Summer School on Horizontal Europeanization, Oldenburg, Germany

Deadline: 15 April 2013
Open to: PhD students, postdoctoral students and young researchers
Venue: Oldenburg, Germany, August 25th to 29th, 2013


The study of European Integration has been dominated by political scientists analyzing the emergence and development of European Union institutions and by economists examining the effects of market integration. Only recently, sociology has tried to develop a distinct perspective towards Europeanization. While political scientists consider the European Union a hierarchically structured set of nested institutions on European, national and regional levels, sociology generally adopts a more horizontal perspective: Rather than analyzing European Society as a given entity absorbing national societies, sociological research focuses not only on trans- and supranational structures, but also on cross-border interaction, communication and coordination within Europe.

From this perspective, Europeanization is no longer a one size fits all process but has to be analyzed separately within different societal arenas and fields: while trade, for example, is already strongly European this is much less the case for educational, social and labor market institutions or for migration and other social relations. Analyzing these processes in different social spaces yields important knowledge about the specific domain itself but also about the transformation of society from a multiscalar perspective. In addition to a field specific approach, looking at the changes in social stratification and social inequalities within Europe provides us with a better understanding of what effects European Integration has on the social reality of the people.


This Summer School aims at bringing together post-graduate students and doctoral candidates that work on field specific processes of Europeanization or on the development of social stratification and social inequalities in Europe. They will have the opportunity to present and discuss their projects with fellow researchers and at least one of our guest lecturers:

  • Prof. Dr. Juan Diez Medrano (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Heidenreich (Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg)
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Lahusen (University of Siegen)


Accommodation (four nights), lunches and one summer school barbecue are provided free of charge. Successful applicants can apply for full travel scholarships. There is no registration fee.

Application procedure

Interested PhD students, postdoctoral students and young researchers are invited to send in an abstract (max. 300 words) of the project or the paper they plan to present. The abstract should give information on research question, theory, methodology, and (expected) findings. Application deadline is April 15th, 2013. Please send your application to [email protected] Accepted applicants will be asked to submit full research papers or project proposals (8.000 words max.) by July 15th, 2013.

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