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About the Congress

The international congress "Rethinking Ukraine and Europe: New Challenges for Historians" will be held in Vilnius on September 14-17, 2023. More than 100 historians from different countries will take part in the event.

Participation in the Congress provides an opportunity to learn about grant programmes and meet representatives of Foundations that sponsor international projects in the field of historical research. Engage in thematic panel discussions and find potential partners for possible new joint research.

The main goal of the Congress is to discuss the development of a new narrative on the history of Ukraine and the entire Central-Eastern European region.

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Program (details will be specified)

Keynote lecture by Robert I. Frost

Presentations of the financing programs for international projects by the funds


Thematic panel discussions

Thematic panel discussions


Thematic panel discussions

Closing general discussion

The Grand Duchy of Lithuania – a multiperspective approach

Moderators: Jurgita Verbickienė, Vilnius university and Jolita Sarcevičienė, Lithuanian Institute of History

The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the early modern period – new trends in contemporary historiography

Moderator: Igor Kąkolęwski, Center for Historical Research in Berlin of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Jewish history

Moderators: Jurgita Verbickienė, Vilnius University and Semion Goldin, Hebrew University

Urban history

Moderator: Andrii Portnov, European University Viadrina

The Ukrainian Black Sea frontier in the context of Russian aggression against Ukraine: a historical retrospective

Moderator: Hans-Jürgen Bömelburg, Giessen University

Regions and regionality in Ukrainian history and beyond

Moderator: Guido Hausmann, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS Regensburg)

Empires and national building

Moderator: Darius Staliūnas, Lithuanian Institute of History

Emerging national Central Eastern Europe. The “first independences” (1917–1921) and later times

Moderator: Roman Wysocki, Institute of History – UMCS

Soviet repressions: causes, scope, consequences

Moderators: Taras Pshenichnyi, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Arūnas Streikus, Vilnius University

How to teach the history of Ukraine and the Ukraine-Lithuania-Belarus region? Old and new textbooks on the history of the region

Moderators: Hans-Jürgen Bömelburg, Giessen University, in cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for Educational Media | Georg Eckert Institute in Braunschweig, German-Polish Textbook Commission and Ukrainian-Polish Textbook Commission

Russian-Ukrainian conflicts (wars) and historical memory

Moderator: Andryi Portnov, European University Viadrina

Appropriation and blind spots. Cultural heritage in conflict (by invitation)

Moderator: Katja Bernhardt, Northeast Institute at University of Hamburg, Lüneburg

Totalitarian regimes and their legacies: the politics of history and memory

Moderator: Gintarė Malinauskaitė, Lithuanian Institute of History

Documentation of Russian crimes in the war against Ukraine

Moderator: Mateusz Fałkowski, Pilecki Institute in Berlin

Destruction of museums, archives and cultural heritage sites in Ukraine by the Russian Federation

Moderators: Pavlo Shydlovskyi, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Olga Ryabchenko, Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, University of Cambridge

Do we need a new kind of military history?

Moderators: Andrii Rukkas and Taras Pshenichnyi, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Religion and politics in East and Central Europe

Moderator: Arūnas Streikus, Vilnius University

Dissolution of the USSR, Russian expansionism and pro-Russian separatism in Eastern Europe, 1988–2022

Moderator: Andrei Kazakevich, Institute of Political Studies “Political Sphere”

Between history and memory: Presentation of new international projects on history of the ULB region (Ukraine-Lithuania-Belarus region)

Moderators: Alvydas Nikžentaitis, Lithuanian Institute of History, Miloš Řezník, German Historical Institute in Warsaw and Igor Kąkolewski, Center for Historical Research in Berlin of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Keynote lecturer


Call for proposals – International Congress "Rethinking Ukraine and Europe: New Challenges for Historians"

Dear potential participants,

We invite historians to apply for participation in the International Congress “Rethinking Ukraine and Europe: New Challenges for Historians”, which will be held on September 14-17, 2023, in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The main goal of the Congress is to discuss a new narrative of the history of Ukraine and the entire Central and Eastern European region. The two conference days will include thematic panel discussions, presentations of grant programmes for historical research, and networking.

For speakers of panel discussions, as well as participants from Ukraine, the organizers can cover the following expenses: accommodation (three nights in a hotel in Vilnius, September 14-17), travel (train and bus tickets), and meals during the congress. There is also a possibility of partial coverage of expenses for participants from other countries.

Please fill out the form by May 15, 2023 (inclusive). Participation in the Congress is on a competitive basis, and the results of the competition will be communicated to you by e-mail by June 1, 2023.


Event location

Vilnius University

3 Universiteto str., LT-01513 Vilnius


For general questions about the scientific program, please contact Darius Stalunas (mention the word "Congress" in the subject line):

For other organizational questions, please contact Svitlana Lyakhovets (mention the word "Congress" in the subject line):