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Call for Applications

Workshop: "Identity and Conflict: Revisioning Relations in the EU Neighbourhood"
Tblisi, Georgia, 11-16 March 2019

 

 

For Students from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia (German students, see text below):

 

We are seeking applications for 14 places reserved for students from across Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia (MA and advanced BA level) in a DAAD-funded international workshop with students from Germany to be held at the Ilia State University in Tblisi from 11 to 16 March 2019. The workshop will consist of three main blocs:

 

(1) an intercultural competence workshop to facilitate communication across cultural divides;

(2) a teaching bloc on identity and conflict as well as the EU and conflict transformation;

(3) a group exercise to develop scenarios for conflict resolution in the South Caucasus


The workshop will be led by staff from the University of Tübingen (uni-tuebingen.de/fakultaeten/wirtschafts-und-sozialwissenschaftliche-fakultaet/faecher/fachbereich-sozialwissenschaften/ifp/institut/lehrende/ipol/) in collaboration with colleagues from Ilia State University (faculty.iliauni.edu.ge) and SeminarsSimulationsConsulting (SSC) Europe (www.ssc-europe.eu). We expect participants to be present throughout the entire duration of the workshop and to participate actively in all sessions. Participants should have an interest in EU-Caucasus relations and conflict resolution, excellent study grades in a related subject and be fluent in English. DAAD funding will cover economy class travel, accommodation and per diems within certain limits that normally will be sufficient to cover all expenses. Georgian participants will receive a per diem only. Participants will have to make their own travel arrangements and need to comply with visa regulations that apply to them. Reimbursements can only be made upon submission of appropriate receipts.

Applications should include a one-page letter of motivation, transcripts, evidence of English language skills and any other documents that you consider of relevance. Applications MUST be sent as ONE SINGLE PDF document to ipol@ifp.uni-tuebingen.de. We will ignore applications that contain more than a single file or are sent to another email address. The application deadline is 15 January 2019 noon. Any further questions should be sent to the same email address and we will try to answer them as quickly as possible.

 

 

For German Students:

We are seeking applications for five places reserved for German students (MA and advanced BA level) in a DAAD-funded international workshop with students from the South Caucasus to be held at the Ilia State University in Tblisi from 11 to 16 March 2019. The workshop will consist of three main blocs:

 

(1) an intercultural competence workshop to facilitate communication across cultural divides;

(2) a teaching bloc on identity and conflict as well as the EU and conflict transformation;

(3) a group exercise to develop scenarios for conflict resolution in the South Caucasus


The workshop will be led by staff from the University of Tübingen (uni-tuebingen.de/fakultaeten/wirtschafts-und-sozialwissenschaftliche-fakultaet/faecher/fachbereich-sozialwissenschaften/ifp/institut/lehrende/ipol/) in collaboration with colleagues from Ilia State University (faculty.iliauni.edu.ge) and SeminarsSimulationsConsulting (SSC) Europe (www.ssc-europe.eu). We expect participants to be present throughout the entire duration of the workshop and to participate actively in all sessions.  Because of the flight times to Tblisi, it may be necessary to fly in on Saturday 9 March. Participants should have an interest in EU-Caucasus relations, excellent study grades (preferably in International Relations or European Studies) and be fluent in English. DAAD funding will cover economy class flights, accommodation (8 nights) and per diems within certain limits that normally will be sufficient to cover all expenses. Participants will have to make their own travel arrangements and need to comply with visa regulations that apply to them. German nationals only need a valid passport to enter Georgia.

Applications should include a one-page letter of motivation, transcripts, evidence of English language skills and any other documents that you consider of relevance. Applications MUST be sent as ONE SINGLE PDF document to thomas.diez@ifp.uni-tuebingen.de. We will ignore applications that contain more than a single file or are sent to another email address. The application deadline is 15 January 2019 noon. Any further questions should be sent to the same email address and we will try to answer them as quickly as possible.

Natalie Pawlowski, Alexander Kobusch und Thomas Nielebock shared their insights from three seminars modelled as a cooperation project between different universities in the weekly departmental seminar. Throughout the seminars, they used videos, podcasts as well as expert interviews. The innovative teaching concept established a cooperation between seven universities, which offer peace and conflict studies. Throughout the sessions, the different universities were connected via a live conference. E-Learning Tools helped local as well as mixed groups to work together. For this innovative approach, they were honoured with the University of Tübingen Teaching Award 2018.

Başak Alpan (Middle East Technical University, Ankara) held a guest lecture about Turkish Foreign Policy and Discourses on “Europe” as part of the seminar „Turkey in International Politics: Conflict and Power“ on 11th December 2018. She distinguished between four different phases and dismissed the argument of a fully-fledged de-Europeanisation. Thereby underlined the enduring existence of “Europe” as a reference point in Turkey.

On 28th November 2018, Bettina Ahrens held a lecture on “Is European Foreign Policy (still) value-driven?”. The lecture was part of a Citizen’s Dialogue Event on European Parliament Election in 2019 organized by JEF Reutlingen (JEF Baden-Württemberg e.V).

Bettina Ahrens discussed "Germany's responsibility in the world" together with Wolfgang Bauer (Die Zeit), Martin Rosemann (MP) and Thomas Hitschler (MP). Military missions as an one-sided interpretation of "responsibility" were discussed controversly. In contrast, Bettina Ahrens underlined the importance of cooperation within the European Union.

 

Natalie Pawlowski, Alexander Kobusch and Thomas Nielebock were honoured with the Teaching Award 2018. The award honours the classes
-    “ Understanding, classifying and evaluating ISIS/Daesh” (summer term 2016), held by Thomas Nielebock
-     “Peace in Europe under threat?” held by Alexander Kobusch and Thomas Nielebock (summer term 2017)
-    “Security-Migration-Nexus: Helping them in order to protect us?” organized by Natalie Pawlowski and Alexander Kobusch (summer term 2018)
The innovative teaching concept established a cooperation between seven universities, which offer peace and conflict studies. Throughout the sessions, the different universities were connected via a live conference. E-Learning Tools helped local as well as mixed groups to work together.