September 20, 2013

CES News

EU Ambassador to the US to speak on “European Foreign Policy in the Making”

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | 1 - 2:00 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

Ambassador João Vale de Almeida  is coming to North Carolina as part of the “Beyond the Beltway Initiative” of the Delegation of the EU to the US. Since taking the helm of the EU Delegation in 2010, Vale de Almeida has traveled across the US to engage with local and state government officials, public and private sector leaders, and think tanks and educational forums. His visit to UNC is supported by UNC’s Center for European Studies/European Union Center of Excellence and the Ambassadors Forum organized by the Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professorship, the Center for European Studies and the Department of History.

© Jamie Rose Photography 2010Ambassador João Vale de Almeida presented his credentials to President Obama on August 10, 2010. Prior to his appointment, he served as the director general for external relations at the European Commission, the EU’s executive body. As the most senior official under the authority of the High Representative/Vice-President Baroness Ashton, he helped formulate and execute the EU’s foreign policy and played a key role in preparing for the new European External Action Service introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon. From 2004 to 2009, Vale de Almeida was the head of cabinet for European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. He accompanied President Barroso to European Council meetings and ensured coordination with private offices of heads of state and governments in all 28 Member States of the EU. Vale de Almeida was also the president’s personal representative for negotiations on the Treaty of Lisbon and acted as the EU “Sherpa” for G8 and G20 Summits. He attended G8 Summits between 2005 and 2010 and accompanied President Barroso to the launching of G20 Summits from 2008 to 2010.  Earlier in his career, Vale de Almeida held several senior positions in the European Commission and the Economic and Social Committee and worked closely with former Commission Presidents Jacques Delors, Jacques Santer and Romano Prodi. Prior to joining President Barroso’s team in 2004, he held a senior position in the Directorate General for Education and Culture after serving as deputy chief spokesman of the European Commission. Vale de Almeida joined the European Commission in 1982 at its Delegation in Lisbon, after spending seven years as a journalist. He holds a degree in history from the University of Lisbon and has studied and received training in journalism and management in the United States, France, Japan and the United Kingdom. Vale de Almeida was decorated by the President of the Republic of Portugal with the Grand Cross of the Order of the Infante D. Henrique in 2011.

Note: Seating is limited, but the lecture will be broadcast live to an overflow location, 1005 FedEx Global Education Center. Parking will not be available at the FedEx Global Education Center; however, for visitor parking lots, please see the Department of Public Safety.

Event contact:  Erica Edwards, executive director, Center for European Studies, 919-962-6765
Media contact: Katie Bowler Young, director of global relations, UNC Global, 919-962-4504

CES Welcomes Back Visiting Scholars

As an essential part of our mission to provide opportunities for students, faculty and the public to learn about contemporary Europe and the European Union, the CES welcomes scholars from around the world to participate in its Visiting Scholar Program. The center will be hosting a number of visiting scholars this academic year. We introduce you to two of our returning scholars in this edition and will highlight more in the weeks to come.

Christiane Lemke (Leibniz University of Hannover)

Christiane LemkeChristiane Lemke is a professor of political science at the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany, where she is Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Science. Since 2010, she has also held the Max Weber Chair at New York University. Professor Lemke received her PhD from the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences at the Free University in Berlin and went on to earn her Habilitation Venia Legendi in Political Science from the same institution. Professor Lemke has been a visiting scholar at a number of US institutions over the years as she has maintained her permanent faculty positions in Germany. She has taught courses at UNC-Chapel Hill, Stanford University, Harvard University, and Suffolk University. While on a leave from the University of Hannover from 2006 to 2007, Professor Lemke served as the Director of State Parliament, Lower Saxony. Professor Lemke’s academic areas of expertise include European politics, democracy and governance in the EU, transatlantic relations, comparative politics and political theory, and American politics. She is the author/editor of numerous books and articles, including Internationale Beziehungen: Grundkonzepte, Theorien und Problemfelder, 3rd ed. (International Relations: Concepts, Theories, and Key Issues, 2012); Richtungswechsel. Politik der Obama-Administration (Change: Reform Politics of the Obama Administration, 2011); Europäische Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik (European Foreign and Security Policy, 2010); Menschenrechte und Migration (Human Rights and Migration, 2009). This fall, Professor Lemke will teach one of the required TransAtlantic Masters courses: European Integration - Theories, Institutions and Decision-Making Processes (POLI 733). She has offered this course to students at UNC-Chapel Hill in the past, and we were delighted and honored to have her back again this fall.

Holger Moroff (Friedrich Schiller University of Jena)

Holger MoroffHolger Moroff has been a visiting DAAD visiting assistant professor since 2008. He is affiliated with both CES and the Political Science Department. Prior to coming to UNC-Chapel Hill, Professor Moroff taught international and comparative politics at Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany, and was a senior research fellow at the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) in Berlin. He earned an MA in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master's of European Studies (MES) from the Center of European Integration Studies (ZEI) at Bonn University. In 2008, he was awarded his PhD in Political Science from Friedrich Schiller University of  Jena. Professor Moroff’s research focuses on security theories and European integration as well as on comparative political corruption and the internationalization of anti-corruption regimes. He is the editor/co-editor of numerous books, including Fighting Corruption in Eastern Europe: A multilevel perspective (2012), Anti-Corruption for Eastern Europe and European Soft Security Policies: The Northern Dimension (2002). His current book project focuses on the culture of soft security, specifically on security governance in the EU’s neighborhood. Professor Moroff regularly teaches the undergraduate course, Politics of the European Union (POLI 433). He also teaches two graduate courses geared toward students in the TransAtlantic Masters Program: The EU as a Global Actor (POLI 891) and Political Corruption in Comparative and IR Perspective (POLI 871).

Lecture with Prof. Erika Kuhlman: “Transnational Cultures of Mourning: War Widows and Fallen Soldiers in World War I”

TODAY, September 20, 2013 | 4:00 - 6:00 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Institute for Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall, Incubator Room

Erika Kuhlman, professor of history and director of women studies at Idaho State University, will be speaking in conjunction with the Duke-UNC “Gender, War and Culture” lecture series. The theme of Prof. Kuhlman’s lecture is how nation-states laid claims on the bodies of soldiers and their wives during World War I. She analyzes the experiences of war widows and their husbands comparatively to untangle the complex relationships between these two core wartime-figures and the nation-state. War widows could imagine the horrors of trench warfare as well as the sorrow of widows from other warring nations. As a result they participated not only in gendered mourning rituals endorsed by the state, but also created transnational cultures of mourning that challenged the nation-state's right to the bodies of their husbands, to their own bodies, and the right to wage war in general.

Prof. Kuhlman’s research focuses on comparative and transnational histories of World War I. Her books include Reconstructing Patriarchy after the Great War: Women, Gender, and Postwar Reconciliation Between Nations (2008) and Of Little Comfort: War Widows, Fallen Soldiers, and the Remaking of the Nation After the Great War (2012).

Co-conveners include: UNC-Chapel Hill: Center for European Studies; departments of History, Women's and Gender Studies, and Music; Institute for Arts and Humanities | Duke University: Department of History | Research Triangle Series on the History of Military, War and Society | Triangle Institute for Security Studies

More on the Duke-UNC “Gender, War and Culture” lecture series

2013 CES Fall Speaker Series

Each Friday in the fall, the Center for European Studies is pleased to bring you the Friday Lecture 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.

Upcoming events include:

Lecture by Prof. Herman Schwartz, University of Virginia : ”From (US) Financial Crisis to Euro Crisis: Why Were American Houses Connected to Europe’s Internal Imbalances?”

Friday, September 27, 2013 | 12 - 1:30 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center 4003

Herman SchwartzHerman Schwartz (University of Virginia) is a geographically oriented economic historian who studies the constitution of and interaction of state and market power. He has worked on the development of the global economy since 1500; marketization of the welfare state in the 1980s and 1990s; and the global causes and consequences of the American housing bubble.

Lecture by Prof. A. Maurits van der Veen, College of William & Mary: ”National Visions of European Integration: How EU Citizens in Different Countries Think about the EU"

Friday, October 4, 2013 | 12 - 1:30 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center 4003

Maurits van der Veen (College of William & Mary) is a political scientist whose research examines the various ways policy-makers think about ("frame") foreign policy issues, and the impact that different frames, in turn, have on actual policy choices. He has applied this approach to the study of foreign aid policy in Western Europe and the United States, the politics of European integration and EU enlargement, and the terminology used to describe massive human rights violations (what happens if you refuse to call a genocide a genocide?). He also develops agent-based computational models to analyze the impact of social networks on the spread of foreign policy frames, and of ideas more generally.

Deconstructing the German Elections of 2013: Results and Consequences

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 | 5:30 - 6:30 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Hamilton Hall 569

A roundtable discussion with experts:

  • Konrad Jarausch (UNC-CH, History)
  • Helga Welsh (Wake Forest)
  • Holger Moroff (UNC-CH, Political Science)

Moderated by Klaus Larres (UNC-CH, History/PWAD) and organized in co-operation with the UNC Center for European Studies and the Peace, War and Defense Curriculum.

Free parking after 5 pm at Cobb Deck, a short walk from Hamilton Hall.

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. Join us for the first event of the fall semester.

Wahlkampf Merkel und SteinbrückThe German Elections: Outcomes and Impact

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | 12 - 1:30 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Peabody 08F Conference Room

The roundtable will be moderated by Dr. Steven E. Sokol, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. Panelists include:

  • Patrick Altdorfer, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
  • Myra Marx Ferree, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Nils Ringe, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • David Crew, Department of History, University of Texas-Austin
  • Per Urlaub, Department of Germanic Studies, University of Texas-Austin
  • Peter Rehberg, Department of Germanic Studies, University of Texas-Austin

Seating is limited for this event. Email to RSVP.

Corinna Kahnke: “Aesthetic Program or Annihilation? Gender(ed) Violence in Popliteratur”

Sunday, September 15, 2013 | 5:00 - 7:00 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Institute for Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall

Corinna Kahnke, an assistant professor in the Department of German Languages & Literature at Duke University will be speaking in conjunction with the North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series. Within the narratives of Popliteratur, violence functions as a ground on which to negotiate internal, external and societal crises of self-understanding and interaction within the Generation Golf (Florian Illies’s term for a generation of Popliteratur authors) and beyond. Exploring the articulations of sexuality, gender and violence of authors such as Sibylle Berg, Tanja Dückers, Thea Dorn, Felicitas Hoppe, and Antje Ravek Strubel situates women authors within the genre of Popliteratur, and illustrates how the combination of violence and sexuality represents larger issues of the Berlin Republic.

Professor Kahnke’s research interests include 20th and 21st century German popular literature, film, music and culture, their implementation in the classroom, pedagogy, feminist and queer studies. She has published on these topics and received the 2012 Unterrichtspraxis “Article of the Year” award.

Co-sponsors include: UNC-Chapel Hill: Carolina Seminars, Institute for the Arts & Humanities, Center for European Studies, departments of History and German Languages & Literatures | Duke University: departments of History and German Languages & Literatures, Center for European Studies | Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies

More on the North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series

Fellowships, Conferences and Workshops

BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship

The BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship is an international researcher mobility program offering a six-month research stay at two renowned academic institutions, the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg in Delmenhorst and at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences. The program supports research by outstanding scholars in the social sciences who will benefit from exceptional intellectual and research conditions.

Visiting fellows are expected to participate in regular activities of the HWK and to engage in doctoral education/supervision at BIGSSS. The BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship offers financial support and accommodation. The program welcomes applications worldwide from promising postdoctoral scholars to leading senior researchers. Applicants should have research and expertise in one or more of BIGSSS's three thematic fields:

  • Global Governance and Regional Integration
  • Welfare State, Inequality and Quality of Life
  • Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts

The deadline for applications is October 20, 2013. The Fellowship is scheduled for the 2014 winter term (October 2014 - February 2015). For detailed information concerning formal requirements, contact details and the academic program please visit their site.

Introduction to LAC Pedagogy Workshop

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | 11:00 am - 12:15 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center 4003

Participants in this workshop will become familiar with the philosophy, objectives, and characteristics of Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum; learn about UNC-Chapel Hill's LAC program and see examples of syllabi and materials from past courses; consider effective instructional strategies for the language-based content classroom; and design a brief LAC lesson plan, in collaboration with fellow participants. Email to attend.

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

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.

Section Proposal Deadline: September 27, 2013

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

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

Events for K-12 Educators

Free Online Course on "The European Union: An Introduction for Teachers"

EU flags4-week online course offering two CEUs begins October 9. Register today!

The goal of this course is to introduce in-service teachers to the history and the function of the EU, and to digital resources and methods for student learning. By the end of the course, teachers will understand the EU as an essential part of European history, government, economics, and culture, and will be able to facilitate learning about the EU through use of technology.

The final project is a standards-based technology-rich lesson plan incorporating online EU resources for each teacher’s class. Lesson plans will be submitted to the EUCE UNC for possible inclusion in the online lesson plan database. For more information, contact Dr. Regina Higgins.

Sponsored by the European Union, UNC European Union Center of Excellence, and LEARN NC.

World View 2013 K-12 Global Education Symposium: "Population and Global Migration"

October 23-24, 2013 | UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Friday Center

World ViewThe 2013 K-12 Global Education Symposium addresses a vital topic for all 21st century educators: Population and Global Migration. The symposium offers general and concurrent sessions examining the world’s most pressing challenges and resources for integrating global themes across the curriculum. There will also be support for school-based teams to create an Action Plan for adding a global dimension to school and district initiatives. This program is designed for K-12 administrators and teachers in all disciplines, and educators will leave the program with strategies for helping their students learn about and with the world. CEU credits will be offered.

Please see the symposium flyer (PDF) and visit the symposium website for specific information about the sessions and instructions on how to register.

Co-sponsored by the NC State Board of Education/Department of Public Instruction and UNC’s School of Education.

Other International News

Conversation with Peter Blair Henry, Leading Economist on Economic Growth Lessons from Developing Countries

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | 5:30 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

Peter Blair Henry ’91, dean of NYU’s Stern School of Business, will share findings from his new book Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth during a public discussion. In Turnaround, Henry examines the central question of why many developing countries weathered the storm of the Great Recession better than the traditional great power nations of the developed world. Using stock market analysis to complement customarily adopted measures of policy effectiveness, he argues the developed world can learn the lessons of the Third to recover and create long-term prosperity for all of its citizens.

Henry will respond to questions by William B. Harrison, Jr., former chairman and chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and chairman, UNC Global Advisory Board. A reception and book signing will immediately follow.

Presented by the UNC Global Research Institute in collaboration with: UNC Global, UNC Department of Economics, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, New Student and Carolina Parent Programs, Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and the Institute for the Study of the Americas.

Full press release

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.


Berlin image by Analee Harkins

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.

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2013

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