The Eurofile

August 23, 2013

CES News

I would like to welcome everyone back for an exciting new academic year. The 20th anniversary of the Center for European Studies continues through the Fall 2014 semester and we have a stimulating line-up of events and new initiatives to help mark the occasion. Chief among them, we are launching our new CES website. We invite all of our constituencies – students, faculty, K-14 educators, to name just a few – to explore the new site for our calendar of events, description of academic programs, funding announcements, and more. It is a great spot for resources for everyone interested in studying contemporary Europe. The site will feature changing content so stay in touch for news and updated resources.

John StephensThe Center’s academic programs continue to flourish. This year the TransAtlantic Masters Program welcomes its 16th incoming class with 16 new students, and we have 16 second-year TAM students in place at our European partner universities. We soon expect to be offering joint degrees with three of our partner universities and accepting applications for a third track of TAM in partnership with Humbolt University and the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. The Center’s undergraduate curriculum in Contemporary European Studies (EURO) continues to gain strength, attracting some of UNC’s top students and promoting undergraduate interest in European studies.

This year will be a busy one for the Center. In addition to hosting our myriad events, CES will be re-applying for funding from the US Department of Education to be a National Resource Center in European Studies for 2014-18 and from the European Union to be a European Union Center of Excellence for 2014-17. In upcoming newsletters, we will be inviting UNC faculty and graduate students as well as CES outreach partners to submit proposals for initiatives directly related to contemporary Europe, the EU, or transatlantic studies. Stay tuned!

Finally, the Center would like to extend a big thank you to all that have helped make us one of the leading sources of information and support on matters relating to contemporary Europe and European integration. You can find more information about the upcoming lectures and speakers below. We sincerely hope that you are able to join us for these and other events throughout the fall.

John Stephens, Director

2013 CES Fall Speaker Series

Each Friday in the fall, the Center for European Studies is pleased to bring you the Friday Speaker Series, which features scholars working on European politics and practitioners of EU policy. This fall’s series focuses on three themes: contestation in Europe, addressing topics such as  immigration, the radical right, public opinion, and European elections; issues of European security and defense; and European social policy in times of austerity. The lectures take place on the 4th floor of the FedEx Global Education Center from noon to 1:30 pm. Please feel free to bring your lunch. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Join us for the first event of the fall semester:

Lecture with Prof. Milada Vachudova: "EU Leverage and National Interests in the Balkans: The Puzzles of Enlargement Ten Years On"

Friday, August 23, 2013 | 12 - 1:30 pm | FedEx Global Education Center 4003

Milada Vachudova

Milada Anna Vachudova specializes in the democratization of postcommunist Europe, the enlargement of the European Union, and the impact of international actors on domestic politics. She is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her book, Europe Undivided: Democracy, Leverage and Integration After Communism (Oxford University Press, 2005) analyzes how the leverage of an enlarging EU has influenced domestic politics and facilitated a convergence toward liberal democracy among credible future members of the EU in Central and Eastern Europe. Europe Undivided was awarded the XIIth Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research in 2006. Professor Vachudova is now focusing on democratization and international engagement in the Western Balkans. She has held fellowships and research grants from many institutions including the European University Institute in Italy, the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, the Center for International Studies at Princeton University and the National Science Foundation. As a British Marshall Scholar and a member of St. Antony’s College, she completed a D.Phil. in the Faculty of Politics at the University of Oxford.


The TransAtlantic Masters (TAM) Program Welcomes the Class of 2013-2015 to Carolina

The Center for European Studies is pleased to welcome the 2013-2015 TransAtlantic Masters class to UNC-CH. There are 16 incoming students this year. Students in both the TAM I and TAM II cohorts come from a variety of states, including Georgia, California, Maryland, New York, Maine, and North Carolina (7). Our international students are from Germany (3) and Kuwait. This year’s incoming TAM students received undergraduate degrees from the following institutions: Johns Hopkins University, High Point University, Saint Olaf College, UNC-CH (4), UNC-Greensboro, Cambridge University, University of Bremen, East Carolina University, Beloit College, Guilford College, Georgia State University, Dresden University of Technology, and University of Missouri-Columbia.

The new TAM students have studied and/or worked abroad in Spain, France, Austria, Lithuania, China, Germany, the UK, New Zealand, Cambodia, South Africa, Moldova, Japan, Italy, Canada, Uganda, and Afghanistan. Many of the incoming students have substantial work and volunteer experience involving research, education, administration, marketing, diplomacy, communications, event planning, and policy making.

TAM class of 2015

Conversations on Europe: A Virtual Roundtable Series

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. This event is open to the public and audiences at all sites are able to ask questions of the experts. The series is hosted by the European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Topics this fall include the German elections, Turkey's future in Europe, and a EU-US global health partnership.

Join us for the first event of the fall semester:

The German Elections: Outcomes and Impact
Thursday, September 26, 2013 | 12 - 1:30 pm | Peabody 08F Conference Room

Seating is limited for this event. Email to RSVP.

EURAXESS Science Slam 2013

EURAXESS Links is a networking tool for European researchers working outside Europe and non-European ones wishing to collaborate or to pursue a research career in Europe. EURAXESS Links provides information about research in Europe, job vacancies, European research policy, as well as opportunities for research funding, international collaboration, and trans-national mobility.

On September 24, EURAXESS will hold a Science Slam Event at American University in Washington, DC. A Science Slam is a scientific talk in which scientists present their own scientific research in a given time frame, usually 10 minutes or less,  in front of a mixed audience. The focus lies on teaching current science to a diverse audience in an entertaining way. The competition is open to researchers based in North America regardless of their nationality or field of research. The winner of the competition will be granted a free round-trip ticket to Brussels, Belgium, to participate in the European Union-funded conference 'EURAXESS VOICE OF THE RESEARCHERS' Nov. 21-22, 2013.

For more information, please view flyer. EURAXESS has also developed a short trailer for the event. You can learn more about the terms and conditions of the event.

TTIF negotiations

EU chief negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero (left) and US chief negotiator Dan Mullaney open a plenary session at the US Trade representative office in Washington on July 8, 2013. Photo by Yuri Gripas.

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-US 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. Application materials are available on the Delegation's website.

Courses and Resources


Enroll in a Fall 2013 Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) Course

UNC-CH's Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) program offers students the opportunity to use world languages in a variety of courses outside the departments of languages and literatures. We are pleased to offer the following LAC options in Fall 2013:

LACBUSI 490 sec 014: Megaprojects in Latin America
Spanish seminar – MoWe 3:30-4:45PM

ENST 201: Introduction to Environment and Society
Spanish recitation – Mo 5:00-5:50pm

GLBL 210: Global Issues (ANTH / GEOG / HIST / POLI 210)
French recitation – Fr 10:00-10:50AM
Spanish recitation – Fr 10:00-10:50AM

HIST 159: 20th-Century Europe (EURO 159) – MoWe 2:00-2:50PM
German recitation – Fr 2:00-2:50PM

To enroll, email LAC at your assigned registration time.

Major in Contemporary European Studies

If you're interested in the politics, economics, society, and culture of Europe, consider majoring in Contemporary European Studies (EURO). As a EURO major, you'll deepen your understanding of the issues and events currently shaping Europe, while developing advanced proficiency in a modern European language. The EURO degree's sophisticated disciplinary framework and extensive language training will also help prepare you for graduate school; more than half our alumni have gone on to graduate study.

EURO majors receive one-on-one advising in all stages of academic planning, including considering courses, internships, study abroad, graduate programs, and career plans. Our students also enjoy special access to the many resources of UNC's Center for European Studies, a United States Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center, and a European Union Center of Excellence funded by the European Commission.

European Union/Transatlantic Relations PhD Database

The Network of European Union Centers of Excellence in the United States would like to invite graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree in topics related to the European Union or Transatlantic relations to submit their names and dissertation information to a database of PhD dissertations. The goal of the database is to help doctoral students identify fellow candidates working in similar areas in the United States and anywhere else in the world. Please go to the EUCE Network website and download a short form that can be filled out and returned online. Thank you to everyone who has submitted so far! The Center for European Studies serves as the network coordinator for EU Centers of Excellence in the United States.

Calls for Applications

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

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 the website for details.

Application Deadline: September 2, 2013

DAAD Emigré Memorial German Internship Program EMGIP–Bundestag 2014

EMGIP-Bundestag offers internship opportunities for US 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 online.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2013 (postmark)

Conferences and Workshops

60th Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies
“War and Peace in French History”

April 24-26, 2014 | University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada

The conference will be hosted jointly by the University of Quebec in Montreal and Concordia University. The conference’s theme will be “War and Peace in French history”, with special reference to the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. The Program Committee welcomes panel proposals on the conference theme as well as panels or papers on all subjects in the history of France, its colonies, and other Francophone countries including, of course, Québec and Canada, from the Middle Ages to the present. Individuals are encouraged to submit complete panel proposals composed of two or (preferably) three papers, including panels that cut across traditional periodizations, with a chair and a commentator. Roundtables and other formats will also be considered.

Please visit the conference website for more information. Address queries regarding submissions to this email.

Proposal Deadline: September 1, 2013

5th European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Graduate Student Conference

July 3-5, 2014 | University of Innsbruck

The ECPR Graduate Student Conference is specifically tailored to the needs of graduate students looking to gain valuable political science conference experience, network, and further their personal and academic development in political and social sciences. Ideally suited to 'first-time' delegates, the conference combines a comprehensive academic and social program over three days. The Graduate Student Conference is open only to graduate students who are studying for a Master's degree, a PhD, or who hold junior postdoctoral positions.

The academic program consists of lectures, roundtables and themed sections and panels covering all the main areas of political science, political theory, international relations and European studies.

Gain first-hand experience of a political science conference by proposing a section at the Graduate Student Conference now. Only graduate students from full ECPR member institutions are invited to organize a section. All proposals to organize sections should be submitted online via MyECPR by Sept. 27, 2013.

Section proposers should read the guidelines document for full details of the conference. To propose a section, click here. If you have any further questions please contact Anna Foley by email.

Section Proposal Deadline: September 27, 2013

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

March 14-16, 2014 | Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

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. Subscribe to the CES newsletter.

Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2013

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

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.

For more information, or email.

Paper Proposal Deadline: Closed

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.

For more information.

Paper Proposal Deadline: Closed

Events for K-12 Educators

North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching A Case Study in Successful Grant Writing: Leveraging European Union Resources for NC Schools

September 25-28, 2013 | 276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

Anyone involved in public education or non-profit work understands that there is never enough money to fund all of the good things that we want to do. As a part of a cooperative venture, NCCAT is proud to present a seminar that will help you develop your ability to imagine, create, and properly execute grants. Join Chapel Hill-Carrboro school teacher, Robin McMahon on a journey of discovery through the world of creative funding known as grant writing. Ms. McMahon has successfully constructed programs tailored to specific granting agencies, successfully written and been awarded multiple grants including the “Getting to Know Europe” grant that is partially funding this seminar. Learn about free educational offerings made available to public educators by the EU and European member states, and you will be guided in learning the practical methodologies of grant making that can open new possibilities of global engagement for you and your students. A small stipend of $150 will be provided to partially defer travel and substitute costs. Funded in partnership with the European Union.

Please visit website for application instructions.

Other International News

New UNC Fall Course: MUSC 950.002 - Cold War Music?: Political Action and Musical Life in East Central Europe

Andrea Bohlman | Monday, 2:00-4:50 pm

Almost 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, scholars are still analyzing and responding to the ramifications of Cold War geopolitics upon musical life and the writing of music history. This seminar takes the example of postwar East Central Europe as its focus in order to rethink the cultural binary presupposed by the division of the world into US and Soviet spheres. Attending to the musical landscape behind the Iron Curtain, we consider recent debates about music and politics in order to examine and question Cold War’s impact upon musical communities and its continued influence upon music historiography. We begin by broadly considering the stakes of studying the political through music and music through the lens of the political, engaging writings by political activists and cultural theorists on topics such as cultural dissent, the “underground,” socialist rhetoric, and theaters of protest. Diverse geographical and chronological case studies—from music pedagogy in Budapest during the 1950s to punk in Ljubljana in the 1980s—draw out intersections of musical ambition and political action, aiding us in developing a discourse that complicates presumptive dichotomies of control and subjugation under state socialism. The generic diversity of our case studies prepares students for final research papers outside the geographic purview of our seminar that complement the seminar’s discussion focus.

Carolina Global Photography Competition

The submission period is now open for the 14th annual amateur Carolina Global Photography Competition hosted by the Center for Global Initiatives (CGI), the Study Abroad Office, and UNC Global. The competition is open to all students, faculty, alumni, and staff of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Photos may represent any world region and there is no restriction on the time period in which the photograph was taken. Entries will be judged on artistic merit and context. Special consideration will be given to images that are distinctive, defy expectations, embrace a new perspective, showcase the commonality of humanity, or illustrate potential solutions to global challenges.

This year, in addition to selecting first, second and third-place winners, the competition also offers a “Best Water” award to an image that embraces “Water in Our World,” UNC’s campus-wide academic theme. Entrants who submit water-related images are encouraged to think broadly about water issues, including connections to public policy, planning, sustainable development, environmental engineering, business, law, marine sciences, natural hazards and disasters, and global health. Photos can illustrate water issues, such as scarcity, without actually featuring bodies of water—think creatively!

Every individual that enters will have a photograph displayed in the FedEx Global Education Center beginning January 2014. CGI will consider submitted photos for publication in its annual calendar, and UNC Global and Study Abroad will use select images for publication in reports, web pages, brochures and other promotional materials.

This competition is an excellent opportunity to showcase Carolina’s diverse global activity, educational opportunities, research and service work. We look forward to your submissions!

For more details and to submit photos, visit the competition site.

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