European Cultural Center of Delphi–Delphi Academy of European Studies

The Delphi Academy of European Studies focuses on the diachronic and synchronic study of European history and culture and the ways in which Europe today responds to the multifaceted challenges of political, economic, and cultural globalization.

The Academy offers two-week interdisciplinary Seminars at the Centre’s facilities in Delphi, supported by the Region of Central Greece. The Seminars, which are taught in English by world renowned academics, are open mainly to graduate students/PhD candidates but also to qualified senior undergraduates. The Instructors adopt interdisciplinary approaches to their subjects, with a view to addressing the research interests of students in the Humanities as well as the social sciences. The Seminars are accompanied by a workshop and/or invited lectures on current political and cultural developments in Europe.

The curriculum and academic function of the Delphi Academy of European Studies is overseen by an international Committee consisting of the following Professors:

Homi Bhabha (Harvard; Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center;http://english.fas.harvard.edu/faculty/bhabha/)

Georges Dertilis, (École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris; Directeur d’études;  http://www.dertilis-history.gr/fr/Default.aspx)

Peter Frankopan (Oxford; Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford; Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research; http://www.peterfrankopan.com/)

Michelle Lamont (Harvard; Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies; Professor of Sociology and African and African-American Studies at Harvard University; Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs;http://scholar.harvard.edu/lamont/home)

Spiros Pollalis (Harvard; Professor of Design, Technology, and Management at the Harvard Design School; http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/person/spiro-pollalis/)

Panagiotis Roilos (Harvard; George Seferis Professor of Modern Greek Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature; founder of the Academy and chair of the committee; http://scholar.harvard.edu/roilos/home).

This year the Academy’s Seminars will focus on the multifaceted (political, economic, geopolitical, humanitarian) crisis in Europe. The Seminars will be offered in the second half of June (June 19-29).

The 2017 Seminar Instructors are:

Peter E. Gordon (Amabel B. James Professor of History, Faculty Affiliate Department of Philosophy, Harvard University;http://history.fas.harvard.edu/people/peter-e-gordon)

Stephanos Pesmazoglou (Professor of Political Ideology and Public Policies, Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University, Athens; http://www.panteion.gr/site_ufiles/file/pdf_polhist/29%20Pesmazoglou%20CV%202016%20ENG.pdf)

Jacques Rupnik (Director of Research at CERI and Professor at Sciences Po in Paris and visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges; http://www.sciencespo.fr/ceri/en/users/jacquesrupnik)

The seminar Post-secularism in an Era of Crisis with Professor Peter E. Gordon will investigate the troubled status of the “secular” in modern democratic states that now confront an unprecedented degree of cultural and religious heterogeneity. Such conditions call for new concepts and frameworks so as to permit a maximum of inclusion and help to sustain procedures of democratic deliberation. This interdisciplinary seminar will interrogate Jürgen Habermas’s notion of the “post-secular,” along with other contemporary contributions and challenges to the secular-democratic ideal.

The interdisciplinary seminar Europe in Crisis: Populism, Xenophobia, and the Future of Democracy with Professor Stephanos Pesmazoglou will focus on the following topics: terminological elucidations of easily used and abused ideas and ideologies; historical co-ordinates of recurrent crises in Europe; specificities of the latest nearly decade long European and global crisis; European North-South cleavages and their representations; Brexit, Trumpism and their impact on European integration; the refugee crisis; the resurgence of xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism. They will be approached in connection with various conceptions of  “democracy” and their responses to the current crisis.

The seminar European Responses to the Migrant Crisis: Political Divides and Contrasting Narratives with Professor Jacques Rupnik will focus on the dividing lines within the EU (East-West) with regard to the migration crisis, and on the ways in which these differences may be contained or overcome.

Upon completion of the Seminar Program, certificates indicating the titles of the Seminars and the names of the Instructors will be awarded to the students.

Students at the Academy are expected to pay tuition fees of 350 euros. Tuition covers lodging, meals (lunch and dinner), and attendance of the Seminars.

Applicants to the Academy should submit the following documents:

1) CV (no more than 3 pages).

2) Research statement no more than 200 words.

3) Two letters of recommendation (one from the applicant’s PhD/academic advisor, in the case of graduate students). The letters should include information about the applicant’s coursework and academic performance in areas related to the topics of the seminars.

4) Proof of English language competence.

Applications should be submitted not later than April 30 and sent to the European Cultural Centre of Delphi (Mrs. Athena Gotsi, conferences2@eccd.gr)

Decisions will be communicated to the applicants by May 20.

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