Summer School «Connecting (to) Histories: Engaging with the Urban Pasts and Displaying Jewish Heritage»

Monday, July 10, 2017, 09:00 am - Friday, August 4, 2017, 05:30 pm
Center for Urban History
By registration only

The summer school «Connecting (to) Histories: Engaging with the Urban Pasts and Displaying Jewish Heritage» provides a high-quality possibility of learning about up-to-date state of research on the Jewish history of Central and Eastern Europe as well as developing research and practical skills, critical thinking in analyzing various narratives of the past. It also offers space to researchers and practitioners from Eastern Europe to contribute in shaping a more participatory historical culture and challenge top-down modes in engaging with history in academia and publicly.
The summer school format combines lectures and semi-nars, language classes and practice-oriented work. The program includes lectures in the Jewish history of Central and Eastern Europe in the 19th-20th centuries; an introductory course of Yiddish; seminar courses on transnational approaches and urban topics, social and cultural history, memory and heritage studies. The workshop will focus on museum as a format of public history. This reflects recent and significant developments in museum infrastructure and conceptualization in Cent-ral and Eastern Europe. The workshop will reflect on this and provide the participants with approaches and tools necessary to engage with complexities of urban pasts at museum displays and involve various audiences and actors in museum-making processes. In particular, the workshop will explore the concepts and formats of Jewish museums and city history museums.
The program also includes guided tours to historical sites and towns, meetings with experts, researchers, local practitioners, as well as series of public lectures and discussions on the Jewish history and heritage issues for a wider audience.

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 about working in English.

The application must include:

  • Resume (CV)
  • Motivation letter (no more than 3,000 characters stating 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, urban history, or multicultural 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, by April 16, 2017. In the «Subject» please write «Application for Jewish Summer School 2017». Applications can be submitted in English, Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, and Belarusian.
A jury will evaluate the applications and shortlist the finalists by April 19. 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.

For updated information please visit the Center’s web-page.

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