Summer School “Urban Youth and Social Acceleration”

Tallinn University GSCSA Summer School
“Urban Youth and Social Acceleration“
July 21 – July 25, 2014

What can youth teach us? The objective of this summer school is to explore youth negotiations of late-modern processes and their situational tactics of adaptation.

Dr. Daniel Briggs (European University of Madrid); Prof. Elena Omelchenko (Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg); Prof. Filip de Boeck (Leuven university); Prof. Patrick Laviolette (Tallinn University).

Hosting Institutions: Estonian Institute of Humanities (Tallinn University); Graduate School of Culture Studies and Art; Estonian National Museum.
Directors: Francisco Martínez, Raili Nugin, Madli Maruste, Teet Teinemaa & Pille Runnel.

Through a series of readings, work assignments, lectures and discussions, the summer school will provide analytical tools to examine the role of young people in social transformations at large. These dynamics will be studied by localising them in urban settings. An embedded analysis of youth practices is here favoured, seeing how young people configure social order and articulate cultural significance. By the end of the program, students will have gained a solid theoretical framework as well as access to diverse case studies. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to present their own work, getting feedback from established researchers, activists and peer students.


We invite M.A. and PhD students interested in youth cultures, urban studies, and social acceleration to participate in the course. As English is the language of instruction at the summer school, participants should have at least an intermediate level of English. Students are expected to do some preparatory reading in order to participate in the seminars and workshops. They also have an option (not compulsory) to present their own research during student colloquia. If you wish to present a paper, please send a 300-word abstract to Teet Teinemaa. To apply, please register first and then send your CV to Teet Teinemaa. If there should be more applicants than the course can accept, the choice will be made based on the CVs and (where applicable) on the interest of the presentation abstracts provided.

Credit points

Upon full participation and giving a presentation, students will be awarded 5 ECTS points

Course fee

Members of The Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts are exempt from the registration fee.


Information about course content: Teet Teinemaa |

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Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies is funded by the European Union through the European Social Fund.