The Utrecht Network is delighted to announce an:




as part of the summer school cycle on “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity”

Venue: Antwerp, Belgium

5 – 11 July 2015

The summer school is a joint initiative of Utrecht Network.

The theme of this summer school cycle is “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity”. This was the motto of the French Revolution (1789) and it summarizes boldly the founding ideas of modern Europe. The question that the summer school sets out to answer is what remains of these core values in Europe in the 21st century?

How should we understand changes in how Liberty, Equality and Fraternity have been interpreted and implemented over the last 200 years in specific contexts? These three values are translated in everyday practices, anchored in legislation and acted out in moral stanzas of our time, both in general terms and when dealing with particular issue, e.g. in how the freedom of religion might find itself at odds with the freedom of speech, or when freedom of press or the independence of the judiciary is threatened by political interest.

We also examine how Europe today projects these values externally, for example in the conditionally imposed in the context of EU membership applications, or in the coordinated foreign policy of the EU?

The challenges raised by an assessment of the contemporary relevance of ‘Liberty, Equality and Fraternity’ cannot be addressed from any national viewpoint, or from any one disciplinary perspective. There are valuable lessons to be learned from different disciplines such as History, Anthropology, Sociology, Law and Political Science. The summer school therefore aims to be a truly international and multidisciplinary experience. It brings together students and academic staff from partner institutions to study the theme in an intensive and interactive way. 30 well-motivated, advanced undergraduate students with at least two years of academic experience and an interest in the issue and the method are selected each year, regardless of their study field. The school will provide knowledge, insight and tools for further study in the field.

A different facet of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity is examined in each year of the summer school. Host institutions have been carefully selected to suit the specific theme each year to answer the question “what does the future hold for Europe’s founding ideas?”

The summer school is multinational and interdisciplinary in character. The school consists of interactive lectures, student led workshops, study visits, and dialogues with local actors. The school offers tuition, accommodation and full board, course materials and excursions. Students contribute towards the organization in the amount of € 400/450.