Region, Nation and Beyond. An Interdisciplinary and Transcultural Reconceptualization of Ukraine
On November 1, 2011 a new project entitled "Region, Nation and Beyond. An Interdisciplinary and Transcultural Reconceptualization of Ukraine" was launched. It was initiated and coordinated by the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). The project showed how Ukraine could best be understood through its regions and how the regions had to be considered in conjunction with the nation. Thus the project aimed at a reconceptualization of Ukraine as a fluid construct where various discourses intersect, concur and eventually merge. It explicitly moved beyond the perspective of an entity irrevocably defined by traditional political borders and cultural, economic, historical or religious stereotypes.
The project involved historians, sociologists, anthropologists, economists, literary critics and linguists from Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Canada and the USA. The project resulted in a collaborative volume of essays and articles published in international journals. The project lasted for three years, and included the development and implementation of a qualitative sociological survey (in-depth interviews and discussions) in 11 cities, representing different parts of Ukraine. The survey was coordinated at the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe by Dr. Victoria Sereda.
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