Donbas Studies DS


Ethnography workshop (Dr Trenholme Junghans)

This workshop will provide a brief introduction to the practice and politics of doing ethnography, including the affordances and challenges of ethnographic modes of knowledge and styles of representation.

Monotowns and their heritage (Dr Iryna Sklokina)

Seminar I: Company towns: past and future will discuss typology, history, transformations of company towns, and political discourse on this type of settlements in different contexts, especially postsocialist.
Seminar II: Donbas: urban processes, city planning, cultural infrastructures will provide some words on history of the making of region, with the main accent on socialist city planning and policies of cultural and industrial development and references to their legacies and aftermath and legacies.
Seminar III: Industrial heritage reuse: policies and practices will offer some insights will offer some insights from an international project HORIZON2020 (

Oral and Public History in community centered engaged studies: possibilities and limitations (Dr Mykola Borovyk)

The seminar will provide an idea on possibilities of oral history as a research method and a form of social activity, as well as discuss problems of bringing together knowledge-driven aims and social activism. Some of the key texts in oral and public histories will be studied during the seminar. There will be a focus on fieldwork and basics of preparing and conducting interviews. It is expected that in the course of the seminar participants will come up with a conceptual framework of a project which could be carried out during the summer school.

Performing Identity: Memory, Space, and the Politics of Aesthetics (Dr Jeffrey Murer)

Our identities are created and constantly modified through social interactions of recognition, reinforcement, rejection, and remembering. We derive our self-worth from the groups with which we identify, and our belonging or exclusion from a group is connected to the assessments and judgments of our activities, physical, verbal, and emotional, often expressed as the ability to reproduce or properly respond to collective narratives of the past. Belonging to a group requires the gaining of knowledge of symbolic systems, including moral and ethical positions, but also aesthetic values. This seminar will explore the modes of symbolic system transmission, reception, and reproduction as performance. It will also explore the significance of spatial relations, as where performances occur has a profound impact on the manner by which they are interpreted and judged. The seminar will also explore how the knowledge of collective experience, and the socially appropriate emotional production that accompanies that knowledge, are the both the embodiments and performance of collective memory.

Transmediality and participatory politics: imagining Donbas storyworlds (Dr Victoria Donovan)

This seminar will explore some of the recent work in transmedia activism, a field that Lina Srivastava has defined as the “coordinated co- creation of narrative and cultural expression by various constituencies who distribute that narrative in various forms through multiple platforms, the result of which is to build an ecosystem of content and networks that engage in community-centered social.” The seminar will address the potentials and limitations of the transmedial approach to community-centred creativity, by engaging with existing projects and imagining new initiatives of our own.