Estonia, Tallinn

The Soviet Otherwise: Affects, Margins, and Imaginaries in the Late Soviet Era

when 26 July 2019 - 2 August 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 6 EC

Tallinn Summer School invites students to Estonia to study cultural-historical processes in the late Soviet Union and to study them “otherwise” – by way of less travelled paths for researching the period from the mid-1950s to the 1990s.

The years after Stalinism and before perestroika have been labelled in various ways – as “thaw” and “stagnation”, as “really existing”, as “mature” or “late” socialism. While studies of the Soviet era have generally moved on from totalitarian and revisionist paradigms towards more complex analytical approaches, the social and cultural complexities and pluralities of the period call for constant innovation in understanding the period. Indeed, the controversies, contingencies and legacies of the last decades of the USSR have resisted a simple overarching theory. Recent interest in the postwar processes of modernization in the West, concern with the prehistories of deregulation and globalisation, but also the ongoing events in Ukraine and the world, and the rise of right-wing movements — all these give us new comparative contexts for revisiting and studying the diverse histories of the Soviet Union.

Course leader

Faculty includes Anne Gorsuch (U of British Columbia), Serguei Oushakine (Princeton U) and Jonathan Flatley (Wayne State U) as keynote speakers.

Target group

The course is designed for PhD students in the Humanities and Social Sciences, but highly motivated and prepared MA students and non-degree scholars are also welcome to apply.

Course aim

This course provides students with methodological and practical knowledge on innovative perspectives and approaches to the period of late socialism. It is designed to build up both analytical and practical skills, consisting of an intense series of plenary lectures and seminars and combining macro-level discussions with case studies and student workshops.

Credits info

6 EC
Upon full and active participation in the summer school, together with a student presentation and submission of a 3000-word final essay (deadline: 01 Sept 2019), students can be awarded 6 ECTS.

Fee info

EUR 0: Course attendance is without enrollment fee. Participants will be responsible for their own accommodation and most meals.