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Summer School 2022

The Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies will hold its the sixth annual Summer School of Interdisciplinary Polish and German Studies from June 27–July 9, 2022. This program is designed for up to 15 university-level (post-doctoral, doctoral, graduate or advanced undergraduate) researchers interested in Central European studies broadly defined. This year’s summer school will offer graduate level seminars on Central European studies, as well as a week-long excursion along the “borders of friendship” between former East Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia.

The Summer School is designed for academically driven students in the advanced phases of their research (advanced BA, MA, and PhD students, as well as Post-Docs). In previous years, we have had students from four continents and from the best international universities spend six weeks in Frankfurt/Oder and Słubice. This year, we will spend two weeks between Frankfurt Oder, and travel through Poland and Czechia.

Summer School ©Foday Jammeh

We have applied for outside funding, and hope to subsidize the travel at reduced costs for up to 15 students.
The focus of this year’s Summer School is “The Borders of Friendship. Transnational Tourism between East Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia.” The Borders of Friendship was a transnational project that developed shortly after the Prague Spring. The leaders of East Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia moved to liberalize travel regulations to each respective country. They envisioned allowing East bloc citizens the freedom to travel without a visa and without a passport in ways similar to other regions in Europe. The program was vastly more successful than planners envisioned before borders were opened: tens of millions of Poles, East Germans, and Czechoslovaks went abroad. The “Borders of Friendship” was the first project after World War II in the East which brought ordinary people in contact with foreigners at a mass scale. Traveling abroad, these tourists were confronted with uncomfortable pasts and discrimination. At the same time, they enjoyed the “fruits” of really existing socialism, consuming and trading while on family trips to East Berlin, Prague, or Warsaw. All the while, they were negotiating a new identity as modern consumers and members of a transnational society. The summer school is in conjunction with an exhibition at the Museum Utopie und Alltag which centers on the ways in which three East bloc societies reacted to the new influx of travelers and consumers.

The Summer School is made up of three main parts: an advanced research seminar in Frankfurt Oder/Eisenhüttenstadt, a week excursion through former East Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, and specialist lectures.


Summer School
“The Borders of Friendship: Transntional Tourism between East Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, 1972-1989.”
June 27-July 9, 2022.
Deadline to apply: May 13, 2022.

Review of applications will begin on May 13, 2022, and will continue until all available spots have been occupied. Please apply at

Please submit an academic CV, cover letter, and a statement of purpose (ca. 1000 words). Be sure to state the reason why you are interested in the subject, your degree level, and the languages that you speak.

Europa-Universität Viadrina
Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Polenstudien
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