Panel 1. Cityscapes and Urban Experiences
Panel 2. Towards a Social History of the Wartime
Panel 3. Negotiating Nationality at War
Panel 5. Refugees and Civilians at War

Experience of the Great War

On June 23 - 25, 2016 a workshop "Urban Experiences of the Great War in Eastern Europe" took place at the Center for Urban History.

This workshop brought together multilingual and cross-disciplinary scholars to investigate the intertwined history of the Eastern front. The focus of the workshop was Eastern European cities and towns, where moving fronts and the blurred borders of empires consistently influenced city life, established new sets of rules and orders for inhabitants, and created a vibrant space for intercultural encounters, transfers, and interactions. The workshop was especially interested in research on Eastern European cities and towns, that addressed the larger questions of studying wartime urban environments, and that went beyond narrow national frameworks by bringing in transnational and global approaches.

The workshop was organized around three main themes:

  • Encounters and interactions between soldiers and civilians, locals and POW’s, refugees, different social and national groups, urban and rural, etc.
  • Transfers of people, ideas, culture, and goods within the home front, between the rear and the battlefields; beyond official borders of empires, states, etc.
  • Transformation of urban spaces and landscapes.

The working language of the workshop was English.

As the part of the workshop 4 public lectures took place:

June 23:
Serhy Yekelchyk "The Ukrainian Revolution as an Extension of the First World War"
Eric Lohr "Russia 1917: The Great Demobilization of the Empire" 

June 24:
Pierre Purseigle "Fields of Battle and Territories of Mobilization. The Urban Geography of the First World War"
Katarzyna Sierakowska "East-Central Europe during the Great War – new approaches and fields of research"

Workshop's programme was available through the link

If you have any questions, please contact workshop's coordinator Oksana Dudko


Center for Urban History (Lviv, Ukraine);
Center for Polish and European Studies, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy,” (Kyiv, Ukraine);
University of Victoria (Victoria, Canada).