CfA: Summer School on Borderlands Studies


Call for Applications

Date: June 24th –July 5th, 2019.
Venue: Hub Rozvytok, Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Deadline for Application: February 25th, 2019.

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.

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.
The program of the previous summer school can be found here.

Confirmed Lecturers:
Mayhill Fowler, Associate Professor of History, Stetson University, USA;
Annika Frieberg, Assistant Professor of History, San Diego State University, USA;
Steven Seegel, Professor of History, University of Northern Colorado, USA;
Tomasz Zarycki, Associate Professor and Director of Institute for Social Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland.

The summer school is open to graduate and postgraduate students (MA and Ph.D.), young researchers, NGO activists as well as practitioners in culture and education. The working languages are English, Ukrainian, and Russian.

Program Costs
Participation in the summer school is free of charge. The organizers provide accommodation and lunches for participants and cover travel costs. Candidates from the United States and other non-European countries will be considered but may be asked to contribute towards their flight costs.

The application should include:
• Resume (CV) (max. 3 pages);
• Description of your current or planned research, educational, or cultural project related to borderlands studies (max. 800 words);
• Motivation letter (max. 500 words);
• Contact information of two scholars for a reference.

Please, submit your applications to before of February 25th, 2019. Applications can be submitted in English, Ukrainian or Russian. Should you fail to receive confirmation on receipt of your application, please, contact the organizers.

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

Download the Call for applications in PDF.