Denmark, Copenhagen

Roots of Europe

when 25 July 2016 - 7 August 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee EUR 200

The RoE summer school takes a wide perspective on the origins, possible homeland and subsequent migrations into Europe of the Indo-European peoples by fusing the disciplines of historical linguistics, archaeology, anthropology and genetics.

Despite two centuries of intensive research within both archaeology and historical linguistics, interdisciplinary collaborations are still rare, which sometimes leads to startlingly incorrect assumptions about the state of the art in the "other disciplines". With the emergence of population genetics, however, anthropologists and archaeologists have come closer than ever to positing reliable hypotheses that can and should be compared to the findings of historical linguistics. It is of course only by combining our disciplines that we can ever approach an answer to the most central question in Indo-European studies.

The mission of the RoE summer school is to bridge the gaps among the disciplines by inviting a broad international and interdisciplinary panel of lecturers. The course offers introductory modules into linguistics, archaeology and population genetics, thus enabling students to engage in more in-depth and specific modules that deal with the Indo-European question from a linguistic, archaeological and genetic perspective.

Course leader

Dr. Benedicte Nielsen Whitehead

Target group

The course is tailored for students of historical linguistics, archaeology, anthropology and genetics; students from other disciplines are, however, most welcome.

A similar course is not on offer anywhere else in the world; we therefore expect that it will be of interest to academics at all levels.

Course aim

At the end of the RoE summer school, participants should have acquired:

knowledge and understanding of prevalent theories, from various scientific fields, about Europe’s prehistory and the migrations and developments that have created Europe as we know it from written sources
the methods underlying the above-mentioned theories
skills in the critical evaluation of conflicting theories about Europe’s prehistory
skills in written mediation of said evaluations
competences in acting in a cross-disciplinary environment, on the basis of acquired insights into the synergetic effects and controversies that characterize such an environment

Fee info

EUR 200: EU/EAA citizens
EUR 917: Non EU/EAA citizens