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Summer School: "Russian Culture in Baltic Nature"

Deadline for Applications – 15 of March 2014.

The Summer school “Russian Culture in Baltic Nature” is planned as maximally international and interdisciplinary event. The participants will explore and discuss all aspects of the heritage phenomenon. On the one hand we intend to study the natural and cultural heritage objects as such – forts and palaces, roads and bridges, rivers and valleys, museums and churches, in one word – historic landscapes. We are going to look for “Russian” in “Non-Russian” and vice versa. On the other hand we will explore the current use, preservation, representation and management of heritage. That’s why the program includes the heritage objects that are now in different forms of property, under different legislation systems and used for different purposes.

The School is designed for PhD students in all related disciplines who are interested to the topic, such as: Russian studies, transborder history, history of cultural transfers, natural and cultural heritage management, Baltic region studies, Fine Arts History etc. The Call for Applications is also open for interested professionals and teachers, though Doctoral students are the main target group.

The main aim of the school is to educate students to approach the subject without borders, either in thinking or in the landscape. The idea is to appreciate our common past, not to judge it! If something good is to come out of centuries of fear and wars in the Baltic region, it just might be cultural landscapes such as those in the Baltic region. They are places of memory and the point is to see the whole of the past, not only one piece of it, and make participants in the Summer School see themselves as links in the same chain in order to give them perspective.

The Summer School will combine lectures from experts in the field , discussions with invited special guests – researchers, practicioners in heitage management, museum professionals, and group work. The participants will be divided into thematical groups (for instance – Maritime heritage; Roads and borders; Urban natural and cultural heritage; Manorial complexes etc.). Each group will be led by one of the Summer School professors. The group will be assigned tasks to be completed during the school and presented in the end.