Seggau/Leibnitz, Austria

Meditating and Mediating Change: State - Society - Religion

when 1 July 2018 - 14 July 2018
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1500

In our interpretation, meditating and mediating change is the taking on of the responsibility of intellectuals to offer critical in-depth discussion in a world of babble. This is a radical commitment to academic pursuit not as abstract, but as concrete and necessary as an engagement with state, society, and religion, in order to understand the dynamics and structures that govern us as individuals, but also determine the structures we are all governed by. Such an effort makes us understand the facts and figures, the material realities, and how they are culturally represented. The summer school will provide more questions than answers, and will allow us to investigate the different approaches to the definitions of state, society, and religion, and their interconnectedness. Focusing on the emphasis areas of the University of Graz – South Eastern Europe and North, Central and South America – this program will offer a basis for discussing global and continental challenges as well as opportunities that change entails. Students will deal with the relevance and effect of These global affairs by attending the offered morning and evening lectures, panel discussions, and participating in one of the following modules in the afternoon:

1. Histories of State, Nation and Identity
2. Politics, Law and Religion
3. Media and Crisis of Democracy
4. Economics and Inequalities
5. Climate Change and Sustainability
6. Narratives of Culture and Religion
7. Aging, Communication and Technologies

Course leader

The University of Graz organizes the summer school in cooperation with the Commission of the Bishops‘ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) and the Diocese Graz-Seckau. The Office of International Relations of the University of Graz acts as the c

Target group

The Graz International Summer School Seggau is designed for internationally oriented, highly motivated students from all disciplines, who wish to deepen their understanding of current European and international affairs by studying and discussing global developments and challenges within the context of transformation processes and demographic change reflecting aspects of individual, social, political, religious, cultural, literary, regional, economic, cohort and national identities.

Course aim

◾Interdisciplinary co-operation of teachers and students on the cultural, intellectual and historical dimensions of current European and International affairs in view of their positioning in a globalized world.
◾Presentation in research and teaching of focus areas of the University of Graz – South Eastern Europe and North, Central and South America.
◾Development and education of young leaders of tomorrow in the fields of politics, administration, business, science, culture and religion.

Credits info

6 EC
6 ECTS Credits
(for participation and seminar paper)

Fee info

EUR 1500: The total student participation fee of 1500 Euro covers the course costs, tuition and room & board for the entire two weeks. Scholarships are available, and will be awarded upon application. Travel arrangements have to be made and paid for individually.
EUR 0: Information on various scholarships can be found on our website.


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