Dr Georgiy Kasianov

Curriculum Vitae


2003 - present Head, Department of Contemporary History and Politics, Institute of the History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences
2004 - 2005 Director, Institute of Textbooks, Ministry of Education and Sciences of Ukraine
1999-2003 Director, Education Programs, International Renaissance Foundation
1994-1999 Leading Research Fellow, Institute of History of Ukraine
1991-1994 Senior Research Fellow, Institute of History of Ukraine
1988-1991 Research Fellow, Institute of Ukrainian History
1986-1988 Junior Research Fellow, Institute of History


Research project at the Kolleg


Past in the Present: History, Politics and Society in Ukraine (1980s - 2000s)

The project seeks to explore the relationship and interaction between professional history writing, societal/cultural developments and political actions at national and international levels. Ukraine of the second half of 1980s to the beginning of 2000s serves as a major unit of analysis. The project will result in a monograph which will cover the following: use and misuse of history/past for the sake of the present by the state, political parties, groups of interest; institutional developments in the realm of politics of history (re-design of cultural spaces, old and new sites of memory, new institutions); legal and legislative practices (memorial laws, judicial cases, court hearings); political and international actions; use of 'historical memory' in struggle for power, 'revolutions' and warfare; : public perceptions and attitudes, regional divisions in understanding of the past, persons, dates and names, 'East - West' dilemma, Soviet and imperial legacy, popular stereotypes, prejudices and biases, para-historical 'imagined history'.


Main areas of research


  • History of Ukraine 19th - 21th Century
  • Politics of History/Memory
  • Historical Epistemology



Positions and memberships


  • Head, Department of Contemporary History and Politics, Institute of the History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences (www.history.org.ua)
  • President, International Association of the Humanities (http://www.mag-iah.com/) 
  • Director, Institute for Education Development (www.iro.org.ua)
  • Member, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (www.aseees.org)