Summerschool in Social & Cultural Studies, Estonia

The Tallinn Postgraduate Summer School in Social and Cultural Studies will take place from July 23 till July 30, 2010. The subject of the degree course is “World-Systems and Life-Worlds: Globalisation in Plural”.

Deadline: 1/6/2010
Open to:
MA and PhD students in social sciences and humanities
EUR 250, but possibility for a grant

Hosting institutions: Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University; Institute of International and Social Studies, Tallinn University; Centre for Central-Eastern Europe and the Balkans, University of Bologna.

The local and the global, life-worlds and world-systems function in a variety of intense and consequential interrelationships. It is in that sense that the two aspects together add up to what is habitually termed ‘globalisation’. Our individual and communal existence has been intertwined all our lives with a variety of worldwide forces – economic, political, technological, environmental, as well as social, moral, intellectual and aesthetic. During the recent decade globalisation has entered a new phase. It is now clear that the rumours of the end of history had been grossly exaggerated – after a 200-year gap of Western hegemony we once again live in a multi-polar world. It is also a world where global networks of contact, communication, influence, comparison, power and conflict have become wider and tighter than ever before.

This summer school will approach these issues in a multi-disciplinary framework, drawing upon Anthropology, Cultural Theory, History, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics and Sociology. How do relationships function between particular micro, meso and macro levels? What are the individual, group and global aspects of communication and meaning-making in our society? How is power and influence involved in the process? Whose globalisation is it? Who have been the prominent voices defining it? How do their definitions differ depending on particular geopolitical or ideological perspectives? In what ways do different academic disciplines contrast or compare when dealing with the above issues and can we learn from one another?

The course consists of an intensive series of lectures, seminars, student workshops and study trips, lead by scholars of diverse academic and cultural backgrounds. For a list of keynote speakers, click here.


We invite MA and PhD students in the humanities and social sciences to participate. The language of the summer school is English, so at least intermediate level of English is required. The students are expected to do some preparatory reading in order to participate in the seminars and workshops. Upon full participation and completion of a 2500-word essay by September 15 students will be awarded 5 ECTS points.


Ten Tallinn University students and six University of Bologna students pay a reduced course fee of 35 euros (550 EEK) as grantees of their universities.
We are able to offer a limited number of additional grants covering the course fee, privileging motivated students whose home countries have fewer opportunities to offer grants. If you wish to be considered for such a grant, please mention it on registration.
Course fee: 250 EUR


In order to apply, you have to fill the application form before 1/6/2010,

For more information, click here.

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