Find out about the TPCC Summer School: 
who is organizing, how is it set-up, what does it aim to achieve, where it takes place, and more
When: July 2-20,  2018 / 3 weeks
Where: New Campus, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
Credits: 7.5 ECTS (undergraduate)

Who can apply: 
The Summer School is international and designed for undergraduate students from the Humanities (among others, Theatre Studies, Dramaturgy, Performance and English studies), Social Sciences (Social Work, History, Sociology, Political Science, Anthropology, Peace and Conflict Studies, Geography, and others), interested in attaining knowledge and tools in theatre and performance, as that relates to community.  The Summer School also encourages applications from students in interdisciplinary programs, as well as practitioners in the Arts and/or Peacebuilding.

Daily Schedule:
Morning sessions 10am - 1pm: lectures that will engage with the socio-political and literary framework in the Eastern Mediterranean, with a focus on theatre creation and its local context. In addition to global methodologies and practices, there will be a focus on certain case studies from the Eastern Mediterranean.
Afternoon sessions 5pm-9pm:  workshops aimed to give tools from the spectrum of theatrical creation (acting, directing, dramaturgy), and from a range of practitioners.

Incubation and creative time:
Embedded within the process would also be an incubation process for creative ideas and new practices, between individual/groups of students and the instructors. The aim behind the process, which can start before, and continue during TPCC, would be to produce original work, to try out ideas, to experiment and to showcase innovation in the performing arts, while at the summer school.  

Other events:  
Those will include book presentations, round table discussions, play attendance, documentary films and rehearsal / creative time. Moreover, participants will be invited to join conversations about a structure of support for the global arts, culture and conflict transformation field.


 The Summer School will aim to answer a number of ​​Key Questions: 

  • What are the aspects of identity development in communities in the Eastern Mediterranean?
  • How did nationalism and post-colonialism effect identity?
  • What global and regional practices of community theatre /theatre for communities contribute to shifting narratives?
  • How are contemporary practitioners (dramaturges, directors, actors) utilizing tradition and/or mainstream tools and/or innovation for community work?
  • How does context affect theatre work?
  • How does conflict affect theatre work?
  • What is aRtivism and how does it work in this context?
  • How does the current wave of mobility in the Levant affect such practices?
  • What are the processes through memory and trauma become narrative, and then performance?
Organizers and partners of TPCC
Department of English Studies, University of Cyprus
Host Institution
The Department offers one undergraduate degree programme, from which successful students graduate with a BA in English Language and Literature, and a number of  postgraduate degree options. These currently include an MA in TEFL, an MA in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, an MA in English Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies and, at the doctoral level, PhD research degrees in any field of a supervising faculty member's specialisation.

The Bachelor of Arts degree programme in English Language and Literature (BA in English) is designed on the basis of three different areas of specialization (tracks), which, in general, aim to help students develop the reflective awareness, characteristic of the Humanities, that problems of knowledge and truth cannot be divorced from the textual and historical conditions of their emergence.

To achieve this objective, the programme offers a wide range of courses in each of the three tracks. They include theoretical and applied linguistics, language development, research and teaching methodology, literature, history and culture, literary theory, translation theory, translation methodology, and interpreting. In addition to compulsory courses (incl. foreign-language courses and university-wide electives), students choose from a variety of departmental elective courses — small-class seminars in linguistics and literature — which change from semester to semester.
English is the language of instruction in all courses, though English and Greek may be used in Translation Studies courses, due to their particular nature. Therefore, a high level of proficiency in English is required for admission to the Programme. All courses are credited in European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points.

The infrastructure of the Department includes a modern and fully equipped Phonetics Laboratory for research and teaching purposes, an Interpreting Lab for courses in conference interpreting, a Language Teaching and Assessement Lab and a Translation Technology Lab. There is also a room with computing facilities for our students.
Administratively, the Department is divided into three Sections, each of which is responsible for the corresponding area of study:
1) Anglophone Literature & Cultural Studies
2) Theoretical & Applied Linguistics
3) Translation Studies

The Brandeis Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts  focuses on the distinctive contributions of arts and culture to the creative transformation of conflict. On campus, we have spearheaded an undergraduate minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (​ CAST ), a dynamic interdisciplinary community of inquiry that engages students, members of the faculty and the community. CAST students and others have collaborated to create " A Vision for Aleppo " a design lab on the rebuilding of trust towards the rebuilding of the city.  
Our primary work engages artist and peace building practitioners working in zones of violent conflict and oppression, in documenting and reflecting on their work. We have produced the anthology, toolkit and film  Acting Together on the World Stage : Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict, now used as an educational resource on every continent. Currently, in partnership with Juanita College in the US and Maseno University in Kenya, we are facilitating a global planning process,   IMPACT : imagining together platform for the arts, culture and conflict transformation field 
The arts, culture and conflict transformation field is comprised of many players who operate in an interdependent ‘ecosystem’. These actors include:
  • scholar/practitioners and leaders of academic institutions;
  • leaders of cultural institutions;
  • artists and cultural workers;
  • policy-makers from local, national, regional, and global organizations;
  • philanthropic professionals; and
  • leaders of peacebuilding organizations and alliances

IMPACT, a planning process supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to involve people from all of these sectors in addressing questions such as:
  • How can institutions of higher education link with cultural institutions to address critical needs of the field, including in the areas of education, training, ethics and evaluation?
  • How can theories and practices that emerge from artistic and cultural initiatives working on the ground in zones of conflict and oppression be documented and shared across region?
  • What would a sustainable infrastructure for the field look like, and what are the possible sources of support?
  • What are initial priorities for the proposed infrastructure for the field?

Participants in TPCC will have opportunities to participate in conversations on these topics. 
The university campus and the island
Info about the venue, getting around Nicosia and Cyprus
Getting around Nicosia
The city (including the campus and suburbs) is connected through a network of bus routes. For information, fares, stations and schedules, visit osel.com.cy
To/from the airport
The closest airport is in Larnaka. The easiest and cheapest way to get to Nicosia, is through bus service. For information, visit kapnosairportshuttle.com
Taxis are also widely available.
The University of Cyprus Campus

The Summer School will be housed at the New Campus of the University of Cyprus, in the municipality of Aglantzia, 15 minutes from the city center of Nicosia. Lectures, discussions and workshops will take place at venues around the Campus.
The Student Halls are located in the same area, a 2 minute walk from the main building complex. There are at present 208 single study / bedrooms with common kitchen and / or bathroom facilities. Within the Student Halls complex there are also a Social Activity Centre, Post-Office, Laundry Room and Resident's Information Centre.

Travelling around Cyprus
There is regular bus service between Nicosia and other cities, beach resport destinations and places of tourist interest around the island. For bus schedules, visit intercity-buses.com
Cyprus in July
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Ancient Greek Drama Festival
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Info on Festivals
Nicosia Municipality