History of Modern Political Thought in East-Central Europe

Centre for Advances Study (CAS), Sofia
European Research Council (ERC)
The principal aim of the Project is a synthetic volume on the history of modern political thought in East Central Europe.

20th Core Group Meeting & Workshop on Ukrainian Political Thought in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Sep 12

Memo of the 20th ERC Negotiating Modernity Project Meeting
Lviv 6-9 September 2012

Participants: Maria Falina, Ivars Ijabs, Maciej Janowski, Michal Kopeček, Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič, Ostap Sereda, Balázs Trencsényi, Ivana Trkulja, Alex Voronovici.

During the meeting we discussed the following topics: fin-de-siecle Social Darwinism and the rise of integral nationalism, Feminism, Anti-Semitism; Yugoslav additions to the post-45 chapters; anti-totalitarian dissent in the 1950s, the political ideas of 1968; Ukriainian, Latian additions to the chapters Moldavian political thought between 1945 and 1990; Ivana presented the results of her research in Serbia and Bulgaria.

On 6 September, we held a workshop on Ukrainian political thought in the 19th and 20th centuries:

Locating modern Ukrainian political thought on the European intellectual map

Academic workshop organized by the
"Negotiating Modernity. History of Modern Political Thought in East-Central Europe"
project and
Ivan Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Venue: Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Lviv, Bohomoltsia 6


10.00-10.15 Welcome and introductory remarks (Balázs Trencsényi and Ostap Sereda)
10.15 - 11.30 Political thought of Ukrainian elites in the age of Enlightenment (Volodymyr Sklokin)
Discussant: Maciej Janowski
11.30 - 11.45 Coffee-break
11.45 - 13.00 From romantic populism to integral nationalism: the problem of "narod" and "narodnytstvo" in Ukrainian political thought (Georgiy Kasianov, Ostap Sereda)
Discussant: Maciej Janowski
13.00 - 14.30 Lunch
14.30 - 15.45 How far left and how far right? Conflict and convergence of socialism and nationalism in Ukrainian political thought (Anatoliy Kruglashov, Oleh Zhernokleiev)
Discussant: Balázs Trencsényi
15.45 - 16.00 Coffee-break
16.00 - 17.15 Negotiating external ideological influences: Russian, Soviet, Polish, and Western European (Oleksandr Zaytsev)Discussant: Michal Kopeček
17.15-17.30 Coffee-break
17.30 - 18.45 Territorial varieties of Ukrainian political thought? Different identity projects in Ukraine (Ostap Sereda, Leonid Zashkilnyak).

Discussant: Maria Falina
18.45 - 19.00 Conclusions
19.30 Dinner

Seminar participants:

  • Oleg Zhernokleev (Prykarpattya National University, Ivano-Frankivsk)
  • Oleksandr Zaytsev (Ukrainian Catholic University)
  • Leonid Zashkinyak (Ivan Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)
  • Georgy Kasyanov (Institute of Ukrainian History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)
  • Analtoliy Kruglashov (Chernivtsi National University)
  • Volodimir Sklokin (International Solomon University, Kharkiv)
  • Ostap Sereda (Ivan Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)
  • Maria Falina (Central European University)
  • Maciej Janowski (Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences)
  • Michal Kopeček (Institute of Contemporary History, Prague)
  • Luka Lisjak (Central European University)
  • Ivars Ijabs (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Latvia, Riga)
  • Tomasz Stryjek (Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences)
  • Andrej Tichomirov (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences)
  • Balázs Trencsényi (Central European University)
  • Ivan Trkulja (University of Padova)
  • Alex Voronovici (Central European University)

Next meetings:

  • Florence - Fiesole, 9-12 November 2012 (workshop on 9 afternoon 10 morning, internal meeting 11th, 12th, departure on 12 evening or 13th, organized with P. Kolar from EUI)
  • Budapest, 17-18 January 2013 
  • Sofia, March 2013; final conference


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