Borderland Studies in East Central Europe and the Black Sea Region

Second summer school "Borderland Studies in East Central Europe and the Black Sea Region"

Date: June 24th –July 5th, 2019
Venue: Hub Rozvytok, Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Program Description

The summer school focuses on the past and present of physical, symbolic and imaginary borders in East Central Europe and the Black Sea Region. It offers a possibility to gain knowledge on the up-to-date research in borderlands studies. Moreover, the school provides young researchers and practitioners with an opportunity to present their projects, participate in public events and discussions, and join an international network of scholars.

The borderland-studies field is broad and interdisciplinary and explores connections, divisions, and heterogeneities. The school proposes a set of theoretical approaches and methods of studying and working with the topic of borderlands. While focused primarily on Ukraine, the summer school provides a complex comparative framework of borderlands in East Central Europe and the Black Sea Region. The school’s program consists of four core courses and guest lectures that offer analytic tools by which to approach borderlands from a historical, geographical, cultural, sociological and memory studies perspective. The summer school format combines lectures, seminars, city walks, workshops, discussions, and public events. 

Study program

Core courses:

  • Steven Seegel (University of Northern Colorado, USA): Mapping East European Empires
  • Mayhill Fowler (Stetson University, USA): Analyzing Borderland Cultures: Methods and Questions
  • Tomasz Zarycki, (University of Warsaw, Poland): Historical and International Perspectives on Real and Phantom Borders in Eastern Europe

Guest lectures:

  • Olga Filippova (V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine): Whose is Kharkiv: (de)secularization, glocalization and symbolic marking of the city’s space
  • Annika Frieberg (San Diego State University, USA): Illusions and Realities of Conflict Resolution in Borderland Areas: Polish-German Relations in the Postwar Era
  • Yana Volkova (Odesa Mechnikov National University, Ukraine): Diasporas in the Black Sea Region: trouble-makers or international dialog facilitators?

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Contact information
+38 (050) 298-21-90

Center for Interethnic Relations Research in Eastern Europe, Kharkiv, Ukraine;
Center for Governance and Culture in Europe at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland;
Center for Urban History in East Central Europe, Lviv, Ukraine