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Summer School in Humanities
in honour of Omeljan Pritsak

The Becoming Human

Cross-disciplinary School in Humanities for young and experienced researchers who are inspired to work on ideas for the creation of the common future - Ukrainian - in dialogue with global visions of a conscious, stable and humane world.


From the perspective of philosophy, history, theology and literary studies, we are focusing on the thematic cluster: The Becoming Human. Together, we will investigate the connections between human and societal formation. 

Application deadline: 29.07

August 18-23

Lutsk, Ukraine

8 000 uah

Our context:

On our way towards a research center for Transformative Humanities

In the midst of war and violence, the need to deepen our understanding of humanity has become greater than ever. The war calls for memory, for history, for sensibility, for new meanings. If no one responds to its voice, it does not exhaust itself, but further turns its emptiness against humanity. Our task is to overcome it - by filling it - to overturn the violence directed at us in metaphysics itself.

We are waiting

for you if you are:

Bachelor and Master students interested in research

PhD students and young researchers in search of dialog with a community

Young researches who are looking for places where they can make real changes by their researches and ideas

Active Citizens and entrepreneurs who feel the need of intellectual communities and new ideas for Ukraine


Academic Activities

  • Courses
    by researchers from different disciplines

  • Lectures
    by PhD students

  • Group work
    to deepen our understanding and create new connections

  • Research organization
    envision the future Ukrainian scientific landscape

Humanities and City

Cities shape the meanings and spaces in which we live, while we shape them. We want to reflect upon the principle of responsibility for the common space and the common good in Ukrainian culture.
Throughout the program, the line of “humanities and city” will be a strong motif. We will explore how theoretical concepts unfold in the city spaces:


  • How do space and aesthetics influence human formation?


  • How does the ability to accept otherness emerge within a community?

Social Activities

  • Co-creation
    contribute Your ideas to form our common week

  • Dinners
    Together with the schools faculty to share on personal path in research and more

  • Music
    bring along Your instruments.

  • Sports and Game
    Invite others to get to know Your way of moving and playing


Omeljan Pritsak (1919-2006)

Vision: Research Community and Institution

Founder and first director of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, orientalist and universal scholar of an extraordinary level. As an organizer of science, research communities and institutions, Omeljan Pritsak's legacy plays a major role in the fate of Ukraine today. Thanks to the foundations he laid, we see the opportunity to pick up and build on.



Taisia Sidorchuk

Course: War vs. education/science or Ukrainian scholars of the twentieth century

The course introduces scholars of the second half of the twentieth century: Omelan Pritsak, Ivan Lysiak-Rudnytskyi, Vasyl Rudko, Yevhen Pyzur, etc. and the circumstances and personalities influencing the formation of O. Pritsak, in particular. What contribution he made to the development of Orientalism and Ukrainian studies, what initiatives he took to develop the Ukrainian language, what initiatives and ideas continue to function and have not lost their importance for modern science. Together we want to analyze the scientific and intellectual potential of O. Pritsak's personal library and archive, which are stored at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, based on the e-catalog and digitized materials. ​


Oleksandr Filonenko



Cyril Hovorun

Course: Theology Amidst other Disciplines

The lectures will identify three main areas of modern knowledge: science, sociology, and the humanities. An excursion will be made into the pre-modern period, when they formed a single whole. At the same time, theology occupied an honorable place among academic studies. We will explore different forms of theological knowledge and their common denominators. In particular, the distinction between knowledge of God and knowledge about God. We will conclude with a discussion of the place that theology can occupy among the modern humanities.


Lidiya Lozova

Lecture: Icons that speak of war: theological, aesthetic, and ethical implications

From a theological point of view, an icon testifies to the reality of the Incarnation and the image of God in man and creation. It is associated with the divine, the eternal, the non-mundane. But what happens when history enters the icon and speaks of war? And is this a new phenomenon? From an interdisciplinary perspective, we will reflect on how to understand contemporary icons and “icon-like” images that testify to the experience of war in Ukraine.


William Tracy

Online lecture: Strategies for building intentional communities of intelectual inquiry in the digital age

Over the last 30 years, new digital technologies have loosened the physical constrains on intelectual discourse. Yet despite the techno-optimism of the 1990s, these advances have coincided with a widespread decrease in the epistemic quality of our collective sense-making. This decrease has been linked to the global decline in democratic norms and institutions, as well as a decline in public respect for experts and universities. However, if our new technologies were deployed differently, the same tools that have degraded intelectual discourse could be used improve our intelectual communities - the outcomes are not determined by the technologies, but rather by the way in which we deploy these technologies. This talk will draw on lessons from both complexity science and the history of the Santa Fe Institute to suggest new approaches for building intentional communities of intelectual inquiry.


Yarina Tsimbal

Course: City and Literature in our twenties

The city in the literature and literature in the city are two modern phenomena that were fully manifested and revealed in Ukrainian culture in the 1920s. No wonder Valerian Pidmohylny's novel The City (1928) occupied a key place in the history of twentieth-century literature. We will discuss how the urban protagonist, a person in the city, is formed and what external circumstances influenced internal artistic processes in this course.

The Summer school is:

  • A place of lively thinking
  • Working on frontiers
    Our questions today between philosophy, theology, sociology ...
  • A place of encounter:
    Teachers - Students - Active Citizens
  • A fusion Point
    Of the opportunity map for yound researchers
  • A space of co-creation
    Each one has the opportunity to contribute and form the emerging community

During 6 days, guided by the semantic framework of the human formation. At the intersection of philosophy, history, theology and literary studies, we will look for answers to the following questions:


  • What makes us human?

  • What is the role of the community in the formation of human?

  • What are the connections within the community that co-creates the avant-garde?

Participant Lectures

  • Anastasija Tarasova: The Aesthetic Project of William Morris: Work, Imagination, Education

  • Mykola Fediai: Greek faith vs. Latin sciences: Education in the Orthodox Brotherhoods of the Rzeczpospolita

  • Danyl Leleko: Ἰδοὺ ὁ ἄνθρωπος: Contemporary Christological Debates and (Theo)anthropogony

  • Yuliia Naidych:

  • Marie Teich:

  • Stefaniia Sidorova:

  • And more to follow soon...


The summer school includes one week of program and accommodation. Transportation to and from Lutsk are not included.


Application is open till 29.07.2024

You will receive feedback the latest till 05.08.2024


The full participant price is 8000 ₴


Several scholarship places of 25% and 75% of the cost will be offered for those who could not participate otherwise. For these, additional information inside the general application is required.

Continue to application


Tel.: +380 93 660 5342 - Marie Teich (languages: English, German, Russian)
+380 73 100 11 29 - Yuliia Naydych (languages: Ukrainian, Volhynian)

The summer school is organized by Yulia Naidych, Anastasija Tarasova and Marie Teich.

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