Summer University

Together with other European universities, organizations and reserach groups, Södertörn University's CBEES offers a summer university for doctoral students. The course 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 University of Gdańsk, 9 June - 18 June 2020.

Arranged by:

Date: 9 June – 18 June 2020

Place:

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

How many credits: 8 ECTS Points

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

Call opens: 1 November 2019

Application deadline: 31 January 2020

Do you have further questions, don't hesitate to contact us: summeruniversity@sh.se

About ReNew Summer University 2020

Identity Politics: Comparative Perspectives on the Nordic Countries and East Central Europe

University of Gdańsk and Södertörn University Stockholm, 9–18 June 2020

The Nordic countries and east-central Europe are characterized by divergent historical experience, a development that reached an 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 positionality of the Nordic states in the evolving new world order. Regional organizations and partnerships aided by the frameworks of European integration have contributed to restructuring collective identities in the North and South of the Baltic Sea area. The long-lasting German, Russian, and Anglo-American influences have been reframed within a broader European context. Currently the world repolarizes around such issues as for instance ethnos, nation 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 east-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 take off 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 most acknowledged experts in the field. Participants will need to cover a subsidized fee, and there will be a few scholarships available to guarantee participation with divergent backgrounds. Successful participants will receive certificates indicating a workload of 8 ECTS points, the acceptance of which depends on the requirements and practices of their home departments.

The summer university is a collaborative endeavour of:

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 Points

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

Call opens: 1 November 2019

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2020

Do you have further questions, don't hesitate to contact us: summeruniversity@sh.se

The Nordic countries and east central Europe are characterized by divergent historical experience, a development that reached an 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 positionality of the Nordic states in the evolving new world order. Regional organizations and partnerships aided by the frameworks of European integration have contributed to restructuring collective identities in the North and South of the Baltic Sea area. The long-lasting German, Russian, and Anglo-American influences have been reframed within a broader European context. Currently the world repolarizes around such issues as for instance ethnos, nation 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 east 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 take off 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 most acknowledged experts in the field. Participants will need to cover a subsidized fee, and there will be a few scholarships available to guarantee participation with divergent backgrounds. Successful participants will receive certificates indicating a workload of 8 ECTS points, the acceptance of which depends on the requirements and practices of their home departments.

The summer school is a collaborative endeavour of:

This course addresses PhD candidates 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 east central Europe, including the Baltic Sea region. You are eligible to apply for the course if you are enrolled as a PhD candidate 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 increasingly politicized. This calls for historical and contemporary analyses of the social processes and political actions that shape and disrupt social cohesion. The present course offers comparative tools for making sense of how the transformations of the past decades have affected populations and identity making in the Nordic region and east central Europe. Starting in the Polish city of Gdansk, moving by ferry across the Baltic Sea, and concluding in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, shifts of perspective are uniquely incorporated in the course design. Internationally renowned experts from disciplines such as history, political science, and others will explain major trends and problems, demonstrating the application of comparative methods. The course consists of 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 skills for the application of comparative methods and deepened knowledge about collective identities and identity politics in a historical and contemporary perspective, with a focus on Scandinavia, the Baltic Sea region, and east central Europe. They will have trained their skills 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 teching 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 to be issued later.

Credit and assessments

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

The acceptance of the course for the PhD programme in which you are enrolled is a matter you need to check with your university. Successful completion of the course presupposes the delivery of a draft paper (with some comparative aspect, usually this will be related to your PhD topic) no later than one week before the course start, active classroom participation, and submission of a finalized paper no more than one month after the course.

Grading: Pass/Fail

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

Fee

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

Courses schedule and location

The course begins Tuesday, 9 June 2019 at 15:00 hours at the University of Gdansk, Poland. On Saturday, 13 June we will go by Ferry to Sweden, where we arrive in the next morning. The course then continues at Södertörn University, Stockholm, where it ends on 18 June, 12:30 hours.

More information on the location and schedule will be given later.

Course readings

To be updated

Application form:

Please send us your application at latest on 31 January 2020, 23.59 CET: Application form.länk till annan webbplats

Organizers of the ReNEW Summer University 2020

Norbert Götz is 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 periodization of humanitarian efforts, based on the comparison (and contextualization) of famine relief in the 1840s, 1920s, and 1980s (forthcoming 2020 with Cambridge University Press). In the past years, he has been much 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 – usually preferring a slice of the latter.

More information available at: https://www.sh.se/kontakt/forskare/norbert-gotzlänk till annan webbplats

Kazimierz Musiał is professor at the University of Gdańsk (Scandinavian Studies), specializing in area studies on 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.

More information available at http://musial.strony.ug.edu.pl/länk till annan webbplats .

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 interest 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 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 Johan Skytte Institute of Political Science, University of Tartu. He is also guest Professor at Center for Global Politics, Free University in Berlin and Senior Associate with CIDOB think tank in Barcelona. His previous institutional affiliations included George Mason University (US), Center for Security Studies and Conflict Research (ETH Zurich), and Danish Institute of International Studies. Andrey Makarychev 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 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 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).

Iver B. Neumann

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 professor at and director of Robert Zajonc Institute for Social Studies at the University of Warsaw, Poland. He holds a Ph.D. 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 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).

More at http://zarycki.pllänk till annan webbplats

Summer University 2020