ReNEW Summer University 2020

Welcome to ReNEW Summer University 2020.

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 2020 is arranged by:

Date: 9 June – 18 June 2020


  • 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

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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 school is a collaborative endeavour of:

Summer University 2020