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"Transition Towns" — Sustainability in Hamburg and Freiburg Interdisciplinary DAAD Study Tour

Mar 15, 2014

The Interdisciplinary DAAD Study Tour "Transition Towns" — Sustainability in Hamburg and Freiburg study tour is organised by two DAAD professors, prof. Ulrich Best from the Canadian Centre For German and European Studies at York University and prof. Ulrich Ufer from the Centre canadien d’études allemandes et européennes at Université de Montréal, and financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Application is open to graduate MA/MSc students from the Humanities and Social Sciences affiliated with DAAD-Centers of German and European Studies. MA/MSc students from other fields with a demonstrated interest in sustainability issues are also encouraged to apply. Applications from undergraduate and PhD students may be accepted but only on an exceptional basis. 12 candidates will be selected to participate in the Study Tour from July 15 – 24, 2014.

The application should include:

  1. Application form (please refer to the website)
  2. Short motivation letter (maximum. 2 pages), outlining how the Study Tour is relevant to your research or studies
  3. Proof of German language skills (minimum level required B1)
  4. Transcripts from previous and current studies (both BA and MA)

Applications should be submitted electronically and in one single pdf-document to ubest@yorku.ca and ufer@umontreal.ca by March 15, 2014

The Study Tour will explore urban sustainability as a key issue for the future of cities and social change. We will meet with representatives of academia and research, business, politics and civil society actors, and have a number of group discussions and short seminars. As Germany has become a global leader in many areas of sustainability, for example in energy transition, the efforts undertaken by Hamburg and Freiburg in this regard are exemplary on many levels. On the one hand, policy-makers, municipal authorities and also the business community are becoming increasingly conscious of different aspects of sustainability; on the other, the Transition Towns movement is representative of an increasing civil engagement. Urban sustainability is thus an interdisciplinary and a cross-cutting issue that links together cultural, social and environmental aspects. Furthermore, sustainability raises ethical and practical issues regarding responsibilities, conflicts and costs at the global as well as the intergenerational level.

The costs of accommodation, transportation and cultural events during the Study Tour will be fully subsidized by the DAAD. In addition, meal allowances will be provided. Travel to and from Germany will be reimbursed with a lump sum according to the travel expenses information available on the website.

Successful applicants will receive further details on content-related preparation for the Study Tour (readings, presentations, etc.) upon their acceptance. The organizers encourage the participants to extend their stay in Germany before or after the Study Tour (for example for language courses, to conduct their own research or for internships). As a preparation for the seminar, the participants will have an option to take a free online German language course offered by the DAAD (please visit: www.deutsch-uni.com).

Additional information, including the selection criteria, application form as well as information on travel reimbursements and past study tours can be found on the website https://sites.google.com/site/ccgesstudytour/stadt-im-wandel-2014.


Sponsor:Canadian Centre For German and European Studies at York University
Posted by:Prof. Ulrich Best
Web Sitehttps://sites.google.com/site/ccgesstudytour/stadt-im-wandel-2014
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