Workshops 2017

The Ukrainian Experiment: State-Building in Practices (1917-1922)

Workshop of LabEx-EHNE Paris, the GHI in Paris and the IKK Jena

Date: 11 - 12 December, 2017
Location: Institut historique allemand /8, rue du Parc-Royal/ 75003 Paris

The Ukrainian experiment between 1917 and 1922 is a paramount example of state-building in practices under the conditions of war and civil war. It produced a variety of ephemeral state structures: an « All-Ukrainian » Central Council ( Rada), a People’s Republic, a People’s Republi cof Soviets, a Ukrainian Puppet State (Hetmanate) at the mercy of the Central Powers, and a Ukrainian government-in-exile in Paris. In the end, Warsaw and Moscow bluntly divided Ukraine between them, incorporating the western part (the former Austrian province of Galicia) into the Polish Second Republic and the eastern part into Bolshevik Russia. The workshop will question the traditional view of state-building in the wake of the Great War as pursued by either nationalist or socialist zealots. It rather will shed light on the grey zone of negotiation, cooperation, and interdependence of these two major movements of the times. Our choice is to focus less on political or military leaders and more on the bureaucratic elites which were charged to put the theory of state building into practice.

Workshop Programme

Parts of the workshop are funded by the Université franco-allemande, we are very grateful for their support.

Workshop: Stepping Back in Time. Living History and other Performative Approaches to History in East-Central and Southeastern Europe

Workshop Poster

Date: February 23–24, 2017

Location: German Historical Institute Warsaw

Action, experience and emotion are the focus when it comes to performativity. In cultural studies, the performative turn has shifted the focus away from texts and structures to inquiries into actions performed and the bodily experiences involved in creating collective meaning. In the field of history terms such as “living history,” “doing history” and "reenactment” have been established to characterize the experiential component of various practices of reviving, restaging and appropriating events from the past in the present. The phenomena in question include battle reenactments and reconstructions of the past in museums, computer games and theme-based tourist attractions. Precise definitions and exact terminological distinctions have yet to be established, however.
While research into the phenomena of living history has spread beyond the English-speaking world to include Western and Central Europe, it is still in its infancy in East-Central and Southeastern Europe. The workshop takes this as its starting point, inquiring into the specific forms of living history in this region. Apart from the description of individual phenomena, the varied analytical approaches to this field used by researchers in various disciplines will be presented and discussed at the workshop.
The aim of the workshop is to enable an intensive dialogue between researchers in various disciplines engaged in the description and analysis of living history in East-Central and Southeastern Europe.
The workshop is organised in cooperation with the German Historical Institute Warsaw (Deutsches Historisches Institut Warschau/ DHI).

Please find a link to the DHI's website and the workshop program here.