The Future Now?! Interdisciplinary Psychological Perspectives on Global Ruptures, Challenges and Actions

IPU Summer School: 27 June – 08 July 2022 / Berlin, Germany


The future has never been as present as it is today. Orientation toward the future can be conceptualized in simplified terms as positive or negative attitudes (optimism or pessimism), but also in utopian and dystopian fictions. In our time, technological, environmental, political, and social changes coincide in ways that are difficult for people to predict and imagine. Old familiar stories, patterns, and certainties begin to falter. For psychology and the social sciences, this requires complex engagement with the products of human, material, and ecological interaction, and the drivers of global change.

How can we anticipate future challenges, develop and implement sustainable concepts, and contribute ideas on how to resist dystopian political visions and warnings?

The two-week international Summer School “The Future Now?! Interdisciplinary Psychological Perspectives on Global Ruptures, Challenges, and Actions” of the IPU Berlin addresses these questions from sociological, psychological and psychoanalytic perspectives. In a multifaceted program consisting of lectures, workshops, discussion and reflection groups, and field trips, international scholars and students will engage with the following topics:

  • Thinking about the future
  • Health challenges
  • Global inequalities
  • Climate Change

Intercultural reflection groups offer students the opportunity to pursue their own experiences with the treated contents and allow them to build international networks.

Click here to see the full programme of the summer school.
Small changes might still be due.

Register now for the two public lectures:

Toward Future Form in Science: Contours and Consequences
27 June 2022, 7 to 9pm, Professor Ken Gergen

Global racism? How 'Soft' imperialism works
5 July 2022, 7 to 8:30pm, Professor Jessé Souza



  • International students studying MA or PhD in Psychology, Sociology, and Cultural Studies, and BA students in their final year
  • BA, MA, or PhD students who currently write their thesis in either Psychoanalysis or Critical Theory have priority
  • Pre-knowledge in at least one of the summer school topics is required


We accept applications from students from all around the world and do not prioritize any particular region. It is our aim to compile an as diverse group of students as possible.

  1. Letter of motivation
  2. Academic engagement in related projects
  3. Academic performance
  4. Regional diversity of participants
  1. Application Form
  2. Letter of Motivation (one page)
  3. Transcript of Records and/or last university degree (not necessary if you are a student of the IPU)
  4. Short CV (one page)
  5. Proof of English language proficiency min. B2 - If you are applying for a DAAD scholarship, one of the following certificates is required: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambirdge Esol, DAAD-Sprachzeugnis. 
  6. If you are applying for a DAAD scholarship, a certificate of current enrolment from your home university is required

Please send all documents together in one PDF file via e-mail to: not later than 1 APRIL 2022

AttentionThe application deadline is extended until 20.04.2022.

In case a visa is required, please take the timely aspect of this matter into consideration before applying.

Since the Summer School is primarily an event for students from abroad who are not yet studying at a German university, there are only 10 spots available for students of the IPU Berlin. 


  • 10 Spots available for IPU Berlin students who are currently writing their Bachelor or Master thesis, as the summer school takes place during the lecture period - IPU students who receive a scholarship are obligated to participate in the whole course of two weeks.
  • Out of the 10 spots, the IPU Berlin awards 5 scholarhips that reimburse the course fee of 440 EUR
  • Deadline of application: 1 April 2022
    AttentionThe application deadline is extended until 20.04.2022.

Costs & Funding

Euro 440,- (course fee only) to be paid three weeks after acceptance.

Accommodation, meals, and transportation have to be organized and covered by the participants themselves.

The summer school is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

All participants from abroad who apply for the summer school before 1 April, 2022 (application deadline) have the option to apply for one of approx. twenty DAAD scholarships.

Please state clearly in your application whether you still apply for participating in the summer school if your scholarship application is not successful.

AttentionThe application deadline is extended until 20.04.2022.

The scholarship for applicants who reside within one of the Erasmus+ program countries (EU countries + Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Turkey) comprises a lump sum of Euro 500,- per participant.

The scholarship for all other applicants consists of a country specific lump sum for travel costs. For further details, please refer to Annex I of the application form.

For all applicants who receive a DAAD scholarship, participation in the whole two weeks of the course is mandatory.

The scholarship will be paid in cash upon arrival at IPU Berlin only.

Please send your application by 1 April 2022 to:

The application deadline is extended until 20.04.2022.

International Psychoanalytic University
Stromstr. 1, D-10555 Berlin