Summer School "Jewish History, Common Past and Heritage: Culture, Cities, Milieus"
Center for Urban History welcomes applications for the Summer School "Jewish History, Common Past and Heritage: Culture, Cities, Milieus."
The Summer School is a serial educational project launched by the Center for Urban History in 2010. The project strives to introduce inclusive approach to the learning, researching, and teaching of Eastern and Central Europe in the 19th-20th centuries, as well as strengthen the awareness of the importance of Jewish history and heritage as part of multicultural past.
Dates: July 11 – August 5, 2016
Location: Center for Urban History
6 Bohomoltsia Str., Lviv, Ukraine
Deadline for Application: April 8, 2016
The summer school aims at providing a high-quality possibility of learning about up-to-date state of research on the Jewish history of East Central Europe, developing research and practical skills, critical thinking in analyzing various narratives of the past and their usage in the present, and finally building up a milieu and network of young academics, practitioners, and faculty in Eastern Europe and beyond engaged in the research, preservation, and promotion of Jewish heritage as part of multi-ethnic past in the region. The school gives space to researchers and practitioners from Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, and Russia) to engage in shaping a more participatory historical culture and heritage practices, to challenge top-down modes in practicing both history and heritage.
The program includes lectures in the Jewish history of Eastern Europe during the 19th to 20th centuries; an introductory course of Yiddish; and seminar courses on transnational approaches and topics, cultural history, memory and heritage studies. An important part of the program is practical work with resources and exploring different formats of implementing projects in the public space of the city. The program includes tours to historical sites and towns, meetings with experts, researchers, local community, and discussions.
The program lasts for four weeks. It consists of 40 hours of elementary Yiddish, 80 hours of lectures, seminars and a workshop. The program will go beyond the academic history and offer participants various forms of practical work with historical material. Combining academic lectures and seminars with practical exercises, workshop, group tasks, the summer school will provide participants with tools for implementing public history projects. This year, the workshop will deal with multicultural artistic and literary Lviv/Lwów/Lemberg with focus on Jewish milieus. The aim of the workshop is to engage the participants with the formats of city walks and explore diverse and multicultural life of the city from the early 20th century till the Second World War. By relating people, places, stories, events and by involving documents, texts, visual materials, the city’s contemporary space will become a site of interaction between school participants and broader public.
The summer schools brings in scholars from leading centers for Jewish Studies and East European Studies but involves local experts and thus aims to create something common – a multifaceted encounter and a reciprocal experience.
The summer school is open to graduate and postgraduate students (MA and PhD programs), young researchers (up to the age of 35), university lecturers, museum workers, practitioners in heritage from Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, and Russia.
The working language is English. Participants must be comfortable working in English.
How to Apply
The application must include:
- Resume (CV)
- Motivation letter (no more than 3,000 characters about why you want to participate in this school)
- Project description no more than 3,000 characters (this can be a research, educational, or cultural project related to Jewish history, multiethnic history, or heritage issues, which you are currently working on or plan to carry out in the future)
- Contact phone/e-mail of two scholars, whom we can contact for a reference if necessary
The application must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, by April 8, 2016. In the "Subject" please write "Application for Summer School 2016." Applications can be submitted in English, Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, and Belarusian.
A jury will evaluate the applications and select the finalists by April 17. The finalists will be interviewed by Skype selectively during the following week.
There is no program fee. The organizers will cover travel costs, accommodation, lunches, and excursions.