Viadrina is part of the Scholars at Risk Network Germany, an international network of higher education institutions and individualsworking to protect threatened scholars, prevent attacks on higher education, and promote academic freedom and related values.The aim of the seminar is to provide students with the opportunity to develop human rights research and advocacy skills throughdirect engagement on behalf of threatened members of the global higher education community. Based on a pertinent theoreticalbackground the students will conduct research on the situation of (a) scholar(s) at risk, set up a monitoring plan, develop advocacyaction and write a case report.
- Teacher: Walter Linda
Many politicians and scholars predicted the end of nationalism, not only after the atrocities and genocide executed during Second World War, but also in the 21st century, in the period of the European Union consolidation and expansion, as well as hopes for cultural social and political Europeanisation. These expectations have not come true. Nationalism is alive. It could be witnessed in bloody conflicts (as in the 1990s in former Yugoslavia), in resistance to accept pollical asylum seekers, attacks on refugee centers, violence against ‘foreigners’, growing popularity of the identitarian movements, xenophobic political parties’ programs and several state authorities’ policies. These phenomena ranging from ‘banal nationalism’ to extreme expressions of nationalism represent a constellation that is called neo-nationalism here.
- Teacher: Balfanz Antonina