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. Details on the 2017 Program are available here.

DescriptionOrganizersThemes and lecturesLearning objectivesCourse formatApplicationFeesAccommodation
2 – 13 July, 2018
For whom?
International PhD students in the social sciences, broadly defined
How much?
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.

The 2018 modules will be announced in early 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, and project work.
Applications will open il early 2018. Applicants will be asked to provide a brief motivational statement and their CV.

To guarantee sufficient opportunities for interactions between students and lecturers, the number of participants is limited to a maximum of 20 and participants are expected to attend the entire two weeks programme. Priority will be given to PhD-students whose thesis work is closely related to the course topics. Applications from Master students planning to start a PhD soon or from early post docs will also be considered.

The fees for 2018 will be fixed this fall. The fees include:

  • Tuition fees
  • Course materials
  • A welcome event and a topical visit

To be announced soon.

Registrations will open in early 2018