The Engaging Conflict Summer School 2020

Events

Summer & Winter Schools

Location (s):

  • Online
In recognition of the global health situation and persistent health concerns in Italy, the 2020 edition of the Engaging Conflict Summer School will be delivered entirely online. T

Overview

The Engaging Conflict Summer School is designed to equip committed students, early-career researchers and professionals with advanced tools to critically understand conflict and tackle it as a dynamic reality.

Details

Engaging Conflict's faculty draws from a unique spectrum of expertise to train a select group of participants in assessing the complexity of conflict and post-conflict scenarios, and evaluating the relevance and impact of different policy choices or normative standings, from non-intervention to conflict prevention.

Mission

The Engaging Conflict Summer School is designed to equip committed students, early-career researchers and professionals with advanced tools to critically understand conflict and tackle it as a dynamic reality. 

The Engaging Conflict Summer School is designed to provide participants with a critical and multi-disciplinary understanding of contemporary conflict and violence, starting with a broad approach and moving towards more specific, yet salient topics.

Engaging Conflict's faculty draws from a unique spectrum of expertise to train a select group of participants in assessing the complexity of conflict and post-conflict scenarios, and evaluating the relevance and impact of different policy choices or normative standings, from non-intervention to conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

The Engaging Conflict Summer School addresses three core questions: 

1 – What is conflict? Conceptualizing and understanding conflict

  • Conflict as a concept
  • Conflict as a discourse
  • Theoretical approaches to conflict and violence
  • Actors and methods of conflict

2 – How does conflict work? Causes and dynamics of conflict

  • Causes of conflict
  • Political economy of conflict
  • Conflict dynamics and impacts
  • Local experiences of conflict – and of peace
  • Transnational dimension of conflict

3 – How can we influence conflict? Intervening on conflict, and possible outcomes

  • Early warning and conflict prevention
  • Mediation, negotiation and third-party involvement
  • Peacebuilding and development
  • Disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration
  • Post-conflict reconstruction

The Engaging Conflict Summer School is organized by T.wai – Torino World Affairs Institute in partnership with the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society of the University of Turin.

Key Dates

  • 11 March 2020 Applications open. The EC office begins accepting applications for the 2020 edition of the Engaging Conflict Summer School.
  • 3 May 2020 Applications close and selection starts. All complete applications reaching the EC office by this date (at 11:59 pm CET) are examined by the Selection Committee.
  • 11 May 2020 Selection closes and results are sent out. The EC office communicates the selection results individually to all applicants.
  • 18 May 2020 Class is formed. By this date selected applicants must pay the tuition fee to secure their participation in the 2020 edition of the Engaging Conflict Summer School. Should applicants fail to meet this deadline, their place in the Summer School will be offered to the best candidates in the waiting list.
  • 29 June 2020 The 2020 edition of the Engaging Conflict Summer School begins.
  • 3 July 2020 EC students and alumni meet for the 2020 Alumni Night.
  • 10 July 2020 The 2020 edition of the Engaging Conflict Summer School ends.

Opportunity is About:


Eligibility

Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Eligibility criteria

Applications are welcome by any professional or student who is in possession of the required qualifications by the end of the application period. These are a Bachelor’s honours degree (such as the “laurea triennale” for Italian students) and the full command of English.

Outstanding undergraduate students (i.e. students who have not yet obtained their degree before the end of the application period) who are enrolled in a study programme focused on peace and conflict studies or related fields may also apply, provided that they have completed at least one academic year.

Special consideration will be given to applicants who can demonstrate their English proficiency, that is applicants who have studied inEnglish at the university level; who have spent a significant amount of time abroad for study or work purposes; who have obtained an international English certificate and met the following standards: IELTS – 6.5, TOEFL(internet-based) – 100, TOEFL (computer-based) – 250, TOEFL (paper-based) – 600, Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) – pass, Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) – pass.

Selection criteria

Since the maximum number of accepted participants is 30, a careful selection is carried out in order to make sure that the learning environment is as dynamic and challenging as possible.

The Selection Committee focuses on the following factors:

  • Academic performance and fluency in English;
  • Consistency of the academic background/professional expertise with the topics covered in the Summer School;
  • Individual potential as expressed by the applicant’s CV;
  • Strength of the motivation and commitment of the applicant as expressed in the personal statement.

Dates:

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Program Starts: June 29, 2020

Program Ends: July 10, 2020


Cost/funding for participants:

Fees & Scholarships

The tuition fee is 250€ (VAT included). This amount covers tuition, working materials, access to the library and three social events during the Summer School.

‍Tuition fees must be paid in full by all admitted participants ahead of officially joining the Summer School.

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