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Summer School in Media and Nationalism

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In a European framework that legitimizes and reinforces State as a unique political player with the ability to participate in the Union, regions with nationalist claims seek to clarify their political future by satisfying their aspirations (sovereignty or greater autonomy) and becoming fully integrated in the supranational structure.

Sometimes autonomous development is shaken by the outbreak of violence, mixed inevitably with anthropological, political, sociological and communicative issues. Therefore, it can be inferred that the study of these factors is key in the possible treatment and resolution of violent or non-violent ethno-national conflict.

Taking four paradigmatic cases: Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Basque Country and Catalonia, The Summer School in Media and Nationalism in Vic aims to share and discuss an experiential and methodological background. The project starts in Vic (Barcelona) in July 2008 with the prospect of continuing in Leioa (the Basque Country) and extending in consecutive editions, the focus being always on the media and national conflicts.

To this end, universities sensitized to these issues and located within these regions: Queen's University of Belfast (Northern Ireland), University of Stirling (Scotland), University of the Basque Country (Bilbao, the Basque Country) and Vic (Barcelona, Catalonia), have teamed up to attend the SUMMER SCHOOL OF MEDIA AND NATIONALISM, which will take place in the second week of July 2008. The main aim is to propose an initial approach to each others realities, similarities and differences from a multidisciplinary perspective and an academic standpoint.

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