Summer School Goals
The PhD Summer School is embedded in the research and network project Fluid mobilities for cities in transformation: spatial dynamics of marshrutkas in Central Asia and the Caucasus
(Marshrutka Project). Within the scope of the project, we want to gain insights into transformation processes through the lens of changing mobility practices.
We are inviting doctoral students from diverse disciplines, such as geography, urban studies, anthropology, social and political sciences, and others, interested in the questions of space, mobility and transformation. The summer school is designed to encourage transnational interdisciplinary discussions, and provide high-impact feedback and networking opportunities for its participants. We offer  thematic key-note speeches,  training sessions on research methods,  an opportunity to share, discuss, and receive feedback for ongoing research projects,  mobility-themed field trips.
Besides offering a unique and understudied thematic focus, we offer a cozy and thorough working environment and networking opportunities. The summer school invites five project- funded PhD students, ten external PhD students (please see information on funding opportunities below), ten project partners from Kyrgyz, Kazak, Tajik, Russian, Georgian and German academic institutions, international and local key-note speakers, trainers and stakeholders. Such a high student/professor ratio and a diverse regional and thematic expertise of the participants will ensure an opportunity for constructive in-depth discussions.
The summer school is primarily designed for doctoral students. However, in exceptional cases, the applications from post-doctoral and early career researchers, as well as MA students will also be considered. The knowledge of the post-Soviet region is welcome but not necessary. The working language of the summer school will be English. For selected lectures, translation from Russian will be provided.
The application should include a motivation letter, a short CV and an abstract (not more than 500 words) of the paper you are planning to present at the summer school.
Please submit the application to Lela Rekhviashvili (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 30, 2016.
The participation of the Summer School is for free. We offer travel grants up to 400 EUR to ten selected applicants.
The sessions of the Summer School will be held daily from August 14 – August 18, 9am until 6pm, and full attendance is required. The participants of the Summer School will receive a certificate of attendance.
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