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Ukrainian Studies Online Colloquium 2020/2021

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: 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)

Moderated by Andrii Portnov (European U Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder)


9. November

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

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

Moderated by Bozhena Kozakevych (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder)