Current Fellow: Dr Olena Palko

The second URIS fellow, Dr Olena Palko, will research and teach at the University of Basel from August 2017 to January 2018.

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Dr Olena Palko is a junior scholar with an interdisciplinary profile. She studied political science and philosophy at the Taras Shevchenko National University in Kiev and obtained her doctorate in political science at the Institute of Political Science and Ethnology at the National Academy of Sciences in Kiev. Dr Palko also completed further PhD studies in history at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England in March 2017. Her research interests are the political and cultural history of Ukraine in the 20th century. Dr Palko’s research to date has focused on the question of the Bolsheviks’ consolidation of power in Ukraine in the 1920s.

Current research project
In her current research project, Dr Palko is undertaking a comparison of the nationality policies of Poland and the early USSR in the 1920s. With particular reference to policy towards the Ukrainian nation, the research investigates the interplay of minority policy and foreign policy in the years between the wars. It describes nationality policy as a means of political consolidation and intergovernmental rivalry, exploring in particular the role of Soviet “Polonophobia” and Polish “Sovietophobia” in the formulation of nationality and minority policies in both countries.

Tutorial course
Dr Palko will teach a course in English in Basel on “Soviet Nation-Building in the 1920s-1930s” in the 2017 autumn semester. The course focuses on principles and measures of Soviet nationality and minority policy in the interwar period. Conflicting objectives and differences in the implementation of nationality and minority policy in the various Soviet republics will be discussed. The aim of this approach is to contribute to a better understanding of the historical dimension of numerous contemporary conflicts in the post-Soviet region.
The course is open to BA and MA students of Eastern European studies, history, political science, European Global Studies and related subjects. The link to the course in the University of Basel calendar is available here.

Public lectures and conferences
07.10.2017
Dr Palko will give a lecture on“Mythologizing the Revolution: The Representations of the Russian Revolution in Ukrainian and Russian Revolutionary Literature”, at the conference “One Hundred Years that Shook the World: Failures, Legacies and Futures of the Russian Revolution” organised by the University of St. Gallen, Literaturhaus Zürich and Palace St. Gallen. Link to further information.

26.10.2017
Dr Palko will participate the public panel discussion “10 Tage, die die Welt erschütterten” – 100 Jahre danach: Dimensionen der Revolution für Europa” within the series of lectures “100 Jahre Russische Revolution” at the University of Berne. Link to further information.

 

Contact
olena.palko@unibas.ch
o.palko@uea.ac.uk

CV and list of publications (PDF)

First fellow: Prof. Dr. Georgiy Kasianov

The first URIS fellow, Prof. Dr. Georgiy Kasianov, researched and taught at the University of Basel from February to July 2017.

Bild: Univerisät Basel, Oliver Hochstrasser
Picture: University of Basel, Oliver Hochstrasser

Prof. Dr. Georgiy Kasianov was born in Chelyabinsk in the southern Urals in 1961. He obtained a degree in history and social sciences from the National Pedagogical University of Kiev in 1983 before completing his doctorate in history at the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Kasianov has been Head of the Department of Contemporary History and Politics at the Institute of Ukrainian History at the National Academy of Sciences in Kiev for more than ten years. His research interests are the social, political and cultural history of Ukraine in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Current research project
Prof. Kasianov is currently working on a monograph about the political use and abuse of history and collective memory in Ukraine since the 1980s. Central aspects of his studies include the nationalisation of history, the construction of a national narrative, the representation of the past in the public sphere, in the media and in school textbooks, the tension between nationalist metanarratives and those informed by nostalgia for the Soviet error, the “decommunisation” and the utilisation of history in intra-and international conflicts. Prof. Kasianov continued to work on this project during his stay in Basel.

Tutorial Course

Picture: University of Basel, Oliver Hochstrasser
Picture: University of Basel, Oliver Hochstrasser

Prof. Kasianov taught a course in Basel on “History, Cultural Memory and Politics: Ukraine and the Post-Communist Space”. He and the students explored the history of Ukraine through the different ways in which it is represented in professional historiography, in political and public discussions, and in the media and art. The link to the course in the University of Basel calendar is available here.

Public lectures
“Past Continuous: Politics of History in Ukraine and the ‘New Europe’ (End of 1990s – 2000s)”
Prof. Kasianov gave a lecture on the subject of “Past Continuous: Politics of History in Ukraine and the ‘New Europe’ (End of 1990s – 2000s)” at the public URIS opening event in Basel on Wednesday, 29 March 2017. In his presentation, Prof. Kasianov spoke about the politics of history in Ukraine in the 1990s and 2000s. He explored how the past is used and abused for the present, how history and collective memory can be exploited by various actors, interest groups and governments, and what the consequences are of this kind of utilitarian and politically motivated use of history and memory.

Contact
georgy.kassianov@unibas.ch

List of publications (PDF)

Media
“Fragen der Vergangenheit werden stark instrumentalisiert”, interview with Georgiy Kasianov, website of the University of Basel (22.3.2017).
“Dem Homo sovieticus entkommen”, article by Georgiy Kasianov in DIE ZEIT (2.12.2016).

Future Fellows

The third URIS fellow, Dr Valeriya Korablyova, will research and teach at the University of Basel from February 2018 to July 2018.