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Summer School Understanding Crisis and transformation in the UE 2015

The notion of “crisis” has been central to the evolution of the European Union. In many accounts, crises are critical junctures that lead to important transformations in policies, politics and the polity itself.

The aim of the summer school is to have students explore this dynamic of crisis and transformation with respect to the theoretical and conceptual tools that we have to understand integration as well as policy areas.

The confluence of the economic crisis, events in the Ukraine (with its implications for energy policy) and climate change are just a few of the global challenges that may have created critical junctures not only for the EU but also for how we study it.

Students will hone their understanding of the main approaches to integration, examining ways in which they have provided useful tools to explore how the EU has developed in the face of recent challenges.

They will have an opportunity to present their own research projects in an attempt to provide a critical understanding of the role of crises for the EU and for approaches to integration.

The summer school is organised by the Jean Monnet Centre and the Department of Sociology at the University of Trento and SAIS Europe of the Johns Hopkins University.

The summer school will have guest lecturers present research in the morning on a topic related to the theme of understanding crisis and transformation, with afternoons dedicated to the presentation of students’ research project in a seminar format.

Students attending the summer school will receive 6 ECTS credits.


  • Mark Gilbert
  • Brigid Laffan
  • Ulrike Liebert
  • Agustin Jose Menéndez
  • Anand Menon
  • Simona Piattoni
  • Claudia Schrag Sternberg
  • Jan Zielonka


  • Applications are open to 25 March 2015
  • Accepted applicants will be notified by 6 April 2015
  • Final registration and payment within 15 April 2015



Summer School
Understanding Crisis and transformation in the UE 2015