Intensive Ukrainian course in August 2017
URIS is organising an intensive course in Ukrainian from 7–25 August for students and members of staff of Swiss universities with basic knowledge of Russian or Polish (A1).

The course is free for students and members of staff of Swiss universities.

The course will take place from 7–25 August 2017, Monday to Friday, 1.15pm – 4.30pm, at the Department of History of the University of Basel (next to the train station).


Ms Yuliya Mayilo, MA ( will teach the course.

You can sign up for the course from 23.3.2017 until 23.7.2017 on the University of Basel Language Centre website.

For more information please visit the University of Basel Language Centre website.


Past Events

First URIS workshop in Basel (7 – 8 June 2017)
All interested individuals in the field of Ukraine research in Switzerland are warmly invited to take part in the workshop as guests. Ongoing Ukraine-related research projects currently underway at Swiss universities will be presented. The first URIS fellow, Prof. G. Kasianov, will also talk about his own studies on the evening of 7 June. If you are interested in attending, please send a short message to We look forward to in-depth discussions and a fruitful exchange of knowledge and ideas. For more information please have a look at our workshop program.


URIS opening event
We are delighted to invite you to the public URIS opening event on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 at the University of Basel. Prof. Kasianov, to whom we extend a warm welcome as the first URIS fellow, will give a lecture entitled “Past Continuous: Politics of History in Ukraine and the ‘New Europe’ (End of 1990s – 2000s)”. Everyone is invited to join us for refreshments afterwards.

The event will be held on 29 March 2017 at 6.15 pm in Auditorium 102 in the Kollegienhaus of the University of Basel, Petersplatz 1 (directions).

In his presentation, Prof. Kasianov will speak about the politics of history in Ukraine in the 1990s and 2000s. He explores how the past is used and abused for the present, how history and collective memory can be exploited by various actors, interest groups and governments, and what the consequences are of this kind of utilitarian and politically motivated use of history and memory.