PEOPLE AND TERRITORIES: BIOPOWER AND GEOPOLITICS IN THE BLACK SEA AND THE CAUCASUS
The School in Estonia was organized for the first time in June 2011 in cooperation with the University of Tartu, one of the leading educational institutions in Eastern Europe. The School originally centered on the topic Transformation of Modern Statehood: Sovereignty, Memory, and Democracy and elaborated on the constructivist approach to international relations, touching upon the themes of nation-building, challenges to state sovereignty, history and memory, and security and identity.
The School has been held annually in mid-February since 2012. In 2014, the dates of the School coincided with the Sochi Olympics, and the topic of discussion focused on Politics of Sports. A year later, the School brought together an international group of researchers and students to discuss different aspects of biopolitics, including its theoretical foundations, historical cases, and current practices. In February 2018, the School will continue exploring biopower, focusing on biopolitical and geopolitical facets of international relations in the Black Sea and the Caucasian regions.
The regular venue for the School is the Kääriku Sports Center, situated 40km from Tartu and perfectly equipped for both studying and engaging in sports activities. In their free time, the participants of the School have the opportunity to go cross-country skiing on the legendary ski tracks of the Tartu Marathon, visit the gym, and participate in a variety of different team sports.