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.
Video of the Keynote lecture by Yaroslav Hrytsak (Video by: Oliver Göhler)
“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.
On the occasion of the centenary of the withdrawal of the Central Powers from Ukraine and the subsequent overthrow of Hetman Skoropads’kyi in late 1918, this workshop will examine the history of war, occupation, revolution, diplomacy, and state-building in Ukraine during the First World War and the various upheavals and conflicts to which it gave rise. Despite the great timeliness of this topic, much of the Ukrainian revolutionary period remains terra incognita for historians. The workshop’s objective is to take stock of what has been done on the subject, to share works in progress, and to point the way forward for new research.
Contemporary Ukrainian Studies: Cross- and Interdisciplinary Perspective
The workshop invited scholars representing diverse disciplines and countries to examine the socio-political, cultural and institutional challenges Ukraine has faced during recent years. They discussed how those challenges have been addressed in contemporary Ukrainian studies and specifically in sociological studies of religion as well as political and anthropological research. The workshop also analyzed the epistemological and methodological complexities of doing fieldwork in times of political turbulence, transformation and war.
Find the short workshop report with some pictures here.
Language, Politics and Identity in Ukraine: History and Present
The second URIS workshop took place in Basel on 20 November 2017. The workshop examined the links between language and identity in Ukraine in historical perspective, offering a comparison between the formative Soviet decades and the period of independence. Furthermore, it discussed the role of the state and political elites in constructing national identities and manipulating the language question for their political gain in the past and the present.
Find the short workshop report with the list of participants and some pictures here.
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.
Find the short workshop report with the list of participants here.