January 9, 2014

CES News

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

The 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.

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 involve 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

Application deadline: January 31, 2014

Apply for FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies Grant)

FLAS fellowships fund the study of less commonly taught languages and area studies coursework. This program provides academic year and summer fellowships to assist graduate students and advanced undergraduates in foreign language and area studies. For more information or to access the application form, click here.

Application deadline: January 31, 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.

Application deadline: February 15, 2014

 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.


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

Prof Vuic

Friday, January 24, 2014 | 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.

"Gateway to Freedom" in West Germany? The Friedland Refugee Youth Camp as Regulating Humanitarianism, 1947-1951

Sunday, January 26, 2014 | 5:00-7:00 pm | UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall

In the fall of 1945, the British Military Government ordered the establishment of a transit camp in the town of Friedland to help the local region cope with the refugee masses crossing the nearby zonal boundaries. Although the camp soon gained the reputation as the “Gateway to Freedom” for millions of German expellees, refugees, and prisoners of war entering West Germany from Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe, the camp’s regulatory regime meant that acceptance and resettlement in West Germany was more difficult than the famous moniker indicated. Taking Friedland’s sub-camp for vagrant male youths as an example, this presentation demonstrates how the camp’s dual regulatory and humanitarian mission affected key issues of family reunification, recognition of refugee status, and resettlement. Presented by Derek Holmgren, doctoral candidate in the Department of History at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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 2013-14 school year, please email­­

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

The Boren Awards for International Study

The applications for the 2014-15 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at 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

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 include: 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 website.

Application deadline: January 10, 2014

Conferences, Workshops, and Calls for Papers

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

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

Deadline for submissions: January 27, 2014

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 use 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

Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2014

Fellowships, Awards and Job Opportunities

2014-2015 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, D.C.

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.

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.

Application deadline: January 31, 2014

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 ( and the EU ( To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Erica Lutes at 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

NC Teachers! Join us for the 2014 Euro Challenge Orientation

Euro Challenge

You 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, a free orientation at UNC-Chapel Hill will be held on Saturday, January 25th.  For more information about the competition in the North Carolina/Southeast region, or to register for the orientation, 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 and access the YES Abroad 2014-15 program application.

Application deadline: January 9, 2014

CES Resource Highlights


Sasa Pekec
Doing Business in Croatia

CES interviews leading observer Saša Pekeč on the accession of Croatia to the European Union in a six-part series

Saša Pekeč is a professor at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University
Doing Business in Croatia

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francophone identities
Teach Francophone Identities

Interested in discovering and understanding the multiplicity of francophone identities? This bilingual French/English website provides educators and students points of reference, materials and practical information to spark reflection and examine the diversity of francophone identities, furthering their knowledge of contemporary Europe.

A Project of the Center for European Studies at UNC
Teach Francophone Identities

Other International Events and Resources

Global Projects Showcase

January 16, 12 pm-1 pm | Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, Sonja Haynes Stone Center

Want to travel next summer? Want funding for your global project? Come enjoy a showcase of students' research, experiences and travel stories from a variety of fields and global destinations.  Learn more about past international summer projects the Center for Global Initiatives has funded from the students themselves.  Lunch will be provided.  More info at:

Student Service Opportunity: Volunteer at Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Our friends at Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools are looking for volunteers. You choose the volunteer placement that fits your schedule and your interests! Register in advance here: School Volunteer Registration Form then plan to stop by UNC Student Union Room 3102 Jan. 14, 15, 16 or 21 anytime between 10 am-3:30 pm to choose a school placement! It's the easiest way for you to connect with us and make a difference.