Summer University

In partnership with other European universities, organisations and research groups, CBEES at Södertörn University offers a summer university for doctoral students. The topics vary from year to year.

ReNEW Summer University 2020

Identity Politics: Comparative Perspectives on the Nordic Countries and east central Europe

The summer university takes place at Södertörn University, Stockholm, and the University of Gdańsk, 9 June - 18 June 2020.

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If you have any questions, please refer to the FAQ section below, or contact us.

Identity Politics: Comparative Perspectives on the Nordic Countries and east central Europe

Date: 9 June – 18 June 2020

Place:

  • University of Gdańsk and European Solidarity Centre — Gdańsk
  • Södertörn University - Stockholm

How many credits: 8 ECTS credits

For whom: Doctoral students in the humanities or social sciences and arts.

Call opens: 1 November 2019

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2020

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have further questions: summeruniversity@sh.se

The Nordic countries and eastern central Europe are characterised by divergent historical experiences, which reached their apex during the Cold War. Since then, there has been a rapprochement of the countries on both sides of the former Iron Curtain. This development was facilitated by the political and economic transformation of the former Eastern bloc, as well as by a changing self-understanding and positioning of the Nordic states in the evolving new world order. Regional organisations and partnerships aided by the frameworks of European integration have contributed to restructuring collective identities in the north and south of the Baltic Sea region. The long-lasting German, Russian, and Anglo-American influences have been reframed within a broader European context. The world is currently repolarising around issues such as ethnicity, nationality and religion, but also gender and sexual orientation, as well as material and post-material life-styles. This PhD summer university intends to improve our understanding of these dynamics in northern and eastern central Europe (with a focus on the Scandinavian countries, Finland, Poland, and the Baltic States). It examines identity politics at different levels with an emphasis on comparative methods in the social sciences, historical studies and humanities.

The summer university will start with seminars and lectures at the University of Gdansk, include a ‘floating seminar’ on a ferry to Sweden, and conclude at Södertörn University in Stockholm. Among our teachers and lecturers will be some of the foremost experts in the field. Participants must pay a subsidised fee, and a few scholarships will be available to guarantee participants from divergent backgrounds. Successful participants will receive certificates indicating a workload of 8 ECTS credits, the acceptance of which depends on the requirements and practices of their home departments.

The summer university is a collaboration between:

This course is for doctoral students who wish to enhance their knowledge of collective identities and identity politics, as well as their competence in comparative methods. We include perspectives from various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Empirically, our focus is directed towards the Nordic countries and eastern central Europe, including the Baltic Sea region. You are eligible to apply for the course if you are enrolled as a doctoral student at your home university and have a good command of spoken and written English.

Synopsis

Collective identities such as national, ethnic and religious affiliations, lifestyles, or gender and sexual orientation are becoming increasingly politicised. This necessitates historical and contemporary analyses of the social processes and political actions that shape and disrupt social cohesion. This course offers comparative tools for making sense of how the transformations that have occurred in the past few decades have affected populations and identity-making in the Nordic region and eastern central Europe. Starting in the Polish city of Gdansk, moving by ferry across the Baltic Sea, and concluding in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, shifting perspectives are uniquely incorporated in the course design. Internationally renowned experts from disciplines such as history and political science will explain major trends and problems, demonstrating the application of comparative methods. The course has a rich variety of lectures, seminars, and excursions. It also includes the discussion of draft papers by the participants, the final delivery of which is due after the course meetings.

Learning objectives

On completing this course, participants will have enhanced their skills in applying comparative methods and deepened their knowledge of collective identities and identity politics in both historical and contemporary perspectives, with a focus on Scandinavia, the Baltic Sea region, and eastern central Europe. They will have trained their ability to discuss research literature and their own and their peers’ contributions in an international arena, as well as writing a research paper. They will have enhanced their understanding of how different academic disciplines tackle issues of mutual concern, and trained their respect for perspectives from a multitude of backgrounds.

Courses format and teaching methods

The course is built around lectures, seminars, and excursions. It includes group work and the discussion of draft papers by the participants, the final delivery of which is due after the course meetings. There will be a reading list with literature that is to be read in advance of the course (approx. 25 articles or chapters).

Excursions: both in Gdansk and Stockholm. Details will be provided later.

Credit and assessments

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be issued a certificate for 8 ECTS credits.

Transferring the credits for this course to your doctoral programme is a matter for your university. Successful completion of the course presupposes the delivery of a draft paper (with some comparative aspect, usually related to your PhD topic) no later than one week before the course start, active classroom participation, and submission of a final paper no more than one month after the course.

Grading: Pass/Fail

  • Class participation (50%)
  • Course paper (50%)

Fee

The subsidised course fee is EUR 550. This gives you the full academic programme and experience in two countries, accommodation in Gdansk and Stockholm (shared rooms), ferry transfer including cabin from Poland to Sweden, refreshments during the course, noon and evening social activities including most lunches and some other meals. There will be a limited number of fully-funded scholarships for participants from countries that became EU members in or after 2004.

Courses schedule and location

The course begins on Tuesday 9 June 2019 at 15:00 at the University of Gdansk, Poland. On Saturday 13 June we will travel to Sweden on a ferry, arriving the following morning. The course then continues at Södertörn University, Stockholm, where it ends on 18 June at 12:30.

More information about the location and schedule will be provided later.

Course literature

To be updated.

Application form:

Please send us your application by 31 January 2020, 23.59 CET: Application form.opens in new window


Course

Q: What kind of course is this?

The course is built around lectures, seminars, and excursions. It includes group work and the discussion of draft papers by the participants, the final delivery of which is due after the course meetings.

Accommodation

Q: What are the accommodation options?

Accommodation in shared rooms is provided in Stockholm and Gdansk.

Participants will be allocated 2-4 berth cabins on the ferry from Gdansk to Sweden.

Q: Can I choose different accommodation options, e.g. a single room?

This is possible in individual cases and is subject to availability. This option is not included in the fee.

Q: How far is the accommodation from Södertörn University/University of Gdansk.

Stockholm: A 5-10 minute walk from the university.

Gdansk: TBA

Q: Can my partner/friend join me on my trip and stay with me?

Stockholm: This option is possible only after the summer university has finished. If you wish like to prolong your stay in Stockholm and enjoy Midsummerexternal link, opens in new window, please contact accommodation@sh.se for further details.

Gdansk: TBA

Application process and rules

Q: How do I apply?

You must apply via the online application formexternal link, opens in new window.

Q: Where do I apply?

Please see above.

Q: What is the application deadline?

31 January 2020, 23:59 CET

Q: What do I need to upload? In what format?

You must provide two documents:

  • A short CV (max. 1 page) and description of your PhD project, research interests and motivation for taking the course (500 words).
  • Proof of studies (confirmation of enrolment on PhD studies confirmed by your university)

The documents can be uploaded in a Word or PDF format.

Q: Can I apply without immediately providing the documents?

Yes, you may fill in your application first and upload the documents later. However, the documents must be uploaded by 31 January 2020, 23:59 CET.

Q: Can I submit my application/documents via email?

No, the only way to apply and/or submit documents is through the application portalexternal link, opens in new window.

Admission

Q: I am a student in the last year of my Master's degree and would like to participate in the Summer University. Is this possible?

ReNEW Summer University 2020 is for doctoral students, so you must already have a Master´s degree to be eligible to apply.

Visa and other documentation

Q: Can you help me with a visa application?

First, please consult: https://www.sh.se/samverka--mot-sodertorn/internationalisering/welcome-to-swedenexternal link

Those selected for the course will be contacted with more information about invitation letters after 14 February 2020.

Scholarships and fees

Q: How much does the course cost?

The subsidised course fee is EUR 550.

Q: Are travel costs to and from ReNEW Summer University 2020 included in the scholarship?

No, participants cover the travel costs to and from the Summer University.

Q: When do I pay the fee?

Those selected for the course will be contacted with more information about payment after 14 February 2020.

Q: What is included in the fee?

Academic programme and experience at universities in two countries, accommodation in Gdansk and Stockholm and on the ferry from Gdansk to Sweden (shared rooms), refreshments during the course, noon and evening social activities, including some meals, boat tickets.

Q: How can I pay the fee?

It is possible to pay by credit card or invoice.

Q: If I live in Stockholm/Gdansk, do I still need to pay same fee even though I do not need the accommodation?

Yes, living with other participants at the Summer University is part of the experience and one of the key elements of the Summer University.

Q: Can you purchase my flight tickets?

Unfortunately, we are not able to do this.

Programme and course-related information

Q: Where can I find the programme?

The programme is currently being updated and will soon be published on the websiteexternal link.

Q: Do you have syllabuses from earlier summer schools and summer universities.

Yes. Files are available at the bottom of this webpage: www.sh.se/summeruniversityexternal link.

Programme activities

Q: Are there any non-educational activities included in Gdansk/Stockholm?

Yes, there will be guided tours both in Gdansk and Stockholm and also some other activities.

Q: Will I have any free time?

The schedule for summer university includes time for your own activities.


Organisers of the ReNEW Summer University 2020

Norbert Götz is a professor at the Institute of Contemporary History, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden. He has also a background in Nordic studies and social sciences from Berlin. His experience includes statistical, conceptual history, institutional, diplomatic, and many other comparisons. In his latest work he proposes a new periodisation of humanitarian efforts, based on the comparison (and contextualisation) of famine relief in the 1840s, 1920s, and 1980s (forthcoming 2020 with Cambridge University Press). Recently, he has been highly engaged in graduate schools and work with emerging scholars in Sweden and internationally.

Norbert is an advocate of the cautious comparison between apples and oranges – depending on season preferring a slice of one or the other.

More information available here.

Kazimierz Musiał is a professor at the University of Gdańsk (Scandinavian Studies), specialising in area studies of Northern and Baltic Europe. He has researched images of the Nordic welfare states in Roots of the Scandinavian Model (2002) and transformations of higher education in Northern Europe in University in the frame of its time (2013). His current research interests include transnational modalities of integration in the Nordic–Baltic area, with particular focus on the role of epistemic communities and knowledge regimes in the making of the Baltic Sea region.

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Joakim Ekman is a Professor of Political Science, with a special focus on the Baltic Sea Region and Eastern Europe, and the Director of the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University, Stockholm. He is also the Director of the Swedish National Centre in the Baltic University Network (BUP).
Ekman's research interests comprise democratisation, public opinion and political participation. His most recent work is Political Culture in the Baltic States: Between National and European Integration (by Kjetil Duvold, Sten Berglund and Joakim Ekman, Palgrave 2019).

Contributing teachers

Marta Grzechnik, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Institute of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Gdansk, Poland. She is a historian with research interests in the twentieth century history of the Baltic Sea region and north-eastern Europe, regional history, history of historiography and history of colonialism. She obtained her PhD in History and Civilization from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, in 2010. In 2018/2019, she was a German Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University.

Mary Hilson is a professor of history at Aarhus University, Denmark. She moved to Denmark in 2015, having previously worked in the UK at the Department of Scandinavian Studies, University College London. She has also spent time as a guest researcher in both Sweden and Finland. She has taught and researched on different aspects of Nordic and transnational history, including the ‘Nordic model’ in the twentieth century, and the co-operative movement in the Nordic countries and internationally.

Mary has another long-term project, which is to cycle Norway’s ‘kystruta’, a long-distance cycle route that goes all the way from the Swedish border in the south to the border with Russia in the north. It’s about 4500 km – so her summer holidays are planned for quite a few years ahead.

Andrey Makarychev is visiting professor at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Science, University of Tartu. He is also a guest professor at the Center for Global Politics, Free University in Berlin and a senior associate with the CIDOB thinktank in Barcelona. His previous institutional affiliations included George Mason University (US), Center for Security Studies and Conflict Research (ETH Zurich), and the Danish Institute of International Studies. He teaches courses on "Globalization", "Regime Change in post-Soviet Eurasia", "EU-Russia Relations", "Regionalism and Integration in the post-Soviet Area", "Media in Russia". In recent years he has co-authored two monographs, Celebrating Borderlands in a Wider Europe: Nations and Identities in Ukraine, Georgia and Estonia (Nomos, 2016), and Lotman's Cultural Semiotics and the Political (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017). He has co-edited (all with Alexandra Yatsyk) a number of academic volumes, Mega Events in post-Soviet Eurasia: Shifting Borderlands of Inclusion and Exclusion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Vocabularies of International Relations after the Crisis in Ukraine (Routledge, 2017); Borders in the Baltic Sea Region: Suturing the Ruptures (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Irina Sandomirskaja is a professor of cultural studies at Södertörn University’s Centre for Baltic and East European Studies. A graduate of theoretical linguistics in Moscow, 1992, she has since developed her research in a variety of directions within language, literature, and film studies, with a focus on Russian cultural history of the Soviet period. She is known for her book on the language of Russian and Soviet collective identity, Kniga o Rodine: opyt analiza diskursivnykh praktik (A Book about the Motherland: Analyzing Discursive Practices, 1999) and a critical theory of language in its relation to Stalinist biopolitics, Blokada v slove: ocherki kriticheskoi teorii i biopolitiki iazyka (Besiegment in Language: A Critical Theory and Biopolitics of Language", 2013). She is the author of over 50 articles and anthology chapters in Russian, English, German, and Swedish.

Irina’s motto is a quote from Mikhail Bakhtin, “Everything could have been different”.

Tomasz Zarycki is a professor at and director of the Robert Zajonc Institute for Social Studies at the University of Warsaw, Poland. He holds a PhD in sociology and a “habilitation” degree from the Institute for Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His main fields of interest include the sociology of politics, culture, knowledge and memory, as well as the social and political geography of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, with particular emphasis on Poland and Russia. His latest book in English is Ideologies of Eastness in Central and Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2014).

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Mark Bassin (to be confirmed)

Mark Bassin is Baltic Sea Professor at the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) at Södertörn University, Visiting Professor of Eurasian Studies at the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University, and an Associate Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. His academic background is in the history of ideology, political geography and geopolitics, with a regional focus on Russia-Eurasia and Central Europe.

Mark has been a resident fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, the Remarque Institute for European Studies at New York University, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in Washington DC, and the Institut für Europäische Geschichte in Mainz. He has also been awarded major research grants from the Fulbright-Hays programme, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the DAAD, the Foundation for Baltic and East European Research, and the Slavic Research Center (Hokkaido).

Summer University 2020