Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Dr Iryna Vushko

Fellow Iryna Vushko

January 2011 - January 2012
Mail iv30(at)hunter.cuny(dot)edu

In Fall 2010 she was Junior Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, Austria. From 2009 - 2010 Vushko was a Shklar Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and from 2008 to 2009 a Max Weber Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Europen University Institute, Florence. Iryna Vushko was a Ph.D. candidate in History at the Yale University from 2002 - 2008. She studies history at the Central European University Budapest (1999 - 2000).


Research Project

This project is a collective biography of the politicians who started their careers in the Habsburg monarchy, before 1918, and came to play prominent political roles in different nation states in interwar Europe. During my fellowship in Jena, I will focus on the immediate post-war years, between 1918 and 1922, and explore the network of men around Leon Biliński, a finance minister of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and Poland's first finance minister after 1918. His network included: Stanisław Głabinski of Poland, Karl Renner of Austria, Mykola Wasylko of Ukraine. This research explores the political legacy of the Austrian Empire in interwar Europe. By focusing on the formerly Habsburg terrains between nowadays Italy and Ukraine, it creates a symbolic bridge between Eastern and Western Europe, which to the present day have remained two distinct fields in the historiography of Europe.

Main areas of research

  • Austrian Empire
  • Interwar Europe
  • Nationstates
  • Administration


Bureaucracy, Enlightenment and Habsburg Central Europe: Joseph Brigido between Trieste, Vienna and Lemberg, 1777 -1794, in: East European Politics and Societies (forthcoming).

Korenizatsiia and its Discontents: Ukraine and the Soviet Nationality Policies during the 1920s, European University Institute Working Papers, 12/2009.

Evoliutsia chytats'kych interesiv lviv'ian u drugii polovyni XIXst. (za danymy pro diialnist biblioteky Ossolins'kych) (The evolution of the reading interest of Lviv's inhabitants during the second half of the nineteenth century (based on the date from the Ossolinsky library), Ukraina Moderna, 8/2004, S. 127 - 143.


Augustynowicz, Christoph/ Kappeler, Andreas (Hg.): Die galizische Grenze 1772-1867: Kommunikation oder Isolation?, Berlin 2007, in: Ukraina Moderna, 11/2010, S. 285 - 292.

Gough, Roger: A Good Comrade. János Kádár. Communism and Hungary, London/New York 2006, in: European History Review (Frühjahr 2010), S. 818-820.

Werdt, Christophe von: Stadt und Gemeindebildung in Ruthenien. Okzidentalisierung der Ukraine und Weiβrusslands im Spätmittelalter und in der frühen Neuzeit, Wiesbaden 2006, in: Canadian American Slavic Studies, Vol. 44. No. 1-2/2010, S. 239-240.

Feller, Jan: Mehrsprachigkeit im galizischen Verwaltungswesen (1772-1914). Eine historisch-soziolinguistische Studie zum Polnischen und Ruthenischen (Ukrainischen), Köln, Weimar, Wien 2005, in: Harvard Ukrainian Studies XXVII, (2008), S. 375-378.

Beauvois, Daniel: Pouvoir russe et noblesse polonaise en Ukraine 1793-1830, Paris 2003, in: Ukraina Moderna 11/2006, S. 214-220.