Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Dr Georgiy Kasianov

Fellow Georgiy Kasianov

August 2015 - January 2016
Mail coffee_cup_2007(at)hotmail(dot)com

2003 - present Head, Department of Contemporary History and Politics, Institute of the History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences
2004 - 2005 Director, Institute of Textbooks, Ministry of Education and Sciences of Ukraine
1999-2003 Director, Education Programs, International Renaissance Foundation
1994-1999 Leading Research Fellow, Institute of History of Ukraine
1991-1994 Senior Research Fellow, Institute of History of Ukraine
1988-1991 Research Fellow, Institute of Ukrainian History
1986-1988 Junior Research Fellow, Institute of History

Research project at the Kolleg

Past in the Present: History, Politics and Society in Ukraine (1980s - 2000s)

The project seeksto explore the relationship and interaction between professional history writing, societal/cultural developments and political actions at national and international levels. Ukraine of the second half of 1980s to the beginning of 2000s serves as a major unit of analysis. The project will result in a monograph which will cover the following: use and misuse of history/past for the sake of the present by the state, political parties, groups of interest; institutional developments in the realm of politics of history (re-design of cultural spaces, old and new sites of memory, new institutions); legal and legislative practices (memorial laws, judicial cases, court hearings); political and international actions; use of 'historical memory' in struggle for power, 'revolutions' and warfare; : public perceptions and attitudes, regional divisions in understanding of the past, persons, dates and names, 'East - West' dilemma, Soviet and imperial legacy, popular stereotypes, prejudices and biases, para-historical 'imagined history'.

Main areas of research

  • History of Ukraine 19th - 21th Century
  • Politics of History/Memory
  • Historical Epistemology

Positions and memberships

  • Head, Department of Contemporary History and Politics, Institute of the History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences (
  • President, International Association of the Humanities (
  • Director, Institute for Education Development (
  • Member, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (


Danse Macabre: Great Famine of 1932-1933 in Historiography, Politics and Mass Consciousness, 1980s - 2000s ( Kyiv, Nash Chas Publishers, 2010) in Ukrainian

Ukraine in 1991 - 2007: Essays on Modern Ukrainian History (Kyiv, Nash Chas Publishers, 2007 Ukrainan edition, 2008 Russian edition) In Ukrainian and Russian

Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. A Historical Sketches (In cooperation with S. Kulchytsky et al) (Kyiv, Naukova Dumka Publishers, 2005) (collective volume)

To the Problem of Ideology of Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists. An Analytical Overview (Kyiv, Institute of Ukrainian History, 2003) in Ukrainian

Theories of Nation and Nationalism (Kyiv, Kyiv National University - Lybid Publishers, 1999) in Ukrainian

History of Ukraine (in co-operation with V. Pylypenko) (Helsinki, Helsinki University Publishers 1998) - in Finnish

Dissidents: The Ukrainian Intellectuals in the Non-Conformist Movement, 1960s - 1980s (Kyiv, Kyiv National University - Lybid Publishers, Kyiv, 1995) in Ukrainian

Essays on the History of Ukrainian Intelligentsia. In 3 volumes. In cooperation with Yu. Kurnosov, L. Tkachova et al (Kyiv, Institute of Ukrainian History, 1994) In Ukrainian

The Ukrainian Intelligentsia at the Turn of the Century (1890s-1914) (Kyiv, Kyiv National University Lybid Publishers, 1993) in Ukrainian

The Ukrainian Intelligentsia in 1920s - 1930s: A Social Portrait and Historical Fate (Kyiv, Globus-Vik Publishers, 1992) in Ukrainian

Stalinism in Ukraine (1920-s - 1930s) in co-operation with S. Kultchytsky and V. Danylenko (Kyiv, Kyiv National University - Lybid Publishers, 1991) in Ukrainian

Stalinism and Ukrainian Intelligentsia (1920s - 1930s) in cooperation with V. Danylenko (Naukova Dumka, Kyiv, 1991) in Ukrainian

Edited volumes

A Laboratory of Transnational History: Ukraine and recent Ukrainian historiography (Central European University Press, 2009) Co-edited with Philipp

Ther The Image of the Other in Neighbours' Histories (Institute of Ukrainan History, 2008) in Ukrainian


How a War for the Past Becomes a War in the Present Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, Volume 16, Number 1, Winter 2015 (New Series) pp. 149-155

Geschichtpolitik in der Ukraine, Religion&Gesellschaft in Ost und West 2013 №1, s.16 -19.

'Nationalization' of History in Ukraine In: A. Miller, M. Lipman (eds) The Convolutions of Historical Politics. Budapest - New York, CEU Press, 2012

How 'Common' History Divides. Politics of Memory in Ukraine, Poland and Russia in 1990s - 2000s Perekrestki, 2011, No. 3-4

Struggling with Traumatic Past: The Great Famine of 1932 - 1933 and the Politics of Memory in Contemporary Ukraine In.: Postdiktatorische Geschichtskulturen in Europa. Bestandsaufnahme und Forschungsperspektiven. Wallstein Verlag: Gottingen, 2010

Past Indefinite, Present Perfect, Future...: Nationalized History in Contemporary Ukraine (a chapter in: G. Kassianov, P. Ther (eds) A Laboratory of Trans-National History: Ukraine and recent Ukrainian historiography CEU Press, 2009

The Burden of The Past: The Ukrainian-Polish Conflict of 1943-44 in contemporary puvlic, academic and political debates in Ukraine and Poland. Innovation (Routledge). Vol.19, Nos 3/4, 2006