Call for applications
Eighth International Social Science Summer School in Ukraine
War and Violent Conflict in Socialist and Post-Socialist Societies
Kharkiv, 3-9 July 2016
A joint project of the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa (Canada), the Center for Russian, East European and Caucasian Studies (France), the LabEx EHNE “Writing a new History in Europe”, The Center for Slavic History at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne (France), the V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine), the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy (Ukraine).
The Summer school is supported by the Wolodymyr George Danyliw Foundation (Canada), the LabEx EHNE – Writing a New History of Europe (France) , the Embassy of France in Ukraine and and the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine).
Format: Workshop and Fieldwork
The Summer School follows a unique format that allows for developing participants’ research projects, as well as exploring the theme of the School in the laboratory of the city. Participants leave the School with new colleagues, new ideas, and a better understanding of their own research in comparative context. The Summer School is explicitly interdisciplinary and follows a workshop format. Each participant will present a pre-circulated paper and receive extensive comments from a group of international faculty, as well as from other participants. Participants are expected to read each other’s work, to contribute actively to discussions, and to participate in the extracurricular program throughout the city. The Summer School will include roundtables and presentations at the seminar, field visits, local interviews and excursions within the region. These off-site activities will contribute to our seminar discussions.
Location: Kharkiv (Ukraine)
The International Social Science Summer School in Ukraine takes place in a different city of Ukraine every year. Previous schools have been held in Uman (2009), Dnipropetrovsk (2010), Ostroh (2011), Zhytomyr (2012), Mykolaiv (2013), Lviv (2014) and Chernivtsy (2015).
This year’s school will take place in Kharkiv, Ukraine. A university city and a city of industry in the Russian Empire, Kharkiv became the capital of the republic in the early Soviet period. The constructivist Derzhprom government building attests to its center as a place of radical social, political, and cultural transformation. Kharkiv then became Soviet Ukraine’s second city, but a focal point because of its factories during World War II, as the Nazi and Soviet armies crossed back and forth across Kharkiv, whose citizens endured multiple occupations and atrocities. Kharkiv is a cultural and political center of Ukraine’s east; its citizens have proven central to the 2004 Orange Revolution and the protests that began in fall 2013. Today Kharkiv is, in a sense, on the balcony of war once again, as a transit point for internally displaced people from conflict areas and combatants returning from the frontlines. Kharkiv is an ideal city to examine the dynamics and consequences of war and violent conflict in socialist and post-socialist societies.
One week, July 3-9. Departure from Kyiv on July 3, first day of work July 4, last day of work July 9.
Participants must attend the school for the entire week.
The Summer School is open to PhD students (or students enrolled in a kandidat nauk program) and young researchers (up to six years removed from their PhD or kandidat nauk degree). Proposals strong on theory and empirical research are particularly welcome. The working language of the Summer School is English. Participants must be comfortable working in English.
There is no program fee. The organizers will cover accommodation, meals, workshops and all excursions. The participants (or their institutions) must pay travel expenses from their home country to Kyiv; the transfer from Kyiv to Kharkiv will be covered.
To be considered for the Summer School, candidates must complete an application form (including a 500 word research project presentation) and send a CV. They may also send an additional written sample, such as a conference paper, a dissertation chapter, or a publication (optional).
Step 1 : Complete the application form online. We advise you to prepare the research project presentation in advance and to copy/paste it.
Step 2 : Send your CV and additional documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please don’t forget to clearly mention your name in the subject line of the message.
Deadline for application is 15 April 2016.
The application will be reviewed by an evaluation committee and you will be notified of the results by email.
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