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Complexity and change: thinking, practices and processes for addressing global challenges (2nd Edition)

OVERVIEW

While the international political agenda is guided by the concept of sustainable development, both the concept and it’s expression, configured in the 17 SDG and their indicators, remain under discussion, raising issues about their adequacy to places, contexts and specific problems, about the practices that sustain the concept of sustainable development and the degree of congruence between the thinking underlying such political agendas, the complexity of the world and the actions informed by such thinking. The question needs to be raised that an insufficient recognition of the complexity of the problems that sustain local and global policies and the realities they aim to dress, as well as of the need to develop modes of thinking and practices congruent with such complexity, may prevent or limit the success of this international agenda, even leading, in unpredictable ways, to the configurations of new, more or less preferred or unwanted realities.

In this Winter School, we propose to address key global challenges, exploring a variety of critical, alternative and complementary views on how to address their complexity. As such, the School will combine lectures/seminars and guided and creative moments of group discussion aimed at the integration of knowledge and experiences towards the production of new ideas and projects.

We will target the following Challenge themes:

_Being and Thinking Together (in) Complexity

_Knowing Together: Grasping the Complexity of the World

_Living Together: Peace and Communities of Well-Being

_Learning and Teaching Together

_Changing and Acting Together


The School welcomes the participation of researchers, doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, practitioners of NGO and NGDO, activists, from a variety of domains.

The School also welcomes the exhibit of posters from doctoral or postdoctoral researchers which will be the target of a critical re-construction process throughout the School. It also welcomes indirect participation from diverse organisations, practitioners and activists, who are willing to share informative materials about their work around global challenges and which will be made available in the School Social Media pages.

GENERAL STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS

This School represents an opportunity for shared learning and discovery. Each activity is designed to build upon and interact with the others. The distinction between Speakers and Audience is dissolved in a climate of co-construction and collaborative dialogue where everyone takes the role of a participant who brings unique contributions to the discussions. The School is designed with many moments of collective reflection and shared construction of (new) and integrative ideas.

The School will use a variety of platforms and techniques to support rich interactions and dialogues between the participants and ensure conditions for the emergence of novel and creative ideas. It will combine lectures/seminars and guided moments of group discussion, with activities aimed at promoting creativity, co-construction and the integration of knowledge and experiences towards the production of new ideas and projects.

The presentation of posters will take place on the first day and will be reconstructed collectively during the School.

To ensure full engagement in the group activities, participants will be asked to guarantee a minimum number of conditions and to have at their disposal a list of materials (cf. Requirements on the APPLICATION section).

The School will produce a variety of outputs, targeting different audiences, which will synthesise the contributions of the group for the rehearsal and experimentation of alternatives towards the construction of a more positive and sustainable future for all. The outputs will be shared with a wider audience, following the end of the School. A graphic artist will contribute to the facilitation of the event and the production of the School outputs.

The development of the School will be reported daily on our Facebook page allowing all of those interested in its subjects to follow our work and contribute to our discussions with comments and questions which will be brought back to the group for reflection. Organizations, institutions, initiatives, groups, practitioners or activists committed to addressing global challenges are invited to share their work on our Facebook page.

TARGET-PARTICIPANTS

The School welcomes the participation of researchers, doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, practitioners of NGO and NGDO, activists


OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

The official language of the School will be English.

Oral fluency of the English language is not a requirement but participants are expected to have minimal skills at the level of Oral and Written Understanding.


IMPORTANT DATES

Open call for applications: 7 June 2021

Deadline for application: 29 August 2021

Communication of acceptance: 10 September 2021

Registration and payment: 26 September 2021

Preparatory induction meeting (mandatory for participation): 1st week of November 2021 (day and time to be announced)

School days: 16, 17, 18, 19, 22 November 2021 (extra day: 23 November 2021)


CountryONLINE
LocationONLINE
Starts on16/11/2021
Ends on22/11/2021
Registration closes on26/09/2021
Submission deadline29/08/2021 0:00
Linkhttps://ces.uc.pt/summerwinterschools/?lang=1&id=34294

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