Summer University 1999: course on HR & Forced Displacement

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Original sender: Sarolta Szabo <szabos@CEU.HU>

Summer University 1999: course on HR & Forced Displacement

Dear Colleagues,
We would like to solicit your help to promote the Central European
University (CEU) summer  program among your colleagues, your contacts
or any interested professionals.
The Summer University (SUN) is an academic program for university
professors, administrators and professionals. It offers a series of
intensive two, three or four-week courses in the social sciences and
humanities to encourage and promote regional academic cooperation and
curriculum development by drawing together young faculty in lectures,
seminars and workshops.
Please find attached the flyer and the application form with the '99
course menu inside. Applications should be received no later than
January 15, 1999.
For further information you can contact our SUN office
(, write to our automatic e-mail account to receive an
application form (, or visit our WEB site
( from which you can download the
application form.
Thank you for your kind assistance.
Sincerely yours,
Eva Gedeon
Executive Director
Summer University Office
1051 Budapest, Nįdor u. 9.
Tel.: (36-1) 327-3811
Fax: (36-1) 327-3124
Sarolta Szabo
Program Coordinator
Summer University office
1051Budapest,Nador u. 11.Hungary


Course Dates:  July 5- July 16, 1999

Course Directors:       
Professor Arthur C. Helton, Director, Forced Migration Projects, Open
Society Institute, Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University
Professor BoldizsĀr Nagy, Associate Professor, EĆtvĆs LorĀnd
University, Recurring Visiting Professor, CEU

Resource Persons:      
Professor Alastair Ager, Queen Margaret College
Bernadette A. Brusco, Consultant: Open Society Institute
Professor DaniÉle Joly,  University of Warwick
Professor Will Kymlicka, University of Ottawa
Professor Gil Loescher, University of Notre Dame
Nuala Mole, Director, AIRE Centre (London)
Marina Murvanidze, Consultant: Open Society Institute
Professor Vello Andres Pettai, University of Tartu
Professor Endre SĪk,  Budapest University of Economics

Course Description: Purpose

The aim of the course is to offer an intensive interdisciplinary
review of the law (with a focus on human rights) and other social
sciences related to the refugee (forced displacement) phenomenon.
Centered around a comprehensive approach to the process from forced
displacement and its causes to durable solutions, the lectures present
insights from a variety of disciplines -- including law, political
science, international relations, sociology, social psychology, and
other interdisciplinary inquiries such as the study of nationalism.

The course is designed for an audience with varied backgrounds.
Scholars who are used to broad statements about "refugees" will
investigate the law and associated values at the universal level, with
significant regional dimensions. Practitioners will become acquainted
with the sociological problems of integration, and the psychological
complexities of traumatized, isolated persons.  After the course, each
participant should have a deeper knowledge of forced displacement in
his/her own field and a clear understanding of the interrelationships
between the fields.  They should have the resources to develop a
curriculum, conduct research and analyze issues of forced migration.

Course level and target audience

Because of its interdisciplinary character, the assumption is that
participants will have at least a basic level of knowledge of the
topic within their own field of specialization, but have little or
none in the other aspects of forced displacement.  The course is
designed for a varied audience with different professional
backgrounds, who nevertheless have common characteristics: they are
educators or researchers associated with educational institutions, or
graduate policymakers in their early to middle careers.

Course content

The course is issue oriented, combining insights on forced
displacement from different disciplines.  It introduces the
participants to classical and current relevant literature, theories
and documents necessary to develop and support the capacities of
university faculty,  professionals and policymakers in the areas of
human rights and forced displacement.

The core content of the course is organized along an imagined sojourn
of a forced migrant

Part I puts forced displacement into context, reviewing theories
explaining migration, the contemporary use of the terms, and trends.
The "factual" context is then  enlarged to provide insight into deeper
causes of frictions within societies leading to displacement,
concentrating on nationalism, ethnic tensions, and cultural clashes,
including language and citizenship policies.

Part II presents responses and remedies within refugee law and
institutions, reviews the League of Nations and UN refugee regime and
explores the interplay between international politics and action by UN
agencies and regional organizations, with an emphasis on the law of
international human rights.

Part III turns to the analytical context in which forced displacement
has to be interpreted. The interrelationship of forced displacement
and international security, the role of the European human rights
enforcement system as well as the potential of NGOs in transitional
societies to protect and assist the displaced will be explored with
reference to lessons learnt from past conflicts both inside and
outside of Europe.

Part IV looks at the forced migrant as an individual confronting the
receiving society. Myths about threats posed by the displaced will be
explored with sociological investigations of the actual benefits and
burdens for the individual and receiving society. This includes
psychosocial perspectives of the refugee experience.

The last day of the course summarizes the lessons of the previous two
weeks in the form of a role-playing simulation emulating concrete
conflicts.  Students and faculty  will draw upon the course to better
understand (and search for alternatives concerning) problems leading
to forced displacement.

In order to enhance the policy relevance and practical application of
the course, afternoon sessions will include presentations by expert
commentators from the region, as well as meetings with senior
officials and other important actors in the Hungarian refugee field.
Consultations on curriculum development will be available to

Central European University does not discriminate on the basis of -
including, but not limited to - race, color, national and ethnic
origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation in administering its
educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan
programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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