Medieninformation Nr. 149-2023


vom 13. Oktober 2023

European University opens Viadrina Center of Polish and Ukrainian Studies – Ambassadors, Minister and International Scholars visit //
Attention Media: Press Briefing  


On Thursday, November 30th, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) celebrates the inauguration of the Viadrina Center of Polish and Ukrainian Studies (VCPU). All interested parties are cordially invited to attend the event in English in the auditorium “Logensaal” at Logenstraße 11-12.
Registration is requested via the online form at

The Ambassador of Ukraine, H. E. Oleksii Makeiev, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Germany, H. E. Dariusz Pawłoś, as well as the Brandenburg Minister of Science, Dr. Manja Schüle, and Prof. Dr. Eduard Mühle, president of European University Viadrina, will give opening remarks. The Center’s directors – Prof. Dr. Dagmara Jajeśniak-Quast, head of the chair for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies, and Prof. Dr. Andrii Portnov, head of the chair for Entangled History of Ukraine – will then present an outlook on the profile and tasks of the university’s new central academic institution.

Following the inaugural addresses, four renowned experts on East-Central European studies will discuss the topic: “Ex Oriente Lux? What can we learn from Ukraine and East-Central Europe?”. The panel will consist of Prof. Dr. Katarzyna Jędraszczyk (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań), Prof. Dr. Maren Röger (Director of the Leibniz Institute for History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO), Leipzig), Dr. Tatiana Zhurzenko (Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), Berlin), and Nadiia Honcharenko (Center for Cultural Studies at the National Academy of Arts, Kyiv). Prof. Dr. Rory Finnin, Professor of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Cambridge, will moderate the discussion.

For those who will not be able to attend in person, the event will be streamed live online. The link will be published at on the day of the event.

A press briefing will take place at 3.30 p.m. on the day of the event. The president of the European University Viadrina, Prof. Dr. Eduard Mühle, as well as the directors of the Viadrina Center of Polish and Ukrainian Studies, Prof. Dr. Dagmara Jajeśniak-Quast and Prof. Dr. Andrii Portnov, will answer your questions.
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With the Viadrina Center of Polish and Ukrainian Studies (VCPU), the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) has established a new central academic institution. Its aim is to create new opportunities for an intensified research of Ukrainian and Polish history, culture, politics and society in European and global entanglements.
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