Ph.D. Summer School on political integration and differentiation in Europe

„Crises, Democracy and Governance in a Differentiated EU“

June 20 – 24, 2016, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia

Department of Political Science, Comenius University and Centre for Territorial and International Studies FiF UK in cooperation with ARENA – Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo invite you to join Ph.D. Summer School on political integration and differentiation in Europe „Crises, Democracy and Governance in a Differentiated EU“ June 20 – 24, 2016. 

European Union as a political structure offers variety of forms of co-operation and integration, ranging from association agreements, membership in the European Economic Area, membership in the EU to membership in the Schengen Area and Eurozone. During the Summer School we will cover each individual forms of association and their consequences for the respective member states. Participating Ph.D. students will learn crucial insights from the most up to date theoretical developments and analytical approaches within the field of studying institutional change in democratic governance in Europe. At the same time, the Summer School will offer Ph.D. students, as well as experienced foreign and Slovak academics, platform to exchange ideas and gain new perspectives on differentiation in Europe. The Summer School is open to all Ph.D. students, in relevant fields of study, interested (not only) in European integration, democratic governance and legitimacy. 

Issues we wish to focus on during the Summer School include, but are not limited to:

  • What are the sources of crises in the EU and how is the political structure of EU adapting to these?
  • What are the consequences of various forms of association in relation to the integration processes in the Union?
  • How do the governing institutions on the EU and national level adapt to crises and processes of differentiation?
  • What are the consequences of deep integration in Eurozone for Slovakia while its Visegrad neighbours remain outside?
  • What are the consequences of decision-making processes in the EU for the quality of democracy in Norway and other associated countries?

Summer School’s academic coordinator: Jozef Bátora, Department of Political science, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University

LECTURERS:

Faculty body will include well-known professors from recognised research centres covering a wide spectrum of research themes, and this multi-disciplinary approach will represent a major strength for the participating doctoral students.

  • Pavol Baboš, Department of Political science, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University
  • Jozef Bátora, Department of Political science, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University
  • John E. Fossum, ARENA – Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo
  • Zsolt Gál, Department of Political science, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University
  • John Gould, Colorado College
  • Darina Malová, Department of Political science, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University
  • Silvia Miháliková, Institute for Sociology, Slovak Academy of Sciences
  • Espen D.H.Olsen, ARENA - Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo
  • Peter Slominski, Institute for European Integration Research, University of Vienna
  • Soňa Szomolányi, Department of Political science, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University
  • Bent Sofus Tranøy, ARENA – Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo

 THE ORGANIZERS PROVIDE

  • no tuition fees
  • travel expenses and accommodation will be reimbursed (limited)
  • social and cultural activities
  • access to the Department’s social sciences computer Lab and the Faculty Library
  • 10 ECTS credits from Comenius University (for further information see below)

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  • Having successfully completed the Summer School, participants will receive 10 ECTS credits from Comenius University. 
  • In order to receive the credits, the students will be expected to prepare for the lessons (by reading the required materials) and to write an academic paper (6 000 – 8 000 words) related to the theme of the Summer School. The paper may be devoted to theoretical, methodological issues or may present relevant empirical data on the basis of carefully elaborated analytical framework. Additionally, the paper may be a part of the student’s dissertation thesis.
  • The students are required to send the paper to Doc. Bátora via e-mail: batora3@uniba.sk until 8th August 2016. Further information will be provided throughout the Summer School.
  • The reading materials and detailed program will be available for participants via our online reader as soon as possible.
  • A good command of English is essential for participation in the Summer School. 
  • We expect students to participate in all lectures throughout the Summer School.

HOW TO APPLY?

So if you are interested, don't hesitate and apply now! Fill out the enclosed application form (also available to download from CTMŠ website: www.teritoria.sk) and send it to us via e-mail to summerschool@teritoria.sk. Extended deadline for application submission is 13th June 2016. Once you applied for our Summer School, we will provide you with further information as soon as possible.

LOCATION AND DATE

The 2016 Ph.D. Summer School will take place at the Comenius University. Classes will be held from 20th till 24th June 2016 at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts (Múzejná ulica 2, Bratislava, new building UK), 2nd floor. Further details on how to find us: www.politologiauk.sk/kontakt/.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • 13.6. 2016          Application submission deadline, extended
  • 20.-24.6. 2016    Summer School “Crises, Democracy and Governance in a Differentiated EU”

 

We are looking forward to welcoming you

  • Doc. Jozef Bátora, MPhil., PhD., E-mail: batora3@uniba.sk
  • Katarína Škrabáková Pevná, PhD., E-mail: katarina.pevna@uniba.sk

 

Acknowledgement

The event is organized as part of a project „Democratic Governance and Differentiation in Europe (SK06-IV-02-010)“. This project is co-funded by the EEA Grants and the state budget of the Slovak Republic from the EEA Scholarship Program Slovakia.