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

Willkommen in Basel, lieber Bohdan


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.

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.


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.

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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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.

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


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

„…mit diesen Tausend Gedanken im Kopf…“ Berichte der Studierenden von der II. URIS Exkursion nach Kyiv


Zwölf Studierende der Universitäten Basel, Bern, Zürich und Fribourg nahmen an der zweiten URIS Exkursion «Von Podil zum Majdan» teil. Die wechselvolle Geschichte der ukrainischen Hauptstadt Kyiv stand im Zentrum der Erkundungen, die die Gruppe gemeinsam mit den URIS Fellows während drei Tagen machten. Anschliessend nahmen acht Teilnehmer_Innen an einem dreitägigen Ukrainisch Sprachkurs an der Mohyla Akademie teil. Drei Teilnehmerinnen haben ihre Eindrücke in Berichten über die Exkursion festgehalten, die für alle Studierenden und das Betreuerteam, Anne Hasselmann (URIS Koordinatorin) und Felix Frey (wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Universität Bern), eine sehr eindrückliche Erfahrung waren. Die Berichte und Fotos der Exkursion finden Sie hier.

29. Oktober 2019: Einladung zum Vortrag von Mykhailo Minakov


URIS, das Europainstitut Basel (EIB) und das Osteuropa-Forum Basel (OFB) laden Sie herzlich zu dem Vortrag von unserem sechsten URIS Gastwissenschaftler Mykhailo Minakov ein. Der von Prof. Dr. Benjamin Schenk moderierte Vortrag „Demodernization in Post-Soviet Societies: The Case of Ukraine“ findet am 29. Oktober 2019 um 18:15 Uhr in der Alten Universität, Am Rheinsprung 9 statt. Weitere Informationen zu dem Vortrag mit anschliessendem Apero und Buch-Vernissage finden Sie hier

Willkommen in Basel, lieber Mykhailo!


Unser sechster URIS-Gastwissenschaftler Mykhailo Minakov ist in Basel angekommen. Ein Portrait des Kyiver Philosophen und Historikers, sowie  Informationen zu seinem spannenden Forschungsprojekt „Secessionism in Ukraine“ und seiner Lehre an der Universität Basel im Herbstsemester 2019 finden Sie hier



Letzten Freitag bestanden die TeilnehmerInnen des IV. Ukrainischkurses ihre Prüfung. Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

Während die vergangenen URIS Ukrainischkurse (I-III) die erlernten Sprachkenntnisse vertieften, lernten die Studierenden in diesem zweiwöchigen Einsteigerkurs erneut die Grundkenntnisse der Ukrainischen Sprache. Der neue Wortschatz und das Sprachverständnis eröffnete uns Einblicke in die gegenwärtige und traditionelle Kultur der Ukraine.

Gerne möchten wir die Gelegenheit nutzen, um dem Department Geschichte und dem Department der Sprachen und Litraturen der Universität Basel, der Universität Bern, der Universität Zürich, der Universität St. Gallen und dem Sprachenzentrum der Universität Basel zu danken, dass sie diesen einmaligen Kurs möglich gemacht haben. Und natürlich Yuliya Mayilo für ihren grossen Einsatz und ihre Begeisterung beim Unterrichten der ukrainischen Sprache!

Besuch des Ukrainischen Botschafters Artem Rybchenko in Basel


Bei seinem Besuch in Basel, traf sich der ukrainische Botschafter Artem Rybchenko mit URIS.

Wir präsentierten Forschungsprojekte der Initiative und besprachen weitere Möglichkeiten einer gemeinsamen Förderung des Wissens über die Ukraine.



Дякую за увагу!