Save the date: Summer School “The Ukraine Conflict(s): Forms, Trends, and Perspectives”

12-16 September 2022

The tragedy in Ukraine is the largest armed conflict and multi-dimensional crisis on the European continent since the implosion of Yugoslavia and the wars in the former Yugoslav space in the early 1990s. The current situation in Ukraine will not only determine the very nature of the country but of Europe in general. The open Russian invasion of 24 February 2022, however, was preceded by different forms of conflict in the country like protests, culture wars and proxy separatism that trace back to the early 2000s. The purpose of this multi-disciplinary Summer School, which will focus on the themes of identity, culture and culture wars; economic-ecologic dynamics and perspectives; displacement, humanitarian aid and reconstruction; and political-administrative and legal systems, is not only to provide a deeper understanding of the conflict, the region, the societies involved and the regional environment, but also to learn student participants how to approach these if they are to work with Ukraine in later professional environments or other capacities.

More information about the programme and registration will follow soon.

Previous editions

Online Summer School: Russia in Covid times

Date: 12-16 July 2021

Focus and goals

Russia remains a key player in international affairs during the COVID-19 outbreak. When the COVID-19 crisis erupted, Russia took several decisive steps to safeguard its sovereignty and increase its soft power capabilities: closing its border to China and developing its own Sputnik-V vaccine for use throughout the world. Over the course of the pandemic, Russia’s preparedness also ran into several difficulties: low levels of domestic interest in vaccination, questions over Sputnik’s effectiveness and production capabilities and concern that the state was more interested in using vaccines as a tool of international diplomacy over domestic needs. COVID-19 thereby serves as a critical issue to assess broader political and societal factors in Russia and its relation to the international system. What exactly is Russia’s role in the world? Does international/regional prestige outweigh domestic demands? How should we envisage the Russian domestic realm, the economic situation, and the means that are employed by the Kremlin to address challenges at home and abroad? This summer school aims at exploring and explaining these questions with a specific focus on the effect that the COVID-19 crisis has had on Russia’s political and societal life over the past year. Read more.

International students at Ghent University

Are you considering studying at Ghent University?  We have over 50 Master programmes taught in English which are open to international students. We welcome students from our partner universities for 1 or 2 semesters in Ghent. You should check whether your home university in Russia has a Cooperation Agreement with Ghent University.

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The Russia Platform aims to develop new courses about several aspects of Russian society and to offer these courses as elective courses. Russia is a main topic of study for the department of Languages and Cultures - East European Languages and cultures and Translation, Interpretation & Communication. Their course offer is published in the online course catalogue. Ghent University Language Centre offers Russian language courses.


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