Mon 26 Feb 2018

Wed 07 Mar 2018
New Europe College (NEC) Bucharest
Prisma Ukraïna Academy

Revisiting the Nation: Transcultural Contact Zones in Eastern Europe

Convened by Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network Eastern Europe, Berlin; Centre for Governance and Culture in Europe, University of St. Gallen; New Europe College, Bucharest


Program Brochure [pdf]
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The Academy’s rationale is to gather young scholars from diverse disciplines and with different approaches. We want to facilitate exchange and contribute to a fuller picture of current transformations in the region that goes beyond the national narratives and takes into account conditions and current processes of the renegotiation of identity, history, and political practices. The aim is to challenge assumptions; to overcome simplifying categories and explanations; and to open discussion on new perspectives and research questions. In this, Ukraine may be the main focus, but research on other countries and regions is welcome as well.

The program will focus mainly, but not exclusively on the following, overlapping themes:

The (re)production of community
identity claims and multiple belongings; the (re)production of memory and legitimacy; conflict and coexistence; nationalist mobilization and its limits; historical figures of the nation; history and nation building; populism and new authoritarianism

Legacies of empires
post-imperial infrastructure and the political and social life of its successors; inert geographies; shifting economic, political and cultural orientations; voluntary and involuntary imperialism; old and new elites; shadow economies; regionalisms and nationalism

Hegemonic and alternative discourses
sources of resistance; myths of pluralism; art, literature and the creation of (alternative) vernaculars; critical thinking and its institutional impact; subcultures; the fate of the left; diversity of memory and narratives; the role of mass media

Performing imagination
cultural production of the present; rhetoric of/as emotion; creative communities, common places for specific experiences; key images; interventions into the public space; mass culture as industry of imagination; transformation of literary cosmopolises; networks and islands in cultural mapping; experiences and performances of the Other

The Winter Academy is chaired by a group of scholars that includes Pascal Bonnard (Jean Monnet University, Saint Etienne), Rory Finnin (University of Cambridge), Susanne Frank (Humboldt University, Berlin), Olena Haleta (Ivan Franko University, Lviv), Andrii Portnov (Prisma Ukraina; Forum Trasnregionale Studien, Berlin), Ulrich Schmid (Centre for Governance and Culture in Europe, University of St. Gallen), Mihai Varga (Freie Universität Berlin) and Annette Werberger (Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder).

The Academy will gather up to 20 doctoral and postdoctoral scholars from different countries and academic backgrounds. It promotes intensive peer-to-peer debates and encourages new perspectives grown from debates in small discussion groups. Participants take active part in contributing to the program structure and content. They present their individual research in working groups, co-design thematic discussion groups and are involved in the organization of workshops. While most of the intensive work is conducted in a small-group atmosphere, the Winter Academy also presents its work to the public through general lectures and open panel discussions. It builds on previous academies conducted by Prisma Ukraïna and is designed to support scholarly networks and contribute to closer ties among research activities in and outside of Europe. The working language is English.

Contact:
Ewa Dabrowska
+49 30 89 001 428
prisma(at)trafo-berlin.de