Hungary, Budapest

In the Labyrinth of National Identity: Russia and Europe

when 11 July 2016 - 20 July 2016
duration 2 weeks
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 500

The course provides an opportunity to reflect on the recent political upheavals in Russia and in Ukraine. The aim of this course is, however, to explore national identity and nationalism in Europe and Russia disentangled from the news and to reveal hidden historically embedded patterns. The course will be built on texts and data of recent research materials with interdisciplinary, comparative and empirical approaches. Its overall objective is to raise participants’ awareness of the synergy resulting from these various approaches. Course faculty will include well-known international experts and CEU faculty.

Course leader

Gyorgy Csepeli, Department of Sociology, Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary
Antal Orkeny, Department of Sociology, Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE) / Visiting professor, Nationalism Studies Program, Central European University, Budapest, H

Target group

The target audience includes MA students interested in the interdisciplinary aspects of nationalism and national identity as well as PhD students working on problems of national identity in Central and Eastern Europe in the context of the transformation crisis. We also encourage applications from students of leading Russian universities willing to take part in the century-old dialogue between Russia and Europe on the nature of national identity.

Course aim

The course pursues the following objectives:
(i) Enable participants to understand patterns of national identity in the countries of the EU and
in Russia from a comparative perspective provided by comparative perspective.
(ii) Establish necessary parameters of constitutional solutions in the individual nation states
resulting in the legitimacy of the newly established capitalist systems.
(iii) Outline standards of distributive justice, minority rights and citizenship in the European Union.
(iv) Discuss how the dissolution of the Soviet Union has influenced the status of the Russians
(v) Delineate the anthropological aspects of identity formation and the creation of the borders
between groups in Europe and in Russia.
(vi) Discuss social conflicts distorted and disguised as ethnic, national and ideological conflicts.
(vii) Reflect on the recent political upheavals in Russia and in Ukraine in a more complex
interdisciplinary context.

Credits info

CEU Summer University awards a certificate of attendance as well as ECTS credits.

Fee info

EUR 500: payable until May 28, 2016
EUR 500: The early bird fee option is available until April 30, 2016.


Financial aid is available in the following categories:
• tuition waiver
• accommodation grant
• travel grant (full or partial)

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