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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools

Critical Theory

Philosophy and Social Critique
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Unfortunately, as we currently do not know how the coronavirus will progress globally in the coming months, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the University of Groningen Summer Schools 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this exceptional situation may cause. Hopefully we will see you next year instead. Stay safe and healthy!


Critical theory, in the tradition of the Frankfurt School, aims to develop a philosophical understanding and evaluation of social conflicts in contemporary societies. It engages not only with classic philosophy but also with the social sciences, psychoanalysis and aesthetics. From its start almost a century ago, it has supplied deep insights into the links between knowledge, culture and economy, as well as a distinctive philosophical method. In this summer school we will examine classic questions and contemporary debates in critical theory and their relevance for understanding crisis in present-day societies.

The summer school will feature lectures by distinguished researchers in contemporary critical theory, discussing their ongoing research projects, and roundtable workshops on selected classic texts as well as discussions of student papers. You will get acquainted with the social- philosophical methodology of critical theory and its approaches to politics and culture, specifically its contributions to the study of political and social crisis, power, ideology, mass culture, and aesthetics. Our discussions aim at inspiring new insights with societal relevance. Critical theory’s interdisciplinary engagement with philosophy will allow you to develop new perspectives for your own research.

The summer school aims at generating discussions among researchers at all career stages. Advanced bachelor students are especially encouraged to attend and actively participate in the summer school.

Practical information

Unfortunately, as we currently do not know how the coronavirus will progress globally in the coming months, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the University of Groningen Summer Schools 2020. Hopefully we will see you next year instead. Stay safe and healthy!

Dates & location August 2021 (tbc), Groningen, the Netherlands
Level Advanced bachelor students, (research) master students, PhD students
Fees 2020
(incl. study materials, coffee/tea, 5 lunches, 2 dinners, 1 excursion)

BA/MA students: € 170
PhD students: € 220

Academic coordinator Dr. Titus Stahl
Dr. Judith Vega
Contact criticaltheory@rug.nl
Requirements

This summer school is open for advanced bachelor students; (research) master students; PhD students.

The summer school is suitable for students with basic as well as advanced knowledge of Critical Theory, and for PhD students who work in related areas. Advanced bachelor students are especially encouraged to attend and actively participate in the summer school. Prior coursework in continental social philosophy is strongly recommended.
Priority will be given to participants who can show previous education in Critical Theory. Participants will be admitted according to motivation, English writing skills, and study results

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.
Programme

The summer school will start on 16 August with a reception and a group dinner. From 17 to 21 August, there will be intensive work in plenary and smaller groups, each day organized around a keynote lecture.

Lecturers
  • Dr. Kristina Lepold, Frankfurt am Main
  • Dr. Timo Jütten, Colchester
  • Prof. Lars Rensmann, Groningen
  • Dr. Titus Stahl, Groningen
  • Dr. Judith Vega, Groningen
Learning outcomes

After this course you will have

  • a wide-ranging insight into the themes of Critical Theory
  • the ability to relate its key questions to your own research
  • enriched your methodological philosophical competence
  • be able to use methods and theories from Critical Theory to apply to current debates


Preparation: 40 hours
Summer School: 35 hours
Presentation: 10 hours

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 85 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.
Housing
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You will stay at Upsilon International Students House. This newly built residence is beautifully located between the city centre of Groningen and the University campus. There is a coffee corner at the main entrance and a rooftop where you can enjoy the sunset. You will have a fully furnished private room, with its own bathroom and toilet. The kitchen/living room is shared with approx. 8 other students, and offers you a place to have dinner or to play a (board) game with your fellow summer school students.

Meals

The kitchens are fully equipped with electric stoves, ovens, fridges, freezers, etc. and of course pots and pans. Please note that food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) is not included unless otherwise specified by your summer school. You should count on spending approximately €15-20 per day on meals, snacks, coffee/tea and/or other refreshments.

Conditions

The housing service is optional, please indicate on your online application form if you want to have accommodation arranged for you. If you agree to have housing arranged for you, you will be offered a standard package with the following conditions:

  • Standard rental from Saturday 15 August to Saturday 22 August for € 274 (tbc, 7 nights). This includes cleaning, bed package (duvet, pillow + linen) and basic kitchen utensils
  • Check-in is on Saturdays between 2 PM and 10 PM or Sundays between 2 PM and 4 PM. The central summer school office will be there to welcome you.
  • Check-out is on Saturday before 10 AM.
  • Cancellation policy: Participants who cancel within 3 weeks before the start of the summer school are liable to pay the full amount.

Please note that the international student house is a regular home and not hotel-quality accommodation. If you prefer to stay in other accommodation, please make use of one of the many hotels in Groningen.


The Groningen Faculty of Philosophy offers a variety of Master programmes:

  • Master in Philosophy
  • Master in Philosophy and Society
  • Master in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline
  • Master in Philosophy of Education
  • Master in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • Research Master in Philosophy

The master programmes are taught in English. Please see the website of our faculty for more information on our Master programmes.

Last modified:31 March 2020 10.30 a.m.