September 27, 2017

Seminar program for students of different fields

The call is open for senior year students (3-5 year of studies). Preferences will be given to the students majoring in history, culture studies, anthropology, journalism, sociology, law, politology, art studies, psychology, psychotherapy, pedagogics with their topics of the semester, Bachelor’s or Master’s papers relevant to the scope of the program.

Application deadline: September 27, 2017

Program duration: October, 2 – November, 30
Venue: Center for Urban History, library
Working language: Ukrainian
(two lectures and part of texts will be in English)


The education program for students was designed and will be conducted as part of the exhibition at the Center for Urban History the (un)named. The exhibition deals with visual sources, artistic and historical reflections on mass killings during the Nazi and Stalinist regimes, pogroms, ethnic cleanings, and other acts of violence that resulted into extermination of people and entire communities in the 1930-1940s within the area of present-day Ukraine. It will be the basis and a starting point for the training program on the research of topics of mass violence in history, and for the discussion on how to speak out loud and reflect upon the contested issues of the past these days.

Senior year students are invited to participate in order to be supervised by experts and researchers to address different formats and modes of talking about contested past. For two months, the experts in history, culture studies, anthropology, visual studies, art history, and psychology are going to have seminar sessions. Together with the students, they will be discussing and practicing different approaches to research, description, and comprehension of the 1930-1940s events, as well as other opportunities to reach general audiences to broadly discuss the “sensitive” and hard-hitting historical issues. The interdisciplinary approach to the program would allow the students gaining new knowledge and getting acquainted with the methods of different humanitarian, social, art, and medical areas to be used in their own research works, projects, and reflections over contested issues of the past.

Program focus

  • to work with different types of sources
  • to analyze texts and visual materials
  • to discuss different approaches and methodologies to work with topics related to mass violence, as illustrated with specific cases that the researchers in humanities, social, art, and medical areas deal with in practice
  • to search for public formats and ways to talk about the crimes of the past and their comprehension
  • to discuss the threats of manipulation, instrumentalization and ideologization of the past

Format of sessions

The program includes a seminar and a workshop, the analysis of texts (reading list), visual materials, group work and discussions. The students are expected to work on their own projects (written and visual). Participants could offer their ideas for projects on the basis of their current research works as part of their University studies, or suggest some new ideas they might generate during the workshops. The program implies discussion of the participants’ projects, exchange of opinions, as well as consulting and supervision from experts throughout the entire program.

Program outcomes

Group or individual projects of students in the form of essays, articles, reviews, art projects, etc. Group work of participants with different backgrounds is encouraged to produce a joint project based on interdisciplinary approaches and new visions of the program subject.


Małgorzata Radkiewicz (professor at the Institute of Audio-Visual Art at Jagellonian University)
Vasyl Rasevych (Candidate of History, Center for Urban History)
Dyak (Ph.D.) (historian, CenterforUrbanHistory)
-Paul Himka (professor emeritus at the faculty of history and classic philology of Alberta university (Edmonton).
Andriy Usach (historian, post-graduate student at Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv)
Bohdan Shumylovych (historian, coordinator of the Urban Media Archive, Center for Urban History)
Lizaveta Herman (Candidate of Art Criticism, independent curator)
Roman Kechur (Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Post-Graduate Faculty of Lviv Danylo Halytskyi National Medical University)
Iryna Starovoyt (literary scholar, Associate Professor at the Department of Culture Studies of Ukrainian Catholic University)
Nikita Kadan (artist, graphic artist, author of objects and installations)
Iryna Sklokina(Candidate of History, Center for Urban History)

Iryna Sklokina, Bohdan Shumylovych, Sofia Dyak, Andriy Usach


The call is open for students of senior years of studies (3-5 year). Students of the following majors are encouraged to apply: history, culture studies, anthropology, pedagogy, sociology, journalism, law, politology, art studies, psychology, psychotherapy. The applicants with the semester, Bachelors or Masters papers relevant to the topic of the program are most welcome.

Participation in the program includes:

  • processing texts from the reading lists and materials sent in advance 
  • active engagement in discussions during the sessions
  • development and discussion of individual or group projects

Participants shall be fluent in English on the level of reading texts and engaging into a discussion (during two sessions).

Application shall include:

  • CV
  • motivation letter (under 3000 signs, please, describe why you want to apply for the program and why this topic is relevant and interesting for you

Please, submit your applications before September, 27, 2017 to the address of the program coordinator Khrystyna Boyko