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The Summer Schools of IAPSS offer unique experiences which consist of a wide range of lectures, active discussions, and workshops, as well as one-day trips and an intriguing social program. We focus on comprehensive and engaging daily schedules, emphasising the didactic component of learning throughout the entire program.

Participants gain new experiences and knowledge while also learning about different academic approaches and views during our one week program. Summer Schools are great opportunities to get inspired by fresh ideas on future projects or term papers. What many of our participants always bring up after the program is that the Summer School provided them a platform to speak up their mind and to critically reflect upon concepts and policies in a group. Last but not least, we always leave the Summer School with new wonderful and lasting friendships!

For general inquiries please feel free to contact our team at programs@iapss.org

Why a Political Science Summer School?

As an international student organization, IAPSS provides networking opportunities to political science students from all around the world to foster socially responsible student activism, high academic proficiency, and the enhancement of political science research throughout IAPSS EventsIAPSS Publications and IAPSS Membership and Career Services. To complete our portfolio of events, we launched the IAPSS Seasonal Schools Program in 2014.

A Great Way to Enjoy the Summer

A Winter School, longer than a conference and a smaller participant group, provides a unique format in itself. Students of political science and related disciplines, pre-selected on the basis of a letter of motivation, a CV and an abstract outlining a research proposal, gather in a location perfect to enjoy the summer. Together with experts from the academia, media, politics, and civil society, participants examine, discuss and research on a specific topic. Methodology workshops are offered to strengthen the efficient use of skills and tools needed for academic research and learning in political science. And while institutional excursions provide a opportunity to meet with researchers and policy-makers, there are plenty of opportunities to discover the host city, the nearby environment, and other destinations in the vicinity, as well as a series of social events.

Leaving With A Publication

For many winter schools, after lectures, seminar discussions and individual work, participants leave with an elaborated, well structured and thought through concept for a short research paper that shall be finished within a month from the end of the Winter School. Presentations on the research concept, its design and objectives are usually held in a conference-style setting during the last day of the School. Also, selected papers are considered for publication in a special edition of POLITIKON, one of IAPSS Journals.

2018: Nice, France

IAPSS Summer School 2018 in Nice

“Migration on the Mediterranean Sea”

The Theme

Migration is a global phenomenon, which defines the change from a home country to a foreign country. It is created by the increasing world population, compression of social spheres, inequality and social crises like war or persecution, but also in order to reach for a better standard of living. Within the dynamic process of migration occur many problems like exclusion, racism and human trafficking. Due to the relatively high standard of living and safety in Europe more and more humans are seeking to emigrate to Europe. Most of them see the Mediterranean Sea as a route within they are travelling to Europe, as the harbour of their hopes and realisation of their dreams. Many of them are trying to enter with dangerous and illegal ways, which unfortunately can cost them their life. European countries, especially countries by the Mediterranean Sea, have the responsible role to guard these lives by humanitarian aid and human rights. It is apparent that Europe needs to not only find a solution to migration challenges which concern to life-preserving measures, but it also has to provide a sustainable future for the European project itself. While the numbers of the fleeing migrants is evidently decreasing, more than 1400 people are estimated dead or missing while opting for the Mediterranean route as of July 2018.

What has to be done? Perhaps a better assessment of migration management? Addressing the roots of the key issues by unpicking the asylum cases or unravelling the origin of the conflicts by working on economic development and overall improvement of governance in the affected countries; fostering conflict prevention and guaranteeing the protection of all human rights…

The Lecturer

Christof Roos is Senior Associate Researcher specialized in Migration and Diversity at the Institute of European Studies and teaches as an assistant professor European and Global Governance at the University of Flensburg. He gives further education on EU Migration, Asylum and border security politics at Collège d’Europe in Bruges. He worked for the European Commission’s DG Joint Research Centre in Ispra in Italy and contributed to a study about Migration from West African countries. As a high demanded chair at forums and conferences, we are proud to announce him for our lectures on Friday.

Examples of his research:

https://www.ies.be/files/IES_Policy_Brief_2017-3_EU_hotspots_relocation_and_absconded_migrants_in_Italy.pdf

https://www.ies.be/policy-brief/how-reconcile-eu-border-paradox-concurrence-refugee-reception-and-deterrence

Boris Popivanov is Associate Professor of Political Science at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and Junior Researcher at NEC. He is a lecturer of Political Ideologies and Political Process, author of the monograph “Changing Images of the Left in Bulgaria” and author of a research focused on the Mediterranean youth called Political participation and inequalities among Arab Mediterranean youth.

Examples of his research:

        YOUTH POLICY IN ARAB MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRIES IN A …    

Theodoros Fouskas is a Ph.D. Sociologist, who is specialized in migration and its related irregularism, community organizations, labour and integration of third-country nationals. He currently works at the Technological Educational Institute of Athens and taught at the Hellenic School of Further Education Irregular Migration. He worked for the centre of Security Studies and in the Department of International Relations at New York College and many more educational institutions in Greece. One of his many publications was the outstanding study about the reaction of European countries to the migration crisis in cooperation with the European Commission. He will tell us more about his interesting study in cooperation with the European Migration Network (EMN)  and the situation of Migrants coming to Greece on Saturday the 29th of September.

Examples of his research:

https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/sites/homeaffairs/files/12a_greece_study_on_return_final_en.pdf

https://issuu.com/theodorosfouskas/docs/contemporary_immigration_in_greece_

Gaim Kibreab is the director of the Msc Refugee Studies at South Bank University London. He is specialised in forced Migration, resettlement, development, conflict and government in post-conflict societies. He has a Ph.D. degree in Social sciences and Economic History from Uppsala University. His present research focuses on the causes and consequences of forced migration in post-independent Eritrea. He is teaching Forced Migration with relation to Human Rights and Development. Therefore he will give us a really interesting introduction to those topics.

Examples of his research:

Why thousands of asylum-seekers are fleeing Eritrea and risking their lives in the Mediterranean

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/291892128_Reflections_on_the_African_Refugee_Problem_A_Critical_Analysis_of_Some_Basic_Assumptions

Leila Hadj Abdou is Research fellow at the MIGPROSP Project of the Migration Policy centre, which is studies the drivers of international migration governance. She is also working at the European Research Council (ERC) and for the Robert Schuman Centre, where she is focussing on the understandings of international migration in four world regions. Before she was a Research Fellow for Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion (INEX) at the University of Vienna, at the University of Sheffield and at the Centre for Transatlantic Studies at the John Hopkins University in Washington D.C. She studied at the University College in Dublin and CNRS Paris and has a Ph.D. in Social and Political Science from the European University Institute. Her research focuses on international migration governance, immigration and integration policies, the regulation and contestation of Muslim practices and the populist radical right. In addition, she also has practical experience in working with asylum seekers.

Examples of her research:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/297367783_Europe_Crisis_New_Keywords_of_the_Crisis_in_and_of_Europe_-_New_Keywords_Collective_2016_edited_by_Martina_Tazzioli_and_Nicholas_De_Genova

Application and Selection Process

Motivated undergraduate and Master’s students, as well as early Ph.D. candidates, are invited to submit their applications. We will review applications as they arrive on a rolling basis. Once we receive your application, we will notify you within three working days whether the application was successful or not. Individuals interested in participating in the IAPSS Summer School 2018 are requested to submit a written application containing (1) your CV, (2) a letter of motivation (1 page). Your letter of motivation should state at least (a) your previous experiences with the topic, (b) your motivation for joining this Summer School, and (c) how this Summer School would contribute to your development. Be creative! Please note that the application process is competitive due to a limited number of tickets. The decision on admission is mainly based on the motivation letter, which is why we encourage applicants to put a special emphasis on this document.

What can Participants Expect?

  • An academically challenging program consisting of lectures, seminars and hands-on workshops in a highly interactive and vibrant setting contributing to the personal and academic development of each participant.
  • Discussing and debating with a range of experts in the field of Migration as well as getting first-hand insights on their current research and teaching methods; also featuring so-called research surgeries, which include exclusive one on one meetings with our guest professors and workshop conductors to discuss your own research proposals for term papers or dissertation.
  • Meeting fellow students from all over the world interested in a joint multi-perspective examination of the topics addressed.
  • Participation in working groups according to the specific interest of each participant in order to work on a small-scale group project before, during and after the Summer School. The working groups will work on a fixed topic and present their progress during the last day of the event to fellow participants. This enables the participants to find academic exchange and allows them to share their knowledge and ideas with other participants. Each working group also has the opportunity to publish an academic article in our peer-reviewed flagship journal POLITIKON, if the entire group or individuals are interested in doing so.
  • Access to a fully-fledged eLearning platform with key readings for the school and beyond, but also additional facts, figures and slides provided.
  • Exploring Nice and surroundings as well as a variety of social events (incl. documentary screenings, common lunches, reading circles and informal get togethers).
  • What else to expect? Much more!

Participation Fee and Requirements

IAPSS events are designed to be socially, culturally, religiously and politically inclusive by bringing students of political science and related disciplines from various academic backgrounds, political contexts, level of studies, age and gender together. This aims to create an interactive and multidisciplinary space of social and academic debate and interaction. Taking into account global income disparities, the IAPSS Summer School 2018 seeks to offer a student-friendly, low-cost participation fee of 199 €. This participation fee includes access to all lectures, workshops and social events, all Summer School materials, a personal IAPSS Summer School 2018 participation kit, and an official Certificate of Participation and a Certificate Supplement stating the details of your achievements. The fee has to be transferred in advance in order to confirm your participation, but only after you have been notified on successful selection. The payment can be done via credit card, PayPal and other devices through the IAPSS Webstore.

Please note that IAPSS does not offer any discount or scholarship for this event. We recommend consulting with your university/academic institution for individual financial support for participation and travel costs. Also, a range of foundations and academic institutions offer grants and scholarships for seasonal schools.

IAPSS Membership is required in order to participate in the IAPSS Summer School 2018. IAPSS Membership comes at only 15.00€ (for citizens of Europe incl. Russia and Turkey, the United States, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia) or 10 EUR (for all other countries) per year (discounted rates for two-year membership are available for 25 and 15 EUR respectively) and offers you a wide range of benefits, including priority access to IAPSS Conferences, IAPSS Delegations, and IAPSS Study Trips as well as the opportunity to participate in IAPSS’ political science journals POLITIKON and ELA – ENCUENTRO LATINOAMERICA, and the IAPSS’ IR blog A Different View. Also, members receive the biweekly IAPSS News & Opportunities condensing political science opportunities such as internships, jobs, conference calls and more. Find all information on the services we provide and how to apply here.

2017: Tirana, Albania

IAPSS Summer School 2017

“Nationalism and Democracy in Post-Communist Europe”

organized by the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) & hosted by The European University of Tirana (UET)

in Tirana, Albania
July 23 – July 29 2017

(Arrival Day: July 22 / Departure Day: July 30)

Final Deadline (two extra spots available): 21 July 2017

Please use the form at the bottom of this page to submit your application. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

The Theme

There is a complex relationship between nationalism and democracy. While democracy appears to be based on the principle of inclusivity, nationalism seems to be predicated on exclusivity. For this reason, it is usually considered that nationalism and democracy constitute competing logics, and in that vein, as nationalism endangers democracy, the two cannot exist together.

After the fall of communism, many countries in Eastern Europe embarked upon establishing democracies in divided societies, and the taming of ethnic nationalism has been one of the major tasks of democratization. In the process of democratization, most of Eastern European countries have faced various challenges. The IAPSS Summer School 2017 aims to explore some of these challenges by taking a closer look at some of the post-communist countries such as Russia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Georgia.

Program and Venue

The IAPSS Summer School will be held in cooperation with the European University of Tirana in Albania enabling all participants to dive into a week-long program with various components: alongside lectures, seminars, and workshops, also readings circles and working groups are going to be held. In the evenings we are planning a documentary screening related to the theme of the Summer School as well as social activities to let off steam after the academic programme.

Albania lends itself as a perfect destination to explore nationalism and democracy as it offers many angles of looking at a spectrum of issues this Summer School is going to focus on. With its particular communist history, Albania promises also fertile ground for new questions and exciting areas to delve into.

If you are eager to learn more about the themes that this Summer School is going to examine, make sure you submit your application within the deadline to enjoy the stimulating academic programme prepared in cooperation with the leading experts in the theme. What is more, you will have a chance to meet fellow students from all over the world and embark together on a journey to intricacies of nationalism and democracy in post-communist Europe.

Application and Selection Process

Students and junior researchers of all levels, but preferably at least at an advanced level of their undergraduate studies, are invited to submit their applications. Due to increased capacity, we have two extra spots available! Applications for these spots are accepted until 21 July 2017.

Do not hesitate to apply ASAP! We will review the applications on a rolling basis.

Individuals interested in participating in the IAPSS Summer School 2017 are requested to submit a written application containing (1) a CV, (2) a letter of motivation (1 page). Your letter of motivation should state at least (a) your previous experiences with the topic, (b) your motivation for joining this Summer School, and (c) how this Summer School would contribute to your development. Be creative! Please note that the application process is competitive due to a limited number of tickets. Decision on admission is mainly based on the motivation letter, which is why we encourage applicants to put a special emphasis on this document.

Please use the form below (at the bottom of this page) to submit your application. In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Organizing Committee (see below) who will be glad to answer them.

Confirmed Speakers

Prof. dr. A.W.M. Gerrits (Leiden University, NLD)

Prof. dr. Siniša Malešević (University College Dublin, IRL)

Dr. Valery Perry (Independent Researcher and Consultant, BIH)

Dr. Yuliya Biletska (University of Karabük, TUR)

What Can Participants Expect?

  • An academically challenging program consisting of lectures, seminars and hands-on workshops in a highly interactive and vibrant setting contributing to the personal and academic development of each participant.
  • Discussing and debating with a range of experts in the field of Nationalism and Democracy as well as getting first-hand insights on their current research and teaching methods; also featuring so-called research surgeries, which include exclusive one on one meetings with our guest professors and workshop conductors to discuss your own research proposals for term papers or dissertation.
  • Meeting fellow students and researchers from all over the world interested in a joint multi-perspective examination of the topics addressed.
  • Participation in working groups according to the specific interest of each participant in order to work on a small-scale group project before, during and after the Summer School. The working groups will work on a fixed topic and present their progress during the last day of the event to fellow participants. This enables the participants to find academic exchange and allows them to share their knowledge and ideas with other participants. Each working group also has the opportunity to submit an academic article to our peer-reviewed flagship journal POLITIKON, if the entire group or individuals are interested in doing so.
  • Access to a fully-fledged eLearning platform with key readings for the school and beyond, but also additional facts, figures and slides provided.
  • Exploring Tirana and its surroundings as well as a variety of social events (incl. documentary screenings, common lunches, reading circles and informal get togethers).
  • What else to expect? Much more!

Participation Fee and Requirements

IAPSS events are designed to be socially, culturally, religiously and politically inclusive by bringing students of political science and related disciplines from various academic backgrounds, political contexts, level of studies, age and gender together. This aims to create an interactive and multidisciplinary space of social and academic debate and interaction. Taking into account global income disparities, the IAPSS Summer School 2017 seeks to offer a student-friendly, low-cost participation fee of 199 € (a special discount of 50 € applies for the students from the host institution, The European University of Tirana).

This participation fee includes access to all lectures, workshops and social events, all Summer School materials, a personal IAPSS Summer School 2017 participation kit, and an official Certificate of Participation and a Certificate Supplement stating the details of your achievements. The fee has to be transferred in advance in order to confirm your participation, but only after you have been notified on successful selection. The payment can be done via credit card, PayPal and other devices through the IAPSS Webstore (the details for the transfer will be available there upon acceptance).

Please note that IAPSS does not offer any discount or scholarship for this event. We recommend consulting with your university/academic institution for individual financial support for participation and travel costs. Also, a range of foundations and academic institutions offer grants and scholarships for seasonal schools. IAPSS can provide an acceptance letter to support external grant/scholarship applications of the participants.

IAPSS Membership is required in order to participate in the IAPSS Summer School 2017. IAPSS Membership comes at only 15.00€ (for citizens of Europe incl. Russia and Turkey, the United States, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia) or 10 EUR (for all other countries) per year (discounted rates for two-year membership are available for 25 and 15 EUR respectively) and offers you a wide range of benefits, including priority access to IAPSS Conferences, and IAPSS Study Trips as well as the opportunity to apply for membership in one of the IAPSS Student Research Committees or the  Authorial Board of IAPSS’ academic blog A Different View. Also, members receive the biweekly IAPSS News & Opportunities.

Find all information on the services we provide and how to purchase IAPSS membership here.

Your Organizing Committee

Kristian Xavier Carrera Kurjenoja

Head of Events Department

events@iapss.org

Farieha Mirzada

Seasonal School Coordinator

summerschool1@iapss.org

Tobias Jerzewski

Seasonal School Coordinator

summerschool2@iapss.org

Serap Aydemir

Seasonal School Coordinator

summerschool3@iapss.org

2016: Kiev, Ukraine

IAPSS Summer School 2016

Ukraine between ‘East and West’: Soviet Legacy, Democratization Efforts and Geopolitical Challenges

Organized by the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS)

in Kiev, Ukraine

August 8th – August 14th 2016

(Arrival Day: August 7th / Departure Day: August 15th)

Deadline for Application: May 25th, 2016

Please use this form to submit your application. You can also find our FAQs here.

©Sasha Maksymenko

The Theme

Concerning the particularities of Ukraine’s history, ethnicities, and geopolitics, the notion of national identity has always been a decisive element in the analyses of the country. Characterized by a turbulent post-Soviet phase over the last two decades, the Ukrainian population has experienced turmoil, revolts and war-like scenes over the past three years starting with the Euromaidan protests. As a consequence, other events unfolded such as the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the persisting violent struggles in Eastern Ukraine between Russian separatists and Ukrainian troops – an actual ceasefire not in sight. Still, long-delayed reform processes have been introduced under the new government, which was elected in 2014. However, actual success is difficult to estimate at this stage. Experts argue that Ukraine has lost parts of its territory, although Ukrainians have a stronger sense of national identity than ever before. A large variety of questions will dominate this year’s summer school in order to understand the political processes in Ukraine nowadays: What events have shaped memory construction processes in today’s Ukraine? Can Ukraine be seen as a bone of contention between Russia and the EU? How can we classify social movements in recent history such as the Orange Revolution? What is the EU’s role in democratization processes in Ukraine?

The covered topics of the summer school are as follows:

  1. Identity, Memory and Narratives
  2. Europeanisation and Political Conditionality
  3. Geopolitical Challenges
  4. Social Movements

You can find more detailed descriptions on the sub-topics here.

Based on your preferred choice of the topic, 4 thematic panels will be formed. During the IAPSS Summer School 2016 all participants will be assigned to a working group, covered by at least one lecture and in discussions with experts from academia, while receiving support from workshop conductors. Members in a working group will develop a small research project related to the mentioned subtopics and will present their findings at the end of the Summer School. There is also the option to publish your work and findings in one of the IAPSS devices. Next to lectures and discussion sessions, workshops on research methods will support and sustain your argument(s) and perspective(s) over the chosen topic for the final group presentation over the work done by each working group.

The IAPSS Summer School will be held in cooperation with Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv enabling all participants to dive into a week long program with various components: along lectures, seminars and workshops, also readings circles and working groups are going to be held. Next to the academic program, visits to Kiev’s places of interest as well as evening programs in partnership with Think Tanks, foundations and social movements are part of the program. Kiev is the perfect starting point to do so. Mysterious, majestic, vibrant and simply passionate – the Eastern-European cultural centre on the Dniepr connects the charm of several hundred years of history with the character of a modern and vibrant capital city within the heart of Europe.

Are you interested in Political Science? Do you have a passion for Eastern Europe? Do you want to meet young scholars from all over the world with a shared interest? You have never been to Ukraine or Eastern Europe – or you simply need a reason to return? Just pack your bag and join us in Kiev!

Application and Selection Process

Advanced undergraduate and Master’s students as well as early PhD candidates are invited to submit their applications. Applications are accepted until May, 16th. We will notify you afterwards whether the application was successful or not. Individuals interested in participating in the IAPSS Summer School 2016 are requested to submit a written application containing (1) your CV, (2) a letter of motivation (1-2 pages) and (3) a choice for a preferred topic from the list of subtopics provided above in order to be signed up in a working group during the school. Your letter of motivation should state at least (a) your previous experiences with the post-Soviet space, (b) your motivation for joining this Summer School, and (c) how this Summer School would contribute to your development. Be creative! Please note that the application process is competitive due to a limited number of tickets. Decision on admission is mainly based on the motivation letter, which is why we encourage applicants to put a special emphasis on this document.

Please use this form to do your application. You can also find FAQs here.

What can Participants Expect?

  • An academically challenging program consisting of lectures, seminars and hands-on workshops in a highly interactive and vibrant setting contributing to the personal and academic development of each participant.
  • Discussing and debating with a range of experts in the field of Post-Soviet politics and affairs as well as getting first-hand insights on their current research and teaching methods; also featuring so-called research surgeries, which include exclusive one-to-one meetings with our guest professors and workshop conductors to discuss your own research proposals for term papers or dissertation.
  • Meeting fellow students from all over the world interested in a joint multi-perspective examination of the topics addressed.
  • Participation in working groups according to the specific interest of each participant in order to work on a small-scale group project before, during and after the Summer School. The working groups will work on a fixed topic and present their progress during the last day of the event to fellow participants. This enables the participants to find academic exchange and allows them to share their knowledge and ideas with other participants. Each working group also has the opportunity to publish an academic article in our peer-reviewed flagship journal POLITIKON, if the entire group or individuals are interested in doing so.
  • Access to a fully-fledged eLearning platform with key readings for the school and beyond, but also additional facts, figures and slides provided.
  • Exploring Kiev and surroundings as well as a variety of social events (incl. documentary screenings, common lunches, reading circles and informal get togethers).
  • What else to expect? Much more!

Participation Fee and Requirements

IAPSS events are designed to be socially, culturally, religiously and politically inclusive by bringing students of political science and related disciplines from various academic backgrounds, political contexts, level of studies, age and gender together. This aims to create an interactive and multidisciplinary space of social and academic debate and interaction. Taking into account global income disparities, the IAPSS Summer School 2016 seeks to offer a student-friendly, low-cost participation fee of 299.00€. This participation fee includes access to all lectures, workshops and social events, all summer school materials, a personal IAPSS Summer School 2016 participation kit, and an official Certificate of Participation and a Certificate Supplement stating the details of your achievements. The location of the school is easily accessible via public transport in Kiev. The fee has to be transferred in advance in order to confirm your participation, but only after you have been notified on successful selection. The payment can be done via credit cards, PayPal and other devices through the IAPSS Webstore.

Please note that IAPSS does not offer any discount or scholarship for this event. We recommend consulting with your university/academic institution for individual financial support for participation and travel costs. Also, a range of foundations and academic institutions offer grants and scholarships for seasonal schools.

IAPSS Membership is required in order to participate in the IAPSS Summer School 2016. IAPSS Membership comes at only 15 EUR (for citizens of Europe incl. Russia and Turkey, the United States, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia) or 10 EUR (for all other countries) per year (discounted rates for two-year membership are available for 25 and 15 EUR respectively) and offers you a wide range of benefits, including priority access to IAPSS Conferences, IAPSS Delegations, and IAPSS Study Trips as well as the opportunity to participate in IAPSS’ political science journals POLITIKON and ENCUENTRO LATINO AMERICA, and the IAPSS’ IR blog A Different View. Also, members receive the biweekly IAPSS News & Opportunities condensing political science opportunities such as internships, jobs, conference calls and more. Find all information on the services we provide and how to apply here.

Your Organizing Committee

Florian Zabel

Head of Events Department

events@iapss.org

Lisa Garbe
Seasonal School Coordinator
summerschool1@iapss.org

Tobias Jerzewski
Seasonal School Coordinator
summerschool2@iapss.org

Kristin Noack
Seasonal School Coordinator
summerschool3@iapss.org

2015: Venice, Italy

IAPSS Summer School 2015

“The Politics of Mega Catastrophes: From Regional Challenges to International Security”

Organized by the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS), in collaboration with Venice International University

on San Servolo Island in Venice, Italy

August 11th – 20th, 2015
(Arrival: August 10th, Departure: August 21st)

Last Application Deadline: 12th June 2015

Please submit your application via this form.

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San Servolo Island in Venice, venue of the IAPSS Summer School 2015

There is a rapidly growing amount literature in social sciences that explores the emergence, impacts, and responses to a diverse number of mega-catastrophes. As the world that humankind lives in becomes to be portrayed as insecure by design, one in which everyone is vulnerable, the preeminence of addressing the study of catastrophes becomes undeniable. Hence, the study of catastrophe, affected population and surroundings entails not only a high degree of familiarity with diverse theory, but also a great level of creativity and sensitivity to acknowledge the implication of different methodological choices.

Venice may be the perfect place to conduct this school. Living with the constant menace of another flood, as the sea levels keep on rising, it has permit Venetians and their local authorities to develops a strong sense of disaster prevention and resilience. The school promises to use this as a way to improve the multidisciplinarity and empirical understanding of thematic. Lectures will be delivered by e.g. Terry Cannon (Institute of Development Studies, United Kingdom), Roberto Mugavero (University of Rome, Italy), Giovanni Bettini (Lancaster Environment Centre, United Kingdom), Lauren Ugur (Frankfurt School of Management, Germany) and many more.

How to apply?

Students from all levels are requested to submit their application. Individuals interested in participating in the IAPSS Summer School 2015 are requested to submit a written application containing (1) a short CV (max. two pages, without photograph), (2) a letter of motivation (max. two pages) and (3) chose a preferred topic from the below provided range of topics, to be presented during the IAPSS Summer School 2015. In addition, to the presentations required, there would also be the possibility to publish the work presented in one of the IAPSS publications.

The topics addressed are as follows:

  • Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect? Cooperation and Intervention in Catastrophes
  • Defining and Understanding Risk and Societal Security
  • Post-Political Approaches in Disaster Practices
  • Local, Regional and National Approaches to Environmental Catastrophe Scenarios
  • Displaced Population and International Migration: A Pressing Problem
  • Post-Disaster Recovery, Humanitarian Relief and the International Development Business
  • The Politics of Reconstruction and Urbanism After Catastrophe

The selection process will be run on first-come-first-serve basis until the maximum number of participants has been reached. Based on your preferred choice of the topic, 9 panels will be formed. During the IAPSS Summer School 2015 all participants will work further on their topics, improved by the lectures provided and discussion among peers, while receiving support from the named workshop conductors. In this manner, the very topic will be covered by at least one lecture and in discussions with experts from the academia. Next to lectures and discussion sessions, daily workshops separated in beginners and advanced level dealing with the research methods in order to support and sustain your argument and perspective over the chosen topic.

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About the Organizers

The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) is the worldwide representation and platform for political science students and related studies. IAPSS – politically independent, non-profit, entirely student-run and embracing more than 10.500 members from more than 80 countries – generates and promotes political science opportunities for active engagement, career development and academic proficiency through a variety of events, publications and services throughout the year.

The Venice International University (VIU) is something unique in the academic world, as it formed by group of Universities from all over the world sharing a common campus on the beautiful Island of San Servolo, in the Venice lagoon. These Universities devise study programs collegially to prepare their students to face the global challenges of today, such as the following examples sustainable development, climate change, ageing, urban growth, global ethics, cultural heritage.

→ More at: www.univiu.org.

The Location

The IAPSS Summer School 2015 will take place at the stunning location of the VIU campus on the Island of San Servolo. The Island is an oasis in a unique urban setting, 10 minutes by boat from Piazza San Marco. Students can study, work, and relax in a peaceful park spread across 12 scenic acres with a panoramic view of Venice. In addition to this, students will have an extraordinary opportunity to study under conditions that are significantly different from their normal day-to-day studying environment.

 

Public Transport

The boat from Venice to San Servolo leaves from the Riva degli Schiavoni at San Marco; the stop is in front of the Londra Palace Hotel. Boat number 20 goes to San Servolo.

Ticket prices for boat line n° 20:

  • One-way €4.00  
  • CartaVenezia holders €6.00 (10 tickets)

Other ticket fares:

  • 1 day ticket: €20.00
  • 2 days ticket: €30.00 
  • 3 days ticket: €40.00

At 6:55 am there is the first boat departing from Venice, and 1:30am it is the last opportunity to return from the Island of San Servolo to Venice. Similarly, the first boat leaving the Island is at 7:05am, and the last one from Venice to the Island will take place at 1:20am. For more information visit ACTV web site (Public transports in Venice).

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the participation fee, but single, double and triple rooms can be booked at Venice International University in advance. Staying in the Island will offer a logistical advantage to all participants, which otherwise will indeed need to provide for their own transportation to and out of Island. Nonetheless, Venice offers a variety of uncounted lodging options, with diverse number of hostels offering single beds in dormitories as well as separate rooms, medium-range and high-end hotels, but also private accommodation as well as thousands of Couchsurfing and AirBnB options. AirBnb, in particular, is a great way to save costs for groups of up to 15 students as it offers entire apartments, flats and houses for modest prices. Since August is high-season in the city, we again recommend to arrange your accommodation the earliest possible to enjoy the best offers and deals.

Social Events

As named already before, there will be diverse opportunities to socialize and networking. While the School privileges academic excellency it also recognizes the importance of creating an exciting social environment, which will stimulates creativity and the establishment of international friendships. A day tour in Venice will be organized, as well as, small trips that aim to have contact with local and regional authorities that work in the field of risk and disaster reduction. Additionally, documentaries screenings, sports tournaments, Oxford Style debates and a farewell dinner will also be featured among the social events of the IAPSS Summer School 2015.

Key information about the IAPSS Summer School 2015:

Dates:

Arrival: Monday, August 10th  – in Venice, San Servolo Island, until evening

Programme: Tuesday, August 11st – Thursday, 20th August

Departure: Friday, August 21th – from Venice, San Servolo, throughout the day

Costs: IAPSS events are designed to be socially, culturally, religiously and politically inclusive, by bringing students of political science and related disciplines from various academic backgrounds, political contexts, level of studies, age and gender together. This aims to create an interactive and multidisciplinary space of social and academic debate and interaction. Taking into account global income disparities, the IAPSS Summer School 2015 seeks to offer a student-friendly, low-cost participation fee of 429 EUR. This includes access to all lectures, workshops and social events, lunch, a one-day excursion to Venice as well as two half-day trips, besides all Summer School materials, a personal IAPSS Summer School 2015 participation kit, and of course an Official Certificate of Participation. The fee has to be transferred in advance in order to confirm your participation, but only after you have been notified on successful selection.

Further we recommend consulting with your university / academic institution for individual financial support for participation and travel costs. Also, a range of foundations and academic institutions offer grants and scholarships for seasonal schools. If selected, please inform us as soon as possible in case you are in need of a pre-arranged visa for Italy. We will provide you with a personalised invitation letter, respectively.

Further remarks: Similarly, to other seasonal schools accommodation and travel expenses are not included in the participation fee. In consequence, please note that you will have to arrange transportation to the Island of San Servolo by yourself, and that IAPSS does not cover travel expenses of public transport (including the use of ferries) in Venice, including the tickets for social and cultural events. This means that, even though, tickets for museums and cultural venues will be provided the tickets for public transportation will be bought individually.

Please note that IAPSS membership is required in order to participate in the IAPSS Winter School 2015. IAPSS membership comes at only 15 EUR (for citizens of Europe incl. Russia and Turkey, the United States, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia) or 10 EUR (for all other countries) a year and offers you a wide range of benefits, including priority access to IAPSS conferences, IAPSS delegations, and IAPSS study trips as well as the opportunity to participate in IAPSS’ political science journals POLITIKON and A Different View. Also, members receive the two-monthly IAPSS News & Opportunities condensing political science opportunities such as internships, jobs, conference calls and more. Please consult our website (www.iapss.org) for more information. Discounted rates for 2-year membership are available.

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Do you wish to get comprehensive and interdisciplinary insights into the politics of mega-catastrophes? If the answer is yes, then APPLY for the IAPSS Summer School 2015 in Venice!

Do not hesitate to contact Filipa Brandao at summerschool@iapss.org in case you have any questions or inquiries.

Cancellation policy for study trips and seasonal schools

The Summer School in Venice has been carefully budgeted to keep costs as low as we can for participants. This means that cancellation can be problematic, in particular when IAPSS has already made payments for parts of the Summer School in Venice programme or for practical arrangements. Requests for a reimbursements will therefore be assessed on a case-by-case basis. We cannot guarantee a reimbursement, but we will do our best to refund any of your fee which we have not already committed to payments in Venice. If you have any queries please contact your study trip coordinator.

Upcoming Events

The Upcoming events calendar provides all conferences, seasonal schools and other events that are organised by or with IAPSS. Check it out to find more information about upcoming Summer Schools in your area and worldwide.