URIS fellowship

URIS is calling for applications for two URIS fellowships, one for the 2018 autumn semester and one for the 2019 spring semester, at the University of Basel.

URIS schreibt für das Herbstsemester 2018 und das Frühjahrsemester 2019 je ein URIS-Fellowship an der Universität Basel aus.


URIS language course in Ukrainian

Our intensive three-week course in Ukrainian made the enthusiastic participants and the even more enthusiastic teacher smile!

The course for students and members of staff of Swiss universities took place from 7–25 August in Basel. It was organised by URIS and the University of Basel Language Center and supported by the Universities of Berne, Basel, Zurich and St. Gallen.

Many thanks to Yuliya Mayilo who taught the course!


Current Fellow: Dr Olena Palko

The second URIS fellow, Dr Olena Palko, will research and teach at the University of Basel from August 2017 to January 2018.

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Dr Olena Palko is a junior scholar with an interdisciplinary profile. She studied political science and philosophy at the Taras Shevchenko National University in Kiev and obtained her doctorate in political science at the Institute of Political Science and Ethnology at the National Academy of Sciences in Kiev. Dr Palko also completed further PhD studies in history at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England in March 2017. Her research interests are the political and cultural history of Ukraine in the 20th century. Dr Palko’s research to date has focused on the question of the Bolsheviks’ consolidation of power in Ukraine in the 1920s.

Current research project
In her current research project, Dr Palko is undertaking a comparison of the nationality policies of Poland and the early USSR in the 1920s. With particular reference to policy towards the Ukrainian nation, the research investigates the interplay of minority policy and foreign policy in the years between the wars. It describes nationality policy as a means of political consolidation and intergovernmental rivalry, exploring in particular the role of Soviet “Polonophobia” and Polish “Sovietophobia” in the formulation of nationality and minority policies in both countries.

Tutorial course
Dr Palko will teach a course in English in Basel on “Soviet Nation-Building in the 1920s-1930s” in the 2017 autumn semester. The course focuses on principles and measures of Soviet nationality and minority policy in the interwar period. Conflicting objectives and differences in the implementation of nationality and minority policy in the various Soviet republics will be discussed. The aim of this approach is to contribute to a better understanding of the historical dimension of numerous contemporary conflicts in the post-Soviet region.
The course is open to BA and MA students of Eastern European studies, history, political science, European Global Studies and related subjects. The link to the course in the University of Basel calendar is available here.

Public lectures and conferences
“Mythologizing the Revolution: The Representations of the Russian Revolution in Ukrainian and Russian Revolutionary Literature”,
at the conference “One Hundred Years that Shook the World: Failures, Legacies and Futures of the Russian Revolution” organised by the University of St. Gallen, Literaturhaus Zürich and Palace St. Gallen. Link to further information.


CV and list of publications (PDF)

Workshop “Culture as Politics” – Berlin, 19.7.2017

Culture has become not only an important economic factor but also an essential tool for the state to manage the social order, for the reproduction of symbolic hegemony and for identity politics. Looking at the examples of Russia, Poland and others, this workshop asks whether culture still has any emancipatory potential when it has largely been appropriated by conservative discourse, populist politics and the neoliberal market. The concluding panel discussion will look at India, Russia and Turkey and examine the uses of ‘culture’ in strengthening (or inhibiting) currently growing political authoritarian tendencies.

Speakers: Susanne Frank (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Ilya Kalinin (Prisma Ukraïna Fellow 2017; State University St. Petersburg), Vyacheslav Morozov (University of Tartu), Andrii Portnov (Prisma Ukraïna; Forum Transregionale Studien), Tomasz Zarycki (University of Warsaw)

Please find more information about the program online.

Anmeldung für Winterakademie “Revisiting the Nation” bis 30.8.2017

Die Winterakademie “Revisiting the Nation: Transcultural Contact Zones in Eastern Europe” findet vom 26. Februar bis 7. März 2018 in Bukarest statt und stellt sich der Frage nach der Nationenbildung in Osteuropa und ihren Bedingungen.
Bewerbungsfrist: 30. August 2017

Die detaillierte Ausschreibung der Winterakademie finden Sie auf der Seite von Prisma Ukraïna oder im angehängten PDF.

Viadrinicum Summer School 2017: “BorderLab. Borderland Experiences: Conflict, Dialogue, and the Arts”

Frankfurt (Oder), 28 August – 10 September 2017
Viadrinicum is an annual summer school devoted to the countries of the Eastern Partnership region with a special focus on Ukraine. This year it will take place in the form of BorderLab, aiming to tackle the issues of borders and borderland regions from multiple theoretical and methodological perspectives. With a strong emphasis on the participatory element of educational process the school will allow its participants to deepen their knowledge about borderland studies and enhance their practical and methodological skills in the framework of several project-oriented workshops. Students, PhD candidates and young NGO activists (up to 35 years of age) from all fields are invited to apply. The application deadline is May 31, 2017. Find more information as well as the full summer school programm here.

Ukrainian Regionalism – A Research Platform

The “Ukrainian Regionalism” research initiative has united historians, sociologists, anthropologists, economists, literary critics and linguists from Ukraine, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, Germany, Romania and the USA – both well-known experts and emerging young scholars. Two larger projects “Region, nation and beyond” and “Transcultural contact zones in Ukraine” as well as a number of smaller sub-projects are implemented collaboratively since 2012.

“Ukrainian Regionalism” is part of the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Vortrag: Stepan Bandera – Leben und Kult eines ukrainischen Nationalisten zwischen Faschismus und Genozid

Öffentlicher Gastvortrag: Dr. Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe (Berlin) spricht am Dienstag, 9. Mai 2017, 12.15-13.45 Uhr, zum Thema: “Stepan Bandera – Leben und Kult eines ukrainischen Nationalisten zwischen Faschismus und Genozid”. Alle Interessierten sind herzlich eingeladen.
Hauptgebäude der Universität Zürich, Rämistrasse 71
Hörsaal KOL-G-217

Veranstaltungsseite der Abteilung für Osteuropäische Geschichte am Historischen Seminar der Universität Zürich

Prisma Ukraïna — Research Network Eastern Europe

Der interdisziplinäre Forschungsverbund Prisma Ukraïna—Research Network Eastern Europe wird von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern an Universitäten und wissenschaftlichen Institutionen in Berlin und Brandenburg getragen und führt die Arbeit der 2015 vom ukrainischen Historiker Dr. Andrii Portnov gegründeten Berlin-Brandenburg Ukraine Initiative (BBUI) fort. Der Verbund stellt Freiräume zum Austausch und zur Vernetzung zur Verfügung und lädt WissenschaftlerInnen, JournalistInnen und AktivistInnen aus der Ukraine und Osteuropa ein, mehrere Monate als Visiting Fellow in Berlin zu verbringen. Er organisiert Workshops, Podiumsdiskussionen und Vorträge, die sich an Fachpublikum und die interessierte Öffentlichkeit richten. Die Ukraine steht als Forschungsgegenstand im Zentrum des gemeinsamen Interesses und fungiert gleichzeitig als »Prisma«, um transregionale Perspektiven zu eröffnen.

Transit, Refuge, Residence: Modern Artists from Ukraine in Switzerland (Archipenko, Epstein-Hefter, Orloff, Polissadiw)

Susak, Vita // // Bern, Verein “memoriart33-45”

Panel Discussion: Instrumentalisation of the Past as a Means of Political Mobilisation: the Painful Experiences of Eastern Europe and the Balkans

Friday, 17 March 2017, 19h30, Auditorium 001, Kollegienhaus of the University of Basel, Petersplatz 1, Basel. No registration needed.

With the participation of Vasyl Cherepanyn (Visual Culture Research Centre, Kiev), Alexey Miller (CEU and Eurpean University of St. Petersburg) and Vjeran Pavlaković (University of Rjieka). The discussion will be lead by Carmen Scheide (University of Bern). The event is jointly hosted by the Swiss Peace Foundation and the Department of History of the University of Basel.

Discours sur la langue ukrainienne en Ukraine indépendante

Mayilo, Yuliya // Universität Lausanne, Geisteswissenschaften

First fellow: Prof. Dr. Georgiy Kasianov

The first URIS fellow, Prof. Dr. Georgiy Kasianov, researched and taught at the University of Basel from February to July 2017.

Bild: Univerisät Basel, Oliver Hochstrasser
Picture: University of Basel, Oliver Hochstrasser

Prof. Dr. Georgiy Kasianov was born in Chelyabinsk in the southern Urals in 1961. He obtained a degree in history and social sciences from the National Pedagogical University of Kiev in 1983 before completing his doctorate in history at the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Kasianov has been Head of the Department of Contemporary History and Politics at the Institute of Ukrainian History at the National Academy of Sciences in Kiev for more than ten years. His research interests are the social, political and cultural history of Ukraine in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Current research project
Prof. Kasianov is currently working on a monograph about the political use and abuse of history and collective memory in Ukraine since the 1980s. Central aspects of his studies include the nationalisation of history, the construction of a national narrative, the representation of the past in the public sphere, in the media and in school textbooks, the tension between nationalist metanarratives and those informed by nostalgia for the Soviet error, the “decommunisation” and the utilisation of history in intra-and international conflicts. Prof. Kasianov continued to work on this project during his stay in Basel.

Tutorial Course

Picture: University of Basel, Oliver Hochstrasser
Picture: University of Basel, Oliver Hochstrasser

Prof. Kasianov taught a course in Basel on “History, Cultural Memory and Politics: Ukraine and the Post-Communist Space”. He and the students explored the history of Ukraine through the different ways in which it is represented in professional historiography, in political and public discussions, and in the media and art. The link to the course in the University of Basel calendar is available here.

Public lectures
“Past Continuous: Politics of History in Ukraine and the ‘New Europe’ (End of 1990s – 2000s)”
Prof. Kasianov gave a lecture on the subject of “Past Continuous: Politics of History in Ukraine and the ‘New Europe’ (End of 1990s – 2000s)” at the public URIS opening event in Basel on Wednesday, 29 March 2017. In his presentation, Prof. Kasianov spoke about the politics of history in Ukraine in the 1990s and 2000s. He explored 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.


List of publications (PDF)

“Fragen der Vergangenheit werden stark instrumentalisiert”, interview with Georgiy Kasianov, website of the University of Basel (22.3.2017).
“Dem Homo sovieticus entkommen”, article by Georgiy Kasianov in DIE ZEIT (2.12.2016).

Future Fellows

The third URIS fellow, Dr Valeriya Korablyova, will research and teach at the University of Basel from February 2018 to July 2018.

Forschungsstipendien der Deutsch-Ukrainischen Historikerkommission

Die DUHK vergibt ein Forschungsstipendium für einen maximal einmonatigen Forschungsaufenthalt in der Ukraine für Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden aus Mitteln des DAAD sowie zwei Forschungsstipendien für den Aufenthalt von bis zu drei Monaten für Promovierende und/oder Post-Docs aus Mitteln der Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Die Ausschreibung der Forschungsstipendien richtet sich an Historikerinnen und Historiker mit abgeschlossenem Hochschulstudium, die an einer Dissertation oder einem Post-Doc-Projekt zur ukrainischen bzw. deutsch-ukrainischen Geschichte arbeiten.

Bewerbungsschluss ist der 31. Januar 2017

Stipendienausschreibung DUHK

Literatur zur Ukraine in Schweizer Bibliotheken

Die Universitätsbibliothek Basel hat für URIS einen Suchstring mit einer thematischen Suche nach Literatur zur Ukraine im Katalog „swissbib grün“ erstellt. Durch die mehrsprachigen Suchbegriffe werden Treffer aus den Bibliotheken sowohl im französischsprachigen als auch im italienischsprachigen sowie im deutschsprachigen Landesteil angezeigt. So werden die Bestände an Literatur über die Ukraine in der gesamten Schweiz sichtbar. Die Suche ist geordnet nach „neueste zuerst“ und kann nach individuellen Bedürfnissen mit den Facetten auf der rechten Seite der Trefferanzeige weiter eingegrenzt werden.

Zum Suchstring

First URIS workshop


First URIS workshop: 7/8 June 2017, Basel.
Send us a message, if you wish to attend!


Find our second URIS newsletter here.

Most important:

  • We are pleased to introduce the first URIS fellow. Prof. Dr. Georgiy Kasianov will teach at the University of Basel in the 2017 spring semester and take part in URIS activities throughout Switzerland.
  • URIS is again calling for applications for two URIS fellowships, one for the 2017 autumn semester and one for the 2018 spring semester.