The Summer School has continued throughout the weekend with officially only half-a-day off, this morning (Sun). The European Union funding rules stipulate that students should be engaged in study for the whole 12 days. Slave drivers!
Many people, myself included, were rather fragile on Friday due to our first night exploring the bars in the city. Thankfully we went on a visit to an NGO in the centre of Ljubljana in the morning and then to the Slovene Ethnographic Museum in the afternoon where the lectures took place. Michael Bruun Andersen gave the first on The Meaning of Form in Journalism: The case of television news. It was a hot day and the museum had no air conditioning so along with the after effects of last night’s alcohol many people didn’t make the afternoon sessions. Indeed, I left after Michael’s lecture and spent what was left of the afternoon meandering around the city.
Saturday is an early start again with a abstract writing workshop for the whole morning given by Nico Carpentier. Nico gives us lots of advice and gives us a picture of what academic research entails.
Saturday was also the day when the first group of lecturers leave and new ones arrive. So we went down the student discount bar in the city centre and gave them a good send off (left) then back down to the bohemian Metelkova district again. This time the bar was playing some rather dated punk music.
Sunday morning and early afternoon was officially a rest period. Most people too the whole day off although there was an optional lecture in the afternoon. I sent the day going round the Sunday flea market and then a walk up the hill to Ljubljana Castle with Virpi and Julia. The castle has a fabulous 360 degree view of the city