An event co-sponsored by the Diversity and Migration FORHEM lab and with active presence of FORTHEM students starts next week.

“Spotlight” summer school launches on place attachment and identity through visual methods

“Spotlight – Audiovisual capturing of dynamics of place attachment and identity in Central European borderlands”, a one week long summer school on documentary filmmaking in social sciences, is taking place in Opole, between 11th-17th September 2022.

The intensive program offers a strong theoretical basis and practical skill training for university students. The organizers planned activities designed to empower the participants with audiovisual skills, which they can use both as a research method and as a dissemination of their research results.

Twelve participants were selected from seven countries with diverse educational backgrounds (Arts, Humanities, Social sciences) and skill sets. They will work in groups and create 5-10 minutes’ long audiovisual etudes in collaboration with the citizens of Opole, and with experts working in local institutions. Any citizen of Opole is kindly welcome to contribute to their work: if you have a story about Opole to tell, a photo or video to share please do not hesitate to contact the organizers ( or just simply approach the students working with cameras in the streets of Opole between 13th-16th September!

The short audiovisual etudes will be screened on 17th of September from 18:00 pm in Kino Meduza. The screening will be followed by a friendly conversation with invited lecturers and filmmakers. The closing event is open to the public.

The Summer school is organized through the generous financial contribution of the University of St. Gallen, Centre for Governance and Culture in Europe and the International Visegrad Fund’s Small grant programme (project number 22210027). Dr. Agnes Eross of the Institute of Political Science and Administration, Clara Kleininger of the Department of Sociology and dr. Karina Gabulina are the organizers of the event with some assistance of dr. Michał Wanke of the Department of Cultural Studies.

The organizers acknowledge and are grateful for the in-kind contributions and co-operation of the co-organizers of the summer school: University of Opole, Opole, Poland; Geographical Institute, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, ELKH, Hungary; University of Ostrava, Czech Republic; University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, Slovakia; Association Opolskie Lamy, Opole, Poland; Museum of Opole Silesia; Polish-German Library, Media, Culture and Research Center of Joseph von Eichendorff; Civil Works Association, Hungary; FORTHEM Diversity and Migration Lab University of Opole, Poland; Moving.Lab, Luxemburg.