April 27, 2012
Study Abroad: The Kyiv-Mohyla International Summer Institute
Deadline: May 25, 2012
The objective of the first Kyiv-Mohyla International Summer Institute is to introduce students to the transformations that took place in Ukraine after
1991 from various perspectives (political, economic, social, historical, and cultural).
Additionally while attending two and a half week university level courses at one of the oldest Ukrainian universities, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, the students will get a general idea of ‘post-soviet society’, its main features and development dynamics, thus establishing a necessary framework for understanding other societies of this type.
The students will get a possibility to choose among 3 interdisciplinary courses in Ukrainian studies and additionally to take the class of Ukrainian as a foreign language, which will be taught at different levels.
The course is oriented towards advanced Undergraduate students, although Master’s level students can also apply.
The Institute offers three interdisciplinary area studies courses, which will contribute to understanding how Ukraine’s‘present’ is being constructed through its past. Specifically, the sociology and politics course will examine what kind of social transformations (economic, political, social) have takenplace in the country since 1991, their historical roots and outcomes; the literature course will focus on the phenomena of “literature” and “totalitarianism”, and their (co)existence in the Ukrainian realities of the 20th century; the history course will focus on the politics of memory, and its relation to identity construction both in Ukraine, and in neighboring countries. The Institute also offers optional language instruction both for beginners, and for students who have background knowledge of Ukrainian and/or other Slavic languages.
AREA STUDIES BLOCK
Post-Soviet Ukraine: A Case Study in Socio-Economic and Political Transformation (4,5 ECTS, 2 classes per day) Mychailo Wynnyckyj, Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology and Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, Director of the Doctoral School, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
During the past 20 years, Ukrainian society has experienced radical change, in its economy, in its polity, in its social practice (habitus). This course contextualizes these transformations in current social theory, and focuses its empirical investigations on three concrete social phenomena that have appeared in Ukraine since independence. In the first portion of the course, the phenomenon of post-Soviet entrepreneurship is examined – where did new business owners come from?; was privatization of Ukraine’s legacy Soviet-era assets really as important to the country’s future socio-economic development as one would gather from the literature?; are “oligarchs” really in control? These questions lead us to an examination of the structure of Ukraine’s post-Soviet elite. Focusing specifically on the political elite, the second part of the course examines elite networks, recruitment and circulation (particularly prior to and immediately following the Orange Revolution), and sources of elite consensus/dissensus. Finally, the third part of the course turns to an examination of transformations of everyday life practices in post-Soviet Ukraine: is the ‘homo sovieticus’ characterization still relevant?; to what extent are Ukrainians European in their values?; are regional differences exaggerated or real?
The course will consist of daily class discussions, and nightly reading assignments. Two individually written short papers will be assigned (one on socio-economic aspects of Ukraine’s transformation, and one on political change). A final “field research” assignment will be presented in groups.
The Politics of History in Contemporary East Central Europe (4,5 ECTS, 2 classes per day) Olena Betlii, Associate Professor of the Department of History, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
How much do we know about the resent past of the region, called by Timothy Snyder as Bloodlands? Do we know in which way the tragic past, described by Snyder, has been used by the politicians of the region after 1989? How much has politics of history influenced identity construction in the respectful countries after collapse of communist regimes? We will answer these questions while focusing on how history has been used and abused in different political and intellectual projects in East Central Europe since 1989. Our task will be to understand the nature of memory wars in Ukraine; impact of the past on contemporary relations between Poland and Ukraine, Poland and Germany, Czech Republic and Germany; and impact of the past on internal political struggles and identity constructions in the respectful countries (Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary).
Ukrainian Literature of the 20th Century: Run into the Accident of the Totalitarianism (4,5 ECTS, 2 classes per day) Serhiy Ivanyuk, Associate Professor of the Department of Literature and Foreign Languages, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
It is hard to find Ukrainian literature on the world literary map. Gifted writers from Ukraine often became Russian writers and created the empire’s culture. That is true for the XIX century, and for the beginning of the 20th century.
Despite of this the 1920th appeared to be incredibly fruitful and diverse for the Ukrainian literature. A lot of new names came to literature; each one had the outstanding fait. Many of these poets, drama and fiction authors had no good education, didn’t know traditions of the XIX century Ukrainian literature, but they were gifted, inspired, eager to create new, European, modern literature. All these three epithets though did stay tropes, since everybody gave them his/her own sense, it was impossible to reach common understanding. However these young people gave birth to really new, modern literature we shall talk about during our lectures; we shall read it in English translations; we’ll observe Ukrainian modernist arts in the museums and modernist architecture on the streets of Kyiv; we’ll find the dominances in socio-political situation, which allowed this great phenomenon to appear.
The phenomenon through lasted for one decade, after which it was destroyed in absolutely brutal way, while “creative method” of socialist realism was implanted. A lot was told about this cultural phenomenon while its very important quality was not mentioned - its popularity among the contemporaries and its vitality even after the Soviet Union collapsed. We shall read samples or social realist books; we’ll analyze the reasons of their popularity and those “viruses” of dehumanization of the society, which were implemented there. We’ll also try to discover and understand the presence of the social realism features in the today’s Western cultures, in particular, in the American one.
For more then half a century not any book written beyond the bounds of social realism appeared here. Up to the beginning of the 80th there was no writer in Ukraine, who was grown up outside the traditions of this “creative method”. Thus, the literature’s resurrection in 1980-90th was extremely hard – the writers had to overcome colonial and totalitarian syndromes, create new traditions, while their main their task was to create a new language. Generation of the 80th is one of the brightest in history of Ukrainian literature, these young people had managed to overcome these barriers and come to a reader with the new word.
They were called avant-gardists, they tried to be postmodernists, but mostly they stayed in the traditions of modernism of the 20th.
Very few works by Ukrainian writers of the 20th century have been translated into English. Still, after this course, we’ll be able to imagine the starting point, from which the literature of the new age started for the future. By now this literature has not get rid of totalitarian and colonial heritage - as totalitarianism is a kind of disease, which traces unstable health state for a long time.
Students can choose 1 or 2 courses from the Area Studies Block
UKRAINIAN LANGUAGE BLOCK
Oksana Plaksiy, Assistant Professor of the Department of Literature and Foreign Languages, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
- Introduction to Ukrainian Grammar: Beginner’s Intensive Course (1,5 ECTS, 1 class per day)
The Beginner’s Intensive Course was developed for students having experience neither in Ukrainian nor in any other Slavonic language. The course gets students familiar with Cyrillic and with grammar constructions most often used in Ukrainian, and provides them with elementary speaking, reading and writing skills. 10 lessons include practical exercises and enable students to operate a “must-have” set of words and phraises for elementary communication in everyday life.
- Language Training: for Ukrainian as Foreign Language Speakers of Different Levels (1,5 ECTS, 1 class per day)
The course for UFL Speakers is offered in three modifications: for Beginner’s+ (for students already familiar with Cyrillic and having a small experience in Ukrainian or/and any other Slavonic language), Intermediate and Advanced levels. For every level, the 10 lessons course provides a short review of the main grammar topics based on practical exercises for better speaking, reading and writing skills; it also extends students’ vocabulary and develops their ability to understand complex words and to combine grammatical forms and structures.
Mychailo Wynnyckyj, Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology and Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, Director of the Doctoral School, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
Wynnyckyj was awarded a PhD in Economic Sociology in 2003 from the University of Cambridge (U.K.). Prior to that, in 1997, Mychailo received an MPhil degree in Sociology and Politics of Modern Society (also from Cambridge), and worked for 7 years (1992-1999) as Vice-President for Sales & Marketing at Lava Computer MFG Inc. in Toronto Canada. During his tenure at the company, Lava’s sales increased significantly, and its markets expanded to include North America, Western Europe, South-east Asia, and Australia. Today, Mychailo is Director of the Doctoral School at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy where, in addition to teaching in the Department of Sociology, and at Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, he oversees a project aimed at reforming the traditional Ukrainian “aspirantura” system into a European-styled Doctorate. Since moving to Ukraine in 2003, Mychailo has also been active in consulting several Ukrainian companies on organizational and management issues – particularly as related to sales management. Mychailo’s consulting clients include the following Ukrainian companies: Avtek, Asbis, Kakhovka Welding Plant, Euroindex, Rosava, Plasmatec, and others. Mychailo’s typical day begins and ends with his four children (!), who seem to develop much faster than even he would hope. In what minimal spare time he has, Mychailo tries to find opportunities to indulge in his two passions:
downhill skiing, and flying (he received his private pilot’s license in 1999).
Olena Betlii, Associate Professor of the Department of History, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
Betlii has been an Associate Professor at History Department since 2006 and a Director of the Center for Polish and European Studies at the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla academy” since 2008. She was an Assistant Professor at the European and Euroatlantic Policy Department and a Secretary of the Academic Board at the Diplomatic academy of Ukraine in 2006/2007. Dr. Betlii Olena has conducted her research in Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, and in the USA and presented its results at the international conferences, congress or workshops in Kyiv, Warsaw, Krakow, Pardubice, Szeged, Berlin, Stockholm, Lund, Dublin, New York and Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of 18 articles, published in Ukraine, Poland and Czech Republic. Her major research interests include: urban studies, discursive creation of historical and mental regions in Europe; regional identity of Ukraine; international history and European integration history.
Serhiy Ivanyuk, Associate Professor of the Department of Literature and Foreign Languages, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
Ivanyuk, currently Associate Professor of Kiev-Mohyla Academy, Department of Literature and Foreign Language, is the author on multiple publications on the Ukrainian literature, he contributed to the Ukrainian Literature of the XX century (Kyiv, 1992-1993) and Ukrainian Literature: Enciclopedia (In
5 vol., Kyiv, 1991-1993). In 1991-2000 he was Dean of Kyiv-Mohyla University Faculty of Humanities, and then – Rector of the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”. Among Prof. Ivanyuk’s research interests is literature for children and youth, he is editor-in-chief of the Odnoklasnyk (Classmate) youth magazine, author of the novels for teenagers.
Oksana Plaksiy, Assistant Professor of the Department of Literature and Foreign Languages, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
Graduated from NaUKMA with MA in Philology (History, Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature). Worked as editor, translator and book reviewer with different editorials and publishers (Veselka, KP Publications, Fact and others). Fields of interest: modern and contemporary Ukrainian literature, phenomenology of the alien, mass psychology, mythology and ideology, folklore and ethnic studies, cross-cultural communication, literary translation, Ukrainian speaking and writing stylistics. Teaches Ukrainian as Foreign Language since 2007.
KMISI program consisted of three interdisciplinary area studies courses and a Ukrainian as a foreign language course. The students may choose to register for the following study options:
A One area studies course
Choose one among:
Post-Soviet Ukraine: A Case Study in Socio-Economic and Political Transformation (4,5 ECTS, 2 classes per day) The Politics of History in Contemporary East Central Europe (4,5 ECTS, 2 classes per day) Ukrainian Literature of the 20th Century: Run into the Accident of the Totalitarianism (4,5 ECTS, 2 classes per day) Tuition fee: 1600 USD
B Two area studies courses
Choose two among:
Post-Soviet Ukraine: A Case Study in Socio-Economic and Political Transformation (4,5 ECTS, 2 classes per day) The Politics of History in Contemporary East Central Europe (4,5 ECTS, 2 classes per day) Ukrainian Literature of the 20th Century: Run into the Accident of the Totalitarianism (4,5 ECTS, 2 classes per day) Tuition fee: 3000 USD
One of the courses from the Ukrainian as a foreign language block can be taken along with A and B options, but it can not be taken as the only course of the Institute.
Tuition fee (for one 1,5 credit points course): 235-340 USD, depending on the number of those registered (tuition fee for this course is to paid upon arrival).
The tuition fee includes: tuition, course materials, tour around Kyiv, welcome and farewell event, transportation from and to the airport in Kyiv (by public transport). No registration fee is required. Please, note that international airfare, medical insurance, accommodation, meals, public transportation and other private expenditures are not covered by the tuition fee. There may be additional, facultative cultural events suggested by the school to the students. Attendance of these non-obligatory events will be for moderate, separate fees.
Accommodation fee (21 nights in rented apartments, details below): 1100 USD
Arrival in Kyiv
Students are expected to arrive in Kyiv on Saturday or Sunday, August 4-5.
Pick-up service from Kyiv-Boryspil International Airport will be provided.
An orientation session and welcome reception will take place Sunday, August 5.
Departure is Saturday, August 25. Transportation to the airport can be arranged upon request by the school organizers for additional payment.
The National University of “Kyiv – Mohyla Academy” (NaUKMA) is located in the historic Podil neighbourhood of Kyiv. The campus is located on 3 city blocks stretching from Kontraktova Square to the Dnipro River.
The campus of NaUKMA is composed of a number of buildings, but most of the in-class sessions of the course will be held in the NaUKMA Buildings 4 and 5. Please visit www.ukma.kiev.ua for more information about the University.
Students will be housed in private apartments, two participants per location, each with a separate room and common kitchen. All apartments are located walking distance from the University or in the city downtown. All apartments are furnished, and include kitchen supplies, towels, utilities, telephone (outgoing international calls not allowed).
If preferred, you can also arrange accommodation in Kyiv by yourself. We would recommend rent either in the Podil district or close to it, in order to avoid using public transportation during rush hours.
Students are be responsible for their own meals.
They will be able to use the nearest Trapezna Cafeteria, located in one of the University’s buildings (up to 50 UAH for lunches) and many other options available in the University neighborhood.
A list of restaurants/cafes in Kyiv can be found on http://www.restaurant.ua/kiev/restoran/
Applicants are asked to inform themselves extensively about living and travelling for foreigners in Ukraine. Life in Kyiv is not more dangerous than in other Central European cities, but we would still like to alert you to the danger of petty crime in Kyiv's public transportation, the presence of HIV/AIDS in Ukraine, and the necessity to boil water that you want to use for drinking or preparing meals. You can find in the relevant information in the major travel guides, or/and at your Kyiv embassy's website.
Those interested in participation should submit a competed application form and other required documents (listed in the application form) by 25 May 2012 to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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