CfP: “How to Teach Multiethnic and Transnational History: Ukraine”

“How to Teach Multiethnic and Transnational History: Ukraine” An academic workshop dedicated to the 100th birthday of Professor Ivan Lysiak-Rudnytsky

November 3-5, 2019

Lviv, Ukraine

For decades, the lens through which history is viewed in Ukrainian academic historical studies has been monoethnic; specifically, the “history of Ukraine” as the “history of Ukrainians”. This exclusive model does not leave space for other ethnic communities such as Jews, Poles, Crimean Tatars, Germans or Russians, who have resided in Ukrainian lands for many centuries. Both high school and university curricula avoid these themes, representing them only as minority stories. By contrast, a multiethnic historical approach allows scholars and students to address problematic issues such as interethnic, interfaith, and interlingual relations. A transnational historical approach moves beyond a narrow perspective and situates Ukrainian history in a wider context. It encourages the exploration of processes that go beyond national dimensions, such as global economy and policy, intellectual and cultural movements, and migrations. Both the multiethnic and transnational approaches open new themes and issues for higher education in Ukraine.

In recent years, the Ukrainian Catholic University and other Ukrainian research centers in Lviv, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Rivne, Ostrog, and Dnipro held summer schools, workshops, and conferences about the transnational past of Ukraine. These events led to visible results, as evidenced by growing networks of Ukrainian scholars in the field. This workshop is part of a larger project that aims to introduce and develop multiethnic and transnational history at Ukrainian and European institutes of higher education. Our intention is to convene a forum that includes both scholars with a background in transnational history, and those from universities with no such programs, in order to share experiences and discuss possibilities of future cooperation. While the main theme of the workshop is history, we are open to proposals on literature, religion, political or language studies.

Participants are invited to present syllabi of their courses, teaching aids, programs or distance learning facilities, and to discuss challenges and opportunities of implementing a transnational approach. The workshop will involve experts in teaching transnational history from Ukraine, Europe and the US. One of the planned outcomes of the workshop is the facilitation of teaching networks within Ukrainian and European Universities.

The workshop will be held at the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU).

Confirmed experts and discussants:


Mayhill Fowler, Associate Professor of History, Stetson University, USA

Volodymyr Sklokin, Associate Professor of History, Ukrainian Catholic University, Ukraine

Guido Hausmann, Professor,University of Regensburg

Kerstin Susanne Jobst, Professor,University of Vienna


Eligibility and Program Costs The workshop is open to lecturers and junior professors from institutes of higher education in Ukraine and other European countries. The workshop will be conducted in English. Participation in the workshop is free of charge. Accommodation and lunches will be provided. The organizing committee is able to provide a limited number of travel grants.

The application should include: • Description of your current or planned course related to the transnational past of Ukraine (max. 1000 words) • CV (max. 3 pages)


Please submit your applications to [email protected]before August 15th, 2019. Applicants should submit their materials in English. Should you fail to receive confirmation of receipt of your application, please contact the organizers.


Department of Modern Ukrainian History and the Jewish Studies Program at the Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine Center for Governance and Culture in Europe at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Center for Interethnic Relations Research in Eastern Europe, Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Contact: Dr. Vladyslava Moskalets [email protected] Phone: +380930174121