Summer School: Engaging Conflict

T.wai launches, in cooperation with the Faculty of Political Science, the first edition of its Summer School aimed to critically understand conflict and to tackle it as a dynamic reality.

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The Engaging Conflict: Prevention, Management, Resolution Summer School is designed to equip committed students, early-career researchers and professionals with advanced tools to critically understand conflict and tackle it as a dynamic reality. Engaging Conflict’s faculty draws from a unique spectrum of expertise to train a select group of participants in assessing the complexity of conflict and post-conflict scenarios, and evaluating the relevance and impact of different policy choices or normative standings, from non-intervention to conflict prevention.

Summer schools on conflict and conflict-related issues are mostly concentrated in Northern Europe, while in Italy courses on such topics are meant mainly as professionalizing tools aimed at non-academic audiences. Torino has a long-standing tradition of conflict-related studies, both in its University and in its military institutions, and for this reason it is the ideal candidate to fill up this void.

Training runs Monday to Friday, from 9.15am to 6pm. It features lectures, extensive Q&A sessions, roleplays and informal chats with some of the world’s best academics and experts sharing cutting-edge insights on their specific fields of expertise.

In 2012 the School will welcome the following faculty members: Mats Berdal (King’s College London), Christopher Coker (London School of Economics), Juan Diaz (CSSP), Elise Féron (University of Kent), AJR Groom (University of Kent), Roger MacGinty (University of St. Andrews), Neil Melvin (SIPRI), Sharon Wiharta (SIPRI).

Participants to the program are selected through an intensive and highly competitive process, strictly based on academic merit, professional achievements and individual potential. The working language of the School is English. Information are available online and constantly updated.

Applications are accepted as from April 11th 2012. Students may apply for several ZEROTASSE scholarships, waving tuition costs completely. Those who do not live in the Torino area can alternatively apply for the FREETORINO scholarships, covering tuition, accommodation and, partially, meals for the duration of their stay in Torino.

All information on the School, including the themes being treated in 2012, fees, and application procedures are provided at www.engagingconflict.it.
- SALA SEMINARI, 1ST FLOOR, DIPARTIMENTO DI STUDI POLITICI, VIA GIOLITTI 33, TORINO (IT)

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  • The Compagnia di San Paolo was founded in Torino in 1563 as a charitable brotherhood and it is now one of Europe’s most important private foundations. The Compagnia participates in society’s activities by pursuing ends that are of public interest and social utility, with the aim of favoring civil, cultural, and economic development in the community in which it is active.

  • The Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) was founded in 1965 on the initiative of Altiero Spinelli. The IAI's main objective is to promote an understanding of the problems of international politics through studies, research, meetings and publications, with the aim of increasing the opportunities of all countries to move in the direction of supranational organization, democratic freedom and social justice.

  • The Dipartimento di Culture, Politica e Società of the University of Torino was established in 2013. As centre of research and educational activities, the Department investigates how human beings think and shape the society they live in, how they organize and regulate social living, the types of political institutions they create to govern those society and the interaction between different cultures.

  • SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public.

  • The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies supports research, teaching and outreach activities that advance international studies at Cornell, in order to contribute to our knowledge of the world. The Center is committed to multi-disciplinary and collaborative research, teaching and outreach promoting cross-cultural and cross-national understanding.

  • The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting transatlantic cooperation. GMF supports individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere, convenes leaders of the policy and business communities, contributes research and analysis, and provides exchange opportunities.

  • The Centre Marocain des Sciences Sociales (CM2S), based in Casablanca, is an autonomous research association, aimed at engendering institutional research questions about social change and transformation. Up to present, the main research topics have concerned urban anthropology, historical sociology, migrations, electoral processes and entrepreneurship.

  • The Fonds d’analyse des sociétés politiques, created in 2003 by researchers at the French CNRS, is an autonomous research association. It aims at contributing to a better understanding of political societies, through an approach of historical sociology of politics and economics, by comparing the thematic fields of ‘world governance’ with the concrete historical situations to which they are applicable.

  • The East Asian Institute (EAI) is an autonomous research organization of the National University of Singapore. Its main mission is to promote academic and policy-oriented research on East Asian development, particularly the political, economic and social development of contemporary China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), and China's growing economic relations with the region and the world.

  • The China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations is among China’s largest and oldest civilian research institutions for international studies.

  • The China Center for Contemporary World Studies (CCCWS), based in Beijing, was founded in 2010. Its main fields of research include international affairs, political systems and institutional architecture of foreign countries, China’s strategy towards the world, comparative studies on development models. It actively conducts exchanges and academic discussions with foreign think tanks and research institutes.

  • Established in April 2013, the Center for Italian Studies is located in Hangzhou (P.R.China), within Zhejiang University’s Yuquan campus. The CIS constitutes the most advanced outcome of the strategic partnership initiated in 2007 by the then Faculty of Political Science of the University of Torino and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of Zhejiang University.

  • The Global Governance Programme of the European University Institute provides a unique setting to conduct research at the highest level, promote synergies with policy, generate ideas and identify creative and innovative solutions to global challenges.

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