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Course date
January 18–22, 2021
Application deadline
ECTS Credits
2.0
Disciplines
Digital humanities
Gender studies
History
Media studies
Performance studies
Social anthropology
Sociology
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Tuition Waiver

The main, intensive part of the course will last for 5 days (January 18-22). After this, the course will switch into a more self-guided mode, supplemented by one-on-one tutorials and a weekly group meeting on Fridays from January 29 to February 26, 2021.

The course is co-hosted by the Blinken Open Society Archives, CEU’s progressive hub for digital Cold War history and a natural home for scholarship conducted in this area. Our first 2019 course already based its demo datasets on digitized content from the Blinken OSA collections: records of the Radio Free Europe research institute, and of RFE’s telex communication between New York and Munich in the 1960s. There are a lot of training schools in digital humanities methods around the world, but very few which are so focused on a particular subject area and dedicated to building collaborative digital history projects around a discrete set of topics. By basing our course and its follow-up activities at Blinken OSA, we aim to seed a new wave of digital history projects that revolve around Cold War history and oppositional cultures. 

The course is co-sponsored by the COST Action NEP4DISSENT ("New Exploratory Phase in Research on East European Cultures of Dissent”), relying on the expertise of its Working Group 5, whose aim is to facilitate a transfer of knowledge and know-how between digital humanities practitioners and scholars in dissident studies.

Course rationale

We aim to develop a strong cohort of scholars of East European cultures of dissent who are fluent with the concepts and practices of digital history, and interested in carrying out larger-scale, possibly collaborative projects in the future.

Our goal is to find new ways of leveraging technology to strengthen research networks and incubate collaborative scholarship as the first step in a larger project: to develop a stand-alone training module that could support future self-guided interactions for specialists in this area. Eventually, such a resource would allow researchers with intersecting interests in Cold War-era cultures of dissent to learn about digital approaches to the field, broader conceptual problems in digital history, and then specific, skill-based techniques to integrate their own sources and collections of materials into a network of related projects. 

Course format

As a very first step towards that goal, we offer a 6-week online course from early January through mid-February 2021.

Week 1 - Intensive, interactive, synchronous meetings 

The first week will feature short, interactive documentaries containing both overviews of the field of digital history and skill-based demo sessions. Participants will be responsible for working through the first part of each lesson on their own.  As a follow-up, we will hold live, synchronous ‘teach-in’ meetings in which faculty will elaborate on some of the points provided in the lesson, as well as answer specific questions. Participants are expected to spend the afternoon working individually or in small groups online through applications of each instance. 

Week 2-6 – mostly self-guided learning supplemented by one-on-one tutorials and one weekly group meeting on Fridays 

After the first, intensive week of the course, we will turn to a more self-guided mode, and participants will start to experiment/test drive both the demo datasets and their own datasets through different methods, using different tools (breakout sessions continued). Faculty will be available for one-on-one support, guidance, and feedback as needed in a tutorial structure. Each Friday, we will meet as a group synchronously to report on steps taken, show progress, troubleshoot issues that are coming up across projects (feedback sessions). 

On the last Friday of the course, in mid-February, participants will present their projects via synchronous videoconference. 

This format will be well suited to incubate DH projects, creating space, in addition to acquiring new skills, for employing these skills in supervised tinkering with data.

The size of the cohort will be 20-25, with a 1:3 faculty/student ratio, and different faculty responsible for various aspects of the course. 

All material produced for this course and/or a sustainable stand-alone module will be made available via open access platforms and repositories, and all datasets (which do not consist of private, personal, or protected data) will be shared as well. 

Target group

We expect to have about 20-25 participants. Our target audience is twofold:

  • the participants in the COST Action;
  • students, scholars, archivists, and even activists with an interest in the intersection of Cold War history, opposition culture, and digital humanities.

Ideally, our participants would be evenly divided between these two groups. We see this SUN course as an opportunity to widen our network, to bring in relevant people we have not previously identified, and to offer a new set of skills and knowledge to the CEU community.

Pre-requisites

Prior knowledge of the field is required, field experience is an advantage.

Application requirements

Please read the following directions carefully. 
Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:

  1. Completed online SUN Application Form (see notes below)
  2. Full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any
    Please upload your Curriculum Vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any.
  3. Statement of research interest (max. 1 page) 
    To be eligible for this course, participants will be expected to have either:
    1. carried out a medium- to large-scale research project on a related topic;
    2. have a clearly articulated interest in adding a digital component to their research design; or
    3. worked extensively as an archivist or curator with materials related to this topic.

    In the Statement of Research interest please describe your disciplinary background, academic or research expertise, and interest in the course. Include references to any large-scale digitization or digital humanities projects you have been involved in, and what your role was in those projects. After looking at the website of the NEP4DISSENT COST Action, describe how your research would intersect with the topics of the Working Groups listed there. Optional: please specify if you have had any experience working with relevant programming languages or softwares.  
  4. Outline of a research paper/work-in-progress (500-700 words) 
    Please use this space to describe in more details the historical materials you are working with, where they are located, and what their relevance is to the cultures of dissent in Eastern Europe 1945-1989. In particular, please specify whether your project already has a digital component, and/or if you would like to implement one as a part of your project design. Are your sources in analog or digital format? Are there issues of data protection or privacy associated with these materials? Please include a basic timeline illustrating where you are in the design of the project, and where you expect you will be by January 2021. Finally, what are the biggest research questions you are trying to address? What do you expect the impact of your project will be on your field or subfield? 

Optional attachments: 

You can upload further optional documents on the Qualifications page such as academic documents that you think may be relevant to support your application in the ‘Other Supporting Documents’ section. All documents should be merged into a single PDF file not exceeding the size 2 MB. No passwords and encryption are allowed. 

Online Application Form

We strongly advise the use of Google Chrome in order to enable the full functionality of the form.

Notes

  • You may apply to a maximum of two summer courses. In case of being admitted, you can only attend both if the two courses do not overlap in time. Financial aid, if available, is only granted to attend one course.  
  • If you applied to CEU’s master, doctoral, etc. programs, please use your existing login and password to start a new application. If you do not remember your password from last year click on Forgotten Password.
  • With technical problems, bugs or errors related to the online application forms please contact the CEU IT Help Desk
  • All application materials must be submitted with the online application form(s). Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail or fax are not considered.
  • The maximum allowable file size for upload is 2MB per file and the acceptable file formats are PDF, JPG and JPEG. Ensure all security features (e.g. passwords and encryption) are removed from the documents before uploading them. 
  • Applications cannot be edited after submission. Please submit your application only when it is 100% final and complete. 

Further user's instructions for the online application are included in the form itself.
Should you have questions regarding the application form, check the relevant Frequently Asked Questions
Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Inquiries

If you need help or more information during the application process, please feel free to contact the SUN staff via email at summeru@ceu.edu

Notification

The SUN Office will notify applicants about the selection results by November 24. Please check the 'Important course dates' section on the relevant course web sites for earlier or later planned notification deadlines. The final decision is not open to appeal. 

Completed CEU Summer University Application Form

We strongly advise the use of Google Chrome to enable the full functionality of the form.

Notes:

  • You may apply to a maximum of two summer courses. In case of being admitted, you can only attend both if the two courses do not overlap in time. Financial aid, if available, is only granted to attend one course.
  • If you applied to CEU before, please use your existing login and password to start a new application. If you do not remember your password from last year click on Forgotten Password. With technical problems, bugs, or errors related to the online application forms please contact the CEU IT Help Desk.
  • Right after login, please select ”Summer University” radiobutton from the "Type of course" list, and leave all other fields empty.
  • All application materials must be submitted with the online application form(s). Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail, or fax are not considered.
  • The maximum allowable file size for upload is 2MB per file and the acceptable file formats are PDF, JPG, and JPEG. Ensure all security features (e.g. passwords and encryption) are removed from the documents before uploading them.
  • Applications cannot be edited after submission. Please submit your application only when it is 100% final and complete.
  • Further user instructions for the online application are included in the form itself. Should you have questions regarding the application form, check the relevant Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Inquiries

If you need help or more information during the application process, please feel free to contact the SUN staff via email.

Notification

The SUN Office will notify applicants about the selection results in April. Please check the 'Dates and deadlines' section on the relevant course websites for notification deadlines planned earlier or later. The final decision is not open to appeal.