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Summer School „Viadrinicum“: BorderLab. Borderland Experiences: Conflict, Dialogue, and the Arts

28.08.2017 09:30

10.09.2017 18:00

Europa-Universität Viadrina

Viadrinicum is an annual summer school devoted to the countries of the Eastern Partnership region with a special focus on Ukraine. In 2017 it took place in the form of a BorderLab, aiming to tackle the issues of borders and borderland regions from multiple theoretical and methodological perspectives. With a strong emphasis on the participatory element of educational process the school allowed its participants to deepen their knowledge about borderland studies and enhance their practical and methodological skills in the framework of several project-oriented workshops.

The school seminars were devoted to theoretical and empirical analysis of the role of borders and identity construction in conflict areas of the Eastern Partnership region. Among others, the programme included the following seminars and workshops:

  • Karl Schlögel (Berlin, Frankfurt/Oder): Opening Talk
  • Vasyl Cherepanyn (Kyïv): Trespassing Europe: Wars and Walls in the Borderlands
  • Ketevan Khutsishvili (Tbilisi): Construction of Identities in Conflict Zones. Case Study of Abkhazia
  • Lars Kirchhoff (Frankfurt/Oder), Tatiana Kyselova (Kyïv), Julia von Dobeneck (Frankfurt/Oder): Workshop on Conflict Management and Peace Mediation
  • Jutta Sommerbauer (Vienna), Elena Jerzdeva (Berlin): Workshop on Civic Journalism in Areas of Conflict

Besides the academic part, participants of the school developed their own small projects in the framework of three workshops (Border.Doc, Border.Art, Border.Media) under the close guidance of professional experts from the field of documentary filmmaking, art and journalism. Furthermore, film screenings, public discussions, and an Open Space where participants will have the chance to discuss their own scientific or cultural projects with other participants and scholars were part of the BorderLab.


Das Viadrinicum 2017 Border.Lab wurde gefördert aus Mitteln des Auswärtigen Amtes und des Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION.