Interdisciplinary Online Conference 2021 Interdisciplinary Online Conference “Black Sea Region in the Times of Crises: New Theoretical Approaches and Research Methodologies” October - November 2021 The conference aims to explore the present and historical dynamics shaping the Black Sea region through the lens of transculturality. The region that was governed by three European empires and then dominated by the Soviet Union, has experienced extreme violence during the XX century and continues to be the space of contemporary conflicts and geopolitical turmoil. At the same time, the region’s countries, both within and outside the EU, are often analyzed through the prism of methodological nationalism and a “container-culture approach”. We propose to regard the Black Sea region as a fluid realm where various discourses and ideas interact, compete and merge. We seek to explore novel theoretical concepts and methodologies to studying the transcultural space of the Black Sea region and the challenges that it faces - both in the past and today. The first online panel "Black Sea as Entangled Historical Space", October 7, 17:00-18:30 (CET) It explores the region, governed by three European empires and then dominated by the Soviet Union, as entangled historical space. The second online panel "Transnational Political and Economic Networks in the Black Sea Region", October 14, 17:00-18:15 (CET) This online panel focuses on transforming political movements and economic practices in post-Soviet countries. Online film screening "Living on the borderland: a Swiss village at the Black Sea", October 21, 17:00-18:30 (CET). The film is one of the results of the research project "History of Swiss Colonies in Crimea and Northern Black Sea Coast: Linguistic and Identity's Approach" (University of Lausanne). The film was supported by GCE-HSG within the research dissemination grant program "Borderland Studies in Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region"in 2021. The fourth online panel "The Crimean Peninsula as a Contested Space", November 4, 17:00-18:30 (CET) This panel focuses on the historical and contemporary Crimea as a contested space and considers the peninsula as a nexus of transformations and instability in the Black Sea Region. The fifth online panel "Memory and Heritage in the Black Sea Region", November 18, 17:00-18:15 (CET). This panel approaches the Black Sea region as transnational memory scape and investigates relations between multiethnic heritage, complex identities, and memory politics. The sixth online panel "Displacement and Belonging in Ukrainian Society", November 25, 17.00-18.15 (CET). This panel focuses on displacement, identities, and intergroup relations in Soviet and contemporary Ukraine. The presenters will reflect on the methodological challenges of researching and storytelling migration and belonging. Online film screening "The Mist: Spectral Sounds of Romeyka", December 2, 17:00-18:30 (CET). The Mist revolves around Romeyka, a local variety of Greek with archaic linguistic features spoken by Turkish-nationalist communities in contemporary Turkey. The film asks questions about heritage, collective memory, and identity.