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The University of Vienna, in cooperation with the European University in St. Petersburg is pleased to announce a call for applications for a PhD summer school (VASS) that will take place in late summer 2016. The course will take place in Vienna, Austria with a field trip to the Austrian Alps.

The basic idea of VASS is to bring Arctic social science PhD students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to Vienna in order to confront them with international state-of-the-art social science approaches and methods applied outside the Arctic. At the same time, VASS will confront Arctic students with lessons learned from Alpine experience. VASS will provide its participants with in-depth treatments of three areas: human-environmental interactions in the Anthropocene, regimes of mobility and immobility, and the study of the interrelationship of human and non-human actants in technological and infrastructural settings.

VASS is designed for PhD students and younger researchers in the Arctic social sciences. Organizers are inviting applications from students in Arctic and non-Arctic countries. The total number of participants is limited to 18.

Interested students should email the following application materials to Ilja Steffelbauer (ilja.steffelbauer [at] univie.ac.at):

  • a short letter of the student’s motivation to attend the summer school;
  • a short Curriculum Vitae;
  • a 1 page description of the applicant’s current research topic(s); and,
  • non-native speakers of English should indicate their level of English-language proficiency.

Application Deadline: 4 April 2016.