Department of Political and Social Sciences

SPS Summer Academy 2021

The SPS Summer Academy on ‘(In)equality, Democracy and Solidarity in Europe’ will take place from 6-10 September 2021 at the European University Institute.

12/05/2021 | News - Event

The EUI’s Department of Political and Social Sciences will offer the second edition of its ‘Summer Academy’, a five-day summer school aimed at master’s students in the social sciences.

The Academy will take an in-depth look at inequality in Europe, and the programme includes the participation of SPS faculty members Professors Elias Dinas, Klarita Gërxhani, Juho Härkönen, Ellen Immergut and Philipp Genschel. Gøsta Esping-Andersen, an historic and leading figure in research on the welfare state, will deliver the keynote lecture.

The Academy is a chance for participants to have a full-immersion experience in the academic and social life of the EUI. Participants will attend a mix of lectures and workshops, and have the opportunity to present their work and obtain feedback both from peers and faculty. A tour of the city and other social activities are also planned.

The substantive focus of the Academy departs from the deep income and wealth inequality crisis plaguing Europe and the world, intensified since the financial crisis and the pandemic. These inequalities are having an impact on democracy: they are considered important driving forces behind events such as the rise of populism in Europe, BREXIT, and the illiberal political turns in Hungary and Poland.

During the course, participants will examine questions such as the conceptualisation and measurement of inequality, comparative inequality, solidarity, policy solutions and the welfare state, social citizenship, and European integration.

The application deadline for the Academy is 31 May 2021 (extended deadline).
For complete information about application and eligibility requirements, consult the Academy’s webpage.


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