On May 25-26, 2023, the international conference “Poland-Ukraine. On the way to a good neighborhood.” was held in Ossolineum National Institute. Ossolineum is one of the most important and oldest Polish cultural centers with a rich library collection. The University of Wroclaw, the Association of Ukrainians in Poland, the Lviv Polytechnic National University, the Center for Europe of the University of Warsaw and the Center of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Poland joined the scientific organization.

The Rector of Wroclaw University Robert Olkiewicz, Consul General of Ukraine in Wroclaw Yuri Tokar, President of the City of Wroclaw Jacek Sutryk spoke at the opening of the conference.

Ossolineum House (Photo by Y. Shapoval)

 Conference participants discussed a wide range of problems related to Polish-Ukrainian relations in the 19th and 20th centuries. It was, in particular, about Ukraine’s struggle for independence in 1917–1923, attempts at Polish-Ukrainian understanding in the Second Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and the development of Volyn in the interwar period. The issues of schooling, scientific Polish-Ukrainian dialogue and problems of dialogue between Polish and Ukrainian emigration were discussed. A special section of the conference was dedicated to modern Russian aggression against Ukraine.

During the conference (Photo by Y. Shapoval)

At the conference, the chief researcher of the Department of Theory and History of Political Science of our Institute, Doctor of Historical Sciences, professor Yuriy Shapoval, gave a speech on the topic “Bohdan Osadchuk and the Polish-Ukrainian dialogue in the European context”.

One of the organizers of the conference, professor of Wroclaw University Grzegorz Hrytsyuk (Poland) and Yuriy Shapoval (Ukraine)