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Discover Ukraine: Video recording

Video recording of the lecture ‘Origins of Slavic mythology: historical tradition and contemporary reality’ by Liubov Lankina, Universidad Internacional de Cuernavaca is now available online

Discover Ukraine: Video Recording

Video recording of our yesterday’s lecture “From Grain of Wheat to Gas Pipeline. Ukraine’s Economy from the 18th to the 21st century” by Dr Boris Belge (University of Basel/University of Illinois) is now available online

Discover Ukraine: 18 May

Today at 20:00 (London; 21:00 Warsaw; 22:00 Kyiv) please join us for the next lecture in our series “Discover Ukraine: history, culture, and its people”. Dr Boris Belge (University of Basel) will offer a lecture, “From Grain of Wheat to Gas Pipeline. Ukraine’s Economy from the 18th to the 21st century” Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6649748877

Discover Ukraine: Video Recording

We are happy to share a link to the video recording of the lecture ‘The ABC of Ukrainian literature: Resilience, Diversity, Tradition‘ by Dr Bohdan Tokarsky (University of Potsdam) Between 17th century futurism and avant-garde Baroque, subversive anti-imperial poetry and pioneering feminist modernism, multilingual writing and poetics of dissent and solidarity, Ukrainian literature comprise centuriesContinue reading “Discover Ukraine: Video Recording”

Episode 20. David Smith: the Baltic States’ Minorities between History and Politics

In this episode, Professor David Smith at the University of Glasgow discusses the minority aspect in the history and politics of the Baltic States. David suggests that the ‘commonality of fate’, rather than ethnic and demographic character, has made this region seem so culturally uniform in the popular imagination. Nowhere does this seem more apparentContinue reading “Episode 20. David Smith: the Baltic States’ Minorities between History and Politics”

Video Recording of the lecture: “The many faces of Ukraine: Ukraine’s Ethnic Diversity”

You can now watch my lecture “The many faces of Ukraine: Ukraine’s Ethnic Diversity” online. You can still register for our virtual lecture series ‘Discover Ukraine: history, culture, and its people’ here: https://forms.gle/rpp6i6MTH427mxRo6. Lectures take place online every Wednesday. Registration is free but we welcome donations for Razom for Ukraine: https://razomforukraine.org/razom-emergency-response/

Episode 19: Marcos Silber, Nationalism and Autonomy – Jewish Experiences in East-Central Europe

In this episode, Marcos Silber, Professor of Jewish History and chair of the Gotteiner Institute for the History of the Bund and der Jewish Labor Movement at the University of Haifa talks to Jan Rybak, Early Career Fellow at the Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism about the Jewish experience in early-20th century EasternContinue reading “Episode 19: Marcos Silber, Nationalism and Autonomy – Jewish Experiences in East-Central Europe”

Video recording: The Territory of Ukraine and Its History

You can now watch a fantastic lecture “The Territory of Ukraine and Its History” by Stephan Rindlisbacher (European University Viadrina) online. You can still register for our virtual lecture series ‘Discover Ukraine: history, culture, and its people’ here: https://forms.gle/rpp6i6MTH427mxRo6. Lectures take place online every Wednesday. Registration is free but we welcome donations for Razom forContinue reading “Video recording: The Territory of Ukraine and Its History”

Discover Ukraine. Lecture 2 on 20 April 8 PM (UK)

Our second lecture will take place on 20 April (15:00 Chile; 20:00 London; 21:00 Berlin; 22:00 Kyiv). Our second speaker is Dr Stephan Rindlisbacher, European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder). His lecture is entitled “The Territory of Ukraine and Its History” Ukraine’s territory is a product of political decisions that date back to the Soviet Union andContinue reading “Discover Ukraine. Lecture 2 on 20 April 8 PM (UK)”

Episode 18. Ágoston Berecz: Language and Identity in Late-Habsburg Hungary

In this episode, Ágoston Berecz, Research Fellow at the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena, is in conversation with Alexander Maxwell (Victoria University of Wellington) on the increasingly fraught relationship between language, education and nation-building in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century Kingdom of Hungary. Having gained extensive political autonomy within Austria-Hungary since its formation in 1867, in theContinue reading “Episode 18. Ágoston Berecz: Language and Identity in Late-Habsburg Hungary”

Discover Ukraine. The course begins today (13 April)

The first lecture in our virtual lecture series Discover Ukraine: History, Culture and its People, will take place on 13 April (15:00 Chile; 20:00 London; 21:00 Berlin; 22:00 Kyiv). Our first speaker is Dr Fabian Baumann, the University of Chicago “Between Empires: Ukraine in the Nineteenth Century” During the nineteenth century, the territory of UkraineContinue reading “Discover Ukraine. The course begins today (13 April)”

New Episode Release: Ulf Brunnbauer: Ethnic and Religious Diversity in the Balkans

In this episode, Ulf Brunnbauer, Professor of History at the University of Regensburg and director of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, discusses the categories of perception, as well as strategies for the inclusion and exclusion of interwar Bulgaria, Greece and Yugoslavia’s Muslim minorities. The historic “othering” of these minorities was broadlyContinue reading “New Episode Release: Ulf Brunnbauer: Ethnic and Religious Diversity in the Balkans”

New Podcast Episode: Ulrich Schmid, “Minorities, Federalism and Nation in Russia”

In this episode, Ulrich Schmid, Professor of Russian Culture and Society at the University of St Gallen, talks to us about Russian nationalist ideology and its place in contemporary Eastern European and international politics. Prof Schmid discusses how popular understanding of the Russian nation has evolved since imperial times, and what being Russian means inContinue reading “New Podcast Episode: Ulrich Schmid, “Minorities, Federalism and Nation in Russia””

Did Lenin and Stalin create Ukraine? (lecture by Dr Olena Palko)

How did Ukraine come into being? Who and when ‘created’ Ukraine and its people? Dr Olena Palko speaks about “a revolution in perception” of Ukraine in the wake of the First World War and the role of experts in thinking Ukraine into being. The presentation is based on the collective volume “Making Ukraine. Negotiating, Contesting,Continue reading “Did Lenin and Stalin create Ukraine? (lecture by Dr Olena Palko)”

Episode 15: Bessarabia, a Contested Borderland and its Peoples

In this episode, Andrei Cușco, researcher at the “A.D. Xenopol” Institute of History in Iași, Romania, talks to Anca Filipovici at the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, about the history of Bessarabia and its various minority communities, from the 19th century to the dissolution of the Russian Empire, and during the interwar period.Continue reading “Episode 15: Bessarabia, a Contested Borderland and its Peoples”

Discover Ukraine: history, culture, and its people (ONLINE lecture series)

Fundraising event for Razom Emergency Response: https://razomforukraine.org/razom-emergency-response/ Registration link https://forms.gle/rpp6i6MTH427mxRo6 Lecture Series organised by the BASEES Study Group for Minority History, Oriente Medio News, Universidad Internacional de Cuernavaca, URIS Ukrainian Research in Switzerland. In recent weeks, Ukraine has become the focus of world media covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Behind those headlines, remain theContinue reading “Discover Ukraine: history, culture, and its people (ONLINE lecture series)”

Episode 14: Maciej Górny. Nation-States and the Minorities Question after the World War One

In this episode, Maciej Górny, Professor of History at the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences, talks to us about the legacies of the First World War in East, Central and Southeast Europe. Górny draws our attention to the experiences of war along the Eastern Front, an area of study that hasContinue reading “Episode 14: Maciej Górny. Nation-States and the Minorities Question after the World War One”

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