Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
October 6, 2010


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This week we have:
1. CES News
2. European News, Lectures and Events
3. Grants and Fellowships
4. K-12 Schools & Community Colleges
5. Internships
6. EUSA Corner
7. Other International Studies News

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CES News

CES Fall Speakers Series

Lise Morjé Howard

Thursday, October 7, 2010
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: Room 1009

Professor Lise Morjé Howard (Georgetown University, Dept. of Government) will discuss U.S. Foreign Policy, Ideational Path Dependence, and Ethno-Religious Civil Conflict. Open to the public.

For more information, please visit www.unc.edu/depts/europe/calendar/1010.html

Marc Morjé Howard

Friday, October 8, 2010
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Professor Marc Morjé Howard (Georgetown University, Dept. of Government) will discuss The Politics of Citizenship in Europe. Open to the public, light refreshments provided.

For more information, please visit www.unc.edu/depts/europe/calendar/1010.html

Rachel Epstein

Friday, October 15, 2010
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Professor Rachel Epstein (International Political Economy and European Politics, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver) will discuss Does Foreign Ownership Matter? Assessing the Effects of Internationalized Bank Ownership in Transition Economies. Open to the public, light refreshments provided.

North Carolina German Studies Seminar: Constitutions and the Interpretation of Property in the Kaiserreich

Map of Germany in Flag FormThursday, October 14, 2010 | 5:00 - 7:00pm | Room 569, Hamilton Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
As part of the North Carolina German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series, Monika Wienfort (Technical University of Berlin) will present a seminar on Constitutions and the Interpretation of Property in the Kaiserreich.

Constitutional history has not been a favorite field of historians in recent years. One of the most interesting ways of renewing the discipline so far has been its reinterpretation as a new history of constitutional or political culture. This presentation will suggest an alternative to this trend by discussing the link between a wider social-political order represented by constitutions, and the economic-legal sphere. This approach, therefore integrates economic and legal phenomena into the socio-political interpretation of late 19th century German history.

MONIKA WIENFORT is a professor of Modern History at the Technical University of Berlin. Her work focuses on the 18th and 19th centuries, constitutional, legal and social history. She is the author of four books: Monarchie in der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft (1993); Patrimonialgerichte in Preußen (2001); Der Adel in der Moderne (2006); and Geschichte Preußens (2008).

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

For more information, please visit www.unc.edu/ncgs/seminars.html. Cosponsored by the Center for European Studies, Carolina Seminars, UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for the Arts and Humanities, UNC-Chapel Hill Program in the Humanities and Human Values, and the Departments of Germanic Languages and Literatures and History at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Request for Foreign Currency

Euro coinsWorld View (www.unc.edu/world), a public service program at UNC helps provide K-12 educators and students with a global experience and resources for adding a global dimension to the classroom. However, many teachers and students don’t have the opportunity to travel beyond the borders of North Carolina.

Did you, or do you, travel abroad?  Do you ever bring home a few foreign coins or bills and wonder what to do with them?  We can help!  We are asking students, staff, and faculty who travel internationally to donate foreign coins or low-denomination bank notes to share with North Carolina students.  With the help of faculty, staff, and students and a few others, World View developed four “Foreign Currency Kits” to loan to classrooms all over the state. Each kit contains currency (both coins and bills) from over 35 countries, reference books, a map, and suggested classroom activities and lesson plans. K-12 students are able to touch and see a bit of the world without leaving their classroom. For more information please visit: http://www.unc.edu/world/Currency_Kit/currencykit.shtml

To meet the large number of requests from teachers, World View would like to create at least two more kits that can be used across the state.  If you manage to make it back to the Triangle with a few foreign coins or bills in your pocket, please consider donating them to World View.  Please send currency to World View [CB 8011, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8011 or through UNC campus mail to CB 8011], deliver to the World View offices [208 N. Columbia St, Ste 304, Chapel Hill], or Julie Kinnaird would be happy to pick them up on campus or in town.  There is no deadline and World View will continue to create as many kits as we collect currency.  Feel free to email or call if you have any questions (kinnaird@unc.edu or 919/962-6785).

Thank you for your help and for bringing a bit of the world to North Carolina’s classrooms.


European News, Lectures and Events

Turkish Film Night: Wonderful West
Yahsi Bati: Wonderful West

6:00pm | Thursday, October 7, 2010
Room 1005 | FedEx Global Education Center | UNC Chapel Hill

The new Turkish Program at UNC is hosting Turkish Film Nights this semester. The first movie night at UNC is this Thursday, and we will watch Wonderful West (Yahsi Bati). The movie showing is free and open to the general public. Organized and sponsored by the Turkish Program of UNC, co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.

Occitan Poetry Readings: Miquèl Decòr, Modern Day Troubadour

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

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

Miquèl Decòr

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.

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.

Holocaust Cinema in Eastern Europe

Divided We Fall

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UNC cordially invites you to a season of outstanding films by Polish, Czech, Slovak and Hungarian directors focusing on the Holocaust. Screened mostly in new prints, all with English subtitles (one is English-speaking). For more info contact Peter Sherwood (421 Dey Hall, or email peter_sherwood@unc.edu).

TUESDAYS | 6:00 PM | 402 DEY HALL | UNC CAMPUS

  • October 12, 2010
    Jan Němec’s Démanty noci: Diamonds of the Night (Czechoslovakia, 1964)
  • October 26, 2010
    Jan Hřebejk’s Musíme si pomáhat: Divided We Fall (Czech Republic, 2000)

See the full schedule for the semester here (PDF).

IAC Spotlight on Turkey: Cultural Dinner

Turkish HouseSaturday, October 16, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Turk Evi (Turkish House), 743 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

The International Affairs Council of NC (IAC) is hosting a cultural dinner at the Turkish House. Our friends at Turk Evi will provide a lovely evening of Turkish food as we hear from two teachers we sent to Turkey this summer. We will enjoy Cerkez Tavugu (chicken with walnuts), Mercimekli Kofte (lentil kofte), Piyaz (bean salad with scallions and lemon olive oil dressing), Ispanakli Borek (spinach filled pastry), Mozaik Pasta (chocolate mozaic slices), Turkish wine and soft drinks. Cost is $25 for IAC members / $30 for non-members. Includes food, wine, and tax. You can now pay securely online! Visit our site at http://www.iacnc.org/events.php 

Parking is available on the street or down the road at Morehead Planetarium. RSVP by Wednesday, October 13.


Grants and Fellowships

Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Fellowship

IREXIREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2011-2012 Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program.

The Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO) provides students, scholars and professionals with support to perform policy relevant field research, in the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. In addition to engaging in research in the region, the IARO fellowship affords scholars the opportunity to increase their understanding of critical, policy relevant issues, develop and sustain international networks, and collaborate with foreign scholars on topics vital to both the academic and policy-making communities.

Countries Eligible for Research:
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan

IARO is funded by the United States Department of State Title VIII Program.

For details, please visit www.irex.org/application/individual-advanced-research-opportunities-iaro

Deadline: November 17, 2010


K-12 Schools & Community Colleges

Free Switzerland Materials Available

Swiss Flags"Switzerland in Sight" is a 95-page text published by Presence Switzerland which features Switzerland in all its diversity, both in its traditions and as a modern state. Abundantly illustrated, it provides a comprehensive overview of Switzerland's geographical and social texture, its political structure, its economic achievements, and its scientific, educational and cultural aspects. It is designed primarily for high school when ordered in English or, if ordered in German, for high school or college. "Switzerland in Sight" can be ordered in classroom sets of 10 plus a teacher manual which provides ideas for use in the classroom.

The Embassy of Switzerland also offers the following free teaching materials to U.S. High School and College Teachers of German:

All materials are in German unless otherwise noted:
1 set of 10 texts Schweiz in Sicht with Teacher Manual (lesson plan ideas)
1 poster, Die Schweiz in ihrer Vielfalt
1 map
1 DVD Switzerland Update (English)
1 Swiss World postcard
1 CD FolkMusik
1 Jazz

Learn how to obtain these free materials at http://aatg.org/teaching-resources/486-switzerland-materials-available.

Free 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:

  • Heartbreaker (French with English subtitles).

Coming soon (www.mygalaxycinema.com/comingsoon.php):

  • Breathless (French with English subtitles).
  • Cache (French with English subtitles). Opens Thursday, October 14th.

For movies and show times, please visit the Galaxy Cinema website: http://www.mygalaxycinema.com/nowplaying.php.

Global Updates from World View: Foreign Currency Kits

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!  

World ViewThere 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.

 

Internships

European Roma Rights Centre

European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC)The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) offers a limited number of unpaid internship opportunities each year in a dynamic, fast-paced, international human rights environment, based in Budapest, Hungary. Individuals are chosen for this programme through a competitive bi-annual selection process. The ERRC is currently accepting applications from persons wishing to intern at the ERRC for 2-6 months between March and August 2011.

Interns will primarily work in the ERRC legal and programmes (research, advocacy, communications and human rights education) departments. ERRC interns are generally involved in a range of administrative and substantive activities. Depending on the organisation’s needs and the intern’s interests and abilities, ERRC interns may help ERRC staff file materials and provide other administrative support, help update the ERRC website’s new content management system, arrange events and research missions, monitor human rights developments through desk and/or field research, edit reports, translate texts, develop materials for the ERRC website, draft reports on human rights abuse or legal documents, conduct legal research and assist in preparing cases for strategic litigation in domestic courts and international tribunals, engage in advocacy efforts and support human rights training of activists.

All applicants should be a minimum of 20 years of age. University/college graduates or students are preferred. A good command of English is required; knowledge of regional languages is a plus. Strong writing skills are desired. Experience living or working in Romani communities is preferable; knowledge of Roma rights issues and relevant coursework is a benefit. Applicants should be self-motivated, well-organised and reliable, with a strong interest in human rights. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, Internet applications) are required. The internship is a full-time commitment.

For detailed information, please visit http://www.errc.org/cikk.php?cikk=3684

Deadline: November 26, 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.

Position Announcement: Position in European Politics, University of Twente

University of TwenteThe Department of Political Science and Research Methods at the University of Twente is advertising a position in EU Politics (open rank/tenure-track). Applicants from the level of Assistant Professor up to the level of Full Professor are welcome to apply.

The Challenge: You provide an important contribution to the research and teaching activities of the department, specifically in the field of European studies. Your research covers the study of political processes in the European Union in their social context. You will publish articles in prominent national and international scientific journals. You will make a successful contribution in obtaining funds for research. You will contribute to the various study programs of the School of Management and Governance, mainly to the bachelor and master programs of the “European Studies” track. And you will play a leading role in the Centre for European Studies.

Your Profile: You are a creative and productive researcher and an inspiring lecturer, with a strong international orientation. As a researcher, you have a strong theoretical-empirical focus, which is also prominent in your publications. You are well connected to relevant international networks in the area of European Studies. Besides obtaining, maintaining and extending your national and international research networks, you will actively seek cooperation with colleagues in the School of Management and Governance, and in other Schools of the University of Twente.

For more information, please visit http://www.utwente.nl/vacatures/. For questions about the position, please contact our head of department (Henk van der Kolk, email: H.vanderKolk@utwente.nl).

Deadline: October 10, 2010

Position Announcement: Assistant Professor of European Politics, University of Pittsburgh

University of PittsburghThe Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh is conducting a search for an Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics with an emphasis on European politics.  We are interested in scholars who have a broad range of interests in European politics, which could include regional specializations within Europe and/or the European Union. We are particularly interested in candidates who complement their substantive specialty with strong skills in qualitative research design and execution.

Please send  a curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, relevant publications or dissertation precis to: Chair, Comparative European Politics Search, Department of Political Science, 4600 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, 230 S. Bouquet St., Pittsburgh, PA 15260. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups under-represented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.

Deadline: October 22, 2010

Position Announcement: Croft Assistant Professor of Political Science in European Politics, University of Mississippi

Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of MississippiThe Department of Political Science and the Croft Institute for International Studies (www.croft.olemiss.edu) invite applications for a Croft Assistant Professor of Political Science in European Politics. This is a tenure-track position in Political Science beginning August 2011. The successful candidate will have his/her research and teaching focus on the European Union and be able to teach some other European studies topic. Teaching and service responsibilities will be divided equally between the Croft Institute for International Studies and the Department of Political Science. The Croft Institute administers the major in International Studies within the College of Liberal Arts. Ph.D. or advanced ABD, appropriate foreign language proficiency, strong quantitative methods skills, and demonstrated excellence in teaching are required.

Candidates must apply online at https://jobs.olemiss.edu. Please also send a letter of application that outlines current and projected research interests, a vita, three letters of recommendation, teaching evaluations, and a writing sample to: Chair, European Politics Search Committee, Department of Political Science, 130 Deupree Hall, University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677-1848. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The University of Mississippi is an AA/ADA/EOE institution.

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: Charting the Nation between State and Society

Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)April 14-16, 2011 | Columbia University, NY
The 16th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) announces a call for papers and panels. The ASN Convention, the most attended international and inter-disciplinary scholarly gathering of its kind, welcomes proposals on a wide range of topics related to nationalism, ethnicity, ethnic conflict and national identity in Central Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, the Caucasus, the Turkic world, and Central Eurasia.

The Convention also invites proposals devoted to comparative perspectives on nationalism-related issues in other regions of the world, as well as theoretical approaches that need not be grounded in any particular geographic region. Disciplines represented include political science, history, anthropology, sociology, international studies, security studies, area studies, economics, geography and geopolitics, sociolinguistics, literature, psychology, and related fields.

The 2011 Convention invites proposals for individual papers or panels. A panel includes a chair, three or four presentations based on written papers, and a discussant. The 2011 Convention is also welcoming offers to serve as discussant on a panel to be created by the Program Committee from individual paper proposals. The application to be considered as discussant can be self-standing, or accompanied by an individual paper proposal.

For more information, please visit www.nationalities.org/

Deadline: November 3, 2010

Hannes Androsch Prize 2011: A Global Challenge to our Social Future

Hannes Androsch PrizeThe Hannes Androsch Prize is awarded for a scientifically sound contribution to the following issue: A Global Challenge to our Social Future. The Design of a Social Security System which can Cope with the Dual Threat of Demographic Developments and Financial Market Risk.

The award amounts to € 100,000.

Entries should include a thorough analysis of the social welfare system. They should also provide proposals for an alternative design, which would optimise the magnitude and stability of pensions over time, and confront the double challenge of demographic developments and financial market risk.

Additional information on the Hannes Androsch Prize, sponsored by the Hannes Androsch Foundation at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, is available on the website of the Austrian Academy of Sciences www.oeaw.ac.at/hannesandroschprize

Closing date for entries: January 31, 2011


Other International Studies News

Carolina Seminars: Russia and Its Empires

Soveit Women in CombatThursday, October 7th, 2010 | 6:30pm | 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC Chapel Hill

Anna Krylova, Duke University, "A Portrait of a Soviet Woman as the Citizen Soldier: Theoretical and Interpretive Challenges"

Anna Krylova's presentation draws on her 2010 book, Soviet Women in Combat: A History of Violence on the Eastern Front. In it, she explores the unprecedented historical phenomenon of Soviet young women's en masse volunteering for combat in 1941. Her presentation's focus is informed by the question of how Stalinist society merged the notions of violence, womanhood, and soldierhood, first, into a conceivable identity and, then, into a realizable agenda for the cohort of young female volunteers. Krylova will conclude her presentation by positing the Soviet woman soldier as a critical subject of further research, intricately connected not only to the peculiarities of Russian history but also to radical trends within Western feminist thought, women's grassroots movements, and military experimentation of the mid-twentieth century.

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

 

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