Natolin First Semester Study Trips to Ukraine and former Galicia, Warsaw - EU monitor

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Koninklijk Paleis in Warschau
date September 21, 2019
city Warsaw, Poland
location Natolin (Warsaw) Campus - ul. Nowoursynowska 84 - PL-02/797 Show location
organisation College of Europe

Saturday 21.09.19 to Friday 27.09.19

Location

Ukraine, Poland

Natolin (Warsaw) Campus

ul. Nowoursynowska 84

PL-02/797 Warszawa

Poland

From 21 to 27 September 2019, Natolin students of the Hannah Arendt Promotion embark upon first semester study trips.

This year, students had the possibility to choose between a study trip to Kyiv and Lviv and former Galicia: Kraków, Łańcut, Przemyśl, and Lviv.

The study trips are an integral part of the academic programme of the Department of European Interdisciplinary Studies. To learn more about the different destinations and topics of the previous study trips organized for Natolin students, click here.

Regular updates on the study trips will be published on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Look for #NatolinOnTour to learn more about our study trips.

"Security, society, and economy in contemporary Ukraine"

On the study trip to Kyiv and Lviv, Natolin students will learn about the security, society, and economy of contemporary of Ukraine. They will be especially focusing on the causes and consequences of the current armed conflict in Donbas.

The students will meet a variety of actors (politicians, civil servants, officials from international organisations and the European Union, journalists, researchers, activists and veterans) through various formats (panels, VIP lectures, personal testimonies, extended Q&A sessions, field visits and guided tours). Crucially, these interactions will address security questions through an interdisciplinary lens (e.g. economics, geography, history).

The field visits will address many topics related to Ukraine’s economy and security, such as conflict monitoring, humanitarian aid, human rights promotion, economic development, investigative journalism, and the fight against disinformation. The guided visits, on the other hand, will allow the students to see the most significant and beautiful historical sites of Kyiv (St. Sofia’s and St. Michael’s cathedrals), Lviv (Old town, Lychakiv Cemetery) and Lutsk (Lubart’s Castle). By concentrating on sites related to past conflicts, the guided tours will put current events into historical context.

Overall, the students will acquire a broad and deep understanding of the major issues facing Ukraine today. Through direct observation of everyday life and interaction with key individuals and organisations in Ukraine, the study trip will deliver knowledge and experience only obtainable on-site.

"Galicia - a Laboratory of Myths"

The study trip to Kraków, Przemyśl, Łańcut and Lviv will have a historical and civilizational dimension. Students will be exploring the history, myth and contemporary significance of Galicia. This multinational and multicultural territorial unit in the former Habsburg Empire is still meaningful to the descendants of its inhabitants worldwide, and has an impact on current politics in the region. Students will have an opportunity to contemplate Galicia from diverse national, religious and socio-economic perspectives, including those of Ukrainians, Poles and Jews.

Galicia, often considered to be the land of extreme poverty in rural areas leading to immense emigration, was also the scene of ‘petroleum rush’ in the 19th century with its world’s fourth oil reserves. National and ethnic identities and interests clashed, but the communities also learned to live together and co-operate in this considerably autonomous province. This microcosmos ceased to exist in 1918. Many of those who remembered it perished in mass killings during World War II. Nevertheless, its memory and myth remain strong and influential.

To demonstrate these phenomena, the itinerary includes Kraków, Łańcut, Przemyśl, and the former capital of Galicia - Lviv. Meetings with renowned academics and visiting crucial locations related to the region’s past will provide them first-hand experience of how history translates into modern-day identities, social relations, geopolitical situation and political decisions.

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