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3rd European Summer School on Migration, Diversity and Identities

Vierzehnheiligen near Bamberg, 4 - 13 September 2003

The third European Summer School for the EU Doctoral Programme on Migration, Diversity and Identities took place in Vierzehnheiligen near Bamberg between 4 and 13 September 2003. The event was supported by the European Commission on Research under the High Level Conference Programme. After the first EU Summer School, which took place at Bradford University/Great Britain in September 2002, the Summer School at Vierzehnheiligen was the second event under the DECER (Developing Expertise in Comparative European Research) Programme. The EU Summer School was prepared by a consortium comprising eleven European universities, which was chair by Prof. Charles Husband, Bradford. The event was organised and implemented by the efms, which represents the University of Bamberg in the consortium.

Twenty-nine doctoral students and 18 lecturers from universities of nine European countries participated in the Summer School, which took place at the diocesan conference centre at the pilgrim church of Vierzehnheiligen (Fourteen saints) near Staffelstein, situated about 30 kilometres north of Bamberg. . had been invited to attend the ten days European Summer School (Intensive Programme / IP I).

Participants of the Summer School were doctoral students who started a PhD research project in the field of migration and integration of migrants. They participated in a curriculum that addressed important aspects of international comparative research projects on the topics of migration and integration. Divided into three working groups, the 29 doctoral students presented their PhDs und discussed their research projects with the international experts and other students present.

In addition, the ten-day programme included four daily lectures with discussions or working group meetings. On two days, excursions were organised to visits the Federal Office for the Recognition of Foreign Refugees and to the former Reichparteitagsgelände (site where the Nazi-party meetings were organised) with expert lectures on the history of forced labour and displaced people.

The participants of the Summer School came from Spain, Italy, Slovenia, France, Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Poland, and Estonia, with study subjects such as sociology, political science, law, philosophy, social politics, geography, anthropology, ethnology, educational science, social psychology, religious studies, and sinology.

The next European Summer School on Migration, Diversity and Identities will be held in late summer 2004 and is organised by the Swedish University of Helsinki.

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