CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: : “Post-Socialist Cultural Studies:
Methodology and Research” Summer School Post-Socialist Cultural Studies: Methodology and Research
More than twenty years have passed since the
collapse of the Soviet Union, the end of the Cold War, and the dispersal of the
global socialist movement. Since then, we have been living in a post-world that
is variously characterized as postsocialist, post-Marxist, postmodernist, and
postcolonialist. This new condition has challenged scholars to find appropriate
concepts, theories, and methods. In the 1990s, such theories as
"transition", "path-dependency", and "multiple
modernities" became popular among post-scholars.
Over the decades, these concepts have revealed
their problematic character. Empirical studies of the cultural condition of
postsocialism in its most problematic manifestations - class, gender,
generational, regional, ethnic, confessional, etc. - reveal continuities, gaps,
and hybridizations that were not predicted by ideologues. But the concept of
post-socialism is still in demand. In various forms that range from memory to
inertia, the socialist legacy makes its impact on cultural processes, social
troubles, and the political quests in the post-Soviet and global space.
In our problematic world, methodologies and
reality illuminate and challenge each other. The Summer School will discuss the
emerging concepts and visions that inform our research of the world after
Prof. Katherine Verdery (City University of New
York, USA) Prof. Alexander Etkind (Cambridge University, UK) Prof. Almira
Ousmanova (European University for Humanities, Lithuania) Prof. Vladimir Ilyin
(St. Petersburg State University, Russia)
Target group: Doctoral students and junior
The languages of the summer school are Russian
Dates: June 29 - July 5, 2013.
Place: St. Petersburg, Russia.
Doctoral students and junior researchers who are
accepted for the summer school are eligible for grants. These grants are
limited and cover travel and/or accommodation costs up to a set amount.
Applications should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15, 2013.
Applicants will be notified about their
acceptance no later than May 6, 2013.
The application should include:
- letter of motivation (1 page max.)
- brief description of current research project
(1 page max.)
- short CV (no more than 3 pages)
- contact information (email, telephone and
- indication of interest in applying for grant
to cover travel and/or accommodation costs