Ukrainian Studies Online Colloquium

This colloquium is organized by the Chair Entangled History of Ukraine – European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder) – and Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network. Eastern Europe at the The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien, with the support of the DAAD.

2 November 2020 – 22. February 2021 | every Monday

Time: 18:00 – 19:30 (CET)

via ZOOM (registration requests for the login details at: Each session will be streamed online on the YouTube channel Entangled History of Ukraine/Prisma Ukraïna


November 2, 2020: Opening Discussion
Fabian Baumann (U. of Basel); Natalia Sinkevych (LMU Munich);
Joanna Konieczna-Sałamatin (U. of Warsaw); Mykola Riabchuk (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)

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

November 9, 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”
Commentator: Jan C. Behrends (Center for Contemporary History, ZZF, Potsdam)

November 16, 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?”
Commentator: Sophie Lambroschini (EHESS, Paris)

November 23, 2020
Ursula Woolley (U. College London)
: “Local Pantheon or Local Prosopography? PoroshenkoEra Discursive Strategies in Poltava for Reappropriating Public Local Historical Identity Against a Big Backdrop of Byron, Pushkin and Russkiy Mir”
Commentator: Volodymyr Kulyk (National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine)

November 30, 2020
Tobias Wals (Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History, Munich)
: “Zhytomyr in the Second World War”
Commentator: Olena Petrenko (Ruhr U., Bochum)

December 7, 2020
Ielizaveta Oliinyk (Mozarteum U. / U. of Salzburg)
: “Documentary theater as a witness to the historic changes in contemporary Ukraine”
Commentator: Bohdan Tokarskyi (Cambridge U.)

December 14, 2020
Ihor Andriichuk (The New School for Social Research, New York)
: “Internationalism or Imperialism? The Communist Party of Ukraine after
the Dissolution of the Soviet Union”
Commentator: Kyrylo Tkachenko (European U. Viadrina, Frankfurt/ Oder)

January 4, 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”
Commentator: Oleksandr Zaitsev (Ukrainian Catholic U., L`viv)

January 11, 2021
Oleksii Rudenko (Central European U.)
: “Early Modern Ruthenian Self-Identification: Myths of Origins and Securing the Place on the Maps of Europe”
Commentator: Tomasz Hen-Konarski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)

January 18, 2021
Pavel Stepanov (European U., St. Petersburg)
: “VUFKU in the Weimar Germany: Bringing the Expressionism to Soviet Screen”
Commentator: tba

January 25, 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”
Commentator: Kathryn David (Vanderbilt U., Nashville)

February 1, 2021
Maryna Snizhynska (Kyiv-Mohyla Academy)
: “Ukrainian Parnassians”: Pro and Contra
Commentator: Hanna Gnedkova (U. of Vienna)

February 8, 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”
Commentator: Volodymyr Sklokin (Ukrainian Catholic U., L`viv)

February 15, 2021
Denys Gorbach (Sciences Po Paris)
: “(De)politicising infrastructure: social history of urban mobility and built environment in a Ukrainian city”
Commentator: Denys Shatalov (“Tkuma” Institute, Dnipro)

February 22, 2021
Closing Talk: Olena Palko (U. of London)
: “Counting souls, ascribing nationality: interpreting imperial and early Soviet nationalities statistics”
Commentator: Bozhena Kozakevych (European U. Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder)