KSE Online summer school
Memory and Conflict studies

July 18-20


On July 18, the Kyiv School of Economics will start the Summer School in Memory and Conflict Studies. This is a unique online program for Ukraine, which will unite the stars of historical science – Serhii Plokhii, Rory Finnin, Marci Shore, Yuriy Gorodnichenko and others on the Ukrainian platform.


When: July 18-20 from 12:00 to 19:00 EEST (Kyiv time)

Participation is free.

Format: online

Language – English.

Application deadline: July 14, 17:00 EEST (Kyiv time)


To participate, fill out the form.


Optional, donate any sum of your choosing and watch online lectures

(Scholarships in wartime)

In the global leadership community and, in particular, in the European environment, today, more than ever, Ukrainian identity is being talked about, associated with the power of unity, heroism, and love of freedom. We suggest looking at it in the historical focus of conflicts and memory. It is about the way, how we understand, remember, and feel our history, as well as how the nations of other countries of the world, which have repeatedly experienced military conflicts and humanitarian crises, do it.  And also we will talk about how this is reflected in the reactions to modern war.


Together, we will try to find the answers: how to help Ukraine overcome and transform approaches to the politics of memory, save the identity of social groups of the Ukrainian nation, explore social and cultural diversity, connections, and conflicts of communities and also find ways to overcome them.

These topics we will discuss this with the speakers of the KSE summer school, including:

  • Serhii Plokhii,  Mykhailo S. Hrushevskyi Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard University and one of the leading specialists in the history of Eastern Europe;
  • Marci Shore, Associate Professor at Yale’s University Department of History and researcher on the history of Central and Eastern Europe;
  • Yuriy Gorodnichenko, an economist and Quantedge Presidential professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Chairman of International Academic Board at KSE;
  • Rory Finnin, Associate Professor of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Cambridge, who launched the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies program in 2008;
  • Wendy Lower, the John K. Roth Professor of History and Director of the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at Claremont McKenna College, widely published author on the Holocaust and World War II;
  • Oxana Shevel, a historian specializing in post-communist countries and issues of national and state building at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute.



Training takes place within the framework of the Ukrainian Global University initiative.





Monday July 18


12:00 – Memory Politics, in Search of an Antidote (Marci Shore)

17:00 – Memory Politics: comparison of Spain and Ukraine, decommunization (Oxana Shevel)

19:15 – Genocidal Colonialism and Russian Imperialism (Wendy Lower


Tuesday July 19


17:00 – Analysis of the military campaign (Michael Kofman)

19:00 – Inflation and war economy (Yuriy Gorodnichenko)


Wednesday July 20 


13:00 – Blood of Others: Stalin’s Crimean Atrocity and the Poetics of Solidarity (Rory Finnin)

17:00 – The Three Narratives of Ukrainian History (Omer Bartov)

19:00 – The Roots of the Russo-Ukrainian War. A Historical Perspective (Serhii Plokhii)

20:15    “Data for Ukraine” and “Zelensky effect” (Olga Onuch)


Students who are going to apply for the Master’s program in Memory and Conflict Studies can get a discount for the first miniterm. They have to write an essay in English on one of the topics of the summer school. The essay should be no less than 1,500 words and no more than 5,000.


The deadline – July 22th.


The essay will be evaluated by July 30th and could be published online.

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About the speakers:


  • • Serhii Plokhii is Mykhailo S. Hrushevskyi Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard University. He is also a Director of Ukrainian Research Institute. Research interests include the intellectual, cultural, and international history of Eastern Europe, with an emphasis on Ukraine. He is the author of, among others, The Frontline: Essays on Ukraine’s Past and Present (HURI, 2021); Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe (Basic Books, 2018); and The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine (Basic Books, 2015). His books have won numerous awards, including the Ballie Gifford Prize and the Shevchenko National Prize (2018).


  • • Yuriy Gorodnichenko is an economist and Quantedge Presidential professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Gorodnichenko is also a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor. Gorodnichenko was the Chairman of the International Academic Board at Kyiv School of Economics. Gorodichenko is a co-editor of the Journal of Monetary Economics. 


  • • Marci Shore is Associate Professor at Yale’s University Department of History.  Her research focuses on the intellectual history of Central and Eastern Europe. She is the author of “The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe”, and “The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution”. In 2018 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her current book project, a history of phenomenology in East-Central Europe “Eyeglasses Floating in Space: Central European Encounters That Came about While Searching for Truth”.


  • • Oxana Shevel is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts, current President of the American Association for Ukrainian Studies (AAUS), and an associate of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard. Her current research projects examine the sources of citizenship policies in the post-Communist states; church-state relations in Ukraine; the origins of separatist conflict in Donbas; and memory politics in post-Soviet Ukraine. She is the author of Migration, Refugee Policy, and State Building in Postcommunist Europe, 2011.


  • • Michael Kofman serves as Research Program Director in the Russia Studies Program at CNA and as a Fellow at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, DC. His research focuses on the former Soviet Union, specializing in Russian armed forces, military thought, capabilities, and strategy.


  • • Dr Rory Finnin is University Associate Professor of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Cambridge. He launched Cambridge Ukrainian Studies in 2008. He is former Head of the Department of Slavonic Studies (2014-18). Rory Finnin’s primary research interest is the interplay of literature and national identity in Ukraine. Finnin received his PhD (with distinction) in Slavic Languages and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. He also holds Certificates from the Harriman Institute and from the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Ukraine 1995-97) and a native of Cleveland, Ohio. 


  • • Omer Bartov is Samuel Pisar Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Brown University and the author of nine books. His recent publications include Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine (2007), Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz (2018), winner of the National Jewish Book Award, and Tales from the Borderlands: Making and Unmaking the Galician Past (2022). Bartov’s novel, The Butterfly and the Axe, will be published in 2023.