CAST hosted IARU Summer School – University of Copenhagen

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31 August 2012

CAST hosted IARU Summer School

From 13 August  to 24 August  2012, CAST hosted the annual IARU Summer School entitled ‘Security: Theories, Practices and Dilemmas of Widening the Concept’. This was the second time that CAST had the pleasure of welcoming students from the IARU Universities to Copenhagen. We were very pleased to have participants from a variety of disciplines and from all over the globe: Beijing University, University of Oxford, ETH Zürich, National University of Singapore, Australian National University, Yale University, Tokyo University, and University of Copenhagen as well as Copenhagen Business School.

The programme was developed from the 2011 summer school,  whilst new elements, practitioners and visits were added to improve and refine last year’s success. The course covered a wide range of subjects such as climate change (including a visit to the Danish Climate Centre), the financial and the Euro(pean) crisis (including a visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), human security (including a visit to the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims), migration, religion and identity (including a meeting with Danish MP’s at the Parliament) and so on. The overall objective of the course was to look at the widened concept of security and the dynamics invoked when “new threats” are managed, in terms of the theory of securitization and other theories (e.g. the Paris School and Human Security).

We were very glad to see such devoted and inspired students, representing a great diversity in terms of regional and academic background. This ensured two very interactive weeks with a lot of plenary discussions. CAST wish to thank the participants for engaging in discussions, being so devoted and bringing new issues and perspectives to the summer school.

CAST warmly thank speakers, partners and participants for making the second CAST-IARU Summer School a great success. We very much look forward to welcoming you again next year. Stay updated regarding deadlines etc. for the 2013 IARU Global Summer School Programme at the IARU website (