Introduction

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?

Objectives

The summer school’s aim is to present and discuss the role of knowledge and imagination in political debates and policymaking in the times of crisis. To invite you to discuss:
-Populist politics in the EU
-Brexit as a process of de-Europeanization
-Migrations within the EU and its role in (de)Europeanization
-Migration crisis: framings and processes
-The effects of EU crises for minorities

Program History

Since 2003 Prague Summer Schools brought to Prague more than a thousand outstanding students from all over the world. In 2008, the summer school “Cultural Dimensions of Politics in Europe” has been launched, which was later transformed into “European Union: Interests versus Culture”. We are proud to have writers, social researchers, academics, officials at the EU institutions and NGO founders among the schools’ alumni. With the proliferation of crisis in the EU, it has been time to change the school’s focus and content yet again. In 2019 it will run as the summer school “Europe in Crisis: Hopes and Fears of the EU”. We have significantly modified its content and form to reflect upon the most pertinent processes of today’s Europe and offer deep insight in their social and cultural causes and possible consequences.

Founders Word

Europe is an elusive word, yet it has become meaningful to many people. It is meaningful to me, too: as a powerful and volatile symbol that I am attracted to but also want to resist and question. This summer school grows from my very personal quest for the answers to the basic questions of what Europe is and what holds it together (and splits it in pieces). I would like to invite you to participate in this week-long journey, in which the brilliant academics will guide your search for the explanations of crises in Europe today. In this school, European politics are understood anthropologically: not only as power game but also as a cultural process involving emotions and meaning making efforts on the part of European citizens and policy makers. Apart from the academic program, the social life during the school is its incredible asset: you will meet fantastic people from different paths of life and this will make your experience of Prague unforgettable.
Come join us in 2019 to find out what makes Europe tick!

Testimonials

“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)

Practicalities

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.

Apply now! Applications are reviewed on rolling basis.