Nationalism, Religion & Violence Summer Seminar, 20 June - 1 July 2016, Czech Republic

Publish Date: Jan 15, 2016

Deadline: Apr 24, 2016

Event Dates: from Jun 20, 2016 12:00 to Jul 01, 2016 12:00

Nationalism, Religion & Violence Summer Seminar, 20 June - 1 July 2016

The Summer Seminar on Nationalism, Religion and Violence organized by Charles University in Prague and International Hellenic University in Thessaloniki, supported by the LSEE, PRIO and CEFRES, is preparing for its fourth year. A key goal of the Summer Seminar, taking place in Prague from June 20 to July 1, 2016, is to contribute in a substantial way to the study of violence and to catalyze the growth of the study of violence as a field.

  • led by the best international researchers in the field
  • bringing together lecturers from the most prestigious institutions such as NYU, USHMM, Sciences Po, LSE, or Georgetown
  • targeting students and graduates of Political Science, History, Anthropology, International Relations, International Law, Journalism & other related disciplines
  • course for both undergraduates, (post)graduate students and activists
  • taking place at the oldest university in Central Europe


The Summer Seminar will focus on four different but interconnected themes. Every theme will be discussed over two consecutive days, being divided into three subsections (Framework and Theory, Interdisciplinary Approach, Case Study) and a fieldwork. Overall, the Seminar will take place over 10 days, 60 working hours including fieldwork trips. In addition, a Sunday trip to Terezín (Theresienstadt) memorial will be organized. The themes specification and schedule will be following:

June 20, 2016 – Program Opening

  • Introduction to the program
  • Keynote lecture: Pieter Lagrou
  • Welcome evening at Vaclav Havel Library: Round Table on “Past, Present and Future of Global Migration” with Suzanne Brown-Fleming, Harry Tzimitras, Pieter Lagrou, Vassilis Gounaris and Kateřina Králová

 June 21-22, 2016 – Theme 1: Institutions and Politics

  • Sections with Nikos Skoutaris, Igor Štiks and Harris Mylonas
  • Fieldwork: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

 June 23-24, 2016 – Theme 2: Violence (incl. Genocide)

  • Sections with Atina Grossmann, Hana Kubátová and Dirk Moses
  • Fieldwork: Visual History Archive (Malach Center for Visual History) / The Jewish Museum in Prague

June 26, 2016 – Trip to Terezín Ghetto Memorial (Theresienstadt)

June 27-28, 2016 – Theme 3: Nationalism and Borders

  • Sections with Lucia Najšlová, Ildikó Barna and Nenad Stefanov
  • Fieldwork: Multicultural Centre Prague

 July 29-30, 2016 – Theme 4: Memory

  • Sections with Fabien Theofilakis, Nadège Ragaru, Johannes-Dieter Steinert
  • Fieldwork: Visual History Archive (Malach Center for Visual History) / The Jewish Museum in Prague

 July 1, 2016 – Official Program Closure

  • Certificate awarding
  • Farewell evening

Minor changes in the schedule may occur, if neccessary.

Fees and Cost

The tuition fee is 750 EUR

This price includes:

  • Tuition (all lectures as mentioned in the program)
  • Fieldwork trips (as mentioned in the program)
  • Cultural and social events (as mentioned in the program)
  • Weekend trip
  • Reading materials (an on-line version will be at your disposal after enrolling)
  • Refreshments available during the working hours

Discounts and fellowships are available for:

  • Nationalism, Religion and Violence Summer Seminar alumni
  • Charles University and International Hellenic University students and alumni
  • PRIO fellowships
  • A number of fellowships (partial waiving of tuition fees) is available based upon merit and financial need

How to apply

  • To be considered for admission, you have to submit your application via e-mail to the Program Coordinator (Nikola Karasová,
  • The application deadline is April 24, 2016
  • Approximately 25 students will be admitted to the Nationalism, Religion and Violence in Europe Summer Seminar 2016.
  • Applicants admitted to the program are expected to participate fully, which means attending all classes and lectures.
  • A very good level of English is essential for successful participation in the summer seminar.
  • Please note: if you apply until February 15, 2016, you can get the Early Birds Fellowship (-20%)

The application e-mail should contain:

  1. Your CV (in English language).
  2. A document proving your enrollment in a college or university or your graduation. For example a confirmation letter/form issued by your university, copies of relevant diplomas and transcripts, etc. A scan or a photo of such a document is sufficient. It may be submitted in the language in which it was originally issued. If we need a translation, we will ask for it.
  3. Proof of your knowledge of English (if you are not a native speaker). We require at least the B2 level of The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ( You will be asked to send us either: a copy of a language exam certificate or an official confirmation that you have passed a university course in English or another course in English at the required level. In case you study/studied an academic program, which is being taught entirely in English, the document proving your enrollment or graduation will be considered as a proof of your knowledge of English.
  4. Letter of motivation explaining your interest in the summer seminar.

Reception of your application will be confirmed as soon as possible by the Program Coordinator. If not, use other contacts listed below.

Decisions on admission

  • Decisions on admission are made according the rounds described below.
  • After the application deadline, admitted participants will be informed and asked to pay their respective tuition fees in 10 days.
  • The possibility of a second round acceptance occurs in case of previously admitted participants’ unability to come or to fulfill their financial duties.

Criteria for decisions on admission

  1. Your interest in the topic of the summer seminar (your field of study at the university, jobs and internships, volunteering, other summer schools, etc.)
  2. Your year of study (more advanced students are being preferred)
  3. Intercultural competence (knowledge of foreign languages, experience of living, studying or working abroad, etc.)

If you would experience problems with e-mail communication, you can also apply via post or fax:

Program Coordinator (Nikola Karasová)


Institute of international Studies

Tel: (+420) 251 080 250 (+420) 251 080 250
Fax: (+420) 251 620 294

Nationalism, Religion and Violence in Europe Summer Seminar 2016
Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences
Smetanovo nabrezi 6
CZ-110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic

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