Our seventh URIS fellow Bohdan Tokarskyi has arrived in Basel. Find all information about his most interesting research project “A Fragment of Wholeness: The Making of the Self in the Works of Vasyl’ Stus» here: Portrait
The Center for Governance and Culture in Europe at the University St Gallen organizes an international and interdisciplinary conference on Transculturality in the Black Sea Region.
More details on topics and participants can be found in the program
Olha Martynyuk has been awarded a EKSAS-fellowship and will spend the academic year 2020/2021 at the University of Basel/ Department of History. URIS is looking forward to collaborate with Olha Martynyuk and to learn more about her current research project «Bicycle Transport and Micromobility in Ukraine (1890-1990)». More information about the interesting research of Olha Martynyuk can be found here.
URIS fellow in the 2020 autumn semester (August 2020 to January 2021)
Poetry and resistance are two key aspects of the current research project by our seventh URIS fellow, Bohdan Tokarskyi, PhD.
A Slavonic and cultural studies scholar from the University of Cambridge, Tokarskyi is exploring the life and work of the Soviet Ukrainian dissident poet Vasyl’ Stus (1938-1985) in a study titled “A Fragment of Wholeness: The Making of the Self in the Works of Vasyl’ Stus”. Stus spent the last 13 years of his life in Soviet prison and the Gulag and is revered in Ukraine as a dissident and national martyr. Bohdan Tokarskyi offers an innovative reading of Vasyl’ Stus’s oeuvre by focusing on Stus’s poetic subjectivity. The scholar seeks to elucidate the poet’s distinctive position at the intersection of Ukrainian metaphysical poetry, European modernism, and Soviet literature. Through “A Fragment of Wholeness”, he also endeavours to show how Stus’s works invite us to revisit these canons. With his innovative literary scholarship, Bohdan Tokarskyi pays tribute to the work of one of Ukraine’s most complex twentieth-century poets who is still largely unknown outside of his home country.
The subject of poetry and resistance is also the focus of the course Bohdan Tokarskyi will teach at the University of Basel in the 2020 autumn semester. The tutorial “Towards a History of Poetic Resistance in Ukraine” will centre on salient oppositions such as “nation/empire”, “individual/state” and “poet/ regime” and consider them in a historical context. The aesthetic, forms and images that shaped the tradition of the poetry of resistance in Ukraine from Taras Shevchenko to the Euromaidan will be analysed before being placed in a comparative and histoire croisée context with poetry from Russia and Poland.
Bohdan Tokarskyi studied international law in Kyiv and subsequently obtained a doctorate in March 2020 with a work of literary scholarship at the University of Cambridge, where he also taught Ukrainian Studies. Bohdan Tokarskyi’s advocacy for Ukrainian literature is not limited to the university; he has also translated Vasyl’ Stus’s poems and worked as an ad hoc advisor for the first documentary film about one of 20th-century Ukraine’s most important resistant poets.
The Chair of Entangled History of Ukraine, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/ Oder invites you to the Ukrainian Studies Online Colloquium.
More information about the course can be found in the video by Prof Dr Andrii Portnov:
The Ukrainian Studies Online Colloquium aims at connecting scholars of Ukrainian and East European Studies at the European University Viadrina as well as other institutions in the Berlin and Brandenburg area to colleagues in and outside Ukraine and the neighbouring countries. By inviting speakers from a range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, this online format aims at providing a platform for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and a place of encounter of students and researchers interested in and focusing on Ukrainian studies.
Apply for the participation in the Ukrainian Studies Online Colloquium with an abstract of your proposal for presentation, to be submitted until September 1, 2020 to email@example.com
EUXEINOS — Culture and Governance in the Black Sea Region (Nr. 29 — 07/2020)
Cécile Druey and Eliane Fitzé issued a collaborative journal on the instrumentalisation of the past and political mobilisation.
Find all articles including the study by Iryna Brunova-Kalisetsk and Anna Chebotarova on Ukraine here: Center for Governance and Culture in Europe
When we met Dymtro Tytarenko on our URIS study trip to Kyiv in August 2019, he shared his impressions of the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine with students from Switzerland.
The historian and lawyer, born in Donetsk in 1976, was forced to emigrate to Kryvyi Rih. Since then, he regularly travels to his hometown and documents the experiences of the people in the regions hit by the war. On «Histoires Continentales» (in Russian) he recounts how the older generation, eyewitnesses of the Second World War, experience the current war in eastern Ukraine.
This online lecture is part of the WissLit series by the Department of Slavic and Hungarian Studies of Humboldt University Berlin.
To access the online lecture on Zoom please go to https://hu-berlin.zoom.us
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For more information on the WissLit series please see here.
URIS is very excited to welcome Bohdan Tokarskyi as our next URIS-Fellow in the autumn term at the University of Basel
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
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!
By the way, all journals, published by the Center for Govenance and Culture in Europe (University of St.Gallen) are open access.
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.