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Graphic element for CBEES - the Centre for Baltic and East European StudiesThe Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) is tasked with stimulating, coordinating and developing Södertörn University’s research and doctoral education. It has a particular focus on studies of the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe and conducts its own research.

Since it was founded in 2005, CBEES has become a strong and thriving multidisciplinary research environment. The centre is a hub for cooperation throughout the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe, organising international conferences, seminars and workshops. The researchers’ expertise is in demand both within academia and in public debate. Research in the area is reflected in the international Baltic Worlds journal.

Many international visiting researchers have passed through the centre of the years, and more than 90 doctoral students have studied at BEEGS, the Baltic and East European Graduate School.

Summer schools at CBEES

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Populism and Radical Politics, Across East and West, Right and Left 


When: 9 June – 21 June, 2018
Where: Site 1 - Stockholm (Södertörn University) and Site 2 - Gdańsk (University of Gdańsk and European Solidarity Centre)
How many credits: 7.5 ECTS Points
For whom: Doctoral students within humanities or social sciences
By whom: Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) at Södertörn University, University of Gdańsk, European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk and the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS)
Language: English


In the last few years, populism has been on the rise in Europe, across East and West. In some countries the nationalist right-wing populist parties have gained power, whereas in others they have emerged on the fringes of mainstream politics. Xenophobic and outright racist movements are becoming more visible and vocal and seemingly threatening democracy. Yet elsewhere, left-wing movements are mobilizing against this development, arguing that there are other forms of populism: less reactionary, more inclusive and with the potential to reinvigorate democracy. Recent years have also seen a rise in women's and feminist mobilization against a current resurgence of "traditional values", anti-feminist backlash and authoritarianism. In light of this, is it safe to say that we live in a time of increased political polarization?

This and other topical questions will be the subject of lectures and discussions during the two weeks of the CBSS Summer University 2018 on two sides of the Baltic Sea, in Sweden and Poland.

The course “Populism and Radical Politics, Across East and West, Right and Left” deals with populism and radical politics across the political spectrum both theoretically and empirically. Particular attention is paid to the European post-1989 context within Baltic, Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the larger transnational and global cultural, economic and political developments within which these movements have emerged. The actual learning process will be enhanced by travel from Stockholm to the birthplace of Solidarity – Gdańsk, as well as teaching in action during guided tours and trips, small study groups and informal learning during leisure activities.

Some of the confirmed lecturers thus far are the following internationally renowned scholars:

  • Cecilia Sjöholm (Södertörn University) 
  • Mark Devenney (University of Brighton) 
  • Agnieszka Graff (University of Warsaw) 
  • Elzbieta Korolczuk (Södertörn University) 
  • Emilia Palonen (University of Helsinki) 
  • Michal Krzyzanowski (University of Liverpool) 

Programme (updated 11 June):  CBSS Summer University 2018_final_programme_11June2018.pdf 
Syllabus: click here


Course organisers:

  • Jenny Gunnarsson Payne (project manager: academic programme – Sweden)
  • Kazimierz Musial (project manager: academic programme – Poland)
  • Natalia Durkalec (project manager: administration, promotion and social media) 

Contact: summeruniversity@sh.se

Short link to this page: sh.se/summeruniversity



In cooperation with:


University of Brighton


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