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  • Collective Identities: Nationalism,

    Transnationalism Europe and Beyond

    Report 2013

  • SUMMER SCHOOL TOPIC ........................................................................................................... 4

    PROJECT ORGANIZATION ........................................................................................................... 5

    AIMS & OBJECTIVES .................................................................................................................... 5

    DATES ......................................................................................................................................... 5

    COSTS & FUNDING ..................................................................................................................... 6

    PARTICIPANTS ............................................................................................................................ 8

    ACADEMIC PROGRAM .............................................................................................................. 10

    SOCIAL PROGRAM .................................................................................................................... 11

    SEMINARS ................................................................................................................................. 11

    CREATIVE WRITING SEMINAR .................................................................................................. 21

    KEYNOTE LECTURE ................................................................................................................... 22

    MORNING LECTURES ................................................................................................................ 23

    EVENING LECTURES .................................................................................................................. 40

    PANEL DISCUSSION .................................................................................................................. 42

    MORNING MEDITATION ........................................................................................................... 44

    A STUDENTS REPORT ON THE GUSEGG .......................................................................................... 45

    MEDIA REPORTS ....................................................................................................................... 46

    ZUSAMMENFASSUNG AUF DEUTSCH ...................................................................................... 59

    IMPRESSUM .............................................................................................................................. 62

  • THANK YOU to all the people and institutions who made the "Graz International Summer

    School Seggau 2013" possible: the students, the lecturers, Prof. Dr. Roberta Maierhofer as

    the academic coordinator, and the University of Graz and its staff of the Office of

    International Relations and the Center for Inter-American Studies, H.E. Bishop Dr. Egon

    Kapellari, Mag. Peter Rosegger and the Diocese of GrazSeckau, Drs. Michael Kuhn and the

    Commission of the Bishops Conferences of the European Communities (COMECE), the

    dedicated collaborators of Seggau Castle, the Government of Styria, the City of Graz, the

    Office of the Mayor of Graz and finally, a big thank you to our sponsors, who through their

    generous contributions made it possible to put an idea into practice and make GUSEGG 2013

    once more become a reality.

    WEBSITE of the GUSEGG 2013

    http://international.uni-graz.at/gusegg

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    GRAZ INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL SEGGAU 2013

    Collective Identities: Nationalism, Transnationalism Europe & Beyond

    Since the 19th century, nation states as a construction of collective identities have defined

    the political, economic and social realities in Europe and beyond. In Benedict Andersons

    term of an imagined community, the nation state has determined both individual as well as

    collective identities in terms of inclusion and exclusion. This is especially true when it comes

    to the rights of citizens or ethnic majorities versus the legal status of minority groups or the

    situation of foreigners and migrants. Although the essentialist nature of state definition has

    never been able to do justice to the social, cultural, and economic realities and challenges, it

    has since the 19th century determined the political and social structures of Europe, led to

    war and destruction, but also to reconstruction and peace-building in the 20th century, if one

    takes the European Union as an example of a supranational governance structure. Within a

    radically changed global world, where migration and transnationalism play an important

    role, a reconsideration of the notion of the nation state as well as an analysis of the

    interconnections between collective and individual identity formation is necessary. Focusing

    on the emphasis areas of the University of Graz South Eastern Europe and North, Central

    and South America the discursive and symbolic constructions of Europe and beyond will be

    investigated from an interdisciplinary vantage point thus contributing to a redefinition of

    European and Inter-American Studies. The Americas provide us with many examples of an

    early development of the nation state in connection with processes of democratization in

    the late 18th and early 19th century, as well as with the question of heterogeneity versus

    homogeneity. South Eastern Europe can be seen as an example for a region that has been

    contested by European and non-European actors and therefore as a mirror image of larger

    dynamics in European history. This area is also a good example for discussing diversity in

    terms of opportunities provided and challenges faced in the past, present and future.

    Studying collective identities by focusing on European and American issues will thus provide

    a basis for meeting James Tullys demand that "21st century identities must be supported

    rather than imposed, reasonable rather than unreasonable, empowering rather than

    disabling and liberating rather than oppressed" (2003).

    Roberta Maierhofer for the Advisory Board

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    PROJECT ORGANIZATION

    The project was carried out by the University of Graz in cooperation with the Diocese Graz-

    Seckau and the Commission of the Bishops Conferences of the European Community

    (COMECE). The Center for Inter-American Studies of the University of Graz acted as the

    coordinating unit in collaboration with the Office of International Relations of the University

    of Graz.

    Steering Committee of the Graz International Summer School Seggau 2013: Prof. Dr. Roberta

    Maierhofer (Academic Coordinator of the University of Graz), Mag. Peter Rosegger

    (Representative of the Diocese Graz-Seckau), Drs. Michael Kuhn (Representative of the

    COMECE), Mag. Heidrun Moertl (Program Manager of the University of Graz), Mag. Daniela

    Murhammer (Representative of the rectorate of the University of Graz), Mag. (FH) Ulrike

    Schoenbacher (Student Coordinator of the University of Graz)

    AIMS & OBJECTIVES

    The interdisciplinary cooperation of lecturers and students focused on the cultural,

    intellectual and historical dimensions of current European and American affairs in view of

    their positioning in a globalized world. Presentations in research and teaching referred to

    focus areas of the University of Graz South Eastern Europe and North, Central and South

    America. Shaping profiles of young leaders of tomorrow in different areas such as political

    and social science, economics and the humanities was an important aim.

    Some keywords about the Graz International Summer School Seggau 2013:

    two-week summer school

    98 students and 21 lecturers

    plenary sessions, lectures, 10 parallel seminar modules, excursion to Graz

    discussions with lecturers and guests

    accreditation via ECTS-credits (6 ECTS for participation and obligatory seminar paper)

    DATES

    June 30th July 13th, 2013

    WEBSITE

    http://international.uni-graz.at/gusegg 1

    1 This website will be updated in October 2013 for next years summer school. PDFs of the website 2013 are available upon request.

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    COSTS & FUNDING

    The total costs (room and board for lecturers, external lecturers and students, honorariums

    and travel expenses for teachers, technical infrastructure, excursions, and evening program)

    of about 142,920 were covered by the University of Graz, the Diocese Graz-Seckau, the

    Commission of the Bishops Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), student

    fees ( 350/ 600 Euros) and third party funding.

    Grants to support our program and scholarships for individual students came from:

    - ERASMUS Intensive Program LLP-AT/230/05/12

    - Central European Exchange Program for University Studies (CEEPUS)

    - European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS)

    - David-Herzog-Fonds

    - Das Land Steiermark: Abteilung Kultur, Europa und Auenbeziehungen

    - The Embassy of the United States of America in Austria, Vienna

    - The Embassy of Canada in Austria, Vienna

    - The Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries (GKS)

    - Renovabis

    - Stichting Communicantes

    This project has been funded with support from the Euro