Mykolaiv 2013

Challenging the Social Order: Revolution, Reform and Transformation Under and After Socialism

Building, managing and deconstructing socialist states and societies appears to be a circular process of radical social and economic transformation. Thus, collectivization, arguably one of the most ambitious attempts implemented by a state to alter the socio-economic order, can be been as a starting point for major crises such as famines, population displacement and deportation, and the disruption of the countryside. Perestroika, enacted as a response to the decline of the Soviet economy, served as a catalyst for painful transition processes in Central and Eastern Europe, the introduction of neoliberal reforms and steep rise of social inequalities. Similarly, Soviet informal practices have been interpreted both as a reaction to the deep economic crisis of the late 1980s and as constituting a major cause of yet another crisis, the failure of the rule of state and economic transition.These challenges to the social order have had seminal political consequences, such as Soviet industrialization and the rise of Stalinism, the post-war establishment of Communist rule in Central Europe, the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, the introduction of political pluralism under perestroika, the August 1991 putsch and the collapse of the Soviet Union, shock therapy, the 1998 financial crises in Russia, the colored revolutions and the return of authoritarianism.

The Summer School seeks to examine these moments of disruption of the existing social order when state and society are challenged in their institutions, rules, values and principles.


Wednesday 3 July – Arrival 

Short visit of the city of Uman

Arrival to Mykolaiv


Thursday 4 July – The Birth of the Soviet Social Order

Welcoming from Oleksandr Pronkevych and representatives of the administration of the Petro Mohyla Black Sea University

Introductory Remarks by Dominique Arel (Chair of Ukrainian Studies, U of Ottawa, Canada,

Alissa Klots (Rutgers U, US, And Any Kitchen Maid Will Be Able to Rule the State: Domestic Service and the Soviet Revolution

Lyudmila Kuznetsova (Perm State U, Russia, Care as Enticement: Social Policy in the Leisure Sphere

Aleksandr Reznik (Perm State National Research U, Russia, The Bolshevik Left Opposition, 1923-24

Elizaveta Zhdankova (European U St. Petersburg, Russia, The Development of a New Culture of Leisure:Cinema in Soviet Russia in the NEP Period

Work in progress presentation: Mayhill Fowler, Kremlin Cabaret: the Imperial South, the Soviet North, and Transnational Dynamics in Soviet Culture

Visit: Ancient, Soviet, and Post-Soviet Mykolaiv


Friday 5 July – Elites, Norms, and Social Mobility

Jesko Schmoller (Humbolt U, Berlin, Germany, Clientelism and the State in Uzbekistan

Andrada-Mihaela Istrate (U of Bucharest, Romania, Caritas, Casinos, and Sports Betting: Money and Morality in Contemporary Romania

Sophie Lambroschini, Lonely Cowboys: Understanding the Professionalization of Soviet Capitalist Bankers in a Command Economy (1974-1991)

Visit: The German Community in Mykolaiv district


Saturday 6 July – Memory Politics

Marharyta Fabrykant (Belarusian State U, Minsk, Remembering the Long Nineteenth Century on the Former Western Outskirts of the Russian Empire

Viktoriia Svyrydenko (Karazin Kharkiv U, Ukraine, The Myths of the “Turkish Yoke” and of the “National Revival” in the Politics of Memory of Socialist Bulgaria

Work-in-Progress: François-Xavier Nérard ; Building a Cemetery for Stalinism: the Mass Graves of Levashovo

Visit: Museum of Shipbuilding and Fleet

Katharina Haberkorn (Andrassy U, Budapest, Hungary, Cultural Memory and Its Practical Aspects: Monuments and Heritage Sites in Western Ukraine

Vitalii Ogiienko (Institute of National Memory, Kyiv, Ukraine, The Politics of Historization and Historical Culture in Contemporary Ukraine

Work in Progress presentation: Oleksandr Pronkevych (Petro Mohyla Black Sea U of Mykolaiv, Don Quixote and homo sovieticus: an attempt at manipulating literary imagery

Sunday 7 July – Ideology and Regime Change

Guillaume Grégoire-Sauvé (Sciences Po, Paris, France, The Transformation of Political Thought on Democracy in Russia during Perestroika

Stefan Zaleski (Graduate School for Social Research, Warsaw, Poland, The Solidarity Movement and the Ideology of Civil Society: Rediscovering the Concept of a Self-Governing Republic

Work in Progress Presentation : Mychailo Minakov. The Return of the Ideology of Capitalism in Post-Soviet States


Religion & Society

Alla Marchenko (Kyiv Shevchenko U, Ukraine, Visions of Cross-Cultural Tolerance in Post-Soviet Ukraine: The Case of the Annual Hassidic Pilgrimage

Rasa Pranskeviciute (Uppsala U, Sweden, Communal Utopias Within Nature-based Spiritualities in the Post-Soviet Region: the Visions of an Ideal World Among Vissarionites and Anastasians

Visit: River cruise


Monday 8 July – Political Economy

Raluca Mateoc (U of Fribourg, Switzerland, Decollectivization in Romania in the 1990s: peasants’ perspectives and the strategies of land tenants in two Transylvanian villages

Dilorom Akhmedzhanova (U of Wroclaw, Poland, Post-Socialist Housing Reforms in Poland and Russia

Ewa Dabrowska(U of Erfurt, Germany, Diversification of Russia’s economic structure by means of oil rents. The fate of an idea.

Work in Progress Presentation : Monica Eppinger. Boomtown and Ghost Town: Methods for Researching Human Effects of Economic Change.


Tuesday 9 July

Visit of the Nuclear Missile Museum in Pervomaysk