The processes of European integration bring about new practices as well as concepts. The co-operation, mutual adjustment and merging of political institutions, such as legal regulations or tax and fiscal policies, are concomitant with the cultural processes of Europeanization – the process of cultural intertwining, if not homogenization, of European societies. The statement “Culture matters!” is very true in the context of the European policy making. This statement can be taken as an underlying idea of the summer school.
We invite you to share our passion for the study of culture and the complex ways in which it affects politics. We also invite you to discover how anthropological research could be applied in the EU lobbying. You will become more aware of the workings of power through and by the means of culture. Many of the political processes in today’s Europe affect our identities and values, engage us in rituals, and provide us with symbols and metaphors that have become ingrained in our daily lives. We will be happy to meet you in the beautiful city of Prague and discuss the ways in which these identities and symbols differ across Europe as well as find some universal features of European political culture.
Come to Prague this summer to
- Learn more about how cultural aspects influence the current EU policy making
- Become more aware of the workings of power through and by the means of culture
- Exchange your ideas with academics and experts on anthropology in EU policymaking
- Enjoy having fun together with your new friends – students of the Prague Summer Schools