Spring School "Socialism as Cultural Heritage. Society, Culture and Memories"

Hotel "Sv.Joakim Osogovski", Kriva Palanka

May 1, 2020 – May 9, 2020


In light of the latest developments with regard to the spread of the Covid-19, the restrictions imposed by national governments, universities and regional and local authorities, the coordinating team of the Spring School decided to postpone it for the beggining of the autumn 2020. Our primary concern is the safety of all participants in the Spring School activities.
The Spring School Coordinating Committee


The spring school “Socialism as Cultural Heritage. Society, Culture, Memories” is dedicated to topics and problems related to heritage studies as a cross-disciplinary understanding of material and immaterial culture are confronted with political, regional, and institutional frameworks which make comparison essential. The Spring School aimes to debate concepts of temporality, authenticity, and originality as core concepts of heritage and brought together scholars of heritage studies concerning Central and Eastern European countries during socialism. Participants will also explore the role of cultural heritage and museums in the materialization and spread of the variations of local ideological and symbolic orders during the socialism.

The focus of the Spring School is mainly on heritage as a way of consuming heritage, the management of heritage sites, its economic and social benefits and sustainable development.

The most relevant topics to be discussed at School are those of heritage and politics as “to speak of heritage is to speak of politics”. Heritage is discursive; it is sometimes invented, suppressed, as well as linked to purposely chosen pasts. Representations of heritage could border on ideological manipulation. Sometimes part of the national history and cultural heritage is considered inconvenient, and politicians try, successfully or not, to stay away from it or even actively destroy it. Another relevant theme that emerges is that of heritage and nostalgia where heritage tourism has been criticized as a glorified, misremembered past driven by nostalgia.

The spring school “Socialism as Cultural Heritage. Society, Culture, Memories” offers to the participants four courses:

  1. Anthropological Approaches to Understanding the Socialism;
  2. Culture, Economy and Society in Socialism and Cultural Heritage;
  3. Research Methodology and Field Techniques;
  4. Visualizing Socialism;


Field work will be organized during the School for the participants in the city of Kriva Palanka and the vicinity.


The Spring School fee is 270 EUR (accommodation, food and courses fee);


The Spring School offers 5 full Scholarships for the applicants from the countries in the region: N. Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina;


The Spring School also offers 5 partial Scholarship (50% of the schooling fee) for the applicants from Southeast European countries.


Applicants during the submission proces should propose research topic and short abstract they would like to explore during the School, as well as to upload short Letter of Mottivation and CV.


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