EU as a Global Actor and POLI433: Politics of the European Union.

North Carolina German Studies Seminar: Romanticism - The Unexamined Life Force of Homeopathy

Map of Germany in Flag FormThursday, September 23, 2010 | 5:00 - 7:00pm | Incubator Room, Institute for the Arts & Humanities, Hyde Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
As part of the North Carolina German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series, Alice Kuzniar (University of Waterloo, Germanic and Slavic Studies) will present a seminar on Romanticism: The Unexamined Life Force of Homeopathy. In conjunction with the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies.

Alice Kuzniar proposes to examine how the Romantic science of homeopathy, founded by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), is grounded in the intellectual and aesthetic cross-currents of the day. Around 1800 scientists, philosophers, and poets alike believed in a life force uniting all of nature. Homeopathy lives on today as an important legacy of this tradition of a harmonic symbiosis with nature. Notwithstanding its popularity, however, its place in the history of ideas has been brushed aside not only by its practitioners but also by literary, cultural, and medical historians; its intellectual, indeed, poetic groundings have been largely forgotten or even ignored. Professor Kuzniar wishes to maintain that to understand Hahnemann via Romantic tenets astir at his time means to underscore the importance of the literary field to this momentous chapter in the history of science and medicine.

Please register with Sarah Summers (ses278@email.unc.edu) in a timely fashion. Refreshments and drinks will be served after all seminars.

For more information, please visit www.unc.edu/ncgs/seminars.html. Cosponsored by the Center for European Studies.

European Union/Transatlantic Relations PhD Database

Network of European Union Centers of ExcellenceThe Network of European Union Centers of Excellence in the United States (www.euce.org) would like to invite graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree in topics related to the European Union or Transatlantic relations to submit their names and dissertation information to a database of PhD dissertations. The goal of the database is to help doctoral students identify fellow candidates working in similar areas in the United States and anywhere else in the world. Please go to the EUCE Network website (http://euce.org/research/phddatabase.php#content) and download a short form which can be filled out and returned on-line. Thank you to everyone who has submitted so far! The Center for European Studies serves as the network coordinator for EU Centers of Excellence in the United States.


European Events

Occitan Poetry Readings: Miquèl Decòr, Modern Day Troubadour
Miquèl Decòr

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 | 7:00pm | Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center | UNC-Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill, NC

Thursday, October 7, 2010 | 7:00pm | The Joyful Jewel | Pittsboro, NC

Thursday, October 14, 2010 | 8:00pm | Carswell Concert Hall, Meredith College | Raleigh, NC

In October, the Triangle will be entertained by a true modern-day troubadour. Miquèl Decòr, a prolific and original poet who carries on the ancient literary tradition of writing and performing in the Occitan (Oc) language, will be sharing his works this poetry reading. This is Decòr's first visit to the United States; he is the author of ten books, including poetry, drama, and history.

Decòr is a native and resident of the Languedoc region of France where the troubadours lived nearly a thousand years ago.  From the 11th through the 13th centuries, 500 troubadours wrote and performed in Occitan throughout Europe.  During that time they invented many forms of poetry, as well as biography and literary criticism, while they shifted the focus of literature in Western Europe from war to love.  Modern Oc poets provide the connection to the significant literary heritage of the troubadours.

Eldest of three brothers, Miquèl Decòr was born March 3, 1949, on Water Street in Bize-Minervois, in the Aude department of France. His father was a road worker; his mother stayed home. His childhood was spent roaming mountains and rivers during torrid, dry summers and seasons of green, wild asparagus. There were loving harvests that tasted of sweet wine and of peppery watercress pulled from the tepid waters of the Doutze. He was bathed in the culture of Occitan from his birth under the spell of his godfather, Uncle Jean, an actor. When he left home to study in Béziers, distance and longing caused him to write poetry in Occitan, his mother tongue. Miquèl Decòr lives on Windmill Street in Félines-Minervois, where he feeds his imagination on vineyards and chestnut trees, on rocky plains and pure waters, on fragile beasts and rugged landscapes.

Sponsored by the UNC Center for European Studies and Meredith College.


K-12 Schools & Community Colleges

Teaching Resources Highlight: Teach European Economics Using a Digital Textbook

Euro EconomicsThe recent economic turmoil in the European Union has thrown some of the world’s major economic powers into a state of anxious uncertainty. Helping your students make sense of these developments requires an understanding of the economic structure and policies at the heart of the EU — a topic that may not be covered by your textbook.

The Center for European Studies and the European Union Center of Excellence at UNC-Chapel Hill have developed Euro Economics (www.unc.edu/depts/europe/euroeconomics/), an online textbook introducing the economics of the EU to high school students and their teachers. The textbook is offered free to all students and can be used without registration or permission.

Euro Economics affords teachers a worthwhile resource on a safe site to offer to students interested in learning more about economics and contemporary Europe. It provides a solid, up-to-date perspective on a quickly changing region — a feat that can’t be matched by any print textbook. Best of all, it encourages active exploration at a depth and breadth controlled by the student.

If you’re teaching Europe, Euro Economics can help you fill in gaps with in-depth information. If you teach Civics and Economics or economics electives, it can provide a case study for comparison with the United States. Whatever you’re teaching, Euro Economics can serve as a way to experiment with digital texts for teaching and learning, as well as a way to understand and respond to current events.

The post on teaching European economics with a digital textbook on the LEARN NC blog (http://blogs.learnnc.org/blog/2010/05/10/teach-european-economics-with-a-digital-textbook/) is written by Regina Higgins, in cooperation with the UNC Center for European Studies.

Articles and posts relating to contemporary Europe and the European Union on LEARN NC:

LEARN NC (www.learnnc.org), a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education, finds the most innovative and successful practices in K-12 education and makes them available to the teachers and students of North Carolina — and the world.

World ViewGlobal Updates from World View

The latest issue of Global Updates highlights a new resource from World View - Foreign Currency Kits: www.unc.edu/world/Global_Updates_2010/Sept_Oct/Sept_10.htm. World View has developed three Foreign Currency Kits for educators to borrow.  Each Foreign Currency Kit contains both paper currency and coin.  Members of the UNC community have contributed and in each kit there are over 35 countries represented from 5 continents.  Some currency is new, while other bills and coins are old and well worn, and some currency is no longer in circulation!  

There are many ways to use the currency in the Kit.  Incorporate it as part of a more comprehensive lesson on countries of the world or global issues, or use it to add a global dimension to a mathematics, social studies, or even an art lesson, and more.  Each Kit also contains four reference books, a world map, and suggested activities.  We ask that educators contribute lesson plans and feedback so that World View can continue to improve these Kits and make them more useful to educators. 

North Carolina educators may borrow a Kit for up to three (3) weeks.  There is no cost, but we ask that you pay for USPS Priority Mail shipping to return the Kit to World View in Chapel Hill.  Kits are available on a first come, first served basis, but we will do our best to honor dates of your choosing.  For more information on what’s in a Foreign Currency Kit and instructions on how to borrow a kit please visit:  www.unc.edu/world/Currency_Kit/currencykit.shtml. If you reside outside of North Carolina and are interested in borrowing a Kit please email Julie at kinnaird@unc.edu with your request. 

This issue of Global Updates (www.unc.edu/world/Global_Updates_2010/Sept_Oct/Sept_10.htm) includes suggested educator activities for using foreign currency in your classroom and the Kits contain additional educator activities and lesson plans.  Even if you do not have examples of foreign currency, use the Internet to find and print images of coins and bills from many countries.   See additional resourceful web sites in this issue.

To see previous Global Updates from World View, please visit the archive at www.unc.edu/world/Global_Updates.shtml.

 

Position Announcements

Human Rights Watch: Executive Director, Europe and Central Asia Division

Human Rights WatchHuman Rights Watch ("HRW") is seeking a highly-qualified, senior-level professional to head its Europe and Central Asia (“ECA”) Division.

The Executive Director of Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia Division is responsible for developing effective research, advocacy and communications strategies for maximum impact on human rights in Europe and the Central Asian region. S/he is responsible for setting priorities and overseeing detailed research on human rights issues in the ECA region including emergencies, the publication of analytical and credible reports and other advocacy materials on those issues, and the use of these materials to generate domestic and international pressure to curb human rights violations. S/he represents the organization frequently before the international media and advocates with high-level officials from governments, UN, EU and other international and regional organizations.

The ideal candidate must have excellent oral and written communications skills in English; fluency in Russian, German or French is highly desirable.  An advanced degree in law, international relations, European or Central Asian studies, public policy, or a related field is desired, as is familiarity with international human rights law.

 It is preferred that all application materials be submitted via email. For more information, please visit www.hrw.org/en/employment/2010/08/09/eca-executive-director

Deadline: September 30, 2010

Assistant Professor in Transcultural East Central European Studies

University of TübingenThe Slavic Department of the University of Tübingen is announcing an Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessor, W1) position in Transcultural East Central European Studies (literary and cultural studies). The position is available starting 1 April 2011.

We are seeking a scholar with expertise in an East Slavic and a West Slavic (preferably Czech) literature and an additional thematic focus in cultural studies, including the entangled histories of Slavic (and non-Slavic) cultures in East Central Europe.

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to all relevant study programmes of the Department and participate in establishing postgraduate programmes. The workload will consist of 4 hours of teaching a week, and 6 hours after evaluation. As a Juniorprofessor (W1) you will be expected to conduct research and fulfill teaching duties independently. You will be appointed for 4 years. After a positive evaluation this time will be extended by another 2 years.

We are seeking scholars with a distinguished doctoral dissertation on a relevant subject, other internationally recognized publications and extensive teaching experience. The University of Tübingen aims at increasing the share of female professors. Women with appropriate qualifications are thus encouraged to apply. People with disabilities will be given priority if equally qualified.

Please include the following documents and information in your application: curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, lists of publications, courses taught, third-party funds acquired and existing cooperations as well as a research and teaching plan. The application should be submitted to the Dean of the Neo philological Faculty of Tübingen University, Wilhelm str. 50, 72074 Tübingen, Germany.

Deadline: October 1, 2010

European Union Specialist: Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech: Sam Nunn School of International AffairsThe Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor whose major research interest is European integration and/or the EU’s external relations. The ideal candidate would also be able to teach courses in International Political Economy and contribute to the mission of the European Union Center of Excellence at Georgia Tech.

Applicants should show promise or evidence of outstanding scholarly achievement.  The Sam Nunn School is multidisciplinary and has growing undergraduate, graduate, and overseas programs, including joint undergraduate degrees with Modern Languages and Economics. The School’s programs focus on understanding the global context of advances in science and technology. The Sam Nunn School has 21 faculty members; more than 400 undergraduate majors and 75 Master’s degree students; and a newly launched selective Ph.D. program in International Affairs, Science, and Technology. Georgia Tech enrolls over 20,000 students and is consistently ranked as one of the top seven public universities in the country. Georgia Tech is located in midtown Atlanta.

For more information, please visit http://www.euce.gatech.edu/node/165 

Deadline: October 15, 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.

Postdoctoral Fellowships at the European University Institute: Florence, Italy

  • European University InstituteMax Weber Fellowships
    The Max Weber Programme is the largest postdoctoral programme for young researchers in the social sciences, funded by the European Commission (DG Education). Max Weber Fellowships are for 1 or 2 years and are open to candidates who have received a doctorate in the social sciences (economics, law, political science, sociology, history and related fields) within the last 5 years.

    The Max Weber fellowships are designed for junior post-docs who would like to pursue an academic career, concentrate on their own research and enhance their academic practice in a multidisciplinary environment. Fellows are selected on the basis of their research accomplishments and potential, their academic career interests, and the availability of the EUI faculty to provide mentorship. Each year 40-45 postdoctoral fellows are part of the programme.

    For more information on how to apply please visit www.eui.eu/ProgrammesandFellowships/MaxWeberProgramme/Index.aspx

  • Jean Monnet Fellowships
    Through its Jean Monnet Fellowship Programme the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies offers fellowships to post-docs in an early stage of their academic career. During their stay, fellows work on a research topic that fits well in the overall research profile of the RSCAS and participate in the academic life of the Centre and of the EUI. Each fellow is assigned a professorial mentor.

    Jean Monnet Fellowships usually have a duration of 12 or 24 months and are open to candidates who have received a doctorate within the last 7 years. The main criteria during the selection procedure are the CV, the overall scientific quality of the proposal, and the fit of the proposal with the research programme of the Centre.

    For more information please visit the Jean Monnet Fellowships website.

Deadline: October 25, 2010

Call for Papers: Quantifying Europe - Pitfalls and Challenges of Data Generation Processes

The Political Economy of ReformsDecember 13-14, 2010 | Mannheim, Germany
The Collaborative Research Center The Political Economy of Reforms is organizing a conference entitled ‘Quantifying Europe: Pitfalls and Challenges of Data Generation Processes’.

Quantitative research on European integration has proliferated in the past decade. Despite the enormous progress the data generation process raises a number of methodological questions. The conference intends to bring together experienced scholars from different fields of research to discuss problems concerning the validity of the source of information, the methods of extracting information from online-documentations, the coding of such information and the handling of missing values, the selection of cases and various other pros and cons of the data generation processes.

We are interested in papers on European integration and all its subfields, such as legislation, transposition of EU directives and the related reforms in national legislation or infringements as well as scholars studying computerized analysis of political texts, which are used for European integration research.

For further information please find the call for papers online at http://reforms.uni-mannheim.de/english/news_events/upcoming_events/index.html.

Deadline: October 30, 2010


Other International Studies News

Global Music Show - Persian Music: From Traditional to Modern

Global Music Show Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | 9:00 - 10:00pm | Listen online at http://wxyc.org, 89.3FM

WXYC DJ Donovan Dorrance and special guest Shahla Adel (UNC Asian Studies) present the first Global Music Show of the academic year, sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.
The show is entitled Persian Music: From Traditional to Modern.

Call for Proposals: Global American South Conference

Global American South ConferenceMarch 18-19, 2011 | FedEx Global Education Center | UNC-Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to announce its fifth interdisciplinary conference on the globalization of the southern United States, focusing on the effects of the 2007- 2008 economic crisis on the region. How have the South and the constitutive parts thereof fared in the period since the crisis broke, and what does the future portend for the region? Can we learn much about the present crisis in the region (and its future prospects) by studying southern history? What part has globalization played in the crisis? What role have governmental and non-governmental entities—federal, regional, state, local-- played in alleviating or exacerbating problems arising from the crisis?

The conference next March will bring together academics, policy makers, and practitioners from North Carolina, the southern region, and beyond. A collaboration between the Center for Global Initiatives and the Global Research Institute at UNC, the goals of the conference are to identify, analyze, and engage the key problems arising from or associated with the crisis, and to further the development of appropriate policy responses.

We invite scholars, policy makers, and professionals interested in issues relating to the considerations outlined above to submit brief (500-word) proposals—with short (1-2 page) cv’s appended—to the program committee for consideration for inclusion on the conference program.

For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit http://globalsouth.unc.edu/

Deadline: October 1, 2010

25th International Festival of Raleigh

International Festival of Raleigh

October 1-3, 2010 | Raleigh Convention Center
Bring the whole family for a 3-day celebration of music, food, and culture from around the globe. Watch authentic ethnic dances from over 30 different cultures performed on the Main Stage. Stroll through the many Cultural Exhibits to learn about the rich history and traditions of different cultures. Shop the World Bazaars for crafts and taste your way around the globe with delicious food from the Sidewalk Cafes. Learn about traditional arts, crafts, and cooking from international teachers at the Demonstration Booth. Bring the kids to Sophia's Corner for face-painting, storytelling, games, and other fun activities. For details, please visit www.internationalfestival.org

 

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