Study in the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars

There is no open call for applications for this program.  Candidates are selected on a case-by-case basis. 

 

Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars is an intensive post-graduate level academic program with integrated study tours for experienced university faculty and other related professionals.to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal of SUSI is to strengthen curricula and enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions around the world.

SUSI for Scholars takes place at various colleges, universities, and institutions throughout the United States over the course of six weeks. Each Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and up to two weeks of an integrated study tour.

There are six thematic summer institutes for which candidates will be selected:

  1. Contemporary American Literature
  2. Journalism and Media
  3. Religious Pluralism in the United States
  4. U.S. Culture and Society
  5. U.S. Foreign Policy
  6. U.S. Political Thought

The Six Themes

  1. The Institute on Contemporary American Literature provides a multinational group of up to 18 foreign university faculty and scholars with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of contemporary American (U.S.) literature. Its purpose is twofold: to explore contemporary American writers and writing in a variety of genres; and to suggest how the themes explored in those works reflect larger currents within contemporary U.S. society and culture. The program explores the diversity of the American literary landscape, examining how major contemporary writers, schools, and movements reflect the traditions of the U.S. literary canon. At the same time, the program exposes participants to writers who represent a departure from that tradition, and who are establishing new directions for American literature.
  2. The Institute on Journalism and Media provides a multinational group of 18 journalism instructors and other related specialists with a deeper understanding of the roles that journalism and the media play in U.S. society. The Institute examines the rights and responsibilities of the media in a democratic society, including editorial independence, journalistic ethics, legal constraints, international journalism, and media business models. The Institute covers strategies for teaching students of journalism the basics of the tradecraft: researching, reporting, writing, and editing. The program also highlights technology’s impact on journalism, such as the influence of the internet, the globalization of the news media, the growth of satellite television and radio networks, and other changes in media that are transforming the profession.
  3. The Institute on Religious Pluralism in the United States provides a multinational group of up to 18 foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious pluralism in the United States and its intersection with American democracy. Employing a multi-disciplinary approach and drawing on fields such as history, political science, sociology, anthropology, law, and others, the program explores both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the United States. Participants will examine the following aspects of religious pluralism in the United States: the ways in which religious thought and practice have influenced, and been influenced by, the development of American-style democracy; the intersections of religion and politics in the United States in such areas as elections, public policy, and foreign policy; and the sociology and demography of religion in the United States today, including a survey of the diversity of contemporary religious beliefs and its impact on American politics and society.
  4. The Institute on U.S. Culture and Society provides a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly-motivated foreign university faculty and other specialists with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The Institute examines the ethnic, racial, social, economic, political, and religious contexts in which various cultures have manifested themselves in U.S. society while focusing on the ways in which these cultures have influenced social movements and American identity throughout U.S. history. The program draws from a diverse disciplinary base, and provides a model of how a foreign university might approach the study of U.S. culture and society.
  5. The Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy provides a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of how contemporary U.S. foreign policy is formulated and implemented. The Institute will include a historical review of significant events, individuals, and philosophies that have shaped U.S. foreign policy. The Institute explains the role of key players in U.S. foreign policy including the executive and legislative branches of government, the media, the U.S. public, think-tanks, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral institutions.
  6. The Institute on U.S. Political Thought provides a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of major currents in U.S. political thought from the colonial period to the present. Drawing upon the American Political Development approach, the Institute provides a full and diverse understanding of U.S. political thought its connection to U.S. politics and institutions by linking contemporary issues with historical debates. The Institute explores particular themes including self-rule and limited government, liberty and freedom, individualism and identity, equality and inequality, and the American dream.  The Institute concludes with an integrated two-week study tour to Boston, New York City, Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Charlottesville, and Washington, D.C.