Call for Applications: Transregional Academy “Shadows of Empires”

Shadows of Empires. Imperial Legacies and Mythologies in East Central Europe

Transregional Academy organized by Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network Eastern Europe in cooperation with CAS Centre for Advanced Study Sofia, Center for Governance and Culture in Europe, University St. Gallen, and the German Historical Institute Warsaw

14-21 September, 2020, Sofia, Bulgaria

More information and the CfA

Apply for the Summerschool in L’viv, July 20-August 1, 2020

The Centre for Ukrainian Studies at the Ivan Franko University in L’viv is calling for application for a summerschool, which offers you to:

  • enrich your knowledge of Ukrainian through an intensive class using modern teaching;
  • study in small groups (under 7 people) with qualified teachers of Ukrainian as a foreign language;
  • receive a certificate grading the level of your Ukrainian in correspondence with the CEFR scale;
  • widen your knowledge of Ukraine through lectures in history, economics, culture, politics and literature;
  • travel to the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains and other picturesque destinations in Western Ukraine;
  • enjoy the unforgettable atmosphere of Lviv and experience true Ukrainian hospitality;
  • get a credit (University Credits) (in case of an agreement on cooperation with Ivan Franko National University in Lviv).

Apply until the 25 of June 2020!

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New Issue of „Euxeinos“: Ukrainian – Crimean-Tatar Socio-Cultural Encounters

The new issue of „Euxeinos. Governance and Culture in the Black Sea Region“ (Nr. 28-12/2019) is devoted to the topic of Ukrainian – Crimean-Tatar Socio-Cultural Encounters.

By the way,  all journals, published by the Center for Govenance and Culture in Europe (University of St.Gallen) are open access.

Summerschool: Ukraine – Opportunities and Challenges for Dialogue, University of Basel, 22-26 June 2020

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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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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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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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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Ukraine elects new parliament

Read the analysis from our URIS fellow Georgy Kasianov:


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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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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)”.

Flyer and abstract

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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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:

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:

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.

Erinnerungslandschaft Ukraine: Karten zum historischen Gedächtnis in der Ukraine

“Erinnerungslandschft Ukraine” ist eine Kartensammlung, die Daniel Ursprung (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in der Abteilung für Osteuropäische Geschichte der Universität Zürich) im Rahmen seiner Lehrveranstaltung “Historische Mythen in der Ukraine: Geschichte zwischen Politik, Erinnerung und Wissenschaft” im Frühjahrssemester 2017 an der Universität Zürich erarbeitet hat.

Die Karten stellen die geographische Verteilung von Objekten (Denkmäler, Strassen, Parks, öffentliche Einrichtungen etc.) innerhalb der Ukraine dar, die nach wichtigen Erinnerungsorten benannt sind.  Somit liefern die Karten Hinweise darauf, wie in gesellschaftlichen Aushandlungsprozessen historischen Personen und Ereignissen gedacht wird, welche Symbole als gemeinschafts- oder identitätsstiftend betrachtet werden und welche regionalen und lokalen Unterschiede sich dabei feststellen lassen. Besonders im Vergleich mehrerer Karten zeichnen sich dabei regional unterschiedlich ausgeprägte Erinnerungskulturen ab. Ergänzend sind einige Basiskarten zu finden, die es ermöglichen, die Verteilung der Erinnerungsorte mit demographischen, sozialen und ökonomischen Faktoren zu vergleichen. Als Datengrundlage diente die freie Geo-Datenbank von (OSM). Auf der Webseite von Daniel Ursprung  finden sich neben der Kartensammlung auch Erläuterungen zu seinem Vorgehen bei der Erarbeitung der Karten.

Ukrainian Regionalism – A Research Platform

The “Ukrainian Regionalism” research initiative has united historians, sociologists, anthropologists, economists, literary critics and linguists from Ukraine, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, Germany, Romania and the USA – both well-known experts and emerging young scholars. Two larger projects “Region, nation and beyond” and “Transcultural contact zones in Ukraine” as well as a number of smaller sub-projects are implemented collaboratively since 2012.

“Ukrainian Regionalism” is part of the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Prisma Ukraïna — Research Network Eastern Europe

Der interdisziplinäre Forschungsverbund Prisma Ukraïna—Research Network Eastern Europe wird von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern an Universitäten und wissenschaftlichen Institutionen in Berlin und Brandenburg getragen und führt die Arbeit der 2015 vom ukrainischen Historiker Dr. Andrii Portnov gegründeten Berlin-Brandenburg Ukraine Initiative (BBUI) fort. Der Verbund stellt Freiräume zum Austausch und zur Vernetzung zur Verfügung und lädt WissenschaftlerInnen, JournalistInnen und AktivistInnen aus der Ukraine und Osteuropa ein, mehrere Monate als Visiting Fellow in Berlin zu verbringen. Er organisiert Workshops, Podiumsdiskussionen und Vorträge, die sich an Fachpublikum und die interessierte Öffentlichkeit richten. Die Ukraine steht als Forschungsgegenstand im Zentrum des gemeinsamen Interesses und fungiert gleichzeitig als »Prisma«, um transregionale Perspektiven zu eröffnen.