BISS 2009

WELCOME TO BALTIC INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL!
STORIES FROM A COUNTRY IN BETWEEN:
SPOTTING THE CULTURAL DIFFERENCES AND SIMILARITIES IN EUROPE
July 1-19, 2009
This year will be the first of the second decade when we will invite students from all over the world to participate in the 11th Baltic International Summer School taking place in Valmiera, Latvia from 1nd-19th July, 2009.

About what?
This year’s main subject of the BISS 2009 will be intercultural communication with the focus on Europe, with “Europe” understanding geographically defined region, stretching from Cabo da Roca, Portugal to easternmost end of the Komi Republic, Russia. 
In the field of intercultural communication Europe is considered mainly as one region, or only particular, separate cultures are discussed. During the summer school we want to use a comparative perspective and “spot” the cultural differences and similarities in European cultures.

Where?
Representing a country “somewhere in the middle of Europe” we believe in having enough experience, knowledge and expertise to organise a summer school on such a broad subject. We, country “in between”, have lived for 50 years under the regime of the Soviet Union, hoping for at least another 50 to years be a member of the European Union. In practice it means that for us cultural practices of both Western and Eastern Europe are familiar, recognizable and common.

Who?
We expect to see You in BISS 2009 and become a full-fledged creator of the summer school school content. Prepare to be an ambassador of your particular culture, if you represent a European culture, or give “an eye from outside” if representing any other world culture!

Why?
During BISS 2009 together we’ll examine differences and similarities of European everyday cultural practices, like – family structure and relationships,  arts, mass media, tolerance and cultural diversity, food and recreation, business communication, politics, etc. And all will done for a benefit for all of us – to become better intercultural communicators!

See You in Valmiera!


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