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IPASS Summer School - 11th year

Every year at the end of June

We host annual research led summer schools each year. Academic credits offered. 

The Summer School is free. Limited places available. Apply early!

IPASS Summer School 2019

The Political Anthropology of the Flux and the Void


Place: Italy, Acquapendente

Duration: 1 week, 23-29 June 2019

Application deadline: 15 May 2019 

Summer School Staff: IPA Editors 

Guest Speakers: Arpad Szakolczai, Camil Roman, Marius Bentza, John O’Brien, Tom Boland.  

Contact numbers: Diletta Tonatto +393 458.060.926, Arpad Szakolczai +393 884.074.157  


After nine successful Summer Schools, the Journal International Political Anthropology will host its tenth annual Summer School, aimed primarily at advanced graduate students of Anthropology, Politics, Sociology, Philosophy, History, or other cognate disciplines, on the connected themes of the flux and the void. You can find details about previous Summer Schools at

One of the most important question in any transformation process is the role of the flux and the void. Almost without exception, when the flux is introduced into a transformation process, it promotes the fluidity necessary to remove the borders of the characters involved or targeted, their self-care and self-protection. Any liminal or threshold situation, a crisis or any other anxiety is commonly used for this purpose. Any other interruptions (about this term, see Michel Serres, Parasite) could also be used as fluxes, like elections, plots, wars, human-induced environmental changes, etc., in order to remove confidence, courage and well-being, and to prevent their re-growth into their authentic form. For the proper functioning of the flux a special space is needed, a receptacle or khóra (Plato, Timaeus), an encircled or encysted empty space (see Bowman on encystation, in Horvath, Benta and Davison, Walling, Boundaries and Liminality, Routledge, 2019). However, the flux and the void can be easily misunderstood, even carelessly glorified. Any fluxed or voided approach can, if the conditions are fitting, yield substantial and immediate benefits, producing a significant “impact factor”, though such success is usually only short-term, and procures serious hangover.  

Anyone involved with transformation processes needs to gain a solid understanding when, how, why and in what context fluxed and voided approaches are effective, and should be able to implement power in their process when that makes sense.  
The 2019 International Political Anthropology Summer School will focus on the links between this kind of transformative processes that the flux and the void represents. The purpose of this summer school is to explore contributions in various fields of political anthropology and related disciplines to understand transformation through the flux and the void.  

Course leader

Agnes Horvath

Target group

Ph.D. students in the fields of Sociology, Anthropology, Politics, Philosophy, History, or other cognate disciplines. In some cases, we also accept Master students, upon successful application.

Course aim

The course will offer a political anthropological perspective on transformation processes. Taking as its starting point rites of passage and liminality, the course will explore what kind of processes might develop out of the uncertain and fluid conditions that characterise the middle stage, the empty, 'void' situation of a liminal rite of passage, and what kind of agents (tricksters?) can emerge in such uncertain situations that can turn the void and the flux to their own advantage.

Credits info

  • 5 ECTS for attendance,
  • 10 ECTS if also successfully completing a 5.000 words paper


Sociology, Anthropology, Politics, Philosophy, History, or other cognate disciplines. 
IPA does not offer scholarships. Please apply to your own university for reimbursements of traveling fees.





2019 IPASS participants
Agnese Horvath 
Arpad Szakolczai 
Arvydas Grisinas
Camil Roman
Harald Wydra 
József Lörincz
Marius Benta
Paul O'Connor
Tom Boland 

Andrea Bergamini - Passed
Armando Garcia Teixeira - Presented and Passed
Daniel Gati - Passed
Diletta Tonatto - Passed
Evan James Boyle - Presented and Passed 
Federica Montagni - Passed
Janos Mark Szakolczai - Passed 
Joanna Lickiewicz - Presented and Passed
Matt French - Presented and Passed
Rasmus Madsen - Presented and Passed
Tobias Johansen - Presented and Passed

How to apply for IPASS Summer School 2019

To apply for the IPA summer school (IPASS) in Casa di Lazaro, Acquapendente, please send us the following by the 15th of May 2019:
- A letter of recommendation from your supervisor
- A letter of interest
- Your recent CV
Fee info: Following even in this sense the spirit of Plato’s Academy, the philosophy of this summer school is to minimize the involvement of the circularity of money in academic life. Thus, the Summer School will only have a small registration fee (45Euro, not refundable), above the membership fee, 25 euro/year. The School will be self-supporting for meal and drinks, with a donation for accommodation. This can be estimated as 50 euro for the week for accommodation, and about 80 euro for food and drinks. Thus the total cost for the week, with full board, should be about 200 euros.
Please send your application and the attachments to:

ipass (at) 


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