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European Studies Winter School

'Identity Politics in Europe: Competing Identities and Conflict in the EU and its Neighbourhood'

Munich and Vienna
January 3 - 21, 2023

Time and again, national particularities appear at odds with the common European interest. Domestically, public opinion has become less favourable with regard to European cooperation than it had been in the past, with the United Kingdom, for instance, having decided to exit the Union. Internationally, the EU is triggered to re-consider its global role given the past US administration’s isolationist tendencies and the current security conflict in Ukraine. Decades of European governance and most recent crises phenomena increased levels of politicization and societal mobilization in Europe. Citizens increasingly form political attitudes and enter into societal conflict along identity lines. Beyond the previous cleavage between left-wing socialist and right-wing neoliberal economic views, today cosmopolitan, green and alternative perspectives clash with traditional, authoritarian and nationalist groups thereby challenging the national and European political systems and decision-makers to organize compromise in society. Against this background, the Winter School analyses identity politics in the EU and its neighbourhood.

Participants will:

  • develop a deep understanding of European history and European politics
  • visit two different European cities and immerse into new cultures
  • strengthen their soft skills and rhetoric
  • benefit from an interdisciplinary and international learning environment
  • attend a German language course for beginners
  • receive 6 + 3 ECTS credits for the EU Studies winter school and German class attendance

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