Academic program

July 13th - July 20th 2019

Lectures and workshops 2019

The programme of the European Summer School 2019 is being currently finalized.

Take a look at some of the lectures and workshops waiting for you this summer and stay tuned for more in upcoming days!


From ‘migration crisis’ to a crisis of democracy: the Visegrad 4 perspective

Christian Kvorning Lassen

Since the ‘migration crisis’ of 2015, migration has been the fulcrum of resurgent nationalistic populism and Euroscepticism across Europe, particularly within the Visegrad 4 countries. The politicization of the crisis has not only incapacitated the EU in terms of developing essential, sustainable policies such as the Dublin IV regulation and the Common European Asylum System necessary to tackle migration, but also enabled governments, particularly within Central and Eastern Europe, to undermine the rule of law and the integrity of the EU in an unprecedented turn towards authoritarianism. 

What do these developments spell for the future of the EU and liberal democracies in general? How will countries reconcile the paradox of maintaining extensive welfare states without migration offsetting their demographic deficits? Amidst misinformation and politicization, what are the actual impacts of migration, both negative and positive?

Workshop: Migration and media- how do media form public narratives about migration? 

Adéla Jurečková & Anna Pacovská

Participants will learn about what image of migrants media in Czech republic and other Central and Eastern European countries create and what are the editorial processes lying behind it. Using real media examples and exercises, we will give the students first-hand experience of being in the skin of a journalist and taking editorial decisions about migration-related topics. We will also share insights about the role of media in creating public picture of migration in the participants´ countries. The workshop will enhance their knowledge about the topic and skills such as critical thinking, text analysis and journalistic work.

Competitiveness and Social Justice in the EU of the future: the tortuous journey towards socio-economic harmonization 

Stefano Cavagnetto

Increasing level of competitiveness in a globalised environment and the classic tension in modern societies between individual liberties and collective good are the challenges that the EU and its welfare, after Juncker’s scenarios, are going to face in the future. In particular, the many socio-economic differences among the different member states, their different competitive advantages, are posing a constant struggle for the on-going harmonization process of the Union; the whole process has been also made more arduous by the constantly populist waves invading member states and their institutions, by challenging some of the basic principles that aimed the Union since the beginning and its idea of social justice and solidarity. In this talk the idea of cooperative competitiveness and social justice will be conceptually explored and discussed in order to illustrate the possible challenges that the EU might face as a result of conflicting interests, but also how new forms of entrepreneurships may enhance competitive advantage and more harmonised societies where the tension could be effectively reduced.

The EU trading bloc and the Juncker scenarios: a discussion on the future of EU competitiveness

Lucie Rivera

In this talk the economic stance, weight and strategic potential of the EU trading block will be discussed in detail. Thus the competitive advantage of the trading bloc, as the competitive advantage of some regions, by using relevant conceptual tools will be explored in detail and related to the future socio-political development of the Union. In particular, depending on the different scenarios as depicted by Jean-Claude Juncker as “Carrying On”, “Nothing But The Single Market”, “Those Who Want More Do More”, “Doing Less More Efficiently”, and “Doing Much More Together” from a strategic point of view the potential for economic development of the Union will be considered. Special attention will be devoted to the consequences and the strategic potential of Central Europe as an active region involved in continuing the long journey started with the Manifesto of Ventotene, more than seventy years ago, and how regional forms of co-opetitions can enhance the competitive advantage of the trading bloc.

Workshop: Building the EU you want

Lucie Rivera & Stefano Cavagnetto

Based on the previous lectures of Ms. Rivera and Mr. Cavagnetto, the workshop will be focusing on reimagining the EU after the scenarios depicted by Juncker. The activities will be aiming at creating new perspectives in which a better harmony among the member states, social justice and economic development and wealth can coexist, and offer to the new future generations an European identity based on the mutual respect of differences but by acknowledging the common goals of prosperity and freedom. 

Debating workshop: Introduction to debating and argumentation

Tereza Vicková

The students will learn the theory and practice of debating according to the Oxford-style rules. First, they will explore the basic concepts of proper argumentation as well as what is considered to be argumentation fallacies. After the indtructory part, they will be divided into small groups and will get the chance to try their newly gained skills in practice. Afterwards, they will share their views on what went well and what could have been done better in order to learn the most from the workshop. This activity will enhance students’ key transferable skills such as critical thinking, analysis of facts and formulation of arguments and public speaking.


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