Prague, Czech Republic

European Politics: Interests versus Culture?

when 29 June 2019 - 6 July 2019
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 790

The Summer School on “European Politics: Interests versus Culture” is a one-week program for undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds (political science, sociology, media studies, anthropology and cultural studies, behavioral sciences, gender studies) from all parts of the world. The program is designed for those who are interested in the complex ways in which culture and interests affect politics, especially within the European Union.

The impulse for launching the Summer School stemmed from the observation that the vital processes of the symbolic construction of European polity are sadly underrepresented in didactic practices.

The idea of the Summer School is to offer students a variety of perspectives on symbolic and discursive construction of European political and social processes as well as European identities. These perspectives will allow students to gain cultural sensitivity and reflexivity which, no doubt, are crucially important for successfully functioning in contemporary knowledge economies as well as global civil society.

Course leader

Anna Horolets, PhD: Academic director of the Summer School

Target group

Students of either undergraduate or graduate degrees or recent graduates.

Course aim

We aim to pay closer attention to the cultural dimensions of political institutions and processes in Europe (e.g. political communication, symbolism and ritualism of power). The European Union seemed to be coming ever closer to defining its finalité politique, yet how this political body will be actually constructed and how it will perform largely depends on identities, values and cultural imageries shared by its citizens. The objective of the program is to equip students with most recent research findings on if and how contemporary European institutions and processes of Europeanization rely on values and deeply rooted symbols. Are these values and cultural symbols capable of mobilizing people to action, (re)creating identities as well as rendering the EU policies and politics legitimate?

Politics and policies of the EU are produced not only by the EU institutions but also through the sense-making practices of people who are involved in them either as an insider or a subject. The program will pay particular attention to the construction and use of lobbying strategies through the fundamentally cultural processes of communication. The program’s purpose is to also discuss how various cultural aspects are related to political processes and how they could influence decision making in Europe.

The program’s ultimate goal is to allow students to broaden their possibilities of interpreting the unique European political phenomena. It is aimed at providing students with the knowledge and analytical skills in the area of cultural analysis of political events, processes and institutions. The dialogue with distinguished lecturers, experts, practitioners and fellow students will allow the participants to cultivate their knowledge in the motivating intercultural milieu.

Credits info

Our programs have full accreditation from the Czech Ministry of Education. If you wish to receive credits for attending a summer school, you need to negotiate the amount of credits with your university. In the past many students have counted our programs towards their degree.

Fee info

EUR 790: The program Early Bird fee is 740 EUR (Deadline January 31, 2019)
The program fee is 790 EUR (Final Deadline March 31, 2019)

This fee includes:

Tuition and reading materials;
Student’s handbook;
Maps and public transports tickets
Accommodation for one week and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner, plus coffee breaks);
Site visits and cultural and special events.

Students are responsible for their own travel costs, lunches and other personal expenses.


There are currently no scholarships offered by the SCHOLA EMPIRICA.