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International Summer School 2017: Bordering and Othering

International Summer School 2017: Bordering and Othering

Martin Lavicka20 Feb 2017Leave a comment

International Summer School: Bordering and Othering: How Inner Asian Identities Have Been Shaped

Date: May 29-June 2, 2017

Venue: Room KC 2.07Křížkovského 14, Department of Asian Studies, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

Organizers: Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

Tuition fee: free of charge

Registration deadline: March 30, 2017, extended deadline May 7, 2017

Language: English

Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic, would like to invite you to its international summer school, titled: Bordering and Othering: how Inner Asian Identities Have Been Shaped.

The main aim of this Summer School is to delve into the ways that identities in China and Inner Asia have been changing, shaped and re-shaped depending on political, economic, and social changes that have taken place in each of the cases that will be analysed during the week that the Summer School will be taught. The approaches from which the lecturers depart are multiple: historical anthropology, arts, material culture, political science and literature.

Besides the lectures, this Summer School aims, in the long term, to become a research seminar, reason why it will be expected from the students to make a presentation of their own research projects or, at least, to be part of the discussions during which their colleagues will present. Due to organisational matters, we ask the students to submit an abstract of their own research project (it can be BA, MA or PhD thesis, or an article you are working on) and, two weeks before the Summer School starts, to send a paper that will be discussed the day of the seminar.

In order to get the certificate of the Summer School, one month after it has finished, the students are expected to submit a second version of the paper they applied with.

Summer school timetable: download pdf (small changes may occur)

Summer school reading list: download pdf

Summer school lecturers:

Ildiko Beller-Hann (Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen)

  • Ildikó Bellér-Hann received her MA at the Eötvös Lóránd University (Budapest, Hungary) in Turkish Studies, English, and Archaeology. She received her PhD in 1989 with a study on Turkic historical linguistics at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge, UK. In 2005 she completed her habilitation degree at the Humboldt University, Berlin, with a dissertation on the historical anthropology of the Uyghur in Xinjiang in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Since 2009 she has been working as Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), specializing in modern societies and cultures of West China and Central Asia.

Sayana Namsaraeva (Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit , University of Cambridge)

  • Sayana Namsaraeva is research fellow in the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit at the Cambridge University. She obtained her Ph.D. in history at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Science Moscow. Her research interest are Historical and Social Anthropology of Eurasia, Regional Studies of North Asia (Asiatic Russia, Mongolia and North China); continental colonialism; historical and present day transborder migration between Russia, China and Mongolia (specifically transborder life and kinship relations of Buryat diasporas), and gender aspects of crossborder trade in North Asia.

Soledad Jiménez-Tovar (Department of Asian Studies, Palacký University Olomouc)

  • Soledad Jiménez Tovar, PhD. Has a BA in Latin American Studies (Mexico), a MA in Chinese Studies (Mexico) and a PhD in Social Anthropology (Germany). Over the last decade she has been doing research on Central Asia, mainly Xinjiang (PRC), Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The topic of her PhD research was preservation of culture among Dungans, as Sinophone Muslims are known in Central Asia. Since February, 2016, she joined Palacký University Olomouc as a research fellow in the framework of a project on how people in Central Asia look at China. She just published the paper “Limits of diaspority in Central Asia: contextualizing Dungan’s multiple belongings” in the journal Central Asian Survey. Since February 2017 she is Associate Professor at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico.

Olaf Günther (Department of Asian Studies, Palacký University Olomouc)

  • Olaf Guenther studied Central Asian Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin, teached Ethnology at the University of Leipzig and has substantial field work experience in China and its neighboring countries in the west (Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan, Afghanistan) and south of China (Pakistan, Bangladesh). In 2016, he joined Palacký University Olomouc as a research fellow in the framework of a project on how people in Central Asia look at China. He teaches Central Asia related subjects.

Kamila Hladíková (Department of Asian Studies, Palacký University Olomouc)

  • Kamila Hladíková is assistant professor of Chinese literature at Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic. She graduated from sinology at Charles University in Prague and completed her Ph.D. in 2011. In her doctoral thesis she focused on representation of Tibet in Chinese and Tibetan literature of the 1980s and examined questions of identity in modern Tibetan short stories. Her fields of research include: modern Chinese literature, modern (predominantly Sinophone) Tibetan literature, and Tibet-related and Tibetan film. She has also translated several works by Tibetan Sinophone writers into Czech, her translation of Tsering Woeser’s Notes on Tibet was published in 2015.

Martin Lavička (Department of Asian Studies, Palacký University Olomouc)

  • Martin Lavička recieved his BA in Japanese and Chinese philology at Palacký University Olomouc, MA in Diplomacy and International Relations at National Chengchi University, Taiwan. He’s PhD candidate at the Department of Politics and European Studies, Palacký University Olomouc, and since 2013 he has been working as lecturer at the Department of Asian Studies, teaching classes on history of modern China and Chinese politics. His research interests include PRC’s history, international law, and PRC’s ethnic policies and laws concerning ethic minorities.

How to register:

  1. fill in the registration form
  2. submit an abstract of your research project (please send it to

Both tasks should be completed by March 30, 2017.


This summer school is accredited by the Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts Palacký University Olomouc and students can receive four credits for successful participation. However, these credits are not ECTS Credits. Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and we will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Tuition fee:

Tuition for the whole week is free of charge. Participants will however need to cover all their personal costs, including transportation, accommodation, visa, trips etc.

Travel expenses and accommodation:

We are not able to cover your accommodation and travel expenses. However, we can assist you by providing a list of recommended accommodation in various price categories.

Recommended budget accommodation in Olomouc:

  1. Ubytovna Marie (approx. 11 EUR) –
  2. Cosy Corner Hostel (approx. 12-27 EUR) –
  3. Long Story Short Hostel (from 15 EUR) –
  4. Palacký University Dormitory  (approx.10 EUR) – Link

More information about accommodation and travelling to Olomouc can be found here.

About Palacký University and Olomouc

Palacký University Olomouc is the second oldest university in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest in Central Europe. Drawing on more than 400-year tradition of higher education it is nowadays a renowned centre for teaching and research.

Olomouc is the capital of the region of Central Moravia and belongs to the oldest cities in the Czech Republic. The city dates back to the ninth century, when it was a power centre of the Great Moravian Kingdom, the oldest Slavonic state. The Holy Trinity Column on the town square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today Olomouc has above 100,000 inhabitants and the second largest urban historic preservation area after Prague. Its long history makes it one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic.

For more information about the summer school and for other inquiries, please contact Mr. Martin Lavička, e-mail:

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