Jewish Heritage Europe

Ukraine: Call for study program applicants


Jakub Glanzer synagogue in Lviv . Photo (c) Ruth Ellen Gruber
Jakub Glanzer synagogue in Lviv . Photo (c) Ruth Ellen Gruber

Applications are now open for young scholars from Eastern Europe who wish to take part in the Summer School “Jewish History, Common Past and Heritage: Culture, Cities, Milieus” organized by the L’viv Center for Urban History.

The four-week program 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.

The deadline for applications is April 8, 2016. Click here for further information and details on how to apply.

We are pleased to post this description of the program.

Program Description

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.






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