GALICIA - THE FUTURE OF A EUROPEAN REGION
Cultural Identities in Central Europe
Cracow, the Jagiellonian University campus in Przegorzaly
July 15-30, 2004
A two-week-long summer course organised by the International Cultural
Centre in Cracow in cooperation with the Institut fur den Donauraum und
Mitteleuropa in Vienna. The course will complete the cycle of other
sessions dedicated to Galicia: its history (2001), culture (2002) and
places of memory (2003).
In western perceptions, the area of south-eastern Poland and western
Ukraine is one of those peripheral fringes of Europe where western
civilization constantly rivalled with eastern cultural traditions.
Borders and political powers changed according to external relations.
Between 1772 and 1918 today's southern Poland and western Ukraine formed
the Habsburg crownland Galicia. Between 1918 and 1939 the area belonged
to the Polish Republic. Afterwards, Nazi Germany form in its western part
a German satellite state. After 1945 the area was divided between Poland
and the Soviet Union. Since 1990 eastern Galicia is a part of independent
Ukraine. From May 2004 onwards the cultural space Galicia will be partly
inside and partly outside the European Union. In the collective memory of
the people living in this region, Galicia is seen as a powerful tradition
which combines elements of plurality, cultural diversity, European
identity and national revival. The idea of the cultural region Galicia
transcends historic and present day ethnic, religious and state borders.
The curriculum of the summer session will comprise the issues of the
newest history of the region, politics and future perspectives of the
region from different academic angles and with a view on European
integration processes, changes for cross border cooperation and on the
consequences of globalisation for Central European transition countries.
The lectures and discussions will concentrate on recent critical research
perspectives concerning "inventions of traditions", "spaces of identity",
discourses on "legitimacy", "national myths", "post-modern theories of
plurality" and "transition research".
The classes held in Cracow will be supplemented by the tour of
Malopolska and will give the opportunity to acquaint the participants
with natural and cultural heritage of the region. The working language is
English. The session is addressed to advanced students, post graduates
and young scholars. The candidates from Austria and East-Central European
countries may apply for grants to cover the course participation fees.
The students will study under the guidance of the experts from Austria,
Poland, Ukraine and the USA. The application package should contain CV, a
letter of recommendation, a certificate of a good command of English, and
an essay on the newest history of the region, with particular
consideration of chances and perspectives for the region after the
enlargement of the European Union.
The applications should be sent by April 30, 2004 to:
International Cultural Centre/The College for New Europe
Rynek Glówny 25
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