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“Violence Across the Mediterranean to Northern Europe: Theory and Practice,” Transatlantic Summer Institute in European History, University of Minnesota, July 17-July 29

Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute (TASI)

Violence Across the Mediterranean to Northern Europe: Theory and Practice

Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute in European Studies—Graduate Student Fellowship Program
July 17 – July 29, 2011, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

Presented by the Center for German & European Studies at the University of Minnesota, which is funded by the University of Minnesota and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Additional funding for the 2011 Institute is provided by Germany’s Foreign Office (StADaF–Ständiger Ausschuss Deutsch als Fremdsprache grant); German American Heritage Foundation, St. Paul; University of Minnesota, European Studies Consortium. We thank all sponsors for their generous support.

Working Schedule & Documents

Program content is available for registered participants in the Summer Institute. If you are a registered participant and need to access this page, please e-mail Anna Burger.


Since 2001 the Trans-Atlantic Summer Institutes (TASI) provide a unique forum for advanced graduate students from North America, Germany, and other European countries to explore together topics relating to Germany’s and Europe’s history, politics, and society. Each summer, twelve European and twelve North American graduate students work intensively for two to three weeks and explore in depth questions that will enrich their dissertations in German and European Studies. The Summer Institutes are co-taught by a multi-disciplinary team of faculty and aim to make a major contribution to the training of the next generation of experts on Germany and Europe. They introduce European students to the American university; North American students will acquire a similar familiarity with the European setting. They foster the international discussions and collaborations that are fundamental to the scholarly enterprise. As a student in the Summer Institute, you will learn how to combine the best aspects of training in both settings—the close attention to archival sources and their interpretation in Europe with the broad trans-disciplinary readings that characterize North American scholarship.

TASI is a non-credit seminar for advanced graduate-level students in all fields; the 2011 Institute will convene on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (USA).


The intrinsic nature of violence to human behavior has produced an extensive interdisciplinary literature on the subject. Scholarly literature has tended to focus on four main strands: institutional violence (war, torture, dictatorial practices, police brutality, genocide); gender, racial or social violence (homophobic aggression, domestic violence, misogynist killings, racial lynching, urban riots, rural vandalism, immigration stigma, religious sanctions), textual violence (exclusionary discourses, hate speech, violence in literature) and social trauma studies (memory syndromes of war, genocide, slavery, dictatorship, colonization, decolonization, exile, etc.). By creating these theoretical frameworks, do scholarly theories of violence obscure or illuminate our understanding of its practices? Is it possible to weave these strands together across time and space and put the scholarly debates in conversation with each other in order to come to an understanding of the relationship between the personal and the social, the individual and the state, when it comes to the way violence is conceived and perpetrated?

By using the geographical parameters of the Mediterranean and Europe, the South and the North, and the violence engendered by the relationship of one area to the other, TASI 2011 provides a scholarly forum where questions such as these and violence in all its forms and practices can be discussed and analyzed. The Institute offers fellows a diverse mix of seminar discussions of key readings, research presentations by guest faculty and fellows, and informal discussions of fellows’ research projects. The international faculty team solicits applications from young scholars in the social sciences and humanities who are eager to situate their own projects at the intersection of these strands.


Patricia Lorcin is associate professor of History at the University of Minnesota. Her areas of special expertise are cultural and social hegemony in colonial and post-colonial settings, Modern France, and issues of race and racial ideology. She is the author of Imperial Identities(London/New York, I.B. Tauris/St. Martins Press, 1995). Her edited and co-edited volumes include Algeria and France 1800-2000: Identity, Memory and Nostalgia (Syracuse University Press, 2006); Migrances, Diasporas et Transculturalités Francophones. Littératures et cultures d’Afrique, des Caraïbes, d’Europe et du Québec, with Hafid Gafaiti & David Troyansky (Paris, L’Harmattan, 2005); and Transnational Cultures and Identities in the Francophone World, with Hafid Gafaiti and David Troyansky, 2 vols. (Nebraska University Press, 2009); France and its Space of War (Palgrave, 2009). She is the editor of French Historical Studies.

Aberrahmane Moussaoui is professor of Anthropology at Université de Provence, France. His areas of special expertise are the sacred rituals and the sacred spaces of Islam, violence, spatial structures of community, and everyday social practices. A prolific writer, he is the author of, among others, La violence en Algérie. Les lois du chaos (Actes Sud, November 2006); “La réconciliation nationale en Algérie. Une restauration de l’ordre sans reconnaissance,” in J.P. Payet and A. Battegay (eds), La reconnaissance à l’épreuve. Explorations socio-anthropologiques (Presses universitaires du Septentrion, 2008): 259-268; and  “Al-Qaida au Maghreb islamique: 2007, un année charnière,” in Med 2008: l’année 2007 dans l’espace euro-méditerranéen: Annuaire de la Méditerranée (Fundacion CIDOB): 29-35.

TASI guest lecturer: Ruth Mandel is professor of Anthropology at University College London. Her books include Cosmopolitan Anxieties: Turkish Challenges to Citizenship and Belonging in Germany (Duke University Press, 2008).

Fellowship Information & Application Materials

The Institute is intended for advanced graduate students working toward a Ph.D. or other terminal degree at a North American or European university. Preference will be given to students who have already defined a dissertation topic. The language of instruction is English. Competency in English and a reading knowledge of French are required. Logistics: arrive in Minneapolis on Sunday, July 17 for the TASI opening dinner; class starts on Monday, July 18; class ends on Friday, July 29 at 1 p.m.; depart from Minneapolis on Friday, July 29 after 2:30 p.m.

Pending final budget approval, all fellows will receive a fellowship to cover most expenses:

  • Institute tuition
  • Housing and meals for the duration of the Institute
  • Access to library and archival materials and Internet resources

Fellowships will also include up to $350 in support of round-trip airfare to Minneapolis.

Complete applications for admission to the Institute must be received by April 8, 2011. Applications may be submitted electronically to cges@umn.eduIf you choose this option, please put “2011 TASI Application” in subject line. Decisions will be made by April 25, 2011.

A complete application consists of 1) a letter of interest, 2) a two-page dissertation abstract, or a two-page statement about the relevance of this topic to the applicant’s research, 3) a curriculum vitae, 4) an official graduate transcript, and 5) one letter of recommendation. The letter of interest should include information on the applicant’s scholarly background, interests, and career goals. The statement should address how the Institute topic fits into the applicant’s program of study, and what the applicant hopes to gain through participation in the Institute. Please send applications to:

Professors Patricia Lorcin and Aberrahmane Moussaoui
Center for German & European Studies
University of Minnesota
214 Social Science Building
267— 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

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