Viadrina Center of Polish and Ukrainian Studies

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Founded in July 2023, the Viadrina Center of Polish and Ukrainian Studies (VCPU) merges the Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies and the Chair for Entangled History of Ukraine into a new research institution at the European University Viadrina. The VCPU focuses on interdisciplinary research on Polish and Ukrainian history and the present day, as well as on the transfer of science-based and up-to-date knowledge about Poland and Ukraine to the public.

Interdisciplinary conferences, workshops, open lectures, summer academies, research trips as well as university lectures and seminars by the VCPU’s academic staff and international guest researchers, several publication series, an academic blog and a YouTube channel stimulate research on Poland and Ukraine and underline the special role of the Viadrina as a place of European intellectual exchange.

Viadrina Center of Polish and Ukrainian Studies

Visitor address

Große Scharrnstraße 23a
DE 15230 Frankfurt (Oder)
Räume 301-311

News

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Was aus vergangenen Modernisierungen gelernt werden kann

Welche Potenziale für künftige Transformationen ergeben sich aus der Geschichte der DDR und der Volksrepublik Polen? Um diese Frage kreiste eine Diskussion am 20. März 2024, zu dem der Forschungsverbund „Mod-Block-DDR“ eingeladen hatte.

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„Es ist nicht Aufgabe der Wissenschaft, politische Forderungen wissenschaftlich zu untermauern“

Zwei Jahre nach dem umfassenden Angriff Russlands auf die Ukraine am 24. Februar 2022 spricht der Viadrina-Historiker Prof. Dr. Andrii Portnov über neue Perspektiven und die Rolle der Viadrina in der Ukrainistik.

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Video: Joachim Gauck präsentiert sein Buch „Erschütterungen: Was unsere Demokratie von außen und innen bedroht“

Buchvorstellung im Rahmen des Jerzy-Giedroyc-Kolloquium des Viadrina Centre of Polish and Ukrainian Studies am 15. April 2024.

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2.5 million euros and great responsibility

Following the decision of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to fund a Ukraine Centre under the direction of the Viadrina, Viadrina President Prof. Dr. Eduard Mühle and Prof. Dr. Gwendolyn Sasse, Director of the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), have now publicly presented their research and teaching plans in detail.

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Events

29
Apr
Monday 18.15
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Anna Wylegała: Ethics in the making: challenges of the oral history documentation of the Russian full-scale war against Ukraine

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24
Apr
Wednesday 18.15
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Agnieszka Pufelska: Dominanz und Verflechtung im deutsch-polnischen Verhältnis

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30
Apr
Tuesday 13.00
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20 Jahre EU-Mitgliedschaft: (Zukunfts-)Perspektiven aus Ostmitteleuropa

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06
May
Monday 18.15
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Bálint Madlovics & Bálint Magyar: Ukraine’s Patronal Democracy and the Russian Invasion

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13
May
Monday 18.15
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Микола Рябчук: Що залишилось від "двох Україн"? Українська ідентичність по двох революціях і двох роках війни

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27
May
Monday 18.15
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Hanna Lehun: Ukrainische Archive unter den Bedingungen des Krieges

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Research | Teaching | Transfer

Research

The research carried out at the Viadrina Center of Polish and Ukrainian Studies is dedicated to Poland and Ukraine in a broad transregional context, considering the close entanglements – commonalities as well as conflicts – in this multi-layered contact zone. Recognizing the cultural and political agency of Poland and Ukraine, we treat our research as an integrative endeavor with a strategic interdisciplinary focus.

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Teaching

In line with its research focus, the Viadrina Center of Polish and Ukrainian Studies pursues the strategy of integrating Polish, Ukrainian, as well as Central and Eastern European studies into as many courses at the Viadrina as possible. For this reason, courses are generally offered in English and German, together with a number of seminars in Polish and Ukrainian, and are aimed at students from all three faculties at all levels of qualification – BA, MA and PhD.

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Transfer

We want to share the results of our enquiries with the public. Scientifically based, trustworthy knowledge and information, especially about the complex situations and conditions in Central and Eastern Europe, are urgently needed in Germany. In order to transfer the findings of the Viadrina Center of Polish and Ukrainian Studies projects into an enlightened public debate, we will further develop our existing formats.

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