Program for students about the contested topics of the past and their contemporary comprehension.

Program duration:
October, 2 – November, 30
Venue: Center for Urban History, library
Working languages: Ukrainian, English


Training program for students was developed and will be conducted within the (un)named exhibition at the Center for Urban History. The exhibition deals with visual sources, artistic and historical reflections about mass killings during the Nazi and Stalinist regimes, pogroms, ethnic cleansings, and other acts of violence that resulted in extermination of people and entire communities in the 1930-1940s within the area of present Ukraine. It will be the basis and a starting point for the education program for students about the research of topics of mass violence in history, as well as for the discussion about speaking through and reflecting on sensitive controversial issues of the past today.

Students of senior years of studies are invited to participate in the program to address different formats and ways of talking about the contested past together with the tutors. For two months, researchers and experts in history, culture studies, anthropology, visual studies, art history, and psychology will be having practical workshops. They are going to discuss and practice with the students about different approaches to study and interpret the events of the 1930-1940s, and the different ways to come out to the public discourse to have a broad conversation to speak through the "sensitive" and hard-hitting issues. This sort of interdisciplinary approach of the program would allow the students receiving new knowledge and learning more about the tools of various humanitarian, social, artistic, medical fields for their own research works, projects, and reflection on the contested topics of the past.

Program focus

  • work with different kinds of sources
  • analysis of texts and visual materials
  • discussion of different approaches and methods of working with the topics related to mass violence, as illustrated by specific cases the researchers in humanities work with
  • search for different public formats and ways of talking about the crimes of the past and their comprehension
  • discussion of threats of manipulating and ideologization of the past (state policy, propaganda, ideology)

Format of classes

The program combines a seminar and a workshop. It includes text analysis (reading list) and group work with discussions. The students are expected to work on their own projects (written or visual) they are supposed to put forward on the basis of their own research works they are conducting within their university courses, or the new ideas they are going to have during the work at the seminars. The program implies discussion of the participants’ projects, exchange of opinions, consulting and supervision from experts throughout the entire program.

Program outcomes

Group or individual projects of students in the form of essays, articles, or reviews on the art projects, etc. Students of different majors are encouraged to have a group work over the joint project engaging interdisciplinary approaches and new visions on the program topics.


Malgorzata Radkiewicz (professor at the Institute of Audio-Visual Arts at Jagiellonian University)
Vasyl Rasevych (Candidate of History, Center for Urban History)
Sofia Dyak (Ph.D, historian, Center for Urban History)
John-Paul Himka (professor emeritus at the Faculty of History and Classic Philology at Alberta University (Edmonton).
Andriy Usach (historian, Lviv)
Bohdan Shumylovych (historian, coordinator of the Urban Media Archive, Center for Urban History)
Roman Kechur (Associate professor at the Department for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Post-Graduate Faculty at Lviv Danylo Halytskyi National Medical University)
Iryna Starovoyt (literary scholar, associate professor at the Department of Culture Studies at UCU)
Nikita Kadan (artist, graphic artist, author of objects and installations)
Iryna Sklokina (Candidate of History, Center for Urban History)


Iryna Sklokina, Bohdan Shumylovych, Sofia Dyak, Andriy Usach

Please, don`t hesitate to ask program coordinator Khrystyna Boyko at kh.boyko@lvivcenter.org in case you have any questions.