The Summer University Program (SUN) of the Central European University (CEU) announces a Call for Course Proposals for its summer school to be held in Budapest, June 29 - July 31, 2020.
The Summer University (SUN) of CEU is the extension of the university’s mission of promoting research, teaching and social engagement by hosting high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary and innovative academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development in the social sciences and the humanities. The short, intensive courses, taught by a team of distinguished international faculty (including CEU professors), are advertised worldwide to attract graduate students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers, and professionals. The teaching teams' joint expertise is shared with participants in a comparative framework during the summer courses.
The program utilizes CEU's recognized regional expertise and its wider network, providing space for academic networking between junior and senior scholars from a wide range of institutions and discipline areas, often with long-term outcomes such as collaborative research projects, joint publications, etc.
While previously SUN was aimed almost exclusively at junior faculty from Central and Eastern Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union, we now encourage MA and Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, young faculty, and researchers as well as professionals worldwide to participate in our summer school. Tuition waivers and/or scholarships are made available for those in need of financial assistance on an academic merit basis with a continued preference for applicants from post-communist countries and emerging democracies.
HISTORY & KEY FACTS
To multiply the impact of CEU's mission, the SUN program was launched in 1996. Since the inception of the program, the twenty-three summer schools held so far hosted 433 courses taught by close to 3,000 faculty members. SUN received more than 30,000 applications, out of which close to 11,000 were accepted. In any given year, the average number of countries represented in a course is around 16, ensuring the truly and uniquely international nature of the program.
Participants have been enrolled in the program so far from 148 different countries ranging from East and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union to countries of Asia, Africa, North America and South America. In recent years, 19% of the participants have come from new EU member states, 21% from regional emerging democracies, 30% from developed countries and 30% from non-regional emerging democracies. The majority of participants are junior faculty, researchers, and MA or Ph.D. students; the rest of the participant body are professionals such as government officials, NGO workers, etc. The gender distribution is 57% female and 43% male.
Faculty members have come to teach courses from 89 different countries so far. In recent year, 37% of the faculty came from the region, 59% from Western Europe, America, Canada, Australia, Israel and Japan, and 4% from non-regional emerging democracies.
SUN courses cater for the various needs of academic and professional development in the social sciences and humanities across a wide spectrum of disciplines. These include anthropology, cognitive science, comparative religion, environmental sciences, gender studies, history, history and philosophy of science, international relations, cultural, legal, media and medieval studies, philosophy, political science, public policy, sociology, etc. The program encourages topics in newly emerging fields. Courses often tend to address currently relevant issues, such as ethnic relations, migration, nationalism and transnationalism, globalization, human rights, urban development, poverty reduction, integrity, religion and identity, and gender inequalities, among others. These issues are discussed in a general theoretical framework as well as embedded in the context of the actual countries/regions the participants come from.
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