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Summer Seminar - Nationalism, Religion and Violence in Europe, 18-29 June 2018, Czech Republic


March 31, 2018

Event Date:

June 18, 2018 - June 29, 2018

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Summer Seminar - Nationalism, Religion and Violence in Europe 18-29 June 2018, Czech Republic

The Summer Seminar will focus on four interconnected themes. Every theme will be discussed over two consecutive days, being divided into three lectures with discussion and a fieldwork activity. Overall, the Seminar will take place over 10 days, 60 working hours including fieldwork trips. In addition, a trip to the city of Teplice will be organized.


June 18, 2018 – Program Opening

  • Introduction to the program
  • Keynote lecture: Stathis Kalyvas, Discussant: Paul A. Shapiro
  • Welcome evening at Vaclav Havel Library: Round Table with Paul A. Shapiro (moderated by Katerina Kralova)

June 19-20, 2018 – Theme 1: Nationalism, Religion and Violence in Europe

  • Sections with Uriya Shavit, Christian Voss, and Maria-Alina Asavei
  • Fieldwork: Berkat

June 21-22, 2018 – Theme 2: Europe & Islam 

  • Sections with Zahia Smail Salhi, Anissa Daoudi, and Anna Viden
  • Fieldwork: Multicultural Centre “Mozaika”

June 24, 2018 – Weekend Trip (Teplice)

June 25-26, 2018 – Theme 3: Nationalism and (C)EE

  • Sections with Andrea Petö, Ildikó Barna, and Valeria Korablyova
  • Fieldwork: Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

June 27-28, 2018 – Theme 4: Cultural Dimension

  • Sections with Dietrich Reetz, Atina Grossmann, and two post-docs chosen based on a call for special teaching fellowships
  • Fieldwork: TBC

June 29, 2018 – Official Program Closure

  • Certificate Awarding
  • Farewell evening

Minor changes in the final schedule may occur, if necessary.


Students will receive a certificate of attendance and 8 ECTS credits for their active participation in the program. Since degree requirements vary among universities, students/graduates are advised to ensure, preferably in advance, that their college or university will recognize such certification and award the suggested credits.


Program Directors:

Kateřina Králová, director for Prague

Basil C. Gounaris, director for Thessaloniki

Program Supervisor:

Jiří Vykoukal, director of the Institute of International Studies, Charles University, Prague

Program Committe:

Anissa Daoudi, University of Brimingham

Christian Voss, Humboldt University of Berlin

Stanislav Tumis, Charles University, Prague

Program Manager:

Jiří Kocián, Institute of International Studies, Charles University, Prague

Program Coordinator:

Nikola Karasová, Institute of International Studies, Charles University, Prague


The individual sessions of the Summer Seminar on Nationalism, Religion and Violence are led by distinguished international researchers from top universities such as the University of Birmingham, the University of Manchester, the Humboldt University of Berlin, Central European University, the University of Pennsylvania, Charles University, specialized in Political Science, History, Anthropology, International Relations, International Law and other related disciplines. Lecturers will also participate in field trips to memorial sites, research centers and international institutions based in Prague.


Participants are responsible for covering accommodation of their choice. They are also advised to make necessary arrangements as early as possible due to the summer season and high demand for accommodation capacities in the city during the time of the Summer Seminar. The seminar will take place at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University.

How to apply

To be considered for admission, the applicant have to submit the application via e-mail to the Program Coordinator (Nikola Karasová,

The application timeline is following:

31 March 2018: Deadline for those needing visas for the Czech Republic

30 April 2018: Final application deadline

  • Approx. 30 students will be admitted to the Nationalism, Religion and Violence in Europe Summer Seminar 2016.
  • Applicants admitted to the program are expected to participate fully, which means attending all classes and lectures.
  • A very good level of English is essential for successful participation in the summer seminar.

The application e-mail should contain:

  • CV (in English language).
  • A document proving the applicant's enrollment in a college or university or his/her graduation. For example a confirmation letter/form issued by your university, copies of relevant diplomas and transcripts, etc. A scan or a photo of such a document is sufficient. It may be submitted in the language in which it was originally issued. If a translation is needed, it will be asked.
  • Proof of the knowledge of English (if the applicant are not a native speaker). At least the B2 level of The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ( is required. The applicant will be asked to send us either: a copy of a language exam certificate or an official confirmation that you have passed a university course in English or another course in English at the required level. In case you study/studied an academic program, which is being taught entirely in English, the document proving your enrollment or graduation will be considered as a proof of your knowledge of English. 
  • Letter of motivation explaining the applicant's interest in the summer seminar.

Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, so the applicant is encouraged to apply as early as possible. Those who apply early will receive first consideration for both admission and scholarship decisions.

Decisions on admission

  • Decisions on admission are made according the criteria described below.
  • All applicants will be notified of admission decisions by e-mail, latest within two weeks after each respective deadline. Admitted participants will be asked to pay their respective tuition fees within 10 days after the decision notification.
  • The possibility of a second round acceptance occurs in case of previously admitted participants’ unability to come or to fulfill their financial duties.

Criteria for decisions on admission

  • The applicant's interest in the topic of the summer seminar (his/her field of study at the university, jobs and internships, volunteering, other summer schools, etc.)
  • The applicant's year of study (more advanced students are being preferred)
  • Intercultural competence (knowledge of foreign languages, experience of living, studying or working abroad, etc.)

If the applicant experience problems with e-mail communication, he/she can also apply via post or fax.

Fees and Cost

The tuition fee is 750 EUR

This price includes:

  • Tuition (all lectures as mentioned in the program)
  • Fieldwork trips (as mentioned in the program)
  • Cultural and social events (as mentioned in the program)
  • Weekend trip
  • Reading materials (an on-line version will be at the participant's disposal after enrolling)
  • Refreshments available during the working hours
  • Max. 35 attendants

Participants are responsible for covering accommodation of their choice, their travel expenses and visa if necessary.

Discounts are available for:

  • Nationalism, Religion and Violence Summer Seminar alumni (20 %)
  • Charles University, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Birmingham students and alumni (20 %)
  • A very limited number of tuition fee discounts will be available for selected candidates based on their academic merit and financial needs.

Please note that all payments are not re-fundable!

Study Fellowships:

Four fellowships will be available for excellent PhD candidates/students or advanced graduate students coming from any of the following countries: Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

These fellowships will result in the reduction of the participation fee to 300 EUR. Successful candidates are required to participate actively in the complete course of the Summer Seminar.

Teaching Fellowships:

Two teaching fellowships will be available for excellent candidates coming from research fields relevant to the topics of the Summer Seminar. These fellowships will fully cover travel costs, accommodation for the whole period of the program and standard participation fee. Successful candidates are required to actively participate in the complete course of the Summer Seminar and give a two hours lecture/seminar during the program based on their research interest.

Candidates must be holders of a PhD title and come from any of the following countries: Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

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