Invisible University

INVISIBLE UNIVERSITY FOR UKRAINE (IUFU)

Central European University launched a certificate program (offering ECTS credits) for junior and senior undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA and PhD) students from Ukraine, whose studies have been affected by the war, whether still residing in Ukraine or in refuge. 

The program offers an intensive learning experience (including lectures and mentoring), placing questions relevant for Ukrainian students into a transnational comparative perspective. It aims at familiarizing the students with various cutting-edge interpretative paradigms and methodological traditions in the humanities and social sciences.

Our goal is to prepare students for deeper integration into the international academia and broad ongoing discussion on the role of Ukraine in changing European and global contexts. The program is not meant to replace or duplicate the existing online education in Ukrainian universities, but to support them and provide help for filling the lacunae that temporarily emerged due to the Russian military invasion. 

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

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 summer school). Currently, 130 students participate in the courses, together with 37 mentors and 80 lecturers (most of them teaching pro bono). 

The project is financially supported by the Open Society University Network.

PERSONNEL

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: https://bit.ly/3EWN4nL

Main organizers:

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

Vladimir Petrovic, Lecturer, Boston University and Researcher, Institute of Contemporary History, Belgrade

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

 

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), international partners, as well as Ukrainian and Polish partner institutions. The additional smaller group meetings are conducted by an international team of CEU PhD students who volunteered to take part in the program as a sign of academic solidarity with Ukrainian students.

 

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.

Course-work

The program is comprised of three components:

- four 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 lecture courses:

 

The list of instructors includes:

           

  • Edit András, CEU Visiting Professor at the Department of History
  • Volodymyr Artiukh, Postdoctoral Researcher at COMPAS, University of Oxford, co-director of the Society track
  • Adam Bodnar, Professor, Department of Law, SWPS University Warsaw
  • 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
  • András Bozóki, CEU Professor, Department of Political Science
  • László Bruszt, Professor, CEU Department of Political Science, Co-Director of CEU DI
  • Kateryna Busol, Senior Lecturer, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
  • Lenka Bustikova, Associate Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University
  • Juraj Buzalka, Associate Professor of Social Anthropology, Comenius University in Bratislava
  • Dániel Dózsa, PhD Candidate, Leiden Law School
  • Alexander Dmitriev, Threatened Scholars Initiative Fellow, CEU
  • Kateryna Dysa, Associate Professor, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Department of History
  • Natalia Dziadyk, CEU doctoral student in Public Policy
  • Zsolt Enyedi, CEU Professor, Department of Political Science
  • Borbála Faragó, CEU Lecturer, Center for Academic Writing
  • Olena Fedyuk, MSCA IF fellow in the project “RightsLab: Towards Transnational Labor Rights? Temporary Work Agencies and Third Country National Workers in the EU” at the University of Padua,
  • Alberto Fierro, anthropologist, MTST – Movimento dos Trabalhadores sem Teto (Homeless Workers’ Movement), Brazil
  • Monika Florczak-Wątor, Professor at the Constitutional Law Department of the Jagiellonian University, Head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Constitutional Studies
  • Lizaveta German, curator of the national pavilion of Ukraine at the 59th Venice Biennale / National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kyiv
  • 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)
  • Karl Hall, CEU Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Yaroslav Hrytsak, Professor, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv
  • Caroline Humphrey, Professor of Anthropology, University of Cambridge
  • Maciej Janowski, Director of the Polish Historical Institute, Warsaw, guest professor at CEU
  • Oksana Kis, Head of Department of Social Anthropology, Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Oleksiy Kononov, CEU alumnus in Legal Studies
  • Michal Kopeček, Professor, Charles University, Prague, and co-director, Imre Kertėsz Kolleg, University of Jena
  • Yuliia Kovalenko Festival Programmer, Docudays UA
  • Ilya Kukulin, Threatened Scholars Initiative Fellow, CEU
  • Volodymyr Kulikov, CEU Visiting faculty, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, co-director of the Heritage and Cultural Studies track
  • Börries Kuzmany, Assistant Professor, Vienna University, Institut für Osteuropäische Geschichte
  • Jozsef Laszlovszky CEU Medieval Studies Department, Cultural Heritage Program, Professor
  • Zsofia Lorand, Marie Curie Fellow, University of Cambridge
  • Maria Maiofis, Threatened Scholars Initiative Fellow, CEU
  • Irina Matkovska, English language teacher
  • Christian Marxsen, Senior Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public and Public International Law in Heidelberg
  • Dora Mérai, CEU Medieval Studies Department, Cultural Heritage Program, Lecturer, co-director of the Heritage and Cultural Studies track
  • Oksana Mikheieva, Professor, Ukrainian Catholic University and European University Viadrina
  • Miklós Molnár, English language teacher
  • Norman V. Naimark, Professor of History, Stanford University
  • Vlad Naumescu, CEU Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • 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
  • Mitchell A. Orenstein, Professor of Russian and East European Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • Daniel Palm, Research Fellow, CEU Democracy Institute / Donau University Krems, coordinator of online contents
  • Volodymyr Paniotto, Director General of the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS), professor at the Sociology Department of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
  • Taras Pashuk, PhD, 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
  • 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”
  • Eszter Polgari, CEU, Assistant professor, Department of Legal Studies
  • István Rév, CEU Professor, History, Director of Blinken OSA Archive
  • Tatiana Safonova CEU doctoral alumna in Sociology, co-director of the Society track
  • Oksana Sarkisova, OSA Archive, Research Fellow, CEU Visual Studies Platform
  • Alexander Semyonov, CEU Visiting Professor in History / University of Bielefeld, Department of History, Editor, Ab Imperio
  • Viktoria Sereda, Research Fellow, Imre Kertėsz Kolleg, University of Jena
  • Oxana Shevel, Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts, President of the American Association for Ukrainian Studies (AAUS)
  • Bohdan Shumylovych, Head of Public History Programs at the Center for Urban History, Lviv
  • Marci Shore, Associate Professor, Yale University
  • Svitlana Shymko, Film Director
  • Marsha Siefert, CEU Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Volodymyr Sklokin, Associate Professor, Department of History, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv
  • Nazarii Stetsyk, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Ivan Franko National University, co-director of the Law and Politics track
  • Kristóf Szombati, Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany
  • Jordan Voltz, CEU MA student, English language teacher
  • Diana Vonnák, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of St. Andrews
  • 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 
  • Daniel Walkowitz, Professor Emeritus, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, Department of History, New York University
  • Veronica Wendland, Herder-Institut für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung
  • 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
  • Serhy Yekelchyk, Professor, University of Victoria
  • Oksana Yurkova, Senior Researcher, Institute of Ukrainian History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

  
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
  • 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
  • Ceren Cetinkaya, CEU doctoral student in International Relations
  • Cicek Dereli, CEU doctoral student in Medieval Studies
  • 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
  • Eva Gedeon, Director, CEU Summer University
  • Mariia Golovina, CEU doctoral student in History
  • Mate Halmos, CEU Socrates Program
  • 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
  • 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
  • Anton Mudrak, CEU alumnus in History
  • Daniela Munteanu, CEU doctoral student in History
  • Petar Odak CEU doctoral student in Gender Studies
  • 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
  • Oleksandr Shtokvych, Head of Secretariat of the Open Society University Network 
  • Ewelina Sikora, CEU doctoral student in History
  •  Olha Stasiuk, CEU doctoral student in Medieval Studies
  • 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
  • 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

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

CEU Socrates Program also offers a special course on the entanglements of Ukrainian and Hungarian history and culture for Ukrainian students currently staying in Budapest.

For the details see: PDF icon ukrayina_ta_ugorshchina.pdf