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EducationUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsWinter SchoolsImagining Southern Europe

Imagining Southern Europe: Culture and Populism

18 - 22 February 2019, Valencia, Spain

Dates and location 18 - 22 February 2019, Valencia, Spain
Fees € 100
Level MA/PhD/Post Doc
Coordinators Prof. Dr. Pablo Valdivia
Dr. Manuel de la Fuente

Southern European countries such as Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece face common social, cultural and economic challenges. These challenges require profound analysis and evaluation. The central questions on which this Winter School will focus depart from the hypothesis that the 2008 financial crisis and its particular manifestation in Southern European countries has revealed historical processes of interrelation and interdependence in the region that have developed since Early Modernity.

The aim of the winter school is to analyse these processes based on cultural representations (through individual and collective imaginaries) of symbolic capital exchanges and power relationships. This edition central theme is culture and populism in Southern Europe.

Key-questions addressed in this Winter School include the following: How meaningful is it to speak of a common “European” culture, history or public space? How has it been formulated in the past and how should such a concept be formulated? How has the circulation of knowledge (in media, research, publishing practices, intellectual and education networks) contributed to or challenged European integration? How do various European spaces and identities make use of the media and systems of representation? Are representations of Europe mainly created by Northern/continental Europe? How do Southern Europe citizens contribute to and participate in a European public space? How can multiple disparate histories and cultures be integrated into a notion of national or “European” identities?

Britt Hulsbosch - Winter School 2019

"The Winter School was an inspiring and valuable experience for me. It challenged me to push my academic and personal boundaries. The intellectual exchange provided valuable insights into the influence of history and culture on political systems, and populistic parties and movements in particular. In-depth analysis of state responses to populism, crisis, and conflicts was made possible by reference to different contextual dynamics, among with historical, cultural, and linguistic factors.

Not only were a wide variety of topics and different perspectives covered during the lectures, but the Winter School’s informal parts were just as inspiring. The good conversations during the breaks enabled me to connect my own field of research to the topics addressed in a small, safe, and open-minded environment. I could exchange my academic ideas with distinguished academics, and students from different universities and educational systems. These insightful conversations also changed my perspective on teaching and learning methods.

Above all, the Winter School enabled me to comprehend the added value and importance of multi-disciplinary approaches. I am convinced that such approaches are essential for understanding complex processes and the challenges facing today’s society. The Winter School provided me the necessary research skills for this. Perhaps even more important, it gave me the confidence to actually use these methods in my own research."


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