Invitation to Apply: Summer School ‘What Is the Problem with Religion? A New Approach for an Inclusive Society’

Application deadline: Tuesday 31 July 2018 

The Middle East Directions Programme takes your kind attention to the upcoming Summer School of the EUI’s School of Transnational Governance (STG), organised with the Florence School of Advanced Studies for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue.

The Summer School ‘What Is the Problem with Religion? A New Approach for an Inclusive Society’ will gather together mid-career professionals to provide them with an accurate knowledge of religions and good practices of interreligious and intercultural dialogue. Through the interactive analysis of case studies, role-playing and fishbowl sessions, participants will learn how to develop and sustain inclusive institutions and society. During the five days, they will also have the valuable opportunity to interact with leaders from the Abrahamic religions and experts in interreligious dialogue.

On 6 September, the Summer School will host an open debate which will take place as part of ‘Towards MED’, in preparation for the annual high-level initiative promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ISPI (Italian Institute for International Political Studies) in Rome.

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded on merit or needs basis. A discount of 25% will be applied to the charges for international European and national civil servants, as well as to members of the NGOs.
For further information, please contact:

Who Are We?
The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) at the European University Institute (EUI) established the MIDDLE EAST DIRECTIONS (MEDirections) Programme in 2016. 
MEDirections is a continuation of the Mediterranean Programme, which was launched in 1999. The Mediterranean Programme put the EUI at the forefront of the Euro-Mediterranean research dialogue between 1999 and 2013, and MEDirections aspires to build on this reputation to become an international reference point for research on the Middle East and North Africa Region. Its themes encompass socio-political, economic and religious trends and transformations.
The programme's director is Luigi Narbone, working with the programme’s senior scientific advisor, Olivier Roy. Its research team is a multidisciplinary pool of researchers with diversified backgrounds, and a vast network of contacts in the countries covered, all with extensive fieldwork experience. 
To learn more about MEDirections, visit our website:

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