SAE-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Society for the Anthropology of Europe (SAE) and the Council for European Studies (CES) invite eligible graduate students with a focus on European Anthropology to apply for the 2018-19 Anthropology of Europe Pre-Dissertation Fellowship. The SAE is the section of the American Anthropological Association that promotes the anthropological study of European societies and culture, encouraging connections between scholars working in Europe. Each fellowship includes a $5,000 stipend to fund two months’ research in Europe, and travel support for attending and presenting at the International Conference of Europeanists.

 

Eligibility:

The Anthropology of Europe Pre-Dissertation Fellowship is intended to fund fellows’ first research project in Europe. Applicants must:

  • be enrolled in a doctoral program at a university that is a member of the Council for European Studies Academic Consortium;
  • not have completed the majority of doctoral coursework;
  • not have begun substantial dissertation research in Europe.

Barring exceptional circumstances, students who have already received comparable support for pre-dissertation research will not be considered eligible. 

Deadlines:

The annual application period opens October 1. Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before January 15. Applicants will be notified of the Committee's decision by the end of April.
 

To Apply:

Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship Application

Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship Faculty Recommendation Form          Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship Language Competency Form


Submit the CES Pre-Dissertation Fellowship Application Form and return three (3) completed Faculty Recommendation Forms. You must also submit a Language Competency Form for every language in which you will require functional knowledge to complete your proposed research. All materials are due by January 15. A complete application will include all five of these forms.

 

Have questions about the fellowship or application process? Check out our FAQs! You can also see a list of Past Awardees here.

 

Alliance-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship

Alliance and the Council for European Studies (CES) invite eligible graduate students to apply for its 2018-19 CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships. Created in the fall of 2002, Alliance is a non-profit transatlantic joint-venture between Columbia University and three prestigious French institutions: the École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, and Panthéon-Sorbonne University. Each fellowship includes a $4,500 stipend to fund two months’ research in Europe and travel support for attending and presenting at the International Conference of Europeanists.
 






Eligibility:

The Alliance - CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship is intended to fund fellows’ first research project in Europe. Applicants must:

  • be enrolled in a doctoral program at a university that is a member of Alliance (Columbia University, Sciences Po, École Polytechnique, Panthéon-Sorbonne University)
  • not have completed the majority of doctoral coursework
  • not have begun substantial dissertation research in Europe.


Barring exceptional circumstances, students who have already received comparable support for pre-dissertation research will not be considered eligible. 

Deadlines:

The annual application period opens October 1. Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before January 15. Applicants will be notified of the Committee's decision by the end of April.
 

To Apply:

Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship Application

Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship Faculty Recommendation Form          Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship Language Competency Form


Submit the CES Pre-Dissertation Fellowship Application Form and return three (3) completed Faculty Recommendation Forms. You must also submit a Language Competency Form for every language in which you will require functional knowledge to complete your proposed research. All materials are due by January 15. A complete application will include all five of these forms.

 

Have questions about the fellowship or application process? Check out our FAQs! You can also see a list of Past Awardees here.

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European Studies Book Award - 2018 Awardee


The Council for European Studies' (CES) Book Award Committee is pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 European Studies Book Award. 

Max Bergholz (Concordia University) has received the 2018 European Studies Book Award for his book Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community.


During two terrifying days and nights in early September 1941, the lives of nearly two thousand men, women, and children were taken savagely by their neighbors in Kulen Vakuf, a small rural community straddling today’s border between northwest Bosnia and Croatia. This frenzy—in which victims were butchered with farm tools, drowned in rivers, and thrown into deep vertical caves—was the culmination of a chain of local massacres that began earlier in the summer. In Violence as a Generative Force, Max Bergholz tells the story of the sudden and perplexing descent of this once peaceful multiethnic community into extreme violence. This deeply researched microhistory provides provocative insights to questions of global significance: What causes intercommunal violence? How does such violence between neighbors affect their identities and relations?
 
Contrary to a widely held view that sees nationalism leading to violence, Bergholz reveals how the upheavals wrought by local killing actually created dramatically new perceptions of ethnicity—of oneself, supposed "brothers," and those perceived as "others." As a consequence, the violence forged new communities, new forms and configurations of power, and new practices of nationalism. The history of this community was marked by an unexpected explosion of locally executed violence by the few, which functioned as a generative force in transforming the identities, relations, and lives of the many. The story of this largely unknown Balkan community in 1941 provides a powerful means through which to rethink fundamental assumptions about the interrelationships among ethnicity, nationalism, and violence, both during World War II and more broadly throughout the world.
 

Max Bergholz is Associate Professor of History at Concordia University in Montreal, where he has taught since 2011. His interests include microhistorical approaches to the history of modern Europe, with a particular focus on the local dynamics of nationalism, intercommunal violence, and historical memory.  His fieldwork focuses on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia.  In 2016, Cornell University Press published his first book, Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community, which has won four prizes.


Related Websites: Cornell University Press, Amazon.com 


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2018 European Studies Book Award - Honorable Mentions 

The Book Award Committee has awarded Honorable Mention to Noah Benezra Strote of North Carolina State University for his book Lions and Lambs: Conflict in Weimar and the Creation of Post-Nazi Germany, and to Erik R. Scott of the University of Kansas for his book, Familiar Strangers: The Georgian Diaspora and the Evolution of Soviet Empire.


Lions and Lambs: Conflict in Weimar and the Creation of Post-Nazi Germany By Noah Benezra Strote (Yale University Press)

Not long after the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust, Germans rebuilt their shattered country and emerged as one of the leading nations of the Western liberal world. In his debut work, Noah Strote analyzes this remarkable turnaround and challenges the widely held perception that the Western Allies—particularly the United States—were responsible for Germany’s transformation. Instead, Strote draws from never-before-seen material to show how common opposition to Adolf Hitler united the fractious groups that had once vied for supremacy under the Weimar Republic, Germany’s first democracy (1918-1933). His character-driven narrative follows ten Germans of rival worldviews who experienced the breakdown of Weimar society, lived under the Nazi dictatorship, and together assumed founding roles in the democratic reconstruction.

While many have imagined postwar Germany as the product of foreign-led democratization, this study highlights the crucial role of indigenous ideas and institutions that stretched back decades before Hitler. Foregrounding the resolution of key conflicts that crippled the country’s first democracy, Strote presents a new model for understanding the origins of today’s Federal Republic.

Noah Benezra Strote is Associate Professor of European history at North Carolina State University. He earned his PhD in History from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011, and has also studied at Columbia University in the City of New York and the Humboldt University of Berlin. He is a former fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. 

Related websites: Yale University Press, Amazon.com

 
 
 

Familiar Strangers: The Georgian Diaspora and the Evolution of Soviet Empire by Erik R. Scott (Oxford University Press)

A small, non-Slavic nation located far from the Soviet capital, Georgia was more closely linked with the Ottoman and Persian empires than with Russia for most of its history. One of over one hundred officially classified Soviet nationalities, Georgians represented less than 2% of the Soviet population, yet they constituted an extraordinarily successful and powerful minority. Familiar Strangers aims to explain how Georgians gained widespread prominence in the Soviet Union, yet remained a distinctive national community. 
 
Through the history of a remarkably successful group of ethnic outsiders at the heart of Soviet empire, Erik R. Scott reinterprets the course of modern Russian and Soviet history. Scott contests the portrayal of the Soviet Union as a Russian-led empire composed of separate national republics and instead argues that it was an empire of diasporas, forged through the mixing of a diverse array of nationalities behind external Soviet borders. Internal diasporas from the Soviet republics migrated throughout the socialist empire, leaving their mark on its politics, culture, and economics. Arguably the most prominent diasporic group, Georgians were the revolutionaries who accompanied Stalin in his rise to power and helped build the socialist state; culinary specialists who contributed dishes and rituals that defined Soviet dining habits; cultural entrepreneurs who perfected a flamboyant repertoire that spoke for a multiethnic society on stage and screen; traders who thrived in the Soviet Union's burgeoning informal economy; and intellectuals who ultimately called into question the legitimacy of Soviet power. 
 
Looking at the rise and fall of the Soviet Union from a Georgian perspective, Familiar Strangers offers a new way of thinking about the experience of minorities in multiethnic states, with implications far beyond the imperial borders of Russia and Eurasia.

Erik R. Scott is an Associate Professor of Russian History and the Director of Graduate Studies for the Center for Global and International Studies at the University of Kansas. Drawing on years of fieldwork and knowledge of several regional languages, his research and teaching explore migration and diaspora within and beyond the imperial borders of Russia and the Soviet Union. Professor Scott has been awarded grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, Fulbright-Hays, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Russian and Soviet history, the Cold War, comparative empires, and global migration. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Related websites: Oxford University Press, Amazon.com



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European Studies Book Award Shortlist



 

From left to right:

Chosen Nation: Mennonites and Germany in a Global Era by Benjamin W. Goossen (Princeton University Press);

Civil Society and Memory in Postwar Germany by Jenny Wüstenberg (Cambridge University Press);

European Union Policy-Making. The Regulatory Shift in Natural Gas Market Policy by Nicole Herweg (Springer/Palgrave Macmillan);

Familiar Strangers: The Georgian Diaspora and the Evolution of Soviet Empire by Erik R. Scott (Oxford University Press);

Lions and Lambs: Conflict in Weimar and the Creation of Post-Nazi Germany by Noah Benezra Strote (Yale University Press);

Russia in the German Global Imaginary: Imperial Visions & Utopian Desires 1905-1941 by James E. Casteel (University of Pittsburgh Press);

Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community
by Max Bergholz (Cornell University Press).


 
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2018 European Studies Book Award Judging Committee


 

Maria Kousis (PhD, The University of Michigan, 1984) is Professor of Sociology and Director of the University of Crete Research Center. She was coordinator or partner in European Commission research projects including Grassroots Environmental Action, TEA, PAGANINI, and MEDVOICES. Publications consist of 11 edited volumes, books, and special issues as well as 67 articles or book chapters. Her research centers on Social Change, Contentious Politics, Environmental Politics, Bioethics, Social Movements in Times of Crises, and Southern Europe.

 

 

Virág Molnár received her PhD from Princeton University and is currently Associate Professor of Soiology at The New School for Social Research. Her current work examines the impact of new communication technologies on the urban public sphere through a comparative study of the street art scene in New York, Berlin, and Budapest; the politics of urban rodent control; and the rise of radical populism in contemporary Hungary. Her book Building the State Architecture, Politics, and State Formation in Postwar Central Europe (Routledge, 2013) received the 2014 Mary Douglas Prize from the American Sociological Association.

 


Floris Vermeulen is Associate Professor and Chair of the department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. He has been Co-Director of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES). He studied Economic and Social History at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on the civic and political participation of immigrants at the local level and local integration policies and their effects on different domains. He participated in several large European research projects such as RELIGARE and INTEGRIM. His work is published in international volumes and journals such as European Union Politics, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and others.

 


Suzanne Forsberg holds a BMus degree from the University of Utah, an AM from Harvard University, and a PhD from New York University. At St. Francis College, she is Professor and Chair of Foreign Languages, Fine Arts, and International Cultural Studies. In 2010, she received a Merit of Honor Award from the University of Utah for distinguished professional achievements. In 2015, the New York Council for the Humanities awarded her a Certificate of Merit in recognition of her participation in the Speaker in the Humanities program. A specialist in the eighteenth-century symphony, she co-authored a volume in the Garland Series The Symphony, 1720-1840.




Morten Høi Jensen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1987. He attended The New School for Social Research in New York City and has contributed to numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, and the New Republic. He writes occasionally for the Danish broadsheet Weekendavisen and contributes a monthly column to EuropeNow Journal. In September 2017, Yale University Press published his first book, A Difficult Death: The Life and Work of Jens Peter Jacobsen. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.




 



James G. Schryver is a medieval archaeologist who works in the Mediterranean and Ireland. His research interests include the use of landscape and gardens as expressions of identity and status. James received his MA and PhD from Cornell University and is currently an Associate Professor of Art History at University of Minnesota, Morris. He was named Spring 2017 Margot Tytus Fellow at the University of Cincinnati.













 

CES Sponsored Events

CES proudly announces the following CES sponsored events:


Women in Society from Historical Perspective: The Origins and Developments of Women's Political, Social and Economic Engagement

July 11, 2017


This one-day conference will highlight projects focused on women in society from a historical perspective. Submissions are encouraged from scholars from a range of disciplines conducting research at the cross-section of gender, politics, history, sociology, and economics in Europe. 

To submit a proposal, send a paper title and abstract to Carissa Tudor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 15, 2017. Decisions will be distributed in April.

View the ful Call for Papers.




20th Georgetown University Transatlantic Policy Symposium
: Divided Europe? Straining the Limits of European Unity

Friday, February 19, 2016

The 2016 Transatlantic Policy Symposium will bring together established experts in the transatlantic community with the upcoming generation of thinkers to discuss challenges related to the European project:

How might internal and external forces determine the future of European unity?
What challenges does Europe face, and how do they affect the EU today and in the future?

Read the program here.
 



Into the Darkness: 1st Annual Pan-European Studies Graduate Conference at the University of Virginia

April 1-3, 2016

Graduate students from the departments of German, Slavic Languages, Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, French, History, and Music at the University of Virginia have come together to organize the first Pan-European Studies Graduate Conference with a truly interdisciplinary exploration of the topic "Darkness" in European Studies. This inaugural Pan-European Studies conference will launch a forum for the exchange of ideas and the professional development of graduate students.

The conference will allow graduate students to practice the art of writing, presenting, and defending conference papers. However, the conference will be opened up to the wider graduate student community in the form of a “Dissertation Speed-Dating” workshop. Graduate students at the university will be invited to attend our workshop at which they will have the chance to practice their “elevator speech” and present it to a fellow student outside of their discipline.

For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

 

European Studies Undergraduate Project Prize

European Studies First Article Prize call for nominations

The European Studies Undergraduate Project Prize is designed to encourage interest and collaborative, interdisciplinary work in the field of European Studies by rewarding talented undergraduates who have conducted original research in the field. The European Studies Undergraduate Project Prize is awarded to the best research paper written in English on any subject in European Studies as part of an undergraduate university degree program. Projects that incorporate another discipline and a second contributor are strongly encouraged.

Two prizes will be awarded in 2018. A multi-disciplinary selection committee appointed by CES’ Executive Committee will choose the winners. Each winner (or winning collaborative team) will receive a check for $500, along with public recognition in CES’ European Studies Newsletter, and on CES’ social media sites. As well, the winning project will be featured in EuropeNow Campus, the educational corner of EuropeNow, CES’ online journal of research, art, and politics relating to Europe that reaches over 100,000 readers globally. In addition, prize winners who are interested in attending the CES conference may request one conference registration fee waiver for any conference in the three years following their award. 

 

Eligibility

Each nominated project must meet the following criteria:
  • be a paper authored or co-authored by undergraduate student(s) in the field of European Studies;
  • be in the 4,000-6,000 word range, with a maximum word count of 8,000;
  • be written in English;
  • be the work of one author, or the collaborative work of two authors, or the collaborative work of one author and one artist. Collaborative, co-authored projects incorporating various disciplines are strongly encouraged.
  • be authored by a student, or students, of an institution that is a member of the CES Academic Consortium.
Nominations may be submitted by the author(s), and must be accompanied by a nomination form and digital copy of the nominated project. (Projects should be directly attached to the nomination form.)  Paper submissions will not be accepted. The nomination form will open on October 1, 2017.


Deadlines

Nominations will be accepted from October 1, 2017 until March 1, 2018. The winners will be announced in June of 2018.
 

 
 
 
 





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2019 CES Conference

CES is thrilled to announce the location of the 26 Int'l Conference of Europeanists. Learn more...

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