Summer Schools

Summer School in Orilampi 28.8.-3.9.2017 (5 ECTS)

The ExpREES Studies begin with a one-week summer school in Orilampi, which is organised in late August before the beginning of the term. At the summer school the students will get a broad overview of the research that has been conducted on Russia and Eastern European countries from the perspective of different disciplines.

The summer school is an obligatory part of the ExpREES programme. The main language of the summer school is Finnish and if your command of Finnish is not sufficient, you can attend the Petrozavodsk or Kilpisjärvi summer schools instead (see below). Both of these summer schools are held in English.

The Orilampi summer school consist mainly of lectures, but there are also research and working life oriented preliminary and group works. More information on these assignments you can find on the Finnish website.

Deductible price of summer school is 95€ which must be paid on 10th of August 2017 at the latest. Price includes whole week’s accommodation and food on the principle all you can eat! Deductible price should be paid to account FI2216603000077738. Recipient is University of Helsinki and reference 99108803.

Application deadline is on 26th of June and after that participation may be cancelled due to urgent cause no later than 31st of July.

Other summer schools

International Summer School in Karelia 13-20 May 2018, Petrozavodsk (5ECTS)

12th International Summer School in Kilpisjärvi 5-13 August 2018 (5ECTS)

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International Summer School in Karelia 13-20 May 2018, Petrozavodsk (5ECTS)

ISSK’18: 15th International Summer School in Karelia

Theme of the year: Discourses and political dimensions on the Arctic and the Barents region – disciplinary theories and methods of Artic studies’

The International Summer School in Karelia (ISSK) is organized by the Petrozavodsk State University, University of Lapland, and the University of Helsinki. It will be organized in Petrozavodsk. ISSK is a meeting-point for Russian, and Finnish, as well as other Nordic and European, university students with a focus on European, Russian and Arctic/Northern studies. Since the initial Summer School in 2003, the goal has been to bring together a limited number (20-30) of students for one week at the Petrozavodsk State University (PetrSU) in order to further increase their knowledge of Nordic-Russian policies and cooperation, and promote studies and academic dialogue.

  • What? The International Summer School in Karelia (ISSK) is a meeting-point for Russian, and Finnish, as well as other Nordic and European, university students with a focus on European, Russian and Arctic/Northern studies. Since the initial Summer School in 2003, the goal has been to bring together a limited number (20-30) of students for one week at the Petrozavodsk State University (PetrSU) in order to further increase their knowledge of Nordic-Russian policies and Arctic cooperation, and promote studies and academic dialogue. The ISSK is organized by Petrozavodsk State University (in Russia), and University of Lapland, and the University of Helsinki (in Finland).
  • Theme The The main focus of the ISSK’18 is discourses on the Arctic, as well as disciplinary theories and methods of Arctic studies. Theories and methods will be discussed in the context of the Barents Sea area, and that of the global Arctic, on the one hand, theoretically and holistically from many angles and disciplinary approaches, from academic and policy-oriented ones (incl. political dimensions of cooperation, interests and standpoints of different stakeholders). On the other hand, from the perspectives of past(s), present(s) and future(s), and from global Arctic and local contexts in the European Arctic.
  • For whom? ISSK’18 is purposed for the students of international relations, political sciences, other relevant social sciences, and economics, geography, culture and history, as well as students interested in European, Arctic and other Northern, Nordic and Russian studies.
  • How to apply? The application form is to be found at https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/40493/lomake.html  Fill and send the application by 12 March, 2018.
  • Please note! Due to the visa registration rules of the Russian Federation, it is not possible to participate in the school with a tourist visa nor with a business (commercial) visa. Visa invitations and instructions for applying will be sent to the enrolled students. For the visa invitation you have to provide with a scanned copy of your passport and the information that is asked in the end of this document. The paperwork goes through the Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki.
  • The ISSK’18 will be organized in Petrozavodsk 14-19 May 2017. In addition, the travel days Finland-Russia 13 May and Russia-Finland 20 May.

Assessment:

  • For a successful completion of the course, each student is required to attend all lectures and the excursion, and actively participate in daily workshops.
  • Additionally, each student needs to write an essay or lecture diary of 10-12 A4 pages, i.e. 22.000-26.000 items (not including reference list, figures and tables) on a selected topic, relevant to the main theme and reflecting the lectures of ISSK’18 – either in general or a case study (if the latter one then 2-3 pages about the context) – and submit it to his/her university coordinator within one month after the completion of the course.
  • With the requirements fulfilled, the course will carry up to 5 ECTS.
  • Without an essay, but other requirements fulfilled, the course will carry up to 2 ECTS.

Excursion: Additionally, there will be an opportunity to participate in a full/half-day
excursion within Karelia, to nearby sites of general interest.

Costs: No registration fee. Accommodation in a cheap dormitory.

The participation costs will consist of travel costs to and from Helsinki/some other Finnish city and Petrozavodsk, accommodation, meals, excursion, and the visa costs. The cost for the ExpREES students is 80 euro, which must be paid to the Helsinki University bank account before the School. Other students cover their cost themselves.

Contact information: Tapani Kaakkuriniemi, University of Helsinki, e-mail: tapani.kaakkuriniemi@helsinki.fi

 

12th International Summer School in Lapland 5-13 August 2018 (5 ECTS)

The 11th International Summer School in Kilpisjärvi goes under the theme “Politics of Nature” and is organized in cooperation with the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Национальный исследовательский университет Высшая Школа Экономики, Moscow) and UiT The Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø). The school takes place in the Biological Station of the University of Helsinki, located in Kilpisjärvi, high up in the north-westernmost corner of Finland. The first summer school like this was held in Kilpisjärvi in August 2007, so this year we have reason to celebrate the first decade of the School.

Lying in the most arctic parts of Finland makes Kilpisjärvi biologically exceptional place, but the popularity of the summer school has demonstrated that also students of social sciences and humanities find there tools to understand (post)modern societies. Landscape plays a major role in education and communication. One needs to escape to the limits of civilization, into the silent beauty of the Arctic desert, to take a deeper look at the modern world; a physical escape also means an intellectual departure.

Part of the manners of the human communities and society to separate nations and human beings is drawing borders, physical borderlines or for example dividing lines of morals. The area of Kilpisjärvi gives an excellent opportunity to perceive physical borderlines since the programme includes visits to Sweden and Norway as well as a lecture at the Three-Country Cairn. In this way the summer school observes modernity from different aspects, including philosophy, anthropology, social sciences and economics.

Accommodation will be organised in the Biological Station in double or triple rooms. The price includes bedclothes and a towel. The total capacity of accomodation is some 26–28 students.

Apply by filling in the application form here.  The application period ends on 31st of May 2017 at 11:59 pm, UCT+3.