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Ukrainian Summer School 2015


Vitalii Atanasov - journalist and media activist, coordinator of media education projects in Center for social and labor research (Kyiv), Member of Editorial Board of Commons magazine (Kyiv). Contributor to Focus, Commons, Political Critique magazines. Atanasov is specializing in social inequalities reporting, labor movements, civil rights movement, xenophobia and radical nationalism and others. Author of research documentaries: Kherson Machine-Building Plant (2011), Voices of Protest (2014).

Joanna Bronowicka is a doctoral candidate at European-University Viadrina and Project Coordinator at the Centre for Internet & Human Rights. Her research interests include internet governance, open government, privacy and social movements with a particular focus on human rights issues in Eastern Europe.Joanna previously worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Administration and Digitization of Poland where she contributed to the development of open government and internet governance policies. She had also worked as a correspondent at Thomson Reuters in Warsaw, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, and as consultant and researcher for migrant-oriented NGOs in Warsaw, Paris, and Boston.Joanna holds a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard College and M.A. in Sociology with a specialization in Public Policy and Administration from Collegium Civitas in Warsaw. She also studied political science at Sciences-Po and philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Oleksij Chupa

Born in 1986 in Makijiwka, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

Writes prose and poetry in two languages (Ukrainian and Russian). Oleksij has two diplomas - one in Philology and the second one in Chemical Technology, worked as the technician at a metalurgical plant.

Because of the war in the East of Ukraine was forced to flee with his family and just settle in Lwow. Founder of the poetry-slam movement in Donetsk.

Particiapted in the number of art events (2008-2014) in about a dozen Ukrainian cities. His texts were published in almanachs «Bereznewi koty», «Young Republic of Poets», «Meridian Czernowitz», the «SHO», “New Eastern Europe”, “Ha!art” magazines.

Author of poetry books «Ukrainian-Russian Dictionary» (2010), «69» (2011), “Koma” (2014), and also novels «Ten Words About the Motherland» (2014), «The Homeless of Donbass» (2014), “Tales of My Bombshelter” (2014)

Tetyana Dagovych was born in Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine).

Since 2012 she is a lecturer in Ukrainian language at the Ruhr University Bochum.

She graduated from the Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University with a Specialist degree in Russian and Ukrainian. She also holds a B.A. in Roman Philology and Philosophy and an M.A. in Philosophy of Science from the University of Münster.

Her short stories and poems have been published in the literary magazines „Nowaya Yunost“, „Tolsty“, „Nizhny Novgorod“, „Za Za“, „Neva“.

Prof. em. Frank Golczewski, born 1948. Studied History and Slavic Philology in Cologne. Dr. phil. 1973, Habilitation 1980. Professor of Modern History at the University of the German Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg 1983-1994. Professor of East European History at Hamburg University, since 1994. Retired 2014. Selected Publications: Polnisch-jüdische Beziehungen 1881-1922. Wiesbaden 1981; Kölner Universitätslehrer und der Nationalsozialismus. Köln 1988; with Gertrud Pickhan, Russischer Nationalismus. Göttingen 1998; Deutsche und Ukrainer 1914-1939. Paderborn 2010.

Kateryna Iakovlenko, project coordinator/researcher in Donbas Studies Research Project (DS) (IZOLYATSIA. Platform for cultural initiatives), PhD student in Lviv National Ivan Franko University, contributor (The Day Newspaper, IZIN magazine). Before worked in The Day Newspaper as own reporter in Donetsk and deputy web-editor in Kyiv. Take part in different media projects: Donetsk social media camp, Uzcast,, Re:make Щоденник. 


Prof. Dr. Lars Kirchhoff, mediator and international lawyer, is the Director of the Institute for Conflict Management at the European University Viadrina. After pursuing graduate studies in Passau, Dublin and Berlin, and holding research positions at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Lars Kirchhoff specialized in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), International Law and International Commercial Arbitration during his postgraduate studies at Yale Law School and at the U.S. District Court of Northern California. In addition to his practical work as a mediator, Lars Kirchhoff is teaching mediation and ADR skills at the German Academy of Judges, Bucerius Law School, the European external Action Service, the United Nations and the Training Academy for International Diplomats at the German Federal Foreign Office. Lars Kirchhoff is a faculty member of the Master's Program Human Rights & Genocide Studies and the Master of Human Rights & Humanitarian Law.

Dr. Ryszard Kupidura - Assistant Professor at the Department of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań. His research interests include postcolonial studies and literary imagology. He is co-author of coursebook for learning Ukrainian. Vice President of the Association "Poland-Ukraine" in Poznan. He is also the coordinator of the festival "Ukrainian Spring" in Poland.

Sergei Loznitsa, Ukrainian director/script writer/producer, was born on September, 5th 1964 in Baranovici (USSR). He grew up in Kiev, and in 1987 graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathematics.

In 1997 Loznitsa graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow.

Loznitsa has directed 17 internationally acclaimed documentary films.

His two feature films, “MY JOY” (2010) and “IN THE FOG” (2012) had their world premiers at the Festival de Cannes.

In 2013 Sergei founded his own film production company ATOMS & VOID.

Sergei continues to work both in documentary and feature genres.

Dr. Andrij Melnyk - 1999 - 2004 Doctoral studies at the Department of International and Comparative Law at the Volodymyr Koretsky Institute of State and Law, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv. Defended doctoral thesis in international law, acquired scientific title of Candidate of Juridical Sciences (equivalent to Ph.D. in Law or Dr.iur.).
After several appointments at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (inter alia Consul General of Ukraine in Hamburg, 2007-2010) since December 2014 Appointed Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine to the Federal Republic of Germany.

Stanislav Menzelevskyi – film critic translator and curator, Head of Research and Programming Department at Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Center (Kyiv). Postgraduate student at the Cultural Studies Department (National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Akademy”). Carnegie Fellow at The Harriman Institute (Columbia University, NYC, Fall 2013). Member of Editorial Board of Medusa publishing house. Contributor to Commons, Prostory, Political Critique magazines.

Dr. Andriy Portnov, 1979, historian. Graduated from Dnipropetrovsk (M.A. in History) and Warsaw (M.A. in Cultural Studies) Universities. Since 2012 Guest Lecturer at the Humboldt University in Berlin. In the years 2006-2010 he worked as “Ukraina Moderna” journal in humanities Editor-in-chief. In 2012 co-created and since that co-edits the Ukrainian intellectual web portal In the years 2007-2011 he has lectured or conducted research at the Universities of Cambridge, Helsinki, and Vilnius as well as at the Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam and the Centre d’études des mondes russe, caucasien et centre-européen (CERCEC) in Paris. In 2012-2014 Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, in 2014-2015 Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. In 2015 he was awarded Baron Velge Prize and conducted a series of lectures as International Chair for the History of the Second World War at the Free University of Brussels.

The majority of his publications are devoted to the intellectual history, historiography, genocide and memory studies in Eastern and Central Europe. His publications include the books: Histories for Home Use. The Polish-Russian-Ukrainian Triangle of Memory (in Ukrainian, 2013; Yuri Shevelov Prize); Historians and their Histories. The Faces and Images of Ukrainian Historiography in the 20th century (in Ukrainian, 2011); Ukrainian Exercises with History (in Russian, 2010); Between “Central Europe” and the “Russian World” (in Ukrainian, 2009); Scholarship in Exile. The Scholarly Activity of Ukrainian Emigration in inter-war Poland 1919-1939 (in Ukrainian, 2008; Jerzy Giedroyc Prize). Currently works on the biography of the city of Dnipropetrovsk.

Dr. Iryna Solonenko is a DAAD/OSF scholar at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder and an associate fellow of the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). Between 2000 and 2012 she worked with the Open Society Foundations in Ukraine as the Director of the European Programme and with the EastWest Institute in Kyiv as a project manager.

Solonenko holds degrees in International Relations, European Studies, Public Administration and History from the Central European University, Budapest; National Academy of Publc Administration, Kyiv; and National University 'Kyiv-Mohyla Academy', Kyiv. During 2006-2007 she was a visiting research associate at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Her research interests include European Neighbourhood Policy and Eastern Partnership, political economy of post-Soviet transformation, including the nexus between the political power and oligarchic control, and civil society development with a focus on Ukraine.

Prof. Günter Verheugen was a member of the European Commission, responsible for enlargement between 1999 and 2004. In his second term, from 2004 to 2010 he served as Vice-President in charge of enterprise and industry and in this capacity he was the European chairperson of the Transatlantic Economic Council. Today Günter Verheugen is honorary professor of Viadrina University in Frankfurt/Oder.

Dr. Ben Wagner is a Visiting Professor in International Relations at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. He is the Director of the Centre of Internet & Human Rights (CIHR) and in 2015 project lead for the B/Orders in Motion project Managing Borders in Triadic Negotiation Processes at European University Viadrina. He holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from European University Institute in Florence. He was previously a post-doctoral research fellow at University of Pennsylvania and a Visiting Fellow at Human Rights Watch, Humboldt University and the European Council on Foreign Relations. He holds an M.A. in Political Science, International Law and Statistics from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and a M.Sc. in International Development Administration from the Universiteit Leiden. His research has been published in Politics, Telecommunications Policy, JITP and the International Journal of Communications.

Paweł Wasilewski is a lecturer for Polish and German at European-University Viadrina. His research interests include teaching of Slavic languages.
Paweł previously worked as a lecturer for Polish at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin, at the Humboldt-University, at the Deutsche Bahn and at many other languages centres and companies.
He holds a M.A. in Slavic languages from Humboldt-University Berlin, a M.A. in Teaching German as a foreign language from Technical University Berlin. He also studied Teaching Polish culture and Polish as a foreign language at the Silesian University Katowice.

Dr. Jan Wielgohs, political scientist, is academic coordinator of the Frankfurt Institute of Transformation Studies at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, and member of the editorial board of the social science journal “Berliner Debatte Initial”. He received his doctor degree in 1988 from Humboldt-University Berlin. Before he came to the Viadrina in 2000, he worked as a researcher in the East German Academy of Sciences (1984-91) and in Max Planck Research Units on Post-socialist Transformation in Eastern Germany and Central Eastern Europe.

Areas of teaching and research: state-socialist regimes; dissent and opposition to communist rule in Eastern Europe; post-socialist transformation; European integration.

Publications include:

Borders and European Border Regions. Changes. Chances. Challenges. Bielefeld: trancript 2013, 266 pp. (co-ed., with Arnaud Lechevalier).

Akteure oder Profiteure? Die demokratische Opposition in den ostmitteleuropäischen Regimeumbrüchen 1989. Wiesbaden: VS 2010 (co-ed., with Detlef Pollack).

Postsozialistische Transformation und europäische (Des)Integration. Marburg: Metropolis 2008 (co-ed., with Frank Bönker).

Dissent and Opposition in Communist Eastern Europe. Aldershot: Ashgate 2004 (co-ed., with Detlef Pollack).

Successful Transitions. Political Factors of Socio-Economic Progress in Postsocialist Countries. Baden-Baden: Nomos 2001 (co-ed., with Jürgen Beyer und Helmut Wiesenthal).

Einheit und Differenz. Die Transformation Ostdeutschlands in vergleichender Perspektive. Berlin: Berliner Debatte 1997 (co-ed., with Helmut Wiesenthal).