Winter School 2014

Europe in a Global Context

Dates: 24 – 28 February 2014

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This is the second Global Studies Winter School organized by the Department of Political and Juridical Science and International Studies (SPGI). The Winter School is an intensive 5-day course, which brings together international scholars and students from a range of disciplines and geo-cultural background to discuss “the spaces and times of globalization”. The general aim of this intensive course is to contribute to the development of a critical approach to prevailing representations of global space and time whereby Western modernity is still seen as the standard against which every other form of civilization is measured.

This second edition focuses on ‘Europe in a Global context’.

The Winter School invites a critical approach, and aims at promoting ‘external’, ‘marginal’ and ‘lateral’ viewpoints on Europe, including its institutional dimension and the narratives that contribute to making Europe an actor in world politics, the role and relevance of which is being challenged.

This will be done partly by rethinking political categories which were born in the European context and are no longer adequate to understand our operating in global societies; and partly addressing a number of issues related to:

  • European politics and institutions facing the challenges of global developments and transformations
  • The Euro(pean) Crisis: political and institutional dimensions, identity, values, gendered implications
  • Looking at Europe from the Global South
  • Decentering Europe by focusing on Europe’s external policies and neighborhood policies (East Europe, Russia, the Mediterranean region)

The course is aimed at Italian, European and International graduates (max. 20), Master’s and PhD Level, from different disciplinary areas, such as Political and Social Sciences, International Studies, Development Studies, Communications

Studies, Sociology. The organizers aim to guarantee a diversity of participating students on the basis of gender and geo-cultural and disciplinary backgrounds.