CfA: Summer school "Borderlands studies in east central Europe and the Black Sea region". Deadline: April 10

Date: June 25th –July 6th, 2018
Venue: HUB Spalach, 6 Divocha str, Kharkiv, Ukraine
Deadline for Application: April 1st, 2017

Center for Interethnic Relations Research in Eastern Europe, Kharkiv, Ukraine
Center for Governance and Culture in Europe at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Education Hub and Coworking Spalach, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Program Description
The summer school offers a possibility to gain knowledge on the up-to-date research in borderland studies. It will provide young researchers and practitioners with an opportunity to present their project, participate in events and discussions, and join an international network of scholars in this multidisciplinary field.

The concept of borderland is a demarcation of space and contact – both physical and imagined. Borderland studies reveal not only the connections of a fragmented world but also divisions and inequalities generated by heterogeneities such as class, gender, ethnicity, legal status, religion, language, narratives, historical memory, etc. The school will focus on the impact of state policies, nationalism, population movements, and geopolitical changes from the local perspective. As such, “transient borderlands” have a complicated history of belongings and identities, conflicts and coexistence. Particular attention will be paid to the cases of recent conflicts and their influence on borderland populations. Focused primarily on Ukraine, the summer school will provide a complex comparative framework of borderlands in East Central Europe, and the Black Sea Region.

Three main courses will give students insight on borderland studies from historical, sociological, and memory studies perspectives. Guest lecturers will be divided into give input on two modules: “Borders and boundaries in East Central Europe and the Black Sea Region”, and “Conflicts, societies, and “internal borders”The summer school format combines lectures, seminars, city walks, and public events.

The summer school is open to graduate and postgraduate students (MA and Ph.D.), young researchers, practitioners in culture and education. The working languages are English, Ukrainian, and Russian. High level of English is required.

The application should include:

  • Resume (CV) (max 5 pages)
  • Description of a research, educational, or cultural project related to borderland studies (max 800 words)
  • Motivation letter (max 500 words)
  • Contact information of two scholars for a reference

Please, submit your applications to before April 5, 2018. Applications can be submitted in English, Ukrainian or Russian. Should you fail to receive confirmation on receipt of your application, please, contact the organizers.

Program Costs
Participation in the summer school is free of charge. Organizers will cover travel costs, accommodation, and meals.

Oleksii Chebotarov (St. Gallen / Lviv)
Dr. Artem Kharchenko (Kharkiv)