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For many years the European University Viadrina has been maintaining close partnerships with various representatives of Ukrainian academia and civil society. We are connected through professional exchange, scientific curiosity and friendly contacts. The attack of the Russian Federation on Ukraine is an attack on peace and democracy in Europe and it also concerns us as the European University Viadrina. We strongly condemn this attack and stand in solidarity with our students, partners and friends from and in Ukraine, but also with the people in Belarus and the Russian Federation who are against this war.

Almost 150 people with Ukrainian citizenship currently work and study at Viadrina. Ukrainian students form the third largest group of international students at our university. Among others, we maintain close contacts with the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA), the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, the National Karazin Kharkiv University and the National Taras Shevchenko University in Kyiv. Ukraine has been a focal point in the academic debate at Viadrina for many years. Numerous scholars of the university offer Ukraine-related expertise on an interdisciplinary level and contribute to Ukraine-related events, projects and initiatives as participants and organizers.

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Європейський університет Віадріна підтримує давні тісні партнерські відносини з українськими науковцями та громадянськими діячами. Нас пов'язує професійний обмін, зацікавленість наукою та дружні звязки. Напад Російської Федерації на Україну – це напад на мир і демократію в Європі, а також на нас, як на Європейський університет Віадріна. Ми рішуче засуджуємо цей напад і висловлюємо нашу солідарність з нашими студентами, партнерами та друзями з України та в Україні, а також з людьми в Білорусі та Російській Федерації, які виступають проти цієї війни.

Зараз у Віадріні працюють та навчаються майже 150 людей з українським громадянством. Українські студенти становлять третю за величиною групу іноземних студентів у Європейському університеті. Ми підтримуємо тісний зв'язок, зокрема, з Національним університетом «Києво-Могилянська академія» (НаУКМА), з Українським католицьким Університетом у Львові, з Харківським національним університетом імені В. Н. Каразіна та з Київський національний університет імені Тараса Шевченка. Україна вже багато років перебуває у центрі наукових дебатів у Віадріні.


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Европейский университет Виадрина поддерживает давние и тесные партнерские отношения с представителями и представительницами украинских академических кругов и гражданского общества. Нас связывают профессиональный обмен, научная любознательность и дружеские контакты. Нападение Российской Федерации на Украину — это нападение на мир и демократию в Европе, и оно также затрагивает нас, как Европейский университет Виадрина. Мы самым решительным образом осуждаем это нападение и выражаем солидарность нашим студентам, студенткам, партнерам, партнеркам и друзьям из Украины и в Украине, а также людям в Беларуси и Российской Федерации, которые выступают против этой войны.

В настоящее время в Виадрине работают и учатся почти 150 человек с украинским гражданством. Украинские студенты составляют третью по величине группу иностранных студентов в нашем университете. Мы поддерживаем тесные контакты, в частности, с Национальным университетом "Киево-Могилянская академия" (НаУКМА), Украинским католическим университетом во Львове, Харьковским национальным университетом имени В.Н. Каразина и Киевским национальным университетом имени Тараса Шевченко. Украина находится в центре академических дебатов в Виадрине на протяжении многих лет. Многие исследователи и исследовательницы нашего университета обладают экспертными знаниями, а также активно организуют и участвуют в мероприятиях, проектах и инициативах междисциплинарного характера, связанных с ситуацией в Украине.


Beichelt_Timm_UV_9759 ©Viadrina/Heide Fest

Professorship for European Studies / Institute for European Studies (IFES)
Prof. Dr. Timm Beichelt

Topics:

  • Implications of the conflict in Ukraine for the general European context
  • Aspects of the Russian politics
  • Reactions to the conflict in Germany

Contact: presse@europa-uni.de

Further information
Jan_Behrends ©Leibniz-Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam

Professorship for Dictatorship and Democracy. Germany and Eastern Europe from 1914 until Today, Viadrina / ZZF Potsdam
Prof. Dr. Jan C. Behrends

Topics:

  • Contemporary history of Eastern Europe
  • European dictatorships
  • Violence studies

Contact: behrends@zzf-potsdam.de

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lehrstuhlinhaber ©Prof. Dr. Werner Benecke

Professorship for Culture and History of Central and Eastern Europe
Prof. Dr. Werner Benecke

Topics:

  • History of Russia, Poland and East Central Europe, with a major focus on the period from the 18th until the 20th centuries
  • Minorities in Eastern and East Central Europe
  • Border conflicts and border shifts in the 20th century

Contact: presse@europa-uni.de

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Claudia Dathe ©Dathe

Research College European Times (EUTIM)
Claudia Dathe

Topics:

  • Ukrainian literature
  • Translation from Ukrainian and Russian into German

Contact: dathe@europa-uni.de

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Falk Flade ©Heide Fest

Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies
Dr. Falk Flade

Topics:

  • Energy infrastructure in Eastern and East Central Europe
  • Transnational electricity networks, oil and gas pipelines
  • Countries of the former Eastern Bloc

Contact: flade@europa-uni.de

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Robert Frau ©Robert Frau

Professorship for Public International Law
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Robert Frau

Topics:

  • Public international law


Contact: frau@europa-uni.de

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Simon Gauseweg ©Simon Gauseweg

Chair for Public Law, especially Public International Law, European Law and Foreign Constitutional Law
Simon Gauseweg, associate researcher

Topics:

  • Public International Law
  • Cyber-Warfare, Cyber-Spying

Contact: gauseweg@europa-uni.de

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Frank_Grelka ©Heide Fest

Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies
Dr. Frank Grelka

Topics:

  • Ukrainian-German Relations
  • Ukrainian-Polish Relations
  • Ukraine in the First and the Second World War

Contact: presse@europa-uni.de

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PBHvH2016 ©Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg

Professorship for Public International Law
Prof. Dr. Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg

Topics:

  • Public International Law, with a special focus on International Peace and Security Law (UN Charta), Law of Armed Conflict, Law of the Sea
  • Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU

Contact: presse@europa-uni.de

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Stefan Henkel ©Dmytro Stoikov

Cross-Sectoral Capacity-Building Program „Ukraine Calling“ und Summer School Viadrinicum
Stefan Henkel, project lead

Topics:

  • Civil society in Ukraine
  • Dialogical knowledge transfer: science <--> civil society
  • Network of over 90 organizations in Germany, Ukraine, Belarus und Poland in the fields of civil society, culture and education

Contact: shenkel@europa-uni.de

Further information

Anne_Isabel_Kraus_2019 ©Anne Isabel Kraus

Institute for Conflict Management (IKM) / Center for Peace Mediation
Dr. Anne Holper

Topics:

  • Dealing with conflicts of goals, dilemmas and polarizing attitudes in conflict mediation
  • Dialogue between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian perspectives

Contact: presse@europa-uni.de

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Dagmara_Jajesniak-Quast ©Heide Fest

Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies
Prof. Dr. Dagmara Jajeśniak-Quast

Topics:

  • Polish-Ukrainian relations
  • Polish-Ukrainian migration relations

Contact: jajesniak-quast@europa-uni.de

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Kirchhoff_Lars_2020 ©Kirchhoff 2020

Institute for Conflict Management (IKM) / Center for Peace Mediation
Prof. Dr. Lars Kirchhoff

Topics:

  • Peace mediation, with a special focus on the use of interests as a leverage for conflict mediation
  • Public international law dimension in mediation processes

Contact: kirchhoff@europa-uni.de

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IMG_7309 (1) (1) ©Bozhena Kozakevych

Chair of Entangled History of Ukraine
Bozhena Kozakevych

Topics:

  • Ukrainian history of the 20th and 21st century
  • Politics of history and memory in Eastern and Central Europe
  • Politics of religion and politics of nationalities in the Soviet Union

Contact: Kozakevych@europa-uni.de

Further information

TetianaKyselova_Foto ©Tetiana Kyselova

Institute for Conflict Management (IKM)
Dr. Tetiana Kyselova, associated cooperation partner

Topics:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Reconciliation
  • Peacebuilding after conflicts
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Mediation and dialogue

Contact: t.kyselova@ukma.edu.ua

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Bild Mikheieva_Oksana_7064 ©Heide Fest

DAAD Guest Researcher at the Viadrina Institute for European Studies (IFES) and Professor of Sociology at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv
Prof. Dr. Oksana Mikheieva

Topics:

  • Internal displacement in Ukraine
  • Ukrainian migration flows
  • Paramilitary forces

Contact: presse@europa-uni.de

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Portnov-1 ©Andrii Portnov

Professorship for Entangled History of Ukraine
Prof. Dr. Andrii Portnov

Topics:

  • History of Ukraine
  • Urban history and migration in Eastern Ukraine
  • Historical memories in the Polish-Russian-Ukrainian triangle

Contact: portnov@europa-uni.de

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Stephan_Rindlisbacher ©Heide Fest

Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies
Dr. Stephan Rindlisbacher, associate researcher

Topics:

  • Borders, bordering practices and border conflicts
  • Politics of nationalities in the Soviet Union
  • Minority issues in Ukraine
  • History of Russia and the Soviet Union

Contact: rindlisbacher@europa-uni.de

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Thiele_Carmen_ ©Heide Fest, EUV

Extraordinary Professorship for Public International Law, East European Law and Comparative Law
Prof. Dr. Carmen Thiele

Topics:

  • Public international law
  • East European law
  • Human rights
  • Minority protection

Contact: presse@europa-uni.de

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Weber-Claudia_MG_5614_1 ©Pressestelle EUV

Professorship for Contemporary European History
Prof. Dr. Claudia Weber

Topics:

  • History of violence and dictatorship in the 20th century
  • Comparative imperial history
  • Historical processes of europeanization and history of the concepts of Europe 

Contact: presse@europa-uni.de

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csm_bls-ma_Kilian-Wegner_0883bba249 ©Kilian Wegner

Junior Professorship for Criminal Law, Law of Criminal Procedure and Economic Law
Prof. Dr. Kilian Wegner

Topics:

  • Law of sanctions
  • Economic law
  • Criminal prosecution

Contact: ​kwegner@europa-uni.de

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CIMG0402 ©Heide Fest/Viadrina

Professorship for East European Literatures
Prof. Dr. Annette Werberger

Topics:

  • History of literature and culture in Ukraine
  • Jewish studies
  • Non-simultaneities in the cultures of Central and Eastern Europe
  • Avantgarde and the theory of avantgarde, including Jewish and Ukrainian avantgardes

Contact: werberger@europa-uni.de

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SusannWorschech2b ©Susann Worschech

Chair of European Studies
Dr. Susann Worschech, associate researcher

Topics:

  • Civil society in Ukraine
  • Resistance movements and revolutions in Ukraine
  • Democratisation and external democratic support
  • Cultural development, German-Ukrainian cultural relations
  • German-Ukrainian city partnerships
  • Transformation and europeanisation (theoretical perspectives on Ukraine)

Contact: worschech@europa-uni.de

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Public Events

Every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
During the weekly meeting "Eat & Read" of the Ecumenical Student Association Frankfurt (Oder) (ÖSAF) there is an opportunity for discussion and exchange about the war in Ukraine. Together with students from all over Germany, a praying service for peace will be held starting at 8:30 p.m. with the ESG Magdeburg and other student congregations. The zoom link for this can be requested from the Viadrina student pastor Reinhard Menzel at rmenzel@europa-uni.de.

Every Wednesday, 6:00-6:20 p.m.
Every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 6:20 p.m., Ukrainian texts from the present and the past are read in online sessions. The European University Viadrina and Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen invite everyone to this series under the title "Reading for Ukraine". Interested persons will receive a link to the event after registering at slavistik@uni-tuebingen.de. The events will also be broadcast on YouTube. The texts will be read in German translation.
Reading on Mai 4: Jennifer Döring and Julia Furmanczyk, Aseev, In Isolation

Every second Thursday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
The series "Voices from Ukraine" offers Ukrainian researchers space for exchange. Dr. Susann Worschech, who initiated the series, explains in an interview, what stands behind it.
Registration
Online discussion via Zoom or via YouTube-Livestream
May 19: “Social Media in Times of War: Ethics and Aesthetics at the Intersection of Private and Public Communication“
With: Dr. Anna Kokoba (Kyiv School of Economics)

Social media plays a crucial role in the way a broader public takes a share in the ongoing Russian war against Ukraine. War crimes are not only documented via recordings on mobile phones, but also shared to a wider international public. Users are sharing their very personal experiences of losses of loved ones. Concrete needs of support and volunteering are communicated and organized.
How does social media function as an agora under the conditions of war, where a society discusses its values and aims? In how far does the very form of social media allow a more democratic way of discussion? What are the limitations and dangers?

Wednesday, June 8, 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Research Factory B/ORDERS IN MOTION: „Ukrainian Migration to Poland: Facts, Figures, Contexts“
The lecture is going to concentrate on broader contexts of the Ukrainian migration of 2022 to Poland focussing on six issues: Firstly, to present certain facts and figures as a general background of this migration. The next question is the Poles’ attitudes to Ukrainian refugees in the first weeks of the war: forms of help, major actors, etc. Thirdly, the historical context of the Polish-Ukrainian coexistence, which might have suggested a different stance of Poles than the one they took challenged by the crisis. Further on, it is important to refer to the relatively numerous Ukrainian labor migrants we have observed in Poland since 2014. Fifthly, it is interesting to set together Poles’ divergent reactions to the refugees from Ukraine and the ones at the Polish-Belarusian border. Finally, the Central European face of multiculturalism as one of the crucial factors accounting for this gap.
With: Prof. Dr. Marcin Dębicki (The Centre for Regional and Borderlands Studies, Wrocław University)
Place: Gräfin-Donhöff-Gebäude, Room 102

September 16, 2022
The consequences of the attack on Ukraine - what perspectives can migration and border studies offer?

The war in Ukraine has far-reaching geopolitical, humanitarian and socio-cultural consequences - not only for Ukraine itself, but also for the neighboring countries. In this public event, we will ask what migration and border studies can contribute to the understanding of the war and its consequences, and how they should be designed to address the new social challenges. The event will feature contributions from academics and civil society activists from Serbia, Croatia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Italy and Germany, who are cooperating in the Erasmus+-funded GlocalEast project "Developing a new curriculum in Global Migration, Diaspora and Border Studies in East-Central Europe", as well as from Ukrainian experts.
The event is aimed at both academic public and interested citizens. It is a multiplier event of the GlocalEast project and will take place in the framework of the GlocalEast Summer School "Global Migration, Diaspora and Border Studies in East-Central Europe" at the Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION, European University Viadrina (September 5-16, 2022).
Organization: PD Dr. Carolin Leutloff-Grandits (Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION)
Registration
Format: hybrid

Starting from Monday, March 7
"UKRAINE. Undeclared war" - exhibition and information point at the Collegium Polonicum.

The exhibition "UKRAINE. Unexplained War" by Oleksandr Klymenko can be visited in the foyer of the Collegium Polonicum in Słubice. The 30 boards, created by the Ukrainian photojournalist, show photos of the military clashes in the East of Ukraine in 2014 and 2015. Mondays through Fridays, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., the exhibition can be seen free of charge at the Collegium Polonicum.
The Collegium Polonicum also offers a counseling center for refugees from Ukraine. Every day from Monday to Saturday between 1 and 3 p.m., staff members advise people from Ukraine on general questions and study opportunities. Three courses of the Polish language offered to Ukrainians free of charge at the Collegium Polonicum are already in high demand. In addition, free online training is offered for Polish teachers regarding materials and formats for teaching Polish as a foreign language.

Past Events

Winter Semester 2021/2022
East European Colloquium
 featured weekly online presentations by doctoral students and scholars from Germany and abroad. The aim of the colloquium was to bring together researchers of Ukrainian and Eastern European Studies from the European University Viadrina and other institutions in the area of Berlin and Brandenburg with colleagues in and outside Ukraine and neighboring countries. The lectures were followed by extended Q&A sessions. Due to teaching restrictions at universities, all events took place online via YouTube and are available for further viewing.
KolloquiumUkraine ©Screenshot/YouTube

Chair of Entangled History of Ukraine

The Professorship for Entangled History of Ukraine is devoted to teaching and researching contested tragic and surprising history, culture, and society of Ukraine in a cross-border and cross-disciplinary manner. Ukrainian studies are characterized by entanglements of Jewish, Ottoman, Polish, Russian, and Soviet history and cultural studies. They integrate such profound categories as "class," "ethnicity," "religion," and "gender" into the Eastern European context. The head of the chair Prof. Dr. Andrii Portnov regularly organizes discussions, lectures and exchanges, most of which are available via the chair’s YouTube-Channel. 

Mediation and Dialogue Research: Approaches and Methods in the Context of Polarized Conflicts

Taking the war in Ukraine as a point of departure, the research project brings together various theoretical-conceptual and methodological-operational approaches to dialogue and mediation in polarized international and intra-societal conflicts, develops them further in a targeted manner, and feeds them into relevant contexts of action. The project links different research strands on dialogue in Ukraine, dealing with dilemmas and conflicting goals in conflict mediation, and local community dialogues in Germany. Researchers involved in the project: Anna Dick, Dr. Anne Holper, Prof. Dr. Lars Kirchhoff, Dr. Tetiana Kyselova and Elena Mika.

Heritage Studies: Protection of Cultural Heritage in the Context of Armed Conflicts

War is the worst emergency situation. As a result of unleashed violence, many people, including the most defenseless groups of civilians are killed and injured. During the Russian aggression in Ukraine, which may well be defined as a "war on identity", cultural heritage is not spared. Based on the direct contacts in Ukraine, the Chair of Heritage Studies follows the war coverage with a close eye on the fate of professional colleagues and on the state of cultural heritage.

The online webinar "Protection of Cultural Heritage in the Context of Armed Conflict" offered experts and graduates of the Master's program "European Cultural Heritage" information on the current situation in Ukraine, based on the example of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Historical Center of Lviv, on legal foundations, historical experiences and developments, as well as on the fate of cultural heritage in other armed conflicts of the 21st century around the world.

Polish Studies Blog

How historical revolutions in Europe can help in looking into the future, how Ukrainian society has changed in the recent years and what have been the experiences of those affected - Polish Studies Blog of the Viadrina-Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies brings together various contributions on the Russian war in Ukraine.

Ukraine Calling: Cross-Sectoral Capacity Building Program

Ukraine Calling is a project-oriented capacity building program for organizations from Ukraine, Belarus, France, Poland and Germany. In its latest edition in 2021, it offered seminars and workshops to provide orientational and applied knowledge on local development, support participants in developing cross-cutting competencies, and promote international networking.

Summer School Viadrinicum

Every year, the Summer School Viadrinicum at the Viadrina focuses on a new topic related to the post-socialist space (peace processes, inclusive urban planning, post-migrant society and flight). In 2021, it explored the impact of digitalization on society, culture and politics. In the second half of August 30 international students and PhDs, artists and civil society activists developed their own research-oriented and artistic projects in online and on-site formats, as well as created documentary films. In 2022, the focus will be placed on the consequences of the war in Ukraine.

Viadrina Fast Track

The Viadrina Fast Track enables international students, who normally cannot study in Germany immediately after graduating from school in their home country, to start their studies at the European University Viadrina directly. Attendance of a preparatory college or previous academic studies in the home country are not necessary. Participation in the program is free of charge.

Viadrina Scholarship Program for Graduate Students from Ukraine

Since 1997, Viadrina has awarded six full scholarships annually to graduates from Ukraine for master's studies in the fields of economics, cultural studies and law. The full scholarship program, funded by the German Foreign Office and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), has enabled over 200 Ukrainians to study at the European University Viadrina. Currently, twelve scholarship holders are financially supported and actively supervised within the framework of the program. The scholarship program will come to an end in this form after the end of the current two-year funding period in September 2023. At the same time, the European University VIadrina is intensively looking for possibilities to offer similar scholarships for graduates from Ukraine in future.
Contact E-Mail: ukraine-programm@europa-uni.de