Institutionalizing Multicultural History of Ukraine
20 July 2013

On July 20, 2013 the Center for Urban History conducted a workshop entitled, "How to Teach about Multi-Ethnic Ukraine?"

The aim of the workshop was to present the current status of the educational program and research dealing with Ukraine’s multiethnic past. We discussed the challenges facing, and the potential for the instruction and investigation of, the country’s history; more broadly, that of East Central Europe as a region of ethnic and religious diversity, a multifaceted region of established cultural contact and interaction.

Open Discussion: Institutionalizing Multicultural History of Ukraine: Fantasy, Possibility, or Necessity?

The third panel of the workshop had the format of an open discussion, beginning with short statements from speakers representing two Universities working in the field of history in Lviv. Then, for the discussion had been invited guests from various institutions in Ukraine and abroad. The discussion focused on existing programs and research plans in the history of Ukraine and East Central Europe at universities in Ukraine, approaches to teaching about the past of places at cultural borderlands. The main questions were: do we need to develop new programs with explicit ethnic focuses, like Ukrainian or Jewish studies, or shall we seek out to new formats to bridge such divisions? How can we integrate separate fields such as Jewish studies, Ukrainian studies, and Polish studies? More broadly this panel offersd the possibility to reflect on communication and cooperation between universities as teaching-focused institutions and research-focused institutes, as well as the place of scholars and institutions in Ukraine in international cooperation, in particular through projects dealing with Ukraine as a region of ethnic and religious diversity, a site of multiple borderlands and interactions.


Roman Shust (Dean, History Faculty, Ivan Franko National University in Lviv)
Ihor Skochylias (Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Ukrainian Catholic University)

Moderator: Dr Maryan Mudryi (History Faculty, Ivan Franko National University in Lviv)

For more information on the workshop program please see here.

The workshop was conducted in conjunction with the Summer School: "Jewish History and the Multiethnic Past of East Central Europe: Societies, Cultures, and Heritage".