Ukraine in European Dialogue

Euromaidan_Wiki Commons_SliderAs millions of Ukrainians take risks for the sake of a European future for their country, a historic opportunity presents itself to create 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.

The IWM has a long-standing tradition of practical and intellectual solidarity with societies in transition. In its efforts to support Ukrainian civil society and scholarship the Institute has invited numerous fellows from Ukraine in recent decades. Additionally, in 2010 it launched a program for young Ukrainian academics in the field of history; in May 2014 the conference Ukraine: Thinking Together, held in Kyiv, brought together intellectuals and scholars from Ukraine with their counterparts from Western Europe and the US; and the Institute’s journal Transit has published numerous articles on and from Ukraine.

As a prelude to the new project the IWM contributed to the School of Kyiv Biennial which took place in the Ukrainian capital from September 8 to November 1, 2015.

The project Ukraine in European Dialogue has been initiated by the US historian Timothy Snyder and is part of the IWM research focus United Europe – Divided History, which he heads.

Fellowships & Events

The project Ukraine in European Dialogue includes:

  • Andriy Sheptyts’kyi Senior Fellowship for outstanding international scholars in the fields of public ethics, religion and politics
  • Junior Fellowships for scholars from Ukraine in history and the social sciences
  • Short-term Solidarity Fellowships for notable scholars from Ukraine whose work has been disrupted by war
  • Conferences, workshops, lectures, seminars and public discussions at the IWM and in Ukraine (Please find a list of public events at the IWM here.)
  • Publications, including a focal point in Eurozine and an archive on Transit.

Project financed by the Temerty Fund at KBF Canada.





Research Director

Fellows and Guests

  • Yulia Abibok

    PhD candidate in Communication and Journalism, National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

    Junior Visiting Fellow, Ukraine in European Dialogue
    (January–June 2020)
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  • Andriy Posunko

    Teaching Fellow, Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest

    Junior Visiting Fellow, Ukraine in European Dialogue
    (September 2019–February 2020)
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Former Fellows & Guests