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Ukrainian Studies Online Colloquium 2020/21

Our Online Colloquium consists of a weekly talk given by a doctoral student and/or early-stage researcher from German universities and abroad. Due to the restrictions on teaching at universities, all events take place online, which enables more people, regardless of their geographic location, to actively and passively participate. An extended Q&A session takes place after the talk. 

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. Speakers are strongly encouraged to not only present their own research topics, but also to actively engage in the discussion with other participants too and provide feedback for their colleagues. In addition, contact with one of the professors in the field is established in advance for the purpose of having a supervision in the process of preparation as well as during the lecture itself, and to be provided with a constructive feedback after the talk. 

Our 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. Our Colloquium shall thus help to strengthen ties with scholars and scientific partner institutions abroad. It should not only be regarded as a place of networking for researchers in the field, but also as an opportunity to enhance cooperation between individuals and relevant institutions. 

Our online colloquium is open to anyone interested and held in English.


2. November 2020: Opening Discussion

Fabian Baumann (U of Basel), Joanna Konieczna-Sałamatin (U of Warsaw), Mykola Riabchuk (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine), Natalia Sinkevych (U of Tübingen)

Moderiert von Andrii Portnov (European U Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder)


9. November 2020

Kateryna Ruban (New York U) 

The Trial of the Worldview: The Abortion Trial in Kharkiv in 1930 and the Birth of the Soviet Doctor at the Crossroads of Female Emancipation and Professional Autonomy

Kommentiert von Jan C. Behrends (Center for Contemporary History, ZZF, Potsdam)


16. November, 2020

Simon Muschick (U of Potsdam)

Decentralization Reform in Ukraine – How does the shift of power and duties affect local governance and administration in the newly formed Amalgamated Territorial Communities?

Komentiert von Sophie Lambroschini (EHESS, Paris) 


23. November, 2020

Ursula Woolley (U College London)

Local Pantheon or Local Prosopography? Poroshenko-Era Discursive Strategies in Poltava for Reappropriating Public Local Historical Identity Against a Big Backdrop of Byron, Pushkin and Russkiy Mir

Kommentiert von Volodymyr Kulyk (National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine)


30. November, 2020

Tobias Wals (Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History, Munich)

Zhytomyr in the Second World War

Kommentiert von Olena Petrenko (Ruhr U, Bochum)


7. Dezember, 2020

Ielizaveta Oliinyk (Mozarteum U / U of Salzburg)

Documentary theater as a witness to the historic changes in contemporary Ukraine

Kommentiert von Bohdan Tokarskyi (Cambridge U)


14. Dezember, 2020

Kyrylo Tkachenko (European University Viadrina)

Miners’ Movement In The Donbas, 1989-1993, And Its Aftermath

Kommentiert von Oksana Mikheieva (European University Viadrina)


4. Januar, 2021

Magdalena Gibiec (U of Wrocław) 

Picture behind the scenes of operation of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) on emigration in the light of correspondence in 1929–1938

Kommentiert von Oleksandr Zaitsev (Ukrainian Catholic U, L`viv)


11. Januar, 2021

Oleksii Rudenko (Central European U) 

Early Modern Ruthenian Self-Identification: Myths of Origins and Securing the Place on the Maps of Europe

Kommentiert von Tomasz Hen-Konarski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)


18. Januar, 2021

Tomasz Hen-Konarski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)

Derzhavnyk Paladins in the Kingdom of the Glorious Narodnyk Awakening? Reconsidering the role of Josephinist Greek Catholic prelates in the development of a Galician Ukrainian modernity

Kommentiert von Andriy Zayarnyuk (University of Winnipeg)

25. Januar, 2021

Laura Eckl (Bergische U Wuppertal) 

Hunger in Kharkiv and Sumy Oblast: Supply Strategies and Experiences in Dealing with Scarcity during the German Military Occupation 1941–1943

Kommentiert von Kathryn David (Vanderbilt U, Nashville) 


1. Februar, 2021

Maryna Snizhynska (Kyiv-Mohyla Academy)

"Ukrainian Parnassians": Pro and Contra

Kommentiert von Hanna Gnedkova (U of Vienna)


8. Februar, 2021

Oleksandr Avramchuk (U of Warsaw)

Writing a history of the ‘non-historical’ nation. A shaping of Ukrainian studies and the Polish-Ukrainian historical dialogue in the USA, 1939–1991

Kommentiert von Volodymyr Sklokin (Ukrainian Catholic U, L`viv)


15. Februar, 2021

Denys Gorbach (Sciences Po Paris) 

(De)politicising infrastructure: social history of urban mobility and built environment in a Ukrainian city

Kommentiert von Denys Shatalov ("Tkuma" Institute, Dnipro)


22. Februar, 2021

Closing Talk: Olena Palko (U of London)

Counting souls, ascribing nationality: interpreting imperial and early Soviet nationalities statistics

Kommentiert von Bozhena Kozakevych (European U Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder)