November 13, 2012

In this newsletter:

CES-Sponsored Lecture Series and Workshops
Conferences and Calls for Papers
Fellowships and Internships
Spring University Prague 2013
Resources for K-12 Educators

CES-Sponsored Lecture Series and Workshops

"Conversations on Europe" Speaker Series
"Angela Merkel's Germany? Angela Merkel's Europe?"

angela merke

Thursday, November 15, 2012 | 12 - 1:30 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Peabody Hall, Rm 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. For this month's installment, experts on Germany will engage in an interactive, multi-site discussion focusing on the German Chancellor’s politics and personality. Audience participation is invited. Speakers include:

Ronald Linden, moderator, is Director of EUCE/ESC and a Professor of Political Science.
Myra Marx Ferree is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin.
Alexander Privitera is the Director of the Business and Economics Program at AICGS.
Gregor Thum is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh.
Konrad H. Jarausch is the Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the University of North Carolina.

2012 CES Fall Speaker Series
Beyond the Euro Crisis

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.

peter a. hall

Lecture: "Implications of the Euro Crisis"

Friday, November 30, 2012 | 12 - 1:30 pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Rm 2008-10

Prof. Peter A. Hall (Harvard University) has written extensively about political economy, varieties of capitalism, and French politics. He has also produced more than sixty articles on politics and policymaking in Europe. His current research focuses on the distributive impact of efforts by European firms and governments to cope with international integration in the decades since World War II. He is also looking into the relationship between social relations and population health across nations.

Download the full schedule as PDF.

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.

CES Public Lecture
The chances of Mitt Romney running again and the selection of candidates for the head of regional governments in Spain"

javier astudilloMonday, November 26, 2012 | 2:30 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center 4003

Javier Astudillo is Associate Professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain). He has participated in several national and international research projects about labor unions and political parties in Spain and Latin America, the varieties of internal organization of political parties across parliamentarian democracies, and the partisan consequences of decentralization. He is currently working on the spread of party primaries across parliamentarian democracies and the relationship between party organization and chief executives at national and regional levels in parliamentarian democracies.

“The U.S. in World Affairs: The Cold War & Beyond” Lecture Series
"U.S. Nationalisms and the World: Thinking about a Country in Disarray"


michael h. huntTuesday, December 4, 2012 | 4 - 5:30 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Hamilton Hall 569

Prof. Michael Hunt (UNC-Chapel Hill) is a free-lance historian whose main interests lie in US foreign relations and contemporary global history. For several years, he has been offering online commentary on US foreign relations on the UNC Press Blog site, in a series titled "Home and Abroad." His lecture will explore "U.S. Nationalisms and the World: Thinking about a Country in Disarray."

“The U.S. in World Affairs: The Cold War and Beyond” lecture series is organized by the Department of History, in co-operation with the Center for European Studies and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian & Eastern European Studies at UNC.

North Carolina German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series
"Christian Democracy, Social Democracy, and the Foundations of the West German State"

CDU and SPD campaign postersPhoto Credit: Larisa Epatko

Sunday, December 2, 2012 | 5 - 7 pm | National Humanities Center, 7 Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park

When asked for historical examples of success in Western-sponsored nation-building projects, advocates invariably cite the occupation and supervision of post-Nazi Germany. They point to the removal of its non-democratic political elements, the stabilization of its currency, the integration of its big business into an international free-trade system, and the incorporation of its armed forces into military alliance under Western leadership. However, such an emphasis on police power and economic development has obscured a vital component of how nation-building actually worked in Germany during its transition to stable democracy over the long mid-century. This paper and presentation will point to the creation of consensus among social groups in a long-divided population, focusing particularly on the ideological reconciliation of Christian democrats and social democrats in response to their common persecution after 1933.

Noah Strote is Assistant Professor of History at North Carolina State University. He is currently working on his book, tentatively entitled Late Nation-Building: Persecution and the Origins of Consensus in Germany, 1933-1968.

This time a pre-circulated paper will be discussed. Please contact for the paper Sandra S. Payne, Refreshments and drinks will be served after the seminar. For more information on the NCGS Series see: Download event flyer here.

Sponsored by Carolina Seminars, the Carolina-Duke Ph.D. Program in German Studies, the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for the Arts and Humanities, the UNC Center for European Studies, the UNC Department of History, the UNC Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Duke Center for European Studies, the Duke Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, the Duke Department of History.

Conferences and Calls for Papers

17th Annual Graduate Student Conference, Georgetown University
"Europe's Vision Twenty Years After Maastricht"

georgetown university skyline

February 8 - 9, 2013 | Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Twenty years ago, when the Treaty of Maastricht was signed, the European Union took an innovative step forward, thereby renewing its commitment to European integration. However, it is once again facing both internal and external pressures to evolve and reformulate itself in light of new existential challenges facing it, be it political problems, economic exigencies, or social struggles. This conference will examine and question Europe’s efforts to maintain the momentum of the European project. Does a bold new step need to be taken? How is Europe seeking solutions in the face of 21st century challenges? What will the status of the European project be after twenty more years?

Possible paper topics could include 1) Eurozone governments’ attempts to find a common economic solution to the crisis; 2) Historical perspectives on earlier challenges to the European project; 3) National or supranational responses to the rise of right-wing extremism in Europe; 4) The European Union finding its voice as a global actor and dealing with external crises.

Abstracts should be 300-500 words (1-1.5 pages) in length and will be accepted only via email; please include a CV with your submission. Participation is limited to Master’s and Doctoral students currently enrolled in degree-granting programs. The BMW Center will be able to contribute to travel expenses for selected panelists.

Please send submissions and questions to: Please visit our website for more information:

Abstracts Submission Deadline: November 26th, 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

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

Spring Univeristy Prague 2013

East goes west - West goes east?: Searching for a new European order after 1990

prague skyline

April 14 - 25, 2013 | Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic

The objective of the Spring University Prague 2013 academic program is to provide students with a broad understanding of the political, economic, social, and cultural development of Europe after 1990. The course provides an interdisciplinary approach and combines multiple learning methods, such as lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, group-work and student presentations.

Students will not only have the opportunity to explore a range of interesting topics and gain valuable insights into the current challenges and risks to the development of Europe, but will also improve their research and presentation skills. Moreover, the numerous free-time activities will provide a chance to enjoy the wide range of attractions that Prague has to offer.

Price of the program is 780 EUR (approx. 1000 USD) and includes the price of tuition, cultural and social events, reading materials, housing, and two daily meals. Apply on-line at See flyer for further information.

Resources for K-12 Educators

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.

Registration Deadline: Friday, November 23 | 2012

FREE Online Course - The European Union: An Introduction for Teachers

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Please participate in this FREE 4 week online course offering two CEUs. The course begins Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

The goal of this course is to introduce in-service teachers to the history and the function of the EU, and to digital resources and methods for student learning. By the end of the course, teachers will understand the EU as an essential part of European history, government, economics, and culture, and will be able to facilitate learning about the EU through use of technology.  The final project is a standards-based technology-rich lesson plan incorporating online EU resources for each teacher’s class. Lesson plans will be submitted to the EUCE UNC for possible inclusion in the online lesson plan database. 

For more information, contact Dr. Regina Higgins, Sponsored by the UNC European Union Center of Excellence and LEARN NC.


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