2016 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL IN COMPARATIVE CONFLICT STUDIES
June 27 to July 4, 2016
Center for Comparative Conflict Studies at the Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK),
Singidunum University, Belgrade
The 7th International Summer School in Comparative Conflict Studies provides a learning opportunity for students interested in study and analysis of societies in and post-conflict. Interdisciplinary in its nature, drawing from the fields of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, History, Philosophy, Anthropology, Law and International Relations, the Summer School in Comparative Conflict Studies provides students with an interactive learning experience utilizing frontal lectures and class discussions focusing on comparative conflict analysis of different case studies.
Students who complete the course requirements may transfer the course credit to their home institution (5 ECTS).
Deadline to submit applications: March 25, 2016.
We are now receiving applications for the following five courses: (Applicants can attend only one course from this list)
RELIGION AND CONFLICT: THE BALKANS’ EXPLORATIONS VS. EXPLORATIONS OF THE BALKANS
Course Description and Objectives
This course will explore the processes of how political and ethnic conflict can become “religious”, on the one hand, and how religion can itself generate conflict, on the other. During the course, students will learn about the nature of conflict in general and specifically about religious conflict. The course inquires into various interactions between religious and ethno-national identity, with special attention paid to inter-relations among different religions in the Balkans. The relationship between religion and ethnicity, politicized aspects of religious conflicts, and the place of religion in relation to questions of nationalism and hegemony will also be explored during the course.
It will begin with an examination of the complexities of conflict and related academic theories of conflict and religion, as well as the nature of the violence which often follows conflict. Students will gain an understanding of the role of religious communities (Jewish and Islamic) and churches (Catholic and Orthodox) in Balkans at the end of 20th and beginning of 21st century, as well as during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1991-1995).
In addition, students will be able to “unpack” different religious interpretations of sacred texts, understanding how these texts can be the foundation for either violence or peace.
Finally, the course will offer some solutions – how religion and its spirituality, theologies, and methodologies can be used in the process of conflict transformation and peace-building. This will be observed from Jewish, Christian and Muslim perspectives.
FROM BROTHERHOOD AND UNITY TO EU INTEGRATION: THE SHADES OF POLITICS IN SERBIA
In dominant political and ideological discourses, contemporary Serbian society is most often characterized as a society “in transition”, colloquially referred to as “Serbia after democratic changes”. In such discourses, everything in Serbia in the past 15 years is “in transition”: the justice system, the economy and culture, but also our lives, our freedoms and our rights. Our recent historical trans experience generally refers to the path from communism and socialism to capitalism and liberal democracy, recognized as synonymous with European Union (EU) integration. At the same time, while “transiting” from one ideology to another, Serbian society is carrying the heavy burden of recent historical events: wars, ethnic cleansing, isolation and the collapse of all institutions, among others.
The course will be organized around four concepts:
- a) community; b) friend/enemy; c) minorities and d) popular culture.
The aim of this course is to understand the transition from the dominant Yugoslav ideology to what came after in Serbia through the analysis of changes in the discourses that organize the four concepts above. Discussion will focus on Serbia as well as on comparisons with the other successor states of the former Yugoslavia.
- Background and introduction to the breakup of Yugoslavia
- Post-Milosevic Serbia
- Serbia in transition: community
- Serbia in transition: concepts of friend/enemy
- Serbia in transition: minorities
- Serbia in transition: popular culture
Our courses are offered to graduate students, advanced undergraduate students and professionals working in related fields.
All courses are in English.
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- Reduced Tuition: 230 Euros for applicants from Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia as well as students from Conflict/post-Conflict countries;
- Full Tuition: 430 Euros for all other applicants.
Registration and payment schedule
Application registration: Upon acceptance to the Summer School, applicants who wish to reserve their place in the course they chose, will have to confirm their participation by paying the registration fee of 200 Euros for Full Tuition applicants, and 100 Euros for Reduced Tuition applicants.
The rest of the payment is to be made upon arrival in Belgrade during the Summer School registration session on June 27, 2016.
Additional information and instructions for payment will be shared with applicants upon their acceptance to the Summer School.
CFCCS Tuition Scholarship
This year CFCCS has a small scholarship fund available to promising and eligible applicants. We are now offering 5 tuition scholarships to eligible and strongest candidates who will be selected on a rolling basis.
To apply for the CFCCS Tuition scholarship
If you are eligible to apply for the CFCCS Scholarship, please follow the following steps:
1. Submit your application form for the 2016 International Summer School;
2. After your application for the Summer School has been completed and submitted, please email firstname.lastname@example.org access to the CFCCS Tuition Scholarship application form.
CFCCS tuition scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis as applications are received and processed, until the scholarship fund has been fully distributed. The earlier you apply for the 2016 Summer School and CFCCS scholarship, the greater your chance of receiving a scholarship.
Who can apply for the CFCCS Tuition Scholarship?
Prior to your email requesting the CFCCS Tuition Scholarship application form, please make sure you are eligible to apply:
1. CFCCS tuition scholarships is only offered to students currently registered in an academic program: student must be enrolled in a graduate degree program or a 3rd or final year undergraduate program;
2. CFCCS tuition scholarship is available only for students who will attend the course for ECTS credit;
3. CFCCS tuition scholarship is available for students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia;
4. Strong applicants from other societies in/post-conflict may be considered.
The following conditions of participation will apply to selected candidates:
1. Full participation in the summer school course of your choice and additional activities throughout the week;
2. Completion the course requirements to receive full credit for your participation (which you may opt to transfer to your home academic institution) [in order to complete course requirements students need to submit a paper after their participation in the course as defined by the course instructor].
Please note: The CFCCS scholarship does not include travel or accommodation funds!