This summer school was devoted to the subject of “difficult heritage”, such as heritage of missing ethnic groups in the aftermath of genocide and traumatic population shifts, or heritage of atrocity. Its immediate goal was not only to explore the new methodological approaches to so-called “dissonant heritage”, but also to provide the young scholars with an interdisciplinary set of research tools and experience that will enhance and facilitate their further research.

The first edition of the summer school included field research in the Lithuanian town of Medininkai and the Belarusian Halšany, where young scholars carried out oral-history interviews with local inhabitants, as well as used ethnographical tools to examine the way local people related to the absent or abandoned heritage of other ethnic groups (in particular, related to the Holocaust, WWII, and the Jewish and Polish minorities).

Providing a platform for young  researchers from nine different countries, the summer school offered unique conditions for transnational, interdisciplinary comparative research, and new ways to present the research results to a wider, also non-academic, audience.


Summer School Participants in Vilnius, 2 August 2016