Skytte’s IRRS MA students on study trip to Israel-Palestine
Ten students from the MA programme in International Relations and Regional Studies (IRRS) at the University of Tartu’s Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies have been selected to participate in a study trip to Israel-Palestine. The trip will take place within the framework of the course “Practical Field Research in the Conflict Areas” from April 9 – April 17 2016.
The group will be led by Professor Eiki Berg who will be supported by PhD fellow Eoin McNamara. This study trip has been organized in partnership with Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva. The students will receive lectures and seminars on topics including the inter-ethnic tensions that have shaped the Israel-Palestine conflict, ethnic settlement and separation patterns, the role of women and gender in the conflict zone, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and the roles played by various international actors in the attempts to resolve the conflict. Thanks to the kind support of Ben Gurion University (BGU), seminars and lectures will be led by high-calibre local experts, many of them also internationally renowned scholars in their various fields. The group will also visit a number of sites on the West Bank as well as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Speaking about his plans and expectations for the trip to Israel-Palestine, Professor Berg remarked that “it will be highly beneficial for students of international relations to experience the different perspectives that have shaped the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians at close proximity”. Professor Berg also reaffirmed his thanks to Ben Gurion University as UT’s partner institution for this study trip, “without BGU’s kind assistance and facilitation, this excellent opportunity would not have been available for our MA students”. He also noted that he looked forward to welcoming a return study trip from Ben Gurion University to the University of Tartu later in the year.
Previous study trips for the course “Practical Field Research in the Conflict Areas” have taken place in Cyprus and in Armenia and Azerbaijan. The 2016 trip will be the first time that Israel-Palestine has been added to the course’s rota.
Additional information: Prof. Eiki Berg, eiki.berg [ät] ut.ee.
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