Six Good Reasons to Apply

  • 2-week summer university with a campus atmosphere at Seggau Castle
  • Open to all students in the Master's programme English and American Studies (regular and Joint Programme)
  • Credits can be recognised for participation and a seminar paper
  • Lectures, panel discussions and 7 parallel seminar modules (small groups)
  • Discussions and networking opportunities with international lecturers and guests
  • All-inclusive-package (tuition, meals, accommodation, extra-curricular program and field trips)
  • Develop skills in Public Speaking, Academic Writing, and Critical Thinking

Interested?

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About

"GUSEGG - Graz International Summer School Seggau" is designed for internationally oriented, highly motivated students from all disciplines, who wish to deepen their understanding of current European and international affairs by studying and discussing global developments and challenges within the context of transformation processes and demographic change reflecting aspects of individual, social, political, religious, cultural, literary, regional, economic, cohort and national identities.

With a complete European integration in mind, the summer school contributes to a better understanding on a European as well as international level. Thematic seminars in the respective fields allow students to strengthen their understanding of complex issues in their study areas. Cross-cultural teaming and transferable skills workshops add an important aspect to the summer school and give students the opportunity to acquire additional skills that will allow them to succeed on the international labour market and become cross-culturally competent experts.

The target groups for the summer school are highly motivated students following their studies at master level within the Joint Degree programmes or any other programme allowing for the recognition of the summer school courses within their study programme.The summer school is affiliated with the Joint Programme, thus Joint Programme students can have 6 ECTS recognised towarsd their mobility semester. Students of the regular track also have the opportunity to have credits recognised.


    Summer School 2022: Re-Measuring, Re-Calculating, and Re-Counting: State - Society - Religion in Transition

    GUSEGG 2022 will offer a discussion of how measurements inform our lives, as individuals and as a society. Personal and political decisions are often based on numbers and their interpretation. In times of immense data collection and digitalization of information, numbers influence how individuals interact with each other and how social structures determine these interactions. Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, our societies had already become “digital by default” (Hill, Betts & Gardner 2015), which has given numbers and numeric measurements even more importance. More and more aspects of life – working, learning, shopping, leisure, communication with friends and family, but also activism and political engagement – happen online. The current push for digitalization is closely linked to datafication, the increasing use of algorithms, and machine learning, which create new concerns. As Sharon Block (2020) has recently pointed out, “algorithms are a list of programmed instructions, and can be millions of lines of proprietary code, never seen or understood by end users,” leading to critical algorithms studies as a response to the impact of unknowable algorithms on individual and collective decisions and actions.

    Thus, GUSEGG 2022 will address the pressing questions of how our lives are influenced by numbers, how our online and offline actions and interactions are being measured, calculated, and counted, by ourselves and others, and what this means for states, societies, and our understanding of the world. In order to develop strategies and methods to meet the challenges of our times, this summer school suggests engaging in academic contemplation and interdisciplinary exchange about our datafied world. Such investigations offer us the opportunity of developing disruptive intellectual approaches and ideas, as we can gain insights into the many forces that make us believe
    that the challenges we face are essential, natural, or inevitable. Therefore, the suggested analysis offers us not only an
    understanding of our own alliances to data on an individual, a regional, national, and global level, but also the  possibility of moving from a passive position to active involvement in transformation processes. By gaining insights into how measuring, calculating, and counting work in different domains, such as politics, society, and research, we can – continuing the work of sociologist Aaron Cicourel (1964) – understand how our realities are re-measured, re-calculated, and re-counted.

    For further information on the summer school 2022, please have a look at the flyer(2.9 MB, 8 pages) or the general description and curriculum(2.7 MB, 48 pages).