Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
November 3, 2010


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

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CES News

CES Fall Speakers Series

David Armitage

Friday, November 12, 2010
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: Room 2008-2010

David Armitage (Chief of the Regional Analysis Unit in the Office of Analysis for Europe at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research) will discuss Who Moved My Cheese? Central Europe and the EU. Open to the public, light refreshments provided.

For more information, please visit www.unc.edu/depts/europe/calendar/1011.html

North Carolina German Studies Workshop: German Reunification, 20 Years Later

Thursday, November 18, 2010 | 4:00 - 7:30pm | Hyde Hall, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, UNC-Chapel Hill

German flag atop the ReichstagAs a product of the peaceful revolution, which overthrew communism in 1989, the accession of the German Democratic Republic to the Federal Republic of Germany in October 1990 restored a German national state within an integrating European Union. Since this surprising development was accompanied with many historical anxieties as well as current concerns about the potential dominance of Germany over Europe, it is important to ask what consequences the reunification of the two German states has had during the last two decades: How has the unification process actually worked out for the participating East Germans and how has the emerging Berlin Republic used its economic, political and military influence? At the same time, the overcoming of German and European division has also rendered the framework of Cold War interpretations obsolete, posing the question of how to narrate the course of German history in the twentieth century from the perspective of this new caesura.

Keynote Speaker: Paul Nolte. Nolte is a professor at the Department of History at the Free University of Berlin and during the academic year 2010-11 Visiting professor at the UNC History Department. He is one of the leading German historians of his generation. He is best known as a public intellectual who has been arguing for a reform of the welfare state and for a new sense of civic responsibility.

Round Table: The Consequences of the Reunification for Germany and Europe. A discussion with Robert M. Jenkins (UNC), Richard Langston (UNC), Christiane Lemke (Leibniz Universität, NYU), Holger Moroff (UNC), and Paul Nolte (Free University, Berlin).

Refreshments and drinks will be served. Please register with Sarah Summers (ses278@email.unc.edu) in a timely fashion. For more information see: http://www.unc.edu/ncgs

In conjunction with the UNC Center for European Studies, and the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies. Sponsored by Carolina Seminars, the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and the Departments of Germanic Languages and Literatures and History at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Grants Information Sessions

Monday, November 15 | 10:00am
Tuesday, November 16 | 3:00pm

The application deadline for 2011-2012 is January 28, 2011 for both academic-year and summer awards. Fall 2010 open information sessions will be held in the FedEx Global Education Center, Room 3009.

Each year, the US Department of Education awards Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) funding to Area Studies Centers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. FLAS funds are awarded in a competitive process open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students to pursue foreign language and area studies for professional purposes. FLAS funds are intended to support high-level second language acquisition among US professionals. For details, please visit www.unc.edu/areastudies/fundingopp/flas.html.

North Carolina German Studies Seminar: Film Screening and Events

Map of Germany in Flag FormWednesday, November 3, 2010 | 6:30 - 10:30pm | Room 116, Murphy Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

Screening: "THE MARQUISE OF OŠ" (1976), directed by Éric Rohmer

Thursday, November 4, 2010 | 5:00 - 7:00pm | Incubator Room, Hyde Hall, IAH, UNC-Chapel Hill

JAMES PHILLIPS (University of New South Wales)

ÉRIC ROHMER'S "THE MARQUISE OF O...", OR MARRIAGE UNDER AMBIGUOUS CIRCUMSTANCES"

(In conjunction with ScreenArts Film and Media Series)

Kleist's "Die Marquise von OŠ", as the story of a woman who learns to love her rapist, is baldly offensive. This has been insufficiently remarked in the literature, which has led to misappreciations of Rohmer's film. By its omissions, accessions and displacements Rohmer's adaptation opens up the hermeneutic setting in which the pregnant Marquise finds herself. Is it the Count or Leopardo who takes advantage of her once she slips into unconsciousness? The ambiguity wins for the film's central couple a little freedom from tropes of the patriarchal domestication of women and introduces to the narrative the interpretative perplexity characteristic of Kleist's other fictions. Rohmer also shifts the Count's anecdote of the swan to the final scene where in the context of the reconciliation between the Count and the Marquise it - and with it the film as a whole - takes on the function of a parable of forgiveness.

James Phillips is an Australian Research Council fellow in the School of History and Philosophy at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and a visiting fellow at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park.

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.

Artist Lecture - Aftermath Art Exhibition: Exploring the Aftermath of War

Aftermath: Lebanon, 1983-1984 and 2006, for Rania Masri, by elin o'Hara slavickNovember 3, 2010 | 6:00pm | Room 1005
AFTERMATH is an exhibition by artist and Professor elin o'Hara slavick that explores the aftermath of war.  The display on three floors of the FedEx Global Education Center includes a selection of works from "Hiroshima: After Aftermath" and "Protesting Cartography: Places the U.S. Has Bombed."  Both projects examine aerial bombardment through the use of maps, rubbings, photographs (black and white, color and cyanotypes), drawings and paintings.

Slavick has exhibited her work across the U.S. and Europe and in Cuba, Hong Kong, Scotland, England and Canada. She has been a Professor of studio art, theory and practice at UNC-Chapel Hill since 1994. 

This exhibition is sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center with support from the Center for European Studies, Center for Slavic, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, Institute for the Study of the Americas, African Studies Center, Center for Global Initiatives and Parr Center for Ethics.

Above: Lebanon, 1983 - 1984 and 2006, For Rania Masri   30"x22"
elin o’Hara slavick, ink, color pencil, gouache and watercolor on Arches paper

Consistent Incorporation of Professional Terminologies into the World’s Languages: The Linguistic Engine of a Global Culture

World Map on ChalkboardWe are pleased to announce that our own Sarah Hutchison, Associate Director of the Transatlantic Masters Program (TAM), contributed a chapter to the volume Consistent Incorporation of Professional Terminologies into the World’s Languages: The Linguistic Engine of a Global Culture, edited by Michel Gueldry. The 17 case studies presented in this volume show the increasing need for foreign language programs in a global society. The work advocates for a combination of foreign language studies with career oriented disciplinary studies. The volume explores resources, curricular models and methods, assessment and examples of successfully integrated language and content education. Sarah Hutchison's article is entitled Defining International Education: A Comparative Analysis of US-based Professional Masters Programs.

For more information, please visit http://mellenpress.com/mellenpress.cfm?bookid=8162&pc=9

Public Lecture by Italian Political Philosopher

Sandra MezzadraNovember 9, 2010 | 5:15pm | Room 1009, FedEx Global Education Center
Sandro Mezzadra (University of Bologna) will speak on Postcolonial Capitalism and the Autonomy of Migration. Sandro Mezzadra, a key contributor to debates on capitalism, politics and activism in Italy in recent decades, works as Associate Professor of History of Political Thought at the University of Bologna, where he teaches “Colonial and Postcolonial Studies” and “Frontiers of Citizenship.” His research has focused on classical modern European political philosophy (especially on Hobbes, Spinoza and Marx), and on several key issues (e.g., citizenship) in the development of contemporary political theory. His most recent projects have involved W. E. B. Du Bois, the global financial crisis, and “Border as Method.” 

Co-sponsored by Departments of Anthropology, Communication, Geography, Romance Languages, the Center for European Studies and the ghost of the University Program in Cultural Studies.

Please email socialmovements@gmail.com if you would like some supplementary readings. For Mezzadra's seminars at Duke: http://fhi.duke.edu/events/mezzadra-lecture

Languages Across the Curriculum: Call for TAs

Languages Across the CurriculumUNC's Languages Across the Curriculum Program currently seeks TAs to teach the following Spring 2011 discussion sections:

  • FRENCH LAC section for POLI 239: Introduction to European Government
  • GERMAN LAC section for GERM 257: Society and Culture of Post-War Germany (HIST 257 / POLI 257 / SOCI 257)

Candidates 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.

For details, please visit www.unc.edu/areastudies/degreeprograms/lac-tas-call.html

Deadline: November 5, 2010

Spring 2011 LAC World MapCourses

The Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) program integrates the study and use of languages into courses outside the departments of languages and literatures. We are delighted to offer the following LAC discussion sections during the Spring 2011 semester.

  • ARABIC combined discussion section open to students taking any of the following courses:
    • ASIA 455: Arabs in America, GEOG/INTS 448: Transnational Muslims, RELI/ASIA 180: Intro to Islamic Civilizations, RELI 490: Islam and Modernity
  • FRENCH section for POLI 239: Introduction to European Government
  • GERMAN section for GERM 257: Society and Culture of Postwar Germany
  • GERMAN section for HIST 259: Women and Gender in Europe Since 1750
  • SPANISH section for BUSI 617: Global Marketing
  • SPANISH section for HIST 143: Latin America Since Independence
  • SPANISH section for IDST 256: Global Cinema
  • SWAHILI combined discussion section open to students taking any of the following courses:
    • AFRI 101: Introduction to African Civilization, AFRI 523: Central Africa: The Politics of Development, ANTH 319: Global Health, HIST 130: 20th Century Africa

For more information, including instructions on how to enroll, visit www.unc.edu/lac or email lac@unc.edu.


European News, Lectures and Events

Furst Forum Lectures

Lilian R. FurstThe Lilian R. Furst Forum in Comparative Literature is a lecture series organized in 2005 as a graduate student initiative, with financial support from the Department of English & Comparative Literature.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Dr. Richard Langston, (Germanic Languages and Literatures)
"Mapping and Coring: Orientation as the Filmification of Literary Knowledge."

Thursday, December 2, 2010
Michael Rulon, (English and Comparative Literature)
"Healing the Wounds of War in Women's Writing of the Algerian Revolution."

All Furst Forums will take place at 4:00 pm in Donovan lounge, Greenlaw Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill, and refreshments will be served. For more information please visit the Furst Forum website (http://englishcomplit.unc.edu/complit/furst)

Holocaust Cinema in Eastern Europe

Holocaust Cinema in Eastern Europe 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

  • November 9, 2010
    István Szabó’s Apa: Father (Hungary, 1966)
  • November 16, 2010
    István Szabó’s Tűzoltó utca 25: 25 Fireman’s Street (Hungary, 1973)
  • November 23, 2010
    András Kovács’s Hideg napok: Cold Days (Hungary, 1966) (subject to availability)

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

Cleopatra and the East: Documentation and Fantasy in French Orientalist Art

Cleopatra and the Peasant, by Eugene DelacroixThrough November 7, 2010 | Ackland Art Museum | UNC-Chapel Hill
This fall, the Ackland Art Museum (www.ackland.org/) will install in the Study Gallery a selection of paintings, prints, and photographs on the theme of Orientalism and Franco-Arabic relations. This installation features Delacroix’s haunting and powerful painting, Cleopatra and the Peasant, and works by seven other French artists including Chassériau, de Clerq, Decamps, Dehodencq, Fromentin, Gros, and de Villeneuve. Compiled with the assistance of Isabella Archer, a graduate student and teaching assistant in the Department of Romance Languages and Literature, the installation examines the tension between documentation and fantasy in the diverse responses to North African, Middle Eastern and Turkish subjects on the part of French artists.

For details, please view the exhibition description (PDF).


Grants and Fellowships

DAAD Summer Course Grants

German FlagThe DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) University Summer Course Grant program provides scholarships to attend a broad range of three- to four-week summer courses at German universities which focus mainly on literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material.

A number the University Summer Course Grants are made possible by the DAAD Alumni Association of the US, including one that is specially earmarked for an applicant in the fine arts.

Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing full-time study at Canadian or US colleges or universities. There are no restrictions as to field of study, but applicants must have attained at least Sophomore standing (second-year standing in Canada) at the time of application.

For more information, please visit http://www.daad.org/?p=47438

Deadline: December 15, 2010

Global Research Institute Fellowships, UNC-Chapel Hill

UNC GlobalThe Global Research Institute (GRI) is envisioned as a center for world-class applied research on salient international issues.  GRI will offer a limited number of one semester fellowships in 2011-12 to non-UNC-Chapel Hill and to UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and staff working on research themes germane to the development of innovative new strategies for rebuilding and renewing the state’s economy.  We hope to address North Carolina’s future—and the American South’s more broadly-- and therefore encourage applications from scholars working on issues relating to regional economic development, technological change, migration, education, public health, and human capital.

For more information and to apply, please visit http://uncgri.wordpress.com/to-apply/

Applications Due: January 7, 2011

 

Calls for Proposals

Graduate Student Conference - Taking the European Union into the 21st Century: History, Challenges, and Debates

University of Pittsburgh European Union Center of ExcellenceSaturday, April 9, 2011 | University of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh, PA
The European Union faces challenges that affect its citizens, institutions, and policy-making capabilities. The Organizing Committee of the Sixth Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union welcomes papers addressing the theme “Taking the European Union into the 21st Century.” Submissions are welcome from all disciplines on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, EU politics, governance, economics, history, security studies, and institutions, as well as policies covering enlargement, immigration, development, trade, transatlantic relations, and foreign policy.

The University of Pittsburgh’s library system houses one of the largest and most complete archives of primary and secondary documents on the European Union, dating back to the beginnings of the European Coal and Steel Community. Conference presenters are given access to the archive for research while in Pittsburgh.

For more information, please visit http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/euce/events/gradconf/

Deadline for Abstract Submission: December 10, 2010

Early Childhood in Developing World Contexts

Irish FlagApril 7-8, 2011 | University College Cork, Ireland
The overall aim of this international conference on global childhoods is to deepen understanding of children's lives in developing country contexts, drawing attention to early childhood development in the majority world and the importance of including local traditions, culture and knowledge in professional practice. Current discourses on early childhood in a global context will be examined and debated. In particular, the conference will explore the localised contexts of childhood and challenge the euro-centric perspective which current research and practice largely offers. Researchers, policy makers and practitioners will come together to build on their experiences and knowledge and to contribute to current debates on appropriate policies and professional practices in Early Years Care and Education.

For more information, please visit http://www.ucc.ie/en/ecdconf/

Abstract Submission Deadline: December 3, 2010


Seminars, Workshops and Programs

Undergraduate Model EU

Model EU

February 18-19, 2011 | University of Pittsburgh
The European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh invite students to participate in the 2011 Undergraduate Model EU to be held in Pittsburgh. The Model European Union is an annual event for undergraduate students. The main purpose of the Model EU is to give college students the chance to learn about the workings of the European Union through a hands-on simulation. Playing the roles of presidents and prime ministers along with the Commission President and foreign ministers, the students spend 24-hours engaged in intense negotiations over conflicting visions of the future of the EU. The objective is to simulate a specific European Council meeting, typically one that took place within the last year. The Model EU should not be thought of merely as a historical simulation that replicates the outcome of the actual event; rather, students are encouraged to devise a possible alternative solution based on the same initial conditions and constraints.

Please see the working agenda (PDF). Small travel/transportation awards may be available. Please confirm your institution's participation in the Undergraduate Model EU and let Timothy Thompson (tst@pitt.edu) know of any country preferences as soon as possible. 

http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/euce/outreach/ModelEU/index.html

Deadline for requesting participation: December 3, 2010


K-12 Schools & Community Colleges

Euro Challenge Competition

Euro Challenge

Welcome to the Euro Challenge 2011 – an exciting educational opportunity for high school students (grades 9 & 10) to learn about the European Union (EU) – the largest trading partner of the US – and its single currency, the euro. The competition is also an excellent opportunity for NC teachers, as teachers enlisting a team in the Euro Challenge are eligible to be awarded a free trip to Brussels next summer. The program introduces students of global studies, world history, European studies and beyond to the field of economics, and offers a unique learning experience that moves them out of the classroom into the real world.

For the competition, students research problems and solutions to Europe's economic challenges. A team of three to five students presents its findings in a competition format. The best teams from each region travel to New York City to compete in the national finals at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Conditional on an annual grant, winning teams can win cash prizes and a trip to Washington generously offered by The Moody's Foundation.

The competition requires no previous knowledge of economics or Europe, and students and teachers can access an array of educational resources and training materials on the Euro Challenge website: http://www.euro-challenge.org/.

The North Carolina European Union Center of Excellence is proud to offer an online "textbook" intended as an introduction to economics for teachers and students in high school grades and up. Explore the Euro Economics website here: www.unc.edu/depts/europe/euroeconomics/

Brussels, BelgiumEuro Challenge in North Carolina: Orientation Session and Free Trip to Brussels!

UNC will host an orientation session for teachers from North Carolina schools participating in the Euro Challenge (details forthcoming). Teachers enlisting a team in the Euro Challenge are eligible for one of two spots to travel to Brussels in summer 2011, travel and accommodations paid, on a program organized by the European Commission.

How to Register?

Register for the Euro Challenge competition online at www.euro-challenge.org/registration.html. For more information about the competition in the North Carolina region, contact Gali Beeri at gali@unc.edu or 919.843.9852.

For details for NC schools, visit www.unc.edu/depts/europe/academicprograms/eurochallenge.html.

The Euro Challenge is a program of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America.

Save the Date: World View March Seminars

Girl holding a globeWorld View seminars are focused and substantive with the goal of helping educators learn more about particular regions of the world and, in the case of the Latin America and North Carolina seminar, about immigrant cultures and issues. We ask that, when possible, a team of at least four faculty and administrators from one school, school district, or community college attend a seminar together.

Latin America and North Carolina
March 22-23, 2011 (11/2 days)
co-sponsored by the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean studies at UNC and Duke

Understanding Russia and Its Neighbors

March 23-24, 2011 (11/2 days)
co-sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies

Located at the Friday Center for Continuing Education, UNC at Chapel Hill.
Cost of registration is $175 per person per seminar, or $325 for both seminars. A team of 4 is $600 (save $100 per seminar). A team is comprised of 4 or more individuals from a school, college, or district. Only $150 for each additional team member per seminar.

For more information please visit http://www.unc.edu/world/seminars.shtml. Register online at www.unc.edu/world/regform.shtml

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.

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

  • Breathless (French with English subtitles).
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Swedish with English subtitles). Opens Friday, November 5th

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


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 Opening: Associate Professor in Research Methods, Maastricht University

Maastricht UniversityMaastricht University invites applications for an Associate Professor in Research Methods. The successful hire will contribute to the teaching in the BA and MA European Studies of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, mainly through courses in the field of research methods. The Maastricht European Studies programmes study Europe and European integration in its broader international, historical, cultural and political context and from an interdisciplinary perspective. The language of instruction is English.

For more information, please see the position announcement.

International Conference: The Diffusion of Regional Integration

KFG: The Transformative Power of EuropeDecember 10-11, 2010 | Berlin, Germany
The Research College “The Transformative Power of Europe” at the Freie Universität Berlin cordially invites you to an international conference entitled
The Diffusion of Regional Integration. 

The conference will bring together around 45 scholars from all over the world. Six Panels and one Roundtable will discuss cooperation and integration in different regions, how and what kind of regional cooperation the EU seeks to promote as well as the receiving end of these efforts.

Please find a detailed program of the conference at: www.transformeurope.eu

For more information please contact transform-europe@fu-berlin. We kindly ask you to use the registration form, which you can download from our website, to register for the conference.

Registration Deadline: November 26, 2010

Call for Papers: Reaching Beyond the Pro/Contra Controversy on Turkey's EU Accession

Flag of TurkeyFebruary 3-5, 2011 in Berlin | June 2-4, 2011 in Istanbul
Five years ago, the EU opened accession negotiations with Turkey projecting 2014 as the earliest possible date for membership. Beyond the question of setting an accession date, the very candidacy of Turkey continues to stir heated debates both within EU member states and Turkey itself. This workshop aims to turn the by now conventional EU-Turkey controversy into a conversation by bringing scholars from various fields together to critically revisit core themes of Turkey’s accession in search for innovative approaches.

Aiming for an interdisciplinary engagement, we also seek to shift the current focus on ‘European’ perceptions of Turkey’s candidacy by equally considering scholarly debates from Turkey through a two-tier structure of the workshop, organized in cooperation between Free University (Berlin) and Sabanci University (Istanbul). In doing so the workshops are intended to expand the boundaries of a European public sphere as it is currently conceived and to explore discursive linkages between intellectual debates from within the EU and Turkey.

For more information, please see the call for papers.

Deadline for abstracts: December 1, 2010

Call for Papers: Renewing or Challenging Democracy as We Know It?

Aarhus UniversityMay 12-14, 2011 | Aarhus University, Denmark
There is wide agreement that democracy is the only viable legitimation principle in modern societies. At the same time we are constantly reminded of the crisis in representative democracy. These problems might if anything be compounded by globalization and regionalization (notably the EU) which help increase state interweaving and interdependence. These developments have given impetus to a renewed interest in deliberative democracy and an attendant quest for deliberative modes of opinion-making and will-formation. Citizens’ assemblies and deliberative polls are held up as some of the institutional mechanisms for harnessing deliberative democracy. But it is hardly the case that the standard institutions of representative democracies – elections, party competition and parliaments – are devoid of deliberative qualities of their own. So, are deliberative arenas inside and outside formal representative institutions best understood as substitutes or as complements? And is the answer to that question, in turn, influenced by how far we understand deliberation as directed at a rational consensus and how far, in contrast, we regard it as a means of showing of mutual and equal respect for positions that may often be irreducibly different from one another?

Papers should be related to one of the following theoretical and practical issues:

  • What is meant by deliberation and deliberative democracy?
  • How are deliberative and representative democracy related?
  • Can they be combined in democratically beneficial ways?
  • What are the relevant institutional forms and mechanisms associated with both modes of democracy?
  • Are principles of deliberative democracy relevant to supranational forms of governance on a global and/or European level?
  • What lessons may be drawn from practical experiences of deliberative democracy such as citizens’ assemblies and deliberative polls?

The seminar will be structured as a combination of plenary sessions and open workshops. For more information, please visit http://matchpoints.au.dk/

Deadline for proposals: December 1, 2010


Other International Studies News

NC Latin American Film Festival

2010 Latin American Film Festival

November 1-20, 2010
This year the 24th NC Latin American Film Festival presents 39 films from 16 countries in 11 venues in the Triangle and Greensboro area. Organized by the Consortium on Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC-CH and Duke University.

For more information, please visit http://latinfilmfestivalnc.com/. For a list of films and showtimes, please see http://sites.google.com/site/22ndfilmfestivalnc/2010-calendar

"The Yes Men Fix the World": Visualizing Human Rights Movie Night

The Yes Men Fix the WorldFriday, November 5, 2010 | 7:00pm - 10:00pm | Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC Chapel Hill
Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits, the Yes Men lie their way into business conferences and parody their corporate targets in ever more extreme ways - basically doing everything that they can to wake up their audiences to the danger of letting greed run our world. Troublemaking duo Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, posing as their industrious alter-egos, expose the people profiting from Hurricane Katrina, the faces behind the environmental disaster in Bhopal, and other shocking events.

This movie is the preview event for the third Visual Human Rights Anti-Conference.  Discussion to follow led by Mark Gibney, professor of political science at UNC-Asheville, and Safia Swimelar, assistant professor of political science at Elon University.  For more information about the conference, please visit http://vhr3.web.unc.edu/

Visualizing Human Rights Anti-Conference

Visualizing Human RightsSaturday, November 6, 2010 | 10am - 3pm | FedEx Global Education Center, UNC Chapel Hill

Join the Center for Global Initiatives and Dick Gordon for this Third Annual Anti-conference to reflect, create, celebrate, and think about human rights.  The day will include on-demand human rights t-shirt printing, collaborative art making and a free lunch by Vimala’s Curryblossom Café.

For more information and to reserve your free ticket, please visit http://vhr3.web.unc.edu/ 

International Coffee Hour

CoffeeTuesday, November 9, 2010 | 5:00 - 6:00pm | FedEx Global Education Center, 4th floor
At this monthly social hour, international and American students, scholars, faculty, staff and families chat about resources and challenges on campus and share tips with others. Each month is hosted by a different office with resources. For more information, contact Bevin Tighe at (919) 962-3094.

This event is sponsored by the Writing Center, the Center for Global Initiatives, the Graduate School, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

Environmental Rights, Peace, and Grassroots Movements: Africa and Beyond

Environmental Rights, Peace and Grassroots Movements: Africa and BeyondTuesday, November 9, 2010 | 5:30 - 7:00pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium
Hear from a panel discussion titled “Environmental Rights, Peace and Grassroots Movements: Africa and Beyond” following the screening of the award winning documentary “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai.”  A winner at the Full Frame Documentary Festival in Durham and “Best Documentary” at Asheville Film Festival 2008, “Taking Root” tells the story of Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into the world wide Green Belt Movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy. Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her work.

The panel features Kamoji Wachiira, a leading botanist and former political prisoner, and UNC Professors Bereket Selassie, Arturo Escobar, and Mark Driscoll. Professor Eunice Sahle will moderate the panel discussion.  This event is sponsored by the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, African Studies Center, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and Center for Global Initiatives and Curriculum in Global Studies.

National Economic Council Director to Speak

Larry SummersThursday, November 11, 2010 | 6:00pm | FedEx Global Education Center | UNC-Chapel Hill
Lawrence H. Summers, assistant to President Obama for economic policy and director of the National Economic Council, will visit the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The event is free and open to the public.

Free tickets will be available in the center lobby of the Global Education Center starting at 4:30 p.m. Doors to the event will open at 5:30 p.m. Seating will be limited, but live videos of the event will be displayed elsewhere in the center and in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building auditorium next door.

For more information, please see the UNC Global website.

Carolina Seminars: Russia and Its Empires, East and West

GlobeThursday, November 11, 2010 | 6:30pm | Hyde Hall Incubator Room, UNC Chapel Hill

Eren Murat Tasar, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University: "World War II and the Emergence of an Islamically Informed Soviet Identity in Central Asia"

Eren Tasar's paper draws on his dissertation, “Soviet and Muslim: the Institutionalization of Islam in Central Asia, 1943-1991.” In this presentation he examines how the experience of World War II created an opening for Central Asia’s predominantly Muslim population to frame loyalty to Soviet rule in Islamic terms. A uniquely positioned group of Islamic scholars, who collaborated with Soviet bureaucrats, articulated a viable way for Central Asian Muslims to identify themselves as Soviet and Muslim at the same time. While not universally embraced, this accommodation encountered broad approval and even enthusiasm within the Soviet Party-state as well as the Central Asian population more generally.

Sponsored by Carolina Seminars, the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, the Department of History, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, and the Department of Religious Studies.

UNC Passport Drive

Go Global! Passport DriveWednesday, November 17 and Thursday, November 18, 2010 | 10am-3pm | FedEx Global Education Center, 4th floor
Take advantage of this easy one-stop shopping, on-campus opportunity to apply for or renew your U.S. passport!
Officials from the U.S. Department of State will be on hand for two days to accept passport applications (available at the event), and students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to attend.

You can have passport photos taken at the event for $7 by UNC One Card, or before the event at the UNC One Card Office. You are encouraged to get your photos before the event to avoid waiting.

For more information, please visit http://global.unc.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=698&Itemid=94

Global Music Show

Global Music Show Wednesday, November 24, 2010 | 9:00 - 10:00pm | Listen online at http://wxyc.org, 89.3FM

Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, both of the UNC-CH Department of Asian Studies and co-hosts of WKNC's Geet Bazaar, present this month's episode of the Global Music show (www.unc.edu/areastudies/publicprograms/global-music.html), sponsored by the NC Center for South Asian Studies.

 

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