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8th International Social Science Summer School in Ukraine

Start date: 03.07.2016

End date: 09.07.2016

Location: Kharkiv

Country: Ukraine

Link to event

"War and Violent Conflict in Socialist and Post-Socialist Societies" | Kharkiv, 3-9 July 2016

The Summer School is 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).

Topics of investigation could include:

– Dynamics of war and conflict

  • “Old” and “new” wars
  • Imperial wars/ Civil wars / Defensive wars / Predatory wars
  • War and antiterrorism
  • War, wealth and the economy
  • War and political processes, political reconfiguration
  • War and political/social transformation

– Practices of war and conflict

  • Construction of the Enemy and the Hero during wartime
  • Wartime symbols, songs, and images
  • Materiality and objects of war
  • War and the environment
  • Heroic figures

– Combatants and belligerents

  • Trajectories of combatants
  • Mobilization and demobilization
  • Veterans

– Societies transformed

  • Refugees and displaced populations
  • Social mobility
  • Civil populations at war
  • Society/civic mobilizations behind the front lines
  • Transformation of economic practices
  • Recreating everyday life after wartime
  • Retribution and postwar justice

– Gender at War

  • Masculinities in war
  • Women at war
  • War and the Body
  • Sexual violence

– The Vulnerable

  • Children
  • Disabled people
  • Minorities

– The Powerful

  • Corporate elites
  • The military/ paramilitary
  • Agents and institutions of state power: local administration, border guards, police, security services

– History and Memories of war

  • Historical narratives of war
  • Memorialization between state policy and civic action
  • Memorial places / Places of memory
  • Representations of war in the arts
  • War and wartime in popular culture

Additional sections could also be organized to include other papers on contemporary Ukraine or Ukrainian history.

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.


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.

Program Costs

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 Please don’t forget to clearly mention your name in the subject line of the message.

Deadline for application is 15 April 2016.

For more details please visit the event website.


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