Greece, Lesvos island, Plomari

Civilization Analysis and Multiple Modernities

when 25 August 2014 - 2 September 2014
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 350

‚ÄúCivilizational Analysis and Multiple Modernities‚ÄĚ (CAMM) constitutes the first Summer School in Europe devoted to the presentation and exploration of the basic contours of the theory of multiple modernities in the framework of civilizational analysis from a multi-disciplinary perspective that combines the disciplines of sociology, anthropology and economics. The CAMM aspires to provide its students with a much needed theoretical perspective to understand the dynamics and the effects of modernity as the latter is experienced by various civilizations such as the West, Islam, China, India, and the Orthodox world. Paying particular attention to empirical research, CAMM explores quantitative and qualitative methods of analyzing civilizational traits such as moral binary codes, civil religions, and public spheres.

Course leader

Manussos Marangudakis, Associate Professor, University of the Aegean

Target group

Primarily we are seeking for MA, PhD and post-doc students in Humanities and Arts, though we are ready to welcome students from other scientific fields as well as undergraduate students who can demonstrate their ability to deal with the subject-matter of the course. The CAMM Summer School invites students who are familiar with the basic concepts of civilizational analysis and of modernity and wish to explore the problematique of multiple modernities, that is, the parallel though unique paths that major and minor civilizations and civilizational centers follow in the era of late modernity.

Course aim

The comprehension of the basic principles and contours of the theory of multiple modernities as well as the understanding of basic research techniques necessary for civilizational analysis. In detail, by the end of the summer school the students will be able to:
1) Recognize the basic problematiques that have been developed around the topic of civilizational analysis and civilizational patterns as well as the key-figures of the field and their research projects.
2) Comprehend the basic principles of the theory of multiple modernities, its components, argumentation, as well as the principle lines of its development both in theory and in empirical research.
3) Become familiar with the major debates around the Western Civilization, its historical formation, structure and development, as well as the more recent revisions concerning the centrality of the West for the development of modernity.
4) Understand some basic comparative quantitative and qualitative research on civilizational and cultural analysis.
5) Explore the various civilizational traits of the island of Lesvos from antiquity until today.

Fee info

EUR 350: Fees include: access to all lectures, teaching material and field-trips. Some meals and coffee breaks will also be available. Each participant will receive a student's bag and local information.
EUR 500: Fees include: Acommodation, access to all lectures, teaching material and field-trips. Some meals and coffee breaks will also be available. Each participant will receive a student's bag and local information.