Geopolitics and Soft Power in Contemporary Eastern Europe, Workshop in St Gallen, 24 June 2019

HSG Russia and Its Neighbourhood Discussion Series kindly invite you to attend the workshop on Geopolitics and Soft Power in Eastern Europe on June 24. This event brings a diverse group of speakers from the non-governmental sector, journalism, and academia in cross-disciplinary conversation over propaganda, geopolitics, religion, and nationalism.

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Late Soviet Village: people, institutions, and things between the socialist cult of urbanity and ruralisation of urban life styles

Project Leader: Ekaterina Emeliantseva Koller 

The project reconsiders the dynamics of late Soviet society for the first time, different to previous and current research, by looking at the developments outside the cities – in the rural Soviet Union. Dynamics of rural society during the last Soviet decades have hitherto been largely neglected, yet they are crucial for understanding the late Soviet Union. Instead of reproducing the traditional narrative of decline, the project proposes a new conceptualisation of the late Soviet village as a specific modus of entanglement between city and village and as a product of simultaneous “ruralisation” of urban life styles and “urbanisation” of rural life styles.

Collaborators of the project are: Anna Sokolova // Tatiana Voronina // Andrea Keller 

For more details see: Homepage “Late Soviet Village”

«Die Karpato-Ukraine und die Karpaten im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert»

Directed by Julia Richers  // University of Bern // History Department

Apply for the Second URIS Study Trip to Kyiv (31 August – 7 September 2019)

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Join our Second URIS Study Trip to Kyiv. The focus of the trip “From Podil to Maidan” is the history of the city of Kyiv. We will trace the rapid change of the capital, which used to be a provincial site of pilgrimage and grew to a cosmopolitan hub in the 20th century. We will discover traces of the city under German occupation during the Second World War and the cultural-political heritage of the “Euromaidan”.

The trip, which is organised by URIS in coordination with the University of Bern and the Mohyla-Academy in Kyiv, is open for application for all students and PhDs of Swiss Universities and offers the participants two different options:

a) Study Trip without Language Course at Mohyla Academy (31 August – 4 September 2019) 

b) Study Trip with Language Course at Mohyla Academy (31 August – 7 September 2019)

Apply with a short letter of motivation and a CV until the 10 of June 2019 at: uris@unibas.ch

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Ukrainian Language Course in Basel: 24 June – 5 July 2019

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Join the Ukrainian language course for beginners!

You already know some Russian or Polish and you are curious to learn another Eastern European language? Apply at the Sprachenzentrum of the University of Basel for Yuliya Mayilos popular Ukrainian language course for beginners. The two-week course, which is free of charge for students of Swiss Universities,  will start at the 24 of June and last until the 5 of July.

For more information see:

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URIS-Workshop “Exploring the own West. Pilgrimage and travel in the Russian Empire in the 19th century”

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We warmly invite you to our fifth URIS-Workshop on the topic of travelling in the Russian Empire, which will be held at the University of Basel, on Monday, 20 May 2019, from 2.00-6.00 pm.

Thanks to the development of modern infrastructure and other factors of socio-political change, geographical mobility in the Russian Empire intensified in the second half of the 19th century. An increasing number of travellers, pilgrims and tourists started exploring the own country. To which extent did travel in Russia differ from that in Western Europe? Did mobility facilitate the spatial integration of the polyethnic empire? Or did the encounter with “the Other” enhance feelings of regional and/or  national belonging?

After a keynote lecture by the distinguished Professor Dr. Christine D. Worobec (Northern Illinois University), we will have a roundtable discussion with experts on the question of travelling and travelogues. Join the talk with our URIS-fellow Dr Kateryna Dysa, the professor for Eastern European History Dr F. Benjamin Schenk and the professor of Slavic Languages and Literature Dr. Anna Hodel Laszlo.

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March 27, 2019: CEES Workshop: «A ‘Feudal Takeover’, Ukraine between Church Canons and the Canons of War (2018–2019)»

The Center for Eastern European Studies has announced its workshop on “Ukraine between Church Canons and the Canons of War (2018–2019)”.

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Call for applications: Kherson, June 30 – July 6, 2019.

How does war transform societies? How does war close off and create opportunities? How does war end? How are wars “made” and undone and by whom?

Apply for the Tenth International Social Science Summer School in Ukraine

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Current Fellow: Prof Dr Kateryna Dysa

Prof Dr Kateryna Dysa
URIS fellow in the 2019 spring semester
(February to July 2019)

 “Young people, travel if you can, and if you cannot – travel all the same” (Jules Verne: L’École des Robinsones, 1882)

Travellers’ accounts and travel guides about the city of Kyiv are the focus of Dr KaterynDysa_Portraita Dysa’s current research project “Transformation of the Image of the City in Travel Literature: The Case of Kyiv from the Mid-19th to the Early 20th Century”. Labour migration, pilgrimages and secular tourism led to greater mobility in Tsarist Russia in the mid-19th century and gave rise to new literary forms such as travel guides and travel reports. As the centre of “ancient Rus”, Kyiv was at this time a well-known yet provincial pilgrimage destination for Orthodox believers. The city changed constantly under the influence of the travellers, emerging by the early 20th century as a dynamic, multi-ethnic and cosmopolitan centre. Dr Kateryna Dysa explores the constructions and transformations of the urban landscape of Kyiv from the perspective of a history of travel, making an important contribution to research on tourism and travel in Tsarist Russia.

In her course at the University of Basel titled “Describing Eastern Europe: The History of Travel Writing about the Region between the 16th and 20th Centuries”, she explores with students who the first travellers in Eastern Europe were, what they were hoping to achieve when they embarked on their journeys, and what tropes they reproduced or created about the historical regions of Poland, Russia and Ukraine. The emergence of travel literatureas a genre and its potential for understanding the modern age in Eastern Europe from a social and cultural theory perspective are the focus of the tutorial, which is open to students of history, Eastern European studies, European Global Studies, and literature.

Dr Kateryna Dysa’s dissertation at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest represents the first comprehensive study on witch trials in Ukraine. Her forthcoming monograph “Witchcraft Trials and Beyond: in Volhynian, Podolian and Ruthenian Palatinates of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of the 17th –18th centuries”argues from an anthropological perspective that witchcraft in Ukraine manifested itself in mundane domestic magic and reflected the prevailing social tensions. Dr Kateryna Dysa has likewise charted new historiographical territory with her second book project on the history of sexuality in the urban centres of 18th-century Ukraine. Her analysis of the persecution practices of representatives of the Catholic and Orthodox churches places discourses about sexual practices and the body in a comparative European perspective.

Prof Dr Kateryna Dysa researches and teaches at the Mohyla Academy in Kyiv.

Contact: katerina.dysa@unibas.ch

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Fifth URIS Fellow: Prof Dr Kateryna Dysa

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URIS Fellow in the 2019 spring semester (February to July 2019)

 “Young people, travel if you can, and if you cannot – travel all the same” (Jules Verne: L’École des Robinsones, 1882)

Travellers’ accounts and travel guides about the city of Kyiv are the focus of Dr Kateryna Dysa’s current research project “Transformation of the Image of the City in Travel Literature: The Case of Kyiv from the Mid-19th to the Early 20th Century”. Labour migration, pilgrimages and secular tourism led to greater mobility in Tsarist Russia in the mid-19th century and gave rise to new literary forms such as travel guides and travel reports. As the centre of “ancient Rus”, Kyiv was at this time a well-known yet provincial pilgrimage destination for Orthodox believers. The city changed constantly under the influence of the travellers, emerging by the early 20th century as a dynamic, multi-ethnic and cosmopolitan centre. Dr Kateryna Dysa explores the constructions and transformations of the urban landscape of Kyiv from the perspective of a history of travel, making an important contribution to research on tourism and travel in Tsarist Russia.

In her course at the University of Basel titled “Describing Eastern Europe: The History of Travel Writing about the Region between the 16th and 20th Centuries”, she explores with students who the first travellers in Eastern Europe were, what they were hoping to achieve when they embarked on their journeys, and what tropes they reproduced or created about the historical regions of Poland, Russia and Ukraine. The emergence of travel literatureas a genre and its potential for understanding the modern age in Eastern Europe from a social and cultural theory perspective are the focus of the tutorial, which is open to students of history, Eastern European studies, European Global Studies, and literature.

Dr Kateryna Dysa’s dissertation at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest represents the first comprehensive study on witch trials in Ukraine. Her forthcoming monograph “Witchcraft Trials and Beyond: in Volhynian, Podolian and Ruthenian Palatinates of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of the 17th –18th centuries”argues from an anthropological perspective that witchcraft in Ukraine manifested itself in mundane domestic magic and reflected the prevailing social tensions. Dr Kateryna Dysa has likewise charted new historiographical territory with her second book project on the history of sexuality in the urban centres of 18th-century Ukraine. Her analysis of the persecution practices of representatives of the Catholic and Orthodox churches places discourses about sexual practices and the body in a comparative European perspective.

Prof Dr Kateryna Dysa researches and teaches at the Mohyla Academy in Kyiv.

Contact: katerina.dysa@unibas.ch

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Winterschule Ukraine 2019: Fünf Tage Geschichte – Wirtschaft – Literatur – Politik, 11.-15. März 2019, Universität Regensburg

Am Leibniz-Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung Regensburg (IOS) findet vom  11.-15. März 2019 eine Winterschule zu Geschichte, Wirtschaft, Literatur und Politik in der Ukraine statt.

Das Programm und Informationen der Winterschule finden Sie hier: https://www.ios-regensburg.de/winterschule-ukraine.html

Deutsch-ukrainische Sprachwerkstatt in den Transkarpaten, 16. - 30.03.2019

Die Gemeinschaft für studentischen Austausch in Mittel- und Osteuropa (GFPS) e. V. organisiert vom 16.-30. März einen Tandemsprachkurs in den Transkarpaten.

Weitere Informationen zu dem beliebten Sprachkurs unter: https://www.gfps.org/termine/2019/deutsch-ukrainische-sprachwerkstatt

Call for Papers: International Congress “Borders – Identity – Memory in Media Studies”, 4-5 October 2019

Apply to the International Congress organized by the Tavryda National University Named after Volodymyr Vernadskyi and the Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University, which will take place in Kyiv, 4-5 October 2019.

For more information see the CfP in English, Spanisch, French and Italian.

Brief report: Fourth URIS workshop

War and Revolution in Ukraine, 1914-1920

On the occasion of the centenary of the withdrawal of the Central Powers from Ukraine and the subsequent overthrow of Hetman Skoropads’kyi in late 1918, this workshop will examine the history of war, occupation, revolution, diplomacy, and state-building in Ukraine during the First World War and the various upheavals and conflicts to which it gave rise. Despite the great timeliness of this topic, much of the Ukrainian revolutionary period remains terra incognita for historians. The workshop’s objective is to take stock of what has been done on the subject, to share works in progress, and to point the way forward for new research.

A brief report will be published soon.

Three conferences in Switzerland in December

The Universities of Geneva, Lausanne and Basel host three conferences in December 2018 on Ukraine-related topics!

Geneva, 13/14 December, «Divided Memories, Shared Memories. Poland, Russia, Ukraine: History Mirrored in Literature and Cinema»

Lausanne, 13/14 December, «Current Ukrainian Archaeology: Pontic Olbia, the Limes and the Barbarian»

Basel, 13/14 December, «The Black Sea in Trans-Imperial and Trans-National History»

URIS is pleased to be able to support these three events.

URIS fellowship

URIS is calling for applications for one URIS fellowship for the 2019 autumn semester at the University of Basel.

URIS schreibt für das Herbstsemester 2019 ein URIS-Fellowship an der Universität Basel aus.

Report: URIS study trip to Western Ukraine in June 2018

URIS went on a seven-day study trip to Ukraine in June 2018 with students and other members of the University of Basel. The focus of the trip was the search for historical traces of the coexistence of different cultures and religions in Galicia, Bukovina and Podolia.

Find the report with some pictures here.

Ukrainische Graphic Novel zu Besuch in Basel

Das Philosophicum Basel stellt in Kooperation mit dem Cartoonmuseum Basel das Graphic Novel “Ein Held wider Willen” und die beiden Autoren Cyril Horiszny und Mihai Tymoshenko vor.

Aus dem Ankündigungstext des Philosophicum:

“Ein Held wider Willen” spielt im Revolutionsjahr 1848 im ukrainischen Lemberg. Während der ukrainische Angestellte einer Kanzlei, Stefan Kalinowicz, «gleichmäßig und genau wie eine gut aufgezogene Uhr» seiner Arbeit nachgeht, werden seine Identität und sein Selbstverständnis immer mehr von den äusseren Wirren erfasst und verwirrt. Schliesslich muss er seine Rolle im galizischen Vielvölkerstaat zwischen Österreich, Polen und den Ruthenen neu finden.

Die im ukrainischen Kontext noch heute aktuelle Novelle von Iwan Franko wurde 2017 erstmals ins Deutsche übersetzt. Cyril Horiszny und Mihai Tymoshenko haben daraus eine Graphic Novel gemacht, die zum schönsten Buch der Ukraine gekürt wurde. Zusammen mit Anette Gehrig (Leiterin Cartoonmuseum Basel) stellt Judith Schifferle die beiden Gäste im Philosophicum vor. Apéro und Bücherverkauf im Anschluss.

24. Oktober 2018, 19:00
Philosophicum Basel (1. Stock), St. Johannsvorstadt 19-21
Eintritt: CHF 17.- / 10.-

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Serhij Zhadan spricht an der diesjährigen BuchBasel über seinen neuen Roman “Internat”. Judith Schifferle moderiert das Gespräch, Sofiya Onufriv übersetzt und Thomas Sarbacher liest aus dem Roman vor.

Aus der Programmankündigung des Literaturfestivals BuchBasel:
Bisweilen erinnern wir uns, dass in der Ukraine noch immer ein Krieg im Gange ist. Serhij Zhadans Roman «Internat» (Suhrkamp, 2017) führt uns direkt in den Konflikt hinein: Pascha, ein unscheinbarer und unpolitischer Lehrer, der auf keinen Fall ein Held sein will, soll seinen Neffen aus dem Internat nach Hause holen. Dabei geraten die beiden zwischen die Fronten. Sie sind Zivilisten, die im apokalyptischen Niemandsland überleben müssen. Am Ende dieser waghalsigen Unternehmung können sie sich dem Inferno nicht mehr entziehen. «Auf diesen Roman haben wir Ukrainer gewartet» (Katja Petrowskaja, FAZ).

Freitag, 9. November 2018, 20:30 Uhr, Philosophicum Basel (St. Johanns-Vorstadt 19-21, 4056 Basel)
Dies ist eine Veranstaltung der BuchBasel in Kooperation mit dem Philosophicum und dem Osteuropa-Forum Basel.
Mehr Informationen finden Sie auf der Webseite der BuchBasel.

Opening session of the HSG Russia and Its Neighbourhood Discussion Series with Dr Olga Onuch (Manchester)

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of St. Gallen hosts the opening event of the HSG Russia and Its Neighbourhood Discussion Series. Political scientist Olga Onuch will give a speech on “Supporting the Revolution: Post Protest Buy-In or Post-protest Polarization?” discussing the case of Ukraine’s EuroMaidan. Please find more details here.

October 15, 2018, 6.15pm

University of St. Gallen
Room 52-7024 (7th floor)
Müller-Friedberg-Strasse 6/8
St. Gallen

Third Ukrainian Language Course Completed

Last Friday the third URIS Ukrainian course was completed. In the course the active and passive language skills acquired in the Ukrainian I and II courses was developed further. The focus was on reading comprehension and translating texts on current issues. Everyday written and oral communication was practised intensively and grammar skills were improved. The course also offered insight into contemporary and traditional Ukrainian culture.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Department of History of the University of Basel, the University of Bern and the University Language Center Basel for making this course possible and of course to thank Yuliya Mayilo for her enthusiastic effort as instructor!

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