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You are invited to apply for participation in the sixth bi -annual Graduate Student Symposium entitled “Ukraine: Lessons of the Past and Outlook to the Future” to be held in Toronto on March 14-15, 2014. Held at the University of Toronto’s Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES), this interdisciplinary Symposium will bring together aspiring young scholars for two days of presentations and intensive discussions on the study of contemporary Ukraine.

The goal of the Symposium is to present new research and innovative thinking that explores the political, socioeconomic, and cultural dynamics in Ukrainian society. The Symposium seeks to integrate and draw on a wide range of theories and new scholarly research by applying them to Ukraine as a case study.

The Symposium is open to current graduate students and recent graduates (those who graduated in the past two years).  Cross- national and cross -historical comparisons in the wider context of the post -communist space are encouraged. Submissions can focus on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, the following:

•         Sociopolitical and Economic Development;
•         Identity and Regionalism;
•         National Security, Foreign Relations, and Diaspora;
•         Literature, Film, and Media;
•         New Approaches to National History and the Politics of Memory;
•         Applications are encouraged for the special theme: The History and Memory of the Famine in Ukraine in 1932-1933.

Previous Symposiums have seen a wide range of participants from: Canada, the United States, England, Holland, Ukraine, Germany, Poland and other countries. Emerging international scholars are provided with a diverse, professional, and open environment that allows for constructive dialogue.

Participants will also have the opportunity to   interact with academics working in similar fields. Previous attendees and guest lecturers include: Dominique Arel, Paul D’Anieri, Marta Dyczok, Taras Koznarsky, Alexander J. Motyl, Mykola Riabchuk, Peter Solomon, Maxim Tarnawsky, Frank Sysyn, Serhy Yekelchyk, Paul R. Magocsi, and Lucan A. Way.

This year, we are proud to announce that the keynote speaker will be Andrew Wilson.  Dr. Wilson is a historian and political scientist specializing in Eastern Europe, particularly Ukraine. He is a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Reader in Ukrainian studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London. He wrote The Ukrainians and Virtual Politics: Faking Democracy in the Post-Soviet World (2005), Ukraine's Orange Revolution (2005), and Belarus: the Last European Dictatorship (2011).

Please apply by December 6, 2013, to be considered for travel and accommodation funding. For application guidelines, see Call for Papers.

Please direct your inquiries to ukrainian.gradsymposium@utoronto.ca.