Modern Historical Research on the History of Ukraine


Postdam University and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Mondays 15:00 - 17:00 (CET)
10 SESSIONS 17.10.22 - 19.12.22
Ukrainian with English translation


Throughout the lecture series, scholars from Ukraine will give presentations to students on their current research. The topics will encompass a large spectrum of scientific interests to holistically represent research on the history of Ukraine. Each lecture will present a dimension of Ukrainian history – its people, values, traditions, characteristics, and identity. The lecture series will cover a large chronology – from ancient times to the events taking place in Ukraine today. Participants include archaeologists, historians, museologists, Ukrainian philologists, and representatives of public organizations. The topics presented will relate to unique archaeological sites, the origins of Ukrainians, the formation of a national Ukrainian identity, the birth of Ukrainian independence, issues of war and peace, ethnic diversity in Ukrainian cities, propaganda, volunteer movements, and the full-scale Russian war against Ukraine.


Registration is open during the course.



To provide general understanding about:

- Peculiarities of the development of ancient cultures on the territory of Ukraine

- Impact of ancient migration processed on Ukrainian culture

- History of Ukrainian archeology

- Archeological research in modern Ukraine

- Peculiarities of history of archiving in Ukraine

- Formation of modern Ukrainian nation

- Influence of Russification policy on ethnolinguistic composition of Ukrainian population

- Genocide as a historical phenomenon

- Holocaust history on Ukrainian land

- Memories of World War II in Ukraine

- History of Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhya, Odessa

- Peculiarities of studying the history of urban ecology

- History and cultural policy of Ukraine in the field of protection of cultural heritage and the current state of cultural objects

- Students and professors life

- War propaganda

- Information wars and instrument of influence

- Documentation in the moment of incomplete war

Upon the successful completion of the course students will be able to:

- See the features and trends of the ancient history of Ukraine

- Distinguish the characteristics of archaeological cultures

- Know principles of interpretation of the city as a system of interconnected signs

- Know and understand the basic problems and achievements in the protection and preservation of cultural heritage of Ukraine

- Use the acquired knowledge to form a personal internal cultures

- Critically perceive the artistic ideological product

- Know the main stages of development of archiving in Ukraine

- Characterize general and local features of cities and urban culture

- Understand the principles of propaganda tools

- Understand the origins and implementation of genocides in world history

- Understand stages and peculiarities of formation of the Ukrainian nation

- Identify the main features of revanchism policy

- Gain the knowledge of the methods of hybrid warfare

- Understand the mechanisms of implementation of information invasive influences of the educational environment

- Be aware of contemporary situation in Ukraine and life of its citizens under the war conditions


The syllabus can be found here.


Valeriy Skirda: PhD candidate, lecturer at the department of histography, source studies, and archeology in the history faculty at the National University of Kharkiv, V.N. Karazin.


Vladimir Sklyar: Doctor of history, professor at the department of Ukrainian Studies at the National Technological University “Polytechnical Institute of Kharkiv”.


Igor Dvorkin: PhD candidate, lecturer at the department of Ukrainian Studies at the National Technological University “Polytechnical Institute of Kharkiv”.


Viktoria Mudritskaya: historian, researcher at the museum of war history in Chernihiv.


Aleksandr Mayevsky: historian, researcher at the “Institute of History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine”


Yaroslav Motenko: PhD candidate of history, lecturer at the department of Ukrainian Studies at the National Technical University “Polytechnical Institute of Kharkiv”


Evgenii Telukha: historian, volunteer, founder of the organization “Young Kharkiv”


Marina Kurishina: PhD candidate of philology, lecturer at the department of Ukrainian studies at the National University, V.N. Karazina

This course is organized with the support of Postdam University, the Centre for Comparative Research on Democracy at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Academic Freedom Network as part of the Berlin Center for Global Engagement, in cooperation with Science at Risk - Akademisches Netzwerk Osteuropa (AKNO). It is financed by the German Foreign Office.