Viadrina Center of Polish and Ukrainian Studies



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



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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"This Center will work for all of you, for all of us..."

Rewatch the Inauguration of the Viadrina Centre of Polish and Ukrainian Studies and read Prof. Andrii Portnov's keynote speech.

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Funding for joint teaching and research

The Taras Shevchenko University in Kyiv and the Viadrina have successfully raised funds to strengthen teaching and research on Ukraine. The “Lysiak-Rudnytsky Ukrainian Studies Programme” of the Ukrainian Institute, a counterpart of the German Goethe Institute, is making a total of 10,000 euros available for the cooperation between the two universities in 2024.

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Ukrainischsprachige Veranstaltungsreihe „Відкриті лекції з українознавства / Open Lectures in Ukrainian Studies“ gestartet

Am 22. Januar 2024, dem ukrainischen Unabhängigkeitstag, startete an der Viadrina eine rein ukrainischsprachige Veranstaltungsreihe. Der Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Andrii Portnov stieß auf so viel Interesse, dass zusätzliche Stühle in den Veranstaltungsraum geholt werden mussten. Eine Aufzeichnung des Vortrages kann nun online angesehen werden.

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Monday 18.00

"In the Rearwiev"- Dokumentarfilm von Maciek Hamela

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Tuesday 18.00

Zwischen europäischer Gewaltgeschichte und kultureller Blüte: Erkenntnisse aus den ukrainischen Staatsarchiven von Czernowitz

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Monday 18.15
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Buchvorstellung „Erschütterungen: Was unsere Demokratie von außen und innen bedroht“ mit Joachim Gauck, Bundespräsident a.D. Weiter zur Anmeldung

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Thursday 16.00
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Der deutsch-polnische Grenzraum: Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit zwischen Vision und Realität“ / „Polsko-niemieckie pogranicze: współpraca gospodarcza między wizją a rzeczywistością

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Research | Teaching | Transfer


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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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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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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