Summer School - Cultures, Migrations, Borders, 3 – 12 July 2018, Greece
For the seventh year the Department of Social Anthropology and History of the University of the Aegean and the Institute of Migration and Ethnic Studies of the University of Amsterdam welcome applications for the Postgraduate International Summer School ‘CULTURES, MIGRATIONS, BORDERS’ that will take place on the border island of LESVOS, GREECE, from 3 to 12 July 2018.
The broader socioeconomic and political transformations in Africa and Asia have recently resulted in increased migration flows to Greece and, more generally, to Europe. Being at the crossroads of populations and cultures the islands of Eastern Aegean have served as one of the entry “gates” to Europe. In this context, and especially in connection to the current crisis, border crossings have become the focus of intense debates as they are intertwined with issues of culture and identity formation, the European Union and state policy, and constructions of 'otherness'. By drawing on an increasing interest in the study of cultures, migrations and borders, our Summer School examines how migrations shape and are shaped by processes of boundary formation in a variety of cultural encounters.
The Summer School aims at bringing together students and researchers in humanities and social sciences with an interest in border and migration. The program is designed to combine theoretical instruction by renowned instructors from six universities with various on-site activities.
The North Eastern Aegean island of LESVOS provides an ideal location for holding this Summer School, as it is currently one of the more important gates of immigrants and refugees to Greece and Europe and the site of a massive humanitarian intervention. The Summer School takes place as the 'European Refugee Crisis' goes on taking new forms and in times of radical transformations and the reconfiguration of borders in national and international levels. The program aims to address political, ethical and theoretical questions in this challenging landscape.
The program of the course is structured around five thematic axes:
a. Theoretical and methodological issues in the study of migration and borders.
b. Institutional and political aspects of the migratory condition.
c. People on the move: immigrant groups, refugees and host communities.
d. Cross-cultural encounters across borders and interactions of host/immigrant on the border.
e. The politics of humanitarian aid and the 'refugee crisis'.
Along with the seminars, the program includes some further activities. The participants will be given the opportunity to interact with citizens on the island assisting refugees and meet asylum seekers. A field trip to Mytilene is organized for this purpose as well as some activities in Plomari. While acquainting themselves with the reality of migration on an Aegean island, participants will develop research skills and learn how to place their findings within wider local and global processes. Doctoral students and researchers will also have the opportunity to present their work at the PhD/Reseach Seminars. The Summer School includes also the public screening of films on migration and border-crossing. Lastly, it offers a variety of social and leisure activities.
The Summer School is hosted at ‘Polykentro’, a heritage building at the heart of the historic town of Plomari.
Polykentro, a former soap-factory, functions today as the cultural centre of the town. It consists of a small museum exhibiting traditional techniques of soap-making (downstairs) and a theatre/lecture room (upstairs) accompanied by a sitting area with a bar.
A wi-fi connection is available at Polykentro and participants often find it useful to bring their own laptops.
As Polykentro is situated at the center of the town, there is easy access to a photocopying center, shops, supermarket, bank, etc.
How to apply
Postgraduate students with a background in the social sciences, PhD candidates and researchers, undregraduates at their final year of their studies and professionals working at NGOs or other institutions are all eligible to apply.
You can fill in the application form online.
Please bear in mind that the system does not support the option of saving, so you should better fill in the application form when you are ready to submit it.
The Summer School fees are €500. Accommodation, transportation and food are not included in the fees (with the exception of everyday coffee-breaks and a welcome reception dinner) but can be obtained at relatively low prices. The travel cost for the field trip to Mytilene is included in the fees.
Deadline for fees payment: June 1, 2018
There will be several scholarships available for the participants of the Summer School.
The scholarship grant corresponds to the reduced fee of €200 and does not include accommodation, transportation and food.
In case that you are interested to apply for a scholarship you have to:
1. Firstly, fill in and submit the registration form. In the last field ‘Any additional info’ please mention that you intend to apply for a scholarship.
2. Secondly, fill in the online scholarship application form which is available on the website. In there, you have to submit your motivation letter where you will explain the reasons why you are interested to apply for a scholarship.
3. A reference letter is also required, but this should be sent separately by email to email@example.com directly by your supervisor/professor. The reference letter should be sent till 30 April 2018 at the latest.
Please bear in mind that the selection will be based on the applicant's academic performance and motivation but priority will be given to:
a)applicants with a non-professional status &
b) those coming from Eastern European, Asian and African countries.
Deadline for Scholarship Applications: April 30, 2018
Cancellation of participation
In case that you have been accepted to the Summer School but, for any reason, you want to cancel your participation you should notify us no later than June 1 by sending us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. In that case program will refund ninety per cent (90%) of your fees minus any bank transfer costs that might occur. You should be aware that if you cancel your participation later than this date, there will be no refund of the fees.
The applicants who have been accepted for a scholarship grant should inform us as soon as possible in case of cancellation. They should also complete their fees payment at the latest till May 15, 2018.
The Summer School is conducted in English, which allows us to welcome applications from a larger group of eligible participants.
For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.