Since 2014, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) pursues an «unbiased and even-handed policy towards peacebuilding, policy dialogue and reform processes in Ukraine».
In March 2020 the SDC released the Cooperation Programm for the years 2020-23. The overall goal of Swiss cooperation is «to support Ukraine on its path towards peace and towards an inclusive society, in which women and men equally contribute to and benefit from public integrity and sustainable growth.»
To this intend four objectives have been defined:
- Promote a peaceful resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, ensure respect for international humanitarian law, foster human rights and strengthen democratic governance while also addressing the consequences of the conflict.
- Accelerate low-carbon economic growth and improve the quality of life for people in urban areas.
- Facilitate competitive and inclusive growth.
- Improve the health of the population, especially of people affected by the conflict.
All details, including «learned lessons» from the previous programme (2015-2019) and more information about the implementation of those strategic goals can be found in the official paper.
The report about our URIS Conference «Ukrainian Studies Today. State of the Art in Switzerland» by Alexandra Wedl is online:
URIS marked its three-year anniversary with the conference “Ukrainian Studies Today. State of the Art in Switzerland” in Basel. Bringing together the URIS fellowship programme scholars and numerous Switzerland-based projects, the objective was to discuss ongoing research and future perspectives. The broad range of topics from scholars with different academic backgrounds illustrated the dynamic of the still young field of Ukraine research in Switzerland as well as its growing international relevance in recent years.
In 2019, a Trilateral Working Group of Ukrainian, Russian and Swiss historians was created in Geneva. The project is coordinated by the University of Geneva and financially supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Its goal is to deepen understanding of the history of Ukraine and Russia. The Trilateral Group offers a platform for joint reflection on the conflicts of memory in Russia and Ukraine that have emerged since the collapse of the USSR in 1991 and have gained momentum after 2014. One of the aims of the Working Group is to create a platform for joint research projects among young historians from both countries.
For this purpose, the Trilateral Working Group is launching a call for applications for Ukrainian-Russian Joint Research Projects of young historians (Master students and PhD candidates in history). The aim of this call is to grant financial and academic support to winning research projects on general topics. To promote joint research, the Trilateral Group will form bilateral research teams of advanced students and young researchers on the basis of individual applications.
Applicants are invited to submit their proposals on one of the following three main topics:
1) Image of the “Other”
2) Migration, mobility, exile
3) Historiography and memory politics
Successful applicants will be awarded a grant of CHF 3’000 for each research team to support their bilateral research project. They will be invited to present the results of their research at the session of the Trilateral Working Group in Geneva.
Submission and deadlines Applications including (1) the research project, (2) CV, (3) motivation letter, (4) a work sample and (5) a list of publications (if possible) must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org until 25 September 2020. Applications must be submitted in English. Eligibility: Russian and Ukrainian Master students and PhD Candidates in history enrolled in an institution of higher education in Ukraine or Russia.
Find the detailed CfA in English, Russian and Ukrainian here:
Shadows of Empires. Imperial Legacies and Mythologies in East Central Europe
Transregional Academy organized by Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network Eastern Europe in cooperation with CAS Centre for Advanced Study Sofia, Center for Governance and Culture in Europe, University St. Gallen, and the German Historical Institute Warsaw
14-21 September, 2020, Sofia, Bulgaria
More information and the CfA
The Centre for Ukrainian Studies at the Ivan Franko University in L’viv is calling for application for a summerschool, which offers you to:
- enrich your knowledge of Ukrainian through an intensive class using modern teaching;
- study in small groups (under 7 people) with qualified teachers of Ukrainian as a foreign language;
- receive a certificate grading the level of your Ukrainian in correspondence with the CEFR scale;
- widen your knowledge of Ukraine through lectures in history, economics, culture, politics and literature;
- travel to the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains and other picturesque destinations in Western Ukraine;
- enjoy the unforgettable atmosphere of Lviv and experience true Ukrainian hospitality;
- get a credit (University Credits) (in case of an agreement on cooperation with Ivan Franko National University in Lviv).
Apply until the 25 of June 2020!
Dr Maria Shagina specializes in European integration, post-Soviet democratisation and international sanctions. Her research project at CEES will focus on the West-Russia tensions since the Ukraine crisis and its implications for the Eurasian Economic Union. Her publications have appeared in the European Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Atlantic Council, New Eastern Europe, and Global Risk Insights.
For more information about Maria Shagina, who will be a research fellow at the University of Zurich until June 2020, see her portrait.
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.
How can peace and conflict studies contribute to understanding conflict dynamics in Ukraine? What are the opportunities for conflict settlement in Ukraine through dialogue at the local, national and international levels? What obstacles do these efforts face?
The 2020 swisspeace summer school provides an overview of current academic and policy debates on conflict resolution, dialogue and peacebuilding and critically reflects on their relevance for the Ukraine context. Following an introduction to peace and conflict theories and the architecture of international peacebuilding, participants will analyze the situation in Ukraine and reflect on opportunities and pitfalls for dialogue and conflict settlement in the current context.
More information on the flyer:
The initiative Ukrainian Research in Switzerland (URIS) is calling for applications for two URIS fellowships for the autumn semester 2020 and the spring semester 2021 at the University of Basel (Switzerland). 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.
For more information see: CfA
The Soviet History Research Lab had the immense pleasure of inviting Mykhail Minakov for its lecture “Demodernization in Post-Soviet Eastern Europe”, which took part on the 16th of October 2019, at the University of Geneva.
Read the whole report by Nataliya Borys here
We warmly invite you to attend our URIS Conference «Ukrainian Studies Today. State of the Art in Switzerland» (29-31 January 2020). On the occasion of the third anniversary of URIS, we are undertaking a review of our work and examining the current state of Ukraine research in Switzerland. We are delighted that all six URIS fellows and the URIS academic advisory board will be coming to Basel to mark the occasion and that we can discuss the challenges and opportunities of Ukraine research together with colleagues from Switzerland, Germany and Ukraine. Details of the programme and the keynote lecture by Yaroslav Hrytsak are available here.
We are inviting students and doctoral candidates at Swiss universities to present their current Ukraine-related MA theses and doctoral projects at the conference Ukrainian Studies Today. State of the Art in Switzerland (Basel, 29-31 January 2020) in poster form. The conference offers a unique opportunity to present your research project to an experienced and knowledgeable international audience and discuss unresolved questions with them. The project posters will be displayed in the foyer of the conference venue and presented by the authors in short 5-10 minute presentations.
For more information regarding the application, see the CfA
The topic of this issue is the relations between Russia and Ukraine. Firstly, André Härtel discusses recent developments in the Donbas conflict. He posits that as of yet there is no clear path forward as Ukrainian president Zelensky is still formulating policies, Russia seems to benefit from the status quo, and the West seems more focused on other issue. Secondly, Julia Kusznir analyses the progress of the ongoing negotiations for a new gas transit contract between Ukraine and Russia. Different interests, viewpoints and hurdles have so far prevented the signing of a new treaty.
The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for a three-month Visiting Fellowship in 2020 within the framework of the research program Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network Eastern Europe. Location: Berlin / Closing date: January 31, 2020
Read the article «ON THE EXTREME PERIPHERY. THE STATUS OF POST-SOVIET NON-RECOGNISED STATES IN THE WORLD-SYSTEM» by Mykhailo Minakov in the current Ideology and Politics Journal:
Read the report of Mykhailo Minakov and Matt Rojansky on Focus Ukraine, the blog of the Kennan Institute:
The Embassy of Ukraine in Switzerland and the Université de Fribourg kindly invites you to the podium discussion «Ukraine — Switzerland: A Century of Mutual Diplomatic Presence».
Ukrainian and Swiss historians and diplomats will touch upon both historical and contemporary events of Ukraine-Switzerland bilateral relations. The discussion will help verifying perspectives as well as facilitating contacts between scientists of both countries.
The curator of the Lavra Museum of Historical Treasures Evgenija Velychko helds a talk about the North Pontic’s Antiquities in the Museums and Collections of Kyiv. Find all details of the event at the University of Lausanne here:
Report by Oliver Sterchi and Luca Thoma about the talk «Demodernization in Post-Soviet Societies: The Case of Ukraine» given by Mykhailo Minakov at the Europakolloquium, October 29, 2019.
Ukrainian-as-a-foreign-language program in Ukraine
Each day of the Program consists of language classes, individual tutoring, workshops or lectures and excursions – as well as a unique two-week Carpathian program at the beginning of our School. University ECTS credits can be received on completion of the course.
Conférence donnée par le prof. Andreas Kappeler : Le « grand frère » et sa « petite sœur », les relations russo-ukrainiennes à travers les siècles
Mardi 29 octobre 2019 à 18h15 dans la salle M2160 à Uni-Mail
The current International fellow of the Institute for European Global Studies (EIB) in Basel Dr Oleksandr Moskalenko is a post-doc researcher focusing on the study of the European Union’s relations with its Eastern Neighbours. In his research project «The EU Environmental Conditionality for the Association Agreements with Its Neighbours» he focuses on the EU relations with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia with a special focus on environmental policies. For more information about Dr Oleksandr Moskalenko see his portrait or contact him directly: email@example.com
Cooperation of the University of Bern with the EDA and DEZA and our URIS Fellow Mykhailo Minakov: