The CBSS Summer University 2017 took place at Södertörn University, Stockholm and at the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk on 21 June – 1 July 2017.
The theme “Identities and Cultural Memory of East and West in the Baltic Sea Region” attracted about 20 PhD students from most of the countries in the region, and beyond – from Thailand and India. The course aimed to enhance the understanding of the impact of cultural memory and its institutionalisation on contemporary discourse in the Baltic Sea Region.
It offered seminars on memory studies, on the narratives of ‘East’ and ‘West’ in the region and on the institutions that preperve the past or construct new horizons of expectations and identities. These transdisciplinary phenomena were studied by observing the interplay of past and present in socio-cultural contexts of the Baltic Sea Region countries. The students were invited to critically examine how the memory and the history of a certain place or space serve to form a cultural identity. In particular, they focused on the discourses of ‘East’ and ‘West’ and centre-periphery relations as frames that have been instrumental for conceiving narratives of the region as a borderland.
The Summer School featured lecturers and keynote speakers from universities in Södertörn, Lund, Gdańsk, Greifswald, Kaliningrad and others in the region. The course was organized by Södertörn University’s Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) partnership with University of Gdansk, European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk and University of Greifswald, reaffirming the importance of such transnational endeavours for constructing a truly regional epistemic community.
More information can be found here.
A detailed documentations of the Summer School is available here.
The programme is available at: CBSS Summer University 2017 at Södertörn University