The Last European Dictatorship and a Platformization Frontier? Platforms and Infrastructures of Political Power in Belarus in the 2020s

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Type: 
Summer Program
Date: 
May 31, 2022
Location: 
Lithuania
Subject Fields: 
Digital Humanities, Social Sciences, Political Science, Public Policy, Journalism and Media Studies

The Last European Dictatorship and a Platformization Frontier? Platforms and Infrastructures of Political Power in Belarus in the 2020s

DAAD Go East Summer School at the European Humanites University in Vilnius, Lithuania, August 15-26, 2022

 

The miraculous massive politicization of Belarusian society in the summer and autumn of 2020 has generated a variety of perspectives to make sense of this change, including nation building, the erosion of the foundations of authoritarianism, gender roles in public politics, protest as creativity, grassroots activism, and muchrooming local communities. This Summer School brings all of these perspectives into focus, and it emphasizes the critical entanglement of this politicization with the reality of digital platforms. It thus aims to examine the profound destabilization of power relations in Belarus in 2020-2021 as a result of the interplay among digital technologies, society, and politics. By bringing to the classroom cutting-edge theory, established expertise on Belarus, and the experiences of various actors in the field, the Summer School creates an immersive learning environment with analytical and ethical dilemmas. The expected overall result of the Summer School is the elaboration of a narrative of the pivot experienced by Belarusian society in the summer and autumn of 2020, and reflection on its aftermath from the perspective of the summer of 2022. This narrative is to be co-created by the Summer School participants, tutors, lecturers, and invited social partners. For this purpose, the curriculum is composed of three modes of input: 1) lecturers and discussions on the major trends in Belarusian society, culture, and politics; 2) meetings and networking with representatives of Belarusian NGOs, independent media, and research organizations; and 3) facilitated discussion of readings on the political powers of infrastructures and digital platforms.

 

The Summer School provides:

- Work in a medium-sized interdisciplinary group (20 participants and 3-4 tutors)

- Lecturers and tutors with expertise in the theme of the Summer School

- Meetings and networking with the representatives of Belarusian NGOs, independent media, and research organizations

- Cultural program in Vilnius and Kaunas

- Time for individual work

- 3 ECTS credit points

 

Applications are accepted from advanced students of all levels in fields of sociology, political studies, journalism, anthropology, STS, media studies, urban studies, culture studies, history, philosophy, gender studies, design, art and multimedia.

 

Participation fee - 450 euros (includes welcome and farewell dinners). Accommodation and daily meals are to be organised by the participants individually. Students from German universities can apply for DAAD Go East stipend - https://daad.de/de/im-ausland-studieren-forschen-lehren/praktika-im-ausl...

 

Application materials including CV and motivation letter should be sent to Dr Siarhei Liubimau (siarhei.liubimau@ehu.lt) by May 31, 2022. Applicants for DAAD Go East stipend should also include recommendation letter from Professor at the University in Germany. 

 

Full information at https://en.ehu.lt/academics/daad-go-east-summer-school/

Contact Info: 

Dr. Siarhei Liubimau, European Humanites University

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