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    Fifth International Social Science Summer School in Ukraine Challenging the Social Order: Revolution, Reform and Transformation Under and After Socialism
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 14, 2013
      Fifth International Social Science Summer School in Ukraine
      "Challenging the Social Order: Revolution, Reform and Transformation Under and After Socialism"
      Mykolaiv, 2-9 July 2013

      Fifth International Social Science Summer School in Ukraine
      Co-Sponsored by
      The Embassy of France in Ukraine
      The Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa (Canada)  -
      The Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales [EHESS] (France) -
      The Petro Mohyla Black Sea State University in Mykolaiv (Ukraine) -
      The Doctoral School of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine) -
      The University of Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense (France) -
      The Franco-Belarusian Center for European Studies (Belarus)

      Call for Applications

      Application Deadline: 30 April 2013

      Program description

      "There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to
      conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in
      the introduction of a new order of things." Niccolo Machiavelli, The
      Prince, ch. 6

      The countries of the former Socialist Bloc have repeatedly
      experienced throughout the last century the difficult, perilous and
      uncertain task Machiavelli warns us against. Building, managing and
      deconstructing socialist states and societies appears to be a
      circular process of radical social and economic transformation. Thus,
      collectivization, arguably one of the most ambitious attempts
      implemented by a state to alter the socio-economic order, can be been
      as a starting point for major crises such as famines, population
      displacement and deportation, and the disruption of the countryside.
      Perestroika, enacted as a response to the decline of the Soviet
      economy, served as a catalyst for painful transition processes in
      Central and Eastern Europe, the introduction of neoliberal reforms
      and steep rise of social inequalities. Similarly, Soviet informal
      practices have been interpreted both as a reaction to the deep
      economic crisis of the late 1980s and as constituting a major cause
      of yet another crisis, the failure of the rule of state and economic
      transition. These challenges to the social order have had seminal
      political consequences, such as Soviet industrialization and the rise
      of Stalinism, the post-war establishment of Communist rule in Central
      Europe, the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, the introduction of
      political pluralism under perestroika, the August 1991 putsch and the
      collapse of the Soviet Union, shock therapy, the 1998 financial
      crises in Russia, the colored revolutions and the return of

      The Summer School seeks to examine these moments of disruption of the
      existing social order when state and society are challenged in their
      institutions, rules, values and principles. Topics under
      consideration include:

      ¢ the causes and dynamics of revolution, reform and transformation
      ¢ mobilization, protest and rebellion  
      ¢ the management of social or political crisis
      ¢ the production of new norms (informal, legal, economic, political)
      ¢ the impact of dominant economic models
      ¢ the management of the past: transitional justice, lustration, the
      politics of memory
      ¢ how individuals and groups adapt to a new social order: career
      paths, survival strategies    

      The Fifth International Social Science Summer School in Ukraine
      welcomes proposals from the disciplines of history, sociology,
      anthropology, political science, economics, and adjacent fields.
      While the primary focus will be on the socialist and post-socialist
      era (in the former Soviet Union, Central, Eastern and Southern
      Europe), pre-Soviet history may also be examined. The Summer School
      is designed to be interdisciplinary and international and follows the
      format of a Workshop. Each participant will have the opportunity to
      present a paper and receive comments from a group of international
      scholars, as well as from the other participants, who are expected to
      be active in these discussions.

      The School's program consists of lectures, panel presentations and
      discussions, as well field trips within the region. Location The
      International Social Science Summer School in Ukraine takes places in
      a different city of Ukraine every year. Previous schools have been
      held in Uman (2009), Dnipropetrovsk (2010), Ostroh (2011) and
      Zhytomyr (2012). The 2013 Summer School will be hosted by the Petro
      Mohyla Black Sea State University in Mykolaiv, Southern Ukraine. The
      history of Mykolaiv, located on the Black Sea Cost, about 110
      kilometers east-northeast of Odessa, is closely linked to its Port.
      The Port of Nikolaev is an important river port and one of UkraineTMs
      largest and busiest ship-building centers. After the Russian Empire
      annexed the Black Sea coast in 1788, the Port of Mykolaiv was founded
      as a shipyard near the site of the ancient Greek Olbia. Originally
      built for repair of Russian Navy ships during the Russo-Turkish War,
      the Port of Mykolaiv was opened as a commercial harbor in 1862, and
      the first foreign ships were welcomed into the port. This also led to
      the establishment of several foreign consulates in Mykolaiv. In the
      early 19th century, as with most urban areas in Ukraine, Mykolaiv
      developed into one of the largest Jewish centers in the Russian
      Empire and was the birthplace of the the seventh leader in the Chabad-
      Lubavitch dynasty.  

      In the Soviet era, Mykolaiv was a major shipbuilding center, closely
      linked to the military industry. The shipbuilding industry provided
      about 60% of Mykolaiv citizens with work. Because of this military
      orientation, the Port of Mykolaiv was closed to foreign visitors
      through the late 1980s. Most of the tragic events of the past century
      echoed in Mykolaiv's history, such as the Civil War, the famine, the
      purges, German occupation and the Holocaust. After the collapse of
      the Soviet Union, the industrial city of Mykolaiv faced a huge
      economic crisis. Most of the state-owned military-oriented industries
      faced restructuring and/or privatization, with unequal suc3 Fifth
      International Social Science Summer School in Ukraine cess. New
      branches of economy appeared. The image of the city is also evolving,
      sometimes in unexpected ways: the past city of shipbuilders became
      the city of brides with the development of foreign-oriented
      marriage agencies. In November 2012, the city was also in the center
      of the political news : the election vote count led to bloody clashes
      in Mykolaiv Oblast's Pervomaisk, where pro-government and opposition
      candidates were both claiming victory in district 132. A city of
      glory and a city in crisis, Mykolaiv is a perfect place for a Summer
      School focused on the challenges of a new social order.

      Excursions and meeting organized by the Summer School team will focus
      on these different dimensions of the regional history.
      Duration: One week, Tuesday 2 July - Tuesday 9 July 2013.


      The Summer School is open to PhD students (or students enrolled in a
      kandidat nauk program) and young researchers (up to six years removed
      from their PhD or kandidat nauk degree). Proposals strong on theory
      and empirical research are particularly welcomed. The working
      language of the Summer School is English. Prospective participants
      must be fluent in English. Selected candidates will be notified
      before the end of May. Program Costs There is no program fee. Local
      transportation from/ to Kyiv, accommodation, meals, classes,
      lectures, seminars and excursions are provided by the organizers and
      free of charge. The participants or their universities will only have
      to pay the travel expenses from their current place of residence
      country to Kyiv.

      How to apply? To be considered for the Summer School, candidates must
      complete an application form (that includes a 500 word project
      proposal) and add a CV. They are also encouraged to send an
      additional written sample, such as a conference paper, a dissertation
      chapter, or a publication, although this is optional. The application
      must be sent by e-mail to ukrainesummerschool@..., by 30 April
      2013.  The application form can be requested at


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