Nadia Bureiko participated in the first interdisciplinary international workshop ‘Imaginary Borderlands: Interpretations of Cultures and Strategies of Coexistence’

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Nadia Bureiko participated in the first interdisciplinary international workshop ‘Imaginary Borderlands: Interpretations of Cultures and Strategies of Coexistence’ that was organized in June 1-3 in Kyiv by Research Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, in cooperation with Heinrich-Böll- Stiftung Ukraine.

Nadia Bureiko, vice-head of the NGO ‘Quadrivium’, participated in the first interdisciplinary international workshop ‘Imaginary Borderlands: Interpretations of Cultures and Strategies of Coexistence’ that was organized in June 1-3 in Kyiv by Research Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, in cooperation with Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Ukraine, the Working Group on Religion in the Black Sea Region and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

The workshop sought to enhance scientific communication among young Ukrainian academia as well as to conceptualize the understanding of borders and borderlands, both real and imaginary, in the current Ukrainian scientific discourse. Three days of discussions were largely focused on Polish-Ukrainian, Romanian-Ukrainian, and Russian-Ukrainian borderlands. These borderlands were a subject to debate under which circumstances an imaginary border can occur in addition to a real one and whether stereotypes existing at both sides of the border have a potential to dominate the experience of real communication. A specific attention was given to peculiarities of cross-border communities and their coexisting.

Nadia Bureiko spoke on how different cultural, identity and historical strands are present in the historic region of Bukovyna, the Ukrainian-Romanian borderland region. Her presentation was based on the main findings of the research conducted within the project ‘Bukovyna as a contact zone’.


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