The Creative City – Past, Present and Future

 

International Cultural Centre, Krakow, Poland

 

16th September – 25th Septemer 2015

 


European Summer School

The ‘Creative City’ is a ten-day-long educational programme organised within the frame of the European Campus of Excellence and supported by the German Polish Science Foundation, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the International Cultural Centre. It addresses 30 young scholars form Poland and Germany interested in urban studies and heritage management. It aims at presenting the interdisciplinary approach to the urban development of the European cities focusing on such issues as cultural heritage, cities transition, ‘creative city’ discourse and energy security. The research territory of the course will be based in Krakow, second largest city of Poland, heritage oriented touristic hub and important academic centre with large experience with both industrialisation and deindustrialisation processes.


Course description:

The ‘Creative City – Past, Present and Future’ is ten-day-long educational programme organised within the framework of the European Campus of Excellence and supported by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the International Cultural Centre and addressed to a group of 30 students and young scholars form Poland, Germany and other countries interested in urban studies and heritage management. It aims at presenting the interdisciplinary approach to the contemporary issues in urban development of the European cities. Approaching its past represented by the cultural heritage, discussing its present through the examples of the cities transition in last two decades (Krakow, Katowice, Ruhr Region, Barcelona, etc.) as well as projecting its future through examining such concepts as ‘creative city’ discourse and energy security will enable the group of participants get the knowledge on the basic environment and main achievement of the European culture, namely ‘the city’. The research territory of the course will be based in Krakow, which is a perfect scenery to discuss such issues as the role of the cultural heritage in contemporary urban development, the fall of the totalitarian regime and reestablishment of the civic society, implementation of the market and global oriented economy in the post-communist environment, deindustrialisation and search for the new and efficient tools of development.
The ‘Creative city’ programme is planned as a joint event (in its time schedule) with the III Heritage Forum of Central Europe, a large-scale international gathering of heritage experts organised by the ICC, the 2015 subject of which will be ‘the City‘. Participation in this event will not only let the students explore the issue of city studies but also meet the specialists in many related fields.


Main speakers include:

List of the speakers confirmed so far:

Prof. Dr. Gregory J. Ashworth, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen: heritage studies

Prof. Dr. Christer Gustafsson, Uppsala University: heritage studies

Prof. Dr. Jacek Purchla, Jagiellonian University: European studies, heritage studies

Mr. Matthias Ripp, Stadt Regensburg, World Heritage Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Roth: University of Bremen: behavioral physiology, development neurobiology

Dr. Michał Wiśniewski, Krakow University of Economics: architecture history

Dr. Christoph Wolff: Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes: chemistry, energy studies

 
Course prerequisites and target group:

The ‘Creative City – Past, Present and Future’ programme addresses students and young scholars interested in urban studies and heritage management. The group of participants will comprise 30 students and young researchers. The first group of 10 will represent Poland and some other neighboring countries, e.g. Ukraine. The second group of ten will represent Germany. The third group of ten will be open to all European students. The participants will be recruited through the application call announced on the website of the European Campus of Excellence. The application review will be organised by the Steering Committee of the programme which will combine the representatives of the organisational bodies and invited experts from Poland or other European countries.

 
Participation quota:

The maximum number of participants is 30.


Scholarships:

We are committed to admitting talented students of diverse backgrounds.

Accepted applicants will receive a scholarship: Tuition will be waived completely; travel will be mostly covered, board and accommodation will be fully covered.

Participating scholars of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes may cover their travel expenses using their regular monthly scholarships - board and accommodation will be covered by additional funds.


Application:

The online application period for this summer school will open on 20th April 2015 and close on
30th June 2015.

Please visit the website of our application system:
http://www.euca-excellence.eu/euca4/

Application requires completion of an application form and upload of one pdf containing several documents:
1.    Proof of registration at a European university (certificate of matriculation or registration)
2.    Statement of motivation (250 words max.)
3.    Short description of bachelor or master project (if applicable)
4.    Letter of recommendation from supervisor or lecturer

Usually, ECE requires two recommendation letters. However, as some announcement channels have been added on short notice, we will also accept applications containing one letter of recommendation. In these cases, please name another supervisor or lecturer who could be contacted if necessary.

We are looking forward to receiving your application!

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Organisation:

International Cultural Centre, Krakow, Poland

European Campus of Excellence, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

This summer school is supported by the German-Polish Science Foundation and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. It is an initiative in the framework of the European Campus of Excellence (ECE).