Summer School Jewish History, Multiethnic Past, and Common Heritage: Urban Experience in Eastern Europe

The Center for Urban History invites you to apply to participate in the summer school "Jewish History, Multiethnic Past, and Common Heritage: Urban Experience in Eastern Europe".

Location: Center for Urban History. Lviv, Ukraine
Dates:July 13–August 7, 2015 
Application deadline - April6, 2015

Since 2009 we have been organizing an annual summer school on Eastern Europe’s Jewish history and multiethnic past. The main objective of the school is to start and hold a discussion in the academic and public spaces of new approaches to the study of Jewish history and heritage in the multiethnic and multicultural context of Eastern and Central Europe.

The next three schools that will take place in the summers of 2015-2017 will address the topics covered in previous programs, but also include new elements. Keeping the interdisciplinary teaching format, we will place more focus on urban history and the practical dimension, especially by involving public history approaches.

The Summer School 2015 will combine an academic program, a language school, and workshops on public history and heritage studies. The program will include lectures on Jewish history in Eastern Europe; a introductory course in Yiddish (with the possibility of further training in the intermediate level); and seminar courses on transnational approaches and topics, cultural history, and memory and heritage studies. An important part of the program will be practical work with resources and exploring different formats of implementing projects in the public space of the city.

At the seminars, participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss with the other participants their research and educational or cultural projects. The program will include tours, meetings with experts and researchers, discussions and workshops.

Upon successful completion of the school, participants will receive:

  • certificate of completion of attended courses
  • language certificate of completion of the introductory Yiddish course of 40 hours (participants mush pass an exam at the end of the school)


For us it is important not only to shape the environment of young researchers united by common research interests, but also go beyond the academic sphere and establish communication between researchers and practitioners. We invite to the program masters and PhD students, researchers in humanitarian areas, and individuals involved in cultural and educational projects related to history and heritage.

Age – up to age 35 

Geographic limits – participants from Ukraine, Poland, Russia and Belarus.

Language of seminars and lectures – English and Polish.

Working languages – Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Belarusian and English.

Classes will be held mostly in English. Some courses will be in Polish, so participants must know Polish at a level that allows them to freely read academic literature and understand lectures.

Application Requirements

The application must include:

  • Resume (CV)
  • Motivation letter (no more than 3,000 characters about why you want to participate in this summer school)
  • Project description no longer than 3,000 characters (this can be a research, educational, or cultural project related to Jewish history, multiethnic history, or heritage issues, which you are currently working on or plan to carry out in the future)
  • Contact phone/e-mail of two scholars, whom we can contact for a recommendation if necessary

Please send applications to the school coordinator Oksana Sikorska at In the "Subject" please write "Application for Summer School 2015." Applications can be submitted in English, Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, or Belarusian.

Application deadline - April 6, 2015

Conditions for Participation

Participation in the school is free.

Participants will be provided with:

  • Lunch
  • Housing
  • Refund of costs of travel by bus or train 

If you have any questions, please contact the school director Iryna Matsevko by email or phone +38 032 275 17 34.

13 July 2015 - 7 August 2015