Rethinking Eastern Europe
Educational Platform

The Educational Platform of the Center for Urban History offers resources that aim to decentralize the curriculum of Eastern Europe by diversifying primary materials, challenging established grand narratives, and creating new approaches to teaching and learning about this region.


We aspire to create an Educational platform that shapes a space of interaction and learning for those who teach and study history. More generally, we strive to enhance bottom-up perspectives, local voices, and individual experiences in the ways history is taught in the classroom and discussed in public.


The Platform addresses multidirectional cooperation, from translating and sharing primary sources to reflections on teaching in diverse contexts. EDUPlatform is based on principles of openness of information (open-access), inclusiveness of history (peripheral and marginalized perspectives), and critical reading of sources. We aim to discover, explore and co-create together. These three concepts make a basis for our educational activities: we create possibilities to discover history, explore various subjects to access knowledge, and create content with our audience and community.


to make accessible materials from private collections and local archives;

to diversify primary resources for learning and teaching and to provide a critical reading of sources;

to make available digitized archival sources from Eastern Europe by translating from Ukrainian, Polish, Yiddish, Russian, and German to English, but also from Yiddish, Polish, and German to Ukrainian;

to prepare the selections of sources in the form of modules or courses;

to share reflections on learning and teaching and explore experiences from different disciplines and cultural contexts.

EDUPlatform develops four formats: primary sources, modules, courses, and reflections.
Primary sources
We keep it simple without oversimplifying

This format involves the creation of separate files (which can be downloaded from the Center’s page), which contains a list of information that a person can learn. Such sources can be used in modules, courses, trainings, and during workshops, or in non-formal education modules.

We keep it complex and smart but not difficult

This format can create selections on the basis of existing sources, stories/projects of LIA or other initiatives of the Center. Such modules are produced in html format and individual blocks or instructions can be downloaded as a pdf file from the platform page.

In the area of education, the Center offers teaching materials, including courses and syllabuses

The Center for Urban History’s online courses offer perspectives on life in cities through a range of interdisciplinary perspectives. We discuss different aspects of urban history and contemporary city, as well as broader historical contexts that shaped modern life in Eastern and Central Europe. Courses aim to stimulate new questions and greater attention to the reality that surrounds us.


We share reflections of our colleagues at the Center and from different institutions who used materials from our Urban Media Archive collections and projects realized at the Center and in cooperation. We warmly invite you to share your feedback and become a contributor to our platform in the future.

While working with sources, we focus not just on making a collection of materials but rather on the problematization of various issues and subjects. We are interested in urban history, thus, issues of space and place matter in our projects. Educational projects promote diversity and agency of the subject, and we look after peripheral and underrepresented experiences, which are often omitted in historiography. For us, it is essential to differentiate between historical experience as a process and experience as a product. We aspire to show relations between the social/cultural structure and the subject/individual and how power relations are visible through historical sources.
Керівник проекту

Богдан Шумилович

Координаторка проекту

Іванна Черчович

Консультанти проекту

Софія Дяк, Мейгіл Фавлер, Оксана Дудко, Анна Мюллер, Лада Москалець, Олена Бетлій, Мартін Роде, Олексій Чеботарьов, Юлія Маліцька,Наталя Алексюн, Орися Кулік

Переклачі проекту

Світлана Брегман, Михайло Тарапатов, Василь Хімяк, Андрій Маслюх

Асистенти проекту

Ася Павленко, Орест Костів, Андрій Топорович

Дизайнер проекту

Андрій Лінік

Розробники проекту

Любомир Олійник