Summer School - An Examination of Middle Eastern Communities in Europe at Duke Middle East in Europe 2018, Germany

Publish Date: Feb 09, 2018

Deadline: Feb 15, 2018

Event Dates: from Jul 03, 2018 12:00 to Jul 14, 2018 12:00


Taught in English

On this six-week, two-credit program, students learn to critically analyze the political debates about Muslims and Islam in Europe and about refugees and immigrants from the Middle East. Students will learn the impact of Turkish inhabitants and culture in Germany in order to examine the shifting political landscape of Turkish-German identities and between Europe and the Middle East. The Arab experience in Europe will also be explored from the vantage point of North African communities as well as more recent arrivals from Syria and the Middle East.


Location: Berlin, Germany

Term: Summer

Dates: July 3 to August 14, 2018

Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

Academic Theme(s): The Middle East in Europe, Politics and Culture, Public Policy, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Credit Type: Duke Credit

Eligibility: No prerequisites. Knowledge of German is not required. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.

Duke Affiliation: Duke Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Housing: Apartments

GEO Advisor: Alayne Wood


All participants enroll in two courses, each offering one Duke credit. No pass/fail option or auditing is permitted for either course. 

    Transnational Muslims in Germany: Politics of Migration, Religion, and Culture
    (CZ, SS, CCI, EI) 1.0 credit
    Instructor: Dr. Banu Gökariksel

Prerequisite: None


This course will critically analyze the political debates about Muslims and Islam in Europe that often cast them as a “security threat” or a “problem” of failed integration. We will trace the geographical production of Muslim subjects through transnational flows, networks, and imaginaries.

    Geopolitics and Culture between Europe and the Middle East
    (CZ, CCI) 1.0 credit
    Instructor: Professor Erdag Göknar

Prerequisite: None

Through current events, policy papers, historic documents, documentaries, and literature we will survey the changing geopolitical context of nations, states, and communities between Europe and the Middle East. Applying an interdisciplinary framework, discussions will focus on the politics and representations of nationalism, identity, ethnicity, gender, and religion.


The program includes weekly activities in the city, as well as excursions to other German and European cities such as Hamburg, Leipzig, and Amsterdam. Other activities will include visits with immigration NGOs and organizations as well as guest speakers.


You’ll share apartments with kitchen facilities with other program participants in groups of 2-4 students per apartment. Apartments are located in central Berlin. You will cook your own meals in the apartments, and eat local food at nearby restaurants and cafés. Some group meals will also be part of the program.


Estimates are based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.

The program fee for this program includes: 

  • Accommodations
  • Some meals
  • International SOS Coverage
  • Program-sponsored activities and excursions
  • On-site orientation program
  • Internet and wifi access

What is not included?

Use the following list to assist with budgeting for expenses outside the program fee. This list contains common examples but should not be considered exhaustive.

  • Airfare
  • Some meals
  • On-site accident and health insurance policy
  • Out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • Immunizations
  • Visa and/or residency permit (if needed)
  • Passport
  • Textbooks and class materials
  • Mobile phone or cell phone plan for Europe
  • Independent travel and entertainment
  • Laundry
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Incidentals

Financial Aid

Duke students receiving institutional need-based grant aid are eligible for aid for this program; work-study funds are converted to grants. Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.

Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.

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