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Viadrina Ukrainian Studies Conference 2019

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Viadrina Ukrainian Studies Conference

Rethinking Ukrainian Studies: Locally, Regionally, Transnationally, 16–17 May 2019

On May 16-17, 2019 an international interdisciplinary conference “Rethinking Ukrainian Studies: Locally, Regionally, Transnationally” took place. It was the first event of such scale organized by the Chair of Entangled History of Ukraine. During the conference the state of the art and the future development of Ukrainian studies were discussed. During one and a half days scholars from all over the world led a critical and enriching discussion. Representatives of the biggest centers of Ukraine studies attended the conference: Cambridge Ukrainian Studies (Great Britain), Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute (USA), Ukrainian Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies University College London (Great Britain), Ukrainian Catholic University Lviv (Ukraine) etc.

Prof. Dr. Julia von Blumenthal, the President of European Univerisity Viadrina, Prof. Dr. Anette Werberger, the Dean of the Faculty for Cultural and Social Studies, and Prof. Dr. Andrii Portnov, the Entangled History of Ukraine Chair holder, welcomed the participants. The conference was opened by the keynote lecture of Serhy Yekelchyk (University of Victoria, Canada) “Writing the History of the Revolution in the Time of War”.

During three panel discussions renowned historians, sociologists, political and literary scientists from Germany, Great Britain, USA, Canada, Ukraine and Sweden exchanged their ideas about the future of Ukrainian studies. In the first panel „Rethinking Ukrainian HistoryOleksandr Osipian (Leibniz-Institute for History and Culture of Eastern Europe, Leipzig) and Liliya Berezhnaya (University of Münster) gave their input talks. The second panel „Ukrainian Literature in the World Context“ was led by Olena Haleta (Ivan Franko Lviv National University) und Alexander Kratochvil (European University Viadrina). In the third panel „Researching Society at WarTatiana Zhurzhenko (University of Vienna) and Viktoriia Sereda (Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv) discussed urban memories of an unresolved conflict and the new cult of heroes in present-day Ukraine. The panels were commented by Jan C. Behrends from the Center for Contemporary History Potsdam, Susi K. Frank from Humboldt University of Berlin and Andrew Wilson from University College London. Professors of European University Viadrina Werner Benecke, Annette Werberger and Timm Beichelt moderated the talks. During the concluding discussion Barbara Törnquist-Plewa (University of Lund) and Rory Finnin (University of Cambridge) made their final comments. Discussions were completed with questions and remarks from the audience.

Ten young researchers from Ukraine, Austria, Germany and Great Britain were awarded with a travel and accommodation grant to attend Viadrina Ukrainian Studies Conference in Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice. The Chair of Entangled History of Ukraine received more than forty applications, ten of which were chosen. In their applications young researchers had to answer the question „How could Ukrainian studies be reconsidered nowadays?“ and collect their ideas for discussing this issue during the conference.

Moreover, the vernissage of Roman Boichuk’s photo exhibition „Between Time and Space“ took place on the second day of the conference. The photographer shows life in western border regions of Ukraine.

Viadrina Ukrainian Studies Conference was organized in cooperation with PRISMA UKRAÏNA Research Network Eastern Europe at the Forum Transregionale Studien Berlin. All talks and discussions were filmed and published on the YouTube channel of the Chair „Entangled History of Ukraine“ (

The series of future annual conferences is planned. Further information and updates can be found on the website of the Chair (