Jewish History, Common Past and Heritage: Culture, Cities, Milieus

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.

Dates: July 11 – August 5, 2016
Location: Center for Urban History, 6 Bohomoltsia Str., Lviv, Ukraine

Program Description

The summer school aims at providing a high-quality possibility of learning about up-to-date state of research on the Jewish history of East Central Europe, developing research and practical skills, critical thinking in analyzing various narratives of the past and their usage in the present, and finally building up a milieu and network of young academics, practitioners, and faculty in Eastern Europe and beyond engaged in the research, preservation, and promotion of Jewish heritage as part of multi-ethnic past in the region. The school gives space to researchers and practitioners from Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, and Russia) to engage in shaping a more participatory historical culture and heritage practices, to challenge top-down modes in practicing both history and heritage.

The program includes 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 is practical work with resources and exploring different formats of implementing projects in the public space of the city. The program includes tours to historical sites and towns, meetings with experts, researchers, local community, and discussions.


The program lasts for four weeks. It consists of 40 hours of elementary Yiddish, 80 hours of lectures, seminars and a workshop. The program will go beyond the academic history and offer participants various forms of practical work with historical material. Combining academic lectures and seminars with practical exercises, workshop, group tasks, the summer school will provide participants with tools for implementing public history projects. This year, the workshop will deal with multicultural artistic and literary Lviv/Lwów/Lemberg with focus on Jewish milieus. The aim of the workshop is 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 will become a site of interaction between school participants and broader public.


The Summer School invites researchers from leading centers of Jewish History and East European Studies and is involving local academicians to create a collaborative environment through many points of intersection and mutual experience.

A workshop is being developed by 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


The participants will be granted

  • Summer school certificates
  • Basic Yiddish certificates

Award of the certificate, beyond fulfilling the relevant requirements, is contingent on successful completion of the candidate's Yiddish course examination.


Project Supervisors
Sofia Dyak
Iryna Matsevko

Project Assistant
Maryana Mazurak

Workshop Assistant
Olena Andronatiy