February 7, 2014

CES News

New Funding Proposals for US Department of Education Title VI Grant and European Union Center of Excellence Grant

balloonsThe Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill will be applying for two major grants this spring. First, we will be applying for funding to be designated as a National Resource Center by the US Department of Education for 2014-18. Second, we will be applying to be designated as a European Union Center of Excellence by the European Union for 2014-17. We invite all UNC faculty and graduate students with a primary focus on European studies to submit proposals for research working groups, research projects, or other research or teaching projects directly related to contemporary Europe, the EU, or transatlantic studies. All proposals must be submitted electronically (preferably from a UNC email account to avoid the spam filter) to A CES committee will consider which projects best fit the grant proposal and the appropriate level of funding. Special consideration will be given to those projects that prioritize equity, inclusion, and opening access among researchers, partner institutions, and stakeholders.

In your funding proposal, please include:

  • Title and explanation of the project
  • Why the project is relevant to contemporary Europe, the EU, or transatlantic studies
  • If your proposal is for an on-going project funded in the current grant cycles, please explain “added value,” i.e. what will be new about the next wave?
  • Names and departments of faculty involved (key faculty), including European faculty names and institutions if there are any
  • How the project involves students
  • A 4-year (Title VI) or 3-year (EUCE) detailed budget broken down by year

All inquiries regarding the application process should be directed to

Extended application deadline: March 7, 2014

 Faculty Curriculum Development Awards

CES promotes innovative course development on contemporary Europe. Faculty awards are available to develop new undergraduate or graduate European courses or to substantially revise existing courses to include significant European content. Courses developed under this program should be offered during the academic year following the summer of the award. After this first offering, the courses should be regularly scheduled in departmental course offerings. CES will make one to two awards to faculty in the professional schools to develop a new course or a module in an existing course focusing on an EU-related topic or on three or more EU member states. New courses must have at least 75% European content. Modules may include special readings and research assignments integrated into the main course or special sections of a course focused on Europe. Awards will be in the amount of $4000 for new courses and $2000 for modules.

Preference will be given to proposals that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Courses in the professional schools
  • Courses with high enrollments
  • Courses available and of interest to undergraduate students majoring in Contemporary European Studies (EURO) and/or graduate students in the TransAtlantic Masters Program
  • Special consideration will be given to those projects that prioritize equity, inclusion, and opening access among researchers, partner institutions, and stakeholders.

The deadline for all curriculum development awards is March 7, 2014. To apply please submit the following materials to

  • Cover letter describing the course’s relevance to contemporary European studies or EU studies and where the course will fit into your departmental offerings (include any pre-requisites) and in the new General Education undergraduate curriculum
  • Proposed course syllabus
  • Letter from your chair approving the project and agreeing to offer the course during the next academic year and on a continuing basis
  • Curriculum vita

Extended application deadline: March 7, 2014

European Union Center of Excellence Summer Research Fellowship

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 2014. Awards will be in the amount of €3000.

Proposals should include a completed application form, a five-page (max) synopsis of the research project with a timetable, and a letter of support from the dissertation advisor or another professor. Click here to apply.

Extended Application deadline: March 7, 2014

Join CES for the Tourneés Film Festival

FACEThe 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. This film festival is presented on campus by the Department of Romance Languages in collaboration with the Center for European Studies. All films will be shown free of charge in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center. Doors at 6:30 pm, screenings at 7:00 pm. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, February 5 - Colour de Peau: Miel (Approved for Adoption) An enchanting hybrid of animation and live-action, this adaptation of co-director Jung’s autobiographical graphic novel recounts his childhood and adolescence after a Belgian couple adopts him from a South Korean orphanage in the early 1970s.

Monday, February 10 - AmourA staggering, profound examination of love, Michael Haneke’s compassionate film centers on Georges and Anne, long-married octogenarians and retired music teachers who still take great delight in each other. As Anne grows increasingly debilitated both mentally and physically, however, their bonds will be tested.

Wednesday, February 19 - Le Bonheur d'Elza (Elza) The wondrous, highly personal directorial debut of Mariette Monpierre is the searing yet inspiring tale of Elza, a talented university graduate who breaks her mother’s heart when, motivated by a desire to seek out her father whom she barely remembers, she decides to leave their Paris apartment to return to her birthplace of Guadeloupe.

Tuesday, February 25 - La Pirogue (The Pirogue) Moussa Touré’s trenchant chronicle of a sea trek from West Africa to Europe lays bare the incalculable perils of immigration, as veteran fisherman Baye Laye reluctantly agrees to be the captain of the long, narrow canoe of the title. Unlike most films about immigration, The Pirogue refuses to speak in hazy ideologies: it presents the brutal realities that millions worldwide face in the effort to leave one land for another.

Thuesday, February 27 - Le Tableau (The Painting) One of the most inventive animated films in recent years, Jean-François Laguionie’s The Painting examines bigotry through the social classification of subjects residing in a canvas.

Upcoming Speaker Series

North Carolina German Seminar Series Presents the Mary Stevens Reckford Memorial Lecture in European Studies: "Age of Destruction: WWI One Hundred Years Later" with Michael E. Geyer

Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 7:30pm | Gerrard Hall

If World War I was a European war over the future of the world, the futures of the world that emerged from the age of destruction were unlike anything the belligerents, high and low, had expected. How could this happen? Answers hinge on understanding the peculiar “totalizing” energy of the war, which was unleashed in 1914 and crashed through legal, political and “civilizational” hedges that had meant to contain violence – away from bourgeois society and beyond the European world. It also depends on making sense of an age of destruction – a yet more deadly war, a 40-year war-in-sight confrontation in Europe and the violent ends of empire – that emerged from World War I.

Duke-UNC "Gender, War, and Culture" Series presents a public workshop: Gender, War, and Empire in a Global Perspective

February 20, 2014 | 1:30-5:00 pm |  UNC-Chapel Hill Hyde Hall

This workshop is devoted to an exploration of the centrality of empire to the involvement of Europe and the Americas in wars during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It will discuss wars over the creation and extension of imperial domains and their impact on colonized peoples as well as the colonizers, the involvement of imperial subjects and colonized people in primarily European wars, and the armed struggles for self-determination that followed in the wake of those wars. It will explore the role of gender in distinguishing the rulers from the ruled as well as in the gendered politics involved in the militarization of civil society in pre-war as well as war-time society. It will also consider the consequences of imperial wars and wars of decolonization for gender relations among both colonized and colonizers.

Carolina Seminar Series: "Soviet Judgment at Nuremburg: A Cold War Story" with Fran Hirsch, University of Wisconsin

27 February 2014 | 6:30 pm-8:00 pm | FedEx Global Education Center 4003

Fran Hirsch is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin. Her research and teaching interests include Russian and Soviet history, modern European history, and comparative empires.

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:

Application deadline: February 7, 2014

Freie Universität Berlin is now accepting applications for Fall 2014

Freie Universität Berlin invites applications for its undergraduate FU-BEST (Berlin European Studies) program for Fall 2014 and beyond. It also extends an invitation to any institutions that may wish to join our large community of program partners. Students from a wide range of U.S. institutions have successfully participated in this growing program, which has been positively evaluated by the Forum on Education Abroad. Please see for details.

For full details on courses as well as other features of the program and application materials, please visit and click on the many links to all the information and documents (including course syllabi).

Application deadline: April 1, 2014

Conferences, Workshops, and Calls for Papers

2014 Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union

The European Union Center of California is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union, hosted by the European Union Center of California, Scripps College, from April 10-11, 2014. Additional information available at:

If you are a UNC undergraduate student interested in applying for the conference, please contact, as a limited amount of travel funds are available.

Submission deadline: February 17, 2014

Fellowships, Awards and Job Opportunities

European Parliament invites US graduate students to apply for internships

The European Parliament invites graduate students (US citizens only) to apply for a full-time internship in its Washington DC office from mid-April to mid-July 2014, with the possibility of a two-month extension in Brussels and Strasbourg. The deadline for applicants is February 28th so don't delay!

Please submit your Europass CV and a 500-word statement of interest. Be sure to indicate the type of assignment you seek: policy area or function (e.g. communications or procedural matters). Two recommendation letters sent to us directly by a faculty member are also required. Please address your application to:
EPLO Internships, 2175 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20037 or e-mail

Application deadline: February 28, 2014

DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowships

The DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program, funded by a generous grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), is designed to bring scholars and specialists working on Germany, Europe, and/or transatlantic relations to AICGS for research stays of two months each. Fellowships include a monthly stipend of up to $4,725, depending on the seniority of the applicant; transportation to and from Washington; and office space at the Institute. For more information, click here

Application deadline: February 28, 2014

Wilson Center Title VIII Grants in East European Studies

Short-term and summer research grants are are available to American academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC, and its research institutions.

All grant opportunities are funded by Title VIII and available only to U.S. citizens. All relevant application forms are available online at

Application deadline: March 1, 2014

2014-15 Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellows in Central European Studies

The Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellowships in Central European Studies enable each year two outstanding scholars to conduct research on important issues related to Central Europe at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC.

The Fellows are closely integrated into the research, training, and outreach activities of the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) at SAIS, and will participate in CTR events and meetings. Each Fellow is expected to complete a research paper during the period of residence according to the terms of the assignment entered into with the Foundation.

Each year the Center and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation identify several themes of particular interest. For 2014-15, the Center is particularly interested in receiving applications that deal with any of the following:

  • The impact of sovereign debt crisis and the economic crisis on the countries of central and eastern Europe
  • The future of the western Balkans
  • Energy security issues
  • 'Frozen' or 'festering' conflicts in central and eastern Europe
  • Issues of human rights, democracy and rule of law in central and eastern Europe
  • The role of central and eastern European countries in transatlantic approaches to common challenges

For further information, write to or call 202-663-5880.

Application deadline: April 15, 2014

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 Visit the EURAXESS website to learn more.

2014 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence

Your chance to investigate cross-border stories about generations with funded research, travel expenses, career development seminars, and publishing arrangements in international media. For this year's program, journalists are encouraged to consider the annual theme, GENERATIONS. Think about your story's significance not just in your home country, but also in at least one other regional state and within the European Union. Choose phenomena that are relevant and current but don’t forget that best proposals will put a big ideas into sharp focus and people at the heart of the story. More information.

Application deadline: March 5, 2014

Education and Business Resources

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:


CES Resource Highlights

Subscribe to the CES video channel on YouTube to be notified of new videos

The channel is the home to original resources for students and the greater public too. You will find lectures from our Fall Friday series and by our esteemed visiting scholars and interviews with thought leaders. Enjoy our growing library of topics on contemporary Europe. Help us grow our family of subscribers!


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Europeana 1914-1918

Want to incorporate primary documents from WWI into your classroom? The Europeana 1914-1918 project brings together national and official archives, along with personal narratives, diary entries, post cards, photos, interviews, and propaganda from the first World War to provide insights from every point of view.

Project co-funded by the European Union
Europeana 1914-1918

Teachers, register now for the Arab and Islamic Cultures Seminar

Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, 2014 | UNC-Chapel Hill

Seminar session topics include an Introduction to the Middle East, The Qu'ran, Islam, Asian Trade, Turkey, and Calligraphy. For more details or to register, click here.

Other International Events and Resources

Register for the Global American South Conference

Global American South Conference

Friday and Saturday, February 21-22, 2014 | FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill

Cities, Rivers, and Cultures of Change: Rethinking and Restoring the Environments of the Global American South with Chandler Keynote Address by Dr. Margaret Palmer. This conference aims to bring together graduate students, faculty, independent scholars, and a broader public audience to share current research that explore these themes from the point of view of 1) southern culture, history, and ethics, 2) efforts to restore natural and built environments, and 3) the implications and connections between changes to the American South and the inter-connected global environment in which we live. Register here.

Lunch and Learn with Croatian LGBT activist, writer, and film critic

Monday, February 10 | 12:00pm | Toy Lounge in Dey Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

Join CSEEES for a talk led by Mima Simić on February 10. Simić is a Croat academic who has been involved in feminist and LGBT activist movements and was voted Croatian LGBT person of the decade in 2011. Simić will discuss the development of LGBT politics and activism in Croatia and examine how she and other activists and organizations have used strategies of media subversion to affect public and social attitudes on homosexuality and gender. She will also examine the recent constitutional referendum in Croatia that banned same-sex marriage and the government's new proposal for a "life partnership" union. This talk is a special event in UNC's Program in Sexuality Studies' "Lunch and Learn" series and light lunch will be provided. More info here.

Join the UNC Portuguese Conversation Group Bate-Papo

The Portuguese Bate-Papo will be held on Wednesdays during this spring semester: February 19 & 26, March 19 & 26, and April 2. All meetings are held in Dey 205 from 2-3 pm.

Making the World Safe for Democracy? Diversity in the First World WarDiversity in WWI

Saturday, March 29 | 9:00 am | High Point University Conference Center Ballroom

When the United States entered World War I, President Woodrow Wilson explained that Americans were fighting to "make the world safe for democracy." This one-day workshop brings together three of the nation's leading experts, Profs. Richard Fogarty, Jennifer Keene, and Michael Neiburg, to examine the ways that Wilson's promise did and did not ring true. This event is open to the public, no tickets required.

The Tsar's Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Art

Through Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | NC Museum of History, Raleigh

You won’t have to travel overseas to see hidden treasures of Imperial Russia. Discover them in two exhibitions now open at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh. The Tsars’ Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs runs concurrently with Windows into Heaven: Russian Icons from the Lilly and Francis Robicsek Collection of Religious Art.