International Summer School – Rethinking the Culture of Tolerance: the European Integration after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

The International Summer School, Sixth edition



Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca

In partnership with

University of Sarajevo and University of East Sarajevo

In cooperation with

University of Milano, University of Mostar, and University of Mostar “Džemal Bijedić”. 

Dates: 16-22 September 2019

Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Credits: 2 + 2 ECTS

Tuition: 250,00 Euro

Call for Application: February 2019

Application deadline: 10 June 2019

Local organization: University of Sarajevo, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Language: The language of the Summer School is English. No language certificate is required for the application.



 Programme description

The sixth edition of the Summer School, entitled “The European Integration after the Fall of the Berlin Wall”, will be hosted by the University of Sarajevo. It will mark the conclusion of the second three-year cycle of the School, which is dedicated to the thirtieth anniversary of the revolutionary year 1989. The 2017 edition tackled the question of “Europe, Borders and Migrations” (University of East Sarajevo), while the 2018 edition was devoted to “Groups, Conflicts and Reconciliation” (University of Milano-Bicocca).

The 2019 edition of the Summer School will examine problems and contradictions faced by the evolving European societies, with a focus on the post-communist countries involved in the process of integration and association with the EU over the past three decades. The fall of the Berlin wall has been celebrated as a milestone in the advance of human freedom, but it has also given rise to new concerns and issues regarding institutional and political practices as well as the everyday life of citizens within the frame of an emerging European space. The remembrance of its legacy is crucially important today: while the ‘Iron Curtain’ has lost both its material and symbolic power, new political, social and economic cleavages and conflicts have emerged across European societies, bringing new challenges to the project of European integration.

The School will discuss European model(s) of democracy and social justice from a transnational perspective, in a post-neoliberal era marked by rampant populism and radicalization, in which we face the spectre of new walls, and new forms of intolerance, discrimination and violence.

Contents covered

– The European integration process and the legacy of the Berlin Wall.

– Revolutions of 1989: post-communism and democracy in transition.

– New social and political conflicts within the European society.

– Nationalism, transnationalism, and cosmopolitanism today.

– Yugoslav wars 1991-2001: learning from the past.

– Europeanization: a just and effective peace construction process?

– Old and new identities, old and new walls: on toleration and difference.

– New inequalities: liberal democracy and the failure of social justice.

– Populism and renationalisation: the spectre of intolerance, discrimination and violence.

– Toleration as toler-action and the new European political culture.


The School is open to MA and PhD students, post-docs and researches, mainly but not exclusively within the field of Social Sciences and Humanities.


Accommodation is not included in the tuition fee. The list of accommodation options will be provided to the selected participants in July 2019.


Access to the Summer School will be free of any fee for selected students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania.



Rectorate of the University of Milano-Bicocca

Embassy of the Republic of Italy, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 Directors of the School

Tatjana Sekulić, University of Milano-Bicocca

Jasna Bakšić-Muftić, University of Sarajevo

Dejan Bokonjić, University of East Sarajevo

Members of the Scientific Committee

University of Milano-Bicocca: Marina Calloni, Ilenya Camozzi, Elena Dell’Agnese, Carmen Leccardi, Marcello Maneri, Roberta Marzorati, Roberto Moscati, Fabio Quassoli.

University of East Sarajevo: Darko Đogo, Goran Marković, Zlatiborka Popov-Momčinović.

University of Sarajevo: Dino Abazović, Melika Husić-Mehmedović, Mirjana Mavrak, Asim Mujkić, Valida Repovac-Nikšić, Ugo Vlaisavljević.

Other Academic institutions: Abdalhadi Alijla (IMESC Canada), Roberta Altin (University of Trieste), Gorazd Andrejč (University of Maribor), Antonella Besussi (University of Milano), Enzo Colombo (University of Milano), Anna Elisabetta Galeotti (University of Eastern Piedmont), Mariachiara Giorda (University of RomaTre), Milena Karapetrović (University of Banja Luka), Nikolina Obradović (University of Mostar), Giovanni Picker (University of Glasgow), Maja Popovac (University of Mostar “Džemal Bijedić”), Paolo Segatti (University of Milano), Lino Veljak (University of Zagreb), Dragica Vujadinović (University of Belgrade), Pavel Zgaga (University of Ljubljana).


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