2nd International Summer School – Approaches to Post-Soviet Transformation

Program description:

Two decades after the collapse of the USSR, evolutionary paths
travelled by post-Soviet societies are spectacularly diverse – posing
analytical challenges for social scientists. In the first post-Soviet
years, these societies were expected to ‚Westernize and so social
transformations were supposedly transitional. Later, it became obvious
that genuine evolution observed in the former USSR needed genuine
analytical tools. Dramatic change exhibiting a strange (at times
conflict-ridden) coexistence of transformation and continuity neither
elicits comparison to oenormal social evolution, nor can it be
explained as a chaotic or un-analysable specificity. The aim of the
summer school is to discuss different approaches / concepts used to
analyse post-Soviet transformations and to question their heuristic

The venue of the Summer School is of special interest given the topic
of study. The First Summer School in 2009, was dedicated to
collective memory issues, and took place in Uman which is a place of
a complex historical background and competing memories. In the same
logic, the Second Summer School on post-socialist societies (with one
of its themes being post-Soviet cities) will take place in a city
that illustrates the evolutionary dynamics of post-socialist
societies particularly well. A product of Imperial and Soviet
industrialization, a ~closed‘ city until the 1990’s due to its role
as a centre of the USSR’s nuclear missile and rocket industries, one
of the largest cities in Ukraine (1,1 million people), in post-Soviet
times Dnipropetrovsk has become one of the financial, political and
industrial centres of Ukraine. Despite the fact that the cultural and
religious diversity of the city was erased in Soviet times, in our
days Dnipropetrovsk has become one of the centres of Jewish life in
Eastern Europe. It is the place where the political careers of Leonid
Brezhnev, Leonid Kuchma and Yulia Tymoshenko began.

The Summer School is designed to be interdisciplinary and
international. The organizers welcome sociological, historical,
political science and anthropological contributions. Participants are
expected to present their own work, and to participate in group
discussions. The School’s program consists of lectures, panel
discussions, and field trips within Dnipropetrovsk and to its
surroundings, followed by discussion sessions.

Location: The city of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine.

Duration: 1 week (5 working days), 4-10 July, 2010.
Arrival July 4, sessions begin July 5, end July 9, departure July 10.


The Summer School is open to any academic candidates: students, PhD
students, young and senior researchers. The working language of the
Summer School will be English, so it is important that prospective
participants have a good knowledge of this language.

The selection committee will select candidates based on their
responses to this call for candidatures. The selected candidates will
be advised before the end of May.

Program Costs:

There is no program fee.
Accommodation, meals, classes, lectures and seminars, excursions are free of charge.

Travel expenses from the participant’s country to Dnipropetrovsk
should be arranged by students or his/her university. A partial refund
of travel costs may be possible for applicants with financial

How to apply?

Please send us the application form, a CV and if you want to, some of
your publications, by e-mail to dniprosummerschool@gmail.com.

You can also send a copy via regular mail to: CFUCUS – Institut
Francais d’Ukraine, 84 vul Honchara, 01054 Kyiv Ukraine. (not compulsory).

The deadline for applying is April 15.

Contact :
+380 44 504 01 39


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