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CURRICULUM RESOURCE CENTER
Announces Spring 2004 sessions organized in cooperation with the Departments and Programs of the Central European University

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT http://www.ceu.hu/crc/crc_visit.html FOR MORE DETAILS AND APPLICATION FORMS.

Starting from Spring 2004 the CRC is offering three types of Sessions:

1. Open House Sessions in broad discipline areas

The Open House sessions are organized in broad discipline areas covered by one or more CEU departments. These sessions are intended to introduce participants to CEU's approach to a relevant discipline and new techniques for designing courses in that field. To this end the sessions will provide participants access to the facilities and resources of the CEU and the appropriate department, as well as general training workshops on course design and teaching methodology.

Participants are invited to use the CEU library, visit relevant classes and meet faculty. The primary target groups of the Open House sessions are junior academics who are at the beginning of their teaching career, or mid-career and senior academics who would benefit from the above offerings.

Note: The CRC Open House sessions will start in the fall semester of 2004, please consult the CRC website in spring 2004 for session descriptions and call for applications.

2. Course Innovation Sessions

These sessions intend to explore the cutting edge developments in a particular discipline. The sessions are meant primarily for senior faculty with significant teaching and research experience or for outstanding, research-oriented junior faculty. By discussing recent developments and exploring contemporary debates with CEU's host departments and faculty, participants are expected to revise or update their courses or offer new courses in their particular area of interest. Additional training on course development is also offered by the CRC. These sessions are organised with a strong involvement of CEU departments and often will be combined with a workshop or a conference on the topic of the session.

Course Innovation Sessions offered in Spring 2004 are the following (for a detailed description of sessions please see below):

Medieval Studies - 23 - 29 February 2004
Irruption, Interruption and Interaction: The Latin Conquest of Constantinople 1204

History (1) - 1-7 March 2004
Religious Traditions, Cultural Identities and Protonationalisms in Eastern, Central and South-Eastern Europe. Middle Ages through XIXth century

History (2) - 8-14 March 2004
Recent History: Methodological, Theoretical, and Topical Orientations

Nationalism - 29 March - 3 April 2004
Institutional Design in Multiethnic States

3. Topical Issues in Curriculum Development

These sessions are expected to cover topical issues of particular importance to the development of higher education in the region, in all areas related to curriculum development. Organised by the CRC office in co-operation with a wide range of strategic partners, these sessions address current trends in curriculum development, degree structures and particular or special interest issues. These sessions could be directed at a particular group of academics or focus on a target region or institution(s).

CRC sessions offered in topical issues are:

Gender Studies - 22 - 27 March 2004
Teaching Gender Studies, Women's Studies, Queer Theory and Masculinities in the University

Public Policy - 3-8 May 2004
Knowledge, Policy and Practice

All CRC Applicants must:
- Be university teachers and/ or professionals (who teach part-time) in the Social Sciences and Humanities from the region who are preparing to revise or develop their courses;
- Have sufficient English language ability, both written and spoken, to participate in discussions and use resource materials;
- Submit an application with all accompanying required documents as stated on the CRC application form.

All costs related to transportation and accommodation during the sessions will be covered by the CRC.

Curriculum Resource Session application forms, application deadlines, the session schedule and further information on the center's outreach activities and resources may be obtained from the CRC office at the Central European University or through national Soros Foundations.

MAILING ADDRESS:
Curriculum Resource Center (CRC) / Central European University
Nador utca 9, H -1051 Budapest, Hungary;
Tel: ++ (36 - 1) 327 3189 or 327 3000; Fax: ++ (36 -1) 327 3190
E-mail: crc@ceu.hu; WWW address: http://www.ceu.hu/crc/

Non-Discrimination Policy: Central European University does not discriminate on the basis of - including, but not limited to - race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation in administering its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school- administered programs.

In the Spring of 2004 we are ogranising the following CRC sessions (the deadline for application is given below each session ):

Course Innovation Session in Medieval Studies Irruption, Interruption and Interaction: The Latin Conquest of Constantinople 1204
23 - 29 February 2004
(deadline for applications: 10 January 2004)

This session will treat the Sack of Constantinople in 1204 by the Crusaders related to the schism between the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox Churches. Although traditionally we reckon 1054 as the date of a definitive schism between the Christianities of Eastern and Western Europe, this latter date has a more symbolic than real value. As recent historical research has demonstrated, the mutual excommunications of 1054 had rather limited effects on the minds of people in the East and the West. However, the Crusade of 1202-1204, which one part of the Christian world led - be it coincidentally - against another part, was a pregnant demonstration of the fact that, by then, unity no longer existed. Thus, we will investigate the military, political, and ecclesiastic antecedents, events, and consequences of the Sack of Constantinople and of the establishment of a short-lived Latin Empire on the Bosporus.

Between February 26-28, 2004 an interdisciplinary workshop on the same topic will take place where participants of the CRC Session are welcome.

Course Innovation Session in History (1)
Religious Traditions, Cultural Identities and Protonationalisms in Eastern, Central and South-Eastern Europe. Middle Ages through XIXth century

1-7 March 2004
(deadline for applications: 15 January 2004)

The study of interaction between religious traditions, cultural identities and "protonationalisms"; is a crucially important area of research. The aims of this CRC session hosted by the History Department are:
- to explore some new research problems regarding the relationship between confession and ethnicity in Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant societies of Eastern, Central and South-Eastern Europe in the XVIth - XIXth centuries;
- to discuss the results of scholarly studies on negative and positive experience of interaction between cultures, religions, and ethnic groups in Eastern Europe in Middle Ages and Early Modern Period - as well as to realize what remains unclear, controversial and disputable;
- to ponder the question on how the studies of late medieval and early modern cultures could contribute to better understanding of modern nationalisms, explaining them from the longue durée perspective;
- to develop appropriate university teaching programs.

Obviously, in focus of this CRC session stands the acute question of the present day European culture: how the historical patterns of accommodating cultural, religious, and ethnic differences in the East and in the West of Europe can be conceptualized in order to provide more adequate understanding of past and today's ethnic, religious and cultural tensions among European peoples?

The CRC session will focus on Eastern and East-Central Europe (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus', Poland, Lithuania), Central Europe (Bohemia, Slovakia, Hungary), South-Eastern Europe (especially Romania and Moldavia) and France (taken as example of «purely» western society). This choice enables to study different types of cultural and confessional tensions in various regions of Europe and in particular the conflicts in the contact zone between the Orthodox and the Latin Worlds. Panels and "round-table" discussions will help to evolve teaching and research methods in that studies area. During the CRC session all participants will be invited to take part in the scholarly workshop devoted to the research problems in the same field of studies. The program of the workshop will be available on the CRC website.

Course Innovation Session in History (2)
Recent History: Methodological, Theoretical, and Topical Orientations

8-14 March 2004
(deadline for applications: 15 January 2004)

Fifteen years after the annus mirabilis, 1989, the field of recent history is thriving. Originally prompted by the moral necessity of looking critically into the tragedies of the 1940s, this academic field has come to encompass the whole twentieth century. Over the last few years, a comparative European perspective has slowly emerged, and attempts to overcome the various national historical experiences and their corresponding academic canons have become more frequent and persuasive. Beyond l'histoire du temps présent, Zeitgeschichte, contemporary history, and similar notions that stem from and capture a variety of local contexts, one has to be able to identify a transnational core, ranging from the empirical to the theoretical. The CRC session will explore the current orientations in recent history, precisely in order to reach that core.

Applicants are expected to submit an annotated bibliography or a bibliographical essay on recent history research in their country; it should cover the most valuable relevant publications (original titles should always be listed in full, followed by their English translation), and could be in the seven-page range, double-spaced. Strong applicants will be invited to join longer-term research projects undertaken by CEU's Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies.

CRC participants will have the opportunity to attend, and participate in, an international workshop on "Recent History: The State of the Art" The schedule of this workshop will be available on the CRC website.

Topical Issues in Curriculum Development #1
Gender Studies

Teaching Gender Studies, Women's Studies, Queer Theory and
Masculinities in the University
22 - 27 March 2004
(deadline for applications: 1 February 2004)

One of the important goals of Central European University's Gender Studies Department is to develop sustained networks in teaching Gender Studies, Women's Studies, Queer Theory, Masculinities and related fields at universities all over Central and Eastern Europe, former Soviet Union, and Mongolia. The session is designed to: establish and develop contacts with existing and emerging Programs and Centers in this radical cluster of related fields located at universities in the region. This session will allow for collective brainstorming on forms and modes of cooperation; create space for exchanging experience and discussing perspectives in curriculum development, as well as promoting debate on the emergence and formation of these conceptual frameworks.

Applicants are required to attach a summary statement describing:

  • the current status of and institutional framework(s) for teaching one or more of these topics at their university,
  • their own visions of and plans for developing these fields at their university, and
  • their networking activities to date and their vision of developing a closer network in teaching Gender Studies, Women's Studies, Queer Theory, Masculinities and related fields.
  • The summaries shall serve as substantial written information about the state of the art in the above teaching areas and the prospects for jointly developing the bases for a teaching network.

    Course Innovation Session in Nationalism
    Institutional Design in Multiethnic States

    29 March - 3 April 2004
    (deadline for applications: 1 February 2004)

    Institutional and constitutional design in Central and Eastern Europe in the past decade has not only been a feature of transition to democracy, but also a tool in addressing interethnic relations. A wide range of arrangements, from power-sharing institutions, regional autonomies and unitary states with a policy of assimilation, has been established throughout the region with varying degrees of success. The academic debate on governance in divided societies, lead since the 1970s, has largely acknowledged the need to recognize differences. At the same time, institutional mechanisms in approaching diversity continue to remain contested. During the CRC session, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the different theoretical approaches to coping with diversity and evaluating their performance on the basis of the record of recent years in Central and Eastern Europe with faculty, students and participants in a project of Nationalism Studies "Coping with Ethnicity through Institutions. Lessons Learnt from former Yugoslavia". Due to the violent conflict in former Yugoslavia and the international intervention in designing institutional mechanisms to prevent a re-occurrence of these conflicts, a particular focus will lie on this region.

    CRC participants are encouraged to present a paper during a two-day workshop at the CRC session. The workshop will address international design in ethnically diverse societies with a focus on former Yugoslavia. CRC Participants wanting to present at the workshop should submit a short abstract for the paper (400-500 words). Others should submit their course description/short syllabus as specified in the CRC application form. The paper can address either a theoretical aspect of institutional design (power-sharing, federalism), or focus on a particular case study. Contributions on former Yugoslavia are particularly encouraged, but proposals for discussing other regions are also welcome.

    Topical Issues in Curriculum Development # 2
    Public Policy
    Knowledge, Policy and Practice
    Teaching Public Policy in the Region

    3-8 May 2004
    (deadline for applications: 15 March 2004)

    In the 2004-2005 academic year CEU's Center for Policy Studies is launching an MA in Public Policy (MPP) program, the first English language public policy postgraduate degree program in the region. This special CRC session makes use of this occasion to exchange experiences of and analyse the needs for degree programs in public policy in the region. Faculty teaching, or developing, courses in public policy or related subjects in universities in the region are invited to present their own programs' (draft) curricula and to reflect on the relationship between the theory of public policy and the current needs of the region. In this session, the participants will have an opportunity to review the curriculum and the main theoretical approaches of the new Masters in Public Policy program, and reflect on the ways in which public policy practice can be improved by providing high quality teaching. The issues of theory and practice in teaching in the field of comparative public policy will be addressed during a two- day workshop organised by the Center for Policy Studies (outlined below).

    Workshop objectives

    The aim of the workshop is investigate the state of teaching of public policy in the region in the light of new theories of the policy process and concepts about bureaucracy, decision-making and problem solving. The session addresses new developments in public policy education in the region in the context of multi-level governance and the sometimes dissolving distinctions between public and private sectors. Participants will explore the history, theory and problems of the new style of public management, covering past and present theoretical attempts to explain the machinery of government and examining their implementation in sweeping reforms around the world. In addition, this workshop will address the extent to which the policy analyst can be 'rational' and 'scientific' as opposed to embedded within specific cultural and institutional context and imbued with norms and values.

    The workshop will consider a number of key issues and develop participants' teaching skills in the field of comparative public policy. Participants will have the opportunity to:

      - Examine different theoretical approaches to the study of public policy;

      - Build a portfolio of teaching tools of the techniques useful for policy research and analysis;

      - Consider the limits of rational analysis for the formulation of public policy and an appreciation of how politics affects the policy process;

      - Address public sector management issues through use of the case study, comparative and other methods;

      - Consider the role of ethics and phronesis in the conduct of policy; - Assess the role policy analysts play in the policy process and to consider the mechanisms by which policy research 'bridges' policy making.

     
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