Ukraine in European Dialogue

Research Programs

Five years have passed since the Maidan, yet Ukraine remains at a historic crossroads. There is an ongoing need for a platform for dialogue between Ukrainian scholars, intellectuals and activists and their counterparts in Europe and North America. For Ukraine, intellectual exchange with the West is crucial for the success of reform efforts and for building a modern, sovereign state governed by the rule of law. But Europe, too, has something to learn from Ukrainians, and not only lessons of civic courage, self-organization and mass volunteer movements. Ukraine is no longer a terra incognita; it is a source of insights into politics and civil society that might well be relevant to the European present and future. Understanding Ukraine and the nature of the current conflict with Russia is vital for the future of the European endeavor. The project Ukraine in European Dialogue seeks to contribute to this exchange.

This project, initiated by Permanent Fellow Timothy Snyder, is dedicated to enabling sustained contact and exchange between scholars, public intellectuals, journalists, activists and policymakers from Ukraine and the rest of Europe. It continues the IWM’s long-standing tradition of practical and intellectual solidarity with societies in transition. Its aim is to foster intellectual and cultural understanding, to support the evolution of a sovereign, rule-of-law, rights-respecting Ukraine within a vibrant, open Europe, and to enable European, North American, and other scholars, intellectuals and policy-makers to benefit from the insights about politics and civil society which Ukraine provides and that might be relevant to the European present and future. It includes fellowship programs, conferences, public debates and travel grants.

Fellowships & Events

The project Ukraine in European Dialogue includes:

Project financed by the Temerty Fund at KBF Canada.

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Katherine Younger
Research Director, Ukraine in European Dialogue


  • Prof. Hans Koch in the Second World War, -
  • Constructing the Workers' Memoirs of DniproHES (1920s-1930s), -
  • Ukraine and the Borders of Europe, -
  • The European Union, Ukrainian and Russian Approaches to International Criminal Law: A Comparative International Law Perspective, -
  • The Festival Age (1988 – 1993). Was There a Phenomenon? Toward the 30th Anniversary of Ukrainian New Independent Culture, -
  • The Killings Lived On: Legacies of World War II Inter-Communal Violence in Western Ukraine, -
  • Remembering the “Sacred War”, Dreaming of the “Good Life”: Memory of the Second World War and Soviet Everyday Culture, -
  • Language Policy in Western Multilingual States, -
  • “We Are Not Donbas”: Local Identities in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts After 2014, -
  • The Transformation of “New Russia”: From Frontier to Province to Myth, -
  • The Killings Lived On: Legacies of World War II Inter-Communal Violence in Western Ukraine, -
  • A Micro-history of Violence: Lviv During the First Two Weeks of the German–Soviet War (June 22 to July 5, 1941), -
  • Workers’ Experiences of Post-Soviet Deindustrialisation, -
  • Russia and the Western Far Right, -