|Title:||2011 Summer Session. Circular Letter|
14 June 2011
our first July session is approaching, and there
are only four weeks left for all the remaining preparations. I hope we will
manage to organize an interesting and productive academic event to the benefit
of all of us. Therefore, I am writing this first “circular” letter in order to
inform you about the efforts we still can make in the remaining time.
You probably know the basic principles of
the ReSET program. Here I would like to mention only three important points: 1)
we do not meet at typical “summer school”, but at extended academic session
that is part of a long-term project; 2) we all have academic positions, and
thus we shall collaborate as academic peers; 3) we
shall endeavor to “generate change in the undergraduate education on the
regional level”, and although it might sound too ambitious, let’s try to focus
on our theme and goals seriously. Furthermore, our project is not a regular
ReSET seminar, but a “ReSET Challenges Project”, and therefore its success
depends very much on the academic expertise and experience of its participants.
Thus, I am asking you to prepare the
following contribution to our session:
1) there are 3 roundtables
planned for the session: “Place and meaning of cultural
history in the university curricula”; “Cultural history versus memory politics”; “Cultural history and post-modernism”. All project members
have to sign for at least one of roundtables and to prepare an informal 5-10
minutes short talk with her/his reflections of the problem. One may also
suggest some points to focus on and/or additional readings to be read by project
members in order to prepare for the discussion;
2) our session will
mostly consist of about 10 seminars, this time prepared and
conducted by our faculty members. Each seminar will take about 2,5 hours, so we
shall have enough time for discussions and additional contributions of project
participants. Please, let me know at which exactly seminar you would like to
have your short contribution based on your research/teaching experience (up to10
minutes), or act as a discussant.
3) there planned
several meetings in smaller groups
structured thematically. As
I see now, we may have at least 3 such groups: a) early modern cultural
history; b) urban cultural history; c) cultural history of the Soviet/socialist societies.
Of course, it is just initial proposal, and we may organize them along
different thematical lines at the session. Yet, please look at course syllabi
and research papers of your colleagues before coming to the session in order to
have an idea whom you might like to work closer with.
can do all these preparations only with the help of our web-site
Under the rubric “New Cultural History” you will find all the materials related
to our project, and also please feel free to look at all the sections of this
web-site that might be of interest to you. Due to copy-right-restrictions some
of them are password-protected, therefore in the next letter you will be
informed about your individual login and password. In particular, in the
section “New cultural history/session materials” you will find information on
all the roundtables and seminars together with scanned readings attached; in
the section “New cultural history/working papers” you can find draft syllabi
and research texts of your colleagues; in the section “New cultural
history/people” you can find short CVs of all project members. Some roundtables/seminars
are still in the process of preparation, but hopefully each will be equipped
with all necessary materials soon.
To sum up, please inform me before 26 June
on your choice of roundtable
and seminar (by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also share with me your comments, suggestions, criticisms etc in regard
to the planning of our activities, and do not hesitate to ask questions.
Next circular letter will be concerned with main practicalities of our travel and
stay in Lviv and in the Carpathians.
With best regards,
Ostap Sereda, project co-director