CfA: 2 URIS Fellowships, Autumn 2021 & Spring 2022

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“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

 

Online discussion with leading sociologists and media experts: 14 Oct, 6:30 pm at the Ukrainian Institute, London

What unites Ukrainians?

Ukraine has long been portrayed as a divided country, split along linguistic, ethnic and historical lines. However, following the Euromaidan revolution, several studies have shown the strength of civic identity in Ukraine, and that the regional variability of social attitudes is far more nuanced than the supposed east-west dichotomy.

A groundbreaking new study by the Arena Initiative based at the LSE Institute of Global Affairs and Johns Hopkins University has investigated what lies beneath propaganda-driven divides in Ukraine. It found that a strong stance against corruption, a shared experience of historical traumas, and a passion for freedom bring Ukrainians together, regardless of where they come from or what language they speak.

This webinar will feature a discussion with leading experts in sociology and media production, debunking the myth of divided Ukraine and exploring the latest social research on what unites and motivates Ukrainians.

This event is held in partnership with the LSE Institute of Global Affairs and the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe of the University of St. Gallen. The event will be held in English.

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Network „KEAS-BSR“

The project „Knowledge Exchange and Academic Cultures in the Humanities. Europe and the Black Sea Region“ (KEAS-BSR) attempts to systematically investigate knowledge and cultural exchanges between the BSR and Western Europe from the late 18th century to the present theoretical and to establish methodological approaches with the potential of new pathways for future research and in its foregrounding of gender aspects.

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Nataliya Borys wrote a report on the last KEAS-BSR conference “Knowledge and ideological frontlines. Europe and the Black Sea region after World War II”,  Blagoevgrad University, Bulgaria, 24 April 2020 on the Blog The Soviet History Lab 

Ost¦Est Talk: The Instrumentalisation of the Past and Political Mobilisation, Wed, 30 September 2020, 12:30, live on Facebook

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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

Book chapter by members from the URIS community: Oksana Myshlovska

In her latest book chapter Regionalism in Ukraine: Historic Evolution, Regional Claim-Making, and Centre–Periphery Conflict Resolution  Oksana Myshlovska contributes to the following debate: Recently, scholars have been occupied with explaining why the previous phases of contention in Ukraine had unfolded in a non-violent manner, while the 2013–2014 contention cycle turned into a violent conflict. The chapter aims to make several contributions. First, it analyzes identity and regional cleavages in Ukraine and the evolution and dynamics of claim-making and center-periphery contention related to them in different regions. Second, it studies the non-violent forms of contention in Ukraine from the late 1980s until the eruption of violent conflict in 2014. The findings are consistent with theories of conflict that posit that non-violent forms of conflict precede escalation into violent conflict.

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CEUPRESS Publikation by our fifth URIS Fellow Kateryna Dysa

Drawing on quantitative data drawn from a range of trials Kateryna Dysa first describes the ideological background of the tribunals based on works written by priests and theologians that reflect attitudes toward the devil and witches. The main focus of her work, however, is the process leading to witchcraft accusations. From the stories of participants of the trials she shows what led people to enunciate first suspicions then accusations of witchcraft. Finally, she presents a microhistory from one Volhynian village, comparing attitudes toward two “female crimes” in the Ukrainian courts.

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The study is based on archival research including witch trials transcripts. Dysa approaches the trials as indications of belief and practice, attempting to understand the actors involved rather than dismiss or condemn them. She takes care to situate early modern Ukrainian witchcraft and its accompanying trials in a broader European context, with comparisons to some African cases as well.

 

Willkommen in Basel, lieber Bohdan

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Unser siebter URIS-Gastwissenschaftler Bohdan Tokarskyi ist in Basel angekommen. Ein Portrait des Slawisten und Kulturwissenschaftlers, sowie Informationen zu seinem spannenden Forschungsprojekt „A Fragment of Wholeness: The Making of the Self in the Works of Vasyl‘ Stus“ und seiner Lehre an der Universität Basel im Herbstsemester 2020 finden Sie hier.

Visiting Scholar from Kyiv at the University of Basel, Olha Martynyuk

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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.

Siebter Fellow: Bohdan Tokarskyi

URIS Fellow im Herbstsemester 2020 (August 2020 bis Januar 2021)

Poesie und Widerstand – das sind zwei wichtige Bezugspunkte im aktuellen Forschungsprojekt unseres siebten URIS Fellows, Bohdan Tokarskyi, PhD.

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Unter dem Titel A Fragment of Wholeness: The Making of the Self in the Works of Vasyl Stus” erforscht der Slavist und Kulturwissenschaftler der Cambridge University Bohdan Tokarskyi das Leben und das Werk des sowjetisch-ukrainischen Dichters und Dissidenten Vasyl‘ Stus (1938-1985). Stus verbrachte die letzten 13 Jahre seines Lebens in sowjetischen Gefängnissen und wird in der Ukraine als Dissident und nationaler Märtyrer verehrt. Indem Bohdan Tokarskyi auf Stus‘ poetische Subjektivität fokussiert, bietet er uns eine innovative und neue Lesart des Werkes an. Unser URIS Fellow stellt die besondere Position des Dichters an der Schnittstelle zwischen ukrainischer metaphysischer Dichtung, europäischer Moderne und sowjetischer Literatur dar.  Stus‘ Schaffen als ein „Fragment of Wholeness“ fordert uns heraus den Kanon kritisch zu hinterfragen. Mit seiner innovativen literaturwissenschaftlichen Forschung würdigt Bohdan Tokarskyi das Werk eines der vielschichtigsten ukrainischen Dichter, dessen Werk hierzulande noch weitgehend unbekannt ist.

Das Thema Poesie und Widerstand steht auch im Zentrum der Lehrveranstaltung, die Bohdan Tokarskyi im Herbstsemester 2020 an der Universität Basel anbietet. Im Mittelpunkt der Übung „Towards a History of Poetic Resistance in Ukraine” stehen wesentliche Oppositionspaare wie „Nation und Imperium“, „Individuum und Staat“, und Dichter und Regime, die im historischen Kontext untersucht werden. Die Ästhetik, Formen und Bilder, die die Tradition der Widerstandslyrik von Taras Ševčenko bis zum Euromajdan formten, werden analysiert und anschliessend in einen vergleichenden und beziehungsgeschichtlichen Kontext mit Dichtung aus Russland und Polen eingeordnet.

Bohdan Tokarskyi studierte internationale Rechtswissenschaften in Kyiv und wurde im März 2020 mit einer literaturwissenschaftlichen Arbeit an der Cambridge Universität promoviert, wo er „Ukrainian Studies“ lehrte. Auch ausserhalb der Universität engagiert sich Bohdan Tokarskyi für die Vermittlung der ukrainischen Literaturwissenschaften, sei es als Übersetzer von Vasyl‘ Stus‘ Gedichten oder als ad-hoc Berater für den ersten Dokumentarfilm über einen der wichtigsten Widerstandspoeten der Ukraine im 20. Jahrhundert.

Kontakt: bohdan.tokarskyi@unibas.ch

Weitere Infos zu seinem CV (incl. Publikationsliste) oder auf der Webseite

Ukrainian Studies Online Colloquium @ the European University Viadrina (Winter semester 2020/21, November 2, 2020 – February 22, 2021)

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The Chair of Entangled History of Ukraine, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/ Oder invites you to the Ukrainian Studies Online Colloquium. 

More information about the course can be found in the video by Prof Dr Andrii Portnov:

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The Ukrainian Studies Online Colloquium aims at connecting scholars of Ukrainian and East European Studies at the European University Viadrina as well as other institutions in the Berlin and Brandenburg area to colleagues in and outside Ukraine and the neighbouring countries. By inviting speakers from a range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, this online format aims at providing a platform for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and a place of encounter of students and researchers interested in and focusing on Ukrainian studies.

Apply for the participation in the Ukrainian Studies Online Colloquium with an abstract of your proposal for presentation, to be submitted until September 1, 2020 to ukraine@europa-uni.de

„My Second War“ Dmytro Tytarenko recounts the war experiences of Donbass people

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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.

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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.

 

Join the online lecture of our next URIS Fellow Bohdan Tokarskyi

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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
ID: 943 1950 0699
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

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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