Greece, Lesvos island, Plomari

Cultures Migrations Borders

when 6 July 2015 - 18 July 2015
duration 2 weeks
credits 8 ECTS
fee EUR 400

For the fourth year the Department of Social Anthropology and History of the University of the Aegean and the Institute of Migration and Ethnic Studies of the University of Amsterdam welcome applications for the Summer School ‘Cultures, Migrations, Borders’ that will take place on the island of Lesvos from 6 to 18 July, 2015.
The broader socioeconomic and political transformations in Africa and Asia have recently resulted in increased migration flows to Greece and, more generally, to Europe. Being at the crossroads of populations and cultures the islands of Eastern Aegean have served as one of the entry “gates” to Europe. In this context, and especially in connection to the current crisis, border crossings have become the focus of intense debates as they are intertwined with issues of culture and identity formation, the European Union and state policy, and constructions of 'otherness'. By drawing on an increasing interest in the study of cultures, migrations and borders, our Summer School examines how migrations shape and are shaped by processes of boundary formation in a variety of cultural encounters.
The programme of the course is structured around four thematic axes:
a. Theoretical and methodological issues in the study of migration and borders.
b. Institutional and political aspects of the migratory condition.
c. People on the move: immigrant groups, refugees and host communities.
d. Cross-cultural encounters across borders and interactions of host/immigrant on the border.

Please note that there will be several scholarships available for summer school participants.

Deadline for applications: 30 May 2015
The scholarship application deadline is 1 May 2015
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Course leader

Evthymios Papataxiarchis is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of the Aegean where he directs the Postgraduate Program on “Social and Historical Anthropology” and the Laboratory of Ethnography. He has taught as a visiting professor in the

Target group

Postgraduate students with a background in the social sciences, Ph.D. candidates and researchers, undergraduates at their final year of studies and professionals working at NGOs or other institutions are all eligible to apply.

Course aim

Drawing on an increasing interest in the study of migration and borders, this summer school aims to bring together postgraduate students and academics from different European universities and research centres working on this field. In particular, the programme intends to consider how migrations and the resulting different forms of coexistence of the established and the outsiders shape as well as are shaped by processes of boundary formation and (dis)continuities in everyday practices. Borders will be approached through their physical and more abstract dimensions. They will be studied in their making and remaking, and viewed in terms of how they link with cultural, social, political and economic aspects. Finally, cultures will be examined with a keen eye for the simultaneity of tacit overlap, covert cultural intimacy and overt strategic essentialisms. Students will gain a deeper understanding of topics that frame and relate to the nexus between migration and borders, such as globalization and regimes of difference, ethno-cultural identities and policies of integration, gender and kinship, refugees and asylum practices.

Along with the seminars, the programme includes a number of fieldtrips. Participants will be given the opportunity to experience the reality of border crossing from Greece (Mytilene) to Turkey (Ayvalik), interact with citizens on the island assisting refugees and meet asylum seekers.
While acquainting themselves with the reality of migration on an Aegean island, participants will develop research skills and learn how to place their findings within wider local and global processes. Doctoral students and researchers will also have the opportunity to present their work at the Reseach Seminar.

Credits info

A certicate of attendance will be awarded to all participants.
Participants who wish to obtain ECTS will have to submit an essay after the end of the Summer School of approx. 4,000 words on a topic related to the lectures of the Summer School and supervised by a lecturer of their choice.
Deadline for essay submission: 1st September 2015.

Fee info

EUR 400: Accommodation, transportation and food are not included (with the exception of coffee-breaks and a welcome reception) but can be obtained at relatively low prices.


There will be several scholarships available for summer school participants.