Archive Past events related to the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe. 25 June - 6 July SUMMER SCHOOL The 1st summer school on "Borderland Studies in East Central Europe and the Black Sea Region" takes place in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Program 14-16 June 2018 EVERYDAY DIPLOMACY: RELIGIOUS ENCOUNTERS FROM BALTICS TO THE BLACK SEA This fifth annual workshop by the "Working Group on Religion in the Black Sea Region" will take place in Kiev, Ukraine. Workshop Program 21-22 June 2018 IMAGINARY BORDERLANDS - 'Othering' and 'Domestic Others' on Post-Soviet Frontiers This second international and interdisciplinary Workshop for Young Scholars by the Centre for Applied Anthropology will take place in Kiev, Ukraine. Workshop Program 22-25 August 2017 INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARLY WORKSHOP The workshop on "Border Crossing: Jewish Migrations from East Europe, 1870-1920" will be held at Kloster Fischingen, Switzerland. Workshop Program 28-29 September 2017 RESEARCH WORKSHOP The workshop about "Multiplicity of Divisions: Boundaries and Borders of the Habsburg, Ottoman, and Russian Empires in the 19th -early 20th century" will take place in Kharkiv, Ukraine. It is jointly organized by the Center for Interethnic Relations Research in Easter Europe, the History Faculty of Kharkiv National Pedagogical University and the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe (GCE). Call for papers (expired). 01/25/2017 WORKSHOP The International Exploratory Workshop to the subject of "Cultures of secrecy in Soviet life" will be organized by Ekaterina Emeliantseva Koller from January 25 to 27 in Zurich. Programme. 11/16/2016 CONFERENCE Under the title "Contact Zones" the international meeting was held in Dnipro, Ukraine (Conference Program). 5/16/2016 BOOK CHAPTER & ARTICLE Elena Denisova-Schmidt and Yaroslav Prytula about the shadow economy (book chapter) and corruption in Ukraine (article). 4/28/2016 GUEST COMMENT Prof. Ulrich Schmid about Putin's ideology. NZZ (german). 4/19/2016 GUEST COMMENT Prof. Ulrich Schmid about the term fascism. NZZ (german). 4/18/2016 GUEST COMMENT Prof. Dirk Lehmkuhl und Prof. Klaus Dingwerth about FIFA and human rights. NZZ (german). 4/2/2016 VIDEO Prof. Ulrich Schmid about «Regicide in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment». 3/31/2016 ANNUAL REPORT The annual report 2015 is out now. It contains many information and a list of publications. 3/17/2016 PUBLICATION Elena Denisova-Schmidt, Martin Huber und Elvira Leontyeva: On the development of students? Attitudes towards corruption and cheating in Russian universities. Full text (PDF) 2/03/2016 ARTICLE New article in the latest issue of "Osteuropa" with the focus on the Caucasus region: Dr. Katharina Hoffmann, Die lokale Ebene in Armenien und Aserbaidschan. In: Osteuropa 65 (2015) Nr. 7-10, pp. 321-335. 1/25/2016 EUXEINOS NEW ISSUE A new double issue of Euxeinos 19/20 2015 on the German Minority in Romania is out now. Guest editor is Daniel Ursprung from University of Zurich. To download this issue please click here. 1/20/2016 MAPS OF UKRAINE Interactive maps of Ukraine including survey data from the project of our Center "Region, Nation and Beyond: An Interdisciplinary and Transcultural Reconsideration of Ukraine" is available at Maps Ukraine. 1/20/2016 BOOK REVIEW Ulrich Schmid's review of the new biography of Josef Stalin in NZZ: Oleg Khlevniuk. Stalin: New Biography of a Dictator, Yale Press 2015. (NZZ; in German only) 10/5/2015 ARTICLE Dr. Oleksandra Gaidai, Kyiv, about Lenin monuments in central Ukraine: full text (PDF) 08/05/2015 ARTICLES ABOUT UKRAINE'S CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION: The Business Environment in Ukraine: New Country, Old Problems, More Hope To Pay or Not to Pay Taxes, That Is the Question Written by Prof. Yarsolav Prytula (University of Liviv) and Dr. Elena Denisova (University of St.Gallen). 07/07/2015 CONFERENCE: "Religion in the Black Sea Region", Kyiv Organized by Prof. Catherine Wanner: Conference Report. 07/09/2015 - 07/11/2015 CONFERENCE: Political Cult of the Dead in Ukraine. Traditions and Dimensions from Soviet Times to Today LMU Munich: Organized by Dr. Iryna Sklokina (Lviv) and Prof. Dr. Guido Hausmann (LMU Munich). Conference Report. 07/01/2015 EUXEINOS New issue of Euxeinos on Energy and Integration in the Black Sea Region edited by Jonas Grätz is now available online. 06/17/2015 ARTIKEL: Orthodoxy and the Future of Secularism After the Maidan Catherine Wanner's Artilcle Orthodoxy and the Future of Secularism After the Maidan previously published in Euxeinos 17 is featured on the Website of Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. 05/28/2015 NZZ PODIUM: Kampf um die Ukraine Speaker Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schmid; discussants Dr. Andrij Portnov, Daniel Wechlin. 05/13/2015 PUBLICATION: GCE-Project on Regionalism in Ukraine The Business Environment in Ukraine: New Country, Old Problems, More Hope, written by Elena Denisova-Schmidt and Yarsolav Prytula, Edmond Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University (published on 04/29/2015). 06/22/2015 - 06/23/2015 WORKSHOP: Religious Connections and Divisions in the Black Sea Region Hosted by the New Europe College, Bucharest: Workshop Report (PDF). 04/18/2015 EUXEINOS New Issue of Euxeinos on Religion and Political Crisis in Ukraine has been released and is available online. 04/16/2015 PHOTO CONTEST EUXEINOS We are pleased to present the winners of the first international Photo Contest on the Black Sea Region. Link to the awarded images. 04/12/2015 UKRAINE IN THE SERIES OF VONTOBEL FOUNDATION Schmid, Ulrich: UA - Ukraine zwischen Ost und West. Vontobel-Schriftenreihe. Zürich : Vontobel-Stiftung, 2015. 04/09/2015 NEW PUBLICATIONS European Urban and Regional Studies Volume 22, Issue 2: "Global Games, Local Rules: Mega-Events in Post-Socialist Europe" (2015) edited by Martin Müller. East European Politics Volume 30, Issue 2: "Sochi 2014: Great Games for a Great Power?" (2014) edited by Martin Müller. 03/30/2015 GCE ANNUAL REPORT 2014 Annual report of the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe 2014 has been released and is available online (PDF). 02/25/2015 NEW PUBLICATION ON THE CONFLICT IN UKRAINE Georgiy Kasianov (2015) How a War for the Past becomes a War in the Present published in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, Vol. 16. Georgiy Kasianov participates in the project on Regionalism in Ukraine. 02/25/2015 NEW PUBLICATION Revue des Etudes Slaves: Taras Ševčenko (1814-1861): Creation culturelle et conscience nationale (Paris, 2014), including contributions by Ulrich Schmid and George Grabowicz. 02/02/2015 SPEECH: Wem gehören die Krim und der Donbass? Der Krieg der ukrainischen und russischen Geschichtsbilder Prof. Ulrich Schmid gives this speech in the context of Monday Forum in St.Gallen. 12/01/2014 PUBLIC PANEL DISCUSSION: Ukraine 2014 – from Revolution to Secession? Civil Society Between Might and Powerlessness University of Basel: Konstantin Reutskiy (Human Rights Activist, Luhansk, Ukraine), Valentina Cherevatenko (Union of the Don Women, Novocherkassk, Russia), Alexandra Delemchuk (Center for Civic Liberties, Kiew, Ukraine), Maxim Butkevych (Coordinator of the NGO Social Action Center, Kiew, Ukraine). Moderated by Prof. Ulrich Schmid (University of St.Gallen). 11/12/2014 ARTICLE: Stepan Banderas Nachleben wird gefeiert An article on the Ukranian nationalist Stepan Bandera written by Andre Liebich and Oksana Myshlovska has been published in the latest issue of Ukraine-Analysen, no.140 (in German). Andre Liebich and Oksana Myshlovska participate in the current project on Regionalism in Ukraine run by the GCE. 11/17/2014 CONFERENCE: Another Vision for Europe. The European Union, Italy, and Switzerland by 2025 Organised by Foraus, the Swiss Think-Tank on Foreign Policy. Participants are Enrico Letta (former Prime Minister of Italy), Filippo Lombardi (former President of the Swiss Council of States), and Prof. Dirk Lehmkuhl (University of St.Gallen). 11/05/2015 NEW PUBLICATIONS Das öffentliche Ich: Selbstdarstellungen im literarischen und medialen Kontext, edited by Vincent Kaufmann, Ulrich Schmid & Dieter Thomä (Publisher: Transcript). Tolstoj als theologischer Denker und Kirchenkritiker edited by Ulrich Schmid, Martin George, Jens Hertl und Christian Münch (Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht). 10/16/2014 CONFERENCE: Corruption in the Post-Soviet Educational Systems: Causes, Consequences and Control International Conference «Corruption in the Post-Soviet Educational Systems: Causes, Consequences and Control» co-organized by the GCE has taken place at the University of St.Gallen in August 2014. An interview with conference host Elena Denisova-Schmidt and a conference report in Russian are published in the review of the Pacific University of Khabarovsk, Russia. 11/27/2014 - 11/28/2014 WORKSHOP: International Tax Competition and Financial Secrecy University of St.Gallen: The workshop organized by Prof. Patrick Emmenegger will bring together leading international experts on the politics of tax competition and financial secrecy to discuss these highly important questions and to expand our understanding of this crucial field of global economic governance. 10/04/2014 INTERVIEW: Russia-Ukraine-Conflict Reconciliation through Amnesia. How to proceed in the Ukrainian conflict with Russia? - an inteview by Ulrich Schmid with two Ukrainian historiansYaroslav Hrytsak und Georgi Kasianov, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (10/04/2014). 09/15/2014 EUXEINOS New issue of Euxeinos on Nations, Nation-States, Trade and Politics in the Black Sea edited by Constantin Ardeleanu from “The Lower Danube” University of Galaţi is now available on our website. 06/18/2014 - 06/20/2014 CONFERENCE The report about the conference The Eastern Enlargement of the EU: Effects – Challenges – Visions that was hosted at the University of St.Gallen is now available online. 05/14/2014 ARTICLE: Regional differences in perceived corruption among Ukrainian firms New article on Regional differences in perceived corruption among Ukrainian firms written by Elena Denisova-Schmidt and Martin Huber is published in Eurasian Geography and Economics. Elena Denisova-Schmidt and Martin Huber are participants of the ongoing project of GCE about Regionalism in Ukraine. 04/16/2014 ARTICLE: Die Kultur der Niederlage - Der Erste Weltkrieg in der ukrainischen Erinnerung Published in the current issue of the journal Osteuropa "Totentanz. Der Erste Weltkrieg im Osten Europas". 03/26/2014 GCE ANNUAL REPORT 2013 The Annual Report of the GCE is released and can be downloaded as PDF. 05/21/2014 PANEL DISCUSSION: Wie weiter mit der Ukraine? Organized and hosted by Ecumenical Forum for Faith, Religion and Society in East and West. University of Zurich: Participants are Prof. em. Andreas Kappeler (Institute for Eastern European History, University of Vienna), Prof. Thomas Bremer (Ecumenical Institut of the Westphalian Willhelms-University Münster), and Dr. Jonas Grätz (Center for Security Studies, ETH Zürich). 03/14/2014 EUXEINOS New issue of Euxeinos on The Euromaidan in Ukraine has been released and is available online. Guest Editors are Carmen Scheide and Ulrich Schmid (both University of St.Gallen). 03/13/2014 NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: Mit oder gegen Russland? Schwierige Geschichte des ukrainischen Nationalismus Ulrich Schmid (GCE) in Neuer Zürcher Zeitung (03/13/2014). 03/10/2014 NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: Krim-Krise und Maidan-Revolution: Die Ukraine übersteht auch diese Zerreissprobe Written by Yaroslav Hrytsak, a project participant of the GCE project Regionalism in Ukraine. Yaroslav Hrytsak is historian, publicist, professor of history at the catholic university of Lviv. The article is a short version of his paper "Revolution der Würde" published in the book "Majdan! - Ukraine, Europa" with contributions of numerous intellectuals on the ongoing situation in Ukraine. The book is to be released on March 12, 2014, in edition.fotoTAPETA. 02/24/2014 NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: Eine kritische Masse an Toten Written by a coauthor of "Agenda 05/12 " Irena Karpa, translated from Ukrainian to German by Alexander Kratochvil, coordinator of the GCE Project "Regionalism in Ukraine". 02/24/2014 - 02/25/2014 PANEL DISCUSSION: Putin kaputt?! Russian new culture of protest (German) The book Putin kaputt?! written by Mischa Gabowitsch offers a detailed survey on events before and after Duma elections in December 2011. Supported by eyewitness accounts and reports of protest activists as well as by an extensive collection of blog postings and videos between Kaliningrad and Vladivostok, Paris and Seoul, the author provides a differentiated picture of societal resistance by depicting historical, political, cultural and emotional contexts of the current developments in the Russian society. Mischa Gabowitsch is empirical social researcher currently working on two research projects. His research deals with protest movement in Russia since Duma elections in 2011 and with the relevance of war memorials in the context of commemoration of World War II. In 2013 his book Putin kaputt?! was published by Suhrkamp Verlag and is the first account worldwide on Russian protest movement since 2011. 02/13/2014 - 02/14/2014 WORKSHOP: Demos-cracy for a Fragmented Polity: Considerations from Europe and Switzerland University of St.Gallen: In an age of globalisation and a developing plethora of supranational institutions, it has become increasingly important to explore what demands of justice arise beyond the nation-state level and what political structures these demands require. Philippe Van Parijs has been focusing on these issues in relation to the European Union in a project that will culminate in a text entitled Europe’s Destiny. In this two-day workshop, he will engage a number of commentators and critics on the subject of democracy in a fragmented polity that cannot rely on a unified demos. The workshop draws together thinkers with a wide range of experience in considering this problem at both the European level and in the case of Switzerland. Through engagement with these different experiences, the workshop aims to build a better understanding of how democracy can operate in a ‘fragmented polity’. 01/29/2014 PANEL DISCUSSION: Olympic Games in Sotchi University of Basel: «Hot. Cool. Yours.» is the slogan of the Olympics that are going to take place from the 7th to 23th February 2014 in Sochi, Russia. This is supposed to be the sport event of the superlatives including spectacular buildings and gigantic investments, but also a lot of critique of corruption and environmental destruction. What shall we expect from these games? What role do they play for politics and society in Russia? What is their relevance in comparison with other mega-events? Zita Affentranger (Tages-Anzeiger), Martin Müller (University of Zürich), and Volker Pabst (Neue Zürcher Zeitung) will talk to Ivo Mijnssen (University of Basel) on slopes, politics and prestige. 12/03/2013 EUXEINOS New issue of Euxeinos on Sochi and the 2014 Olympics: Game over? is now available. In the run-up to the Olympic Games in Sochi 2014 we offer you four profound and interesting papers discussing the multi-facetted nature of the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, in 2014. 11/21/2013 INFORMATION SESSION: Horizon 2020 Prof. Dr. Dirk Lehmkuhl from the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe (GCE-HSG) as coordinator of the FP7-SSH-project «ISSICEU» will talk about his experiences concerning the application process and the next negotiations with the EU. 11/14/2013 EUXEINOS The new issue of our Online Journal Euxeinos on Popular Culture in Bulgaria and Romania since the 1960s has been released and is now available. 10/22/2013 ANGELUS CENTRAL LITERARY AWARD Ukrainian writer Oksana Zabuzhko received Angelus Central European Literary Award for her novel "The Museum of Abandoned Secrets". The novel was translated from Ukrainian into German by Alexander Kratochvil, supervisor of the GCE project "Regionalism in the Ukraine". 10/30/2013-10/31/2013 CONFERENCE: Religion at the Borderland: Conceptualizing "Borders" through the Study of Religion Geographical limits including national and continental borders are relevant in shaping religious behaviour and modes of thinking. Cultural and societal formations are influenced by the presence of borders whilst borderlands are concurrently altered by the ways in which individuals and communities negotiate their identities in relation to variegated notions of frontier, limit and boundedness. These issues, that have become even more poignant in light of current trends of globalization and increasing transnational flows, will be discussed during this two-day workshop. Programme. 2013/07/16 FOCUS OF JOURNAL: Cities and Countries around the Black Sea The July-August issue of the journal "Religion & Gesellschaft in Ost und West" (German) presents different political cultural-historical, economic, and literary aspects of the Black Sea Region. 05/31/2013 ARTICLE In the current issue of Russland-Analysen, No.258 Prof. Ulrich Schmid and Maria Taganaeva (both GCE) made contributions about Russian everyday culture and politics. 05/27/2013 EUXEINOS A new issue of Euxeinos has been published and discusses Strategic Depth through Soft Power: The Domestic Production and International Projection of Turkish Culture. 05/04/2013 ARTICLE: Scherbengericht über einen Schriftsteller Contribution by Prof. Ulrich Schmid, published in OSTEUROPA 4/2013. 05/01/2013 PUBLICATION Ulrich Schmid's and Maria Tagangaeva's contributions on Popular Culture and Politics in Russia in Russian Analytical Digest, issue 126. 01/24/2013 - 01/25/2013 CONFERENCE: Pop-Up Culture: Popular and Mass Culture in late Soviet Society University of St.Gallen: The conference was organized by the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe, Julia Richers (University of Basel), Peter Collmer (University of Zurich), Carmen Scheide (University of St.Gallen), and Ulrich Schmid (University of St.Gallen). Conference Report. 04/24/2013 GUEST LECTURE: Umkämpfte Erinnerung an eine gemeinsame Vergangenheit: Russland und das Baltikum nach 1945 Prof. Karsten Brüggemann (University of Tallinn) 04/25/2013 EVENING LECTURE: Zivilgesellschaft in Russland am Beispiel der Soldatenmütter University of Zurich: Speeches followed by a panel discussion. Panel speakers are Ella Poljakova, Elena Popova, PD Dr. Carmen Scheide, Heidi Grau, diplomat, and Prof. Dr. Jeronim Perović. The Event was organized by Institute G2W, Department for East European History at the University of Zurich, and the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe at the University of St.Gallen. 03/06/2013 EUXEINOS We are happy to announce that Euxeinos has been added to DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals! 03/06/2013 EUXEINOS New Issue of Euxeinos on Statehood, Religion and Strategic Europeanization in the Southern Caucasus out now! 02/25/2013 BOOK RELEASE: Kulturgrenzen in postimperialen Räumen. Bosnien und Westukraine als transkulturelle Regionen Edited by Alexander Kratochvil, Renata Makarska, Katharina Schwitin and Annette Werberger. Alexander Kratochvil is supervisor of the GCE project Regionalism in the Ukraine. 02/20/2013 - 03/27/2013 PUBLIC LECTURES: Crossing the Curtain: Images of Europe between Integration and Segregation Vorstellungen von Europa werden diskursiv verhandelt und sind geprägt von kulturellen Praktiken sowie historischen Erfahrungen. Es gibt keine verbindliche, eindeutige Definition für eine europäische Identität und auch die Grenzziehungen unterliegen kulturellen Deutungsmustern, sofern es sich nicht um natürliche Topographien wie Meere handelt. Dies betrifft vor allem den Osten Europas, der geographisch fliessend in den asiatischen Kontinent übergeht. Osteuropa als Region, die sich vom westlichen Europa unterscheidet, wurde im Zeitalter der Aufklärung erfunden. Diese dichotome Denkfigur besteht bis heute, wobei Fremdzuschreibungen für Osteuropa als anders, fremd und weniger zivilisiert eine beständige Tradition besitzen. In der Vorlesungsreihe Crossing the Curtain des Centers for Governance and Culture in Europe (GCE-HSG) soll die wirkungsmächtige Ost-West-Denkfigur seit der Zeit der Aufklärung bis in die Gegenwart genauer betrachtet werden. Dabei geht es auch um die Hinterfragung von Stereotypen und Klischees, um Selbst- und Fremdzuschreibungen, um weniger Bekannte Regionen Europas. 10/29/2012 - 10/31/2012 WORKSHOP: Mega-events in Eastern Europe Lviv, Ukraine: Hosted by the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe (GCE) and the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Liviv, Ukraine. Guest Speaker was Elena Trubina (Ural State University, Russie); Academic coordinator was Martin Müller (University of St.Gallen). 09/26/2012 - 09/30/2012 CONFERENCE: Regions, Nation and Beyond. An Interdisciplinary and Transcultural Reconsideration of Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine. EUXEINOS The new issue on Citizenship, Activism and Mobilization: Internet Politics in Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria is available now. 07/01/2012 - 06/26/2012 INTERNATIONAL NEIGHBOURHOOD SYMPOSIUM: “Security and Democracy in the wake of the Arab Awakening” Istanbul, Turkey 05/16/2012 GUEST LECTURE: Dynamics or danse macabre - Marketing, advertising and publishing in the fastest changing corner of Europe Asko Künnap is designer, illustrator, and writer from Tallinn, Estonia.