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Summer School: The Past Defining Our Future – Forming National Strategies of Memory and Oblivion

Ivanovo Centre of Gender Studies / Fundación Cepaim / Madrid University

IX International Summer School

The themes of historical memory, overcoming the traumas of wars and conflicts, the reconciliation of divided communities are key for the summer schools of the Ivanovo Centre of Gender Studies (ICGS). The schools conducted in 2014, 2015 and 2016 were devoted to those issues. 2020 is the year of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the end of World War II and we are holding  the school in Spain, a country that has survived the civil war and the dictatorship of Franco, in the city of Alcala de Henares near the Valley of the Fallen. These circumstances have determined the choice of the theme of our ninth international summer school, which will be our contribution to the commemoration of the Second World War and the related conflicts. As a part of the school’s program the most sensitive and traumatic consequences of wars are planned to be discussed and analyzed.  What do we remember, and what are we trying to forget at the level of national memory? How does this affect our national identity? What impact does it make on gender relations in the post-conflict societies? How does it affect the development of civil society, women’s organizations, gender studies? Can society move into the future and modernize without rethinking and overcoming the post-war trauma?

The international group of lecturers representing different European countries with different historical memories and traditions of the memorialization of World War II and its consequences will try to answer these questions. They will also be addressed during collective discussions and round tables with participants. We invite researchers, teachers, representatives of civil society, and all those who care about the problems of development of their countries, regions and Europe as a whole, to participate in the summer school. Over the nine years of organizing our summer schools in Europe, a wide network of like-minded people from different countries has arisen, and we invite you to join us.


From francism to democracy: what has not been overcome yet? – a Spanish Lecturer

Why is Spanish feminism different?  –  Bakea Alonzo Fernandez,  Fundación CEPAIM

The evolution of World War II commemoration in Eastern Europe:: what can and cannot be remembered? – Nikolai Vukov, Bulgarian Academy of Science

Gender-based violence in armed conflicts as a blind spot in armed conflicts – J. Garraio, Center for Social Research, University of Coimbra, Portugal

How does the memory of World War II affect  modern Germany? – prof. Ulrika Auga, Humbolt University in Berlin

Gender aspects of the representation of wars in modern culture: how do they affect our historical memory and gender relations? – prof. I. Sharp, University of Leeds, UK

Course Duration – 2 weeks. Classes are from 9.00 to 15.00 from Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday are days off (cultural program is offered).

Working languages are English and Russian. English/Russian translation will be provided.

Summer School location – Residencia Giner de los Rios, Alcala de Henares. Accommodation in double rooms with private facilities and kitchenettes. The cost of participation is 810 euro. The price includes the training program and accommodation.

Alcala de Henares is a town in 30 km from Madrid (30 min by train), ancient town founded in by the Romans I century B.C., the place where Servantes was born and the first university of Spain was founded. Not far from Alcala there are such towns as Toledo, Escorial, Valladolid, Salamancа where we can go.

For additional information please apply to: icgs (at) inbox.ru