Scholars in the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences met on 7 and 8 July 2017 in Basel for the first URIS workshop. The aim of the event was to provide an overview of current Ukraine-related research projects at Swiss universities and to contribute to the networks of Swiss research on Ukraine. Scholars from the Universities of Geneva, Bern, Zurich, St. Gallen, Basel, Lucerne and Lausanne took part in the workshop, as well as a number of guests. The participants presented PhD and postdoctoral research as well as research projects in the fields of sociology, political science, history, art history, linguistics and literary scholarship. The first day closed with the evening presentation by URIS fellow Prof. Dr. Georgiy Kasianov on the politics of the past in the post-Soviet region.