The crisis has become pandemic in the EU at the beginning of the XXI century. The European public discourse addresses crises with a mixture of despair, anxiety and hope for a better future. Do emotions run politics today? Would you like to better understand the mechanisms underlying European crises? Would you like acquire interdisciplinary skills of analysing them?
In the summer school, we bring to your attention the role of knowledge and imagination in political debates and policymaking in the times of crisis and ask:
-What is known and ignored?
-What are the ways of naming and classifying social actors (e.g. illegal immigrant, welfare tourist)?
-What affects collective imagination?
-Do knowledge and imagination deal with the crisis – or construct it?
Since 2003 Prague Summer Schools brought to Prague more than a thousand outstanding students from all over the World for an intensive academic week to learn and discuss various topics. In 2003 the summer school on European Politics: Interests versus Culture. With its intrinsically multidisciplinary approach focusing on political, economic, military and social aspects, has already attracted almost one hundred students to Prague. Since a number of challenges of the European Union (post-migratory processes, refugee crisis, the Brexit, etc.) the program has been updated in 2018 and called Europe in Crisis: Hopes and Fears of the EU.
We focus on the migratory processes in Europe and the rise of populist politics. Our case studies are the so-called refugee crisis of 2015, bordering processes in the EU, post-2004 migratory process within Europe, marginalized and silenced aspects of crisis as well as the Brexit referendum. The emphasis is put on hope and fear as the figures that frame European politics and public discourse today.
“I really enjoyed my program. The best part was that we had a small group, so it was more easy to interact in class. Also, there were interesting subjects asn everyone attendind to the program was very well-aware of politics, so I learnt a lot not just from lecturers but also from the other students.”
Alumnus of Summer School on Europea Politics: Interests vs. Culture 2017
“I really enjoyed attending the program, it helped me a lot to develop my professional skills and gave me serious experience.”
“Very very satisfied: positive atmosphere, diverse program and great people.”
Alumnus of Summer School on European Politics, 2015
“An interesting week of varying topics that covered European politics with a lot of interesting people.”
Alumnus of Summer School on European Politics, 2014
“Thank you so much for some excellent lectures and I think I can say confidently that we all had a fantastic week in Prague overall. The summer school was so well organized and our group could not have been nicer and a more interesting bunch to discuss these issues with!” (Amy Busby, UK, 2009)
“… it was so beneficial and so intriguing that time went by quickly and I enjoyed it so much.” (Anikó Kurucz, Hungary, 2009)
“It was my first experience of this sort, and I found the week not only intellectually stimulating, but also highly rewarding. I felt the combination of lecturers as well as students produced a truly unique experience for myself, and I feel very privileged to be a part of it.”
(Sarah Kerrigan, UK, 2009)
“I feel that my time here has been an amazing opportunity, I have met very interesting people, and to be able to sit down and engage in academic conversation without feeling excluded because I am not from here has really been great. […] I would like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to generate discussions in class, I feel that is when the greatest ideas are thought of”
(Allison Carlson, Canada, 2009 )
“Thanks … for a well organized program. I don’t think I have spoke to anyone who didn’t enjoy it.”
(Ramiz Cizer, UK, 2008)
The classes will be held at the Prague Summer Schools venue (Marianeum, Machova 7, Vinohrady, Prague 2, website). Accommodation will be provided to students in double rooms at the accommodation facilities in the venue or Hotel Ametyst which is located within a walking distance from the venue. Each room is equipped with a shower, WC, satellite TV, Internet connection and telephone. Meals provided by the organizer will include breakfasts served in the hotel and dinners in restaurant located nearby the Summer School venue. As the days are demanding there will be coffee, tea and small snack available free of charge during the breaks between lectures.