IPU Summer School 2020

5th to 17th July 2020 / Berlin, Germany

Ruptures and Utopia in Present Societies

Psychoanalytic Perspectives and Social Critique

Be part of IPU’s Summer School 5-17 July 2020, Berlin, Germany

Modern societies are currently in deep crisis: within growing parts of the population, confidence in democratic institutions is seemingly eroding. In many places, the challenges of increasing inequalities, imminent ecological catastrophes and worldwide migration movements are being met by means of de-solidarization, national isolation and the return to identitarian constructions.

The political discourse is increasingly characterised by emotionality, constituted through a variety of misunderstood emotions, desires and fears underlying the cracks, breaks and divisions within the political sphere. However, these fractures are not only of destructive nature, but offer a utopian potential as well. Emerging protest movements, such as “Fridays for Future”, point in this direction.

  • What exactly divides modern societies?
  • What is the function of these cracks?
  • What utopian potential do they foster?

Intercultural reflection groups offer the opportunity to pursue own experiences with the treated contents. The additional module of Video Documentation expects all participants to discuss, process and spread these contents in a digital manner.

The full program is available here:
Summer School 2020 Program (PDF)
Summer School 2020 Cultural Program (PDF)


Who is eligible to apply?
The course is especially designed for master and PhD students from the areas of psychology, sociology and cultural studies. Bachelor students have to be in their final year of study to be eligible for application.

Students should have some pre-knowledge in at least one of the topics addressed by the course. We will give preference to applications from students who are writing their bachelor, master or PhD thesis in either Psychoanalysis or Critical Theory.

We accept applications from students from all around the world and do not prioritize any particular region. However, it is our aim to compile an as diverse group of students as possible!

Participation and Scholarship for IPU students
Since the Summer School is primarily an event for students from abroad who are not yet studying at a German university, there are only 10 spots available for students of the IPU Berlin. As the event takes place during the lecture period, these spots are available to students who are currently writing their Bachelor or Master thesis.
Out of these 10 spots, the IPU Berlin awards 5 scholarships to reimburse the course fee of 440 €. Deadline of application for the scholarship for IPU students is the 30th April 2020. For all IPU students who receive a scholarship, participation in the whole two weeks of the course is mandatory.

What is required for the application?
1. Application Form
2. Letter of Motivation (one page)
3. Transcript of Records and/or last university degree
4. Short CV (one page)
5. Proof of English language proficiency min. B2
6. In case you are applying for a DAAD scholarship, a certificate of current enrolment from your home university is required.

Please send all documents together in one PDF file via e-mail to: summer.school(at)ipu-berlin.de. In case a visa is required, please take the timely aspect of this matter into consideration before applying.

Criteria for selection
1. Letter of motivation
2. Academic engagement in related projects
3. Academic performance
4. Regional diversity of participants

General application deadline
May 15, 2020


Euro 440,- (course fee only) to be paid three weeks after acceptance.

Accommodation, meals and transportation have to be organized and covered by the participants themselves.

DAAD Scholarship

Who is eligible to apply for the scholarship?
The summer school is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). All participants from abroad who apply for the summer school before February 25, 2020 (application deadline for scholarships) have the option to apply for one of approx. twenty DAAD scholarships.

Please state clearly in your application whether you still apply for participating in the summer school if your scholarship application is not successful.

What does the scholarship cover?
The scholarship for applicants who reside within one of the Erasmus+ program countries (EU countries + Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Turkey) comprises a lump sum of Euro 500,- per participant.

The scholarship for all other applicants consists of a country specific lump sum for travel costs. For further details, please refer to Annex I of the application form. For all applicants who receive a DAAD scholarship, participation in the whole two weeks of the course is mandatory.

Scholarship payment
The scholarship is payed in cash upon arrival at IPU Berlin only.

Application deadline for scholarships
February 25, 2020

Please send your application to:

International Psychoanalytic University
Stromstr. 1, D-10555 Berlin