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The summer school offers a possibility to gain knowledge on the up-to-date research in borderlands studies. It will provide young researchers and practitioners with an opportunity to present their projects, participate in public events and discussions, and join an international network of scholars in this multidisciplinary field. The school is organized by the Center for Interethnic Relations Research in Eastern Europe, Kharkiv, Ukraine, the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and the Education Hub and Coworking Spalah, Kharkiv, Ukraine.


Kharjiv, Ukraine, June 25th –July 6th, 2018.


The concept of “borderlands” implies demarcation of space and contact – both physical and imagined. Borderlands studies reveal not only connections in a fragmented world but also the divisions and inequalities generated by heterogeneities such as class, gender, ethnicity, legal status, religion, language, narratives, historical memory, etc. As such, “transient borderlands” have a complicated history of belongings and identities, conflicts and coexistence. The school will concentrate on the impact of state policies, nationalism, population movements, and geopolitical changes on borderland regions. Particular attention will be paid to the cases of recent conflicts and their influence on borderland populations. Focused primarily on Ukraine, the summer school will provide a complex comparative framework of borderlands in East Central Europe and the Black Sea Region.

Three main courses will give students insight on borderlands studies from historical, sociological, and memory studies perspectives. Guest lectures will be divided into two modules: “Borders and boundaries in East Central Europe and the Black Sea Region”, and “Conflicts, societies, and “internal borders”The summer school format combines lectures, seminars, city walks, and public events.


The summer school is open to graduate and postgraduate students (MA and Ph.D.), young researchers, practitioners in culture and education. The working languages are English, Ukrainian, and Russian. High level of English is required.

The application should include:

  • Resume (CV) (max 5 pages)
  • Description of a research, educational, or cultural project related to borderlands studies (max 800 words)
  • Motivation letter (max 500 words)
  • Contact information of two scholars for a reference

Please, submit your applications to before April 10, 2018. Applications can be submitted in English, Ukrainian or Russian. Should you fail to receive confirmation on receipt of your application, please, contact the organizers.
Participation in the summer school is free of charge. Organizers will cover travel costs, accommodation, and meals.

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