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Irina Cios on Thu, 21 Mar 2002 16:04:06 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-ro] Fw: Call for proposals for the CEU summer university 2003

Dear All,

Below please find a call for proposals for distribution, and sorry if you
received it already. As you probably know, the CEU Summer University holds 1
or 2 courses related to Arts and Culture yearly, that is why I thought of
sharing this with you.

All my best,

Andrea Csanadi
Program Coordinator

Arts and Culture Network Program
Open Society Institute, Budapest
Oktober 6. utca 12.

tel.: 36 1 327 3100 / 2401
fax.: 36 1 327 3121


The Summer University Program (SUN) of the Central European University (CEU)
announces a call for course proposals for its summer school held in
Budapest, June 30 - August 1, 2003.

Program mission

1. The goals of the SUN are the following:

* To further the development of higher education in the social sciences and
humanities in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union (CEE/fSU)
and other countries of emerging democracies worldwide by promoting
continuing education, providing information about current method(ologie)s
and research, and by presenting debates and argument on topical issues

* To build a network of faculty and professionals which can facilitate the
exchange of ideas and co-operative projects

* To increase interaction between academics and professionals from the East
and the West

The Summer University (SUN) of CEU is an outreach program with the aim of
promoting academic cooperation and curriculum development among young
faculty, researchers, and professionals in the social sciences and
humanities in countries of transition worldwide. SUN supplements CEU's core
mission of contributing to the development of open societies in emerging
democracies by promoting a system of education in which ideas are
creatively, critically, and comparatively examined. Whereas CEU educates MA
and Ph.D. students, SUN reaches out to faculty and professionals encouraging
innovation and transformation of the higher education system by exposing
important actors, mostly junior faculty who are open to change and new
ideas, to courses which serve as possible models for them to introduce into
their own curricula and methodology in their home institutions. The summer
courses provide participants with an opportunity to gain insight into new
multidisciplinary fields and topics, update their existing knowledge and
exchange views with their colleagues.


As the need for multiplying the impact of CEU's mission was recognized
fairly early on, in 1996, not long after the establishment of the
university, the SUN program was initiated as well. Since the inception of
the program, it has hosted altogether 120 courses, 3000 participants from 60
different countries ranging from East and Central Europe and the former
Soviet Union to countries of Asia, Africa, and North and South America.

Our course offerings cater for the various needs of academic and
professional development in the social sciences and humanities across a wide
spectrum of disciplines. These include practical training for librarians,
archivists, journalists, NGO activists as well as such varied academic
courses as anthropology, art history, environmental sciences, comparative
religion, political science, international relations, legal studies, etc.
The program encourages topics in newly emerging fields such as complex
systems, digital literacy, health care law, etc., to which participants may
not have been previously exposed. Issues addressed by the courses tend to
focus on currently relevant ones for emerging democracies, for instance,
ethnic relations, migration, nationalism and transnationalism, human rights,
urban development, poverty reduction, local governments, religion and
identity and gender. These issues are discussed in a general theoretical
framework as well as embedded in the context of the actual countries the
participants come from. Frequently, site visits or field trips help put
flesh and blood on all the material discussed in class.

Program description

Courses can last two or three weeks. Based on the CEU credit hour system,
each course has a teaching load of 24 hours per week (one hour is 50 minutes

Course proposals offering to prepare a distance learning package are
strongly encouraged. As the SUN program cannot fund the DL component,
external funding should be secured and indicated if available in the course
proposal. These courses, if approved, may be designed in various formats.
For example, they can be divided into 3 phases: (1) pre-course Distance
Learning, (2) one-week face-to-face, and (3) post-course Distance Learning.
Since connectivity in many countries of our target regions may not be
advanced enough, the DL phases should primarily rely on mailing out printed
materials in advance and keeping contact with participants via e-mail. Some,
but not an extensive use of web sites can also be included in the proposal.
For more details about DL experiences in the program, please consult the SUN


SUN courses primarily focus on fields and topics in the social sciences and
humanities for which there is a crucial need in the region in terms of
curriculum development. In order to assist with the introduction of new
courses, course proposals should aim at identifying these relevant fields
and topics as well as familiarizing prospective participants with the
current literature of the subject. Interdisciplinary approaches and
explorations of disciplines for which there is wide demand in the region are
strongly encouraged. Since business and marketing are not part of CEU's
academic curriculum and research interest, proposals in these fields and
topics will not be considered by the CEU SUN Board.

Issues of particular interest for the program that applicants may want to
consider including into their applications are the following:

1) Integrative Perspectives in Women's and Gender Studies:
- The Interrelations of Gender, Class, Race, Ethnicity, and
- Gender in Culture and Society

2) Regional sustainability in a post-socialist context - a closer study
of cultural, economic, political and legal issues that examine and develop
the idea of regional sustainability (consequences for non-EU elements)

3) Multiple Modernities (issues of modernization in a comparative,
multi-disciplinary framework)

4) Institutions and the Production, Preservation, and Diffusion of

5) China, Asian Studies

6) Comparative Religion

A list of previously held courses is available on our web-site at

You may wish to review the courses prior to your own submission.

Target audience

SUN courses are primarily designed for the most promising junior faculty and
researchers involved in teaching as well as professionals, such as
librarians, archivists, environmental, and computer experts, etc.
Outstanding graduate students with teaching experience may also be
considered for participation. Each course may take 25 scholarship
participants and a few more fee-paying ones.

Funding for participants

Participation in SUN is fully funded for those arriving from Central and
Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Mongolia and other countries of
emerging democracies worldwide. Funding covers tuition, travel,
accommodation, stipend and insurance. Fee-paying Western applicants are
welcome to participate, as well. There are a limited number of tuition
waivers offered to Western students.

Course directors and faculty (resource persons)

Each course is led by a course director who is responsible for the academic
content and the organisation of the course. As each course is allotted its
own budget, s/he is the budget administrator as well. (Detailed financial
guidelines will be available once the course has been approved by the SUN
Board.) The course director recruits an international team of co-teachers
(resource persons), preferably an even mixture of eastern and western
scholars, who design the course content, the syllabus, the reading lists,
etc. in close co-operation.

Each course director can hire a co-ordinator to help with administrative
tasks. The SUN Office is responsible for the overall organisation of the
courses in terms of recruitment, processing applications, taking care of
travel and housing arrangements, etc.

Course Funding

You will find information about compensation and other costs related to the
course in Attachment 2.

Any form of matching funding you can bring to the budget is strongly
encouraged and highly appreciated, such as travel grants for professors,
scholarships for participants or contribution to course material development
through co-operation with international organisations, etc.

Supplementary academic services and events

The academic program is supplemented with optional evening Internet classes
and a series of teaching methodology workshops.How to apply?

Each course proposal should contain the following:

1. Two datasheets filled out


Summer course title
Academic Discipline(s)
Dates (duration)*
Target audience expected
Level of the course
Course director
Contact information
1 paragraph summary of the course proposal

* Please give alternative dates as well, if possible. The first two weeks
tend to be more popular. Note, however, that due to classroom space
limitation, a maximum of 13-14 courses can be accommodated in that time


Please fill out the sheet below for each proposed resource person.

No. of teaching hours proposed

No. of teaching hours proposed

2. Please enclose a C.V. and a publication list for all proposed faculties
as well as a letter of intent by each resource person confirming their
participation. See the enclosed sample Letter of Intent in Attachment 1.
CV's should not be longer than 2-4 pages, publication lists should contain
selected publications, e.g. from the past 10 years, or 10 most important
ones, etc.

3. Course description
* a statement of the purpose of the course with reference to how the course
can help fulfill the stated mission of SUN (1. The goals of the SUN)
* indication of the intended level of the course:
* (i) Is the course designed for participants with some prior knowledge of
the topics you are planning to cover?
* (ii) Is the course designed to offer an advanced, in-depth analysis of the
topics you are planning to cover?
* a 1-page description of the course content
* a list of recommended articles and books that will be used by course
tutors in
(i) designing the course (background reading), and
(ii) preparing a class reader for participants (a preliminary reading list
for the course)

4. Tentative course syllabus: a first draft of a detailed schedule of
lectures, seminars or workshops listing the themes covered in the course.

Please try to give as much detailed breakdown of the course content as
possible. You can use the following format, for instance:


Developments in educational policy in Central/Eastern Europe Gabor Halasz
4 Lecture + participant presentations (case studies) How has
policy decision making in your country changed over the past 10 years? How
has the  political context changed?

5. A statement about the teaching methods of the proposed course (e.g. the
planned ratio of lectures, seminars, workshops, student presentations, small
group work, projects, etc.)

6. A statement about the proposed way/s of assessment of the participants`
performance in the course.

7. Repeat proposals without any major change in faculty or content should
contain an additional statement presenting a strong academic argument why
the same course should be held again. No course without major changes should
be run for more than three consecutive years.


1. Submission of proposals
Submissions will be accepted by e-mail attachment (preferably MS Word,
version 97 or lower). The deadline for submission is May 13, 2002.
Applications should be mailed to Éva Gedeon, SUN Director, SUN Office, 1051
Budapest, Nádor utca 11., or sent by e-mail to gedeone {AT} ceu.hu.

2. Review and selection
Course proposals will be reviewed by an external evaluator and the SUN Board
in terms of formal criteria and quality. The SUN Office may contact authors
of proposals for further information or to make recommendations. If you need
more information on the program, the SUN Office staff is happy to send you
more details.

3. Notification
All proposal authors will receive notification about the results of review
and selection via e-mail. Notification of selection will take place by the
end of September 2002.

Criteria of Selection

In selecting proposals, the SUN Board will take into consideration:

* The experience and expertise of the proposed faculty

Holding a Ph.D. is a requirement for core faculty, however, some less senior
faculty can also be invited to give a few classes. For professional
development courses, the Ph.D. requirement is not indispensable.

* Preference is given to applications, which propose a teaching team
composed of an even mixture of Eastern and Western scholars/experts who are
sensitive to and knowledgeable about the specific needs and problems of the
regions from where the participants come.

* The relevance of the topic proposed for the target audience of the program
(emerging markets and democracies in transition) Proposals with
interdisciplinary approaches and innovative course design are preferred.

* The quality of the proposal and its adherence to the program mission
outlined above.
* Evaluators can form a better and more realistic opinion of the course
proposal if the syllabus submitted is fairly detailed and concrete.

* Evidence of a sound methodological approach.
Proposals with an indication of including interactive teaching methods in
addition to lectures will be given preference.

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.


Sample Letter of Intent

I hereby declare that I am prepared to participate in the teaching of a
summer course under the title "..." at CEU to be held in Budapest, July 2-
August 1, 2003.



Course Budget Information
Below you will find general information on certain budget categories - the
detailed guidelines and exact figures will be available once the Board has
approved the course.

Course Revenue
Based upon attendance of 25 scholarship students, your course has the
following guaranteed level of funding:
-  2-week course: $17,690
-  3-week course: $25,030

This credit system is in compliance with that of CEU. One credit = 12 x
50-minute long classroom hours.
Number of credits Total classroom hours:
- 2-week course: 4 credits 48
- 3-week course: 6 credits 72

Course Expenditure

A. Compensation Categories:

                  2-week course 3-week course
Total class hours 48 72
Total compensation for teaching 7,200 10,800
Course Director bonus 1,500 2,000
Course Coordinator Salary 200- 500 300- 600
Total Compensation 8,900- 9,200 13,100 - 13,400

(i) Salary Component

1.Course Director
The duties in this budget category are administrative. SUN course directors
receive $1,500 for leading a two-week course. For three-week long courses
the sum is $2,000. For a single course, with more than one director, the
directors will share the amount for director's compensation. If the course
director has teaching responsibilities as well, see point 2.

2. Resource Personnel
The compensation for a resource person is determined by the hours taught. In
well-justified cases when the resource person's seniority warrants (e.g.
academic position, publications, reputation in the field, etc.) the course
director can increase the hourly compensation. However, such increases
reduce the compensation for junior faculty. It is recommended that no single
resource person teach more than 25% of the total class hours within a

3. Course Coordinators
Compensation for course coordinators is set at $500 for a two-week course.
For a course longer than two weeks it is $600. The course director may
transfer a certain portion of his bonus to award the coordinator's work if
s/he deems it necessary. If the coordinator is hired only for the duration
of the course, his/her salary is $200 for a two-week course, $300 for a
three or four-week course. For Hungarian personnel you need to include
Social Security costs in addition to the salary, which is covered by the
course budget.

(ii) Benefit Package
The package for visiting resource persons will normally include travel and

B. Non-Compensation Categories
The course budget covers expenses in the following categories: instructional
materials (course reading packets, book orders), social events, and field
Participants' travel, accommodation, etc. costs as well as telephone,
photocopying, office supply, and postage will be covered from the central
SUN Office budget, NOT from the course budget.

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