February 05, 2013

In this newsletter:

A Focus on the Environment and Sustainability
CES Events and News
Apply for CES Funding - Graduate Awards Deadline Extended to Feb 15
Conferences and Calls for Papers
Summer Schools
Calls for Applications
Resources for K-12 Educators

A Focus on the Environment and Sustainability

Public Lecture
Promoting Cycling and Walking for Sustainable and Healthy Cities: Lessons from Europe and North America

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 | 12:30 - 1:30 | UNC Chapel Hill, New East Reading Room

John PucherJohn Pucher is a professor in the School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in New Jersey. For over three decades, he has examined differences in travel behavior, and transport systems and policies in Europe, Canada, the US, and Australia. During his presentation, Prof Pucher will discuss the programs and policies needed to make cycling and walking safe and convenient; the means by which Dutch, Danish, and German cities get virtually everyone on bikes for a wide range of purposes; and what North Carolina communities can do to increase walking and cycling.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Please contact CarlySieff@gmail.com with any questions.

UNC-Chapel Hill Global Sustainability Symposium: Water and Energy in the Crosshairs

Windfarms in the ocean

This third in a four-part series on global sustainability brings together local and global experts to explore key issues related to water and energy in an inter-disciplinary and community gathering. Beyond education, the symposium aims to present possible solutions with examples of best practices, to stimulate a productive discussion, and to enrich the network of those interested and informed about issues like climate change and water.

Event: Screening of Switch documentary and panel discussion

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 | 6:30 pm | Varsity Theater, 123 East Franklin St, Chapel Hill

Every energy resource — fossil, nuclear and renewable — is undergoing profound changes. And overall, we’re gradually shifting from coal and oil to the energies of tomorrow. This sweeping transition is the subject of Switch. But rather than advocate for how it should happen, Switch travels the world to discover how it most likely will happen. After the screening of the documentary, please join us for a panel discussion that will explore energy in the Carolinas and engage the local community in a dialogue about sustainability. The panel will be moderated by Natalie Birdwell, president of the UNC Energy Club.

Event: Keynote address by Christian Parenti, author of Tropics of Chaos: Climate Change and the Geography of Violence

Thursday, February 7, 2013 | 5 - 8 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

Christian ParentiChristian Parenti is a professor of sustainable development at the School for International Training, Graduate Institute, a visiting scholar at the at the CUNY Grad Center, and a contributing editor at The Nation. He is the author of four books, the most recent being Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (Nation Books, July 2011).

Climate change is unleashing cascades of extreme weather which directly and indirectly fuel unrest and violence across ever-larger parts of the Global South. Drawing on his recently published Tropic of Chaos professor Christian Parenti will show how environmental crisis is already converging with and exacerbating the socially destabilizing legacies of cold war militarism and neoliberal economics. At the same time, many governments and militaries in the Global North are preparing for the political effects of climate disruption, domestically with greater surveillance and police power, and internationally with programs of permanent open-ended counterinsurgency.

Author book-signing and a reception will follow the keynote address. This event is free and open to the public; no registration needed.

Event: Panel presentations, discussion, and closing keynote

Friday, February 8, 2013 | 8 am - 4 pm | Kenan Center, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-Chapel Hill

The morning of Friday, February 8th will feature two expert panels. The first will address energy-water supply-side issues, led by speakers with expertise in specific world regions (e.g., Brazil, China, Europe, Africa and the US). During the second panel. business leaders from energy- and water-intensive industries (MillerCoors, Burt's Bees and Trucost) will speak about their companies’ water and energy sustainability efforts. In the afternoon, Michael Mehling and Dale Medearis will give a joint presentation on Germany’s renewable energy policies and their applicability to the US. Closing keynote speaker Ted Howes will explore the most effective behaviors individuals can adopt as a consumers, business leaders, policy makers, students, educators, and politically active citizens.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

For more information on the event and on how to register, please visit the Sustainability Symposium website: http://areastudies.unc.edu/sustainability-symposium/. For questions, please email Anna Brigevich at brigevich@unc.edu.

This symposium is a cross-disciplinary collaboration between the Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Center for international Business Education and Research and UNC’s Center for European StudiesCenter for Slavic, Eurasian & East European StudiesAfrican Studies Center and Institute for the Environment supported with funding from the U.S. Department of Education and the European Union. 

CES Events and News

“The U.S. in World Affairs: The Cold War & Beyond” Lecture Series

Frank CostigliolaLecture: The Processes of Thought in George Kennan's Imagining of Russia

Thursday, February 7, 2013 | 4 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Hamilton Hall, Rm 569

Prof. Frank Costigliola (University of Connecticut) specializes in US foreign relations and 20th century US history. He is currently editing the diaries of George F. Kennan, who is best known as the "father of containment."

Melvyn LefflerLecture: George W. Bush & Saddam Hussein: Why Did the US Go to War Against Iraq in March 2003?

Thursday, February 18, 2013 | 4 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Hamilton Hall, Rm 569

Prof. Melvyn Leffler (University of Virginia) is currently working on a book about George W. Bush and American foreign policy and writes essays on the cold war, political economy, and national security.

“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.

Tournées Film Festival at UNC
Screenings of
Denis Côté’s Curling, Bruno Dumont's Hadewijch, and Le Havre

The Tournées Festival is a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to American college and university campuses. All screening are presented by the Department of Romance Languages at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Film still from CurlingMonday, February 11, 2013 | 6:30 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

Next Monday's movie is set in a bleak, rural town in Quebec, and focuses on the odd, touching relationship between Jean-François and his 12-year-old daughter, Julyvonne. Julyvonne, confined to the house by her pathologically overprotective father, keeps herself occupied by reading and, occasionally, by talking to the corpses she finds in the woods near her home. After the arrival of Isabelle, their relationship will take another direction

HaFriday, February 14, 2013 | 7 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

Next Friday's movie is about 20-year-old Céline, who is expelled from a nunnery for her over-zealous faith. She returns to the secular world where she meets rebellious teenager Yassine and his older brother, Nassir, whose religious fervour mirror’s Céline’s own. Hadewijch explores the relentless pursuit of faith in both Christianity and Islam—and what drives certain believers to acts of extreme violence.

Le Havre film stillTuesday, February 19, 2013 | 7 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

A wonderful celebration of France’s national motto—liberty, equality, fraternity—Le Havre is also something of a paean to World War II Resistance dramas. Le Havre centers on Marcel Marx, a once-famous Parisian writer now making his living shining shoes in the northern port town of the title. Marcel divides his time between drinking with his neighbors at the local bar and caring for his ill wife, Arletty. But he soon serves a much nobler purpose when he comes to the aid of Idrissa, a young illegal immigrant from Gabon.

Public Lecture
The Eurozone Debt Crisis and the Future of the European Integration Project

Henk OVerbeek

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | 12 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center, Rm 3009

Lunch will be provided.

Prof Overbeek (VU University Amsterdam) is interested in issues of governance in a globalizing world. His approach can be characterized as transnational historical materialism. In recent years, he has done research on asylum and migration issues in a European context, on political economy of unemployment and labor market restructuring in Europe, and on issues of globalization, corporate governance, and business taxation. His future work will focus on the impact of the economic crisis on the global order.

North Carolina German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series
Workshop: "Creating Participatory Democracy: Green Politics in Germany since 1983"

Green march to protest nuclearpowerPhoto Credit: Spiegel Online. The Green party leadership marches to protest nuclear power in 2010.

In March 1983, the West German Greens became the first new party to enter the Bundestag since the early days of the Federal Republic. This workshop, which will take place on the thirtieth anniversary of the Greens’ March 1983 entrance into the West German parliament, will use that occasion as an opportunity to raise new questions about the democratic visions and achievements of the Greens and their predecessors in the New Social Movements. Specifically, we will ask how Green politics challenged West German democratic praxis and question whether the Greens’ understanding of democracy changed when they entered parliament in 1983.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 | Duke University, The John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies

4:30 pm: Graduate Reading Seminar with Belinda Davis (Rutgers University)

7:00 pm: Keynote address by Andrei S. Markovits (University of Michigan) - "Reflections on the German Left thirty years beyond the Greens' Entrance into the Budestag'

Friday, March 1, 2013 | UNC Chapel Hill, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall

9 am - 4 pm: Panel presentations on "New Social Movements, Public Participation, and the Emergence of Green Politics" and "Out of the Streets and into the Bundestag: Participatory Democracy in Parliament"

4:30 pm: Roundtable on "The Green Challenge: Constructing Participatory Democracy for Post-Industrial Society"

To register for the workshop, please visit http://fs22.formsite.com/av71/greenpoliticsworkshop/ by February 15, 2013. For more information on this event and the NCGS Series, please visit: http://www.unc.edu/ncgs and see program flyer.

The NCGS Series is sponsored by Carolina Seminars; Duke University: Center for European Studies, Department of Germanic Languages & Literature, Department of History; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Center for European Studies, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages & Literatures, Department of History, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, The Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies.

Apply for CES Funding

Foreign Language and Area Studies Awards

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. UNC Area Studies Centers offer over 30 academic year and more than 22 summer FLAS fellowships each year providing more than $1 million annually in graduate student support. For details, please visit the FLAS website http://areastudies.unc.edu/flas/

Application Deadline: January 31, 2013, for both academic-year and summer awards.

CES Research Awards Competition

For all competitions please send the required documents from a UNC email account to europe@unc.edu. All CES grantees are asked to submit a brief (one page) report on the funded project at the end of the grant period. Proposals are evaluated by the Steering Committee of the Center in early March and decisions announced by mid-March.

Faculty Funding Opportunities
Unless otherwise indicated, the deadline for all faculty awards listed herein is April 1, 2013. For details, visit www.unc.edu/depts/europe/research_funding/fundingfaculty.htm

  • Faculty Curriculum Development Awards
    Faculty awards are available to develop new undergraduate or graduate European courses or to substantially revise existing courses to include significant European content.
  • Faculty Travel Awards
    The Center for European Studies offers a limited number of travel awards to UNC-Chapel Hill faculty to present research on contemporary Europe or EU studies at domestic and international conferences.
  • Faculty and Graduate Student Joint Projects
    One to two awards will be made to teams of graduate students and faculty working on joint projects on European topics leading to publication.

Graduate Student Funding Opportunities
Unless otherwise indicated, the deadline for all grad student awards listed herein is February 15, 2013. For details, visit www.unc.edu/depts/europe/research_funding/fundinggrad.htm

  • European Union Center of Excellence Summer Research Fellowships
    CES will offer two awards to UNC-CH graduate students to conduct pre-dissertation research on the EU or on a comparative European topic (i.e. involving more than one European country) in Europe during summer 2012.
  • Graduate Student Research Travel
    CES offers a limited number of travel awards to UNC-CH graduate students to present research on the EU or on a comparative European topic (i.e. involving more than one European country) at domestic and international conferences.
  • Faculty and Graduate Student Joint Projects
    One to two awards will be made to teams of graduate students and faculty working on joint projects on European topics leading to publication.

Undergraduate Student Funding Opportunities
For details, visit www.unc.edu/depts/europe/research_funding/fundingundergrad.htm

  • Undergraduate Student Research Travel
    CES will offer two travel awards to UNC-CH undergraduate students to present research on the EU or on a comparative European topic (i.e. involving more than one European country) at domestic conferences. The deadline is on-going throughout the academic year while funds are available.
  • European Union Center of Excellence Competition for Undergraduate Travel
    Two awards will be made to UNC undergraduate students for participation in a summer program organized by the European Commission. Students from EU Centers of Excellence across the US will join a four day study tour of EU institutions in Brussels

Conferences and Calls for Papers

European Union Studies Association Asia Pacific Conference
"Reassessing the EU-Asia Pacific Relationship In the Context of the EU Crisis"

May 17 - 18, 2013 | Macau

The Euro-zone crisis is a perfect example of how, in an interconnected world, events within one region have effects that are felt throughout the world. Asia Pacific counties are significant exporters and importers to the Eurozone and EU. The stability of the Euro, depressed demand for manufactured goods and credit ratings have direct consequences in Asia Pacific counties.

Is there more continuity or change in the EU-Asia Pacific relationship? How do different groups perceive the EU and any changes in its relationship to the region? The aim of this conference is to investigate these questions from both a European and an Asia Pacific perspective. This conference will be multidisciplinary in focus. Academics and graduate students from a wide range of fields are encouraged to present at this conference, adding to a deeper understanding of the complexities of the EU-Asia Pacific relationship.

To learn more about the conference and the application process, please visit website or email yvonne.grosch@cantebury.ac.nz.

Paper Submission Deadline: February 25, 2013

Summer Schools

European Integration Summer School

June 24 - August 7, 2013 | University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway

The University of Agder (UiA) in Kristiansand calls for applications to its 24th annual European Integration Summer School (EISS). EISS is method-driven and consists of two stand-alone courses at the Masters level: History, Institutions and Policies of European Integration (June 24—July 12) and The European Union in the World (July 17—August 7)Each course carries 10 ECTS.

EISS brings together a unique blend of international and domestic students, faculty and practitioners. The 2013 EISS guest faculty includes, amongst others, Derek Beach (University of Aarhus), Theofanis Exadaktylos (University of Surrey), David Howarth (University of Luxembourg), Claudio Radaelli (University of Exeter and UiA), Christilla Roederer-Rynning (University of Southern Denmark), Frank Schimmelfennig (ETH Zürich) and Michael Shackleton (University of Maastricht). 

Registration is 100 EUR. No tuition fees are charged and student housing is available. For further information, inquiries and registration please consult website (http://www.uia.no/eiss).

Application Deadline: March 1, 2013

Olympia Summer Academy in Conflict and Peace Studies

July 4 - 15, 2013 | International Olympic Academy, Ancient Olympia, Greece

The 2013 Olympia Summer Academy in Conflict and Peace Studies is a unique educational opportunity for graduate students, researchers, and practitioners. The Summer Academy features five cycles of studies on: A) Conflict & Political Violence, B) Terrorism & Counterterrorism, C) Political Risk Analysis D) Religion & Politics, and E) History & Philosophy of IR. The Summer Academy looks forward to bringing together a highly competitive and talented class of promising scholars from around the world, and fostering a world-class scholarly network of cooperation in the unique setting of legendary Olympia.

For all information in regards to the program and the application process, please visit: www.olympiasummeracademy.org or contact olympia@navarinonetwork.org.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2013

Calls for Applications

Pre-doc Researcher at IHS Vienna

The Department of Political Science at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna is now inviting applications for a Pre-doctoral Researcher in Political Science. The successful candidate is expected to undertake empirical research in the context of the department’s research program on “The Politics of Representation in Europe,” comprising the pillars of new forms of political mobilisation/participation, electoral research, parliamentary research and theoretical research on the concept of political representation. The focus of the department lies on European politics but we are happy to welcome PhD exposés drawing on further countries for comparative research.

For more details, please consult the IHS homepage at http://www.ihs.ac.at/vienna/IHS-Departments-2/Political-Science-1/New-Postgraduate-Program-2013-2016.htm. Interested candidates should e-mail their CV and the contact details of two referees to Sarah Christian (christian@ihs.ac.at).

Application Deadline: March 31, 2013

German Chancellor Fellowship

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's German Chancellor Fellowship allows you to conduct an independent project at a host institution, in cooperation with a host in Germany you have selected for one year. The project should involve original exploration of a topic or issue, or research in the your respective field of interest. Projects should be of relevance to modern societies, have a long-term and visible impact, and help to advance your career and professional development. Through your experience in Germany, you will acquire greater knowledge of your fields, gain new international experience, and strengthen your intercultural competence - all essential qualities for future professional leaders.

To learn more about the fellowship, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, please visit http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/4074.html or contact info@avh.de.

Resources for K-12 Educators

World View Spring Regional Seminar
"Europe and the European Union"

European stamps

March 20 - 21, 2013 | The Friday Center for Continuing Education, UNC at Chapel Hill

The World View Regional Seminar changes regional focus each year and reflects the destinations of World View's international study visit. This year, the seminar will focus on Europe and the European Union. Join World View for 1.5 days of plenary lectures and concurrent sessions on the politics, history, and the economies of Europe. UNC-Chapel Hill professors will cover such timely topics as the development of the EU, ethnic conflict in the Balkans, the politics of Muslim immigration, and the European economic crisis, among others. Concurrent sessions will also highlight the teaching resources and strategies available to k-14 educators to integrate this region into their curriculum.

Reserve your seat for the seminar today by completing this form. For more information please call (919)-962-9264 or visit worldview.unc.edu.

Youth Leadership Program in Central Europe, Summer 2013

Teachers, do you know a high school sophomore or junior who is a student leader? If so, please make them aware of this exciting opportunity:

The Youth Leadership Program offers young student leaders in North Carolina an extraordinary opportunity to meet student peers from Central Europe on their summer visit to Raleigh, then to travel to Central Europe for reciprocal exchange!  Students will connect with young leaders from Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Hungary, while learning about new cultures and developing their leadership skills. The Youth Leadership Program for Central Europe is administered by the International Affairs Council (Raleigh/Research Triangle, NC), in collaboration with key partner organizations in DC.

Read the YLPCE flyer, watch the video, and get details and application.

Questions?  Please contact Ellie Gamache, Youth Leadership Program Coordinator, International Affairs Council (Raleigh/Research Triangle, NC) [ylpce2013@iacnc.org; 919-838-9191]. 


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Anna Brigevich
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Center for European Studies/EU Center of Excellence
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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