Program Outline

outline1The program will focus on the symbolic aspects of promoting one’s interests in the European Union. The main topics will analyze how culture/symbols cross with interests using such examples as competing in symbolic dimension which vary from EuroVision contests or competitions to become the European capital of the year to the fights over European structures that foster one or the other state’s position. Other example is media, where symbolic politics and economic interests are cross-cutting. The EU media policies are protecting European media markets and support European media producers by instruments such as EuroSport or EuroNews Channel, Nice Film Festival or MEDIA programme. All these measures are contributing to creation of a specific European media culture.

We will discuss the role of the separate EU actors in the decision making process and lobbying mechanisms deployed. The role of various negotiation and communication strategies will be addressed. In addition, the attention will be drawn to the successful communication strategies in lobbying, which apart from other skills include an ability to tell convincing stories. The discussions here will also examine how European symbolism, cultural and symbolic politics, and history influence the formulation of lobbying strategies and tactics.

Workshops will enable students to discuss the topics presented during the lectures, thus providing a considerable contribution to the process of learning. Despite the heavy course schedule, students will also have a chance to share their views and experiences in less formal environment.

The classes of the Summer School will focus on:


Anthropological perspective provides a unique framework for the study of the identification with the EU or the cultural practices involved in, developing in the course of, or even stirred by the European integration. In the long term perspective these are the vital issues that are likely to have a bearing on the shape of this process.


It is commonly assumed that European identity is a prerequisite of successful and sustainable European integration. However, there has been heated discussion about what European identity is, what its constituents are and who may hold it – with these debates largely dominated by unhelpful methodological nationalism.


(Post)modern Europe is being constructed not only through the institutions and policies of the EU but also through narratives of symbolic elites, media and ordinary people. Based on case studies in different parts of Europe, this lecture is aimed at demonstrating the ways in which Europe is being discursively constructed in concrete socio-political and historic context thus giving a more grounded account of the European integration’s cultural dimensions.


The so called European refugee crisis of 2015 has brought to light the fact that many of the European policies fail to live up to the ideals of the universal human rights. Embodying Arendt’s and Agamben’s metaphors, the refugees of today’s Europe experience the condition of ‘bare life’. Alongside contact zones, borders are increasingly becoming crisis and conflict zones where the values of the EU are being tested. This class will address the issues of the symbolic construction of the Other of Europe as well as the practices of border crossing and erecting new/maintaining old borders and boundaries in Europe.


Migration is a highly contested issue in Europe. On the one hand, free movement of people across the continent is one of the cornerstones of European political and economic outlook. On the other, mobile subjects are not treated equally. Expats have different rights, and indeed different identities, than undocumented migrants. The intersections of citizenship, region, race and class increasingly shape the migration regimes of the EU. The question of this class is if the EU is about free movement of people, or it actually seeks to acquire cheap labor by letting migrants through its backdoors without granting them the full political and social rights. Yet another issue is what the social consequences of spatial mobility are. What does it mean to lead transnational lives, who provides care for those who are left behind. Using the cutting edge literature and case studies, we will explore the selected socio-cultural aspects of migrations in the EU.


European Public Affairs – key players: Pressure groups and other interest groups in Brussels, Regional Representations, Member and Applicant Countries, Commercial Sector (businesses, lobbying, consulting, etc.), NGO’s and Academia, Media


The economic origins of the Euro crisis have pitted the interests ‘Southern’ debtor countries and ‘Northern’ creditor countries into a conflict, while the joint interest in the survival of the single currency bound them together.  Many of the Eurozone’s risks were known, but the failure of financial markets to assess risks correctly was the real surprise.


Forging a compromise on EU reforms – even under acute pressure of crisis – is an elaborate political game producing new understanding of old economic interests.


Crises create opportunities for supranational actors to secure member states agreement on policy proposals that they were opposing for decades.

Schedule (Preliminary)


12.00 – 18.00 Registration

19.00 – 19.30 Orientation / Ice Breaking Session /Egle Havrdova/

20.00 Welcome Dinner /Restaurant “Hlučná Samota”, Záhřebská 14/


SUNDAY 30 June

9.30 – 10.00 Introduction to Summer School Program

10.00 – 11.15 Lecture 1

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.45 Lecture 2

12.45 – 15.00 Lunch

15.00 – 18.00 Tours of Prague

19.00 Dinner /Restaurant “Hlučná Samota”/



09.00– 10.15 Lecture 3

10.15 – 10.30 Coffee Break

10.30 – 11.45 Lecture 4

12.00 – 14.00 Conversational Lunch & Guest Lecture

14.15 – 15.30 Lecture 5

15.30 – 15.45 Coffee Break

15.45 – 17.00 Lecture 6

18.00 – 20.00 Happy Hour /Pragovka. Multi Art & Culture District/



09.30 – 10.45 Lecture 7

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.15 Lecture 8

12.15 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.15 Workshop 1

15.15 – 15.30 Coffee Break

15.30 – 16.45 Workshop 2

17.30 – 18.30 Guest Lecture

19.00 Dinner /Restaurant “Hlučná Samota”/

21.00 Clubbing in Prague



Free Day!!! Pragulic/ Trip to Kutna Hora or Karlštejn/ Exhibition/ Zoo/

19.00 Dinner /Restaurant “Hlučná Samota”/



09.30 – 10.45 Lecture 9

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.15 Lecture 10

12.15 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.15 Workshop 3

15.15 – 15.30 Coffee Break

15.30 – 16.45 Workshop 4

17.30 – 18.30 Guest Lecture

19.00 Dinner /Restaurant “Hlučná Samota”/

21.00 – 23.00 Boat Tour



10.00 – 11.15 Lecture 11

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.45 Workshop 5

12.45 Lunch / Free Time

17.30 Departure for Gröbeho vila

18.00 – 19.00 Commencement

19.00 FAREWELL PARTY/Gröbeho vila, Havlíčkovy sady, Praha 2/




Anna Horolets, Ph.D.

University of Gdansk, Poland

Anna Horolets is an Associate Professor at the University of Gdansk teaching social anthropology and sociology of culture. Stemming from the backgrounds in linguistics, anthropology and sociology, her research interests concentrate of the symbolic politics and cultural dimensions of European integration and discourses of integration. She has recently turned to studying the role of leisure in migrants’ lives and their ideas of good life. She is the author of the two monographs on discourses and cultural practices of identity construction, mobility and socio-cultural change as well as the author and co-author of the articles in such journals as ‘Leisure Sciences’, ‘Ethnologie francaise’, ‘Lud’ and ‘Anthropological Journal of European Cultures’.

Petra Ezzeddine, Ph.D.

Department of Anthropology and Gender Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

Petra Ezzeddine, PhD. is a social anthropologist. She lectures at the Department of Anthropology and Gender Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague. She was an exchange scholar at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. Her research deals with gender aspects of migration, transnational forms of parenthood (Sasakawa Scholarship for Young Leaders) and the globalization of care for children and the elderly (Erste Fellowship Generations in Dialogue). She is a member of the editorial board of the Professional Journals Cargo and the Journal of Human Affairs. She works closely with several Czech and Slovak non-governmental organizations, research institutions and IOM Prague. At the Department of Gender Studies, she teaches courses on gender in migration, and a methodology course on interviewing/fieldwork.

Zdenĕk Kudrna, Ph.D.

Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies, University of Salzburg

Zdenek Kudrna is a researcher at the Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies at the University of Salzburg. His research focuses on the political economy of European integration and financial market regulation. He has taught at the University of Vienna, Charles University in Prague and Central European University in Budapest and has been an advisor to the IMF and World Bank, UN Development Program and the Czech Minister of Finance. He is a member of the Regulatory Impact Assessment Board at the Office of Government of the Czech Republic. His academic work recently appeared in Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy and in a volume on the EU’s decision traps (Oxford University Press). Zdenek received a PhD in political economy from Central European University. He comments regularly on European affairs in the Czech and Slovak media.

Vaclav Nekvapil, Ph.D.

Association for Communication in the Public Sector

Vaclav graduated in political science from Charles University in Prague in 2005, obtained a postgraduate qualification in public administration and diplomacy at the École nationale d’administration (ENA) in 2008 and PhD in politics from Charles University in 2013. He also possesses numerous other academic qualifications and experience, including a Marshall Memorial Fellowship in 2010. He has undertaken internships at the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris; TASA – Transatlantic Security Studies, Bonn University; the International Human Rights Institute in Strasbourg; and the Robinson-Martin Security Studies Programme at the Prague Security Studies Institute. Since 2008, he has been a member of the Czech Political Science Society. After 2008, Vaclav became Executive Director for the Association for Communication in the Public Sector, where he was responsible for management of the organization, cooperation with partners and members (ministries, regions, and municipalities), political parties, designing and preparing communication audits, research and training for civil servants, as well as consultancy in marketing, PR and communication for senior politicians. Vaclav’s public affairs expertise is especially strong in environment, energy, transport international and EU affairs, electoral campaign strategy, networking, and building relations with stakeholders. In 2012 he became President of newly established Association of Public Affairs Agencies of the Czech Republic (APAA). He speaks Czech, English, and French.

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