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March 21, 2013

Course:"Challenging the Social Order: Revolution, Reform and Transformation Under and After Socialism"

Deadline: April 30, 2013


Fifth International Social Science Summer School in Ukraine
Co-Sponsored by
The Embassy of France in Ukraine

The countries of the former Socialist Bloc have repeatedly
experienced throughout the last century the difficult, perilous and
uncertain task Machiavelli warns us against. Building, managing and
deconstructing socialist states and societies appears to be a
circular process of radical social and economic transformation. Thus,
collectivization, arguably one of the most ambitious attempts
implemented by a state to alter the socio-economic order, can be been
as a starting point for major crises such as famines, population
displacement and deportation, and the disruption of the countryside.
Perestroika, enacted as a response to the decline of the Soviet
economy, served as a catalyst for painful transition processes in
Central and Eastern Europe, the introduction of neoliberal reforms
and steep rise of social inequalities. Similarly, Soviet informal
practices have been interpreted both as a reaction to the deep
economic crisis of the late 1980s and as constituting a major cause
of yet another crisis, the failure of the rule of state and economic
transition. These challenges to the social order have had seminal
political consequences, such as Soviet industrialization and the rise
of Stalinism, the post-war establishment of Communist rule in Central
Europe, the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, the introduction of
political pluralism under perestroika, the August 1991 putsch and the
collapse of the Soviet Union, shock therapy, the 1998 financial
crises in Russia, the colored revolutions and the return of

The Summer School seeks to examine these moments of disruption of the
existing social order when state and society are challenged in their
institutions, rules, values and principles.

The Fifth International Social Science Summer School in Ukraine
welcomes proposals from the disciplines of history, sociology,
anthropology, political science, economics, and adjacent fields.
While the primary focus will be on the socialist and post-socialist
era (in the former Soviet Union, Central, Eastern and Southern
Europe), pre-Soviet history may also be examined. The Summer School
is designed to be interdisciplinary and international and follows the
format of a Workshop. Each participant will have the opportunity to
present a paper and receive comments from a group of international
scholars, as well as from the other participants, who are expected to
be active in these discussions.

Duration: One week, Tuesday 2 July - Tuesday 9 July 2013.


The Summer School is open to PhD students (or students enrolled in a
kandidat nauk program) and young researchers (up to six years removed
from their PhD or kandidat nauk degree). Proposals strong on theory
and empirical research are particularly welcomed. The working
language of the Summer School is English. Prospective participants
must be fluent in English. Selected candidates will be notified
before the end of May. Program Costs There is no program fee. Local
transportation from/ to Kyiv, accommodation, meals, classes,
lectures, seminars and excursions are provided by the organizers and
free of charge. The participants or their universities will only have
to pay the travel expenses from their current place of residence
country to Kyiv.

How to apply

To be considered for the Summer School, candidates must
complete an application form (that includes a 500 word project
proposal) and add a CV. They are also encouraged to send an
additional written sample, such as a conference paper, a dissertation
chapter, or a publication, although this is optional. The application
must be sent by e-mail to ukrainesummerschool@gmail.com, by 30 April

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Posted by jmkirsch at March 21, 2013 12:50 PM