Program of the Summer School on Borderlands Studies

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1st Summer School “Borderlands Studies in East Central Europe and the Black Sea Region”
Dates: June 25 – July 6, 2018
Venue: Education Hub and Coworking Spalah, Kharkiv

Program Description
The summer school offers a possibility to gain knowledge on the up-to-date research in borderlands studies. It 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 in this multidisciplinary field.

The concept of “borderlands” implies demarcation of space and contact – both physical and imagined. Borderlands studies reveal not only connections in a fragmented world but also the divisions and inequalities generated by heterogeneities such as class, gender, ethnicity, legal status, religion, language, narratives, historical memory, etc. As such, “transient borderlands” have a complicated history of belongings and identities, conflicts and coexistence. The school are concentrate on the impact of state policies, nationalism, population movements, and geopolitical changes on borderland regions. Particular attention is 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 borderlands studies from historical, sociological, and memory studies perspectives. Guest lectures will be divided into two modules: “Borders and boundaries in East Central Europe and the Black Sea Region”, and “Chalanges of internal and external borders”The summer school format combines lectures, seminars, city walks, workshops and public events.

Program of the Summer school

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 Spalah, Kharkiv, Ukraine
The Kowalsky Program for the Study of Eastern Ukraine at the Alberta
University, Canada
The Marin Drynov Center for Bulgarian and Balkan Studies at the V.N. Karazin
Kharkiv National University, Ukraine