Title:Towards the concluding Spring Session
Dear Project Members,
I am writing this circular in order to bring your attention to the main activities within our ReSET project during the next months. 
I. Spring (Final) Session: It is planned that the Spring Session will aim at summarizing intellectual endeavors of the project, at finalizing teaching resources developed within the project (first of all, mega-syllabus but also individual syllabi developed or revised by project members), and at building new ways of scholarly cooperation that will be continued after the end of the project.
Tentative dates and place of the Spring Session: 3-9 March, 2013, Lviv. Please begin the travel preparations now: but before buying your ticket inform us about its price.
Yet the format of the Spring Session still can be discussed by us. The initial plan is to devote two first days (4-5 March) to intensive discussion on megasyllabus, one or two roundtables, one or two seminars, work in smaller thematic groups, and to individual consultations with our faculty. The next two days (6-7 March) we will work in the conference-like format, and give and discuss research-based papers. Our meetings can form a separate part of the program of the Third Yaroslav Isaievych Academic Readings (organized annually at the Ivan Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) and can be open to public. Again, this is just the initial plan, feel free to criticize it or propose something else.
The thematic focus of the Spring Session shall also be discussed now. Initially, our (my and Yuriy’s) idea for the general theme of the Spring Session was the following: “The Power of Word: Reading, Writing and Speaking in History”. And that is how we saw it: “The Project is going to highlight the role of culture as a powerful gear of change in history. Namely, it tends to discuss some major cultural consequences of the growth of the literacy in early modern and modern societies by focusing on the spread of reading and writing practices and its implications for the changes in the modes of communication. The basic theoretical assumption for addressing these issues is that the literacy and such its manifestations as writing and reading became crucial media device which broadened opportunities for fixation, transmission and accumulation of knowledge and information in unprecedented way. Three questions have been singled out for the discussion. First, the interrelation between the written and oral modes of communications; second, the transformative force of writing and reading in the society, with the special emphasis on how the access to and the mastery of the written word functioned as a mechanism of social and cultural differentiation by shaping the differences in cultural tastes and relations of power; third, the readers’ response to the texts and the construction of subjective meanings and interpretations in the process of readings.” In other words, we have assumed that the cultural history of reading, writing and speaking can serve as a uniting topic for the final session, that is that every project member can give a paper related to this topic. But perhaps we are wrong and it is not possible; and perhaps you would prefer to discuss your research projects on various different topics.
Therefore, the questions are the following:
1) will you be able to take part in the Spring Session? If so, how much your air ticket costs?
2) what is the possible topic(s) of your research-based presentation at the Spring Session?
3) in general, would you prefer as the main session theme “The Power of Word: cultural history of reading, writing and speaking”, or, say, “Cultural history of everything”?
We need to receive your answers to these questions by 1 December, 2012.
Then, after discussion, we will need to receive your finalized topic (to be included also into the program of the “Third Yaroslav Isaievych Academic Readings”) by 1 January, 2013.
 Final texts of your research-based presentations will be due by 15 February, 2013.
II. Megasyllabus and work in the small thematic groups. As you know, we have agreed that the megasyllabus devoted to the cultural history of Eastern and Central Europe will be the main outcome of our project. The megasyllabus is conceived of as an attempt to accumulate resources (such as bibliography and topics) which can be of major assistance for participants in elaborating new teaching courses.
The last versions of three parts of the megasyllabus, as they were presented at the last summer session, are uploaded on our web-site (in the password-protected section “New Cultural History / Working Papers / Teaching Materials”):
As you remember, we have had rather intensive critical discussion on our mega-syllabus in July, yet it is still not taken into account in the versions that are uploaded. Therefore, I would like to ask all group leaders (including myself) and all project members to engage into collaborative effort in revising the syllabus. Let me remind you that we can use “Forum” section on our web-site in order to make communication more effective (just press “discuss” under the relevant part of the megasyllabus).
Please, also take into account that we can upload on our web-page all the scanned copies of additional readings that you consider interesting and useful for the megasyllabus. Perhaps you will come across a text that is worth to be included – please, make a scanned copy and send it to us, or just send a bibliographical note. They will be uploaded in the password-protected section “New Cultural History/Session Materials”. 
Let me also propose to continue collecting texts that give broader overview of the historiography related to the field of cultural history. As we have to upload them in the password-protected section, I suggest that we can simply add new readings to those that were already offered under “New Cultural History / Session Materials / Towards a New Cultural History. Introductory readings”.
Here, the deadline is the following: 1 January, 2013 – all three groups shall submit updated version of megasyllabus that would reflect summer session discussion.
Let me also remind you of the composition of our three thematic groups:
1)      “Early modern cultural history” led by Yuriy Zazuliak (A.Apanasenok, K.Dysa, T.Grygorieva, A.Maslov, A.Osipian, R.Paranko, L.Prisac, A.Shpirt, I.Sokolovskii, A.Tichomirow);
2)      “Urban cultural history” led by Ostap Sereda (O.Chepurnaya, A.Mazanik, B.Shumylovych, A.Strelnikova, T.Voronich);
3)       “Cultural history of Soviet/socialist societies” led by Andriy Zayarnyuk (P.Barvinska, O.Chepurnaya, N.Laas, O.Mikheyeva, I.Romanava, A.Suvorova).
III. Individual syllabi: As the main individual contribution to the project shall be syllabus of the undergraduate course in the field of new cultural history (reworked, revised or newly developed during the project). All these syllabi shall be reviewed and evaluated by our faculty. In order to allow time for this, please send us updated versions by 1 January, 2013 the latest.
IV. Web-site: let me remind you about the following sections of our web-site:
a) “Working papers / Research papers” – password-protected; we can upload here your draft texts which you would like to discuss with other project members;
b)  “Research papers” – general access; we can upload here your research-based text, which has not been published yet or is forthcoming (as a pre-print);
c)  “Library” – general access; we can upload here your already published texts (scanned copies) if it does not violate copy-right.
If by chance you have a text that you would like to upload in any of these sections of the web-site please send it to us ASAP.  
At the end, let me summarize our DEADLINES:  
1 December, 2012 – project members shall respond to the questions concerning organization of the Spring Session.  
1 January, 2013 – a) project members shall give finalized topics of the Spring Sessions research-based presentations; b) all three thematic groups shall submit updated version of megasyllabus; c) updated individual syllabi shall be submitted for evaluation.  
15 February, 2013 – texts of the research-based presentations for the Spring Session shall be submitted.

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