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Ruptures and Utopia in Present Societies: Psychoanalytic Perspectives and Social Critique

International Psychoanalytic University Berlin
13 days
Full time
Summer / Short course
Scholarships available

Program description

Ruptures and Utopia in Present Societies: Psychoanalytic Perspectives and Social Critique

The 2021 Summer School "Ruptures and Utopia in Present Societies" took place in July this year. A new Summer School will be offered in 2022 with the title "The Future Now?! Intedisciplinary Psychological Perspectives on Global Ruptures, Challenges, and Actions". The 2022 IPU Summer School will take place between 4  and 15 July 2022. More information will soon follow!


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.

  • 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.

Admission requirements

The application deadline has passed. More information on the 2022 IPU Summer School will soon follow.


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.

Criteria for selection

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

Does this course require proof of English proficiency?

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Scholarships & funding

DAAD Scholarship

The summer school is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). All participants from abroad who apply for the summer school 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 covers the participation fee of 220€.

Tuition fees

The course costs €220

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International Psychoanalytic University Berlin

International Psychoanalytic University Berlin The IPU Berlin is a state-recognized private university with its campus and administration in Berlin. All study programs and academic degrees are officially approved and accredited. Our university teaches psychoanalysis from a perspective of inquiry. We...

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International Psychoanalytic University Berlin

Stromstr. 1
10555 Berlin

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