Spain, Valencia

Imagining Southern Europe: Culture and Populism

when 18 February 2019 - 22 February 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 ECTS
fee EUR 100

Southern European countries such as Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece face common social, cultural and economic challenges. These challenges require profound analysis and evaluation. The central questions on which this Winter School will focus depart from the hypothesis that the 2008 financial crisis and its particular manifestation in Southern European countries has revealed historical processes of interrelation and interdependence in the region that have developed since Early Modernity.

The aim of the winter school is to analyse these processes based on cultural representations (through individual and collective imaginaries) of symbolic capital exchanges and power relationships. This edition central theme is culture and populism in Southern Europe.

Key-questions addressed in this Winter School include the following: How meaningful is it to speak of a common “European” culture, history or public space? How has it been formulated in the past and how should such a concept be formulated? How has the circulation of knowledge (in media, research, publishing practices, intellectual and education networks) contributed to or challenged European integration? How do various European spaces and identities make use of the media and systems of representation? Are representations of Europe mainly created by Northern/continental Europe? How do Southern Europe citizens contribute to and participate in a European public space? How can multiple disparate histories and cultures be integrated into a notion of national or “European” identities?

Course leader

Prof. Dr. Pablo Valdivia, Chair of European Culture and Literature, Faculty of Arts of the University Groningen, Dr. Manuel de la Fuente, University of Valencia

Target group

This winter school is intended for Master and PhD students and Postdocs in the fields of European Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, Linguistic Studies and Political Studies/with a background in Social Sciences.
It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of English language to not only follow passively but to participate actively in the discussions.

Course aim

After this winter school you are able to:
- mobilise the wide range of transnational and multi-disciplinary perspectives necessary to understanding the relationships of culture, European integration and “public space” in Southern Europe.
- attain a more complex and comprehensive understanding of the cultural dimensions of European integration.
- discover and analyse historical, cultural, linguistic and political models for integration in Europe.
- hone interpretative, analytical and close reading skills through the engagement with individual literary, political and linguistic representations.

Credits info

The course load is estimated at 30 hours.
Upon successful completion of the program, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 30 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 100: includes participation and coffee breaks.
EUR 0: Students from strategic partner universities (UNAM, UFRO, UdeA, University of Valencia and Osaka University) benefit from a fee waiver. Students from any of the previously mentioned universities will not have to pay registration fees.

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