GLOBAL MINORITY RIGHTS SUMMER SCHOOL
From the Perspectives of Vulnerable Minorities
Budapest, Hungary, 17-22 July 2017
The Tom Lantos Institute (TLI) and the National University of Public Service (NUPS) in cooperation with the Middlesex University London (MU) are organising their fifth international summer school on minority rights with a special focus on populism from the perspectives of vulnerable minority communities.
The rise of populism around the world is making headlines. Populist leaders are gaining support, and an increasing number of populist parties are obtaining votes, securing parliamentary seats, and entering government coalitions or emerging as an active opposition. While populism is not a new phenomenon, there is no consensus on its definition, and it is open to a wide range of explanations. In the media, populism is often used to refer in general to anti-establishment and anti-elite sentiments. In academic literature, the term has been used to describe different political movements, parties, ideologies and leaders across continents, historical eras, and political contexts. Each continent has experienced waves of populism, both right-wing and left-wing. However, there are important distinctions among its varieties, including differences between its exclusive and inclusive types. The exclusionary forms of populism often target minorities, immigrants and other vulnerable groups and pose a threat to democratic values and human rights. On the other hand, some variants of populism have been associated with a more inclusionary and democratic view of society, bringing together diverse identities and demanding that politics be opened up to vulnerable minority groups.
We plan to examine this issue across the different continents at the GMRSS 2017, bringing together journalists, policy makers, civil society activists, and academics. The six-day interactive summer school will address conceptual issues underpinning contemporary trends, examine their impact on institutions at national and international level and present case studies, with the primary aim of understanding their impact on minorities.
The Summer School will host 30 participants from all over the world and offer a forum to discuss relevant issues related to minorities with leading experts and practitioners in the field of international human rights law, political science, international relations, economy, and journalism. Lecturers will:
· Discuss current trends of populism through describing and explaining the phenomenon, forms of its manifestation and its relationship to human rights;
· Examine concepts, theories, and analytical frameworks utalised to understand populism from the perspectives of journalists, political scientists, international relations theorists, and economists;
· Explore responses and remedies to rise of populism by investigating the roles of and solutions offered by international and supranational organisations and transnational actors;
· Investigate the impact of different forms of populism on Indigenous Peoples, national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, women as well as refugees;
· Analyse case studies from Europe, Americas, South-East Asia, and the Middle East and compare responses and remedies to populism across different national contexts.
The Summer School aims to:
This Summer School is envisaged as a space for meeting, consulting and debating with authoritative academics, practitioners, public servants and decision-makers. It provides excellent networking opportunities and the chance to share experiences and discuss current research projects. The programme is complemented by interactive and informative cultural events.
The participation fee is 150 Euros. It covers tuition, accommodation, meals and cultural events. Financial support is available for a limited number of participants. Please find the details below.
To apply, fill in the application form, save it with the following name: 2017GMRSS_[lastname_firstname], and submit it to . Please do not send any other documents. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
The deadline for application is Monday 20 March 2017, 09:00am CET. Applicants will be notified by Friday 7 April 2017.
Who should participate?
A strong command of English is required.
Financial support is offered by TLI and NUPS.
· A small number of full scholarships are available for applicants coming from outside of the Council of Europe member countries to cover the participation fee and travel costs to Budapest (except airport transfer and visa fees.)
Applicants for scholarship require:
We strongly encourage the application of people belonging to national or ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities, as well as Indigenous Peoples.
Location and Institutions
The Summer School will be hosted by the NUPS Faculty of International and European Studies in Budapest, 2 Ludovika Square, in a nice green environment, close to the city centre. Accommodation and meals will be offered in the campus of the Faculty at the same location.