Invitation to the Keynote Lecture of Yaroslav Hrytsak, January 29, 2020

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We are very pleased to announce the Keynote Lecture, which Prof Dr Yaroslav Hrytsak will give at the occasion of our URIS Conference “Ukrainian Studies Today. State of the Art in Switzerland”.

The distinguished historian and well known expert on Ukrainian history will speak about “Non-Euclidian Nation: What and How We Write about Ukraine”

Ukraine has become a hot topic in the current mediascape. Stories about the Euromaidan, the Russian annexation of Crimea, the so-called “Ukrainegate,” the recent shooting down of a Ukrainian plane by Iran, prove once again that Ukraine-related issues are an important component of the global agenda. This makes a stark contrast to the state of affairs some two-three decades ago, when Ukraine – to quote the titles of important texts – was seen as “unexpected” and a “nowhere nation”. This situation is not quite unique. The Ukrainian question was present, even if not explicitly, in the global turning moments of 1648-86, 1830-1848, 1914-1945, 1968 and 1985-91. In my presentation I will discuss how these moments are reflected in and by Ukrainian historical studies, as well as call for a global history and for a return to the longue durée.

The lecture will take place at the University of Basel, January 29, 2020 at 18:15 o clock. All details can be found in the program.

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Summerschool: Ukraine – Opportunities and Challenges for Dialogue, University of Basel, 22-26 June 2002

How can peace and conflict studies contribute to understanding conflict dynamics in Ukraine? What are the opportunities for conflict settlement in Ukraine through dialogue at the local, national and international levels? What obstacles do these efforts face?

The 2020 swisspeace summer school provides an overview of current academic and policy debates on conflict resolution, dialogue and peacebuilding and critically reflects on their relevance for the Ukraine context. Following an introduction to peace and conflict theories and the architecture of international peacebuilding, participants will analyze the situation in Ukraine and reflect on opportunities and pitfalls for dialogue and conflict settlement in the current context.

More information on the flyer:

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Call for Applications: “Ukraine and Europe in Transition”, two URIS fellowships (autumn semester 2020 and spring semester 2021, University of Basel, Switzerland)

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The initiative Ukrainian Research in Switzerland (URIS) is calling for applications for two URIS fellowships for the autumn semester 2020 and the spring semester 2021 at the University of Basel (Switzerland). The internationally oriented fellowship programme is open to postdoctoral and senior scholars in the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences whose research has the potential to make a substantial contribution to a better understanding of the history, society, politics and culture of Ukraine.

For more information see: CfA

Application Form

International Conference “Ukrainian Studies Today. State of the Art in Switzerland” (Basel, 29.01.-31.01.2020)

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We warmly invite you to attend our URIS Conference “Ukrainian Studies Today. State of the Art in Switzerland” (29-31 January 2020). On the occasion of the third anniversary of URIS, we are undertaking a review of our work and examining the current state of Ukraine research in Switzerland. We are delighted that all six URIS fellows and the URIS academic advisory board will be coming to Basel to mark the occasion and that we can discuss the challenges and opportunities of Ukraine research together with colleagues from Switzerland, Germany and Ukraine. Details of the programme and the keynote lecture by Yaroslav Hrytsak are available here.

URIS Conference: Call for Applications − Poster Presentation MA and PhD Projects

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We are inviting students and doctoral candidates at Swiss universities to present their current Ukraine-related MA theses and doctoral projects at the conference Ukrainian Studies Today. State of the Art in Switzerland  (Basel, 29-31 January 2020in poster form. The conference offers a unique opportunity to present your research project to an experienced and knowledgeable international audience and discuss unresolved questions with them. The project posters will be displayed in the foyer of the conference venue and presented by the authors in short 5-10 minute presentations.

For more information regarding the application, see the CfA

Current issue of the Russian Analytical Digest on Ukraine

The topic of this issue is the relations between Russia and Ukraine. Firstly, André Härtel discusses recent developments in the Donbas conflict. He posits that as of yet there is no clear path forward as Ukrainian president Zelensky is still formulating policies, Russia seems to benefit from the status quo, and the West seems more focused on other issue. Secondly, Julia Kusznir analyses the progress of the ongoing negotiations for a new gas transit contract between Ukraine and Russia. Different interests, viewpoints and hurdles have so far prevented the signing of a new treaty.

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Call for Applications: Prisma Ukraïna Visiting Fellowship 2020

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for a three-month Visiting Fellowship in 2020 within the framework of the research program Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network Eastern Europe. Location: Berlin / Closing date: January 31, 2020

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URIS-Fellow Mykhailo Minakov on “Secessionism in Europe”

Read the article “ON THE EXTREME PERIPHERY. THE STATUS OF POST-SOVIET NON-RECOGNISED STATES IN THE WORLD-SYSTEM” by Mykhailo Minakov in the current Ideology and Politics Journal:

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Six Months in Power: URIS-Fellow Mykhailo Minakov on Zelenskyys achievements as President

Read the report of Mykhailo Minakov and Matt Rojansky on Focus Ukraine, the blog of the Kennan Institute:

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21 November 2019: Symposium “Switzerland – Ukraine 100 Years of Bilateral Relations”

The Embassy of Ukraine in Switzerland and the Université de Fribourg kindly invites you to the podium discussion “Ukraine – Switzerland: A Century of Mutual Diplomatic Presence”.

Ukrainian and Swiss historians and diplomats will touch upon both historical and contemporary events of Ukraine-Switzerland bilateral relations. The discussion will help verifying perspectives as well as facilitating contacts between scientists of both countries.

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3.12.2019 “North Pontic’s Antiquities in museums and collections of Kyiv”

The curator of the Lavra Museum of Historical Treasures Evgenija Velychko helds a talk about the North Pontic’s Antiquities in the Museums and Collections of Kyiv. Find all details of the event at the University of Lausanne here:

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New Courses at the School of Ukrainian Language and Culture in Lviv!

Ukrainian-as-a-foreign-language program in Ukraine

Each day of the Program consists of language classes, individual tutoring, workshops or lectures and excursions – as well as a unique two-week Carpathian program at the beginning of our School. University ECTS credits can be received on completion of the course.

Summer program

Spring/Fall program

 

29 octobre 2019: Conférence d’ouverture de l’année académique du Master Russie – Europe médiane (GSI) et de l’Unité de russe

Conférence donnée par le prof. Andreas Kappeler : Le « grand frère » et sa « petite sœur », les relations russo-ukrainiennes à travers les siècles

Mardi 29 octobre 2019 à 18h15 dans la salle M2160 à Uni-Mail

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Dr Oleksandr Moskalenko, International Fellow at the Institute for European Global Studies in Basel

The current International fellow of the Institute for European Global Studies (EIB) in Basel Dr Oleksandr Moskalenko is a post-doc researcher focusing on the study of the European Union’s relations with its Eastern Neighbours. In his research project «The EU Environmental Conditionality for the Association Agreements with Its Neighbours» he focuses on the EU relations with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia with a special focus on environmental policies. For more information about Dr Oleksandr Moskalenko see his portrait or contact him directly: oleksandr.moskalenko@unibas.ch

6 November 2019: Opening of the Foto Exhibition “Made with Switzerland” with URIS Fellow Mykhailo Minakov

Cooperation of the University of Bern with the EDA and DEZA and our URIS Fellow Mykhailo Minakov:

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“Region, Nation and Beyond”

Between 2012 and 2015, more than two dozen scholars from different disciplinary fields and continents conducted scholarly work to further advance the study of regionalism in Ukraine by applying new methodological and theoretical lenses. The project “Region, Nation and Beyond: A Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Reconceptualization of Ukraine” was hosted by the University of St. Gallen and co-funded by Swiss and German science foundations. It resulted in multiple publications, including the volume “Regionalism without Regions: Reconceptualizing Ukraine’s Heterogeneity”, summarizing the core findings of the project, by the Central European University Press in August 2019.

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13 October 2019: Conference with URIS fellow Mykhailo Minakov at Geneva

Further information to this exciting event at the Soviet history research lab:

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The nettle of Ukrainian history politics…

Read the comment of our first URIS-fellow Georgiy Kasianov about the reason and consequences of the dismissal of the head of the Ukrainian Institut of National Memory on Carnegie Moscow Center:

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29th of October 2019: Invitation to the public lecture of Mykhailo Minakov

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URIS, the Institute for European Global Studies (EIB) and the Osteuropa-Forum (OFB) cordially invites you to the public lecture of our sixth URIS-fellow Mykhailo Minakov.

The lecture “Demodernization in Post-Soviet Societies: The Case of Ukraine”, moderated by Prof. Frithjof Benjamin Schenk, will take place at 6.15 pm at the Alte Universität, Hörsaal -101, Am Rheinsprung 9 and will be followed by a reception and a book launch.

More information on the flyer

Brief Report: Fifth URIS Workshop

“Exploring the own West. Pilgrimage and Travel in the Russian Empire in the 19th Century”

The fifth URIS workshop “Exploring the own West. Pilgrimage and Travel in the Russian Empire in the 19th Century” was held on 20 May 2019 at the University of Basel. Together with Christine D. Worobec (Northern Illinois University), Anna Hodel Laszlo and Benjamin Schenk, we discussed geographical mobility, pilgrimages and travel in Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For more information read the workshop flyer and find some pictures from Olivier Christe here.

Welcome to Basel, Mykhailo

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Our sixth URIS fellow Mykhailo Minakov has arrived in Basel. Find all information about his most interesting research project “Secessionism in Ukraine” here: Portrait