Studying memories of Central and Eastern Europe

Catégorie :Rencontres scientifiques

Date :du samedi, 04 juillet 2009 au samedi, 11 juillet 2009

Lieu :Uman (Ukraine)

Contact : umansummerschool..a..gmail.com

Résumé :

International Summer School: "Studying memories of Central and Eastern Europe". This Summer School offers the possibility to learn in depth about the specific methodological problems and challenges, which many researchers face when working on memory. The School also strives to enable young researchers to find out more about the new approaches and recent publications and discussions in the field. It also will give an opportunity to meet new people and establish international academic contacts.

Détails :

The National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy (http://www.ukma.kiev.ua, Ukraine), The Pawlo Tychyna State Pedagogical University of Uman (http://www.udpu.org.ua, Ukraine), The State Historical-Architectural Reserve "Stara Uman" (http://www.stara-uman.org.ua, Ukraine), The Center for Russian, Caucasian and Central-European studies - CERCEC, École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and CNRS (http://cercec.ehess.fr, France), Institut des Sciences sociales du Politique (http://www.isp.cnrs.fr/, France), The Centre for East European Studies of Warsaw University (http://www.studium.uw.edu.pl, Poland), The Centre franco-russe de recherche en sciences humaines et sociales de Moscou (http://www.centre-fr.net, France/Russia), The Embassy of France in Ukraine (http://www.ambafrance-ua.org), The Embassy of Poland in Ukraine (http://www.kijow.polemb.net), are pleased to announce the launch of the pilot International Interdisciplinary Summer School Studying memories of Central and Eastern
Europe.

Program description:


The growing importance of local, national and transnational memories has recently a particular impact on the current political and social dynamics of the societies of CEE countries. One can observe that the interpretation of memory issues in the region is often a subject of political manipulation and heated controversial public debates. On the academic level, various existing analytical concepts such as French Lieux de mémoires and German Erinnerungsorte applied to the Eastern Europe realm become widespread and at the same time questionable.

The goal of the Summer School is to reflect on the present approaches and problems, which are being scrutinized by the researchers of the national/local memories and histories. The main focus of the program will be on the memory issues of the CEE countries, however, researchers who work on memory issues in other geographical areas, are welcome to apply.

This Summer School offers the possibility to learn in depth about the specific methodological problems and challenges, which many researchers face when working on memory. The School also strives to enable young researchers to find out more about the new approaches and recent publications and discussions in the field. It also will give an opportunity to meet new people and establish international academic contacts.

The Summer School focuses on the interdisciplinary approach and invites researchers from the various fields, including sociology and history, political science and psychology, anthropology and cultural studies. The participants are expected to make a presentation of their individual research and to contribute to the collective workshops. The program consists of lectures, series of presentations, panel discussions, and field trips within Uman and its neighborhood.

Among lecturers and tutors, we expect Danuta Sosnowska (Poland), Natalia Yakovenko (Ukraine), Andriy Portnov (Ukraine), Georges Mink (France), Alain Blum (France).

Location: Uman, Cherkassy Region, Ukraine.

Why Uman?

[Huma'n, Imen'] is a beautiful town in the very central part of Ukraine. It plays an important role in the history of the Ukrainian, Polish and Jewish communities, which populated the town. The name Uman ("pustosh") was first mentioned in 1609, when it was allotted to the Bratslav elder Valenty Kalinowski. In 1616 it was already an urban settlement. In the middle of the 17th century Uman became the base for the Cossack regiment. In 1663 it received Magdeburg rights, but at the end of 17th century it declined. The town revived after 1726, when Franciszek Potocki invited there Jews, and some Armenian and Greek tradesman. Soon Uman restored its Magdeburg rights, its castle was rebuilt, a new synagogue was constructed, and the monastery and the Basilian Collegium were founded. In 1768 the town witnessed the so-called Uman massacre, which horrifying image was later interpreted by Polish and Ukrainian romantic poets in opposing ways. In 1793 Uman became a part of the Russian Empire, but remained the domain of wealthy and influential Potocki family. In late 18th century Stanislaw Potocki began the construction of park complex, named after his wife Zofia (Zofiówka - Sofiyivka). Later, during the rule of Russian empire the park was renamed into "Tsarytsyn Sad". In 19th century the town became the center of Hasidism. Uman is the burial place of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav. During the Second World War thousands of its citizens, mostly Jews, were murdered by Nazis, and several thousands were sent to Germany as Ostarbeiters. Uman's population decreased from 43,000 before WWII to 18,000 afterwards. In the 2nd part of 20th century, the ethnic structure has been changing, which resulted in the modification of the town's look. Recently, Uman has witnessed a revival of the Hasidism, which is connected to the cult of Rabbi Nachman.

Organizers of Summer School have chosen Uman as a place of different cultures, complex histories and intermingling memories. For more information see at: http://uman.info, http://www.humania.com.ua, http://www.sofiyvka.org.ua

Duration: 1 week, from 4th to 11th of July, 2009 inclusive.

Eligibility


The Summer School is open to any academic candidates: students, PhD students, young and senior researchers. The working language of the Summer School will mostly be English, so it is important that prospective participants have sufficient knowledge of this language. By the end of April the selection committee will choose candidates on the basis of their applications.

Program Costs: There is no program fee.

Local transportation from/to Kyiv, accommodation, meals, classes and seminars, excursions are free of charge. Travel expenses from the participant's country to Kyiv need to be arranged by students or his/her university.

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