Graz International Summer School


"Radical (Dis)Engagement: State - Society - Religion"

June 30 - July 13, 2019

Application deadline: March 18, 2019 (receiving date)

Constant political uncertainties. Climate change. Demographic transformation. Continual re-thinking of societal coherence in times of diversity. New technologies that will redefine the notion of work. All these challenges are often met with reactions ranging from resignation to proactive ignorance, both on the individual and wider social, cultural, and national levels. The lack of knowledge and tolerance increasingly
erupt in aggression and violence against others, taking the place of critical reflection and civic engagement.
Trust in institutional structures, political procedures and information (re)sources has been replaced by mistrust and disengagement. The belief in an open and tolerant society and our individual agency has been undermined.

In order to develop strategies and methods to meet the immense challenges of our time, this summer school suggests engaging in academic contemplation and interdisciplinary exchange. Analyzing both engagement as well as disengagement in terms of the relationship of the individual to social,
political, and economic structures offers us the opportunity of developing disruptive intellectual approaches and ideas, as we can gain insights into political, social, economic, and cultural forces that make us believe that the challenges we face are essential, natural, and inevitable. Such analysis offers us not only an understanding of our own alliances 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 in order to become agents of change by an authentic reformulation of our identities.

An analysis of present and past (dis)engagement with state, society, and religion, will offer insights into the dynamics and structures that govern us as individuals. The summer school will provide more questions than answers, and will allow us to investigate the different approaches to the definitions of state, society, and religion, and their interconnectedness. Focusing on the emphasis areas of the University of Graz – South Eastern Europe and North, Central, and South America – this program will offer a basis for discussing global
and continental challenges as well as opportunities that change entails.

Roberta Maierhofer
for the Academic Advisory Board

See the Summer School website or the flyer (1.0 MB)more information and/or contact your co-ordinator or counsellor.

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"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. 6 ECTS will be awarded to students for participation in the summer school and a seminar paper. These credits are automatically recognized in the Joint Degree programme.


  • 2-week summer university with a campus atmosphere at Seggau Castle
  • 6 ECTS credits (for participation and 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