The Center’s academic activities have diverse formats including research projects grouped around several thematic focuses, conferences and workshops, seminars, teaching, summer schools, lectures, presentations, and round tables. These activities involve researchers working and affiliated with the Center, as well as scholars and experts from different countries and institutions working in fields directly or indirectly related to urban history. These connections and efforts have enabled the Center to develop both as a research institution and as a place for discussion and exchange on research initiatives and results. Reflecting the complexities of urban experiences, our research projects come from several disciplines, including history, sociology, urban studies, history of architecture, visual studies, and digital humanities covering the period from the 19th century until today.
The Center’s research focuses on themes connected with the history and historical experiences in the cities in Eastern and Central Europe, including their spatial, social, and cultural transformations and everyday practices. Our research projects look at the history of Lviv, but also include the history of other cities and towns of the region in order to bring a comparative perspective and contextualize historically contemporary discussions and developments.View
The Center regularly organizes conferences, seminars and workshops focusing on urban experiences, historical developments and modern challenges, with viewpoints from different disciplines and academic approaches. Over time, our partnership network has broadened to include universities, institutions, and projects in Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Israel, the U.S., Austria, Hungary, Sweden, Lithuania, Great Britain, Switzerland, Canada, and the Netherlands. By including public events or digital formats into their programs, we link our academic, digital and public history programs to contribute to broader conversations.View
Seminars play a crucial part in promoting communication and the exchange of ideas with guest researchers and research fellows. Initially the format of seminars at the Center was designed as a place to discuss ongoing research projects and connect scholars from different backgrounds. Our fellows at the residency program were often presenting their work at the seminar.View
Bringing together participants with different backgrounds and from various places in Ukraine and internationally to explore the past and the present of cities in the region makes summer schools a special format for learning and professional communication and development. The Center organizes and partners with other institutions in creating summer programs to address various themes in urban history and urban studies of the region for advanced students, PhD students, and young researchers.View
The Center attaches great importance to developing a teaching program for students and more broadly to people interested in exploring urban dimensions of the past, and the possibilities and challenges of digital and public history. As the Center for Urban History is not a teaching institution and does not grant academic certificates or degrees, the cooperation with universities and other higher institutions of learning is crucial for us.View
The Center offers residence programs and hosts research fellows and student interns for establishing and continuing communication across different disciplines, geographies and stages. The Center's Residence Program is designed to encourage, promote, and support research and reflections on urban history and urban experiences in Eastern and Central Europe. The Center also hosts individual long-term research fellowships and student internships in cooperation with other institutions and programs.View