Invitation to the opening ceremony of the KIU

On Thursday, July 11, 2024 at 4 pm in the Auditorium Maximum of the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), we will celebrate the opening of the Competence Network Interdisciplinary Ukrainian Studies Frankfurt (Oder) – Berlin (KIU).

Europa- und Ukrainefahne im Ehrenhof mit Blick auf das Viadrina HauptgebäudeThe KIU is a project funded by the German Academic Exchange Service for a period of four years to strengthen Ukraine-related research, teaching, networking and transfer activities. Initiated and managed by the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), KIU includes the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Free University of Berlin, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin, as well as many partner institutions from Ukraine and other European countries.

With our opening ceremony, we celebrate and launch an ambitious programme that includes a Ukraine Studies Teaching Certificate, summer schools, a guest residency program for international scholars and much more. We are looking forward to welcome guests, scholars, students, and interested audience either on site or online via livestream. 

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In case you cannot participate on site, you are invited to follow the event via livestream. The link will be published on our homepage and on this webpage shortly before the event. The event will be held in English.


Welcoming remarks

  • Prof. Dr. Eduard Mühle, President, European University Viadrina
  • Oksana Dubovenko, Counsellor of the Embassy of Ukraine in Germany
  • Dr. Kai Sicks, Secretary General, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


Keynote Lecture: “Ukrainian Studies, Archive and Nation in Times of War”

  • Prof. Dr. Tamara Hundorova, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Prof. Hundorova is Principal Scholar at the Institute of Literature, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Associate Fellow of Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and a Visiting Professor at Princeton University. Being a Ukrainian literary critic, culturologist and writer, she publishes on a wide range of topics, such as feminism and gender studies, literary theory, postcolonial criticism, modernism and postmodernism. She is a former member of The Scientific Committee Council of Ukraine for Science and Technology Development.

The Keynote Speaker will be introduced by Prof. Dr. Andrii Portnov, Viadrina Center of Polish and Ukrainian Studies


Panel Discussion: "Ukrainian self-determination: challenge and prospect for Europe"

  • Prof. Dr. Dominique Arel
    Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Dr. Anton Hofreiter MdB
    Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs in the German Bundestag
  • Prof. Dr. Gwendolyn Sasse
    Director of the Center for East European and International Studies (ZOiS);
    Einstein Professor for the Comparative Study of Democracy and Authoritarianism at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schmid
    Professor of East European Studies University of St. Gallen
  • Kateryna Stetsevych
    Head of the project group "Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe", Federal Agency for Civic Education
  • Prof. Dr. Mychailo Wynnyckyj
    Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, Professor of Sociology, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Moderation: Gesine Dornblüth, freelance journalist


Outlook KIU: Prospects for Interdisciplinary Ukrainian Studies

  • Dr. Susann Worschech
    Scientific Coordinator of the KIU. Competence Network Interdisciplinary Ukrainian Studies Frankfurt (Oder) – Berlin

Music (Piano) by Yuriy Seredin

Yuriy Seredin is a pianist and composer, one of the brightest representatives of the Ukrainian jazz scene. His music combines contemporary jazz, minimalism and polyphonic forms, is sometimes almost cinematic and constantly moves on the edge of human drama and meditation; his works are very personal, often with references to specific life situations and personalities.


6.30 pm Reception

Venue opening ceremony:

Auditorium Maximum, AM, Europa-Universität Frankfurt (Oder)
Logenstraße 4
15230 Frankfurt (Oder)


8.00 pm Concert: GANNA Ensemble

GANNA Ensemble

GANNA is an international ethno-jazz ensemble from Berlin for which Ganna composes and arranges. As the voice of Ukrainian resistance, GANNA's artistic work is as beautiful as it is heart-wrenching. A powerful blend of reinterpreted Ukrainian folk songs and modern jazz. Inspired by several musical research trips to different regions of Ukraine, GANNA awakens Ukrainian folklore to a second spring and takes the audience on a journey.

Ganna Gryniva – voice, loops, effects, composition
Philipp Gropper – tenor saxophone
Povel Widestrand – piano
Tom Berkmann – double bass
Mathias Ruppnig – drums

Venue concert:

Konzerthalle "Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach" (Oberes Foyer)
Lebuser Mauerstraße 4
15230 Frankfurt (Oder)

Europa- und Ukrainefahne im Ehrenhof mit Blick auf das Viadrina Hauptgebäude

Competence Network Interdisciplinary Ukrainian Studies Frankfurt (Oder) - Berlin