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Summer School: Vama Veche Summer School 2012 Romania, 23-28 July 2012‏

In 2012, following its traditional partnership with the Black Sea University Foundation and the European Cultural Centre in Bucharest, the Luxembourg Institute for European and International Studies (LIEIS) organizes an 18th edition of its series of challenging international seminars held in Romania over the years. Entitled The rise, decline and –demise ? revival ? of Europe, and conceived as both a summer school and a think tank, the seminar is held between 23 – 28 July at Vama Veche, a well-hidden village of the Black Sea coast known (even during the tough communist rule in Romania) for the free and unconventional spirit of its young, intellectual and uninhibited holiday-makers.

The ambition of the 2012 seminar is to find out whether Europe can regain its former position at the forefront of history, whether its steady decline, accelerated by the two world wars, by the unrivaled primacy of the US at the end of the 20th century, and by the rapid advances of countries like China today, can be slowed down, halted or even inverted. A thorough analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of present-day Europe will show whether her revitalization is conceivable and feasible.
The main speakers invited at the seminar are academics from the London School of Economics, the Romanian Academy, Trier University in Germany and the Luxembourg Institute for European and International Studies.
This year as in the past, it is expected that participants come from both eastern and western countries, undergraduates in their terminal years, MA and PhD students, young researchers in political sciences, European studies, international relations, history, philosophy, law, sociology, anthropology etc. Selected participants will be offered partial scholarships by the Institute for European and International Studies in Luxembourg (leaflet with detailed information and application form can be found on
Inquiries and applications will be directed to the European Cultural Centre, Bucharest, e-mail: