Barcelona, Spain

The Continued Effects of the Colonial Era on the EU's Foreign Policy Towards its Mediterranean/Southern Neighbourhood

when 4 July 2022 - 8 July 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 300

Calls for decolonizing global relations are accumulating, including in Europe where colonial statues and monuments have been torn down in an attempt to make European societies reckon with their violent past and present legacies of colonialism. This is of particular relevance to Europe-Mediterranean relations, as the Mediterranean space has been at the interface of European colonial and imperial history, and as there are continuing effects and affects of the colonial era on (more specifically) the EU’s foreign policy in the Mediterranean. However, EU practices amnesia and redirection rather than genuine atonement about the “European colonial past” in the Mediterranean. Such amnesia and redirection is, however, increasingly difficult to sustain. In the Arab world, in a more than decade long uprising, citizens continue to request their right to self-determination. This is matched by a growing quest, particularly among the younger generations in Europe, to shed a deeper light on its colonial past and legacy and to decolonise our production of knowledge about the “Other”. This engagement is still at an early stage, and yet, it is of crucial relevance to put Euro-Mediterranean relations on a more equal footing, while setting the stage for a future of mutual understanding, in a space which is ever more conflictual.

Course leader

Michelle Pace (Roskilde University)

Target group

The Barcelona Summer School of the Mediterranean and the Middle East is a joint initiative of IBEI and Blanquerna - Universitat Ramón Llull. The School consists of two separate but complementary parts. The first part will consist of a number of short courses on the politics and international relations of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, taught by experts of international repute. The second part will include interactive roundtables focused on the various policy challenges the two regions face. This unique dual structure will enable the programme to cater to the needs of students and practitioners. The program is designed for graduate students and all those who have an interest in advanced knowledge of the mediterranean and middle east issues. The objective is to offer different short courses on significant topics, taught by scholars and experts of international prestige.

Credits info

2 EC
Participants have the opportunity to gain ECTS credits if they are recognized by their universities.
10 hour course: 2 credits = Complete the course + daily assignments / project work

Fee info

EUR 300: Fee for Students. Discount pricing for participants taking more than one course (2 courses 20%; 3 courses 30%; 4 courses 40%).
Early bird discount: an additional 10% discount for full payments received on or before 15 June 2022
EUR 450: Fee for Professionals/Researchers. Discount pricing for participants taking more than one course (2 courses 20%; 3 courses 30%; 4 courses 40%).
Early bird discount: an additional 10% discount for full payments received on or before 15 June 2022

Scholarships

A number of scholarships to cover full or half course fees will be available. To apply for a scholarship, interested persons must send to IBEI (Carlos Sánchez, csanchez@ibei.org) until 23 May 2022, a letter of interest, a CV, and a recommendation letter.