Georg Arnhold International Summer School

Preventing Violent Extremism through Education

Challenges, policies and practices - 5. Georg Arnhold International Summer School

Braunschweig, Germany

This year’s Summer School will explore the theme of preventing violent extremism through education (PVE-E). It will focus on curricula and curriculum reform, educational media, formal and non-formal educational activities, and diverse stakeholders such as teachers, NGOs, governments and international organizations in the context of PVE-E policies, practices and challenges. Particular emphasis will be placed on sharing expertise of good practices around the world, offering a critical analysis of problematic and controversial approaches, and identifying potential ways of overcoming obstacles.

Since recent decades have seen an increase of violent extremism around the world, resources have increasingly focused on preventing violent extremism as a much more effective approach than countering or mitigating its effects in recent years. There is also international recognition of the importance of education as a tool to prevent violent extremism. However, many issues and questions remain insufficiently explored. For example, what are the drivers of violent extremism when it comes to young people? What are the existing PVE-E policies or pedagogies and how can they be evaluated? What is the role of teachers in PVE-E? How are various stakeholders involved in PVE-E programs and what should their role be? Which examples of good and bad practices do we have so far? How does PVE-E differ when it comes to different forms of violent extremism, be it right-wing, left-wing or religious extremism? What should the role of digital initiatives be when it comes to PVE-E? What is the relationship between PVE-E, Global Citizenship Education, Peace Education and Education for Sustainable Development?


The week-long summer school will bring together early-career scholars, senior researchers, and practitioners in the field of PVE-E from around the world. It will provide an interdisciplinary and international forum that will allow participants to debate and critically reflect upon key research questions, methods, findings, and their implications. The academic program, including a workshop by our partner, will offer the participants to widen their research perspectives and improve their methodological competencies.

Concept of the Summer School by Dr. Eleni Christodoulou.

You can download the full call for papers here.


Interested guests, who would like to participate in the Summer School, should register by sending an email to until 9 July, 2018.

Due to the high number of applications, the selection process will take some time. An international selection committee at the GEI will carefully review all applications and decide on the invitations. All applicants will be informed about the result by the end of April.

This year, more than 200 young scholars, experts and colleagues working for international organizations have applied for the participation in the summer school.

The deadline for applications expired on March 15, 2018. Applications submitted after this date can no longer be considered in the selection procedure.