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International Summer School


Rethinking the Culture of Tolerance

Tolerance and Conflict Prevention and Resolution, from the Neighbourhoods to the International Community

Venues: University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Period: 19th – 25th September 2016
Application deadline: 10 June 2016

Brief description
: The question of tolerance is one of the most challenging in the contemporary world. As the modern discourse of tolerance historically appears together with those of pluralism, liberty and autonomy, the pluralistic society at the global level, and particularly in Europe, needs more than ever a serious rethinking of the concept itself, together with the contextualization of the forms and practices of toleration as a response to the new models of intolerance and discrimination.
The lectures and seminars of the third edition of the School will focus on different patterns of social conflictuality, in its micro, meso and macro dimensions. Theoretical concepts of toleration, respect and recognition and their practical significance in the prevention of structural and political forms of violence, and in the search for just and durable solutions for conflicts in ‘stable democracies’ and transitional post-conflict societies, will be examined and discussed. The topic will be explored in the framework of a European space in construction, concerning the process of deepening – in terms of political and economic, but also cultural and social integration – and the process of widening – in terms of the Europeanization through enlargement, questioning its limits and the liminal zones of uncertain borders of the continent. The problems of a democratic deficit of the EU institutions and of the dramatic increase of social inequalities in European societies, together with those of populism, xenophobia, ‘migrant’ and ‘refugee question’, will be compared with the specific ‘troubles and issues’ of the transitional East and South European countries, new or future members of the EU.

The main framework of the lectures and seminars includes the following themes:

  • Political philosophy and sociology towards the concepts of tolerance and toleration;
  • New social and political conflictuality of the European society/societies: an introduction;
  • New wars and conflicts: theory of justice and limits of toleration;
  • Cultural and religious integralism and toleration;
  • The heritage of the Yugoslav wars 1991-1999 and the role of transitional justice in the process of positive peace building;
  • Society in war and its post-war reconstruction: civil society in action;
  • Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers: EU as a fortress, or as an ‘open city’;
  • Everyday multiculturalism and inter-cultural communication in Europe: neighbourhoods, schools, work-places as space-sets of conflict and integration;
  • Respect and tolerance, recognition and redistribution, as means of conflict prevention and resolution: a challenge for new models of education;
  • Toleration as toler-action and the new European political culture.

How to apply to the Summer School



The School addresses European and International MA and PhD students, post-docs and researchers. In particular, the Summer School is open for students attending MA and PhD courses at the University of Sarajevo, the University of East Sarajevo and the University of Milan-Bicocca.
The access to the third edition of the Summer School will be free of any fee for the students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania. All other students will pay a tuition fee of 150,00 Euro.

Requested documents
(to be uploaded in the application form): CV, ID card/ passport, MOTIVATION LETTER (MAX 300 WORDS)

Target Audience
We welcome attendants from different disciplines: sociology, philosophy, anthropology, geography, social psicology, educational sciences, as well as practitioners and policy-makers. We will be glad to consider any other background deemed for the program as reflected from the CV of the candidates.


Information & contacts


Prof. Tatjana Sekulić, University Of Milan-Bicocca
Prof. Ugo Vlaisavljević, University Of Sarajevo
Prof. Dejan Bokonjić, University Of East Sarajevo



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