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Course date
July 26–30, 2021
Application deadline
Application for this course is closed
ECTS Credits
Environmental science
Political science
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Tuition Waiver

In the post-Covid-19 world, the problems already experienced by democracies with regards to social divisions and diminishing trust in public institutions are exacerbated by a growing epistemic crisis concerning the simultaneous need and contestation of expertise for public policy purposes. The existence of uncertain statistical data, the search for past models in dealing with hidden enemies, the public attempts to translate scientific knowledge and to make sense of decision-making processes, all point to a persistent need for advanced skills for working with governance data and discourses.    

Our course enhances participants’ skills in analyzing the incorporation of techno and scientific knowledge into public governance and discourses. The summer school seeks to provide the tools and categories to critically assess systemic responses in times of both contested expertise and scientificization of politics.    

The course will make connections between historical and current issues related to expertise by analyzing the genealogy of interventionist techniques and social inquiries. We will study the emergence of hybrid, policy sciences during the Cold War by analyzing the cases of sociology, (macro)economy, statistics, environmental sciences, and design. We analytically investigate the differences as well as convergences between East and West with regards to their data cultures and truth regimes in order to analyze the validity, intelligibility, and portability of scientific facts/ phenomena when being tested, communicated, appropriated across time and space.  

Last but not least, we shall connect the past problems of communicating science along ideological divides with current concerns of conveying valid scientific claims in a post-truth era. 

The summer school is offered to advanced-level undergraduate students, graduate students, junior faculty in humanities and social sciences, journalists and artists interested in writing articles or creating projects which might go beyond an academic context.   

Online course format

The summer school will consist of plenary sessions, seminars, one-to-one consultations and individual work. The daily time commitment will be of approximately 6 hours, equally divided between short live sessions (one hour each with breaks between them) and off-line work (3 hours).

The keynote lecture will open the summer school. The complex theoretical and historical problems will be taught in the format of pre-recorded (10-minute) and live plenary (20-minute) presentations. Lectures in both recorded and live format will include multimedia sources (documentary films, photos, archival materials) and will be followed by 20-minute discussions. Questions will be formulated in advance through the e-learning platform and the dialogue will be structured along the participants' written responses to them. In this way, discussions will already include the students' insights and perspectives. The end-of the-day seminars will consist of practical exercises and discussion of students' projects. On the basis of their individual projects, students will be guided to write a policy recommendation for a republic of "trans-science".

Participants will have the chance to develop their individual projects under the supervision of assigned or chosen tutors and consultations will take place daily between seminars.

Students will be kindly asked before the beginning of the summer school to send a brief description of a topic that they would like to work on. They can include visuals in their proposals and will be guided to use special platforms (Sway). Examples of topics will also be provided in advance. Tutors and group discussions will be decided based on these preliminary drafts. Key-readings will also be assigned prior to the beginning of the summer school.

The summer school is offered to graduate students, junior faculty in humanities and social sciences, journalists and artists interested in writing articles or creating projects which might go beyond an academic context. We also invite applications from advanced undergraduate students who have adequate prior study or engagement experience on the subject and make a compelling case in their application/statement of interest. 

Please read the following directions carefully. 
Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:

  1. Completed online SUN Application Form (see notes below).
  2. Full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any. Please upload your Curriculum Vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any. 
  3. Statement of purpose (max. 1 page). In the Statement of Purpose, please describe how the course is relevant to your teaching, research, or professional work, and in what way you expect to benefit from it. Please list relevant courses in the field you have taken previously during your studies.

Optional attachments:

You can upload further optional documents on the Qualifications page such as academic documents that you think may be relevant to support your application in the 'Other Supporting Documents' section. All documents should be merged into a single PDF file not exceeding the size 2 MB. No passwords and encryption are allowed.

Completed CEU Summer University Application Form

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  • You may apply to a maximum of two summer courses. In case of being admitted, you can only attend both if the two courses do not overlap in time. Financial aid, if available, is only granted to attend one course.
  • If you applied to CEU before, please use your existing login and password to start a new application. If you do not remember your password from last year click on Forgotten Password. With technical problems, bugs, or errors related to the online application forms please contact the CEU IT Help Desk.
  • Right after login, please select ”Summer University” radiobutton from the "Type of course" list, and leave all other fields empty.
  • All application materials must be submitted with the online application form(s). Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail, or fax are not considered.
  • The maximum allowable file size for upload is 2MB per file and the acceptable file formats are PDF, JPG, and JPEG. Ensure all security features (e.g. passwords and encryption) are removed from the documents before uploading them.
  • Applications cannot be edited after submission. Please submit your application only when it is 100% final and complete.
  • Further user instructions for the online application are included in the form itself. Should you have questions regarding the application form, check the relevant Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


If you need help or more information during the application process, please feel free to contact the SUN staff via email.


The SUN Office will notify applicants about the selection results in April. Please check the 'Dates and deadlines' section on the relevant course websites for notification deadlines planned earlier or later. The final decision is not open to appeal.