The seventh URIS fellow Bohdan Tokarskyi (Cambridge/ Kyiv) will present his research on Innovative Poetics of Self-Doubling in Vasyl Stus’s Palimpsests in the joint colloquium of Eastern European History and the Slavonic Studies at the University of Basel on Tuesday, 6:15 p.m. Please register under firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to join the event via zoom.
Join the opening discussion of the Ukrainian Studies Online Colloquium with our URIS-Community member Fabian Baumann, starting at 6pm.
The Opening Discussion on November represents a starting point for constructive debates approaching the evolution, challenges and prospects of Ukrainian Studies from a variety of (trans)regional research backgrounds. This first talk, moderated by Andrii Portnov (European U Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)), will be shaped by the analytical contributions of Fabian Baumann (U of Basel), Joanna Konieczna-Sałamatin (U of Warsaw), Mykola Riabchuk (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) and Natalia Sinkevych (LMU Munich).
The program of the Ukrainian Studies Online Colloquium, consisting of 15 virtual sessions hosted via ZOOM, is out! Our interdisciplinary online format is free and open to the public. Login access can be requested at ukraine(at)europa-uni.de.
Each session will be streamed online via the YouTube channel Entangled History of Ukraine/Prisma Ukraïna.
“Ukraine and Europe in Transition”
The initiative Ukrainian Research in Switzerland (URIS) is calling for applications for two URIS fellowships for the autumn semester 2021 and the spring semester 2022 at the University of Basel (Switzerland), subject to the approval of the corresponding grant funds. 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. The URIS fellowship enables the recipient to spend six months researching at the University of Basel (August 2021–January 2022 and February 2022–July 2022) and will be awarded on the basis of excellence criteria.
Detailed information and the application form
Read the entry of the six URIS fellow Mykhailo Minakov on the Focus Ukraine Blog of the Kennan Institute.
Ost|Est invites our seventh URIS fellow Dr Bohdan Tokarskyi to give a seminar and a lecture on the soviet-ukrainian poet Vasyl’ Stus to the University of Fribourg.
Preliminary programme: Monday, 26 October 2020
17:15 Seminar: “Der Zwischenraum: Vasyl Stus in Dialogue with Rilke”
19:00 Guest lecture “(In)visible Voice: Vasyl Stus and the Soviet Ukrainian Poetry of the 1960s-1970s”
Ost¦Est invites you to the talk “The Instrumentalisation of the Past and Political Mobilisation” with the editors of the Euxeinos Special Issue “The Instrumentalisation of the Past and Political Mobilisation”
‘How did the past create the present?’ – This would be the usual question for historians who strive for a most accurate possible reproduction of what has happened in the past and seek to understand how past events are connected to the present. In the present volume of Euxeinos, we propose, however, to turn the question the other way around, looking at history and historiography not as something given, but as a product of a specific political context.
The authors will be present at the Ost|Est Talk:
Aleksandra Sekulić, PhD candidate in Theory of Art and Media at the Faculty of Media and Communications, Belgrade (Serbia) and programme director at the Centre for Cultural Decontamination (CZKD) in Belgrade
Olesya Khromeychuk, Teaching Fellow in Modern European History at King’s College London
Malkhaz Toria, associate professor of history and the director of the “Memory Study Centre in the Caucasus” at Ilia State University (Tbilisi, Georgia)
Ekaterina Klimenko, PhD Candidate at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Iryna Eihelson (Brunova-Kalisetska), PhD in Psychology, facilitator of different dialogue projects, e.g. “Ukrainian action: Healing the past”
Join the talk on Wednesday, 30 September, 12:30 live on Facebook
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Our seventh URIS fellow Bohdan Tokarskyi has arrived in Basel. Find all information about his most interesting research project “A Fragment of Wholeness: The Making of the Self in the Works of Vasyl’ Stus” here: Portrait
The Center for Governance and Culture in Europe at the University St Gallen organizes an international and interdisciplinary conference on Transculturality in the Black Sea Region.
More details on topics and participants can be found in the program
Olha Martynyuk has been awarded a EKSAS-fellowship and will spend the academic year 2020/2021 at the University of Basel/ Department of History. URIS is looking forward to collaborate with Olha Martynyuk and to learn more about her current research project “Bicycle Transport and Micromobility in Ukraine (1890-1990)”. More information about the interesting research of Olha Martynyuk can be found here.
EUXEINOS – Culture and Governance in the Black Sea Region (Nr. 29 – 07/2020)
Cécile Druey and Eliane Fitzé issued a collaborative journal on the instrumentalisation of the past and political mobilisation.
Find all articles including the study by Iryna Brunova-Kalisetsk and Anna Chebotarova on Ukraine here: Center for Governance and Culture in Europe
When we met Dymtro Tytarenko on our URIS study trip to Kyiv in August 2019, he shared his impressions of the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine with students from Switzerland.
The historian and lawyer, born in Donetsk in 1976, was forced to emigrate to Kryvyi Rih. Since then, he regularly travels to his hometown and documents the experiences of the people in the regions hit by the war. On “Histoires Continentales” he recounts how the older generation, eyewitnesses of the Second World War, experience the current war in eastern Ukraine.
WED 24 JUN 2020 | 18:15–19:45
This online lecture is part of the WissLit series by the Department of Slavic and Hungarian Studies of Humboldt University Berlin.
To access the online lecture on Zoom please go to https://hu-berlin.zoom.us
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Password: 317 549
For more information on the WissLit series please see here.
URIS is very excited to welcome Bohdan Tokarskyi as our next URIS-Fellow in the autumn term at the University of Basel
Since 2014, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) pursues an “unbiased and even-handed policy towards peacebuilding, policy dialogue and reform processes in Ukraine”.
In March 2020 the SDC released the Cooperation Programm for the years 2020-23. The overall goal of Swiss cooperation is “to support Ukraine on its path towards peace and towards an inclusive society, in which women and men equally contribute to and benefit from public integrity and sustainable growth.”
To this intend four objectives have been defined:
- Promote a peaceful resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, ensure respect for international humanitarian law, foster human rights and strengthen democratic governance while also addressing the consequences of the conflict.
- Accelerate low-carbon economic growth and improve the quality of life for people in urban areas.
- Facilitate competitive and inclusive growth.
- Improve the health of the population, especially of people affected by the conflict.
All details, including “learned lessons” from the previous programme (2015-2019) and more information about the implementation of those strategic goals can be found in the official paper.
The report about our URIS Conference “Ukrainian Studies Today. State of the Art in Switzerland” by Alexandra Wedl is online:
URIS marked its three-year anniversary with the conference “Ukrainian Studies Today. State of the Art in Switzerland” in Basel. Bringing together the URIS fellowship programme scholars and numerous Switzerland-based projects, the objective was to discuss ongoing research and future perspectives. The broad range of topics from scholars with different academic backgrounds illustrated the dynamic of the still young field of Ukraine research in Switzerland as well as its growing international relevance in recent years.
In 2019, a Trilateral Working Group of Ukrainian, Russian and Swiss historians was created in Geneva. The project is coordinated by the University of Geneva and financially supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Its goal is to deepen understanding of the history of Ukraine and Russia. The Trilateral Group offers a platform for joint reflection on the conflicts of memory in Russia and Ukraine that have emerged since the collapse of the USSR in 1991 and have gained momentum after 2014. One of the aims of the Working Group is to create a platform for joint research projects among young historians from both countries.
For this purpose, the Trilateral Working Group is launching a call for applications for Ukrainian-Russian Joint Research Projects of young historians (Master students and PhD candidates in history). The aim of this call is to grant financial and academic support to winning research projects on general topics. To promote joint research, the Trilateral Group will form bilateral research teams of advanced students and young researchers on the basis of individual applications.
Applicants are invited to submit their proposals on one of the following three main topics:
1) Image of the “Other”
2) Migration, mobility, exile
3) Historiography and memory politics
Successful applicants will be awarded a grant of CHF 3’000 for each research team to support their bilateral research project. They will be invited to present the results of their research at the session of the Trilateral Working Group in Geneva.
Submission and deadlines Applications including (1) the research project, (2) CV, (3) motivation letter, (4) a work sample and (5) a list of publications (if possible) must be sent to email@example.com until 25 September 2020. Applications must be submitted in English. Eligibility: Russian and Ukrainian Master students and PhD Candidates in history enrolled in an institution of higher education in Ukraine or Russia.
Find the detailed CfA in English, Russian and Ukrainian here:
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.
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
The Soviet History Research Lab had the immense pleasure of inviting Mykhail Minakov for its lecture “Demodernization in Post-Soviet Eastern Europe”, which took part on the 16th of October 2019, at the University of Geneva.
Read the whole report by Nataliya Borys here
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.
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 2020) in 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
Report by Oliver Sterchi and Luca Thoma about the talk “Demodernization in Post-Soviet Societies: The Case of Ukraine” given by Mykhailo Minakov at the Europakolloquium, October 29, 2019.
12 students from the Universities of Basel, Bern, Zurich and Fribourg went on a study-trip to explore the history of the Ukrainian capital and to attend a Ukrainian Language course in Kyiv. Read the reports written by the students and find some pictures of the insightful days here