International Summer Course in Critical Peace Studies
It's our pleasure to inform you that we are organizing this course which offers an excellent opportunity for learning from almost 30 years of resistance to nationalist populism in Bosnia & Herzegovina. This focus includes the forms of everyday resistance and ‘hidden transcripts’, but also struggles to foster social movements and political alternatives. The course will also be offered as an online course given present uncertainty regarding travel restrictions to Sarajevo.
Populism and particularly far right populism is a rising global phenomenon. The potential of populism to polarize societies and politics and its proponents’ increasing challenge to the liberal order therefore make it a growing concern for scholars of peace and conflict studies. The Balkans was engulfed in violence in the 1990s which came as a result of a revival of nationalism and populism in the region. Despite the divisions which ensued and continued instability, the region has nevertheless witnessed significant pockets of resistance to the nationalist agenda which managed to preserve some sense of normalcy in the region.
This course is distinctive because it is organized in cooperation between the Peace Academy which brings over 12 years of experience bridging activist and academic approaches to peacebuilding and Manchester University. Accordingly, the course provides both theoretical but also practical tools. The course is further enriched by providing rich exchange among students resulting from a balanced group of participants from within and beyond the Post-Yugoslav countries.
The course is open to activists, students, researchers, theoreticians, journalists who are working in the fields of peacebuilding, dealing with the past, and human rights' protection.
The course will be held from July 27th until August 28th.
The course topics are:
Understanding Populism and Resistance (the week of 27th-31st of July) - Instructor Valida Repovac Nikšić (University of Sarajevo)
Feminism and networks of resistance (the week of 03rd-07th of August) - Instructor Zlatiborka Popov Momčinović (University of East Sarajevo)
Everyday resistance in the workplace (the week of 10th-14th of August) - Instructor Jasmin Ramović (University of Manchester)
- With lecture by Oliver Richmond (University of Manchester) 'The Evolution of the International Peace Architecture'
Mostar virtual excursion (one day during the weeks of 10th of August or 17th of August)
Local-first activism as resistance (the week of 17th-21st of August) - Instructor Randall Puljek-Shank (International Burch University)
Resistance within international projects (the week of 24th-28th of August) - Instructor Nejra Čengić (University of Manchester)
Participation in the course requires 6 hours per unit/week
If you wish to participate, please fill out the online Application form. You will be automatically notified when we receive your application. You will also receive an email from us not later than 7 days after replying to inform you if we need any additional information.
Applications are open from May 8th until June 22nd (12pm CEST).
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. You will be notified about the selection outcome of applications at the latest by July 7th.
- Willingness to attend the selected course during its whole duration;
- Willingness to fulfill all obligations related to the course (reading the recommended literature and writing an essay if you would like to receive a certificate)
- Fluency in English;
- Minimum age for participation is 21 years;
- Participation fee payment after your application has been selected.
For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.