Invitation to the Keynote Lecture of Yaroslav Hrytsak, January 29, 2020

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We are very pleased to announce the Keynote Lecture, which Prof Dr Yaroslav Hrytsak will give at the occasion of our URIS Conference « Ukrainian Studies Today. State of the Art in Switzerland ».

The distinguished historian and well known expert on Ukrainian history will speak about « Non-Euclidian Nation: What and How 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.

The lecture will take place at the University of Basel, January 29, 2020 at 18:15 o clock. All details can be found in the program.

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