Interdisciplinary Summer School: German Heritage in Eastern Europe. Comparing Narratives, Finding New Perspectives

What do we mean if we talk about the German heritage in Eastern Europe and the Baltic region? Which kind of narratives have resulted from the processes of appropriation, neglect and valorisation over the past centuries? Who has been involved in creating these narratives and what has been their agenda? Does the ethnical or geographical perspective on local history and heritage provide a solid way of overcoming national (heritage) narratives?

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The interdisciplinary summer school wants to approach these questions in a historical perspective with a focus (but not limited to) the Baltic German heritage of art and architecture in what is today Estonia. The aim is to bring different perspectives on heritage and history together, by inviting young researchers in humanities as well as professional experts and practitioners (conservationists, architects) and local stakeholders (e.g. monument-owners) to talk about their different perspectives on (German) heritage and exchange ideas on narrative construction and identity in art history and heritage studies. By doing this we want to question some of the existing narratives and possibly establish more multi-perspective ones.

Fees and application
The summer school is addressed to early career researchers, PhD students, or Master students shortly before their graduation, from the fields of art history, historic preservation, history, cultural anthropology and neighboring disciplines. The working language of summer school is English. There is no tuition fee. Overnight stays and meals in Ravila are covered by the support of the Bundesbeauftragte für Kultur und Medien (BKM).
Travel grants (arrival and departure to and fromTallinn) in the amount up to 200 eur will be awarded to participants upon completion of the summer
school. A bus transfer to Ravila Manor will be organized.
Applications including a short sketch of one’s research topic (max 350 words) and a CV should be sent to both and until the 31st May 2019. Selection and feedback will be made within two weeks. Subsequently, the selected participants are asked to draw up a longer abstract on their topic (1000 words) by 5th July, which will be distributed to the other participants before the seminars.
The participants will be required to work through a reading list before the summer school and will be awarded 3 ECTS points.

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Dr. Stephanie Herold

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