Lecture Series: Revolutions and their Impact on Modern Eastern and Central Europe

Local Communities on Polish-Ukrainian Borderlands: Contested Memories and Strategies of Co-Existence

From the Bug River area to the Subcarpathian region, Eastern Poland is a terrain of contradictory memories about multicultural tolerance and past violence. These memories induce a number of ethnic and social stereotypes that tend to be highly contested and politicized by various political and religious groups in both Poland and Ukraine. Julia Buyskykh carried out research on religious culture in several confessionally mixed local communities on Poland’s eastern border in 2015-2016. She found that the collective memory of their inhabitants was not only deeply rooted in the history of the 20th century, but indeed in the whole historical context of the period before the partition of Poland. Her research revealed that religion greatly influenced the respective perceptions of history: often the collective memory of Greek Catholic, Orthodox Christian and Roman Catholic neighbors in the same local community was different. Polish-Ukrainian relations in the past, as well as reciprocal “postcolonial” traumas also left their mark on the strategies of communication between researcher and interlocutors. Thus, some questions that arose in the course of her main research were: How do people of a certain community live neighbourly in a multicultural world that proclaims tolerance outwardly, and how do they reduce the negative effects of the conflict of memories in everyday life? How do they elaborate a strategy of tolerant co-existence under the burden of contested memories? The lecture will focus on these issues, drawing on rich ethnographic data from Julia Buyskykh’s fieldwork in the Polish-Ukrainian borderland.

Die Veranstaltung findet im Rahmen der Vortragsreihe "Revolutions and Their Impact on Modern Eastern and Central Europe" statt, die vom interdisziplinären Forschungsverbund "Prisma Ukraina" ausgerichtet wird. Zu diesem Verbund gehören Forschungseinrichtungen in Berlin und Brandenburg, die sich mit Osteuropa und der Ukraine beschäftigen. Der Verbund ist am Forum Transregionale Studien angesiedelt und baut auf der Arbeit der Berlin-Brandenburg Initiative (BBUI) auf, deren Partner die DGO ist. Er organisiert Veranstaltungen und lädt Wissenschaftler aus Osteuropa und anderen Regionen nach Berlin ein. Ziel ist es, zu einem besseren Verständnis der Entwicklungen in der Ukraine und ihrer Nachbarländer beizutragen.

Anmeldung: prisma[at]trafo-berlin.de


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26.01.2017, 18:00 Uhr

Europa-Universität Viadrina
Logenhaus, Raum 101/102
Logenstraße 11
15230 Frankfurt/Oder



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