Summer School at the University of Tuebingen, Germany

Deadline: 30 April 2016

Location: Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany

Date: 4 – 8 July 2016

Summer School Tübingen Germany


The aim of the Summer School is to learn about and discuss relevant topics and academic approaches through a dialogue between different agents from the field: academics, practitioners, and refugees. Due to a lack of academic expertise and theorization, this aspect has so far been only marginally acknowledged in the German-speaking context. In the field, this often results in irritations and complex conflicts between agents, in which a perceived threat against one’s own group dominates the discourse.In collaboration with researchers from diversity studies, and taking into account the CRC’s model of ‘threatened order’, the summer school will deal with these issues and work towards finding answers to the following questions:

Which forms of diversity are articulated in the context of forced migration and displacement?

What new forms of diversity emerge?

Which mechanisms of order do involved agents and institutions apply (‘re-ordering’)?

The Summer School provides a platform for dialogue between different agents from the field (researchers, practitioners, refugees), who, together, will develop hypotheses and further questions. The goal is to find ways to theorize and frame forced migration and displacement in terms of questions of diversity, humanitarian assistance and ‘threatened order’, and especially to integrate and specify topics from ongoing and emerging research projects.

Aside from a close cooperation between the research institutes, involving practitioners and refugees has a high priority within our concept. The idea is to pursue research not about them, but collectively as a joint effort.

Topics addressed during the summer school will include: Key Concepts in Humanitarianism, Key Concepts in Diversity Studies, Humanitarian Standards, Refugee Law, Ethics, Psychosocial & Mental Health, Needs Assessment in Emergencies


PhD students and early career researchers from social and cultural anthropology, sociology, political science, and related fields of cultural studies and social sciences. Applicants must be able to certify that they are fluent in both written and spoken English.


No fees

Reading material (Note: A list of required reading will be made available in advance of the Summer School. Preparatory reading is compulsory.)

For participants from outside of Tuebingen:
free accommodation in double room, including breakfast (earliest arrival: 3 July; latest departure: 8 July)

Lunch(4 – 8 July)

We can provide a limited number of travel grantsof up to 200€.
Please apply separately for the travel grant. Your application should include a short statement of eligibility (roughly 250 words), your city of departure, and prospective travel expenses.

The Summer School hosts a total of 22 participants. A minimum of 4 places is reserved for refugee participants.

Participants will be selected on the basis of: application formshort CV, letter of motivation (max. 500 words), letter of reference (does not apply for refugee applicants), application for travel grants (optional) – see conditions as mentioned above

Please send your application as one pdf file by email to

reordering-diversity(at) or by mail to the following address:

Tanja Granzow

CRC 923 “Threatened Order”
Keplerstr. 2, R. 288
D-72074 Tuebingen

Notification of Acceptance:  15 May 2016 

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