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Title:Winter Session in Kyiv (January 2012)
Description:
As it became clear at the summer session, contextual and fluid meanings of cultural symbols can be comprehended only in relation to particular and changing contexts in which they operate. This observation defined the topic of the winter session (Kyiv, 16-22 January 2012), on which participants reflected upon the problem of reception and invention in the cultural history, especially as it is seen through the prism of cultural encounter and transfer. The session also dealt with another fundamental issue of how the practice of a new cultural history reshaped historians’ visions of and approaches to the individual in history in comparison to the paradigms of social structures and grand political narratives that dominate today’s university curricula.
 
The session was hosted by the Center of Polish and European Studies of the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”. The distinct feature of the session was the participation of two Kyiv-based university professors who are internationally-recognized experts in the field of cultural history and who have significant experience of teaching cultural history and building new academic school of young scholars, Nataliya Yakovenko and Oleksiy Tolochko. Most seminars organized by faculty members dealt either with the problem of ego-documents, biography and individual (Y.Hrytsak, N.Yakovenko, Y.Zazulyak) or cultural transfers, invention and reception (O.Sereda, Ph.Ther, V.Steer, O.Tolochko). T.Lindenberger finished mini-course on the cultural history of socialist regimes with seminars on border regions and transnational mediascapes.
 
All project participants were also asked to submit and to present during the contact sessions their research papers in order to receive critical responses of their colleagues. Therefore, almost half of the session meetings were devoted to the individual presentations of project participants that were relevant to the main themes of the session and the following discussion. Smaller thematic groups were able to present some preliminary results of their work on the mega-syllabus.



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