2 February 2024
Representing the European Past: Memory and Place-Making in Cross-Cultural Communities
This program delves into the political processes entailed in remembering and forgetting, introduces students to the commemorative landscape of the EU and explores possible solutions to the challenges facing European collective memory or what could be called Europe's culture of remembrance. Sessions will deal with what makes us remember some things while other facets of our lives and historical events are supressed or hard to recollect. How does what we remember (and what we - choose to - forget) structure the reality that we live in - symbolically, physically, and politically? How is the past used (or abused) to serve the present needs of individuals and collectives in Europe today, where different concepts of identity oftentimes clash with the reality of cosmopolitan communities that are both ethnically and culturally diverse.
In addition to each schools' academic program, we offer all participants German language classes (for beginners (A1) and students who already possess some German skills (A1-A2)), an intercultural workshop that prepares participants for the very diverse setting in which all classes take place, a buddy program which matches each participant with local students who offer support throughout each school (and before), and a rich and varied social program that offers many opportunities to experience arts, culture, and local student life in one of Germany’s most historical university towns.
The courses are taught by University of Tübingen faculty and experts dedicated to the study of Europe.
The courses are designed for undergraduate students from all academic disciplines with a strong general interest in cultures, Europe and Germany in particular. A very good command of English and the willingness to actively participate during course activities are required.
The Winter School is open to undergraduate students who wish to better understand Europe and the European Union from various disciplinary perspectives. The program provides you with an understanding of historical, political, economic and cultural frameworks that have shaped modern Europe.
At the University of Tübingen 1 ECTS equals a workload of 30 hours. The workload comprises regular presence and active participation in the courses, private and independent study, preparation of projects and examinations (e.g. written test, oral presentation, essay). Participants of the Winter School who would like to receive transfer credits at their home university are strongly recommended to contact their Academic Advisor and ask for credit and grade approval.
EUR 1800: The program fee includes
- All courses and workshops
- Course materials
- Welcome package
- Welcome reception and farewell evening
- Cultural and social activities
- Accommodation in Tübingen
- A public transportation ticket for use within Tübingen
The program fee does not include the following expenses:
- Visa fee
- Flight & travel to/from Tübingen
- Health insurance
- Meals & beverages
- Leisure activities
Limited financial support is available. The financial support is awarded on the basis of academic achievement, social commitment and financial need.