Summer School: Platformization of Politics in Non-Democracies

DAAD Summer School “Platformization of Politics in Non-Democracies: Belarus in the 2020s in Comparative Perspective”, August 7-18, 2023, European Humanities University, Vilnius


7.8, Monday       

9.30-10.00 Coffee

10.00-10.30 Welcome and introductions

10.30-12.00 Siarhei Liubimau: Platforms and Infrastructures of Political Power in Belarus in the 2020s

12.00-12.15 Break

12.15-13.00 Guide to the European Humanities University with Vilius Alesius, Head of the EHU Communications and Marketing Unit

13.00-15.00 Lunch break

15.00-16.45 Vasil Navumau and Olga Matveieva: Telegram Revolution: Technical and Conceptual Innovations of the 2020 Belarusian Protest

16.45-17.00 Break

17.00-17.45 Reflections on the day, discussion of the Summer School program

18.00 Joint dinner 


8.8, Tuesday       

10.00-11.30 Olga Matveieva and Vasil Navumau: Gender Perspectives of Civic Activism in Belarus and Ukraine (Case Studies of the 2020 Protest and the Russian War in Ukraine)

11.30-11.40 Break

11.40-13.00 Vasil Navumau and Olga Matveieva: The Needs of Belarusian Diaspora (Academic Community and Civil Society)

13.00-15.00 Lunch break

15.00-16.30 Meeting with Natallia Satsunkevich (Human Rights Center “Viasna”): Presentation and discussion on human rights situation in Belarus in 2020-2023

16.30-16.45 Break 

16:45-17:30 Consultations with Human Rights Center “Viasna” lawyers Natallia Satsunkevich and Viktoryia Rudzenkova


9.8, Wednesday       

10.00-11.20 Olga Matveieva and Vasil Navumau: Strategic Narratives in Telegram Channels during the Russian War (Through the Case of Azovstal Siege in Mariupol)

11.20-11.30 Break

11.30-13.30 Simulation game: Framing the Future of Belarus after the War: Communicative Perspective

13.30-15.30 Lunch break

15.30-17.30 Andrei Kazakevich: Politics of Repressions: Political System in Belarus in 2020-2023


10.8, Thursday       

10.00-11.30 Siarhei Liubimau: Use of AI Powered Analytical Platforms in Social Media Research (Workshop) 

11.30-11.45 Break

11.45-13.00 Discussion of participants’ final projects ideas

13.00-15.00 Lunch break

15.00-16.30 Aliaksei Lastouski: When History Returns: The Use of Historical Symbols During Political Protests in Belarus in 2020

16.30-16.45 Break

16.45-17.30 Reflections on the Summer School process


11.8, Friday       

10.00-11.20 Tsimafei Malakhouski ( Belarusian Digital Civil Society Platforms: The Case of “Honest People” 

11.30-13.00 Pavel Kirpikau ( “Radio Plato” and the Resurgence of Community Broadcasting in the 2020s

13.00-15.00 Lunch break

15:00-16:30 Andrei Kallaur ( How To Develop A Connective Platform for Urban Activism In a Not Free Country? The Case of the ‘Robim Good’ Project 


12.8, Saturday       

Free day


13.8, Sunday       

10.00-20.00 Trip to Kaunas


14.8, Monday       

10.00-11.20 Reflection on the Summer School process and discussion of the formats of final group/individual projects

11.30-13.00 Readings based seminar: Putting Belarus in Comparative Perspective

13.00-15.00 Lunch break

15.00-16.30 Individual/group work on final projects

16.30-17.30 Presentations of individual/group final projects ideas


15.8, Tuesday       

10.00-13.00 “Solidarity Postcard Workshop”: making postcards for political prisoners

13.00-15.00 Lunch break

15.00-16.00 “Solidarity Postcard Workshop”: making postcards for political prisoners


16.8, Wednesday       

10.00-13.00 Fieldwork / work on final projects

13.00-15.00 Lunch break 

15.00-17.00 Presentations of individual / group final projects in progress


17.8, Thursday

10.00-13.00 Fieldwork / work on final projects

13.00-15.00 Lunch break

15.00-17.00 Work on final projects 


18.8, Friday       

10.00-12.00 Work on final projects

12.00-13.00 Presentations of final projects

13.00-15.00 Lunch break

15.00-18.00 Presentations of final projects

18.00 Joint dinner


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