November 01, 2012

In this newsletter:

CES-Sponsored Lecture Series and Workshops
Europe Related Events
Conferences and Calls for Papers
Fellowships and Internships
Resources for K-12 Educators

EU Wins 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

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Image Source: Reuters Staff

The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union for its long-term role in uniting the continent. The prize recognizes the EU’s achievement of bringing peace and stability for more than six decades to a historically war-ridden region. The committee’s chairman stressed that Europeans should see the prize as a warning of what EU member countries stand to lose if the current economic turmoil breaks its cohesion, (read full Wall Street Journal article).

CES-Sponsored Lecture Series and Workshops

2012 CES Fall Speaker Series
Beyond the Euro Crisis

peter starkeLecture: "Social Policy in Times of Crisis: Current Responses and Past Experiences"

Friday, November 2, 2012 | 12 - 1:30 pm | FedEx Global Education Center 4003

Dr. Peter Starke is currently a Research Associate in the Collaborative Research Center "Transformations of the State" at the University of Bremen. His work deals primarily with comparative social policy, welfare state retrenchment, and varieties of welfare capitalism.


herman schwartzLecture: "From (US) Financial Crisis to Euro Crisis: Why are American Houses Connected to Europe’s Internal Imbalances?"

Friday, November 16, 2012 | 12 - 1:30 pm | FedEx Global Education Center 4003

Prof. Herman Schwartz (University of Virginia) is a geographically oriented economic historian who studies the constitution of and interaction of state and market power. He has worked on the development of the global economy since 1500; marketization of the welfare state in the 1980s and 1990s; and the global causes and consequences of the American housing bubble

Download the full schedule as PDF.

North Carolina German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series
Workshop: Transnational German Cinema

For decades, German cinema has played a crucial role on the international film market and on festival circuits and this has only intensified in recent years. The workshop seeks to not only discuss current trends in transnational German film, but also place more recent films in a longer historical trajectory. The workshop will feature keynote speaker Randall Halle (The University of Pittsburgh). In addition, the workshop will include four presentations by scholars from local universities doing cutting-edge research in this field.

Friday, November 9, 2012 | 1:30 - 7:00 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall

For a full program of events, please visit website. Participants are encouraged to register by October 25, 2012.

David Armitage Lectures on "Global Trends 2030"

David Armitage

Lecture: "Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds and Implications for Transatlantic Relations"

Monday, November 12, 2012 | 1:15 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center 4003

David Armitage is the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Europe at the National Intelligence Council (NIC). In addition to government service, he is an adjunct professor at American University’s School of International Service, where he teaches a course on European foreign and security policy. Dr. Armitage will delive a lecture titled "Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds and Implications for Transatlantic Relations."


Ambassadors Forum
Georgian Ambassador to Speak about Georgia in World Affairs

President Obama and Ambassador Yakobashvili

Image Source: Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

Monday, November 12, 2012 | 5:30 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room

Temuri Yakobashvili, the ambassador of Georgia to the US, will provide remarks about "Georgia in World Affairs: Partnerships and Foreign Policy Priorities." After his remarks, Ambassador Yakobashvili will participate in a roundtable discussion with UNC faculty members, including Klaus Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor in the Department of History, and Robert Jenkins, director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies. The ambassador will be accompanied on his visit by Thea Kentchadze, political counselor at the Embassy of Georgia, in Washington, D.C.

About the Ambassador: Yakobashvili presented credentials to President Obama on Feb. 23, 2011, and holds the diplomatic rank of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary. Before assuming his current posting as ambassador of Georgia to the United States, he was deputy prime minister and state minister for reintegration for the government of Georgia. In that capacity, he was architect of the engagement strategy for improving relations between Georgia and its regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which are currently under Russian occupation.

"Conversations on Europe" Speaker Series
Scholars Debate Angela Merkel's Germany

Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Time TBA | UNC-Chapel Hill, Peabody Hall, Room 008

The "Conversations on Europe" speaker series features some of the country's top experts on the European Union. The series links presenters and participants via videoconferencing across several sites. More information to come soon.

Europe-Related Events

Panel on Transatlantic Relations: US and Germany

Monday, November 5, 2012 | 4 - 6 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Hyde Hall, University Room

As part of German Campus Week, UNC political science and history faculty come together to take stock of "Transatlantic Relations: From the Fall of the Wall to the Euro Crisis and Beyond." Panel participants include Liesbet Hooghe (political science), Klaus Larres (history) and Holger Moroff (political science), with Lloyd Kramer (history) serving as moderator.

Duke Panel on Italy, Europe and the Euro
"Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Bail?

Monday, November 12, 2012 | 3 - 5:30 pm | Duke University, Social Sciences Building 139

Among the Euro zone countries engulfed in the global economic crisis, markets and policymakers have increasingly focused on Italy, for reasons that are not hard to understand: it is the area’s third-largest economy and is saddled with the world’s third largest outstanding public debt. Perhaps less known are Italy’s long-term weaknesses and strengths as well as the reasons why it has become engulfed in the crisis in the first place. This lack of knowledge has led observers and policymakers to misrepresent the problems affecting the Italian economy and to focus excessively on short-term indicators. Taking recent research on 150 years of Italy’s economic growth as a starting point, the panel will discuss current and future scenarios for Italy, Europe and the Euro. See flyer for full program.

CES Public Lecture
"Authoritarian Challenges to New Democracies in the Western Balkans

vedran dzihicMonday, November 19, 2012 | 2 - 4:30 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center 4003

In the last few years of global economic crisis we see growing authoritarian challenges to new democracies in the Western Balkans. The crisis has changed the political landscape of the region as political elites seek new tools for retaining power and securing legitimacy in the eyes of the citizenry. Current regimes in the Western Balkans increasingly seek answers to the political crisis by combining democratic practices with (newly) authoritarian ones. The new “gray zone” regimes that have emerged keep the façade of democratic institutions and elections and combine them with new authoritarian policies, relaying on old authoritarian values like nationalism. This damages the very notion of democracy and limits the effects of democratization. Dr. Dzihic will unpack these new authoritarian challenges to democracy with thought-provoking insights from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo.

Dr. Vedran Dzihic is an Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University. He is also Co-Director of the Center for Advanced Studies of South East Europe.

Conferences and Calls for Papers

Young Scholars School Workshop - Call for Papers
"European Identity: Concepts - Research Methods - Evidence"

March 17 - 23, 2013 | Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany)

Research on European integration is facing the pressing question of what holds the European ‘family’ together in times of scarcity, conflict, danger, and threat. Looking for answers to this question, a multitude of publications stresses the need for group cohesion in the European Union. The gradual emergence of a European collective identity, entrenched in the EU citizens’ consciousness of sharing a common fate, is said to be a means of overcoming centrifugal tendencies due to the increased heterogeneity of today’s European Union of 27 member states and nearly 500 million people.

Against the background of a contested European Union and the lasting challenges to European identity research, the Young Scholars School intends to stimulate fresh ideas by bringing together international young scholars, experienced researchers and high profile students. We offer three main tracks for participation – school sessions, SMC-meetings and a two-day workshop. Applications and paper proposals are invited from young scholars in the fields of political science, EU-Studies, International Relations and Comparative Politics, as well as other related fields.

To learn more about the conference and how to apply, please see flyer.

Application Deadline: Thursday, November 15, 2012.

University of Pittsburgh Gradauate Student Conference - Call for Papers
"A Nobel Prize? The Consequences of the European Union in Europe and the World"

March 1 - 2, 2013 | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The European Union faces challenges that affect its citizens, institutions, policy-making capabilities, and place in the world. The Organizing Committee of the Eighth Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union welcomes papers addressing the theme of the conference. We seek submissions from all disciplines and topics including, but not limited to, EU politics, governance, economics, history, security studies, institutions and behavior studies, as well as policy, enlargement, immigration, development, trade, and foreign policy.

Abstracts should be 250-300 words in length. Preference will be given to abstracts that clearly specify the research design of the paper, including its theoretical approach and methods. Abstracts must be submitted on-line. Please also upload a current CV with your submission. Participation is limited to authors enrolled in degree-granting graduate or professional programs at the time of the conference. Housing is provided for conference participants.

Submissions will be accepted on-line between November 1 and December 1, 2012 at or Please flyer for more information.

Deadline for Abstracts: Friday, November 30, 2012

PhD/Postdoctoral Workshop, University of Amsterdam
"European and Transnational Rulemaking"

This workshop will bring together PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars, from the fields of political science, law, sociology, and international relations to discuss key analytical issues and empirical research in progress on European and transnational rulemaking. For the purposes of this workshop, ‘rulemaking’ is defined broadly to encompass governance processes leading to the adoption of norms, rules, or standards intended to guide the conduct and behaviour of others, both formal and informal, organized through private or multi-stakeholder as well as public bodies.

The workshop will be organized in two main parts over five days. Each morning, a senior scholar will give a keynote presentation addressing a major issue in the study of European and transnational governance, to be followed by a general discussion. The afternoons will be devoted to presentations of work in progress by PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers, with discussion led by senior scholars.

Proposals are invited from PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers interested in participating in this workshop.  The workshop is open to junior scholars within and beyond the EU.  The organizers will provide accommodation and cover up to €300 of travel costs for accepted participants from outside Amsterdam.  Applicants should send a current CV and a 1-2 page project or paper description to the organizers (; by January 15, 2013. Please see flyer for more information.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2013

Fellowships and Internships

Apply for a Spring 2013 LAC Instructor Position

Graduate Student Instructors are needed to lead these weekly Spring 2013 LAC sections:
GERM 257: Society and Culture of Postwar Germany (HIST 257, POLI 257, SOCI 257)
German supplementary discussion – Time TBA
POLI 239: Introduction to European Politics
French recitation – Fr 9:00-9:50am

Application Deadline: Friday, November 9, 2012.

For information on the responsibilities of LAC instructors, eligibility requirements, and application procedure, visit the UNC Area Studies website at

Studienstiftung des Abgeordnetenhauses von Berlin Scholarships

The Studienstiftung des Abgeordnetenhauses von Berlin (Study Foundation of the Berlin House of Representatives) sponsors a scholarship program that aims at supporting young scholars of all fields. The program is directed to applicants from the United States of America, Great Britain, France and the countries succeeding from the former Soviet Union. The applicants should be working on projects concerned with Berlin, Germany or German-international questions or should want to use research facilities in Berlin in all other fields. The scholarship should be used to advance academic education at a Berlin institution of higher education.

At present the Study Foundation awards about 15 twelve-month grants per year. The grant amounts to 770 EUR for graduate and doctoral students and 1,300 EUR for post-doctoral scholars per month. In addition, the Foundation assumes travel costs as well as rental costs at the International Study Centre Berlin. During their twelve month stay in Berlin grant winners will not only be offered the opportunity to experience their research areas from an international perspective, but they will also be encouraged to learn more about the political and cultural life in Berlin.

To learn more, please visit  (►Quicklink: Studienstiftung)

Application Deadline: Saturday, December 5, 2012

2013 EUSA Haas Fund Fellowship Competition

The 2011-2013 EUSA Executive Committee is pleased to announce the 2013 EUSA Haas Fund Fellowship Competition, an annual fellowship for graduate student EU-related dissertation research. The Committee will offer at least one unrestricted fellowship of $1,500 to support the dissertation research of any graduate student pursuing an EU-related dissertation topic in the academic year 2012-2013.
Please note the following stipulations for applicants, who must: 1) be pursuing the doctoral degree (PhD) at an accredited institution in any country; 2) be writing a dissertation in English; 3) have an EU-related, doctoral dissertation topic approved by the professor who will supervise it; and, 4) be able to demonstrate clearly the relevance to EU studies of the dissertation topic.
Applicants for this Fellowship should submit: (1) A one-page letter of application that specifies how the fellowship would be used; (2) A CV; (3) A two-page (500 words) précis of the dissertation research project that also explains its relevance to EU studies; and, (4) Ask for two letters of support to be sent directly to EUSA. These letters should be from professors serving on the student’s dissertation committee, and one should be the chair.
Please send applications to and use the heading “2013 E.B. Haas Fund Fellowship competition.” The firm deadline for applications to be received in the EUSA office is January 4, 2013. The successful applicant will be notified by February 22, 2011 at the latest, and will receive the grant soon thereafter. The fellowship will be paid in one lump sum by check and in US dollars only.

Application Deadline: January 4, 2013

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany PhD and Postdoc Fellowships in Holocaust Studies

The Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship for Advanced Shoah Studies aims to strengthen Shoah studies and Holocaust memory throughout the world. Our mission is to support the advanced study of the fate of Jews who were systematically targeted for destruction or persecution by the Nazis and their allies between 1933 and 1945. Studies can include the immediate historical context in which the Holocaust took place and encompass political, economic, legal, religious and socio-cultural aspects, as well as ethical and moral implications. The Fellowship also supports awardees in learning languages of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, and other geographical locations, which are necessary for the study of Holocaust related documents.  Post Doctoral candidates focusing on topics related to contemporary anti-Semitism will also be considered and are encouraged to apply.

Fellowships are awarded to outstanding candidates who have a strong personal commitment to Shoah memory, who have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, and who possess the potential to provide outstanding professional leadership that will shape the future of Holocaust awareness and scholarship. Awards are given for up to $20,000 per year.

For application information, please visit or email

Application Deadline: January 11, 2013

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies invites suitable candidates to apply for up to four postdoctoral fellowships in economic sociology and political economy. Applicants must hold a PhD degree in political science, sociology, organization studies or related fields. Degrees must be received by August 2013 at the latest. Fellowships will usually start on October 1, 2013, and will be awarded for one year.

For more information see flyer or the MPIfG website, where the application form can be downloaded:

Application Deadline: January 31, 2013

Resources for K-12 Educators

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Important News Regarding Euro Challenge Competition
Southeast Region One-Day Orientation Workshop

Saturday, December 1, 2012 | 10 am - 2 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Global Education Center, Rm 4003

If you are interested in a participating in the Euro Challenge competition, please join us for a free orientation workshop. During the workshop you will learn about the rules of the competition, will gain a better underdstanding of the European Union and how it functions, and receive a crash course in European economics and the euro by UNC faculty. Lunch will be provided. Please email Anna Brigevich ( to register.

To learn more about the Euro Challenge competition please visit website.

U.S. Department of State Youth Exchange Scholarships for U.S. High School Students

The U.S. Department of State announces scholarships for American high school students to study abroad:

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to U. S. high-school aged students for overseas study of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. Applications for summer 2013 and academic year 2013-2014 programs are due November 1, 2012. Visit for more information.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers scholarships to American high school students to spend the 2013-14 academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali (semester), Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey. This post 9/11 program focuses on increasing understanding between people in the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations. The application deadline is January 10, 2013. Visit the YES Program’s website for more information.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Secondary school students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. Young professionals (undergraduates) and high school graduates of vocational studies ages 18-24 study and participate in practical training. Scholarships are now available for academic year 2013-14; application deadlines vary by U.S. region and range from September 2012 to January 2013. For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at

The American Youth Leadership Program offers opportunities for American high students and educators to travel abroad on a three- to four-week-long exchange program to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues. Several different organizations implement this program, and each has organized an academic and experiential educational exchange focused on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service. Recruitment areas and application deadlines vary, so please check the American Youth Leadership Program website for more information. - New Resource for Foreign Language Teachers is a project promoting multilingualism in Europe - the result of the deliberations of the EU Civil Society Platform on Multilingualism. This website reports on best practice in language policy and language learning, and provides policymakers, teachers, learners and civil society organisations with a powerful toolkit for benchmarking and enhancing their activities in non-formal and informal education and learning sectors. The project is funded through the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme. 

The website provides a selection of multilingual tools that have been classified according to needs and tested by experts. It also has wide selection of media resources about languages and multilingualism. Please check out this useful resource!


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