Alter Universität, Hörsaal -101
URIS (Ukrainian Research in Switzerland)
Non-Euclidean Nation: What and How Do We Write About Ukraine?
Ukraine has become a hot topic in the current mediascape. Stories about the Euromaidan, the Russian annexation of Crimea, the so-called “Ukrainegate,” the recent shooting down of a Ukrainian plane by Iran, prove once again that Ukraine-related issues are an important component of the global agenda. This makes a stark contrast to the state of affairs some two-three decades ago, when Ukraine – to quote the titles of important texts – was seen as “unexpected” and a “nowhere nation”.
This situation is not quite unique. The Ukrainian question was present, even if not explicitly, in the global turning moments of 1648-86, 1830-1848, 1914-1945, 1968 and 1985-91. In my presentation I will discuss how these moments are reflected in and by Ukrainian historical studies, as well as call for a global history and for a return to the longue durée.
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