During 13-17 May 2019, the spring school of the doctoral training programme "Transformations in European Societies" took place at the Benedictine Convent on Fraueninsel, an island in the Chiemsee lake in Upper Bavaria. Some 30 PhD students and professors from six universities took part in an intensive and wide-ranging programme of workshops and other activities.
The IRC's Jos Collins gave a well-received presentation on his SGSAH-funded project about folk drama in Scotland; Alastair Mackie and Prof. Ullrich Kockel chaired sessions, and Alastair took a lead in developing the social media profile of the network. Prof. Máiréad Nic Craith gave a lecture on her forthcoming book, illustrating an interdisciplinary research process, that generated much discussion.
The tranquility of the island, where life winds down at sunset and starts with the bells summoning to morning prayer proved an ideal setting for intensive intellectual pursuits, not least because the house rules of the Convent meant internet was only available in the seminar rooms and café; mobile phone reception was poor thanks to the volatile cisalpine weather, and the particpants (mostly) enjoyed this enforced quiet time.
The autumn school will take place in Murcia, Spain, in October.