Deadline: 1 April 2019
Open to: PhD students and and young researchers
Benefits: organizers covers accommodation, meals, workshops and all excursions
A joint project of the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa (Canada), the Institut des Sciences Sociales du Politique (France), The Center for Slavic History at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne (France), the LabEx “Writing a new History of Europe” (France).
The Summer school is supported by the Wolodymyr George Danyliw Foundation (Canada), the Embassy of France in Ukraine, and the LabEx EHNE (France).
In 1869 The Russian Herald completed the publication of what would become one of the most prominent works of the nineteenth-century literature – Leo Tolstoy’s seminal novel War and Peace. After the writer’s death, however, some began to argue that the title should be renamed War and Society. The confusion was caused by the fact that after the language reform of 1917 the homophones “миръ” (peace) and “міръ” (society) became one word with two different meanings – “мир.” While there is enough evidence to believe that Tolstoy did, in fact, title his book War and Peace, the writer was clearly interested in the meaning of war for society.
One hundred and fifty years later they want to continue the conversation and ask our own questions about war and society: How does war transform societies? How does war close off and create opportunities? How does war challenge normative understandings of ethics, morality, gender, state capacity, social obligation? How does war end? How are wars “made” and undone and by whom? How have warfare and peace-making changed over time? Their focus is Eastern and Central Europe, but they welcome projects on Eurasia broadly conceived, including Central Asia and the Caucasus. They would like to move beyond defining this region as “bloodlands” (in the phrasing of Timothy Snyder) in order to examine the multiplicity of experiences of war and meanings ascribed to them by states, societies, and individuals. They are interested in “wars” broadly defined: from the greatest military conflicts, such as World Wars I and II, or civil wars that tore societies apart, or anti-colonial struggles that brought nations together–to less conventional wars of the post-modern world: cold wars, information wars, hybrid wars and the war on terror. They invite you to think of war not only as an event that takes place on battlefields and ends with the signing of a peace treaty but also as a continuum that encompasses a wide range of human experiences. Our chronology extends from the Napoleonic campaigns to the contemporary conflict in Ukraine.
One week, June 30-July 6. Departure from Kyiv on June 30. Workshop meets all day July 1-5; return to Kyiv July 6.
Participants must attend the school for the entire week.
The Summer School is open to PhD students (or students enrolled in a kandidat naukprogram) and young researchers (up to six years removed from their PhD or kandidat naukdegree). 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.
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 round-trip transfer from Kyiv to Kherson will be covered.
How to apply?
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 [email protected]. Please don’t forget to clearly mention your name in the subject line of the message.
For more information, please visit the official web page.