6th CGS Summer School

"Transitive Justice. Creating Norms and System Change"

4-8 July 2017 Toruń (Poland)

Changes develop equally innovative and destructive potential. Transformation processes can be interpreted as progress, modernization and advancement, but as well as decline, degeneration and disaster. The deconstruction of acknowledged normality are always moments of great social intensity, which need collective commentary and classification in terms of remembrance culture. The elites perceive the function of mediator between social event and its interpretation in the sense of "positivity of discourse" (Foucalt).

In the central point stands the social action, that is every conscious process of individuals, which aims at gaining favourable frame conditions for self existence, in which rules the consciousness about the necessity of organisation principles, which use the stability of society. At the same time the aspect, which was until now little respected, of persistence of the "old" society and keeping traditions and obeying the norms of behaviour in the sense of the canon of values, like for example culture of remembrance, regional identity and confession, which are examined in more details on the background of self-organisation with an aim to question the communication between politics and society on to what extend the reflections of masses and elites about the condition of society agreed, or to what extend the condition of society is determined by the elites. With it every element should be identified, which as traditionally perceived preserve the social balance and determine the basis for the acceptance of the new, what holds together the mechanism of society in the reality. How do the elites communicate in or with the forms of self-organisation about the society and what role does the tradition and values play with that?


1. Nation as Agreement of Values (Determination Factors of the Modern Norms Creation)

2. Society and Justice (Boundaries and Possibilities of Civil Society Organisation Mechanisms)

3. Communication as Value (Mechanisms of Exchange of Social Orientations)


The Summer School is addressed to PhD students of all humanistic disciplines.

Every participant of the Summer School will be actively working in a discussion group under the guidance of CGS fellow. The fellows will deliver the preparatory reading.

The results of the event will be published in a reviewed volume of the "CGS Studies" scientific series, at the Cambridge Scholars Publishing House (UK). Every participant will be invited to deliver a paper related to the topic and inspired by the event.
The working language is English - all the discussions will be held and papers for the book have to be prepared in English.

Admission fee:
120 €/500 PLN (with accommodation)
95 €/400 PLN (without accommodation)

The fee covers:
- accommodation with breakfast and other board,
- participation in the working groups discussions and other related events,
- summer school materials,
- publication of the paper in English in a book of the series "CGS Studies",
- official banquet.

Application deadline: 01.06.2017

More information: www.cgs.umk.pl
Contact: cgs@umk.pl

Prof. Ralph Schattkowsky (Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń/University of Rostock)
Prof. Miloš Řezník (German Historical Institute Warsaw)

Adam Jarosz, PhD (University of Zielona Góra)

Call for Applications

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Application form

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Frame schedule of the event:

3 July (Monday) Arrival

4 July (Tuesday) 1st Working day

9.00 - 9.30 Welcoming of guests
9.30 - 10.30 Plenum: presentation of workgroups plans
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 - 13.00 Work in groups
13.00 - 14.30 Lunch break
14.30 - 16.30 Work in groups
16.30 - 17.00 Coffee break
17.00 - 18.30 Plenum: presentation of selected PhD thesis concepts
19.00 Dinner

5 July (Wednesday) 2nd Working day

9.00 - 11.00 Work in groups
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 - 13.30 Work in groups
13.30 - 15.00 Lunch break
18.00 - 19.30 Public lecture
20.00 Dinner

6 July (Thursday) 3rd Working day

9.00 - 10.30 Work in groups
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 - 12.30 Work in groups
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch break
14.00 - 16.00 Plenum: presentation of the results of workgroups
16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break
16.30 - 18.30 Summary of the results of work/Final discussion
20.00 Grill party: Exchange of opinions about the Summer School

7 July (Fridy) Departure

7-8 July (Friday-Saturday) 6th Copernicus Graduate School Interdisciplinary Conference
Transitive Justice. Creating Norms and System Change
(with the participation of the invited guests as presenters and summer school participants as debaters)