July 01, 2013

In this newsletter:

Croatia joins EU
CES News
Recent Publications on Europe
Summer Schools
Calls for Applications
Conferences and Workshops

Events for K-12 Educators

Croatia becomes 28th member of the European Union

Croatia's president Ivo Josipovic and Lithuania's president dalia GrybauskaiteCroatia's President Ivo Josipovic with Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite, celebrating Croatia's accession into the EU. Effective today, Lithuania holds the Council of Ministers Presidency. (Xinhua/Goran Stanzl/PIXSELL)

Watch CES original interview "Promise and Peril for Croatia: Joining the EU at a Time of Crisis"

To discuss the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union, which occurred today, the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill sat down with a leading observer of the former Yugoslavian country, Saša Pekeč. Our series of short videos explains different aspects of Croatia's entry into the EU, from the long process of negotiations and its effect on citizens to American interests, changes to expect, doing business with Croatian companies, and the nature of the event as a "signal of stability."

Professor Pekeč is a Duke University faculty member in the Fuqua School of Business with expertise in the decision sciences. He serves on the advisory board of Atlantic Grupa, a public Croatian company active in the food and pharmacy industries. Born in Zagreb, Pekeč is a member of the Council of Economic Advisers to the president of Croatia.

Please visit http://europe.unc.edu/croatia-eu/ to watch the six mini-videos developed and produced by CES editor Phil Daquila.

CES News

Celebrate July 4th at the Amerika Haus in Cologne, Germany

The Amerika Haus e.V. NRW will have its annual 4th of July Party on Thursday, July 4th, 2013 at the Rheinterrassen in Cologne (Rheinparkweg 1, 50679 Köln (Deutz)). It will begin at 7pm and there will be fireworks to conclude the evening. There will be a Dixie-Land Band performing and the U.S. Consul General, Stephen Hubler, will give a welcome speech. Traditional American foods will also be served.

Tickets for the event cost 50€ per person, 30€ for students, and 100€ for families, and the money can be transferred to the following bank account. Once the money has been transferred, attendees will receive an email with a confirmation. There is a limited number of spots, so it is important that guests register early.

Deutsche Bank
Acct.-Nr.: 116576001
BLZ: 370 700 24
Subject line: First name, last name + Guest, 4th of July

The Amerika Haus also has a membership option, where individuals can pay 100€ per year and then receive priority for all events. This membership also means that members do not have to pay for tickets for the 4th of July party.

If there are any questions, feel free to contact the Amerika Haus at info@amerikahaus-nrw.de. Please see official invitation here.

EU Delegation Launches Grant Competition on Transatlantic Research and Debates

The Delegation of the European Union to the United States has published a call for grant proposals to support activities that advance transatlantic cooperation through policy research and debate on issues relevant to EU-U.S. relations.

The Delegation invites think tanks, public policy research centers, chambers of commerce, civil society and stakeholder organizations, media institutions and other non-profit and non-governmental organizations based in the United States to submit proposals. Grant activities can focus on a number of different topics, in particular, strengthening economic policy dialogue to enhance jobs and growth, financial stability and the deepening of the transatlantic economy via the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations, strengthening the political dialogue on foreign policy, pursuing common approaches to issues of common concern (energy security, sustainable energy transition, climate change and its security aspects, sustainable transportation, green economy, global health and education).

The European Union is allocating 2.4 million euros to this program and expects to award around 15 grants. The deadline for application is September 12. Activities under the grant have to take place between January 2014 and December 2015.

Please note that a phone conference on the grant competition is scheduled for Monday, July 8 at 4:30 PM Eastern Time. Instructions for participating in the teleconference and application materials are available on Delegation's website.

Apply for a Master in EU Studies Online

The European Online Academy grants professionals the opportunity to deepen and expand their knowledge of the EU integration process, while pursing their careers, through a combination of e-learning and intensive face-to-face learning sessions (mainly during weekends in Berlin, Brussels, Istanbul, Rome and Budapest). 

The Master in EU Studies Online, a two year programme, offers the perfect blend of theoretical and practical knowledge of the EU. Participants will gain a working knowledge of recent developments in the European integration process. They will also gain the skills to negotiate within an international context, to draft reports, to plan and manage international projects, and to present their ideas in a transnational legal dimension.

Application Deadline: September 5, 2013. A limited number of scholarships are awarded to eligible candidates to cover part of their tuition.

For further information, visit www.eu-online-academy.org or see flyer. Email Aline Palige (aline.palige@cife.eu) with questions.

Recent Publications on Europe

Understanding European Movements: New Social Movements, Global Justice Struggles, Anti-Austerity Protest

Edited by Cristina Flesher Fominaya and Laurence Cox
Routledge

European social movements have been central to European history, politics, society and culture, and have had a global reach and impact. Yet they have rarely been taken on their own terms in the English-language literature, considered rather as counterpoints to the US experience. This book sets out to take the European social movement experience seriously on its own terms, including:

  • the European tradition of social movement theorising – particularly in its attempt to understand movement development from the 1960s onwards
  • the extent to which European movements between 1968 and 1999 became precursors for the contemporary anti-globalisation movement
  • the construction of the anti-capitalist "movement of movements" within the European setting
  • the new anti-austerity protests in Iceland, Greece, Spain (15-M/Indignados), and elsewhere.

This book offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary perspective on the key European social movements in the past forty years. It will be of interest for students and scholars of politics and international relations, sociology, history, European studies and social theory.

For more information on this publication, please visit website.

Democratic Institutions and Authoritarian Rule in Southeast Europe

Danijela Dolenec
ECPR Press

Josip Broz Tito's saying that "one should not hold on to the law like a drunken man holds on to a fence" remains a valid piece of popular wisdom today, encapsulating the problem of weak rule of law in Southeast European societies. This book poses the question of why democratization in Southeast Europe disappointed initial expectations and claims that this is due to the dominance of authoritarian parties over regime change. Their rule established nondemocratic governance practices that continue to subvert rule of law principles twenty years later.

The unique contribution of this book is in providing empirical evidence for the argument that post-socialist transformation proceeded in a double movement, whereby advances to formal democratic institutions were subverted through nondemocratic rule. This misfit helps explain why improvements to formal democratic institutions did not result in expected democratization advances.

For more information on this publication, please visit website.

Making Europe: Technology and Transformations, 1850-2000 (6-Volume Set)

Edited by Johan Schot and Phil Scranton
Palgrave Macmillan

Who, indeed, built Europe? Entrepreneurs and engineers? Politicians and scientists? Consumers and activists? Making Europe tells the story in 6 richly illustrated volumes. Starting more than 150 years ago, this series charts the people and ideas, the goods and technologies that spread between countries— and between continents. Making Europe reveals the history of:

Day-to-day practices, from drinking milk to commanding wind power
– Powerful infrastructures, from the railroads to the Internet
Knowledge networks, from CERN to the European Space Agency

Please see website for more information on this publication.

The Welfare State as Crisis Manager. Explaining the Diversity of Policy Responses to Economic Crisis

Peter Starke, Alexandra Kaasch, Franca van Hooren
Palgrave Macmillan

Written during an ongoing period of global economic crisis, The Welfare State as a Crisis Manager examines the practice and potential of using social policy to cope with crises. Through an in-depth analysis of social policy reactions in the wake of international economic shocks in four different welfare states, over a 40-year period, the book reveals the ways in which expansion and retrenchment are shaped by domestic politics and existing welfare state institutions. Moreover, the study addresses the kind of policy change triggered by economic crisis. In contrast to conventional wisdom and previous scholarship, reactions tend to be characterised by incrementalism and 'crisis routines' rather than fundamental deviations from earlier policy patterns. For the first time, the study of domestic political dynamics following crisis is systematically embedded in the transnational policy debate, linking the Comparative Welfare State literature with scholarship on Global Social Policy.

More details and a free sample chapter can be found on the publisher's website:
http://www.palgrave.com/products/Title.aspx?pid=486768

Summer Schools

ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques

July 25 - August 10, 2013 | University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

The ECPR School in Methods and Techniques has become a major event for methodological training, catering for the diverse needs of researchers and advanced students in political science and neighbouring disciplines. Besides the intensive courses (5 refresher courses, 7 two-week courses and 24 one-week courses), the ECPR Summer School offers a great social programme in the stunning City of Ljubljana and the opportunity to network with fellow researchers from around the World. Registration for the Summer School in Methods and Techniques is now open. Please click here to log into myECPR and register. Click here to decide your course combinations prior to registration. 

Click here for more information on fees. Funding is open from 3 March to 6 June 2013. Further information will be made available on the ECPR's website in due course.

Université Laval Summer School

May 5 – October 11, 2013 | Université Laval, Quebec, Canada

From May to October, Université Laval will offer 66 summer schools, 1,300 regular courses, and 120 distance learning courses in a wide range of disciplines. The main themes of our courses are: Arts and Heritage, Sustainable Development and Smart Cities, International Studies, Languages and Cultures, Science, Ethics, Administration and Societies. The summer schools open the door to a one-of-a-kind international experience. This broad range of undergraduate and master’s courses takes an interdisciplinary approach for the most part and is aimed at a mixed clientele of university students and professionals. Most of our summer schools are at Université Laval in Quebec City, but some are held in the Gaspé Peninsula and in China, France, as well as in USA, Mexico, Peru or Colombia.

For more information on our summer courses, visit our website at www.ulaval.ca/ete or email us at info@ulaval.ca. An English version of our leaflet is available on the summer school website.

Calls for Applications

Associate Research Fellow in History, University of Exeter

The fall of state socialism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe is often viewed as a watershed in world history. This major Leverhulme Trust-funded project will consider how the end of state socialism and that which followed have come to be understood both globally and in the region which experienced these events. Three five-year postdoctoral fellowships are offered from 1 January 2014. Applicants from all humanities and social science fields, dealing with a wide range of themes and sources - from oral sources to political discourse to film to literature to legal texts, and beyond - are welcomed.

Postdoctoral fellows will be required to carry out their own research leading to a monograph of international standing, or equivalent; lead the development of a broader thematic area connected to their own research through hosting workshops/ a conference and producing appropriate publications (such as a thematic journal issue or edited volume); and work on collaborative outputs - such as the project's website, collective writing, policy engagement, and a museum exhibition - where appropriate. Applications are welcome not only from scholars of Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union, but also those interested in the representations and impact of this historical shift across the world. Applicants should therefore outline a major research project with a level of ambition commensurate with a funded five-year project. Details of what is required can be found in the job description. 

Applicants are welcome to contact James Mark, Professor of History, at j.a.mark@ex.ac.uk or on 00-44-(0)1392-724295 to discuss their research proposals. To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here. Visit webpage for further information on how to apply.

Application Deadline: July 3, 2013

Senior Lecturer in Media Industries, Lancaster University

The Department of Sociology at Lancaster University seeks to appoint a Senior Lecturer with a specialism in the media industries. The successful candidate is expected to be research active with high-level publications and significant research funding, and have excellent teaching abilities at both UG and PG levels, relevant administrative skills and the ability to take a leadership role. Candidates with experience of working in the media industries are particularly encouraged to apply. If appointed, you will develop new postgraduate and undergraduate modules on the media industries, and new collaborative teaching initiatives with other departments.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr Bronislaw Szerszynski, tel +44 (0)1524 592659, e-mail: bron@lancaster.ac.uk. For more information on how to apply, please visit website.

Application Deadline: Monday, July 8, 2013

PhD Studentship in Historical Studies, University of Leicester

The School of Historical Studies at the University of Leicester is pleased to offer this fully-funded studentship for October 2013 entry to its Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme. he studentship arises from a €1.5 million European Research Council grant to Professor Clare Anderson, for the project The Carceral Archipelago: Transnational Circulations in Global Perspective, 1415-1960.

This research project, which started March 2013, will take a case study and comparative approach to the history of imperial expansion, unfree labour, confinement, and their legacies through a focus on the history of penal colonies all over the world. The research student will focus on Sakhalin Island, Russia.  This is an excellent opportunity for a student, passionate about history, with a background in history, another social science and/or Russian.

For more information on the studentship, please visit website.

A Joint Chair in European Public Policy, European University Institute (EUI)

Florence skyline

The Department of Political and Social Sciences and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies seek candidates with expertise in the field of European public policy. Experts in all aspects of the policies of the European Union and its Member States will be actively considered. An interest in the interaction between EU integration and its consequences in the domestic policies of the Member States is particularly welcome. The successful candidate will have a strong record of empirical research, an interest in theory and research methods (qualitative and/or quantitative), and a commitment to excellence in postgraduate teaching. The Chair will be held jointly in the Department and the Centre. Contracts are for five years, renewable for further three years.

Interested applicants should consult www.eui.eu/vacancies for further details.

Application Deadline: September 2, 2013

DAAD Èmigré Memorial German Internship Program EMGIP – Bundestag 2014

Bundestag

EMGIP - Bundestag offers internship opportunities for U.S. and Canadian students in the German parliament, the Bundestag. The internships are 2 months long in positions matching the student’s interest and experience. Interns will be placed within the Verwaltung, preferably with a Sekretariat working for their preferred Ausschuss.  Asides from contributing to the respective offices, interns have the opportunity to study legislative and administrative procedures in the German parliament.

Applicants for EMGIP – Bundestag should possess outstanding academic records and personal integrity as well as some knowledge of the German legislative process. Participants should be advanced undergraduates or graduate students in fields such as political science, international relations, law, history, economics or German. US and Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply. International students who are enrolled in a full time course of study in the US or Canada may also apply. PhD students and German nationals are not eligible. Students must be able to fully communicate in German as their working language during the internship will be German. The skill level should be Intermediate German and above (oral and written) plus the appropriate professional vocabulary. Applicants must submit the DAAD language certificate. Finalists will be interviewed in German. 

Application forms and up-to-date information about the application process for the EMGIP – Bundestag internships as well as detailed guidelines are available at https://www.daad.org/emgip.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2013 (postmark) 

The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
Forthcoming Academic Programs

The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (of the ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy) offers educational programs in partnership with other leading organizations. Educational programs include Certificate Programs, Study Abroad Programs, Distance Learning Programs (designed specifically for  governmental officials, academics, and professionals who are not able to leave their current positions), and Postgraduate Programs (for individuals pursuing careers in academia, diplomacy, government, and/or the private sector, related either wholly or in part to the field of Cultural Diplomacy).

The CCDS is currently accepting applications for the following programs:

MA Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy
(Start: Fall Semester - Berlin, October 2nd, 2013)

MA Program in International Economics & Cultural Diplomacy
(Start: Fall Semester - Berlin, October 2nd, 2013)

Study Abroad Programs in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy 
(Start: Summer Semester - Berlin, June 17th - August 16th, 2013)

Certificate Programs in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy
(Start: Summer Program - Berlin, July 1st - 31st, 2013)
(Start: Summer Program - Berlin, August 1st - 30th, 2013)

ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy: May Session 
(Berlin, May 17th – 22nd, 2013)
  
To apply, please click HERE.

Conferences and Workshops

Graduate Student Conference, Center for European Studies at Harvard
“Conservative and Center-Right Politics in the Developed Democracies: Continuity and Change”

Friday, November 15th, 2013 | the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

This conference will bring together a diverse group of social scientists and historians to discuss continuity and change on the political right, broadly construed. Most recent research on the transformation of contemporary western politics has focused on the predicaments of Left-wing parties and programs, or the emergence of radical populist parties on the right. Center-right ideologies, movements and parties (such as conservatives, market liberals and Christian Democrats) have been somewhat neglected. This conference attempts to address this gap. It will provide a forum for graduate students and faculty members to discuss new research on the evolution of conservative belief systems and cultural scripts, the role of historical legacies in shaping the landscape of mainstream right politics, and the diverse responses of right-wing actors to secular social or economic developments such as de-industrialization and growing ethnic diversity.

We invite applications from graduate students working on the transformation of right-wing ideas, social movements, political parties or related organizations and interest groups that impinge on the landscape of conservative politics. We encourage graduate students in all fields of history, political science, sociology, economics and communication to apply. Papers examining other political developments (such as the crisis of Social Democracy or the rise of populist parties) are welcome if they have implications for our understanding of the mainstream right. Empirical and theoretical works that adopt a comparative perspective, either across the advanced democracies (including the US) or over time, are especially welcome.

Submissions should consist of either extended abstracts of up to 1000 words (including a preliminary discussion of the study’s expected argument and results) or a completed paper draft with an abstract. Applications should also include a brief academic CV.

For more information, please visit https://ces.fas.harvard.edu/#/page/graduate_student_conference or contact ces-grad-conf@fas.harvard.edu

Application Deadline: August 15, 2013
Deadline for Full Papers: October 15, 2013

College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference
Session on “Decentering Art of the Former East”

February 12 -15, 2014 | Chicago

Whether conceptualized in terms of a periphery or an alternative center, narratives of Russian and Eastern European art have long been organized around a binary of East and West, shaped by art history’s disciplinary biases and by Cold War politics and the “fall of communism.” This panel takes Partha Mitter’s argument in “Decentering Modernism” (2008) as a point of departure for rethinking how art of these regions can be understood in an increasingly global art history. We seek historically grounded case studies of Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian art from any period that productively explore these issues. Please send a paper title, abstract (200-300 words), and 2-page CV to Masha Chlenova (masha_chlenova@moma.org) and Kristin Romberg (kromberg@illinois.edu).

13th International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe
“Old Rules & New Traditions: Generational Divides in Central and Eastern Europe”

February 19 – 21, 2014 | School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London

Generational divides with regard to rules and traditions are a recurring theme in the past and present of Central and Eastern Europe. The region has been subject to great turmoil and has undergone a multitude of changes and transformations over time. While some traditions have survived, others have been overhauled. Rules have been broken or adapted; yet each generation has also attempted to make their own rules and created new traditions.

These phenomena can be observed and analysed from a variety of perspectives: historical, cultural, political, economic, social, and beyond. We look forward to submissions that are cross-cultural, cross-national, and multi-disciplinary. Topics can include but are not limited to the following areas: national identity and nation building; a clash of urban and rural ways of life; insiders and outsiders; economic or political reform; religiosity and secularism; modernisation. We are particularly interested in papers addressing the conference theme but also welcome other research dealing with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, South-East Europe and the former Soviet Union. We also encourage submissions that place these countries into an inter-regional comparative context.

The conference invites applications from postgraduate students and early career researchers from the Social Sciences and Humanities. Abstracts of up to 300 words and a CV with full contact information should be sent to postgradconference2014@gmail.com. The language of the conference is English. A selection of papers will appear in a separate conference publication. For more information, please see website: http://www.ssees.ucl.ac.uk/postgradconf2014.htm

Submission Deadline: August 16, 2013

Council for European Studies (CES) 21st International Conference of Europeanists
“Resurrections”

March 14-16, 2014 | Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.

In the wake of crisis in Europe, bits and pieces of the past are being resurrected as a means of understanding the present and imagining the future. Historical figures are re-evaluated and held out as models, once-dismissed ideologies reappear as possibilities or as bogeymen, myths and symbols from the past crop up in new productions, and old political and economic institutions are revived as alternatives for action. But resurrections are not simply about nostalgia, and they aren’t just a restoration of the past in unchanged form. Resurrections necessitate fundamental transformations: inserting old things into new contexts, changing their natures, and assigning them new meanings and values. For the 21st International Conference of Europeanists, we welcome papers that relate to the theme of “resurrections.” What elements of Europe’s past, and present, are amenable to reanimation? How do they work in contemporary debate, and how is their relevance to the present disputed? What is the process through which they are revived and how are they changed as they are brought back to life or combined with new elements?
 
For the 2014 conference, the Council for European Studies (CES) welcomes proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions and individual papers on the study of Europe broadly defined.  We encourage proposals in the widest range of disciplines; in particular, we welcome panels that combine disciplines, nationalities, and generations. Proposals may be submitted from August 15 to October 1, 2013. Please consult conference website for more information.

 Information on how to submit will be posted on the Council's website and disseminated through its newsletter. To subscribe to the CES newsletter click here.

Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2013

Events for K-12 Educators

NC Civic Education Consortium Free Seminars for Teachers

2013 Local Government Seminar
August 5-6, Asheville, NC

Every day, local government touches the lives of North Carolinians and provides the services essential for functional communities, growing businesses, and healthy families. It is local government that supplies water to our faucets, collects our trash, moves traffic through our downtowns, and cuts the grass in our parks and ball fields. It is also local government that delivers care and counseling to those facing difficult times and responds with qualified personnel to life’s emergencies.

Participants in this seminar will learn first-hand the role of local government in North Carolina and then explore pedagogical strategies for teaching young people about how local government in North Carolina works. Highlights of the Seminar will include: meeting with elected and appointed local government officials, “behind-the-scenes” field trips to various city and county facilities, and MUCH MORE!

Participants will receive:

  • New lesson plans aligned to the NC Essential Standards
  • 2.0 renewal credits
  • A FREE, single occupancy hotel room for the evening of 8/5 (for participants residing more than 50 miles from the training location)
  • Meals – lunch and dinner on 8/5;  breakfast and lunch on 8/6; snacks throughout
  • One-on-one access to various elected and unelected officials and city and county staff.
  • “Special Access” field trips to various sites around the city and county.

For additional details and registration information, click here.

Carolina Voices- The Diverse History and Cultures of the Tar Heel State
August 13-14 | NC Museum of History, Raleigh

North Carolina history teachers are invited to join the NC Civic Education Consortium (www.civics.org) and the NC Museum of History (http://www.ncmuseumofhistory.org/) for two exciting days exploring the distinct character and rich cultural heritage of the Tar Heel State. Abounding with stories of people who have fought for a better way of life, stood up for their rights, and made numerous accomplishments in the face of adversity, North Carolina represents a tapestry of diverse and distinctive people. Throughout this two day event, attending teachers will explore the history of groups such as Native Americans, African Americans, and Latinos in our state, as well as examine the regional and social diversity that makes North Carolina so unique.

Participants will broaden their content knowledge during presentations from scholars from area universities, interacting with field experts on topics ranging from the dialects and languages of North Carolina (from Outer Banks Hoi Toider speech to the Smoky Mountains Highland speech), to the history and heritage of enslaved Africans and African Americans and their foodways, to how immigration is changing the face of North Carolina, and so much more! Participants will also spend time touring “The Story of North Carolina,” the NC History Museum’s acclaimed exhibit that traces life in North Carolina from its earliest inhabitants through the 20th century. More than 14,000 years of the state’s history unfold through fascinating artifacts, multimedia presentations, dioramas, and hands-on interactive components.

Teachers will also participate in and receive sample lesson plans on the topics and themes covered throughout the two days, designed for easy implementation in 8th grade social studies, as well as dialogue with one another regarding ideas, resources and best practices for teaching North Carolina history.

For additional details and registration information, click here.

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