Summer school: THE SOVIET OTHERWISE: Affects, margins, and imaginaries in the Late Soviet era. 26 July - 2 August (Tallinn, Estonia)

Uku Lember's picture
Summer Program
April 30, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Eastern Europe History / Studies, Oral History, Russian or Soviet History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies


We invite people to study cultural-historical processes in the late Soviet Union and to study them “otherwise” – by way of less travelled paths for researching the period from the mid-1950s to the 1990s.


The summer school will take place at Tallinn University, Estonia, 26 July - 2 August, 2019. The course is designed for PhD students in the Humanities and Social Sciences; however, motivated MA students and non-degree scholars are also welcome to apply. The working language of the summer school is English.


Deadline for application is 30 April, 2019.

For further information, please visit:


* * *

At the 2019 Tallinn Summer School, we aim to bring together leading scholars and PhD students who are interested in discussing and studying the Soviet otherwise and considering some of its continuing ramifications in the post-Soviet era. We propose to consider the Soviet “otherwise” in at least two ways. First, we invite students to touch upon the unspeakable, silenced, and marginalized in late Soviet society: people, deeds, and thoughts, but also feelings, moods and sensations that caused cultural discomfort or embarrassment, or were taken as insignificant, trivial, or too intimate for inclusion in the sphere of open social discourse. Second, we invite students to explore research methodologies that are still new or little explored in the context of Soviet studies. We look for research agendas that pursue dialogue with various strands of critical theory, including (but not limited to) affect studies, postcolonial studies, new materialism, gender and queer studies. The main focus of the summer school will be on the late Soviet period, but we also welcome approaches to the post-Soviet era that are interested in continuities between the late and the post.


Faculty include Jonathan Flatley (Wayne State U), Anne Gorsuch (U of British Columbia) and Serguei Oushakine (Princeton U) as keynote speakers. The rest of faculty combine local and international scholars from the fields of cultural history, post-colonial studies, the history of Soviet identities, everyday studies, urban studies, media studies, the study of local elites, visual culture studies, and other related fields.

Course director: Uku Lember.
Organising committee: Epp Annus, Linda Kaljundi, Uku Lember.


Contact Info: 

Tallinn University Summer School
Room: T217, Narva mnt 25, 10120 Tallinn, Estonia

Contact Email: