February 19, 2014

CES News

External opportunities listings (calls for papers, research funding, fellowships, jobs, etc.) have moved to separate page

CES receives opportunities for students and early career academics/professionals from world-class institutions around the country and around the globe on a daily basis. In order to best serve our students, we've dedicated a new page on our website where the university community and general public can search through the many opportunities to present research, apply for funding or jobs, or deepen their knowledge on Europe. CES will occasionally highlight these opportunities in The Eurofile. Check out all the opportunities currently available by clicking External Funding, Research, and Job Opportunities.

 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

CES-Sponsored Events and 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 | 7:30 pm | 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

February 27, 2014 | 6:30-8:00 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, 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.

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 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.

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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.

Objects Sacred and Profane: Icons and Iconography in Modern Culture

Saturday, February 22, 2014 | 2:00 pm | NC Museum of History, Raleigh

Louise McReynolds, UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies

Come hear Dr. McReynolds speak about the tensions that arise when an object of religious veneration is viewed as a representation of material culture. This is part of The Tsars’ Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs at the NC Museum of History.

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.

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.

Join the UNC Portuguese Bate-Papo (Conversation Group)

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.