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December 10, 2013

CES News

 TransAtlantic Masters Program (TAM) application deadline is Jan. 14, 2014

The TransAtlantic Masters Program (TAM) has trained graduate students interested in contemporary Europe and the transatlantic relationship since 1998. Offered by way of partnerships between world-renowned universities in the United States and Europe, TAM is a unique and intensive MA-degree program based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Our European partner institutions are located in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and the UK. TAM applicants have usually majored in a relevant subject area such as Political Science, History, International Relations, European Studies, or Economics. Successful applicants have often studied abroad and/or interned or worked in an international setting. 

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TAM students benefit from small classes taught by world-renown experts. Courses begin each August on the UNC campus, focusing on comparative politics of industrial societies, comparative social policy, democratization, the European Union, and multilevel governance. TAM graduates pursue international careers in administration, diplomacy, business, policy-making, consulting, teaching, and research.setting.

For more information, please see our TAM section. TAM’s partner universities: Sciences Po, Paris; University of Bath, UK; Complutense University, Madrid; Charles University, Prague; Humboldt and Free Universities, Berlin; University of Siena, Italy; VU University, Amsterdam; University of Bremen, Germany; Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

Application Deadline: January 14, 2014

Spring 2014 LAC Courses

The following LAC course options will be offered during the spring semester. For course times and information on the types of different LAC options and the recommended minimum proficiency level, visit the LAC for Undergraduates page. To enroll, email the LAC Coordinator.

  • Arabic combined discussion section open to students in AAAD 101, ARAB 443, HNRS 355, PWAD 670, and RELI/ASIA 181LAC
  • German supplementary discussion for GERM 257: Society and Culture of Postwar Germany (HIST 257, POLI 257, SOCI 257)
  • Swahili combined discussion section open to students in AAAD 101, ANTH 319, and PUBH 420
  • Spanish recitation for ENST 201: Introduction to Environment and Society
  • Spanish recitation for HIST 143: Latin America Since Independence
  • Spanish seminar: BUSI 490 sec 014: Megaprojects in Latin America
  • Teaching LAC: GLBL 789*

*This LAC pedagogy course is designed for graduate and professional students who are interested in teaching interdisciplinary and internationally-focused courses in languages other than English. GLBL 789 is required for all students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in LAC Instruction. It is currently scheduled for Mondays, 4:00 – 7:00 pm | FedEx Global Education Center 3033. For more information, email LAC Coordinator Tanya Kinsella.

Upcoming Speaker Series

“Look, But Don’t Touch”: American Women as Military Entertainment

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Kara Dixon Vuic, Associate Professor of History at High Point University

Friday, January 24, 2o14 | 4:00-6:00 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Institute for Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall Incubator Room

Kara Dixon Vuic will be speaking in conjunction with the Duke-UNC Gender, War, and Culture Series. In every twentieth century war the U.S. military sent women entertainers to warzones. They opened canteens where soldiers could find a friendly face, performed on stage, played games and engaged in conversation, and brought a momentary reprieve from the war to the battlefield. This presentation examines the history of these programs, the military’s intentions for the women, and the meanings women ascribed to their work. It reveals the ways that feminine sexuality formed a central part of the state’s efforts to maintain an effective fighting force, construct martial masculinity, mobilize homefront support, and export American culture to foreign countries.

Graduate Speaker Series Opportunity

The LGBTQ Center at UNC-Chapel Hill is sponsoring this speaker series to share the work of graduate and professional students conducting research related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.  Events are open to the UNC community and all are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served but feel free to bring your own lunch.  This series is being co-sponsored by the Graduate & Professional Student Federation, The Graduate School, and the Program in Sexuality Studies.

If you are a graduate or professional student conducting LGBTQ-related research and are interested in presenting as part of this series in the 2013-2014 school year, please email carucci@email.unc.edu.­­

Study or Research in Europe

 2014 EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels

The European Union Centers of Excellence at the University of Washington and University of Wisconsin are pleased to announce the 2014 EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels, hosted and co-organized by the Institute for European Studies at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). This program is supported by grant funds from the European Commission. Students will be awarded 12 UW quarter credits upon successful completion of the program. This five-week program will run from July 7 to August 8, 2014. Application forms and info available at: http://jsis.washington.edu/euc/brussels/

Application deadline: February 7, 2014

The Boren Awards for International Study

The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at www.borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages.

Application deadline: January 28, 2014

Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) at Humboldt University

The Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) is calling for applications to its International Doctoral Program starting in October 2014. BGSS is also calling for the European PhD in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies, an international, interdisciplinary graduate program cooperating with seven European partner universities, and also for the European Doctoral Program “Europe in its Global Context”, an international doctoral program in the Social Sciences in co-operation with the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane and four associated universities in Hungary, Turkey, Israel, and Tunisia. For more information about these three programs, consult the call for applications and visit the BGSS website.

Application Deadline: December 22, 2013

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism (GEM) Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

The GEM PhD School is an international doctoral programme focused on questions related to “Globalisation, Europe and Multilateralism” covering most disciplines within Social Sciences. It offers an integrated research and training environment set up by nine leading global universities. Three specific “Jointly Executed Research Projects” (JERPs) provide the GEM PhD School and its affiliated researchers with a shared backbone:

  • Ametrine – Headed by LUISS-Guido Carli: A research initiative focused on the normative components of European international politics
  • Citrine – Headed by the University of Warwick: Interest centred research. Looking at the interactions between European policy mechanisms and global imperatives
  • Morganite – Headed by the IEE-ULB: Institution centred research. Focused on regional and global institutionalized multilateral cooperation

Application Deadline: December 20, 2013 More information about the program and application materials

London School of Economics and Political Science

MPhil/PhD in European Studies Admissions for the MPhil/PhD program in European Studies at the LSE’s European Institute for 2014-15 entry opened on October 14. Applicants wishing to be considered for financial awards or scholarships are highly encouraged to apply as early as possible. The available financial awards/scholarships that applicants may be eligible for are: LSE PhD scholarship, ESRC and AHRC. In addition, for the first time for the 2014/15 entry, a new Hellenic Observatory 4-year PhD scholarship on contemporary Greece is available. The MPhil/PhD in European Studies welcomes applications for multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary research on Europe in the following areas:

  • Governance and Democracy in Europe
  • European Society
  • Political Economy in Europe
  • Europe beyond the EU

For more information, please visit the LSE European Institute websiteApplication deadline: January 10, 2014

Conferences, Workshops, and Calls for Papers

9th Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union: “Brussels as Usual?: Politics and Policy in the EU”

February 28-March 1, 2014 |  EUCE/ESC at the University of Pittsburgh and EUSA, Pittsburgh EUCE

In many ways, the EU appears to be in a period of transition: recovering from the financial crisis, continuing to implement the Lisbon Treaty’s provisions, and awaiting a new set of European elections. Have these developments produced change in the EU’s politics and policies, or has it been Brussels as usual? The Organizing Committee of the 9th  Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union welcomes papers addressing the theme of the conference, as well as others related to the EU. 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 EU policy-making, enlargement, immigration, development, trade, and foreign policy. Due to a generous grant from the Network of European Union Centers of Excellence in the United States, students whose papers are selected to appear on the program and who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at any of the universities in the US with an EU Center of Excellence will be eligible for a travel stipend to attend the conference. For more information about the Network, visit www.euce.org. To determine your eligibility, contact Allyson Delnore or Erica Edwards.

More information on the conference and the application procedure

Deadline for submissions EXTENDED: December 13, 2013

Conference on Childhood Studies

The Finnish Society for Childhood Studies invites submissions for proposals for an international conference to be held in Oulu May 7–9, 2014. The multidisciplinary conference on childhood studies has established itself as the venue for research on children and childhood in Finland. Sessions will be arranged either in English or in Finnish. A proposal can be submitted for:

  • Individual paper presentation: 20–30 minutes including discussion.
  • Self-organised sessions: groups may propose to organize a full session of 90 minutes including presentations (3–4 individual papers and discussion, or round table discussion).
  • Poster presentation: sessions will be set up for conference participants to interact with poster presenters.

Please submit abstracts for presentations electronically through the conference website.

Deadline for submissions: December 31, 2013

Europe: East & West – Undergraduate Research Symposium

Modeled after traditional academic conferences, this event will give students the opportunity to present their research papers on Western and Eastern Europe, including Russia and other countries of the former USSR, to discussants and an audience. Please encourage your outstanding undergraduate students to apply to participate in the symposium. The application form and further information can be found at http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/ursymposium/.

If you have any questions, please contact Gina Peirce, Assistant Director, Center for Russian and East European Studies at gbpeirce@pitt.edu.

Deadline for submissions: January 27, 2014

6th Biennial AWSS Conference: Women, Gender, and Revolution in Slavic Studies

April 10, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) is soliciting paper presentations on the theme of “Women, Gender, and Revolution in Slavic Studies” for its 6th Biennial Conference to be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Atlanta, GA. The conference will be held in conjunction with the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS), which opens Thursday evening and runs through Saturday. The theme of women, gender, and revolution can be approached in a variety of ways.  Most concretely, the theme addresses the actions of men and women in political revolution, broadly conceived, including (but not limited to) events of 1848, 1905, and 1917, events leading up to the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, and the post-Community transformations after 1989. The theme also invites the study of gendered representations of revolutionary events, and of significant transformation in gender roles at any time in Russia and East European History. The conference organizers invite proposals from scholars at all stages in their careers and in any discipline of Slavic Studies (history, literature, linguistics, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, gender studies, etc.).  Proposals should consist of a 250-word abstract of the paper (including the paper’s title) and a brief one-page CV that includes author’s affiliation and contact information.  Proposals are due by December 15 to Sharon Kowalsky, Associate Professor of History, Texas A&M University-Commerce. Any questions about the conference or the program should be directed to Sharon Kowalsky or Karen Petrone.

More information about the conference and the call for proposals

Deadline for submissions: December 15, 2013

1st European Conference on Teaching and Learning Politics, International Relations and European Studies

June 26-27 | Maastricht, The Netherlands

What does it mean to teach Politics, International Relations (IR), or European Studies (ES) to the next generation of students, what should it mean for future students to learn Politics, International Relations, or European Studies? What are the opportunities of educating the next generation of a knowledge society? But also what challenges will Politics, IR and ES instructors encounter, considering the overburdening availability of (electronic) information and the growing demand for skills-based education? Next to those global trends in higher education, there are also specific features of European Higher Education that need careful consideration: the Bologna process, the employability discourse, or the raising concern with fees to mention just a few. The aim of this conference is to bring together members of existing teaching and learning networks (ECPR, PSA, BISA and UACES) and to provide an opportunity for exchange, discussion and reflection about those questions and about teaching and learning Politics, International Relations or European Studies to future generations of students in more general terms. Contributions are welcome on any topic of teaching and learning, but we would like to encourage participants to consider the following questions:

  • In what respect is there a “new” generation of  students? In what manner are current and future students different: in terms of their expectations, needs, and demands?
  • How to react and integrate the demand for skills and employability in everyday teaching?
  • Who should ensure students´ motivation, and how can this be achieved?
  • How to remember what it means to learn ourselves?
  • How to harness the potential for active engagement in Politics and IR teaching?
  • What role for Politics, IR, or ES to provide counter-balance to increasing

More details about the conference and the application procedure

Deadline for submissions: December 16, 2013

Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies-UACES 44th Annual Conference

September 1-3, 2014 | Cork, Ireland Covering all aspects of contemporary European Studies, both panel and paper proposals from across academic disciplines including law, economics, geography, history, sociology, public policy and politics are accepted.  For more information on guidelines or how to submit a proposal, please utilize the UACES website.

Deadline for submissions: January 17, 2014

3rd SPERI Annual Conference: The Global Contours of Growth & Development Beyond the Crisis

June 30-July 2, 2014 | University of Sheffield

The 2014 SPERI conference seeks to take discussion of the political economy of the crisis beyond its British and European contexts to focus centrally on the dynamics and patterns of the distribution of growth and development across the entire global political economy. One view presumes that the contemporary economic and financial crisis is an appropriate lens through which to consider the global political economy and all of its constituent parts, placing emphasis on the integrated nature of global capitalism and the ‘global imbalances’ that draw all regions and countries into a measure of responsibility for the structural roots of crisis and recession. An alternative view argues that the implications of the crisis have been much more uneven and localized, mediated by differing types of political economy, growth models and development strategies. Meanwhile, the uncertainty surrounding the changing roles of the ‘rising powers’ or ‘BRICS’ economies, the continual flux and increasing ambiguity of categories such as ‘low-income’ and ‘middle-income’ countries, and signs of a weakening of the hold of established ‘orthodox’ ideologies of development all suggest that fresh thinking is needed about the nature of future growth and development in all parts of the global political economy, whether conventionally regarded as ‘developed’ or ‘developing’. For more information about the conference, consult the call for papers and visit the SPERI website. Please send abstracts (of no more than a page in length) of proposed papers/panels to Sarah Boswell by emailing speri@sheffield.ac.uk.

Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2014

Fellowships, Awards and Job Opportunities

Learn about EURAXESS

EURAXESS is a networking tool for European and non-European researchers based in North America wishing to pursue a short or longer research stay in Europe. It provides information about research in Europe, European research policy, free job/fellowship publishing, opportunities for research funding, for international collaboration and for trans-national mobility. Membership is free. To join the community or to find out more about the opportunities for North Americans, register at EURAXESS Links North America or email northamerica@euraxess.netVisit the EURAXESS website to learn more.

Max Planck Institute 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 2014 at the latest. Fellowships will usually start on October 1, and will be awarded for one year.

For more information see announcement on the MPIfG website, where the application form can be downloaded. http://www.mpifg.de/forschung/postdoc_program_en.asp

Application deadline: January 31, 2014

2014 EUSA Haas Fund Fellowship Competition

The 2013-15 EUSA Executive Committee is pleased to announce the 2014 EUSA Haas Fund Fellowship Competition, an annual fellowship for graduate student EU-related dissertation research. Thanks entirely to contributions to the EUSA Ernst Haas Memorial Fund for EU Studies, launched in June 2003 to honor the memory of the late scholar Ernst B. Haas (1924-2003), the organization will offer one or more unrestricted fellowship of at least $1,500 to support the dissertation research of any graduate student pursuing an EU-related dissertation topic in the academic year 2013-14. Please note the following stipulations for applicants, who must:

  • be pursuing the doctoral degree (PhD) at an accredited institution in any country;
  • be writing a dissertation in English;
  • have an EU-related, doctoral dissertation topic approved by the professor who will supervise it; and,
  • be able to demonstrate clearly the relevance to EU studies of the dissertation topic.

Applicants for the fellowship should submit a one-page proposal of the project that specifies its relevance to EU Studies and describes how the fellowship would be used, a CV, and two letters of support to be sent directly to EUSA. The letters should be from professors serving on the student’s dissertation committee, and one should be the chair. Applicants should send their material to eusa@pitt.edu using the subject “2014 E.B. Haas Fund Fellowship competition.”

Application deadline: January 3, 2014

2013-2014 Fulbright Specialist Program Cycle IIIB Deadline

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas.  The program awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative two- to six-week projects at eligible institutions in over 140 countries worldwide.  Shorter grant lengths give Specialists greater flexibility to pursue projects that work best with their current academic or professional commitments.

Application deadline: December 23, 2013

Fulbright Program Manager & Education USA Adviser

The Commission for Educational Exchange between the US, Belgium and Luxembourg is a Fulbright Commission and Education USA center that advises international students about higher education in the U.S. and administers merit-based grants for graduate study (Master’s or PhD), post-doctoral research or university lecturing in the U.S. for citizens of Belgium (www.fulbright.be) and the EU (www.fulbrightschuman.eu). To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Erica Lutes at fulbright@kbr.be. Candidates selected to move to the next round will be notified of their success within two weeks and interviewed by March 1. Skype interviews will be permitted for candidates applying from outside of Belgium.

Application deadline: January 31, 2014

Assistant Professorships in European Global Studies at the University of Basel

The Institute for European Global Studies is an interdisciplinary research institute at Switzerland’s oldest university, the University of Basel. With an established study program on the MA level and a planned doctoral program, the Institute focuses on European Global Studies and develops concepts and methods to reveal the close interconnectedness between Europe, Asia and Africa across cultural, geographic, and linguistic borders and the consequences of such entanglements on the global and the local level. We are looking for scholars based in law, economics or social sciences with a strong record in interdisciplinary research connected to European Global Studies. See more information on career opportunities here.

Application deadline: January 15, 2014

Education and Business Resources

Teachers: It’s not too late to register a team for Euro Challenge 2014!

Euro ChallengeYou are invited to participate in the Euro Challenge 2014, an exciting educational opportunity for 9th- and 10th-grade high school students to learn about the European Union (EU) and its single currency, the euro. The program introduces students of global studies, world history or European studies economics and offers a unique learning experience that moves them out of the classroom into the real world. The competition is also an excellent opportunity for teachers, as teachers enlisting a team in the regional Euro Challenge are eligible to be awarded a free trip to Brussels next summer. Help your students experience the history that is unfolding before our eyes in the euro area!
To help students and educators prepare, free orientations at UNC-Chapel Hill, webinars and news flashes are also provided during the year. The North Carolina European Union Center of Excellence is proud to offer an online Euro Economics “textbook” intended as an introduction to economics for teachers and students in high school grades and up. Register online today for the Euro Challenge competition! For more information about the competition in the North Carolina/Southeast region, email Alexandra Holmgren or call 919-843-9852.

New EU business briefs shed light on the latest EU developments

The EU in Brief is a series of concise informational documents about the European Union targeting businesses and media in North Carolina and across the United States. The briefs examine the economic and foreign policy relationship between the US and the EU as well domestic issues affecting contemporary Europe. Ten briefs were recently published online. Feel free to download them and share. The topics include:

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad Program (YES Abroad) Scholarships

The US Department of State’s  Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad) program, provides competitive merit-based scholarships for U.S. secondary school students (age 15-18) to study for one academic year in select countries. The US. Department of State also provides scholarships for secondary school students (age 15-17) from countries with significant Muslim populations to study for one academic year in the United States through the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program. Learn more about YES Abroad Access the YES Abroad 2014 – 2015 program application.

Application deadline: January 9, 2014

Other International Events and Resources

Tiski: An Exhibition by Eygenia Arbugaeva

“Tiksi” at the Center for Documentary Studies through January 11

“Every season has its own colors. She stored all these colors in her heart, and walked beneath the AuroraBorealis in this little town way up North. The town was called Tiksi . . . ”

Explore the colors and geography of the Siberian artic through the photography of Eygenia Arbugaeva – Exposition at the Center for Documentary Studies Porch and University Galleries 1317 West Pettigrew Street Durham, NC  27705, through January 11, 2014.

New Digital Middle East Studies Guide

Middle Eastern Librarian Mohamed Abou El Seoud recently introduced the Center’s faculty and graduate students to a new online resource, the Middle East Studies Guide. Part of the UNC University Libraries site, the guide provides links to collections of films, music, art, books and journals, and maps and data for Middle East studies. It also includes information about library support for scholarly communication and digital repository services, as well as funding opportunities. For more information about this new resource, go to our Library Resources page.