Crises in the Post-Soviet Space: the Case of the Ukraine

Crises in the Post-Soviet Space: the Case of the Ukraine

Institut für Politikwissenschaft der Universität Wien / Forschungsstelle für Eurasische Studien (EURAS) der Rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Wien / Wiener Osteuropaforum
Dachgeschoss der Rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Wien, Schottenbastei 10-16, A-1010 Wien
Vom - Bis
24.04.2015 - 25.04.2015
Eva Anne Frantz

International Conference
Crises in the Post-Soviet Space: The Case of Ukraine

Explanations for the current crisis in Ukraine have mostly disregarded contemporary history. Similar to other former members of the Soviet Union, the country has been faced with profound challenges since 1991; the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Ukraine’s independence formed the initial framework for an extensive political and economic transition, accompanied by a contested nation-building process, the establishment of democratic institutions and the implementation of a capitalist system.

The conference seeks to examine the ongoing crisis in the context of these developments. It intends to provide a more substantial understanding of recent events and to consider the severe repercussions on a European and global scale. Over the course of the protests in the heart of Kiev between November 2013 and February 2014, the crisis not only gained in significance on the national level, leading to the overthrow of the government and domestic political unrest, but eventually evolved into a geopolitical conflict that has reintroduced, on an international level, patterns of thinking long believed to have been overcome.

The conference will open with a keynote speech mapping the terrain of the three sessions on Saturday. The first panel will take a historical perspective, scrutinizing the effects of the dissolution of the Soviet Union as well as of Ukraine’s independence. A subsequent second panel focuses on the country’s economic transition since 1991 – examining its path from a planned economy towards capitalism – and will look at respective socio-economic changes. In a final panel, participants will turn to the present and the international dimension. In order to grasp the complexity, the current events in Ukraine will be discussed from a variety of perspectives by observers from both within and beyond the academic community.

The conference brings together an international and interdisciplinary group of researchers from political science, history, and economy, as well as practitioners from international organizations and the media. It is organised by the Department for Political Science at the University of Vienna in co-operation with the Interdisciplinary Research Platform “Wiener Osteuropaforum” and the Research Centre for Eurasian Studies at the University of Vienna’s Department of Legal Philosophy, Law of Religion and Culture.


Friday, April 24th

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Keynote Speech
Dieter Segert (University of Vienna): The Current Crisis in Ukraine as a Result of the Post‐Soviet Transformation Processes

Saturday, April 25th

9:00 am – 10:30 am Panel I: The Dissolution of the Soviet Union – The Historical Dimension

Victor Apryshchenko (Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don): Empireship after the Empire: The Collapse of USSR and Russian-Ukrainian National Issues

Kerstin Jobst (University of Vienna): The Crimea as a Russian lieu de mémoire

10:30 am – 11:00 am Coffee break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm Panel II: 25 Years of Post-Soviet Transition – the Economic Dimension

Joachim Becker (Vienna University of Economics and Business): Development Models and Crises in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus

Yulia Yurchenko (University of Greenwich): Social Forces in the Making of Contemporary Ukraine: Capitalist Rivalries and the Dispossessed

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch break

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Panel III: The Conflict in Ukraine and its Consequences – the International Dimension

August Pradetto (Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg): External Actors in the Ukrainian Crisis and the Defeats of the Ukrainian Army in 2014

Rasa Ostrauskaite (OSCE): The Role of the OSCE in Ukraine - Ongoing Challenges

Jutta Sommerbauer (Die Presse): At the Frontline of Information. Fact-finding, Propaganda and Media Coverage of the Conflict in Eastern Ukraine

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Coffee break

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Informal discussion session for conference presenters


Dr. Tina Olteanu

Institut für Politikwissenschaft der Universität Wien
Universitätsstr. 7, A-1010 Wien
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