Institut für Politikwissenschaft

European Summer School 2010 – from 26 July to 6 August


The application deadline for EIRSS 2010 has now passed. Successful applicants will be notified by 28 February 2010. In exceptional cases, we are willing to review late applications until 31 March 2010 - please contact us at eirssspam

General Information


European IR Summer School in Tübingen

The European International Relations Summer School (EIRSS) 2010 will take place in Tübingen from 26 July to 6 August. This year's theme is "Conflicts in Europe - Europe in Conflicts". The EIRSS is organised on behalf of the ECPR-Standing Group on International Relations. Its participants are primarily doctoral students from across Europe. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2010.

Leaflet print version (pdf)

Main Theme and Goals


With the 2004/7 enlargement, conflicts have become a prominent theme in European Union policy and academic debates. Indeed, enlargement was justified to a great extent by presenting it as a solution to the revival of ethnic conflicts in Central and Eastern Europe. At the same time, the EU has become engaged in conflicts outside its own territory both through foreign policy means as a “normative power” and through military means in the form of a number of EU missions, from the Kosovo to the Congo. The EIRSS 2010 provides a forum for doctoral students to review the state of the art in conflict analysis and the debate about conflicts in Europe, the effect of European integration on conflict, and the impact of EU actions in conflicts beyond EU borders. Its aims are to:

  1. Provide an overview of the main debates on conflict and conflict analysis, with an emphasis on so-called “ethnic” and “religious” conflicts;

  2. Discuss the present status of conflicts in the EU and the role that European integration has played in transforming them

  3. Debate whether the nature of conflicts has changed after the end of the Cold War, and which consequences this may have for conflict transformation

  4. Evaluate the involvement of the EU in conflicts beyond its territory

  5. Allow participants to present and discuss their own projects and offer constructive critical feedback

Summer School Structure


The EIRSS 2010 programme is divided into seven complementary modules:

  1. The Study of Conflicts: The State of the Art (Diez, Hasenclever, Nielebock)

  2. The Changing Nature of Conflicts (Richmond)

  3. Conflicts in Europe (Feron)

  4. European Integration and Conflict

  5. Transformation (Diez)
  6. The European Union in Conflicts (Tocci)

  7. Student Research Projects

  8. EU Conflict Prevention: Dialogue with Practitioners (Byrne)

The programme also includes a visit to the Institute for Peace Education Tübingen (IFT). On Saturday, 31 July we will offer an excursion to the nearby Bebenhausen Monastery and Palace.

External Lecturers




Programme EIRSS 2010

Session Date Time Module
1 Mon, July 26 th 9-12am Arrival
    2-5pm Module VI: “Student Research Projects”
    6 pm Reception by the Institute of Political Science Tübingen (IfP)
2 Tue, July 27th 9-12am Module I: “The Study of Conflicts: The State of the Art”
3   2-5pm Module II: “The Changing Nature of Conflicts” – Part 1: State of the Art
4 Wed, July 28th 9-12am Module II – Part 2: Current Research and Methodological Issues
5   2-5pm Module VI: “Student Research Projects”
    8pm Punting trip (Stocherkahnfahrt) on the Neckar
6 Thur, July 29th 9-12am Visit to the Institute for Peace Education Tübingen (IFT)
7   2-5pm Module III: “Conflicts in Europe“ – Part 1: State of the Art
8 Fri, July 30th 9-12am Module III – Part 2: Current Research and Methodological Issues
9   2-5.30pm Module VI: “Student Research Projects“
    8pm Visit to “Sommerinsel Tübingen” (with Dinner)
  Sat, July 31st 12.30pm Excursion to Bebenhausen Monastery and Palace; Barbecue
  Sun, Aug 1st   Free day
10 Mon, Aug 2nd 9-12am Module IV: “European Integration and Conflict Transformation“ – Part 1: State of the Art
11   2-5pm Module IV – Part 2: Current Research and Methodological Issues
12 Tue, Aug 3rd 9-12.30am Module VI: “Student Research Projects“
13   2-6pm Module VI: “Student Research Projects”
    7pm Presentation by Jan Asmussen on the work of the European Center for Minority Issues (ECMI) in the field of conflict resolution
    8.30pm Dinner at “Hotel Meteroa”
14 Wed, Aug 4th 9-12am Module V: “The European Union in Conflicts” – Part 1: State of the Art
15   2-5pm Module V – Part 2: Current Research and Methodological Issues
16 Thur, Aug 5th 9-12.30am Module VI: “Student Research Projects“
17   2-5pm Module VII: “EU Conflict Prevention: Dialogue with Practitioners”
    7 pm Dinner in the restaurant “Schwärzlocher Hof” (departure at IfP at 6.30)
18 Fri, Aug 6th 9-12am Module VII (cont'd)
19   2-5pm Evaluation
  Sat, Aug 7th   Departure

Requirements of Participation


As participant you are required to

  1. Provide a paper of 10-15 pages, outlining your project, by 1 July 2010

  2. Have read all project papers before the beginning of the summer school

  3. Have read all required reading before the relevant modules

  4. Be present in all sessions throughout the summer school and participate actively in the discussion

Upon completion of the programme requirements, you will earn 6 ECTS credits.



Your application should include: 1. CV (1-2 pages) 2. Letter of reference by the dissertation advisor 3. Summary of the Ph.D.-project (2 pages) Send your application by 31 January 2010 via email (PDF attachments) to eirssspam

Application Form instructions


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Application Form



The tuition fee for the EIRSS 2010 is 200 €.


  • in nearby hotel Meteora (

  • basic but clean rooms for 31.50 - 44.50 € per day (single and double/ with and without private facilities)

  • participants have to book independently on a first come, first serve basis by 1 April 2010 (Later bookings cannot be guaranteed, as the contingent reserved in our name will then be released to the public!)


  • breakfast is included in the price for the hotel room

  • lunches will be provided in the student cafeteria

  • dinner has to be covered by the participants We are currently seeking further funding to reduce the expenses of participants.

We are currently seeking further funding to reduce the expenses of participants.

Students from ECPR member institutions are eligible to apply for funding from the ECPR mobility fund, see:

Host Organizing Team


Thomas Diez is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Tübingen. Most recent publications: co-edited volumes on European Integration Theory (second edition, Oxford University Press 2009), Cyprus: A Conflict at the Crossroads (Manchester University Press, 2009) and The European Union and Border Conflicts (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
Andreas Hasenclever is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations at the University of Tübingen. He is the co-author of Theories of International Regimes (Oxford University Press, 1997) and the author of Die Macht der Moral in der internationalen Politik (The Power of Morality in International Relations, Campus, 2001).
Thomas Nielebock is Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Tübingen. He has published widely in German on nuclear weapons, democracy and peace, and other peace-related issues.

Date & Venue


26 July – 6 August 2010
Institut für Politikwissenschaft Universität
Melanchthonstraße 36
72074 Tübingen
For more detailed information see the following
Summer School: (The information on the website will be available around mid-December)
Insitute for Peace Education:
For any further questions concerning
the EIRSS 2010 feel free to approach us: eirssspam