CBSS Summer University

Are you interested in spending some weeks of your summer in Latvia, Russia or Poland and Sweden?

Would you like to expand your knowledge of the Baltic Sea Region?

The CBSS Summer Universities bring together students, lecturers, professors and researchers from the Baltic Sea Region and beyond to discuss and explore topics and scientific questions related to our region. Over the past years, the Council of the Baltic Sea States has implemented a number of Summer Universities in cooperation with various academic partners and is pleased to announce the five editions of 2018 in Latvia, Russia and Sweden, with themes ranging from renewable energy solutions to the role of media in society.

See the list below for more information and follow the links for the different programmes, deadlines and application requirements.

Summer Universities 2018

  • Novgorod State University, Veliky Novgorod – Russia:  3 June – 11 June 2018
    • “Intercultural Dialogue as a Key Factor for Sustainable Development of the Region”, see more information here.
  • Södertörn University, Södertörn – Sweden & University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk – Poland:  9 June – 21 June 2018
    • “Populism and radical politics, across east and west, right and left”, see more information here.
  • Uppsala University, Uppsala – Sweden: 10 June 2018 – 16 June 2018
    • “War and Peace Journalism in an Age of Global Instability”, see more information here.
  • Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Valmiera – Latvia: 19 June 2018 – 30 June 2018
    • “Baltic International Summer School on media literacy and democratic processes”, see more information here.
  • St. Petersburg State University of Economics, St Petersburg – Russia:  15 August 2018 – 29 August 2018
    • “International Energy Security”, see more information here.

The CBSS Summer University 2017 took place at Södertörn University, Stockholm and at the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk on 21 June – 1 July 2017.

The theme “Identities and Cultural Memory of East and West in the Baltic Sea Region” attracted about 20 PhD students from most of the countries in the region, and beyond – from Thailand and India. The course aimed to enhance the  understanding of the impact of cultural memory and its institutionalisation on contemporary discourse in the Baltic Sea Region.

It offered seminars on memory studies, on the narratives of ‘East’ and ‘West’ in the region and on the institutions that preperve the past or construct new horizons of expectations and identities. These transdisciplinary phenomena were studied by observing the interplay of past and present in socio-cultural contexts of the Baltic Sea Region countries. The students were invited  to critically examine how the memory and the history of a certain place or space serve to form a cultural identity. In particular, they focused on the discourses of ‘East’ and ‘West’ and centre-periphery relations as frames that have been instrumental for conceiving narratives of the region as a borderland.

The Summer School featured lecturers and keynote speakers from universities in Södertörn, Lund, Gdańsk, Greifswald, Kaliningrad and others in the region.  The course was organized by Södertörn University’s Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) partnership with University of Gdansk, European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk and University of Greifswald, reaffirming the importance of such transnational endeavours for constructing a truly regional epistemic community.

More information can be found here.

A detailed documentations of the Summer School is available here.

The programme is available at: CBSS Summer University 2017 at Södertörn University

The CBSS Summer University Series for 2016 kicked-off in June, with the first of three programmes across our region. The first Summer University was held at Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden. In cooperation with the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), throughout the week, lectures and seminars connected to the topic “Cultural memory in Europe: East and West”  discussed and explored not only the history of the Baltic Sea Region but also notions of identity and memory politics. The 23 master and PhD students during this nine-day-long Summer University elaborated whether a Baltic Sea regional identity exists and if so, how it came to exist and how it could be further developed in the future. In this course, academic input was given by lecturers coming from different universities and institutions of the Baltic Sea Region such as the University of Tartu, Estonia, the University of Greifswald, Germany; and the University of Gdańsk, Poland. Thanks to the multidisciplinarity amongst the students and teachers, scientific questions addressing borderlands, ‘Eastness’, region-building alongside present and historic ties in the Baltic Sea Region were vividly debated and resulted in interesting findings which will also be useful for the CBSS and its priority area Regional Identity. Additionally, during the field trips to places such as the open-air museum Skansen and the Viking village of Birka, the students had the chance to discover different historical sights of the Baltic Sea Region and to approach the cultural memorial sites of the region also in a practical way.

The second Summer University took place in southern Norway at the University of Agder (Kristiansand), the Baltic Sea Region was explored through the prism of political science. The European Integration Summer School (EISS) which has been taken place since 1992 dedicated a weekly course this year to intergovernmental organisations operating in the Baltic Sea Region and multi-level governance in general in the BSR. With regards to this, about 25 master students from not only the Baltic Sea Region but from all over the world analysed the European Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), familiarised themselves with the work of the CBSS itself and discussed Norway’s role within it as well as  vis-a-vis the EU. Since the second module of this Summer University focused on “The European Union in Crisis”, special attention was also paid to regional cooperation and its benefits and challenges during times of political or economic turmoil. In this course, theoretic input was given by lecturers from the host university and from Baltic Sea regional universities such as Aarhus University, Denmark and the University of Tampere, Finland.

The third Summer University took place at Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics, Russia in cooperation with the University of Helsinki, Finland; the University of Gdańsk, Poland and Södertörn University, Sweden. Dealing with the topic “Baltic Energy in a Changing Energy Landscape”, this Summer University approached the pressing issue of energy market operation and sustainable development in the BSR. Furthermore, about 20 students from the Baltic Sea Region as well as from Belarus and the Netherlands learned about the different energy landscapes and politics in the Baltic Sea States and discussed EU-Russian relations in this field. Receiving input not only from academics but also from leading experts such as Jurgis Vilemas, Chairman of the Lithuanian Association for Energy Economics; or Hans Jørgen Koch, CEO of Nordic Energy Research under the auspices of the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Summer University was closed with a British Parliamentary style debate on energy perspectives in the BSR, the outcomes of which could be valuable for the CBSS’ priority area Sustainable and Prosperous Region.

Go on the CBSS Flickr for some impressions!

From 4 – 14th August 2014, the 1st CBSS Summer University took place at the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) of the University of Södertörn, Sweden, on “Governance and Administration in the Baltic Sea Region“. Around 20 advanced master and doctoral students from seven countries participated in a diverse programme on governance and administration in the Baltic Sea region. The modules included topics such as Quality of Government (QoG), concepts of governance and governance in multi-level governance, network governance, public management and administrative reforms in the Baltic Sea Region, macro-regional strategies and cooperation with Russia in the Baltic Sea regional context. A visit to the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat and discussions with practitioners of Baltic Sea cooperation made the programme complete.

The second round of the CBSS Summer University was held on 17 – 28 August 2015 at the Humboldt University, Berlin, and took the students to Hamburg and Kiel where they got the chance to learn about the administrative and practical work of public authorities within the Baltic Sea regional cooperation.

Read more about it here [in German].

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