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29.9.2022

The intensive course “Implications of Crises on the State of Democracy: theoretical and methodological tools for studying the East of Europe (5 ECTS)” took place in Tartu, Estonia, 11-17 September 2022.

The intensive course examined the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the War in Ukraine on the state of democracy in Eastern Europe. Students learned how the crises impacted the rule of law, electoral behavior, the erosion of democracy, radicalization, the rise of populism, the role of bio- and necropolitics, and the political use of history in Eastern European societies. The course discussed methodologies that could be used in examining these phenomena. Students were also trained in multi- and interdisciplinary argumentation and analyses.

In the NGO café, student groups interviewed activists and representatives of Estonian NGOs. Students felt that discussions with experts gave valuable real-life insights into the role of civil society in crises, as well as into how the recent crises affected the work of NGOs and activists more generally.

We were glad to meet with students and teachers face-to-face. Students especially felt that the workshops, the NGO café, and the excursion to the Estonian National Museum made it worthwhile to study on-site instead of online. The opportunity to again meet fellow students, colleagues, and local professionals in person was something everyone missed.

We would like to extend our thanks to students, teachers, NGO representatives, and activists for the inspiring and insightful discussions!

Thank you University of Tartu for hosting us!

8.6.2022

The call for applications for the “Implications of Crises on the State of Democracy: theoretical and methodological tools for studying the East of Europe (5 ECTS)” intensive course is open. The course will take place in Tartu, September 11-17 September, 2022.

Master’s students and advanced bachelor students of the network universities can apply to the course. Also Ukrainian students who have fled the war and given a place to study in one of the networks partner institutions can apply. Also Ukrainian students, who already are on an exchange in one of the networks institutions and who due to the war cannot return home in order to give them the possibility to prolong their exchange can apply.

You can find the call for applications and more info at the BAMSE network website for the Tartu intensive course. Apply no later than 16 June, 2022!

 

25.5.2022

The Tartu one-week intensive course “Implications of Crises on the State of Democracy: theoretical and methodological tools for studying the East of Europe” will be organized in September 11-17, 2022.

The intensive course elaborates on the resilience of Baltic and East European societies and political systems in times of crisis, analyzing how the extraordinary Covid-19 measures and the war in Ukraine have altered the state of democracy and affected these countries’ overall development.

You can find more info at the BAMSE network website for the Tartu intensive course.

 

24.5.2022

In this April we received good news that the second follow-up project BAMSE 2022 was granted Nordplus Higher Education funding. This means that we can start planning our third intensive course taking place in Riga in 2023. Even though the first intensive course in Vilnius was cancelled, we can use the course concept developed for the Vilnius course at the Tartu and Riga courses.

 

26.4.2022

Unfortunately, we decided to cancel altogether the “Democracy in crises? Polish up your theoretical and methodological tools for studying the East of Europe” that was supposed to take place 27 March – 2 April 2022 in Vilnius, due to the insecurity caused by Russia’s attack to Ukraine. Fortunately we have BAMSE 2021 Nordplus Higher Education funding for another intensive course that we are planning on organizing in Tartu in September 2022.

 

22.11.2021

The intensive course “Democracy in crisis? Polish up your theoretical and methodological tools for studying the East of Europe” has been moved to 27 March – 2 April 2022 due to the Covid-19 situation in the project countries. We hoping to have an in-class course in Vilnius, but depending on the pandemic situation we might have the course online.

 

14.9.2021

The call for applications for the “Democracy in crisis? Polish up your theoretical and methodological tools for studying the East of Europe (5 ECTS)” intensive course is open. The course will take place in Vilnius (or online) 28 November – 4 December, 2021.

This one-week intensive course is for advanced bachelor’s students and master’s students. The course highlights the significance and embedded potential of area studies in understanding transnational challenges regarding underlying changes in power structures/relations, identity constructions, communication, symbolic politics and culture.

You can find more info and application instructions at the BAMSE network website. Apply no later than 30 September, 2021!

 

16.06.2021

The BAMSE 2020 project received Nordplus funding in April 2020. Originally, we planned to organize an intensive course for students in Vilnius in May 2021. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have postponed the course until the end of November – beginning of December 2021.

The Vilnius intensive course call for applications will be published in August – September on this website and distributed via the Aleksanteri Institute’s and partner institutions’ emailing lists and social media channels. After a lot of zooming and many emails during the planning process, we hope to meet with students in Vilnius!

In April 2021 we received good news that our follow-up project BAMSE 2021 received funding. This means that we can start planning another intensive course that will take place in Tartu in 2022.

Here you can read an article about BAMSE 2020 on the Aleksanteri Institute website.