Germany, Genshagen close to Berlin

7th Genshagen Trilateral Summer School 2018: Drifting Apart? How to Deal with Rising Divisions within the European Union (EU)

when 22 August 2018 - 31 August 2018
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 150

7th Genshagen Trilateral Summer School 2018

Drifting Apart?
How to Deal with Rising Divisions within the European Union (EU)


Genshagen Castle, 22 - 31 August, 2018


About the Summer School

Since 2012, the Genshagen Trilateral Summer School brings together 24 students from German, French, and Polish universities at beautiful castle Genshagen close to Berlin to discuss a topic of European relevance.

Through lectures held by scholars with specific expertise, the Summer School provides in depth-knowledge on various sub-topics of the overall theme. In afternoon workshops, which build thematically on the respective morning lectures and are supervised and monitored by the lecturers, students have the opportunity to practically apply their knowledge and to gain further insights into the topic. The Summer school programme is completed by a cultural and a study trip to Berlin as well as informal meetings with practitioners from business, government or NGOs in our so-called ‘fireside lounge’ format.

Topics discussed in the past Summer school editions have been EU energy policy, EU external relations, the EU’s role in the Middle East conflict, EU security and defence policy, EU migration and refugee policy and the role of cities in the EU multi-level governance system.

About this year‘s topic

The 2018 edition of the Summer School will be devoted to the question to what extent the European member states and societies are drifting apart on political, economic, social, and geopolitical issues and how a reformed EU design to bridge these gaps could look like. Over the last ten years or so, multiple crises have left the EU deeply divided. This mainly holds true for the relationship between member states. But also within European societies, splits have become more and more visible. The aim of the 2018 Genshagen Trilateral Summer School will be to critically discuss existing divisions in several policy fields and to develop ideas how the gaps between different approaches can be bridged. This includes also rethinking the current institutional design of the EU, a debate that has been launched by the EU Commission’s “White Paper on the Future of Europe”, published in March 2017. In line with the trilateral approach of our Summer School, a specific focus will be on the relationship between the three Weimar Triangle countries, France, Germany, and Poland.

About Stiftung Genshagen

The Genshagen Foundation aims to strengthen Europe’s cultural diversity, political capacity to act, social coherence and economic dynamism. At the interface between civil society, the state and the business world, the foundation operates in two working sections: Art and Cultural Mediation in Europe and European Dialogue – Political Thinking on Europe. We focus on promoting and intensifying Franco-German and German-Polish relations, as well as facilitating the dialogue within the Weimar Triangle, which was founded in 1991 by the Foreign Ministers of Germany, France and Poland. As a forum for consultation and conversation, we seek to foster dialogue between the three countries as well as promote European integration as a whole.

The location of the Foundation, Genshagen Castle, offers a space for encounters and exchanges between actors from the worlds of art, culture, politics, business, science and the media. Through its varied events and publications, the Foundation helps to find new approaches and solutions to current and future challenges in society and politics – always within the context of Europe.

How to participate?

Who can apply?
We invite applications from students at Masters level as well as early-stage PhD students enrolled at a German, French or Polish university (all nationalities) and students with German, French or Polish nationality enrolled at universities in other countries. Prior experience with the topic of this year’s summer school is welcome, but not obligatory. As the Summer School’s working language is English, its excellent command is a prerequisite. Up to 8 students from each country will be able to participate in the Summer School.

How do I apply?
Please send us a cover letter detailing why you wish to participate in the 2018 Genshagen Summer School and your interest in the topic as well as your CV including your academic and extracurricular career. Everything should be in English, as that is the Summer School’s working language. We only accept electronic applications sent via e-mail to: summerschool@stiftung-genshagen.de. The deadline for applications is 27 May, 2018 and successful candidates will be notified by early June.

Summer School Programme Lineout


Day 1 | Wednesday, 22 August

Arrival of participants and Getting-to-know-each-other

Day 2 | Thursday, 23 August

Open Space
How to Make Europe Ready for the Future
Moderator: Friederike Abitz, Co-creative Facilitator (tbc)

Fireside lounge: Students meet practitioners

Day 3 | Friday, 24 August

Lecture & Afternoon Workshop:
Europe as Battlefield? European Identity and the Quest for a Shared Collective Memory

Day 4 | Saturday, 25 August

Lecture & Afternoon Workshop:
Socio-Economic Divisions: Between Austerity and Growth

Movie Night

Day 5 | Sunday, 26 August

Cultural trip to Berlin
Day 6 | Monday, 27 August

Lecture & Afternoon Workshop:
Political Divisions: Different Concepts of Democracy in Conflict

Fireside lounge: Students meet practitioners

Day 7 | Tuesday, 28 August

Lecture & Afternoon Workshop:
Geopolitical Divisions: Transatlanticism vs. European Strategic Autonomy

Fireside lounge: Students meet practitioners

Day 8 | Wednesday, 29 August

Study trip to Berlin

Day 9 | Thursday, 30 August

Lecture & Afternoon Workshop:
What Future Design for the EU to Bring Europe Together Again?

Farewell Get-Together and Handing of Summer School Certificates

Day 10 | Friday, 31 August

Wrap-up, feedback and farewell

How much does it cost and where will I stay?

The tuition fee is 150 € per participant. This covers all costs related to your stay in Genshagen: a shared double room at the castle and all meals are included. Unfortunately, we cannot cover your trip from your hometown to Genshagen and back. Please organise your travel by yourself!


For more information on the Summer School, please visit our website and our Summer School Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GenshagenSummerSchool.
Should you have any more questions, feel free to get in touch with us.


Contact:

Stiftung Genshagen
Am Schloss 1
14974 Genshagen

Dr. Tobias Koepf (Project Director)
Tel. +49 3378 805955
Fax. +49 3378 870013
koepf@stiftung-genshagen.de

Sandra Krause (Project Assistant)
Tel. +49 3378 805931
Fax. +49 3378 870013
summerschool@stiftung-genshagen.de

Course leader

Dr. Tobias Koepf

Target group

Students in a Master's program and PhD students

Fee info

EUR 150: The tuition fee is 150 € per participant. This covers all costs related to your stay in Genshagen: a shared double room at the castle and all meals are included. Unfortunately, we cannot cover your trip from your hometown to Genshagen and back. Please organise your travel by yourself!

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