International Summer School - "Repositioning in a Globalizing World", 8 - 11 June 2015, Leipzig, Germany

Publish Date: Apr 16, 2015

Deadline: Apr 30, 2015

The summer school, focusing on questions of globalization and transnationalization, has over the last years become the trademark of the Graduate Centre and is jointly hosted by several units. It is divided in plenary events (often with the participation of reputable guest speakers) and numerous panels focusing on different topics, which are organized by the PhD candidates and offer the opportunity to invite junior researchers from other institutions.

The most convincing results of the summer schools are published in the publication series of the Graduate Centre.

XIII International Summer School of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies "Repositioning in a Globalizing World"

Date: 8.-11. June 2015

Research context for the Summer School

Over the past decade, the Leipzig PhD Summer School has established itself as an important meeting place for the interdisciplinary discussion of transnationalization, transculturalism and emerging trends in the research of globalization.  The 2015 edition of the Summer School is organized by the Graduate School Global and Area Studies of Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences at the Research Academy Leipzig in cooperation with the PhD-programme “Global and Area Studies with a Special Emphasis on Peace and Security” (Addis Ababa University/ University of Leipzig) and the bilateral research project “Repositioning Greece in a Globalizing World” (University of Athens/ University of Leipzig).

The organizing Graduate School comprises currently 143 PhD students from the social sciences as well as in the fields of history and cultural studies who obtain a structured doctoral training. The annual Summer School is an integral component of this programme.  The Summer School occupies a special place within the educational concept of the Graduate School by providing PhD students with a forum to present the results of their respective research to their peer group including fellow-PhD candidates from abroad  Thus, the invitation is open to all PhD students whose research is related to the focus of this year’s Summer School.    

Thematic focus of the Summer School

States cluster as O5, BRICS, N-11, V4 and other acronym-associations testify to a reorganization of the world after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Foreign as well as economic policies of many countries were facing massive challenges. These challenges invite for reorientation and it is therefore no wonder that geopolitics gain prominence. One could argue that such adaptation to the current circumstances is a permanent process and happens all the time. But what we would like to address when analyzing processes of repositioning is the synchronicity of such processes in certain world regions that are perceived as zones of crisis and raises therefore concern far beyond the immediate neighborhood. Europe, which seemed to be a continent of relative stability after the Balkan wars in the 1990s is today confronted again with the effects of more than one crisis emerging out of processes of repositioning which are multifaceted and motivated by different factors. Such a situation invites not only for investigation in itself but also for comparison, both synchronically and diachronically. We therefore welcome submissions dealing with the current European crisis as well as with other larger zones of crisis, instability, and repositioning. Contributions are welcome that deal with political reorientation as well as with its intellectual foundations in geopolitical thinking. But the (geopolitical) repositioning of economic as well as cultural actors is a topic we will give attention too.

Contributions are expected from PhD-candidates being advanced in their research in y way that they can present already (first) results from empirical studies as well as theoretical framing of their investigation.

The XIIIth Summer School of the Graduate School offers the opportunity to each participant to contribute to this debate with their own research and findings.

The following superordinate panels are currently under consideration:

1.    Repositioning of the Global and European South Compared

2.    Repositioning of Eastern Europe from the 18th Century to the Present

3.    Repositioning of East and West as South and North in the World of the 21st Century

4.    New Regional Policies Compared: The Mediterranean, the Greater Sahara and the Great Lakes Region


All interested PhD students are cordially invited to submit a paper for application to the Summer School.  The application should include:

  • Personal details, as well as academic status, including the relevant academic affiliation.  
  • An abstract of 300 to 500 words, together with an explanation of its connection to the ongoing dissertation.

via Post and via E-Mail to:

Leipzig University, Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Martina Keilbach

Emil-Fuchs-Str. 1

04105 Leipzig

E-Mail: phd(at)

Registration and application deadline: 30 April 2015

The final acceptance of the submitted papers will be decided by a preparatory committee no later than 10 May 2015.  A maximum of 25 papers will be selected.In order to prepare for academic commentary, submission of the actual paper (10-pages) is expected by 31 May.  The paper will be pre-circulated and should fit within a 15-20 minute presentation.


Participation fee

The participation fee is 50 Euro. This fee covers all costs for conference material (including the reader), refreshments during the breaks, lunch meals, as well as participation in the welcoming reception and the cultural events that will be held during the Summer School. 

Upon request, reasonably priced accommodations in Leipzig will be arranged by the conference office.

With successful participation in the Summer School, it will be possible to receive a certificate from the Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences. 

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