Dr Trevor Erlacher

Dr Trevor Erlacher is a scholar whose research focuses on the history of Ukraine from the 19th century to the present day. He studied history at Portland State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his PhD studies in Russian and Eastern European history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017. His particular research interests include the cultural and intellectual history of Ukraine and the Ukrainian diaspora, with a focus on nationalism, imperialism, radicalization and exile.

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Research Project

During his time in Basel, Trevor Erlacher prepared his dissertation entitled “The Furies of Nationalism: Dmytro Dontsov, the Ukrainian Idea, and Europe’s Twentieth Century” for publication. Looking at the biography of Dmytro Dontsov (1883–1973), Trevor Erlacher explored the global and transnational dimensions, ideological development and cultural expression of Ukrainian integral nationalism from its origins to post-Communist Ukraine. The concepts of “iconoclastic authoritarianism” and “cosmopolitan ultranationalism” are developed as key concepts for analysing Dontsov’s life and work.

Teaching at the University of Basel

In Basel Trevor Erlacher was teaching on the subject of “Nationalism and Socialism in Twentieth-Century Ukraine” during the 2018 autumn semester. The course explored the political and cultural history and the history of ideas of the regions forming today’s Ukraine from the late 19th century to 1991. The history of Ukraine was analysed as a nexus of interactions, conflicts, assimilations, faiths, parties, ethnicities and different states. The course focused on the historical situation of Ukraine as a colonised frontier region on the peripheries of various dynastic and totalitarian empires.

The course was open to BA and MA students of Eastern European studies, Eastern European history, history, European history in a global perspective, political science, European Global Studies and related subjects. The link to the course in the University of Basel calendar is available here.

Recent Publications

About URIS

Learn more about the objectives, the vision and the funding of the initiative “Ukrainian Research in Switzerland”.

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The URIS website presents an overview of ongoing Ukraine research projects in the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences.

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