Negotiating History Across Borders

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

German-Ukrainian Historians' Commission Held 3rd Annual Conference

The annual conference of the German-Ukrainian Historians' Commission took place on 29 and 30 September in Kyiv, in cooperation with the Institute of History of Ukraine, the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

The conference dealt with the topic "Rethinking the Revolution 1917: War, Revolution and Statehood in Ukraine." Unlike in the old Soviet narrative of the "Great Socialist October Revolution," the Conference was concerned with the theme of the national movement of the Ukrainian people and the struggle for the founding of the state. The speakers focused their presentations on various topics that integrated the national and social factors of the revolutionary year, and also linked various local and regional revolutionary stories in the former Russian and Austro-Hungarian empires.

The conference program (in Ukrainian and English) can be found here

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Polish-Russian Group for Difficult Matters resumes its activities, March 2017

“We are open to constructive cooperation and we are undertaking actions to break the impasse in which we are now,” said Minister Witold Waszczykowski at a ceremony during which he handed nominations to the Polish members of the Polish-Russian Group for Difficult Matters.

Professor Mirosław Filipowicz, Director of the Institute of East Central Europe in Lublin, is the new Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Polish-Russian Group for Difficult Matters. New members of the Polish part of the Group, which has resumed its activities after a two-year hiatus, are outstanding academics and experts who specialise in Russia and Eastern affairs. 

For a full announcement by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, see here.

Monday, July 10, 2017

German-Ukrainian Historians' Commission held workshop in Odessa, October 2016

From October 27 to 31, 2016, in Odessa, the German-Ukrainian Historical Commission, in cooperation with the National I.I. Mečnykov-University of Odesa organized a junior workshop for graduate students and advanced students. The choice of the theme was based on the great political significance of contrasting memories of the time of the Second World War for the conflicts of the past years and the current political processes in the Ukraine. The aim of the workshop was to examine the role and changes of memory, while at the same time opening up comparative perspectives with Germany. Last but not least, the town of Odessa has provided interesting insights into these questions. For a summary of the workshop (in German), click here

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Ukraine Reacts to Polish Parliament Resolution on 1943 Volyn Tragedy

.. Mr. Viatrovych, head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, hopes that despite the change in the Polish policy and owing to the efforts of the Institute of National Remembrance, the dialogue between the historians established last year at the Ukrainian-Polish Forum will continue. “This dialogue will help not only to understand the past conflict, but also to avoid the mistakes of our predecessors,” says the Ukrainian historian. “I am sure that the historians will thoroughly analyze the newly opened Ukrainian archives and prove the absurdity of this political decision in particular, and the practice of writing history in the parliament in general.”
For full article, see here.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Ten Years of the Bulgarian-Hungarian Joint History Commission

An international conference marking the 10th anniversary of the Bulgarian-Hungarian Joint History Commission was held at the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Sofia, Bulgaria on May 31, 2016. The theme was Hungary and Bulgaria – Connected Histories in Central and Southeast Europe, 17th–21st Centuries. To see the program, click here.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Eighth Annual Meeting of the Russian-Austrian Historians' Commission

From 5 to 7 June 2016 the eighth annual meeting of the Russian-Austrian Historians' Commission took place in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The theme of the meeting was "USSR and Austria in the 1950s and 1960s." The meeting also discussed the program of the Summer School for Young Historians, which will be held at the Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences, 11-18 September 2016. It also decided to hold the next meeting of the Commission in Austria. The Commission will organize a scientific symposium dedicated to the 500th anniversary of Sigismund Herberstein's visit to Russia. The Commission was created in 2007 on the initiative of the former Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik and her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Publication of the Joint Japanese-Russian Historians' Group

In September 2015, the bilateral Japanese-Russian historians' commission published a collective work--a parallel history of the Japanese-Russian relations since the 18th century--in both Japanese and Russian. The bilateral group, also known in Russian as Russian-Japanese Commission on Complex Problems of Russian-Japanese Relations (российско-японской Комиссии по сложным вопросам истории российско-японских отношений), was launched in late 2011. Headed respectively by Iokibe Makoto (former president, Japanese Defense Academy) and A.V.Torkunov (Rector, Moscow Institute of International Relations, MGIMO), it held annual meetings between 2011 and 2014.
See here for the Table of Contents in Japanese and here for a brief introduction to the Russian edition.