Invisible University


Applications for the Spring Semester are now open!File iufu_call_for_applications_2023_spring_final.docx

After the successful 2022 Spring and Fall Semesters, Central European University is continuing the INVISIBLE UNIVERSITY FOR UKRAINE (IUFU) certificate program (offering ECTS credits) for junior and senior undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA and PhD) students from Ukraine, whether residing in Ukraine or in refuge, whose studies have been affected by the war. The name of this transnational solidarity program evokes the various nineteenth and twentieth-century underground and exile educational initiatives (such as the “flying universities”) in Eastern Europe, as well as the tradition of Invisible Colleges formed after 1989 in the region.

The program offers an intensive learning experience on the role of Ukraine in changing European and global contexts, placing questions relevant for Ukrainian students into a transnational comparative perspective.  The program is not meant to replace or duplicate the existing education opportunities in Ukrainian universities, but to support them by filling the lacunae that temporarily emerged due to the Russian invasion. By strengthening the ties of Ukrainian educational institutions, as well as scholars and students, to transnational networks, we hope to counter the destructive effects of brain drain through creating access to educational infrastructure and academic knowledge for students irrespective of their current location. The program is designed in a hybrid format (online teaching with a possibility of shorter on-site visit to Budapest in the form of a winter and summer schools). 



The program is implemented by Central European University (Budapest Campus), in cooperation with Imre Kertész Kolleg, University of Jena, as well as other Ukrainian (Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and Ukrainian Catholic University) and global university partners. CEU  joined the Ukrainian Global University initiative; we also seek to expand partnerships with universities in Kyiv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Odesa and other Ukrainian university centers.

IUFU is supported by the Open Society University Network, with co-funding from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), as well as the as well as the Porticus Foundation, the Institute of International Education (US), and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

IUFU students also edit their own web journal:

The educational program is comprised of three components:

- online thematic lecture courses (in the humanities and social sciences),

- mentoring (in English and Ukrainian)

- skill-building (academic English, academic writing) and career support for future education.

The program is taught by prominent scholars linked to the Central European University (including members of its faculty, as well as researchers of CEU Democracy Institute and the Open Society Archives), Ukrainian and German partner institutions, and internationally renowned specialists of the topics from East Central Europe, Western Europe, and North America. The mentoring is offered by advanced doctoral candidates from these institutions.

Eligibility: Any student who has been pursuing a BA, MA, or doctoral degree program in a Ukrainian university in the academic year 2021-22, or who starts her/his university studies in 2022. Participation in the program is free of charge.


Course offering:

the core course:

Rethinking Ukrainian Studies in a Global Context (Ostap Sereda, Vladimir Petrović, Balázs Trencsényi), supported by DAAD, implemented in cooperation with the University of Jena

File iufu_2023_short_course_description_core_course.docx

and six thematic courses:

               i.         Public History (Viktoriya Sereda and Bohdan Shumylovych) supported by DAAD, implemented in cooperation with the University of Jena

File iufu_2023_short_description_public_history.docx

              ii.         Re-interpreting European Security in the aftermath of Russia’s war in Ukraine (Thomas Fetzer, Xymena Kurowska, Maksym Yakovlyev, Kateryna Zarembo)

File 2023_iufu_re-interpreting_european_security_-_draft_syllabus.docx

            iii.         Rule of Law and Human Rights: Old Challenges and New Opportunities in Times of War and Uncertainty (Nazarii Stetsyk and Dmytro Vovk, supported by the IIE Centennial Fellowship; the class is open only for students with legal education) File course_description_rule_of_law_iufu_2023.docx

            iv.         Social Entrepreneurship: Emergence, Models, and Impact (Volodymyr Kulikov, Tetiana Vodotyka, and Dóra Mérai)

File iufu_2023_short_descriptions_social_entrepreneurship.docx

              v.         War and Media (Taras Fedirko and Oksana Sarkisova)

File iufu_2023_picturing_the_war_course_outline.docx

            vi.         (Post)conflict Transformations in the Western Balkans: Drawing Insights for Ukraine? (Vladimir Petrović)File iufu_2023_postconflict_transformation_in_the_balkans.docx

In addition, we offer a Graduate Masterclass on Entering Global Academia (Alexandra Vacroux, Davis Center at Harvard University).

Research scholarships (up to 800 Euro per semester) are available on a competitive basis for those students who wish to implement a special empirical or theoretical project in addition to their course work in IUFU, drawing on their academic background, previous work, and relevant to the current situation and/or related to the themes of the courses. Students receiving research funding will be required to submit a paper of 10-12 double-spaced pages based on their research at the end of the semester. The results of these projects will be published on the website of IUFU and the site Visible Ukraine ( Those who receive the grant are required to participate also in the mentoring sessions.

Timeline: The duration of the Spring semester classes is 13 February – 26 May 2023. The most motivated and successful participants will have an opportunity to participate in a Summer School on CEU’s Budapest campus in June.

How to apply? Applications should contain a short (up to 1 page) motivation letter including:

  • reason for applying to IUFU and expectations from the course(s)
  • a description of the applicant’s thematic interests (e.g., research topic or thesis topic if applicable)
  • choice of preferred course(s) an applicant would like to take;

 and a short CV with information on

  • name in Ukrainian and in the version used in international passport
  • e-mail address
  • current location
  • previous education, current university and program of study
  • involvement in civil activities/volunteering
  • level of English language competence.


Those who wish to apply for a research scholarship should include a concise project proposal (between 400 and 800 words), describing the main lines of the envisioned research project and its desired outcome, including references to the relevant sources and secondary literature on the topic.

The applications can be submitted in English or Ukrainian.


With questions about the application please turn to the IUFU student coordinators:

Yevhen Yashchuk, CEU MA student in History,

Nataliia Shuliakova, CEU BA visiting student / incoming BA student, Yale University,

 Deadline for applications: 5 February 2023, 12 pm.

Deadline for research projects:19 February, but those who submit it by 5 February will also get a feedback from the organizers and might also resubmit an updated version.


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Evidence and Truth – Reflecting on the War in Ukraine in a Global Context (21 - 29 January 2023)

The winter school component of IUFU  hosted 26 selected participants from the cohort of current IUFU-students. It was held at the Budapest campus of CEU, with personal attendance, creating a community for the students who come from different regions and institutions. It reflected on the key intellectual problems raised by the ongoing war and the specific challenges facing students and scholars.  We started from the imperative of collecting and evaluating evidence in view of the destruction of cultural heritage, war crimes, Russian propaganda campaigns, ongoing social processes such as migration and displacement, as well as the complexities of national and local identity.

These challenges put a huge burden on all students and scholars as they have to be performed under extreme time pressure and often in existential precarity. All this is made even more pressing by the recent technological shift toward massification of digital images with their inherent manipulability, the rise of big data, the systematic deploying of fake news, fragmenting the public sphere and destabilizing traditional institutions of democracy. Therefore, while the last decades tended towards relativizing truth and pointing to the unavoidable situatedness and subjectivity of any speaker and assertion, the ongoing war necessarily brings back questions of ascertaining truth claims, producing and evaluating evidence, pushing us beyond just registering the incompatibility of perspectives.

Along these lines, rather than just debating on these issues, students and lecturers searched for active and innovative strategies on how Ukrainian culture, identity, and institutional practices can be studied and valorized in view of these challenges and how resilient civic and academic organizations can be created and maintained in the context of the war and the postwar reconstruction.

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Program director: Ostap Sereda, Associate Professor in History at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv and recurrent guest professor at CEU.

Welcoming word from the director:

Main organizers of IUFU:

László Kontler, CEU Professor, History, Acting Rector of Közép-európai Egyetem    

Vladimir Petrovic, Research Professor, Institute of Contemporary History, Belgrade, and CEU Democracy Institute

Joachim von Puttkamer, Professor in History at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and Director of the Imre Kertész Kolleg

Nazar Stetsyk, Associate Professor, Department of Theory and Philosophy of Law, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.

Balazs Trencsényi, CEU, Professor, History Department, lead researcher of History WG, CEU Democracy Institute

Renáta Uitz, CEU Professor, Legal Studies, Co-Director of CEU Democracy Institute

Coordinators: Ágnes Kinga Páll, CEU DI, Project Coordinator; Yevhen Yashchuk, main Student Coordinator

The program categorically excludes any cooperation with scholars having current affiliation with any Russian state institutions or anyone supporting the Russian aggression. Some prominent Russian colleagues who protested against the Russian invasion in Ukraine, gave up their position, and emigrated, after being targeted by the authorities for their critical stance, will also contribute to co-teaching some of the classes. In addition, some current CEU PhD students of Russian background who publicly condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine will take part in the small group seminars.

The list of instructors includes:

  • Edit András, CEU Visiting Professor at the Department of History (2022 Spring)
  • Oleksandr Anisimov, Spatial planning researcher, Founder of Rozumity Ukrainskyi Podil (2022 Fall)
  • Volodymyr Artiukh, Postdoctoral Researcher at COMPAS, University of Oxford, co-director of the Society track (2022 Spring)
  • Mahmoud Barakat (CEU, MA student in Cultural Heritage, Research Assistant) (2022 Fall)
  • Oksana Barshynova, Deputy Director of National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv (2022 Summer School)
  • Taras Bilous, editor of Commons: Journal of Social Criticism (2022 Fall)
  • Adam Bodnar, Professor, Department of Law, SWPS University Warsaw (2022 Spring)
  • Olena Boryslavska, Professor at the Constitutional Law Department of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, editor-in-chief of the Ukrainian Journal of Constitutional Law (2022 Spring and Fall)
  • András Bozóki, CEU Professor, Department of Political Science (2022 Fall)
  • László Bruszt, Professor, CEU Department of Political Science, Co-Director of CEU DI (2022 Spring and Fall)
  • Ilya Budraitskis, historian and curator, editor or, and LeftEast (2022 Fall)
  • Kateryna Busol, Senior Lecturer, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (2022 Spring and Fall)
  • Lenka Bustikova, Associate Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University (2022 Spring)
  • Juraj Buzalka, Associate Professor of Social Anthropology, Comenius University in Bratislava (2022 Spring)
  • Tom Casier, Brussels School of International Studies, Reader in International Relations and Jean Monnet Chair (2022 Fall)
  • Elizabeth Crooke, Ulster University, Northern Ireland, UK, Professor of Museum and Heritage Studies (2022 Fall)
  • Péter Csunderlik, Assistant Professor, ELTE, University Budapest, Institute of Historical Studies (program director of 2022 Summer School)
  • Zalimas Dainius, Professor at the Mykolas Romeris University (Vilnius), former President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania (Fall 2022)
  • Elizabeth David-Barrett, Professor of Governance and Integrity and Director of the Centre for the Study of Corruption at the University of Sussex (2022 Fall)
  • Maxine David, Leiden University, Lecturer in European Studies (2022 Fall)
  • Victoria Donovan, University of St.Andrews, Senior Lecturer (2022 Fall)
  • Dániel Dózsa, PhD Candidate, Leiden Law School (2022 Spring)
  • Alexander Dmitriev, Threatened Scholars Initiative Fellow, CEU (2022 Spring and Fall)
  • Oksana Dolhopolova, Professor, Illya Mechnikov National University of Odessa, Department of Philosophy (2022 Fall)
  • Oleg Drozdov, principal architect of Drozdov&Partners and a co-founder of Kharkiv School of Architecture (2022 Fall)
  • Volodymyr Dubovyk, Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Director of the Center for International Studies, Odesa Mechnikov National University (2022 Fall)
  • Franck Düvell (Universität Osnabrück Institut für Migrationsforschung und Interkulturelle Studien (IMIS) (2022 Fall)
  • Kateryna Dysa, Associate Professor, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Department of History (2022 Spring)
  • Dace Dzenovska Associate Professor in the Anthropology of Migration at the University of Oxford (2022 Spring)
  • Natalia Dziadyk, CEU doctoral student in Public Policy (2022 Spring)
  • Peter van Elsuwege, Professor of European Law, Ghent University (2022 Fall)
  • Zsolt Enyedi, CEU Professor, Department of Political Science
  • Borbála Faragó, CEU Lecturer, Center for Academic Writing (2022 Spring)
  • Olena Fedyuk, MSCA IF fellow at the University of Padua (2022 Spring)
  • Alberto Fierro, anthropologist, MTST – Movimento dos Trabalhadores sem Teto (Homeless Workers’ Movement), Brazil (2022 Spring)
  • Monika Florczak-Wątor, Professor at the Constitutional Law Department of the Jagiellonian University, Head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Constitutional Studies (2022 Spring)
  • Yevgeniya Gaber (Atlantic Council in Turkey, nonresident senior fellow (2022 Fall)
  • Stefan Ganzle, Professor, University of Agder, Kristiansand (2022 Fall)
  • Laura Gelhaus (Warwick University, UK, teaching Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies and Director of Personal Development) (2022 Fall)
  • Lizaveta German, curator of the national pavilion of Ukraine at the 59th Venice Biennale / National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kyiv (2022 Spring)
  • Mykola Gnatovsky, Professor of International Law, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (2015-2021) (2022 Spring)
  • Maksym Gon, Professor, Rivne State Humanitarian University, Department of Political Science (2022 Fall)
  • Kateryna Gornostai, film-maker, Kyiv (2022 Summer School)
  • Nicolas Guilhot, Professor of History, EUI Florence (2022 Fall)
  • Róbert Gulyás, conference interpreter, European Parliament, English teacher
  • Olena Haleta, Professor, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (2022 Fall)
  • Natalia Haletska, Senior Lecturer, UCU Law School (2022 Fall)
  • Karl Hall, CEU Associate Professor, Department of History (2022 Spring)
  • Nasser Al-Hamdi, CEU, Cultural Heritage MA alumnus (2022 Fall)
  • Tomasz Hen-Konarski, Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of History, Research Fellow (2022 Fall)
  • Marianne Hirsch, William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University (2022 Fall)
  • Iryna Hnasevych (European Council on Refugees and Exiles,  Senior Legal Officer) (2022 Fall)
  • Cornelius Holtorf, Linnaeus University, Professor of Archaeology and holds a UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures (2022 Fall)
  • Yaroslav Hrytsak, Professor, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv
  • Caroline Humphrey, Professor of Anthropology, University of Cambridge (2022 Spring)
  • Michael Ignatieff (Professor, CEU, 2023 Winter School)
  • Ivars Ijabs (Member of the European Parliament, Riga University, Winter School 2023)
  • Kateryna Ivashchenko (NGO SeeD, Institute of Sociology NAS Ukraine) (2022 Fall)
  • Tomaž Ivešić, Doctoral Candidate in History, European University Institute, Florence (2022 Fall)
  • Maciej Janowski, Director of the Polish Historical Institute, Warsaw, guest professor at CEU (2022 Spring and Fall)
  • Pieter Judson (Professor of History, EUI Florence, Winter School 2003)
  • Tetiana Kalynychenko, adviser for Peaceful Change Initiative (London) (2022 Spring)
  • Natalia Khanenko-Friesen, Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta, director of Candian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS)
  • Kseniya Kharchenko, Documenting Ukraine project at the IWM, Vienna (2022 Summer School)
  • Anna Khvorostiankina, Eurasia International University, Yerevan, Head of Law Department, Jean Monnet Chair Holder (2022 Fall)
  • Oksana Kis, Head of Department of Social Anthropology, Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (2022 Spring)
  • Visnja Kisic, EDUCONS University Novi Sad / University of Arts Belgrade (2022 Fall)
  • Pavel Kolář, Professor, Chair for Eastern European History, University of Konstanz (2022 Fall)
  • Oleksiy Kononov, CEU alumnus in Legal Studies (2022 Spring)
  • Michal Kopeček, Professor, Charles University, Prague, and co-director, Imre Kertėsz Kolleg, University of Jena (2022 Spring)
  • Anton Korynevych, Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2022 Fall)
  • Sonya Koshkina (journalist and founder of Livyi Bereh, Kyiv/Prague, Winter School 2023)
  • Tetiana Kostiuchenko (National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Department of Sociology, currently at the Free University of Berlin) (2022 Fall)

  • Iaroslav Kovalchuk, Doctoral Candidate in History, University of Alberta (2022 Fall)
  • Yuliia Kovalenko, Festival Programmer, Docudays UA (2022 Spring)
  • Oleksiy Kravchuk, Justice of the High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine (2022 Fall)
  • Péter Krekó, Director of Political Capital Policy Research and Consulting Institute (2022 Summer School)
  • Jan Kubik, Director of the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, Professor of Slavonic and East European Studies at UCL SSEES (2022 Fall)
  • Serhiy Kudelia, Associate Professor of Political Science, Baylor University (2022 Fall)
  • Ilya Kukulin, Threatened Scholars Initiative Fellow, CEU (2022 Spring)
  • Volodymyr Kulikov, CEU Visiting faculty, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, co-director of the Heritage and Cultural Studies track (2022 Spring, Summer School, Fall)
  • Prem Kumar Rajaram. Professor, CEU, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology (2022 Fall) 
  • Börries Kuzmany, Assistant Professor, Vienna University, Institut für Osteuropäische Geschichte (2022 Spring)
  • Sophia Labadi (University of Kent, Professor of Heritage (2022 Fall)
  • Guillaume Lancereau, Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, EUI (2022 Fall)
  • Tokie Laotan-Brown, Co-Founder, Foundation for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Nigeria. Heritage Architect and Cultural Economist with Merging Ecologies) (2022 Fall)
  • Jozsef Laszlovszky CEU Medieval Studies Department, Cultural Heritage Program, Professor (2022 Spring)
  • Joep Leerssen, Emeritus Professor of Modern European Literature, University of Amsterdam (2022 Fall)
  • Zsofia Lorand, Marie Curie Fellow, University of Cambridge (2022 Spring)
  • Vitaliy Lytvyn, Professor at the Department of Political Science, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (2022 Fall)
  • Bálint Magyar, political sociologist, CEU Democracy Institute (2022 Fall)
  • Maria Maiofis, Threatened Scholars Initiative Fellow, CEU (2022 Spring)
  • Maria Mälksoo, Senior Researcher, Centre for Military Studies, Dept. of Political Science, University of Copenhagen (2022 Fall)
  • Katie Markham, Newcastle University, England, UK, Lecturer on Media, Communications and Cultural Studies (2022 Fall)
  • Tamara Martseniuk (National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Department of Sociology, currently at the Free University of Berlin) (2022 Fall)
  • Irina Matkovska, English language teacher (2022 Spring and Fall)
  • Oleksandra Matviichuk (Head of the Center for Civil Liberties / Nobel Peace Prize Recipient 2022, Winter School 2023)
  • Christian Marxsen, Senior Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public and Public International Law in Heidelberg (2022 Spring)
  • Inna Melnykovska, Assistant Professor in Comparative Political Economy at the Political Science Department, CEU (2022 Fall)
  • Dora Mérai, CEU Medieval Studies Department, Cultural Heritage Program, Lecturer, co-director of the Heritage and Cultural Studies track (2022 Spring, Summer School and Fall)
  • Philipp Meuser, architect, founder of DOM publishers (2022 Fall)
  • Oksana Mikheieva, Professor, Ukrainian Catholic University and European University Viadrina (2022 Spring and Fall, Winter School 2023)
  • Mykhailo Minakov (Kennan Institute, 2023 Winter School)
  • Miklós Molnár, English language teacher (2022 Spring and Fall)
  • Jan-Werner Müller, Professor of Politics at Princeton University (2022 Fall)
  • Mykhajlo Mykiyevych, Head of the European Law Department, Associate Dean, Faculty of International Relations, Ivan Franko National University Lviv (2022 Fall)
  • Natalya Mysak (Postdoctoral Fellow in Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture program at ETH Zurich (2022 Fall)
  • Norman V. Naimark, Professor of History, Stanford University (2022 Spring) 
  • Vlad Naumescu, CEU Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology (2022 Spring)
  • Karsten Nowrot, Professor of International and European Law at the University of Hamburg (2022 Fall)
  • Angelika Nussberger, Professor, Chair of Constitutional Law, Public International Law and Comparative Law Department of the Cologne University, Director of the Institute for Eastern European Law and Comparative Law, German Member of the Venice Commission (2022 Spring)
  • Mary Ellen O'Connell, Professor, University of Notre Dame School of Law (2022 Spring and Fall)
  • Mitchell A. Orenstein, Professor of Russian and East European Studies, University of Pennsylvania (2022 Spring and Fall)
  • Daniel Palm, Research Fellow, CEU Democracy Institute / Donau University Krems, coordinator of online contents (2022 Spring and Summer School)
  • Volodymyr Paniotto (Director General of the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS), professor at the Sociology Department of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Sping 2022, Winter School 2023)
  • Taras Pashuk, Lawyer at the Secretariat of the European Commission for Democracy through Law, Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (2022 Spring)
  • Daryna Pasyuta, architect at Inbo (Eindhoven) (2022 Fall)
  • Roman Petrov, Professor, Head of International Law Department, Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law and Head of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the National University “Kyiv Mohyla Academy” (2022 Spring)
  • Alla Petrenko-Lysak, Associate Professor, Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, Insitute of Sociology (2022 Fall)
  • Eva-Clarita Pettai, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu, Imre Kertesz Kolleg, Jena (2022 Fall) 
  • Romulo Pinheiro, University of Agder, Professor of Public Policy and Administration (2022 Fall)
  • Anne Pintsch, University of Agder, Professor at the Department of Political Science and Management (2022 Fall)
  • Eszter Polgari, CEU, Assistant professor, Department of Legal Studies (2022 Spring and Summer School)
  • Andrii Portnov, Professor of Entangled History of Ukraine at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), and a Director of the PRISMA UKRAЇNA Research Network (2022 Spring and Fall)
  • Borys Potiatynyk, Professor of the Ukrainian Catholic Uuniversity School of Journalism (2022 Fall)
  • Markian Prokopovych, Associate Professor in Modern European Cultural History, Durham University (2022 Fall
  • Yana Prymachenko, Senior Researcher, Institute of History of UkraineNational Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (2022 Fall)
  • Maryna Rabinovych, Post-Doc at the University of Agder, Kristiansand (course director in 2022 Fall)
  • Shalini Randeria, Rector and President, CEU (Fall 2022)
  • Immo Rebitschek, Imre Kertesz Kolleg, University of Jena, Research Fellow (2022 Fall)
  • István Rév, CEU Professor, History, Director of Blinken OSA Archive (2022 Spring and Summer School)
  • Serhiy Riznyk, Deputy Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, Vice-Rector for Research, Teaching and International Cooperation of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (2022 Fall)
  • Jane Rogoyska (writer and filmmaker, author of “Surviving Katyń,” Winter School 2023)
  • Tatiana Safonova CEU doctoral alumna in Sociology, co-director of the Society track  (2022 Spring)
  • Oksana Sarkisova, OSA Archive, Research Fellow, CEU Visual Studies Platform (2022 Spring and Summer School)
  • Gwendolyn Sasse (ZOiS, Berlin, Director)  (2022 Fall)
  • Alexander Semyonov, CEU Visiting Professor in History / University of Bielefeld, Department of History, Editor, Ab Imperio (2022 Spring)
  • Viktoria Sereda, Research Fellow, Imre Kertėsz Kolleg, University of Jena (2022 Spring, Summer School 2022, Winter School 2023, and Fall 2022 course director of Migration, Displacement and (Trans)national solidarities)
  • Anton Shekhovtsov (Vienna University, Winter School 2023)
  • Oxana Shevel, Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts, President of the American Association for Ukrainian Studies (AAUS) (2022 Spring)
  • Karina Shyrokhyh, Stockholm University, Associate Professor in International Relations (2022 Fall)
  • Bohdan Shumylovych, Head of Public History Programs at the Center for Urban History, Lviv (2022 Spring and Summer School)
  • Marci Shore, Associate Professor, Yale University (2022 Spring, Fall, and Summer School)
  • Svitlana Shymko, Film Director  (2022 Spring)
  • Marsha Siefert, CEU Associate Professor, Department of History (2022 Spring and Fall, Director of Mentoring)
  • Marina Simakova, Doctoral candidate in History, European University Institute (2022 Fall)
  • Volodymyr Sklokin, Associate Professor, Department of History, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv (2022 Spring, Fall, and program director of the Summer School in Lviv)
  • Iryna Sklokina, researcher, Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Lviv (2022 Fall)
  • Ondřej Slačálek, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Charles UniversityPrague (2022 Fall)
  • Svitlana Shlipchenko, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Center for Urban Research (2022 Fall and Spring)
  • Timothy Snyder, Professor, Department of History, Yale University (2022 Fall)
  • Iryna Solonenko, "Zentrum Liberale Moderne" in Berlin, Senior Fellow (2022 Spring)
  • Leo Spitzer, K. T. Vernon Professor of History Emeritus and Research Professor at Dartmouth College (2022 Fall)
  • Jason Stanley, Professor of Philosophy, Yale University (2022 Summer School)
  • Nazarii Stetsyk, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Ivan Franko National University, co-director of the Law and Politics track  (2022 Spring), co-director of the core course (2022 Fall)
  • Katrin Stoll, Imre Kertesz Kolleg, Research Fellow (2022 Fall)
  • Kai Struve, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Department of History (2022 Fall) 
  • Kristóf Szombati, Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany (2022 Spring)
  • Vesna Teršelič (Documenta Zagreb, Winter School 2023)
  • Andrea Tompa, writer (2022 Summer School)
  • Philipp Ther, Professor, University of Vienna, RECET – Research Center for the History of Transitions, Director  (2022 Summer School, 2022 Fall) 
  • Fulco Treffers, Architect, founder of 12N Urban Matters (2022 Fall)
  • Andreas Umland, analyst, Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies (2022 Fall)
  • Youri van der Weide (Belingcat, Winter School 2023)
  • Loes Veldpaus, Lecturer in Architecture and Urban Planning, Newcastle University (co-director of the Heritage-based postwar reconstruction course, 2022 Fall)
  • Tetiana Vodotyka, Institute of Ukrainian History in Kyiv/University of Göttingen, and founder of the e-journal “MIKS” (2022 Summer School; and course director of War, Memory and the City in Fall 2022)
  • Jordan Voltz, CEU MA student, English language teacher (2022 Spring and Fall)
  • Diana Vonnák, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of St. Andrews (2022 Spring and Fall)
  • Dmytro Vovk, Associate Professor at the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University in Kharkiv and the Ukrainian Catholic University, Director of the Center for the Rule of Law and Religion Studies (2022 Spring and Fall)
  • Daniel Walkowitz, Professor Emeritus, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, Department of History, New York University
  • Veronica Wendland, Herder-Institut für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung (2022 Spring)
  • Karolina Wigura (Kultura Liberalna/Freie University Berlin/ University of Warsaw, Winter School 2023)
  • Sophia Wilson, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Larry Wolff, Julius Silver Professor of European History, New York University, Co-Director, NYU Florence (2022 Spring and Fall)
  • Mykhailo Wynnytskyi, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology (2022 Fall)
  • Serhy Yekelchyk, Professor, University of Victoria (2022 Spring)
  • Yaroslav Yurchyshyn, Member of Parliament of Ukraine (Fall 2022)
  • Oksana Yurkova, Senior Researcher, Institute of Ukrainian History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (2022 Spring)
  • Oleksandr Zaitsev, Professor of Contemporary History of Ukraine at Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv (2022 Fall)
  • Tetiana Zemliakova, Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, EUI (course director of the Ideologies on the Move course, 2022 Fall; Winter School 2023)
  • Tatiana Zhurzhenko (ZOIS Berlin, 2023 Winter School)
  • Yevhen Zvieriev, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (2022 Fall)

  Organizational help and doctoral mentors:

  • Gábor Ács, CEU Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Antonio Salvador Alcazar III, CEU doctoral student in Political Science
  • Rabia Merve Demirkan Aydogan, CEU doctoral student in History
  • Polina Baitsym, CEU doctoral student in History
  • Lucija Balikic, CEU doctoral student in History, coordinator of the 2023 Winter School
  • Rohan Basu, CEU doctoral student in History
  • László Bíró, Psychological Counselor, CEU Dean of Students Office
  • Zsuzsanna Bukta, CEU Admissions Office
  • Aliaksandr Bystryk, CEU doctoral student in History
  • Péter Csunderlik, ELTE University Budapest, program manager of the summer school
  • Ceren Cetinkaya, CEU doctoral student in International Relations
  • Cicek Dereli, CEU doctoral student in Medieval Studies
  • Anna Derzhypilska, Lecturer, Theory and Philosophy of Law Department, Ivan Franko University, Lviv
  • Semir Dzebo, CEU doctoral student in International Relations
  • Hong Do, CEU doctoral student in Political Theory
  • Sofia Dyak, Director, Lviv Center for Urban History
  • Anastasia Felcher, Researcher, Open Society Archives
  • Marco Gabbas, CEU alumnus
  • Eva Gedeon, Director, CEU Summer University
  • Julia Giese, Lecturer, Göttingen University
  • Mariia Golovina, CEU doctoral student in History
  • Mate Halmos, CEU Socrates Program
  • Edit Jeges, CEU, project assistant of the summer school
  • Tamara Kamatovic, CEU Center for Teaching and Learning, Postdoctoral Fellow,
  • Aleksandr Korobeinikov, CEU doctoral student in History
  • Michael Kozakowski, CEU Center for Teaching and Learning, Director
  • Yaroslav Kovalchuk, University of Alberta, doctoral student
  • Ruslana Koziienko, CEU doctoral student in Sociology and Anthropology
  • Alisa Lozhkina, CEU doctoral student in History
  • Dana McKelvey, CEU doctoral student in Sociology and Anthropology
  • Anastasia Morozova, CEU doctoral student in Medieval Studies
  • Anton Mudrak, CEU alumnus in History
  • Daniela Munteanu, CEU doctoral student in History
  • Lilla Nagy, CEU, coordinator of the summer school
  • Petar Odak CEU doctoral student in Gender Studies
  • Oleksandr Okhrimenko. Assistant Professor at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
  • Kinga Ágnes Páll, Executive Assistant, CEU DI
  • Greta Rauleac, CEU doctoral student in Sociology
  • Elettra Repetto, CEU doctoral student in Political Science
  • Oleksii Rudenko, CEU doctoral student in History
  • Nataliia Shuliakova, CEU BA program, visiting student, student coordination
  • Oleksandr Shtokvych, Head of Secretariat of the Open Society University Network 
  • Ewelina Sikora, CEU doctoral student in Histor
  • Jan Smolenski , The New School University, New York, doctoral student
  • Marta Spodaryk, lawyer, Constitutional Court of Ukraine, Kyiv
  •  Olha Stasiuk, CEU doctoral student in Medieval Studies
  • Orsolya Sudár, CEU doctoral student and CEU Democracy Institute
  • Serge Sych, CEU Vice President for Enrollment Management, Career Services and Alumni Relations
  • Matyas Szabo, Senior Program Manager at the Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education
  • Csaba Szilagyi, OSA Archive, Chief Archivist
  • Alexandra Talaver, CEU doctoral student in Gender Studies
  • Darya Tsymbalyuk, fellow of IWM Vienna
  • Simon Trlifaj, CEU doctoral student in Political Science
  • Roman Tymoshevskyi, CEU doctoral student in Medieval Studies
  • Barbora Valikova, CEU doctoral student in International Relations
  • Stefan Voicu, CEU doctoral student in Sociology and Anthropology
  • Yevhen Yashchuk, CEU MA student in History, student coordination Fall 2022


In Fall 2022 IUFU offered a trans-disciplinary core course and six further courses in four thematic tracks (History, Culture and Heritage Studies, Society, Politics and Law) as well as Mentoring and Academic English classes. 

i) Core coursePDF icon Ukraine: Imperial, Soviet, Independent, European

ii)      PDF icon History of Public Sphere in Ukraine and East Central Europe (History track)

iii)    File War, Memory, and the City. Shaping Collective Remembrance and Re-Articulation of Past in Ukraine in European Contexts(Culture/Heritage track)

iv)     PDF icon Ideologies on the Move: Transnational Ideas in Local Intellectual Cultures (Politics/Law track)

v)       PDF icon Migration, Displacement and (Trans)National Solidarities in Ukraine in the Global Contexts (Society track)

vi)     PDF icon Heritage-Based Post-War Urban Reconstruction in Ukraine (Culture/Heritage track)

vii)  File Ukraine in/and Europe: Frameworks of European Integration(Politics/Law track).

Courses ii) to v) were co-funded by the German DAAD action, “Ukraine digital: Ensuring academic success in times of crisis,” and implemented in partnership with the Imre Kertész Kolleg at the University of Jena. Course vii) was implemented in cooperation with Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and the Department of Political Science and Management, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway.


In the 2022 Spring Semester (April-June), 130 students representing 36 Ukrainian universities and academic institutions from 15 cities attended our classes, taught by 37 mentors and 80 lecturers (most of them teaching pro bono). 

Professors Stetsyk and Petrovic with students of IUFU in Lviv, April 2022



35 selected participants from the cohort of IUFU-students participated in the summer school, held parallelly at CEU Budapest campus and the Ucranian Catholic University campus in Lviv (10-19 July). 

Participating students reflected on how Ukrainian culture, identity, and institutional practices can be valorized in the global discussion and how resilient civic and academic organizations can be created and maintained in the face of different threats, coming from external oppression, or from dysfunctional, hybrid or openly authoritarian regimes. Students also discussed audiovisual and teaching materials that could articulate their voice in the debate about postwar Ukraine both internally and externally and were invited to design the curriculum for different possible courses on topics they consdered the most relevant.

The program consisted of

i, Thematic discussions on literature, cinematography, media, and memory politics 

ii, Visiting institutions and communities that play an important role in defending human rights and in maintaining the alternative public sphere

iii, City walks in Budapest and Lviv about memory politics (monumentalization of the past, competing narratives, heritage projects, etc) and a daytrip to Bratislava

iv, Film Club: watching and discussing movies dealing with ethnical, generational and cultural conflicts and competing memories in East Central Europe


Program Directors of the Summer School: Péter Csunderlik, Assistant Professor, ELTE University Budapest, Institute of Historical Studies and Volodymyr Sklokin, Associate Professor, Department of History, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv

Organizers: Ostap Sereda, Daniel Palm, Balazs Trencsényi, and Renáta Uitz.

Coordinators: Lilla Nagy and Edit Jeges

The detailed program can be found at PDF icon iufu_budapest_summer_course_schedule_08.07.pdf



PDF icon invisible_university_for_ukraine_winter_help.pdf

During the last two months, with the systematic bombing of the critical infrastructure in Ukraine, it became increasingly harder for our students to follow the classes due to the lack of electricity. In agreement with our main Ukrainian partners we are trying to provide a number of power banks and generators that could be installed in student dormitories and could provide free access for students.

 The costs of the power banks are 3-700 Euro, the generators are around 1500. Some of the universities are also planning to set up permanent units that provide electricity and internet to students via Starlink. We rely on the donation line managed by our graduate student in history at CEU, Oleksii Rudenko, to transfer the sums and the objects to these institutions. If you make a donation, please add in the remarks section IUFU or Winter Help to make sure it is earmarked for this purpose. Please also note if you prefer to remain anonymous.

For Paypal, please, use private, not business transaction (donation from friends):, Oleksii Rudenko

 For EURO transactions: Oleksii Rudenko 

IBAN: DE71 1001 1001 2622 9978 46    BIC: NTSBDEB1XXX

 SWIFT transactions: IBAN UA 44 322001 00000 2620 5307 8134 88  

Account No 26205307813488  

Receiver RUDENKO OLEKSII, 03022, Ukraine, c. Kyiv, st. Lomonosova, build. 61, fl. 7  




On IUFU:  (January 2023) 

Invisible’ university revives dissident academic model -- article in University World News (November, 2022)

Euronews reportage on IUFU (in Hungarian): (January 2023)

A CEU budapesti székhelye

Balazs Trencsenyi on IUFU in conversation with Andrew Keen on Keen On (February 2023)