Summer Seminar on Nationalism, Religion and Violence

Programme Summary

The International Hellenic University (Thessaloniki) in partnership with Charles University (Prague), Peace Research Institute Oslo - PRIO Cyprus Centreand with the support of the LSEE-Research on South Eastern Europe is organising the third edition of the Summer Seminar on Nationalism, Religion and Violence. The Seminar takes place from Monday 29 June to Friday 10 July 2015 in the premises of the International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece. The program offers 48 hours of teaching and fieldtrips and 5.0ECTS (oral or written examination is required).

The key goal of the summer school is to contribute in a substantial way to 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 Summer seminar is

  • led by some of the best international researchers in the field
  • bringing together lecturers fromprestigious universities such as Oxford, NYU, LSE.
  • targeting students and graduates of Political Science, History, Anthropology, International Relations, International Law, Journalism & other related disciplines
  • a course for both undergraduates, (post)graduate students and activists
  • taking place in Thessaloniki

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Programme StructureReturn to top

The four themesconcerning nationalism/religion/violence are:

  1. Political and Institutional issues
  2. Memory
  3. Political Violence
  4. Migration

Structure: each theme is taught for two consecutive days and consists of three different lectures plus one local tour or special hands on session.

Theme I: Political and Institutional issues

  • Constitutional structures of post-conflict societies
  • Party politics of post-conflict societies
  • Human Rights and conflict resolution

Keynote speech Monday 29 June 7.00 pm
Constance Grewe, Current Judge of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia Herzegovina, The Role of Constitutional courts in post conflict societies: The case of Bosnia
Tsimiski 103 - I. Manoledakis Hall

Tuesday 30 June
Dawn Brancati, Washington University in St. Louis,
Democracy Protest, Origins Features and Significance

Harry Tzimitras, Director, PRIO Cyprus,
Law as a sword: the Instrumental use of Law in Nationalism

Wednesday 1 July
Nikos Skoutaris, University of East Anglia and London School of Economics
Accommodating conflicts in Europe

Theme II: Memory

  • The memory of civil wars
  • The use of the memory of violence by contemporary social movements
  • Holocaust memories and post-memories

Wednesday 1 July (hands on session):
Jiri Kocian, Charles University
Working with Holocaust testimonies

Thursday 2 July
Kostis Kornetis, NYU
The Past that Isn't Past, Yet: Social Movements and Memory in Greece and Spain During the Crisis

Giorgos Antoniou, International Hellenic University,
Holocaust Memories and Antisemitism in Greece

Friday 3 July
Simon Prince, Canterbury Christ University,
"History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake": Dealing with the past in Northern Ireland.

Theme III: Political Violence

  • Revolutions and Civil wars
  • Terrorism
  • The political economy of violence

Monday 6 July
Arzu Kibris, Sabanci University,
The conflict trap

Mark Levene, University of Southampton,
Deadly Geopolitics, ethnic mobilizations and the vulnerability of peoples, 1914-18

Tuesday 7 July

Elias Dinas, Oxford University,
The political economy of civil wars

Leon Saltiel, University of Macedonia,
A Jewish ghetto tour
Meeting Point: Macedonia Palace Lobby

Theme IV: Migration

  • Forced migration
  • Asylum seeking in Europe
  • Anti-immigration parties in Europe

Wednesday 8 July
Sakis Gekas, York University,
Forced migrations from Greece to Canada in the twentieth century. Towards a new history of migration.

Anna Agathangelou, York University
Black migrations and the Mediterranean.

Thursday 9 July
Krystof Kozak, Charles University
Facing migrants and terrorists trans-Atlantically: Comparative analysis of policy responses in the U.S. and the E.U.

14:00 - 16:00
Yedi Kule tour

Friday 10 July
Student Workshop

Working HoursReturn to top

10:00 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 17:00

Every theme will be discussed over two consecutive days followed by a field trip.

Overall, the summer school will take place over 10 days, 48 working hours, plus a 30-hour workload of individual work on research projects and fieldwork trips.

Course CreditsReturn to top

A certificate of attendance will be provided, at the end of the programme to all participants.

Students/Graduates will obtain 4.5 ECTS provided that they 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).

Since degree requirements vary among universities, students/graduates are advised to ensure, preferably in advance, that their college or university will recognise such certification and award the suggested credits.

LecturersReturn to top

Guest Lecturers

  • Constance Grewe, Constitutional Court of Bosnia Herzegovina
  • Harry Tzimitras, PRIO Cyprus
  • Dawn Brancati, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Kostis Kornetis, NYU
  • Giorgos Antoniou, International Hellenic University
  • Elias Dinas, University of Oxford
  • Simon Prince, Canterbury University
  • Mark Levene, University of Southampton
  • Arzu Kibris, Sabanci University
  • Liza Schuster, City University and Kabul University
  • Nikos Skoutaris, University of East Anglia and LSE


Directing Committee

  • Basil C. Gounaris, International Hellenic University
  • Nikos Skoutaris, University of East Anglia and LSE
  • Giorgos Antoniou, International Hellenic University
  • Katerina Kralova, Charles University, Prague
  • Harry Tzimitras, Peace Research Institute Oslo, Cyprus

Accommodation & FeesReturn to top

Participation fees

The tuition fees cost 450 euros.

Participants are free to choose accommodation from a variety of options, with prices starting from 75euros p.p. for a double room or 150 euros p.p. for a single room for the whole duration of the programme

Participants are responsible for their travel expenses.


Discounts and fellowships

  • 20%: early bird (for registration by 15 April 2015)
  • 30%: Charles University students & International Hellenic University students & Alumni
  • PRIO fellowships
  • A number of fellowships for travel, accommodation and the waiving of tuition fees are available based upon merit and financial need.