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From 2021          The Research College „European Times“ (EUTIMS)

                            The Research College “European Times” (EUTIM) – a joint project of the European University Viadrina, the University of Potsdam and the Forum Transregionale Studien Berlin – takes a look at narratives of time and space at the edges of Europe. Based on the experiences in the societies of Central and Eastern Europe, concepts of old-new, east-west with their temporal demarcations and localizations are analyzed and examined with regard to dynamics of de-Europeanization and Europeanization. Prof. Dr. Portnov heads subproject 1: "Cultural and Historical Studies".

Since 2015          PRISMA UKRAЇNA – Research Network Eastern Europe


2019–2020           Kleine Fächer – Große Potenziale. East European Studies in Potsdam and Frankfurt (Oder)
                             Supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education.
                             With Prof. Annette Werberger, Prof. Susanne Strätling, Prof. Alexander Wöll and Prof. Magdalena Marszalek.


2017–2019           Modernisation of Identity?: Challenges of ‘Europeanisation’, Nationalism and Post-                                       Sovietism for Memory Cultures

                             Conducted by Prof. Alvydas Nikžentaitis (Litauische Akademie der Wissenschaften).                                             Supported by Research Council of Lithuania.

2016-2018            Divided Memories, Shared Memories, Ukraine / Russia / Poland (20th – 21st centuries):                                 an Entangled History

                             Chaired by Prof. Korine Amacher (University Geneva). Supported by the Swiss National                                         Foundation.

2013–2014           Forgotten Victims of War

                             Coordinated by Andrii Portnov and Volodymyr Masliychuk. Supported by the EVZ („Memory –                               Responsibility – Future“) Foundation.


2012–2015           Dialogues of memory: Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine

                             Chaired by Prof. Alvydas Nikžentaitis (Lithuanian Academy of Sciences). Supported by                                         Bronisław Geremek Foundation (Poland) and Jerzy Giedroyc Forum (Lithuania). The                                             materials of the discussions were published in Lithuanian: Alvydas Nikžentaitis (ed), Atminties                               daugia-sluoksniš-kumas. Miestas valstybė regionas (Vilnius, 2013) and Polish: Nikžentaitis,                                   Michał Kopczyński (ed), Dialog kultur pamięci w regionie ULB (Warszawa, 2014).

2010–2012           Institutions of the Historical Sciences in Post-Soviet Belarus and Ukraine

                             Coordinated by Andrii Portnov and Volodymyr Masliychuk. Supported by the Carnegie                                           Corporation.

2008–2010           Why Do We Speak Like That? Cultural Transfer via Translation in post-Soviet Bulgaria,                                 Serbia and Ukraine

                             Chaired by Volodymyr Yermolenko. Supported by the Next Page Foundation (Bulgaria).

                             The Ukrainian publication (including my article) appeared as a special issue of the “Ukraїna                                   Moderna” – vol. 5 (16). Perekladajuchy kulturu / Kul`tyvujuchy pereklad (Кyiv, 2010). I edited                                  this publication.

2004–2006           The Partitions of Poland. Experiences and Tradition-building

                             Chaired by Prof. Helga Schnabel-Schule (Trier), Prof. Andreas Gestrich (Trier) and Prof. Klaus                               Ziemer (German Historical Institute Warsaw). Supported by the Volkswagen Foundation.

                              Project results were published in a book: Hans-Jürgen Bömelburg, Andreas Gestrich, Helga                                  Schnabel-Schüle (eds), Teilungen Polen-Litauens. Inklusions- und Exklusionsmechanismen –                                Traditionsbildung – Vergleichsebenen (Osnabrück, 2013).