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March 14, 2013

Study Abroad: Postsocialist Cultural Studies: Methodology and Research (St. Petersburg, Russia; June 29-July 6, 2013)

Deadline: April 1, 2013

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 socialism.

Target group: Doctoral students and junior researchers.

The languages of the summer school are Russian and English.

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:
summerschoolkazan@gmail.com 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 postal address)
indication of interest in applying for grant to cover travel
and/or accommodation costs.

Posted by jmkirsch at March 14, 2013 12:50 PM

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