Jewish History, Common Past and Heritage: Culture, Cities, Milieus (July 11 – August 5, 2016)

Location: Center for Urban History, 6 Bohomoltsia Str., Lviv, Ukraine

Dates: July 11 – August 5, 2016

The Summer School "Jewish History, Common Past and Heritage: Culture, Cities, Milieus" is a serial educational project launched by the Center for Urban History in 2010. The project strives to introduce inclusive approach to the learning, researching, and teaching of Eastern and Central Europe in the 19th-20th centuries, as well as strengthen the awareness of the importance of Jewish history and heritage as part of multicultural past.

The Summer School 2016 included lectures in the Jewish history of Eastern Europe during the 19th to 20th centuries; an introductory course of Yiddish; and seminar courses on transnational approaches and topics, cultural history, memory and heritage studies. An important part of the program was practical work with resources and exploring different formats of implementing projects in the public space of the city. The program included tours to historical sites and towns, meetings with experts, researchers, local community, and discussions.

Combining academic lectures and seminars with practical exercises, workshop, group tasks, the summer school provided participants with tools for implementing public history projects. In 2016 the workshop dealt with multicultural artistic and literary Lviv/Lwów/Lemberg with focus on Jewish milieus. The aim of the workshop was to engage the participants with the formats of city walks and explore diverse and multicultural life of the city from the early 20th century till the Second World War. By relating people, places, stories, events and by involving documents, texts, visual materials, the city’s contemporary space became a site of interaction between school participants and broader public.

The participants of the school developed three city walks within the set theme:

  1. Life, Dreams, Fears: Literary Trip on Pidzamche
  2. Past, Present, and Memory: A New Look on Jewish Lviv
  3. Women in the Inter-War Lviv: Between Art, Literature and Social Reality
A workshop was developed by Iryna Matsevko, Joanna Lisek, Karolina Szymaniak, Andrij Bojarov (independent artist and curator), Danylo Ilnytskyi and Victor Martyniuk (I. Krypyakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine), Katarzyna Kotynska (The Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences); it will be facilitated by - Anna Susak-Chebotariova, Oleksiy Chebotariov (Center for Urban History), and Olena Andronatiy (Educator, lecturer of informal education, Hillel).


The program of the School is available for download here

Upon successful completion of the school, participants received:

  • Summer school certificates
  • Basic Yiddish certificates


Project Supervisors
Sofia Dyak
Iryna Matsevko

Project Assistant
Maryana Mazurak

Workshop Assistant
Olena Andronatiy