Summer School "Connecting (to) Histories: Engaging with the Urban Pasts and Displaying Jewish Heritage" (Deadline: April 16, 2017)

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Summer Program
July 10, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Jewish History / Studies, Public History, Urban History / Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies

Center for Urban History welcomes applications for the Summer School "Connecting (to) Histories: Engaging with the Urban Pasts and Displaying Jewish Heritage".

Dates: July 10 – August 4, 2017

Location: Center for Urban History, 6 Bohomoltsia Str., Lviv, Ukraine

Deadline for Application: April 16, 2017

Program Description

The summer school provides a high-quality possibility of learning about the up-to-date state of research on the Jewish history of Central and Eastern Europe as well as developing research and practical skills, critical thinking in analyzing various narratives of the past. It also offers space to researchers and practitioners from Eastern Europe to contribute to shaping a more participatory historical culture and challenge top-down modes in engaging with history in academia and publicly.

The summer school format combines lectures and seminars, language classes and practice-oriented work. The program includes lectures on the Jewish history of Central and Eastern Europe in the 19th-20th centuries; an introductory course of Yiddish; seminar courses on transnational approaches and urban topics, social and cultural history, memory and heritage studies. The workshop will focus on museum as a format of public history. This reflects recent and significant developments in museum infrastructure and conceptualization in Central and Eastern Europe. The workshop will reflect on this and provide the participants with approaches and tools necessary to engage with complexities of urban pasts at museum displays and involve various audiences and actors in museum-making processes. In particular, the workshop will explore the concepts and formats of Jewish museums and city history museums.

The program also includes guided tours to historical sites and towns, meetings with experts, researchers, local practitioners, as well as series of public lectures and discussions on the Jewish history and heritage issues for a wider audience.


The summer school brings together lecturers from major academic centers for Jewish studies, Central and Eastern European studies, and public history field to have a multifaceted encounter and a common experience.

This year's courses will be delivered by:

Prof. Marcin Wodzinski (Wroclaw University), Dr. Joanna Lisek (Wroclaw University), Dr. Karolina Szymaniak (Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw / Wroclaw University), Vladyslava Moskalets, PhD (Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv), Dr. Sergey Kravtsov (Hebrew University), Dr. Richard Rabinowitz (American History Workshop/ Yale University), Ludmila Gordon (museum exhibition developer, researcher, Washington, D.C.)


The summer school 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 about working in English.

How to Apply?


  • The application must include:
  • Resume (CV)
  • Motivation letter (no more than 3,000 characters stating why you want to participate in this school)
  • Project description no more than 3,000 characters (this can be a research, educational, or cultural project related to Jewish history, urban history, or multicultural heritage issues, which you are currently working on or plan to carry out in the future)
  • Contact phone/e-mail of two scholars, whom we can contact for a reference if necessary


The application must be emailed to summerschool@lvivcenter.orgby April 16, 2017. In the "Subject" please write "Application for Jewish Summer School 2017." Applications can be submitted in English, Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, and Belarusian.


A jury will evaluate the applications and shortlist the finalists by April 19. The finalists will be interviewed by Skype selectively during the following week.

Program Costs

There is no program fee. The organizers will cover travel costs, accommodation, lunches.


The participants will be granted

  • Summer school certificates
  • Basic Yiddish certificates

Award of the certificate, beyond fulfilling the relevant requirements, is contingent on successful completion of the candidate's Yiddish course examination.

The Summer School on Jewish History and Heritage is a serial educational project launched by the Center for Urban History in 2010. The project strives to introduce an inclusive approach to the learning, researching, and teaching of Eastern and Central Europe in the 19th-20th centuries, as well as strengthen the awareness of the importance of Jewish history and heritage as part of multicultural past. The summer school also builds 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.

More information about previous Summer School projects is available here