Switzerland has renewed its Cooperation Programme in Ukraine

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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:

  1. 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. 
  2. Accelerate low-carbon economic growth and improve the quality of life for people in urban areas. 
  3. Facilitate competitive and inclusive growth. 
  4. 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.

OstIEast talk: Krim 2020 Kultur zwischen Kontakten und Konflikten: 22. April 2020, 12:30 Uhr

Das neue Format Ost|Est talk des Verein Ost|Est widmet sich aktuellen Themen in Osteuropa mit unterschiedlichen Gesprächsgästen: ein 30-minütiges online-Gespräch zum Zuhören, Mitdiskutieren, Kommentieren.

Die erste Ausgabe dreht sich um die Krim, im Gespräch mit Tatjana Hofmann. Die Literaturwissenschaftlerin und Autorin («Sewastopologia», edition.fotoTAPETA Berlin, 2015) ist auf der Krim geboren und verbrachte ihre Kindheit in Sewastopol. Nebst ihrem Habilitationsprojekt an der Universität Zürich – zum Genre der Reiseskizze – schreibt sie regelmässig über die Krim. Momentan arbeitet sie an einem Dokumentarfilm über das «Bosporus-Forum» – einem seit 1993 wiederholt stattfindenden Treffen Kulturschaffender und -interessierter, das einen produktiven Dialog über Grenzen hinweg zu fördern sucht.

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Mittwoch, 22. April 2020, 12.30 h 
live auf Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OstEstBeFri/ 

Sie sind herzlich eingeladen, im Vorfeld auf Facebook oder per Mail Fragen an unseren Gesprächsgast zu stellen! Zudem können auch während der Sitzung über die Kommentarfunktion live Kommentare angebracht und Fragen formuliert werden.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: UKRAINIAN STUDIES TODAY. STATE OF THE ARTS IN SWITZERLAND, JANUARY 29-31, 2020

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.

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Conference Program

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Video of the Keynote lecture by Yaroslav Hrytsak (Video by: Oliver Göhler)

Picture Gallery (Pictures by: Nadine Freiermuth-Samardžić)

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: UKRAINIAN STUDIES TODAY. STATE OF THE ARTS IN SWITZERLAND, JANUARY 29-31, 2020

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.

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Conference Program

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Video of the Keynote lecture by Yaroslav Hrytsak (Video by: Oliver Göhler)

Picture Gallery (Pictures by: Nadine Freiermuth-Samardžić)

International Conference: Ukrainian Studies Today. State of the Arts in Switzerland, January 29-31, 2020

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.

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Conference Program

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Video of the Keynote lecture by Yaroslav Hrytsak (Video by: Oliver Göhler)

Picture Gallery (Pictures by: Nadine Freiermuth-Samardžić)

Looking back to our URIS Conference: Video of the keynote lecture by Yaroslav Hrytsak and a picture gallery

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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.

 

Call for Application: Receive a grant for a joint research project on the history of Ukraine and Russia – EXTENDED DEADLINE

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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

Financial support
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 jointresearchproject2020@gmail.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:

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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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Neuste Ausgabe des „Euxeinos“: Ukrainian – Crimean-Tatar Socio-Cultural Encounters

Die neue Ausgabe der „Euxeinos. Governance and Culture in the Black Sea Region“ (Nr. 28-12/2019) widmet sich dem Thema: Ukrainian – Crimean-Tatar Socio-Cultural Encounters.

Übrigens sind alle Ausgaben des vom Center for Govenance and Culture in Europe (University of St.Gallen) herausgegebenen Journals online frei zugänglich.

Dr. Maria Shagina, Fellow am Center for Eastern European Studies (CEES) an der Universität Zürich

Maria Shagina forscht als CEES-Fellow unter anderem zur westlichen Sanktionspolitik gegenüber Russland, zum russischen Energiesektor, zur Eurasischen Wirtschaftsunion und zu den russisch-asiatischen Beziehungen an der Universität Zürich. Weitere Informationen zu Maria Shagina, die noch bis im Juni 2020 an der Universität Zürich sein wird, finden sich auf ihrem Portrait. 

Einladung zur Keynote von Yaroslav Hrytsak, Basel: 29. Januar 2020, 18:15 Uhr

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Im Rahmen der internationalen URIS Konferenz „Ukrainian Studies Today. State of the Arts in Switzerland“ hält der renommierte Historiker Prof. Dr. Yaroslav Hrytsak am 29. Januar 2020, um 18:15 Uhr eine Keynote Lecture an der Universität Basel. Anhand der „Ukrainischen Frage“ diskutiert Hrytsak tagesaktuelle Ereignisse, die er in die longue durée der ukrainischen Geschichte stellt:

Non-Euclidean Nation: What and How Do 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.

Kirchlicher Konflikt um die Ukraine

Vor einem Jahr hat das Ökumenische Patriarchat der neu gegründeten Orthodoxen Kirche der Ukraine (OKU) die Autokephalie verliehen. In der aktuellen Ausgabe von G2W kommen sowohl befürwortende als auch kritische Voten der innerorthodoxen Debatten zu Wort.

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Swisspeace Summerschool: Ukraine – Opportunities and Challenges for Dialogue, Universität Basel, 22-26 Juni 2020

Gemeinsam mit Swisspeace organisiert die Internationale Graduiertenschule der Universitäten Basel, Bern, Lausanne & Zürich eine Summerschool, die anhand des Krieges in der Ukraine die wichtigsten theoretischen Grundlagen der Friedens- und Konfliktforschung vermittelt. Die Veranstaltung bietet einen Überblick der aktuellen wissenschaftlichen und politikbezogenen Debatten der internationalen Friedensförderung. Besondere Aufmerksamkeit wird dem Zusammenspiel unterschiedlicher Akteure (staatliche, internationale, nicht-staatliche) sowie dem Austausch zwischen Wissenschaft und Praxis gewidmet.

Studierende der Uni Basel können sich über das VVL für den Kurs bewerben: https://vorlesungsverzeichnis.unibas.ch/de/studienstruktur?id=246857

Ausschreibung: Zwei URIS-Fellowships „Die Ukraine und Europa im Wandel“ (Herbstsemester 2020 und Frühjahrsemester 2021, Universität Basel)

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Die Initiative Ukrainian Research in Switzerland (URIS) schreibt für das Herbstsemester 2020 und für das Frühjahrsemester 2021 zwei URIS-Fellowships an der Universität Basel (Schweiz) aus. Das international ausgerichtete Fellowship-Programm richtet sich an promovierte Wissenschaftler_innen aus dem Bereich der Geistes-, Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften, deren Forschung einen substantiellen Beitrag zum besseren Verständnis von Geschichte, Gesellschaft, Politik und Kultur der Ukraine verspricht.

Weitere Informationen in der Ausschreibung

Bewerbungsformular

International Conference „Ukrainian Studies Today. State of the Art in Switzerland“ (Basel, 29.01.-31.01.2020)

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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.

Call for Applications – Poster Presentation MA- and PhD Projects

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An alle Studierenden und Promovierenden der Schweizer Universitäten: URIS lädt Euch ein, an der internationalen Tagung „Ukrainian Studies Today. State of the Arts in Switzerland“ (29.-31. Januar 2020) Eure MA-Arbeiten und PhD-Projekte in Form eines Posters zu präsentieren! Nutz die einmalige Gelegenheit, Eure Forschung und Fragen mit einem versierten Fachpublikum zu diskutieren!
Den CfA mit den Bewerbungsmodalitäten findet ihr hier

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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