Summer school 'Ukraine and the challenges of nationhood, individuality and survival'

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12-09-2022 15:00 to 16-09-2022 06:00
De Krook, Miriam Makebaplein 1, 9000 Gent
Department of Conflict and Development Studies & Department of East European Languages and Cultures in collaboration with the Humanities Academie and the Academy for Political and Social Sciences

The purpose of this multi-disciplinary Summer School is to examine different aspects of Ukraine’s society and societal dynamics through in-depth study of four topics: identity, culture and ‘culture wars’; economic-ecological dynamics; the ‘humanitarian frontline’; and formal and informal governance.

Focus and goals

The open invasion of Ukraine by the Russian armed forces set off the largest armed conflict and multi-dimensional crisis on the European continent since the implosion of Yugoslavia and the wars in the former Yugoslav space in the 1990s. The current situation in Ukraine and its outcomes will not only shape the very nature of the country and its society but also those of Europe in general. The  invasion of 24 February 2022, however, was preceded all the way back to the early 2000s by various events, critical shifts and turning points which were formative for both the country and its society. The purpose of this multi-disciplinary Summer School is not only to provide a deeper understanding beyond the clichés of the conflict and the societies and environments involved. It is also to learn participants how to approach these if they are to work with Ukraine in later professional environments or other capacities. Content- and approach-wise, the focus of this event is Ukraine’s society and societal dynamics rather than the grand geopolitics. Four aspects, each organised in a thematic  day, will be examined in-depth through the input of nine scholars who worked extensively on, and often are from, Ukraine: identity, culture and ‘culture wars’; economic-ecological dynamics; the ‘humanitarian frontline’; and formal and informal governance.


A detailed overview of the programme can be found in the programme folder.


Classical-analogue (‘in-person’) event. No streaming or recording. 

Admission criteria and application

  • We encourage second- and third-year Bachelor students, Masters’ students and starting PhD students to apply. Participants are expected to be fluent in English.
  • Each applicant is asked to fill in an application form to provide personal information regarding education and research interests. Furthermore, we ask each potential participant to write a motivation letter of maximum 500 wordsin which you explain how you will benefit from this summer school. Also a transcript of records is needed. 
  • The deadline of application is 10 July, midnight. Review of the applications will begin on July 11, and will continue until all seats are filled.
  • After receiving the selection notification, the applicant is required to pay the course tuition within 7 working days.
  • Please note: You shall receive a final confirmation of your admission into the program after the payment of your tuition fee is completed.

Fee info

  • Ghent University students pay a tuition fee of 50 euros. Other students need to pay a fee of 100 euros.
  • The fee includes course material, coffee/tea/water during the breaks, lunch (Tuesday to Friday) and farewell drinks.

Credits and Transcripts

The summer school programme is equivalent to 3 ECTS. Students will be provided with a certificate of completion of the course if they satisfy attendance requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to verify the validity of the course and validate it for credit at respective home University before applying to summer school.


  • Ghent University is offering scholarships (fee waiver, travel costs, and / or housing) for the summer school.
  • Scholarships are intended to facilitate participation for students with strong visible motivation and possible financial hardships. The scholarships first and foremost aim at those students who come from abroad and who have limited or no funding.

Scholarships will be awarded according to 3 criteria: motivation, academic merit, and financial situation. In order to apply for a scholarship, applicants must submit an extra statement on their personal, social and academic background.

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