24 September 2017
Rethinking the culture of tolerance
The International Summer School restarts in 2017 with a new three-year project in
the perspective of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The topic of the
first year approaches the question of European internal and external borders and
their re-definition through the process of integration in its deepening dimension –
political, economic, as well and socio-cultural–, and in its widening perspective, in
which aspirant countries are involved through the enlargement and accession procedure.
The complexity of the process increased in the last years due to the economic and
financial crisis, but also under the weight of the so-called ‘refugee crisis’, revealing
political, legal and social inability of the EU institutions to deal with it effectively,
proposing good and just solutions for rescuing people escaped from wars and poverty.
What has been happening throughout the European states, both Western
and Eastern, challenges the core founding principles and socio-political values of
the old and new liberal democracies composing the European Union, in the year of
the 70° anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.
Growing intolerance and discrimination in the political discourse throughout the Europe,
securitization and criminalisation of migrants, instead of efficient asylum policies,
are part of the issues that our team of academic and civil society experts will
analyse with critical approach.The second edition is focused on the process of trans-nationalization of democracy, from the perspective of the new forms of social and political threats and discrimination towards different minority groups; at the same time as a good practice based on recognition of their specific needs and rights, and on the politics of redistribution related to the political, economic, social and cultural resources will be explored in the context of the European Union, where the concept of tolerance remains fundamental. The human and humanitarian disaster of migrants trapped along the Mediterranean
and Balkan routes urges to be continuously monitored and explored, with the hope
to help building new political and legal dispositives able to deal with the crisis in a
better way. In that sense, one of the main goals of the School is to participate in
creating a counter-narrative about Europe, its borders and the refugee crisis, based
on the fundamental values of respect and recognition of dignity, rights and freedom
of every human being.
Open to the MA and PhD students, the School involves scholars and young researches
from several European and regional universities, creating a platform for an intensive
one-week training, as an excellent forum for unpacking the multifarious and
heuristic potential of the concept and the practice of tolerance. Lectures and workshops
will combine different teaching methodologies, and the attendants will have
the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about political, legal and social aspects
regarding different migration issues in the frame of the European space in construction.
The School will took place in East Sarajevo and Sarajevo, a part of Europe where the
redefinition of borders and boundaries has been ongoing from the late 1980s, and
the memory of forced migration flows due to the Yugoslav wars in 1990s is still
vivid, witnessing the persistence of rightlessness in the ‘age of rights’.
Prof. Tatjana Sekulić
The School addresses European and International MA and PhD
students, post-docs and researchers. In particular, the Summer School is open for
students attending MA and PhD courses at the University of Sarajevo, the University
of East Sarajevo and the University of Milan-Bicocca.
Rethinking the culture of tolerance through: human rights, citizenship, discrimination, recognition, inequalities, democratization, EU integration
EUR 300: It covers tuition, teaching materials and tutoring services.