Curriculum Resource Center: SPRING 2010 Sessions

Curriculum Resource Center and Educational Advising Center at EC "Bilim-Central Asia" announces SPRING 2010 Sessions organized in cooperation with the Departments and Programs of the Central European University. Sessions focus on a wide range of issues vital to specific countries or areas of the region and to specialists working at the innovative edge of their disciplines. Each session offers an intensive weeklong period for syllabi review, library work and meetings with CEU professors, department/program heads and students. Visits are focused around the development of new course syllabi which visitors will then teach at their home institutions.

In order to increase the impact of the CRC sessions on the curricula of participants’ local universities, from Spring 2009 we have introduced some new elements in our programs.
1. Some regional departments already signaled to us that in order to have a “critical mass” of revised syllabi and trained faculty members at their departments, they would like to send more than one of their faculty to CRC sessions, in which case they would be willing to cover the costs of the extra participants.
For this reason we are now making possible in case of all types of CRC sessions (Open House, Course Innovation and Topical Issues in Curriculum Development) the participation of more than one faculty member from the same department, if matching funds to cover travel and accommodation for the extra participants are secured by the sending department or university.
2. For the departments that wish, in addition to revise a number of their individual courses, also to align them to the objectives of the whole degree program (i.e. coordinate their courses from the point of view of their place in the overall curriculum, their content, level, approach, learning outcomes etc.) we are offering a new type of CRC session. Those interested in this opportunity, please read the details under the description of the “Topical Issues in Curriculum Development” type of CRC session below.
3. Due to the recent diversification of various CEU faculty oriented programs, we have also widened the scope of our eligibility criteria, creating further opportunities for our past and future participants to follow their personal needs in professional development. For our modified eligibility criteria please see the section further in this document.

In the Spring 2010 semester CRC is offering the following sessions:

1.Open House Sessions in broad discipline areas

The Open House sessions are organized in broad discipline areas covered by one or more CEU departments. These sessions are intended to introduce participants to CEU’s approach to a relevant discipline and new techniques for designing courses in that field. To this end the sessions will provide participants access to the facilities and resources of the CEU and the appropriate department, as well as general training workshops on course design and teaching methodology. Participants are invited to use the CEU library, visit relevant classes and meet faculty. The primary target groups of the Open House sessions are junior academics at the beginning of their teaching career, or mid-career and senior academics who would benefit from the above offerings.

Public Policy: March 22– 28, 2010 - (deadline for applications: 5th February, 2010)

2.Course Innovation Sessions

These sessions intend to explore the cutting edge developments in a particular discipline. The sessions are meant primarily for senior faculty with significant teaching and research experience or for outstanding, research-oriented junior faculty. By discussing recent developments and exploring contemporary debates with CEU’s host departments and faculty, participants are expected to revise or update their courses or offer new courses in their particular area of interest. Additional training on course development is also offered by the CRC. These sessions are organized with a strong involvement of CEU departments and often will be combined with a workshop or a conference on the topic of the session.

In Spring 2010 we offer the following Course Innovation Sessions:
Debatable Problems of Eastern European History from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century
February 8 -14, 2010 (deadline for applications: 15th December, 2009)

The Curriculum Resource Centre and CEU History department (in cooperation with Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Socials, Paris) offers academic training for university teachers working in the field of the history of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The CRC session aims to assist university teachers to revise and develop innovative, academically relevant courses that are non-ideological, comparative and preferably multidisciplinary, combining tools of historical, sociological and anthropological studies. Courses should deal with one of the following four major controversial topics:

* Byzantine-Orthodox traditions as cultural patterns in the history of Eastern Europe;
* National identities and nationalisms in 18th– 20th centuries;
* Intelligentsia and revolutionary movements in Eastern Europe in 1800 -1917;
* Cultural reconstruction and sciences under the communist rule in Eastern Europe.

The CRC session will foster a consistently critical approach to the present day theories and representations of the above mentioned topics.

NOTE: Applicants are expected to send statements of interest and data concerning their field of research and teaching interests.
Medieval Studies
The Variety of Jewish-Christian Contacts in the Middle Ages
February 22 – 28, 2010 (deadline for applications: 10th January, 2010)

Christians and Jews populated medieval Europe from the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean to the Baltic Sea and from the North Sea to the Mediterranean. Within these broad geographical limits groups and individuals set up an intricate network system of commerce, trade, finance as well as the exchange of professional knowledge from philosophical concepts to domestic medical know-how. Recent scholarship has shown that the denominational divide, although ever present and at times even violently so, did not stop people from forming ties and expanding in more intricate ways and forms than previously thought. At times these networks functioned with what seems to be a disregard to the denominational and religious difference. This is by no means a simple and self evident statement. The theological background regarding “other” faiths within each respective religion, strong social, religious and authoritative circles critiquing such contacts if not discouraging them altogether created a formidable opposition for these contacts and networks.
The CRC session intends to establish awareness and understanding of the variety of contacts, connections and links of Christians and Jews in the past that always existed beside the violent divide.
NOTE: Applicants are invited to submit a one-page essay about their understanding of Jewish-Christian relations in the past and/or in present times.

Jewish Studies and Gender Studies
Testimonies and Teaching: New Sources and Methodologies for Jewish Studies
February 22 – 28, 2010 (deadline for applications: 10th January, 2010)

This CRC workshop will be structured around the extensive Visual History Archive of the USC
Shoah Foundation, which contains interviews with 52,000 people:
The CEU Library has recently been given access to this remarkable resource, and the CRC workshop will explore ways in which this database can be useful in designing university courses. Participants will be able to consult with CEU faculty in Jewish Studies and Gender Studies. During the session they will also have the opportunity to use the Visual History Archive. Teachers of history, sociology, anthropology and gender studies are encouraged to apply.

NOTE: applicants are requested to submit an 800-word statement of intention on how they are planning to use the archive in their teaching.

Gender Studies
Sexuality and Queer Theory
March 1-7, 2010 (deadline for applications: 15th January, 2010)

Recent events throughout the post-socialist/post-Soviet region have made abundantly clear the salience of sexuality to national and transnational political debates. This CRC session seeks to develop focused ways of understanding the role of homophobia in producing and sustaining conflicting forms of citizenship and national belonging and the roles/strategies of diverse actors in these processes. We invite applications from the fields of both Social Sciences and Humanities who wish to address these issues in their courses.
NOTE: Applicants are requested to attach a one-page essay discussing how, in their view, homophobia is currently manifested in the politics and everyday life of their country/region.

Environmental Sciences and Policy
Environmental Options at the Time of Economic Downturn: Crisis or a Window for Opportunities?
March 8-14, 2010 (deadline for applications: 22nd January, 2010)

The recent, globally experienced economic downturn shook the foundations of a number of models that had seemed to steadily define the modes of operations that, among others, influenced the environment related decisions of states. As it seems, the new situation might give room for rethinking the old models while searching for solutions. There are many talks about emerging "Green Economy" and that it might help getting out of the crisis. This CRC session examines what opportunities environmental options have among the changed circumstances and how they can help us to find a way out of the crisis.
NOTE: Applicants are requested to attach a one-page essay discussing their view on the question.

Political Science
Narrating the Nation: Identities, Scholarship and Power
March 29 – April 4, 2010 (deadline for applications: 5th February, 2010)

National history (re-)writing has occupied a central place in the process of state- and nation-building in post-communist Eurasia and is one of the most politically charged aspects in the region. The role of intellectuals, the relationship between scholars and policy-makers, the contextualization in and link to (and more often lack thereof) to analogous processes of national identity (trans)formation in neighboring states, the teleologies of national identity formation are some of the aspects that will receive attention in this workshop. In short the central question driving this CRC session is the following: how does post-communist scholarship on questions of state and nation defines its role vis-à-vis officialdom (authorities and narratives)?
We invite proposals to develop courses which aim to critically rethink the issues above and/or incorporate such questions in the curriculum.
The workshop will provide participants with suggestions about course formats, reading lists and topics for discussion which they could then build on when designing or revising their own courses. The workshop is recommended in particular to faculty with research and teaching interests in the study of political science, history, sociology, anthropology. Applicants with a background in linguistics/philology are asked to explicitly address the relevance of the themes discussed in the workshop to their current or proposed courses. Applications from Central Asia, the Caucasus, Russia, and Ukraine are especially encouraged.

NOTE: In preparation for the workshop, applicants are asked to submit the following: (i) a one-page elaboration of their envisaged contribution to the workshop; and (ii) a 750-word essay on ’Power, the Nation, and National Historiography’.

3.Topical Issues in Curriculum Development

These types of sessions are expected to cover topical issues of particular importance to the development of higher education in the region, in all areas related to curriculum development. Organized by the CRC office in co-operation with a wide range of strategic partners, these sessions address current trends in curriculum development, degree structures and particular or special interest issues.
In the Spring 2010 semester CRC is offering the following Topical Issues session

OSA (Open Society Archives at CEU) - Sociology and Social Anthropology
Rethinking Cultural Geography: Critical Concepts, Political Landscapes and Cultural Identities
April 26 – May 2, 2010 (deadline for applications: 15th March, 2010)

Responding to the growing interest in the sub-disciplines of Human Geography, the CRC session will provide faculty with an opportunity to enhance their curricula by examining key concepts of Cultural Geography. The session is meant to foster a fruitful exchange of theory and method for research-oriented faculty and will bring together discussants from around the world and from a range of disciplines, providing new perspectives related to the topic. Some of the themes of the session will include a critical examination of universal narratives of cultural identity, the ontological and discursive significance of national perimeters, developments in tourism geography, cultural convergence and the corporate governance of culture, post-colonial readings of landscape, the a future of undocumented migrants and unanswered peripheral questions relating to citizenship, and the fear of fluctuating legal boundaries.
The main objectives of the session are to survey cultural geographical theory and methodology and its politics and praxis, as well as to explore topical issues of relevance. Additional aims are to present an opportunity for faculty to clarify conceptual issues and provide them with theoretical signposts to guide their own curricula.
In addition to having the chance to carry out research at the CEU library, faculty will also be invited to attend a conference entitled Creativity and Culture, that will take place concurrently with the CRC session, organized jointly by the International Alternative Culture Center, CEU OSA Archive and the Department of Sociology of the Central European University.

NOTE: Applicants are asked to contribute a 500 word essay on how participation in the CRC session will enrich their curricula.

Departmental Curriculum Development Sessions

-timing: one week agreed for mid – April - June, 2010

Deadline for application is 15th February, 2010

Departments that are in the process of revising their existing curricula or are designing new programs (BA or MA) are invited to apply and send a group of their faculty to a new type of CRC session called Departmental Curriculum Development Session. We can only accept applications from departments whose discipline area is also present at the Central European University.

In addition to the regular CRC trainings (in individual course design and teaching methodology), these new sessions would offer workshops in curriculum development, revision and harmonization. Participants will have the opportunity to revise their own individual courses and to coordinate them from the point of view of content, level, approach, learning outcomes, as well as to jointly design outcomes-based departmental learning grids. In defining the exact content of these sessions we will take into account the specific needs of the applying department.
Timing of these sessions will be between mid-April and June, exact timeframe and length of sessions will be agreed upon with selected departments. For the sake of a smooth and quick arrangement of the session, departments are requested to propose more than one timeframe. Interest in a possible session during the 2010 Fall semester can also be signaled on the joint group application form.


The group members need to be selected by the sending department. They all should meet the eligibility criteria of CRC, and should fill out an individual application form. Beside the individual application forms a joint group application form should be filled out and sent with all the application materials, possibly in one e-mail/pack, to the CRC (CEU CRC, 1051 Budapest Nador u. 9,
Following the selection of departments the CRC will contact the group leader and start negotiations on funding and the arrangement of the session.

Funding of Departmental Curriculum Development Sessions
CRC covers all the expenses of the group leader (if from the target region) related to travel and accommodation as well as provides him/her with all the benefits a CRC participant receives (book allowance, stipend). The expenses of the rest of the group should be covered through a matching funds scheme which will be individually discussed with the groups.
To download application forms for this type of session please visit our website.

Note: CRC Fall 2010 sessions are planned to be announced by 1st April, 2010.


All CRC Applicants need to teach courses (at least part-time) at accredited higher education institutions, and have good command of English, both written and spoken, to actively participate in workshops, training sessions and roundtables, as well as to use resource materials available at CEU.


CRC fully funds the participation of those eligible applicants who are citizens of our target region: former Soviet Union, Mongolia, South-Eastern Europe. Citizens of EU member states are welcome to attend our sessions but need to cover their travel to and accommodation in Budapest from external funding.
Funding for those applicants who have already participated in a fully funded CEU faculty oriented program is available under the following conditions:

  • • Within a four year period one is entitled to receive full funding for two of our programs. However, it is possible to apply for a third time in four years for a fully funded program, in which case the applicant needs to attach to the application form a short justification of his/her intention.
  • • As a general rule, within one academic/calendar year one can not receive funding from two CEU faculty-oriented programs. Participants of SUN are exempted from this rule.
  • • Applicants who wish to re-apply for the same type of CRC session (Open House, Course Innovation or Topical Issues in Curriculum Development) should attach to the application form a short justification of their intention. Priority in the selection of participants will be given to newcomers.
  • • The above restrictions only apply for those who receive full funding from CEU. Applicants who are able to pay for their participation (to cover travel and accommodation) or receive external funding are eligible to apply to all our programs with no restriction.

Curriculum Resource Session application forms, application deadlines, the session schedule and further information on the center’s outreach activities and resources may be obtained from the CRC office at the Central European University or through national Soros Foundations.


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