Brussels School of International Studies

The European International Studies Association invites doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to its

European International Relations Summer School

Security, Borders and Mobility

2-15 September 2013

6 ECTS Credits

organised by the University of Kent, King's College London and Sciences-Po Paris

The Summer School will engage with critical approaches to security and fundamental rights, including borders, risk, mobility, political violence, critical methodologies, socio-legal analysis and much more. It includes lectures, roundtables, research projects, possibility for research presentations, one-to-one feedback, collective research and collective social events in the evenings.

Faculty includes Thierry BALZACQ, Didier BIGO, Peter BURGESS, Marieke de GOEDE, Kees GROENENDIJK, Elspeth GUILD, Jef HUYSMANS , Vivienne JABRI …. and many more.

Topic and Approach of the Summer School

This summer school will engage with questions of fundamental rights and liberties in relation to security, borders and mobility. The questions addressed will include:

  1. What is the relation between security and liberties? Should we seek to find an appropriate balance between security and liberties, or is it a question of political judgment to untie liberty from security?
  2. Where is the location of borders? What is the relation between territorial, legal and technological borders? Are borders specific sites for security measures? What is their impact on liberties? And conversely what are the liberties which structure our understanding of the role of borders?
  3. Who is mobile/ immobile? What are the criteria applied to distinguish between desired and undesired movement? What is the relation between mobility, freedom of circulation and speed? What is the relation between mobility, information gathering on travelers and differential forms of surveillance?

This summer school provides doctoral students with the opportunity to engage with eminent researchers and practitioners in this field; a combination of theory, methodology and practice; an inter-disciplinary approach drawing upon political theory, political sociology, law and critical security studies; the pursuit of individual and collaborative research; and the integration of doctoral students in existing research networks. It will draw upon the expansive research conducted in this area through recent European inter-disciplinary research networks, such as Challenge and Inex.

This is an inter-active summer school, providing apart from lectures, research opportunities and engagement in roundtables. Several time slots are dedicated to the presentation and discussion of students’ own research and each participating student will thus have the opportunity to benefit from an in-depth discussion of his/her doctoral work by an expert in their respective field, in addition to the multiple exchanges they will have with the great variety of experts who will participate in the summer school. The organization of three roundtables during which practitioners and academics will reflect upon their own research and practice will further support the networking aim of the summer school.

Maps and Directions


More than a Summer School

This summer school benefits from an extra-ordinary location for the exploration of this topic: Brussels. The location provides access to practitioners, and a number of universities and think tanks specialized on security, borders and mobility in Europe.

The summer school will draw upon practitioners from the European Parliament (LIBE committee, MEPs and secretariat), European Commission (DG Justice, DG Home Affairs); professors from two universities in Brussels, VUB and ULB; experts from think-tanks (CEPS, Justice and Home Affairs) and from the NGO community.

This summer school seeks to provide a platform for the long-term support of doctoral students (beyond the two-week period) by building a network amongst doctoral students and established scholars in this field. This includes integrating doctoral students into research networks (C.A.S.E. and CCCSM); collaborative research and publication; organization of conference panel.

Before the start of the summer school readings, student research projects and presentations will be posted on a dedicated website and networking will be encouraged through a Facebook group. More than a summer school these two weeks will serve to build a lasting network amongst doctoral students and established scholars in this area of research.




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Last Updated: 27/05/2013