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

Sixth Fellow: Prof Dr Mykhailo Minakov

Prof Dr Mykhailo Minakov
URIS fellow in the 2019 autumn semester 
(August 2019 to January 2020)

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Politics and ideology of the “Peoples’ Republics” of Donetsk and Lugansk – the research project “Secessionism in Ukraine” by our sixth URIS fellow could not be more topical.

Following its dissolution in 1991, fifteen new, internationally recognised states emerged on the territory of the USSR. Meanwhile, the status of four small new “de facto states” in the Southern Caucasus and bordering Moldova – Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Transnistria – remains contested. Nor have the so-called “Peoples’ Republics” of Donetsk and Lugansk in the east of Ukraine been internationally recognised.

In his current research project, Mykhailo Minakov is investigating which ideologies and political practices connect these six Eastern European de facto states, and what consequences the striving for autonomy in the territories of Donetsk and Lugansk has for the stability of present-day Ukraine.

In his course at the University of Basel “Political History of Contemporary Ukraine (1991–2019)”, Prof. Minakov will discuss with students the political challenges facing Ukraine since gaining independence in 1991. How have democracy, the economy and national sovereignty developed? What role is and was played here by the legacy of more than 70 years of the Communist experiment? Why have there been repeated popular uprisings in Ukraine during the past 18 years, and what consequences did these have for the political development of the country?

Prof. Minakov takes an interdisciplinary approach in his research and teaching, combining political analysis with political philosophy. His research interest focuses on the reasons, promises and consequences of the crisis-ridden 1990s, the power of the oligarchs and the origin and consequences of the Orange Revolution in 2004 and the Euromaidan in 2013/14 in Ukraine.

Mykhailo Minakov studied philosophy at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. After completing his PhD (2000) and postdoctoral thesis (2007), he taught there as professor of philosophy and political science. Since 2018 Minakov has held the position of Senior Advisor at the Kennan Institute (Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, Washington DC). He taught as a visiting professor at Viadrina European University in Frankfurt (Oder) until March 2019.

Contact: mykhailo.minakov@unibas.ch

Further information on his CV (incl. list of publications) or on his website: http://www.minakovphilosophy.com

Ukraine elects new parliament

Read the analysis from our URIS fellow Georgy Kasianov:

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Fourth Ukrainian Language Course Completed! Congratulations!

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Last Friday the fourth URIS Ukrainian course was completed. Whereas the previous courses (Ukrainian II & III) developed the active and passive language skills further, the students from different Universities in Switzerland took the chance to attend an introductory course again this summer. The two week course focused on basic language and grammar skills and everyday written and oral communication was practised intensively. 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 Departement of Linguistics and Literary Studies of the University of Basel, the University of Bern, the University of Zurich, the University of St Gallen and the University Language Center Basel for making this unique course possible and of course to thank Yuliya Mayilo for her enthusiastic effort as instructor!

Visit of the Ukrainian ambassador Artem Rybchenko in Basel

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On his visit to Basel, the Ukrainian ambassador Artem Rybchenko met URIS.

He was very interested in learning about our research initiative and projects, we presented on that occasion.

Дякую за увагу!

Looking forward to a fruitful cooperation.
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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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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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Fifth 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 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