Summer School - Federalism, Multinationalism and the Future of Europe,13-27 August 2016, UK

Publish Date: Feb 12, 2016

Event Dates: from Aug 13, 2016 12:00 to Aug 27, 2016 12:00

The Politics Summer School is jointly organised by Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and the Centre International de Formation Européene (CIFE). This year's event will take place from 13–27 August 2016 in Canterbury, Kent.* 

We invite applications from undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in federal studies, the European Union and institutional design in divided societies.

The topic of this year's Summer School is 'Federalism, Multinationalism and the Future of Europe'. Students will be introduced to different theories of federalism, its use in different European countries, the use of federalism and federation as a tool of conflict resolution and the idea of the EU as a federal political system.

Lecturers include leading international academics, who have years of experience in their subject and have often been involved in policy advice as well. In addition to an interesting and challenging academic programme, students will be offered with an inspiring social programme, which includes a pub quiz on federalism and a guided tour of the wonderful city of Canterbury!


Our academic programme brings together leading experts from all over the world to discuss different topics in the field of federalism and Multinationalism. Some of the confirmed speakers include:

  • Prof Dr Michael Burgess, emeritus professor for federal studies at the University of Kent, who will speak on 'Federalism and the EU'.
  • Prof Dr Jens Woelk, University of Trento (Italy), who will speak on 'Federalism and Italy – The South Tyrol Question'.
  • Dr Sean Mueller, University of Berne (Switzerland), who will speak on 'Federalism and Secession'.
  • Mr Frederic Lepine, Centre International de Formation Europeene (France), who will speak on 'Federalism as an Ideology'.
  • Dr David Bates, Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), who will speak on 'Federalism and Anarchy'.
  • Mr Simon Bransden, CCCU, who will speak on 'Comparing Federal Systems –USA, Canada and the EU'.
  • Ms Anastasiia Kudlenko, CCCU, who will speak on 'Federalism in Ukraine  – pre-conflict perspectives and post-conflict options'.
  • Dr Soeren Keil, CCCU, who will speak on 'Federalism as a tool of conflict resolution, evidence from Bosnia, Iraq and Cyprus'.

In addition to a rich academic programme, we also organise a very interesting social programme. This includes a city tour of Canterbury, a pub quiz on federalism, a pizza night and an opening and farewell dinner. 


The costs for accommodation, hospitality and tuition are £500.00 per student. This includes a substantial scholarship for each student accepted, as the normal costs are close to £1,500.00. We are unable to provide any further scholarships or financial reductions. Full payment has to be made beforehand to the University, and no unconditional offer will be provided unless payment has been received. Please note, we are unable to accept cash payments on arrival and bank transactions from non-British bank accounts should make sure that the full sum is transferred to Canterbury Christ Church University. Students will be notified once payment has been received. We are unable to cover any travel costs or help with Visa Fees, we will however happily provide an invitation letter if you require a visa to come to the UK.

How to apply

To apply for the Politics Summer School, please download the registration form, and return it, along with a scanned copy of your passport, to  

For any questions about the summer school, payment, invitation letters or any other details, please contact

About the organisers

The School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology within the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University brings together a range of disciplines that encourage a greater understanding of social issues, human behaviour and the ever-changing political landscape.

The Politics programme within the School has a vibrant undergraduate and PhD programme, with expertise in Political Theory, British Politics, European Studies and International Relations, especially conflict resolution and security studies. 

The activities of the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE)  encompass education and research concerning European integration, federalism, regionalism and changes within the structures of contemporary society in accordance with a federalist prospective.

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