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The Copenhagen Fellowship

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The Humanity in Action journey begins with a year-long Fellowship - an intense period in the summer, virtual and in-person, and an ongoing virtual training program throughout fall and winter - and it continues beyond...

Sommerakademiet 2020: 3. juni – 1. juli

De danske jøders flugt i 1943 sat i relation til menneskerettighedernes status i samtidens Danmark

Sommerakademiet i København er centreret omkring et afgørende eksempel på civilt engagement for opretholdelsen af menneskerettigheder: De danske jøders flugt til Sverige under 2. Verdenskrig. Danmark betragtes stadig mange steder i verden som et klassisk eksempel på et succesfuldt og progressivt samfund: Velfærd, lykke og ligestilling. På Sommerakademiet undersøger vi disse fortællinger, og afdækker den underliggende, og ofte mere komplicerede, virkelighed.

Selvom Danmark hyldes for at være et lige samfund, stiger den politiske retorik mod forskellige minoritetsgrupper og nationalistiske følelser lurer under overfladen. Et kig tilbage i historien afslører, at det ikke er første gang vi ser dette. Sommerakademiet dykker ned i danske  opfattelser af egen kolonihistorie; den komplicerede historiske kontrol over Grønland, Færøerne og Island, og måden hvorpå den historiske forestilling om kultur og etnisk homogenitet til stadighed påvirker den moderne danske tilgang til pluralisme.

Placing Denmark’s human rights realities today into the context of its history, especially the flight and rescue of the Danish Jews in 1943

The Copenhagen Fellowship centers around a pivotal example of civil society acting in defense of human rights: the rescue of Danish Jews by the larger public during World War II. Today, Denmark is still seen as a paragon of the successful progressive society: a beacon of wealth, happiness, and equality. The Copenhagen Fellowship investigates these narratives to reveal more complicated truths.

In a country lauded for its egalitarian healthcare, education, and welfare systems, political rhetoric against minority groups is on the rise, and nationalist sentiments simmering. The nation’s history has its darker sides, too. Copenhagen Fellows will dig into Denmark’s displacement of its own colonial history; its complicated historical control over Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland; and the ways in which historical notions of cultural and ethnic homogeneity affect contemporary Danish approaches to pluralism.

The 2021 Fellowship special theme: Unity of the Realm and Human Rights. Read more about the theme here.

Placing Denmark’s human rights realities today into the context of its history, especially the flight and rescue of the Danish Jews in 1943

The Copenhagen Fellowship centers around a pivotal example of civil society acting in defense of human rights: the rescue of Danish Jews by the larger public during World War II. Today, Denmark is still seen as a paragon of the successful progressive society: a beacon of wealth, happiness, and equality. The Copenhagen Fellowship investigates these narratives to reveal more complicated truths.

In a country lauded for its egalitarian healthcare, education, and welfare systems, political rhetoric against minority groups is on the rise, and nationalist sentiments simmering. The nation’s history has its darker sides, too. Copenhagen Fellows will dig into Denmark’s displacement of its own colonial history; its complicated historical control over Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland; and the ways in which historical notions of cultural and ethnic homogeneity affect contemporary Danish approaches to pluralism.

The 2021 Fellowship special theme: Unity of the Realm and Human Rights. Read more about the theme here.

Temaet for Sommerakademiet 2019 er “Vejen til et inkluderende samfund”

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2022 Copenhagen Fellows

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Gennem en årrække har Sommerakademiet undersøgt udfordringerne og mulighederne ved at promovere et inkluderende og mangfoldigt Danmark. I 2019 vil programmet udforske kulturen som et koncept og en praksis og derved fokusere på temaet: “Vejen til et inkluderende samfund”.

Sommerakademiet i København er centreret omkring et afgørende eksempel på civilt engagement for opretholdelsen af menneskerettigheder: de danske jøders flugt og redning under 2. Verdenskrig. Danmark er til stadighed betragtet som et klasseeksempel på et succesrigt og progressivt samfund: velfærd, lykke og ligestilling. På Sommerakademiet undersøger vi disse narrativer og afdækker de underliggende og komplicerede realiteter.

Selvom Danmark er hyldet for ligestilling i sundheds-, uddannelses- og velfærdssystemerne, har den politiske retorik imod minoritetsgrupper vokseværk og nationalistiske følelser lurer under overfladen. Et kig tilbage i tiden afslører, at det ikke er første gang i historien vi ser dette. Sommerakademiet vil dykke ned i Danmarks opfattelse af egen kolonihistorie; den komplicerede historiske kontrol over Grønland, Færøerne og Island, og måden hvorpå den historiske forestilling om kultur og etnisk homogenitet til stadighed påvirker den moderne danske tilgang til pluralisme.

Vores netværk af Fellows

Efter Sommerakademiet tager vores Fellows ud i verden og forandrer den

Alumni of the Copenhagen Fellowship

Our Fellowship Supporters in 2020

We thank our supporters and partners, host families, Senior Fellows and friends of Humanity in Action. These contributions help to prepare outstanding students for a lifelong commitment to civic responsibility and the promotion of human rights.

Become a Fellow

Every year, new Humanity in Action Fellows come together in six cities across Europe and the United States to study how and why people resist intolerance and protect democratic values.

01 Year duration

06 Cities

150 Fellows per year