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Nationalism, Religion and Violence in SE Europe

1-12 July 2013, Thessaloniki, Greece


Course Summary

The International Hellenic University (, in partnership with Charles University of Prague, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) of Cyprus and with the support of the LSEE-Research on South Eastern Europe is offering a 2-week intensive Summer Seminar for students and graduates of Political Science, History, Anthropology, International Relations, International Law, Journalism and other related disciplines. The course can be taken by both undergraduates and graduate students.

The general theme of the summer school is Nationalism, Religion and Violence in SE Europe. A key goal of the summer school is to contribute in a substantial way to the study of violence and to catalyze the growth of the study of violence as a field. Furthermore, participants will have the opportunity to forge valuable connections with one another and with senior scholars working on various aspects of violence.

The Seminar takes place from July 1-July 12 2013 in the premises of the International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece. Additional activities including trips to nearby sites of interest, museum and city tours, round out the seminar.

There will be a sequel to the course, to be held in Prague in summer 2014 with different but related thematic foci. Applicants interested to participate in both events will have a fee discount and receive an accredited double certificate of attendance.

Click here to download the course leaflet.

Click here to download the course poster.



Program Directors:

  • Nikos Skoutaris, Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics
  • Basil C. Gounaris, School of Humanities, International Hellenic University


Program Committee:

  • George Antoniou, School of Humanities, International Hellenic University
  • Katerina Kralova, Institute of International Studies, Charles University Prague
  • Harry Tzimitras, Peace Research Institute Oslo, Cyprus


Guest Lecturers:

  • Emil Souleimanov, Charles University
  • Ayhan Aktar, Bilgi University 
  • Ioannis Armakolas, UOM
  • Rebecca Bryant, LSE
  • Devic Ana, Fatih University
  • Elias Dinas, Nottingham
  • Effie Fokas, ELIAMEP
  • Robert Gerwarth, University College Dublin
  • Katerina Kralova, Charles University
  • Nikolas Kyriakou, EUI
  • Dimitris Livanios, AUTh
  • Nikos Marantzidis, UOM
  • Umut Ozkirimli, LUND
  • Neni Panourgia, Columbia
  • Paris Papamichos-Chronakis, Brown
  • Luisa Passerini, EUI
  • Nikos Skoutaris, LSE
  • Ioannis Stefanidis, AUTh
  • Igor Stiks, LSE
  • Vassilis Tzevelekos, Hull
  • Harry Tzimitras, PRIO
  • Veremis Thanos, ELIAMEP
  • Vasilis Kolonas, University of Thessaly
  • Eleni Hontolidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • James Ker-Lindsay, LSE
  • Antonis Ellinas, Cyprus
  • Dimitris Kontogeorgis, IHU
  • Jirka Kocian, Charles University

And more to be announced soon


Program Structure

General structure:
The themes

  1. Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing and Mass Atrocities
    • Defining Genocide, Deportations, Forced Migration, Mass expulsions, Ethnic Cleansing and Mass Atrocities
    • Genocide ideologies and practices: The politics of genocide; The Practice of industrial killing and genocide; Reprisals; Violence and the body, rapes and ethnic violence; The culture of violence: local values, social practices and political discourses;
    • Legal aspects of genocide; War crimes and war criminals
    • Case studies: The Holocaust in the Balkans
  2. Political Violence: Legacies and Debates
    • Revolutions and Civil wars
    • The army in politics: dictatorships and military regimes
    • Leftist violence and terrorism
    • Racist, fascist and extreme right violence
    • State violence, Torture and Policing
    • Ending violence; Peace keeping strategies; post-conflict reintegration; Politics of reconciliation
    • Case studies: communism in Balkans, Fascism and Neo-Fascism; Arab spring
  3. Religion and politics
    • Strategies of fundamentalist violence, suicide bombings, modern martyrdom, etc
    • Judaism, Christianity and Islam between tolerance and violence (holly and unholy wars)
    • The future of Political Islam
    • Case studies: Black Sea-Caucasus; Yugoslavia break-up; Middle East
  4. National Self-Imagining in the Era of Globalisation
    • Monuments, Memorials, Museums and spatial representations of violence
    • Literary representations of violence. Films, literature, comics and arts.
    • Individual Memories of violence, exodus and refugee identities.
    • Teaching about violence and victimhood: textbooks and education
    • Holocaust memories and post-memories
    • Constructing the national enemy; Defending Borders and frontiers
    • Stereotypes of violence (Beyond Balkan and Middle Eastern violence)
    • Case Studies: Cyprus; The making of the Pontic genocide.
  5. Institutional accommodation of nationalism, religion and political violence
    • Constitutional Structures
    • Building a civil society
    • Human Rights issues
    • The role of the UN and the EU

Download the detailed programme here

2013-07 Religion-Nationalism-Violence leaflet thumb


Working Hours

10:00 - 14:00 & 15:00 - 17:00

Every theme will be discussed over two or three consecutive days by a number of senior academics and summer school participants. Overall, the summer school will take place over 10 days, 60 working hours, plus a 30-hour workload of individual work on research projects and fieldwork trips.

There will be some extra activities which include museum visits and sights of interest.
Specifically a 5-hour tour on the sites of Jewish genocide and a 5-hour tour on the topography of violence in Thessaloniki will be offered. Additionally, a 5-hour hands-on seminar, for interested students (for using material for their coursework), will provide access to the Shoah Foundation Institute Holocaust testimonies collection in the AUTH facilities.


Course Credits

A certificate of attendance will be provided, at the end of the program to all participants.  Students/Graduates will obtain 4 ECTS credits for completing the course. Those that will have delivered an oral presentation (for example, the presentation of their research project) on a topic of their choice (guided by the summer school instructors) will receive up to 6 ECTS credits. Since degree requirements vary among universities, students/graduates are advised to ensure, preferably in advance, that their college or university will recognize such certification and award the suggested credits


Accommodation and fees

Participation fees

The tuition fees cost 550 euros

Participants are free to choose accommodation from a variety of options, with prices starting from 100 euros for the whole 2 weeks.  Participants are responsible for their travel expenses.


Discounts and fellowships

  • 20%: International Hellenic University students and alumni
  • 20%: Charles University students and alumni
  • PRIO fellowship (for Cypriot or Norwegian citizens only)
  • Merit / Financial Status Fellowship (a number of fellowships for travel, accommodation and the waiving of tuition fees are available based upon merit and financial need)
  • Participants who are IHU graduates or who intend to study at IHU in the following year will receive a major discount in their Summer Course tuition fees or their MA tuition fees respectively.


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