New book publication by our former Fellow Georgiy Kasianov

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Back from our summer break, straight with a new book recommendation that will soon join our URIS library:
The new publication « Memory Crash. Politics of History in and around Ukraine, 1980s-2010s » by our former Fellow Georgiy Kasianov. Available for order soon! Congratulations already!
« This account of historical politics in Ukraine, framed in a broader European context, shows how social, political, and cultural groups have used and misused the past from the final years of the Soviet Union to 2020. Georgiy Kasianov details practices relating to history and memory by a variety of actors, including state institutions, non-governmental organizations, political parties, historians, and local governments He identifies the main political purposes of these practices in the construction of nation and identity, struggles for power, warfare, and international relations. »
More information and insights into the new book can be found on the CEU Press website!

URIS-Ringvorlesung HS 2021: Einführung in die Ukrainian Studies / Ukrainian Studies. An Introduction

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Auch wenn die Ukraine seit einigen Jahren immer wieder in den Fokus der medialen Aufmerksamkeit im Westen rückt, ist das zweitgrösste Land Europas für viele Menschen nach wie vor eine terra incognita.

Mit dieser Online-Ringvorlesung möchte die Initiative Ukrainian Research in Switzerland (URIS) zum besseren Verständnis der historischen und aktuellen Entwicklungen in der Ukraine beitragen. Im Mittelpunkt der Veranstaltung stehen Grundfragen der Geschichte, Politik, Gesellschaft und Kultur des Landes. Daneben sollen neue Forschungsansätze auf dem Gebiet der Ukraine-Studien vorgestellt und diskutiert werden. In der Ringvorlesung kommen namhafte Expertinnen und Experten aus der Schweiz und dem Ausland zu Wort.

Programm: Einführung in die Ukrainian Studies

URIS-Ringvorlesung HS 2021: Einführung in die Ukrainian Studies / Ukrainian Studies. An Introduction

Auch wenn die Ukraine seit einigen Jahren immer wieder in den Fokus der medialen Aufmerksamkeit im Westen rückt, ist das zweitgrösste Land Europas für viele Menschen nach wie vor eine terra incognita.

Mit dieser Online-Ringvorlesung möchte die Initiative Ukrainian Research in Switzerland (URIS) zum besseren Verständnis der historischen und aktuellen Entwicklungen in der Ukraine beitragen. Im Mittelpunkt der Veranstaltung stehen Grundfragen der Geschichte, Politik, Gesellschaft und Kultur des Landes. Daneben sollen neue Forschungsansätze auf dem Gebiet der Ukraine-Studien vorgestellt und diskutiert werden. In der Ringvorlesung kommen namhafte Expertinnen und Experten aus der Schweiz und dem Ausland zu Wort.

Flyer Einführung in die Ukrainian Studies

Zielgruppe und Anmeldung:
Die Lehrveranstaltung richtet sich an Studierende aller Universitäten der Schweiz. Zudem sind Gasthörer/innen willkommen.

  • Studierende und Hörer/innen der Universität Basel belegen die Veranstaltung via TELL/MONA.
  • Studierende anderer Universitäten und universitätsexterne Personen melden sich bitte per E-Mail (uris@unibas.ch) für die Ringvorlesung an.
  • Es können 2 Kreditpunkte erworben werden.

Unterrichtssprachen sind Englisch und Deutsch.

Zugang zur Online- Übertragung:
Die Ringvorlesung findet als online Präsenzveranstaltung (via ZOOM) statt und wird nicht aufgezeichnet. Studierende und Hörer/innen erhalten den Link zur Veranstaltung über die Lernplattform ADAM bzw. nach Anmeldung.

Leistungsnachweis für Studierende, die Kreditpunkte erwerben möchten:
Die Modalitäten werden in der ersten Vorlesung und im Workspace auf Adam kommuniziert.

Organisation:
Prof. Dr. Benjamin Schenk, Departement Geschichte
Oliver Göhler, MA, Wissenschaftliche Koordination URIS

Ost|Est Talk Vol. IV with Viktoriya Sereda on the situation of IDPs in Ukraine

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On June 14, an Ost|Est Talk Vol. IX with Viktoriya Sereda took place at the invitation by Eva Maurer, the head of the SOB (Swiss Library of Eastern Europe, Switzerland)

About two million Ukrainians have left their home since the beginning of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. While some have left for other countries, most of them still live within Ukraine as so-called internally displaced persons (IDPs). Eva Maurer talks to Viktoria Sereda about their situation, challenges and opportunities and the reactions of state, society and the international community

You can check out the entire talk at the following link!

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From St. Gallen to Geneva. Viktoria Sereda’s next talk in Geneva

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The Soviet history research lab at the University of Geneva invites you to a conference by Viktoria Sereda entitled « Dynamics of Popular Attitudes Towards annexed Donbas and Crimea. Conflict Resolution Strategies for the IDPs ».

The 9th of June 2021, 12h-13h CET time, Zoomlink, Passcode: 814044

Flyer: Flyer Conference Geneva

Viktoria Sereda will present the research data, based on the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute’s “Mapa. Digital Atlas of Ukraine”,[1] St-Gallen University’s project the Ukrainian Regionalism[2] which allows to understand the experience of and attitude toward Ukrainian IDPs (Internal Displaced Persons) in Ukraine. Region by region, the project’s maps visualize how respondents rank Ukraine’s problems, such as the armed conflict in the East, present data on Ukrainians’ opinions about the conflict, their attitude toward IDPs (measured through the social distancing toward IDPs from Crimea and IDPs from Donbas).

Viktoria Sereda will answer the following questions: Why the issue of the attitude to the IDPs remain the main problem in the Ukrainian society? How does the population perceive the armed conflict in the East?Do Ukrainian differ IDPs from Crimea and Donbas? If yes, on what it is based? Is any fatigue of the conflict in the Ukrainian society? Can Ukrainian society, and mainly the civil society influence the political process of the conflict?

These and many other questions about the database and the interviews Viktoria Sereda did together with her research team in Ukraine will be discussed.

[1]https://gis.huri.harvard.edu/donbas-and-crimea-focus
[2]https://www.uaregio.org/

Cours intensif d’ukrainien pour débutant·e·s

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Un cours intensif d’ukrainien pour débutant·e·s aura à nouveau lieu durant trois semaines en été 2021 (du 16 août au 7 septembre 2021)

Ce cours intensif est organisé en coopération avec le Centre de langues (Sprachenzentrum) de l’université de Bâle et l’initiative de recherche « Ukrainian Research in Switzerland » (URIS). Le cours est gratuit et s’adresse aux étudiant·e·s et employé·e·s des hautes écoles suisses ayant des connaissances en russe ou en polonais. 

Le cours intensif se concentre sur la compréhension écrite de l’ukrainien ainsi que sur les bases grammaticales de la langue. Yuliya Mayilo introduit les participant·e·s à la culture ukrainienne contemporaine et traditionnelle dans les domaines de la littérature, musique, gastronomie, sport et voyages. Les inscriptions sont ouvertes dès à présent sur le site du Centre de langues de Bâle.

Flyer français: Cours intensif d’ukrainien pour débutant·e·s

« Die Nato-Aufnahme der Ukraine ist derzeit völlig unrealistisch“

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Ein Interview des Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) mit Gwendolyn Sasse, Ukraineexpertin am ZOiS – Zentrum für Osteuropa- und internationale Studien und Teil des Wissenschaftlichen Beirats von URIS.
Gwendolyn Sasse spricht im Gespräch mit Jan Emendörfer über das aktuelle russische Säbelrasseln an der ostukrainischen Grenze und über die Frage nach einem Beitritt der Ukraine in die NATO, die momentan viel diskutiert wird.

Die gesamte Einschätzung von Gwendolyn Sasse finden Sie hier.

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Refugees in their own country – Interview with our Fellow Viktoriya Sereda

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In an interview with the University of Basel, our current URIS Fellow Viktoriya Sereda talks about the current situation in eastern Ukraine and how the conflict has triggered large migration movements within the country since 2014. As a sociologist, she talks about her research on the changes for society and the individual that have resulted from the ongoing conflict.

You can find the interview in full length here!

(Interview Source: University of Basel, Photo: University of Basel, Oliver Hochstrasser)

 

URIS Fellow Viktoriya Sereda moderates lecture by José Casanova

« Revisiting Religious Pluralism in Ukraine »

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Location: YouTube

José Casanova, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Theology and Religious Studies, and Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University

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All information about the event can be found here

Welcome to Basel, dear Viktoriya!

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Our eight URIS Fellow Prof Dr Viktoriya Sereda has arrived in Basel. She will teach a class on “The power of the disempowered: civic activism of Ukrainian IDPs”. Find more information about the intriguing research in Viktoriya’s portrait

Report on the URIS & CEES Online Workshop, 20 November 2020

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« How to React to Crisis, Secessionism and War – Protest, Peace Activism, or Emigration? South Caucasus & Ukraine in a Comparative Perspective »

On 20 November 2020, the research initiatives « Ukrainian Research in Switzerland » (URIS) and the « Center for Eastern European Studies » (CEES) presented their digital workshop. Those invited included young visiting scholars from Ukraine and the South Caucasus who had been researching at the Universities of Bern, Zurich, St Gallen, Geneva and Basel in the 2020 autumn semester. The workshop addressed the (frozen) conflicts between Abkhazia and Georgia and between Ukraine and Russia. These conflicts are confronting the people in the region with difficult political and social choices: Should they join the secessionist movements, support peaceful solutions through cultural and social engagement, or escape the conflicts through emigration?

The guests were invited to describe the situation in eastern Ukraine and the South Caucasus in a comparative sociological, ethnological and historical perspective. The workshop consisted of three moderated panel discussions of 75 minutes each. The participants were asked to relate their current research to the overarching theme of the event.

In the first panel « Beyond the Politics of History and Memory », moderated by Benjamin Schenk (Basel), national historiography and individual memory in Soviet Ukraine were explored in the context of the current politics of the past. A close look at artists and historians who have helped to shape the narratives of this politics of remembrance produced unexpected insights into overlapping ideas and concepts concerning, and assumptions about, historical conflicts. In her doctoral thesis, Nataliya Borys (University of Geneva) examines academic networks between Polish and Soviet Ukrainian historians in the 1960s and 1980s. She comes to the conclusion that historical scholarship in the Soviet Union was subject to both material and ideological constraints. The ability of researchers to travel was limited, meaning that only very few transnational academic networks were able to emerge. This, in Borys’ view, was also why the prism of an ethno-national historiography continued to prevail even in the post-Soviet sphere.

The Slavonic and cultural studies scholar Bohdan Tokarskyi (URIS) also alluded to this with his discussion of the life and work of the Soviet Ukrainian poet and dissident Vasyl’ Stus (1938-1985). Tokarskyi urged that we expand the boundaries of our « mental maps » regarding the Soviet dissident movement and consider the diversity and the solidarity within the gulag. A national and ethnocentric perspective, he said, also opened up new ways of interpreting a « common solidarity ». The ensuing discussion highlighted the difference between a history based on events and facts and the – distinct – narratives of historiography.

The second panel, « Socioeconomic Aspects of Conflict », moderated by Jeronim Perović (Zurich), looked at the challenges of transnational economic ties in situations of political conflict. Aspects considered included the disruption of transnational infrastructures and international economic relations as a result of international economic sanctions and their social implications. Gvantsa Salukvadze (CEES) focused on the dependence on tourism of the mountainous regions of Georgia in the face of political decisions and sanctions by the Russian Federation limiting the freedom of movement and the distribution of food. The instability of political relations between the Russian Federation and Georgia had, she said, negatively impacted the once stable economic landscape and destabilised the fragile economies of the tourism- and agriculture-based mountainous regions. In the discussion, Salukvadze highlighted the fact that Georgia was seeking to reduce its dependency by diversifying its economic contacts, including with Europe.

In the case of Crimea, Maria Shagina (CEES) believes that an expansion or resumption of economic ties between the peninsula and Europe is unlikely. In her research project she investigates the impact of the Western sanctions on the humanitarian situation in Crimea. The lack of food and medical product supplies, Shagina explained, was resulting in critical shortages. In the following discussion, she underscored the fact that at the moment – unlike in Georgia – the Crimean government could only improve supply by trading with other sanctioned states like Syria. This meant that the humanitarian situation remained extremely tense.

The third panel was titled « How to Deal With Border Conflicts » and focused on individual strategies for dealing with conflicts. Moderated by Ulrich Schmid (St Gallen), the researchers discussed how people in the conflict regions interacted with public authorities and how they can secure access to social services. In her research project on the « line of contact » between the so-called Peoples’ Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk and the rest of Ukraine, Oleksandra Tarkhanova (St Gallen) concentrates on the negotiations between the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the state actors. Tarkhanova believes that the practices and understanding of citizenship are central here. The aim of her research project is to investigate how the social rights of IDPs and residents of the uncontrolled territories are regulated by law and constructed in political discourses.

Nasta Agrba, meanwhile, looked at the impossibility of participation (CEES) in her research project « The ultimate soft power: EU education as an integration instrument for de facto states through the example of Abkhazia ». Agrba set out the case that a lack of programmes for Abkhazian students at European universities was isolating Abkhazia in the field of education. Young Abkhazians were consequently choosing to study at Russian universities instead. The lack of such EU programmes made it impossible for the students to come into contact with other education systems and sociopolitical practices. Agrba reasoned that opening up EU study programmes could have a positive impact on the social participation and development of Abkhazia’s younger generation.

Tamar Demurishvili‘s (Bern) current research project focuses on religious life in (post-)Soviet Georgia and Russia. Demurishvili examined changes and continuities in the religious sphere. At the centre of her study is the concept of « nostalgia ». Demurishvili analyses the role that nostalgia plays as one aspect of faith in post-Soviet Georgia and in Russia when it comes to the construction of the collective memory. She found that religious institutions use the concept of nostalgia to influence collective memory and group behaviour in the post-Soviet region.

The audience enthusiastically took up the invitation to take part in discussions. There were particularly animated questions and lively debates in the « breakout rooms » set up by the organisers on Zoom, which served as a platform for informal interaction in place of the usual conference breaks. Despite their different research interests and academic backgrounds, the participants engaged in truly in-depth conversations with one another. A platform was thereby created where people could come together respectfully to exchange ideas and have stimulating discussions about the highly emotive subject of the conflicts in eastern Ukraine and the South Caucasus.

Report by URIS & CEES

Report on the URIS & CEES Online Workshop, 20 November 2020

« How to React to Crisis, Secessionism and War – Protest, Peace Activism, or Emigration? South Caucasus & Ukraine in a Comparative Perspective »

On 20 November 2020, the research initiatives « Ukrainian Research in Switzerland » (URIS) and the « Center for Eastern European Studies » (CEES) presented their digital workshop. Those invited included young visiting scholars from Ukraine and the South Caucasus who had been researching at the Universities of Bern, Zurich, St Gallen, Geneva and Basel in the 2020 autumn semester. The workshop addressed the (frozen) conflicts between Abkhazia and Georgia and between Ukraine and Russia. These conflicts are confronting the people in the region with difficult political and social choices: Should they join the secessionist movements, support peaceful solutions through cultural and social engagement, or escape the conflicts through emigration?

The guests were invited to describe the situation in eastern Ukraine and the South Caucasus in a comparative sociological, ethnological and historical perspective. The workshop consisted of three moderated panel discussions of 75 minutes each. The participants were asked to relate their current research to the overarching theme of the event.

In the first panel « Beyond the Politics of History and Memory », moderated by Benjamin Schenk (Basel), national historiography and individual memory in Soviet Ukraine were explored in the context of the current politics of the past. A close look at artists and historians who have helped to shape the narratives of this politics of remembrance produced unexpected insights into overlapping ideas and concepts concerning, and assumptions about, historical conflicts. In her doctoral thesis, Nataliya Borys (University of Geneva) examines academic networks between Polish and Soviet Ukrainian historians in the 1960s and 1980s. She comes to the conclusion that historical scholarship in the Soviet Union was subject to both material and ideological constraints. The ability of researchers to travel was limited, meaning that only very few transnational academic networks were able to emerge. This, in Borys’ view, was also why the prism of an ethno-national historiography continued to prevail even in the post-Soviet sphere.

The Slavonic and cultural studies scholar Bohdan Tokarskyi (URIS) also alluded to this with his discussion of the life and work of the Soviet Ukrainian poet and dissident Vasyl’ Stus (1938-1985). Tokarskyi urged that we expand the boundaries of our « mental maps » regarding the Soviet dissident movement and consider the diversity and the solidarity within the gulag. A national and ethnocentric perspective, he said, also opened up new ways of interpreting a « common solidarity ». The ensuing discussion highlighted the difference between a history based on events and facts and the – distinct – narratives of historiography.

The second panel, « Socioeconomic Aspects of Conflict », moderated by Jeronim Perović (Zurich), looked at the challenges of transnational economic ties in situations of political conflict. Aspects considered included the disruption of transnational infrastructures and international economic relations as a result of international economic sanctions and their social implications. Gvantsa Salukvadze (CEES) focused on the dependence on tourism of the mountainous regions of Georgia in the face of political decisions and sanctions by the Russian Federation limiting the freedom of movement and the distribution of food. The instability of political relations between the Russian Federation and Georgia had, she said, negatively impacted the once stable economic landscape and destabilised the fragile economies of the tourism- and agriculture-based mountainous regions. In the discussion, Salukvadze highlighted the fact that Georgia was seeking to reduce its dependency by diversifying its economic contacts, including with Europe.

In the case of Crimea, Maria Shagina (CEES) believes that an expansion or resumption of economic ties between the peninsula and Europe is unlikely. In her research project she investigates the impact of the Western sanctions on the humanitarian situation in Crimea. The lack of food and medical product supplies, Shagina explained, was resulting in critical shortages. In the following discussion, she underscored the fact that at the moment – unlike in Georgia – the Crimean government could only improve supply by trading with other sanctioned states like Syria. This meant that the humanitarian situation remained extremely tense.

The third panel was titled « How to Deal With Border Conflicts » and focused on individual strategies for dealing with conflicts. Moderated by Ulrich Schmid (St Gallen), the researchers discussed how people in the conflict regions interacted with public authorities and how they can secure access to social services. In her research project on the « line of contact » between the so-called Peoples’ Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk and the rest of Ukraine, Oleksandra Tarkhanova (St Gallen) concentrates on the negotiations between the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the state actors. Tarkhanova believes that the practices and understanding of citizenship are central here. The aim of her research project is to investigate how the social rights of IDPs and residents of the uncontrolled territories are regulated by law and constructed in political discourses.

Nasta Agrba, meanwhile, looked at the impossibility of participation (CEES) in her research project « The ultimate soft power: EU education as an integration instrument for de facto states through the example of Abkhazia ». Agrba set out the case that a lack of programmes for Abkhazian students at European universities was isolating Abkhazia in the field of education. Young Abkhazians were consequently choosing to study at Russian universities instead. The lack of such EU programmes made it impossible for the students to come into contact with other education systems and sociopolitical practices. Agrba reasoned that opening up EU study programmes could have a positive impact on the social participation and development of Abkhazia’s younger generation.

Tamar Demurishvili‘s (Bern) current research project focuses on religious life in (post-)Soviet Georgia and Russia. Demurishvili examined changes and continuities in the religious sphere. At the centre of her study is the concept of « nostalgia ». Demurishvili analyses the role that nostalgia plays as one aspect of faith in post-Soviet Georgia and in Russia when it comes to the construction of the collective memory. She found that religious institutions use the concept of nostalgia to influence collective memory and group behaviour in the post-Soviet region.

The audience enthusiastically took up the invitation to take part in discussions. There were particularly animated questions and lively debates in the « breakout rooms » set up by the organisers on Zoom, which served as a platform for informal interaction in place of the usual conference breaks. Despite their different research interests and academic backgrounds, the participants engaged in truly in-depth conversations with one another. A platform was thereby created where people could come together respectfully to exchange ideas and have stimulating discussions about the highly emotive subject of the conflicts in eastern Ukraine and the South Caucasus.

Report by URIS & CEES

Huitième boursière URIS : Prof. Viktoriya Sereda

Boursière URIS du semestre de printemps 2021 (de février à juillet 2021)

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Le sort des quelque deux millions de déplacé·e·s internes (IDP) de la guerre dans l’est de l’Ukraine ne commence que lentement à faire l’objet de recherches en sciences sociales. Dans la recherche sur les migrations, l’accent est mis principalement sur les IDP en tant que victimes passives et subissant la guerre. Dans son projet de recherche actuel intitulé « The Power of disempowered : civic activism of Ukrainian IDPs », la professeure Viktoriya Sereda, notre huitième boursière URIS, change de perspective et s’interroge sur l’agentivité (agency) de ces déplacé·e·s internes d’Ukraine. Quels efforts font-ils·elles pour s’intégrer dans leur nouvel environnement ? Comment arrivent-ils·elles à puiser dans leur propre expérience de la fuite la force nécessaire à l’engagement dans la société civile ? La recherche de Viktoriya Sereda, basée sur des entretiens, se situe à l’intersection de la sociologie du quotidien et de l’histoire des identités. Elle se penche sur l’un des principaux défis auxquels la société ukrainienne est confrontée depuis le déclenchement de la guerre dans l’est du pays.

Dans son cours à l’université de Bâle intitulé « Migration and belonging. Ukraine in (g)local perspective after 1991 », Viktoriya Sereda invite les étudiant·e·s à examiner les processus migratoires en Europe de l’Est et en Ukraine en particulier, et à discuter des débats sur l’appartenance, le multiculturalisme et l’intégration. Au cours de la dernière décennie, l’Ukraine a été l’un des dix pays avec le plus grand nombre de migrant·e·s à travers le monde. Tout aussi importante est la migration interne, souvent déclenchée par des conflits et des violences militaires. Elle est devenue un facteur clé des transformations sociales et façonne la discussion sur les appartenances. Un autre point important du cours est l’impact de la migration d’Europe de l’Est sur l’histoire européenne et américaine ainsi que sur les tendances globales actuelles. Les participant·e·s au cours traiteront donc les problèmes clés de la migration, tels que le genre, la migration intellectuelle transatlantique, la diaspora mondiale, les migrant·e·s en tant qu’importants acteurs de développement transnationaux, et les représentations artistiques de la migration.

La professeure Viktoriya Sereda, qui a étudié à L’viv, Budapest et Edinburgh, a obtenu son doctorat en 2006 avec une thèse sur l’influence du régionalisme sur la construction identitaire sociopolitique en Ukraine. Depuis 2015, elle est professeure de sociologie à l’université catholique de L’viv. Récemment, elle fut également chargée de recherche MAPA au Ukrainian Research Institute de l’université de Harvard, où elle a développé un atlas numérique des changements sociaux dans la société ukrainienne en se basant sur des données sociologiques.

Contact: viktoria.sereda@unibas.ch

Pour plus d’informations sur Viktoriya Sereda: CV (avec liste des publications)

New Book Announcement: Official History in Eastern Europe

Korine Amacher / Andrii Portnov / Viktoriia Serhiienko (eds.)

« Official history » is generally understood as the state-sponsored and ideologically-inclined construction of the past which serves the particular political aims of mostly non-democratic regimes. The optimistic belief that it would end up with the collapse of the Soviet Union has proved rather naive. As Pierre Nora argued, over the last thirty years we have experienced a “general politicization of history” – the process of transforming what historians produce into an ideology. How are the intellectual choices made by historians today influenced by the long twentieth-century experiences of Eastern Europe? What could “official history” mean for a stateless nation or a self-proclaimed “republic”? How did Ukrainian historiography become or how was it forced to become Soviet? What spaces for individual research initiatives or even for modest disagreement with obligatory planned research existed in the official history institutions of Soviet Ukraine and socialist Poland? How were Russian textbooks on history re-written during the post-Soviet years? What role do literature, film, monuments, holidays or rituals play in the politics of history? How have memories of the Second World War been instrumentalised in the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict and how have images of the ongoing war in the Donbas influenced memory debates in neighbouring post-Soviet states?

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New Book Announcement: Histoire partagée, mémoires divisées

HISTOIRE PARTAGÉE, MÉMOIRES DIVISÉES: UKRAINE, RUSSIE, POLOGNE

Amacher Korine, Aunoble Éric, Portnov Andrii

Déboulonnement de statues de Lénine en Ukraine; réhabilitation du passé impérial et stalinien en Russie; nouvelle « politique historique» officielle en Pologne: depuis la chute du communisme en 1989-1991, les questions mémorielles sont au centre del’ actualité polonaise, ukrainienne et russe. Elles alimentent les batailles géopolitiques en cours autour de l’ancrage européen de la Pologne ou de l’Ukraine, de l’annexion de la Crimée ou de la guerre dans le Donbass. Or, la Russie, l’Ukraine et la Pologne sont liées par une histoire commune où les conflits font disparaître les cohabitations et la diversité humaine de ces territoires. En éclairant des espaces, des événements et des figures qui ont été l’objet de récits historiques divergents, voire conflictuels, cet ouvrage montre comment, de l’histoire à la mémoire, des « romans nationaux» antagonistes sont écrits.

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Apply for the Summer School: Ukraine – Opportunities and Challenges for Dialogue, Basel 21-25 June 2021

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Learn about conflict and dialogue in the context of Ukraine.

  •  Understand the conflict in and around Ukraine and the current status of the settlement process.
  •  Analyze key actors, drivers and layers of conflict in the context of Ukraine.
  •  Assess opportunities and challenges for dialogue in Ukraine at the local, national and international level.
  •  Learn about key concepts from peace studies and how they apply to Ukraine.
  • Exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.

Detailed course description, flyer and application

Open Registration for the Advanced Ukrainian Course in February 2021

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In February 2021 (15.-26.) our experienced and esteemed Ukrainian teacher Yuliya Mayilo will again offer a two-week Ukrainian language course. Sign up for the digital Ukrainian language course, which will be free of charge for all students and staff of the Swiss universities thanks to the generous support of the universities of St Gallen, Zurich, Bern and Basel.

Further information 

News from Ukraine in the Students Online Journal SlavicumPress

Запорізький фестиваль, присвячений поету-футуристу Велімиру Хлєбникову. Інтерв’ю з Іриною Шатовою – Фабіан Шаллер, Рена Зейналова
Вікторія Забава – Осіння рапсодія
Наталия Волчкова – У потязі

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CfP: ‘Being a Minority in Times of Catastrophe’, London 25-26 June 2021

Birkbeck, University of London, calls for proposal submissions for the symposium ‘Being a Minority in Times of Catastrophe’ on 25-26 June 2021.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, surveys by the British Medical Association and other organisations reported that persons from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds have suffered disproportionately, both in health and economic terms. While it is too early to draw conclusions regarding the reasons and outcomes of these inequalities, this symposium wishes to explore historical parallels in which minority groups were similarly affected by sudden or prolonged periods of crisis. The organisers wish to bring together scholars to discuss the experiences of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe’s minorities in times of historical disaster, natural and man-made, and the responses these engendered such as the provision of relief and medical aid or maintaining law and order. Papers exploring the impact of, or reactions to, specific environmental and public health emergencies, such as famines, floods or epidemic disease, from the late eighteenth century onwards are especially welcome.

The deadline for proposal submissions is 14th January 2021.

Details about the application SGMH CfP 2021

Joint URIS & CEES workshop: 20 November 2020

«How to React to Crisis, Secessionism and War – Protest, Peace Activism, or Emigration? South Caucasus & Ukraine in a Comparative Perspective»

While the leaders of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics have been waging an armed conflict with Russian support for over five years, leading to the loss of more than 13 000 lives, Abkhazia became de facto independent after the Abkhaz-Georgian war of 1992-1993. These conflicts at Europe’s geographical peripheries are still confronting the people in Eastern Ukraine and the South Caucasus with difficult decisions: should one join the secessionist movements, engage in peace solutions, cultural and social activities, or escape the zone of conflict by emigration? To address these questions, the academic programs Ukrainian Research in Switzerland (URIS) and Center for Eastern European Studies (CEES) jointly invite experts from Ukraine and the South Caucasus to an interdisciplinary workshop consisting of three roundtable discussions. Our guests will assess the situation in Eastern Ukraine and the South Caucasus in a comparative way and from a sociological, ethnological, historical and geographical perspective.

More details in the program

If you wish to participate in our virtual workshop, please register under: uris@unibas.ch

Ukrainian Studies Online Colloquium: Opening Discussion, 2 November 2020

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Join the opening discussion of the Ukrainian Studies Online Colloquium with our URIS-Community member Fabian Baumann, starting at 6pm.

The Opening Discussion on November represents a starting point for constructive debates approaching the evolution, challenges and prospects of Ukrainian Studies from a variety of (trans)regional research backgrounds. This first talk, moderated by Andrii Portnov (European U Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)), will be shaped by the analytical contributions of Fabian Baumann (U of Basel), Joanna Konieczna-Sałamatin (U of Warsaw), Mykola Riabchuk (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) and Natalia Sinkevych (LMU Munich).

The program of the Ukrainian Studies Online Colloquium, consisting of 15 virtual sessions hosted via ZOOM, is out! Our interdisciplinary online format is free and open to the public. Login access can be requested at ukraine(at)europa-uni.de.

Each session will be streamed online via the YouTube channel Entangled History of Ukraine/Prisma Ukraïna.

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