Mo 29 Mai 2017
Forum Transregionale Studien, Wallotstr. 14, 14193 Berlin
Prisma Ukraïna Workshop

Donbas Identities in Context: From Industrial Region to Zone of Conflict

convened by Dr. Alexandr Osipian (Visiting Prisma Ukraïna Fellow 2017)

Speakers include: Eszter Bartha (Central European University, Budapest), Volodimir Kulikov (Karazin Kharkiv National University), Mikhailo Minakov (Kyiv Mohyla Academy; Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder), Alexandr Osipian (Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv; Prisma Ukraïna, Berlin / ZOIS, Berlin), Gwendolyn Sasse (ZOiS, Berlin), and Andrew Wilson (European Council on Foreign Relations; University College London)

The main aim of the workshop is to examine the making of multiple identities in the Donbas and their political implications, as well as the nature of the ongoing military conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Topics discussed will include an assessment of current attitudes and identities, industrial development and social transformation as historical context of the conflict, as well as a look at Ukraine at large and development in other countries such as Hungary.

Preliminary programme

Welcome Coffee

11:15 – 11:30       
Welcome and Introduction: Alexandr Osipian, Andrii Portnov

11:30 – 13:00   
Alexandr Osipian: Multiple Identities in the Donbas and their Political Implications 
Gwendolyn Sasse:
Attitudes and Identities during War and Displacement (based on ZOiS survey data)


Andrew Wilson: Explaining the conflict in the Donbas and Crimea: Do we know more than in 2014?
Esther Bartha: Shifting Alliances: How the Far Right can Mobilize Elite Workers in Hungary

Coffee Break

Volodimir Kulikov: Company Towns and Social Transformations in the Donbas
Mikhailo Minakov: Development of Ideological Views of War-Affected Populations in Ukraine

Final Discussion and Closing Remarks by Alexandr Osipian

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