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Internationale Sommeruniversität

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Die internationale Sommeruniversität findet seit dem Jahr 2012 jährlich an wechselnden Orten in der deutsch-dänischen Grenzregion statt und wird gemeinschaftlich von Dr. Martin Göllnitz (Marburg), Prof. Dr. Thomas Wegener Friis (Odense) und Dr. Mogens Rostgaard Nissen (Flensburg) veranstaltet. Als gemeinsame Kooperationsveranstaltung mehrerer deutscher wie dänischer Universitäten und Kulturinstitutionen richtet sich die Sommeruniversität an Studierende unterschiedlichster Fachrichtungen.


Der internationale und interdisziplinäre Zuschnitt ermöglicht es den Teilnehmenden, die Entwicklung einer historischen Grenzregion aus verschiedenen Perspektiven zu analysieren. Dadurch eröffnet sich für Studierende wie Dozierende zugleich ein neuer Blickwinkel auf unterschiedliche gegenwartsrelevante Themen. Die Sommeruniversität stellt somit einen innovativen Studien- und Begegnungsort dar, der den fachlichen, interdisziplinären und interkulturellen Austausch bewusst fördert. Arbeitssprachen der Sommeruniversität sind Deutsch und Englisch.

Weitere Informationen können Sie gerne jederzeit bei Dr. Martin Göllnitz oder Prof. Dr. Thomas Wegener Friis elektronisch erfragen:

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    Sommersemester 2021

    Es ist offiziell: Es wird eine weitere Sommeruniversität geben! Informationen und ein ausführliches Programm folgen in Kürze.

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    Sommersemester 2020: "Contested Borders 1920-2020"

    Tagungsort: Jaruplund Højskole, 16. bis 22. August 2020

    Inhalt: Europe without borders – this vision seems to have passed away. In March 2020, several EU member states closed their borders due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Schengen Agreement has been under pressure for the past few years not least because of the European migrant crisis in 2015. However, border regions have traditionally been contested political and territorial spaces, certainly throughout the 19th and 20th centuries as part of state building processes. The Danish-German border saw numerous conflicts for about a century up until the mid-20th century. Since this time co-existence in this region improved alongside bilateral relations. In 2020 the Danish-German minority model has even been nominated by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage. This summer university takes place in the heart of the Danish-German borderlands, in a highly symbolic place, the Folk High School of the Danish Minority in Germany. Thus, the Danish-German relationship forms the outset for reflections on other European border issues. 2020 is the centenary of the referendum that established the current border, and the summer university approaches the Danish-German border from historical, cultural and didactic perspectives. We ask how conflicts in the region shaped historical and present national identity. How were these conflicts reconciliated? And how did coexistence between national majorities and minorities evolve to the current point where they are often portrayed as a European model?

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    Sommersemester 2019: "Minorities - Problem or Diversity?"

    Tagungsort: Jaruplund Højskole, 19. bis 25. August 2019

    Inhalt: Due to the new border of 1920 between Denmark and Germany national minorities emerged in both countries. Tolerance and the rules of law were put to the test by this challenge. In 20th Century Europe, minorities were often treated as separatists and mistrusted by the national majorities. In the relationship between Germans and Danes, this was also the case at various times. However, after the second world war, the relations in the border region as well as between Denmark and Germany improved mainly due to the foundation of a Democratic German state and of NATO. Nonetheless, almost one century was needed to establish a coexistence between Germans, Danes, and Frisians which today is treated as a European model. Since 2020 is the German-Danish Cultural year of Friendship, the summer school already 2019 focus on the genesis of the minorities in the Danish-German border region. Which conflicts occurred throughout history and which of these still exist? How do the minorities enrich cultural life in the region? And how do minorities relate to political issues? The summer school takes place in the border region and the special case of Danish-German relations serves as the platform for fundamental discussion concerning minorities in Europe.

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    Sommersemester 2018: "War and revolution: The German-Danish border region after the First World War"

    Tagungsort: Europäische Akademie Schleswig-Holstein, 18. bis 24. August 2018

    Inhalt: In 1918, the First World War ended and the borders of Europe were redrawn. Through the Paris Peace treaty steps were taken also to chance the of the German-Danish border. In the spring 1920, after a referendum its current course was decided. Thus in 2020, Denmark celebrate the anniversary of the so called “reunification” as a product of 1918. In Germany, the year is primary remembered by the mutiny in Kiel which together with the defeat in the war caused the German empire to fall. At the Summer University, we deal with the historical development since 1920 concerning society, politics, and culture. We ask how the two world war, the border struggle, sabotage but also cultural revolutions shaped the life in the border region. The history of the German-Danish border region is consequently interpreted into a European and global frame. Thus Sønderjylland/ Schleswig serves as a case for the development in a border region.

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    Sommersemester 2017: "German-Danish border region – from conflict to European model"

    Tagungsort: Tagungszentrum Christianslyst, 12. bis 18. August 2017

    Inhalt: 150 years ago Prussia annexed former Danish lands Schleswig, Holstein, and Lauenburg – a region which has always been geopolitically disputed. Its fate was closely connected to the tides of European national power politics and is until today a reflection of German- Danish relations. Traditionally, the population of the region repeatedly had to question their identity: Were they from Schleswig, Holstein, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia, or from Imperial Germany? Did they consider themselves Danish or German? These questions were consistent within the history of these lands and were an indicator of the relationship between the two neighbouring nations. The summer university aims to discuss the alternating aspects of history in the German-Danish border region and its development from a region of conflict within national European politics to a model region in Europe. Although, the region seems small geographically, it exemplifies the main trends of European history. And it has played a key role as model in the process of peaceful solution to minority issues. These revolve of these challenges will be a focus of the one week seminar.

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    Sommeruniversität 2016: "Past and Present in the German-Danish Relations"

    Tagungsort: Tagungszentrum Christianslyst, 13. bis 19. August 2016

    Inhalt: In 2015 and 2016, both Denmark and Germany have made headlines in Europe. However, in international politics the two countries have often chosen different paths. Still, they remain close partners in NATO and the EU. But how did this situation come about? The Summer School 2016 deals with the back ground and the current challenges for the neighboring states in Northern Europe. The course starts in 1945 at the “hour zero” of the relations. In the new post war order, old hostilities were set aside and were gradually replaced by thrust. Even though the long lasting conflict concerning the border in Schleswig and the minorities issues were solved. Thus, the national minorities had to define their new role in a peaceful European order. After the end of the Cold War, the two states also had to define new roles for themselves in a global and European context. 

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    Sommeruniversität 2015: "The German-Danish Relations: From Enemies to Partners"

    Tagungsort: Tagungszentrum Christianslyst, 16. bis 22. August 2015

    Inhalt: In the 19th century, the balance of power changed in the Western Baltic Sea area. Denmark relegated from the first league among the European powers and Germany, under Prussian leadership, rose to be a great power. The Baltic Sea became a German sphere of influence, whereas Denmark forthwith was in the shadow of its larger neighbor to the south. The Second World War marked an alltime low point in the history of the German-Danish relations. From 1940 to 1945 Denmark was occupied by the Nazi-regime. Although by European comparison, Denmark suffered relative few casualties, the “five damned years” produced a widespread anti German feeling. Therefore, the development after the war was quite astonishing. Within the frame of the new power structures, the relations between Denmark and the Federal Republic of Germany grew closely. With the frame work of NATO and the European cooperation, thrust got strengthened between the two countries. An important mile stone were the initiatives to improve the cultural life of the minorities in the Border region.

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    Jon Thulstrup, Sommerschule: Schwerpunkt deutsch-dänische Grenze, in: Der Nordschleswiger (24. August 2020).

    Jens Nygaard, Rekordstort hold til sommeruniversitet om mindretal, in: Flensborg Avis (26. August 2019).

    Jon Thulstrup, Eintauchen in die Geschichte der Minderheit, in: Der Nordschleswiger (23. August 2018).

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    Veranstalter

    Dr. Martin Göllnitz, Professur für Hessische Landesgeschichte der Universität Marburg
    Prof. Dr. Thomas Wegener Friis, Center for Koldkrigsstudier der Süddänischen Universität (Odense)
    Knut-Hinrik Kollex, Abteilung für Regionalgeschichte der Universität Kiel
    Dr. Mogens Rostgaard Nissen, Dänische Zentralbibliothek für Südschleswig
    Caroline E. Weber, Center for Grænseregionsforskning der Süddänischen Universität (Sønderborg)

    Aktuelle Kooperationspartner

    Friesisches Seminar der Universität Flensburg
    Studiengang "European Cultures and Societies" der Universität Flensburg
    Ausländerförderung der Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung
    Bund Deutscher Nordschleswiger

    Ehemalige Kooperationspartner

    Arbeitsbereich Zeitgeschichte der Universität Mainz
    Arbeitsbereich Nordische Geschichte der Universität Greifswald