The Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity (IPSEC) offers summer institutes independently or in partnership with various universities from the U.S. and abroad. The purpose of the summer institutes is to investigate how Orthodox Christianity manages its encounter with collective violence in a various geopolitical spheres which are situated at the intersection of former empires, political ideologies and organized religions.
For purpose of safety and logistics, IPSEC summer institutes are currently organized in Romania, in partnerships with local universities. Logistically, it has long been recognized that Romania is a unique place of religious, political and diplomatic collision, where the Ottoman Muslims, the Russian Orthodox, and the Austro-Hungarian Catholic and Protestant leaders have learned how to negotiate their political differences and interests, territorial influence and control, and faith limitations.
Based on a study and travel model, the summer institute combines classroom training with onsite learning that involves visits to sacred places, and interviews with academics, religious leaders, political leaders and journalists.
IPSEC welcomes undergraduate and graduate students, as well as anyone interested in learning more about Orthodox Christianity and its challenges in Eastern Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia, and elsewhere.
Undergraduate and graduate academic credits may be available if a course is completed in the context of a summer institute.
Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern
P.O. Box 380246,
Cambridge, MA 02238-0246, U.S.A.