Summer Course Vama Veche (Black Sea), Romania

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Summer Course Vama Veche (Black Sea), Romania

Summer Seminar on
Beyond liberalism and
socialism: searching for a
decent society

Vama Veche, Romania
23 – 28 August 2010

Organized by the
Luxembourg Institute for
European and International Studies
Black Sea University Foundation
European Cultural Centre, Bucharest

Application deadline: 12 June 2010


• students, young researchers and professionals from both Eastern and Western Europe

• young representatives of higher education, of specialized institutions, of political parties, of NGO’s, of the mass media

If you wish to join in the programme, please send us the following detailes:

First name:
Last name:

Payment of course fee amounting to
395 Euro/1590 RON can be made:
• in cash, at arrival
• by bank transfer
• I wish to apply for a scholarship *)
(only for students)
*) The LIEIS offers a grant covering the fee of 395 Euro to
the students whose application is accepted.

All candidates are kindly requested to send the requested information together with:
• Curriculum vitae
• Letter of intention
• Two-page essay on one of the topics
addressed in the seminar

Centrul European de Cultură, Bucuresti
49-51, Sfin_ii Voievozi St., 010968, 4th floor, apt. 16,
Bucharest-1, Romania
Phone/fax: 4021 650 32 80 E-mail:

• Why did socialism not work as socialist theorists expected it would ?

• Liberalism and its – inherent? – limits.

• The utilitarian view of good life and decent Society.

• The utopian designs: Plato, Augustinus, Campanella, Thomas Morus, Erasmus of Rotterdam, ...

• The sceptical/pessimistic view of man and society: Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Cioran, ...

• Critical and transcendental idealism.

• Moral philosophy: Jean Jacques Rousseau, Reinhold Niebuhr, Max Scheler, Hans Jonas, ...

• The role of religion.

• Anarchism, communitarianism, vegetarianism, feminism, Jainism.

• Principles for a decent society – justice, benevolence, empathy, tolerance etc. and how to implement them.


The course will be held at Vama Veche, an exceptional youth holiday village, which is situated at about 50 km south of Constantza, the main Romanian port on the Black Sea coast, close to the Bulgarian border.

Access ways:
¨ by air: Mihail Kogălniceanu airport of Constantza; transfer by bus/taxi (80 km)
¨ by car: E60, E70, E81, E87
¨ by train: railway station at Constantza or
Mangalia; transfer by bus The cost of 395 Euro includes participation fee, accommodation in double rooms with own bathroom and all meals.

The working language is English.
Application deadline: 12 June 2010

The environment
The weather at this time of the year is particularly nice and warm at the seaside. The sun is shining brightly on the wide beach of Vama Veche, and the water temperature is well above 200 C, inviting to swimming parties. Besides, the Black Sea shore landscape is delightful, with large orchards and vineyards. Mangalia, the nearest town, whose ancient name is Callatis, boasts vestiges from the age of the Hellenic colonization in the 6th century BC through the times of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman rules.

For more information on the programme,
you may like to contact:

Mrs. Maria Burs-Popescu, Executive Director
European Cultural Centre, Bucharest
49-51, Sf. Voievozi St., 010968, apt. 16
Bucharest-1, Romania

NOTE: The leaf let with detailed information about the Summer Course is available at the following address:


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