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The National and the Transnational: First Annual Summer School

PhD-students of all disciplines are cordially invited to apply for the first Annual Summer School of the New Global (De)Centre of Diversity, Mobility, and Culture together with the Central European University in Budapest from July 4-11, 2018.


Maurice Crul, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Peggy Levitt, Department of Sociology, Wellesley College, United States of America
Pál Nyíri, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Rainer Bauboeck, Department of Political Science, European University Institute, Florence, Italy; Xiang Biao, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom; Adrian Favell, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law, Leeds University, United Kingdom; Alexandra Kowalski, Daniel Monterescu, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, Boldizsár Nagy, Department of International Relations, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary


Some see the current nationalist turn in politics worldwide, with its crackdowns on international migration, proposals to limit trade and slash budgets for humanitarian and development aid, as the beginning of the end of globalization. In actual fact, global flows continue to challenge long-standing assumptions about how people live and work and about how social institutions function—how and where families raise children and care for the elderly; how livelihoods are earned; the multiple communities with which people identify, and where the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and partial membership get fulfilled. As nation-states mobilize the “re-enchantment of culture” (Aihwa Ong), art and museums become increasingly important arenas in which national and transnational agendas collide or intertwine. The double movement of nationalism and globalization demands that we look closely at how nations and migration are purposely produced by state policies, institutions, and categories aimed at creating “stable” units and unstable flows. This requires a new transnational perspective on global processes.

This course aims to further the understanding of how national agendas and transnational processes co-produce new forms of governance, citizenship, social movements, health and social care, museums, and artistic practices. Such entanglements are produced by the migration of people and also by the migration and stretching of models, frameworks, structures, institutions, epistemologies, etc. across borders. Sometimes these things actually move and sometimes borders, individuals (or some segments of the population) and institutions stay in place. The course invites PhD students to work with an interdisciplinary faculty to analyze cases of such entanglements. In each module, the course will pay particular attention to new methods better suited to such analysis. In addition, participants will be asked to translate their findings into usable outcomes by designing their own museums, universities, or health care systems that concretely address the realities of transnational practices.

For further academic information on the course and on eligibility criteria and funding options please visit the web site at:

Application deadline: February 14, 2018

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