The Lausanne Summer School “Transitional Justice and Conflict Transformation” brings together young researchers from around the world whose PhD-work tackles the difficult problem of how past injustice and mass crimes are being addressed during societal transitions. The school is organised by an international research consortium and it promotes multi-disciplinary perspectives on transitional justice, collective memory, dealing with the past and conflict management. It combines lectures given by internationally renowned experts with mentoring activities, writing workshops and project work.

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2 – 13 July, 2018
For whom?
International PhD students in the social sciences, broadly defined
How much?
Student rate: 400 CHF for the full course / 100CHF per module
Non credited course, Official Certificate of Attendance delivered
The school’s academic programme is elaborated by the international scientific committee of the Pluralistic Memories Project.
Guy Elcheroth and Mina Rauschenbach function as local academic organisers.

Module 1: State formation, nation building and historic violence

Prof. John Hutchinson, London School of Economics
2-3 July, 2018

Module 2: Conflict transformation in segregated societies

Prof. John Dixon, Open University & Guy Elcheroth, University of Lausanne
4-5 July, 2018

Module 3: Theory and practice of peace building

Prof. Camilo Alberto Borrero Garcia, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
9-10 July, 2018

Module 4: Forced displacement and the right of return

Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London
12-13 July, 2018

Restricted to full-course participants:

Workshops: writing, publication and impact

2 – 5 and 9 – 12 July, 2018.

Educational tours: ICRC museum and media for peace

6 July and 11 July, 2018

At the end of the two-week summer school, participants should be able to:

  • Understand key concepts in the fields of transitional justice, collective memory, dealing with the past and conflict management.
  • Conduct a literature review in these fields and critically discuss state-of-the art publications.
  • Have basic knowledge about a range of relevant research methods (including archival, oral history, ethnographic and survey research methods) and understand the added value and challenges of multi-methods research designs.
  • Be reflexive about the role and possible impact of researchers doing fieldwork in conflict settings, identify and address resulting ethical dilemmas.
  • Communicate clearly about the goals and outcomes of their own research to multi-disciplinary audiences and civil society.

More specific course objectives depend on the annual training modules.

Morning sessions consist of 30 hours of lectures given by invited scholars and are grouped into specific thematic modules, which vary from year to year. Afternoon sessions combine a variety of interactive formats, including small group mentoring meetings, writing workshops.


During the online registration process, applicants are asked to provide a brief motivational statement and their CV. The academic council of the school will review the complete applications on a rolling basis.

Applications for the full course will be evaluated by 30 April. If you would like to register for the full course, please send your application as soon as possible.

Registration will stay open for thematic modules until 31 May.

We would ask you to proceed to the payment of the tuition fees only after a formal confirmation of your participation has been sent your way. If you are subscribing for thematic modules and not for the entire course, please indicate which module you would like to follow in the Remarks section of your personal page.

Registration for the full course programme is now closed. Participants can still register for individual thematic modules Please see the course format section for more information.

Individual thematic module fees include:
Two half-day courses
Course reading

Full course fees include:
Eight half-day courses
Course reading
Daily small group workshops
Educational tours

Fees are as follows:

Price per module
Price for the full course
Full rate
200 CHF
800 CHF
Students rate*
100 CHF
400 CHF
ODA Student rate **
200 CHF


* Applicants currently enrolled as regular university students at a Master-level, PhD-level, or equivalent, are eligible for a student rate.
** Applicants enrolled as regular students (Master-level, PhD-level, or equivalent) at a University located in a ODA recipient country are eligible for an ODA student rate. A list of ODA recipients can be found here.

Students housing near the campus have been pre-booked for interested participants. Rooms can be booked while submitting your online application. The conditions are the following:

  • CHF 450.- per person
  • The participant will have a private room in a shared apartment
  • Bathroom, kitchen and living rooms have to be shared
  • The apartments have a wifi connection
  • Participants have to make their own breakfast
  • Participants will be responsible for the cleaning of their room and flat before vacating the apartment
  • The price includes a stay from 1 to 15 July 2018, allowing participants to stay the weekend following the summer school.
Please check the House Rules.

Registration for thematic modules