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2019 (Conflicting Truths)


Conflicting Truths in Academic and Journalistic Writing

The theme of this year, Conflicting Truths, will gather in Ohrid previous and new partners from universities in Germany, Albania, North Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia for a successful and beneficial continuation of the Summer Schools 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018. Truths are assessed and established on the basis of the CHEP (2018 project) elements of credibility, honesty, ethics and politeness. While many people believe that there is only one truth, we will foster the discussion and interpretation of different truths, from a national perspective of the student participants of the summer school. The discussion will concentrate on academic and journalistic writing.

Workshop in Serbia, May 16 - 19, 2019

The workshop will take place in Vrsac, Serbia during the period May 15-19. It will gather all the partners to discuss about the upcoming summer school in Ohrid and relevant aspects such as theoretical concepts, possible group activities and applications.

Study Visit in Chemnitz, Germany, June 28 - July 7, 2019

Promissing young researchers from Albania, Croatia, North Macedonia and Serbia had the opportunity of a 10 days research trip to the University of Chemnitz. The research trip consisted of participating in a workshop on academic presentations, access/intro. to our library / e-journals, extensive feedback on their presentations, the discussion of their theses/articles in a small international Conference in Chemnitz, "Digital English World-Wide," a meeting on the upcoming Summer School and other social activities. enter schedule here

Summer School in North Macedonia, August 23 - 31, 2019

As in the previous successful summer schools, there will be an initial essay application on the project’s theme, many interactive discussions, group activities and a final journalistic or academic text that students from different countries will jointly write. By considering well-known and recent examples from academic and journalistic writing (e.g. the incidents in Chemnitz, the name dispute between North Macedonia and Greece etc.), students will discuss as to which extend, they agree to the presented truths or to what extend they are influenced by them. To create a better connection between the students and a positive and fun environment, there will also be activities such as a joint boat trip and visit to the historical center of Ohrid.


Photos from the Summer School in Ohrid, North Macedonia

Student Comments:

"I think that my critical thinking has developed a lot. It made me realize that everything has at least 2 sides to consider."

"[...] It was amazing how members of international groups supported each other."

"[...] honestly, I didn't want this summer school to end."

Related Material and Links

Summer School Video, Summer School Venue, Study Visit Chemnitz, Villaberg Hotel Vrsac, Information about Vrsac, Info. Erasmus Incoming TU Chemnitz, TUC Erasmus Application Form, Flyer MA English Studies TUC, Reflections on TruthsCollege in VrsacImportant Deadlines and Notes, Article on the Vrsac Visit: "Almost Back Home""How to Deal with Conflicting Truths" - German Version "Konkurrierende Wahrheiten aufarbeiten"

Contributions for REAL 17  

Results of this year's project will be published as REAL Studies 17 (2019):
Conflicting Truths in Academic and Journalistic Writing.

We hope that the project will be continued in 2020 with new partners.

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