We are happy to invite you to participate in the Summer Institute of Civic Studies and
Civic Education that will take place in Ukraine from 3-16 August 2015 (at the Chernivitsi National Yuriy Fedkovych University).
The Summer Institute of Civic Studies and Civic Education is organized by a team from Tufts University (Prof. Peter Levine), the University of Maryland (Prof. Karol Soltan) and the University of Augsburg (Dr. Tetyana Kloubert).
Objectives and topics
The Summer Institute of Civic Studies and Civic Education is an intensive, two-week, interdisciplinary seminar bringing together advanced graduate students, faculty, and practitioners from diverse fields of study.
The Summer Institute of Civic Studies and Civic Education deals with issues of development of civil society, the role of an individual/citizen in society, the role of education in promoting democracy, the role of institutions in the development of a civil society and questions related to the ethical foundation of civic issues in a (democratic)
society. These topics will be examined in international and comparative perspectives, considering European (especially German) and US-American civic traditions. International examples will be discussed in the context of consolidation of democracy in
Eastern Europe, particularly in Ukraine.
The Summer Institute of Civic Studies and Civic Education engages participants in challenging discussions such as:
- What kinds of citizens (if any) do good regimes need?
- What should such citizens know, believe, and do?
- What practices and institutional structures promote the right kinds of citizenship?
- What ought to be the relationships among empirical evidence, ethics, and strategy?
Summer Institutes of Civic Studies have been annually organized by Peter Levine and Karol Soltan at Tufts University since 2009.
How to apply
All application materials must be submitted in English. The application must include the following:
- A cover letter telling us why you want to participate in the summer institute and what you would contribute (maximum 2 pages)
- A curriculum vitae
All application materials can be sent as an email attachment in DOC or PDF format to
Decisions will be announced in April 2015.
The total number of participants will be limited to 20. Ukrainian scholars and practitioners are strongly encouraged to apply. We will also consider the applications
from Germany, Belarus and Poland. We are especially interested in applicants who
have a long term interest in developing the civic potential of Ukraine, and the region.
The working language of the Summer Institute will be English. Your mastery of the
English language must be sufficient to read and understand complex texts from multiple disciplines, and to take part in a lively discussion.
For best consideration apply by March 31, 2015.
The Summer Institute of Civic Studies and Civic Education is being funded by the DAAD
(German Academic Exchange Service). Selected participants will be provided with
travel costs, accommodation (in a twin room), meals and full event access.
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