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Prisma Ukraïna Lecture: Studying Eastern Europe Through a Global Prism

Lecture | 14.11.2017 | 17:00 | Forum Transregionale Studien

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© Forum Transregionale Studien

Speakers: Ostap Sereda (Central European University), Paweł Machcewicz (Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin), Jan Sowa (University of Warsaw) Moderator: Andreas Eckert (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin / Forum Transregionale Studien)

According to the Ukrainian historian Jaroslaw Hrytsak, the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492 was a defining moment for Ukraine, as it marked the rise and the expansion of Western civilization. Hrytsak’s thesis is that Ukraine is a result of the West’s expansion to the fringes of Eastern Europe, of the latter region’s occidentalization. In this account, Eastern Europe appears as a product of global history. The Ukraine and Eastern Europe however, are remarkably absent from many of the debates on global history, world literature or global studies, perhaps because the global is often perceived as a field shaped by the West and the non-European. In our round-table we would like to discuss the place of Eastern Europe in global or transregional studies: What does the post-colonial perspective specifically mean in this region? What is the significance of a global prism for researchers of and in Eastern Europe? Do we observe a national and anti-global turn in the East European academia in the face of the rise of right-populist politics? How do East European scholars deal with the tension between national narratives and broader theoretical perspectives offered by their academic disciplines?

Zeit & Ort

14.11.2017  |  17:00

Forum Transregionale Studien
Wallotstr. 14
14193 Berlin

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  • Berlin
  • Eastern Europe
  • Forschung
  • Forum Transregionale Studien
  • Free
  • Osteuropa in Berlin
  • Russland
  • Ukraine
  • Warsaw