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    Ukraine Research Group (URG)

    The URG is open to faculty, post-doctoral fellows, PhD and masters' students at UofT and other institutions in and around Toronto who study Ukraine, or whose work touches on Ukraine comparatively. The group’s goal is to help scholars stay informed about each other’s research, promote interdisciplinary approaches to Ukrainian studies, and foster academic community in the field. URG meetings are informal colloquia where work-in-progress is discussed. Papers are pre-circulated a week prior to each meeting. During meetings, authors briefly summarize their work and outline their major questions and concerns, discussants offer their own critique of the papers for 5-10 minutes, and group discussion follows.

    The Ukraine Research Group met eight times over the 2014/2015 academic term, and drew, on average, fifteen participants per session. We had five presentations on historical topics, two in political science, and one in environmental studies. The presenters included this year’s Jacyk Post-Doctoral Fellow, three PhD candidates at the University of Toronto, and three faculty members associated with the university and one from Ryerson University. Eighteen people were involved either in roles as presenters, discussants or chairs, with representation from the University of Toronto, Western University, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Trent University, Ryerson University, and Wilfrid Laurier University.

    September 22, 2014

    Presenter:  Olga Bertelsen (2014/2015 Jacyk Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, University of Toronto)

    Topic: “Rethinking Psychiatric Terror against Nationalists in Ukraine: Spatial Dimensions of Post-Stalinist State Violence.”

    Chair: Ksenya Kiebuzinski (Head, Petro Jacyk Central & East European Resource Centre, University of Toronto Libraries)

    Discussant: Marta Dyczok (Departments of Political Science and History, Western University)

    October 20, 2014

    Presenter: Frank Sysyn (Director of the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS), University of Alberta, Edmonton, and head of the CIUS office at the University of Toronto)

    Topic: “The Reading Revolution in the Ukrainian Countryside: Mshanets, 1870-1914”

    Chair: Olga Andriewsky (History Department, Trent University)

    Discussant: Piotr Wróbel (Konstanty Reynert Chair of Polish Studies, University of Toronto)

    November 17, 2014

    Presenter: Serhiy Bilenky (Research Associate, Department of History, University of Toronto)

    Topic: "Urban Modernity and Nationalism in Late-Imperial Kyiv through the Eyes of Russian and Ukrainian Writers"

    Chair: Marta Dyczok (Departments of Political Science and History, Western University)

    Discussant: Taras Koznarsky (Slavic Department, University of Toronto)

    December 8, 2014

    Presenter: Paul Robert Magocsi (Chair of Ukrainian Studies, Department of History, University of Toronto)

    Topic: “Myths and Stereotypes in Carpatho-Rusyn History”

    Chair: Thomas Prymak (Research Associate, Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto)

    Discussant: Frank Sysyn (Director, Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS), University of Alberta, Edmonton)

    With comments by: Taras Kuzio (Research Associate at the Center for Political and Regional Studies, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta)

    January 26, 2015

    Presenter: Olga Kesarchuk (PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, and Ukrainian Programs Manager, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, University of Toronto)

    Topic: “Why No Foreign Direct Investment Came Into Ukraine”

    Chair: Ksenya Kiebuzinski (Head, Petro Jacyk Central & East European Resource Centre, University of Toronto Libraries)

    Discussant: Lucan Way (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto)

    February 23, 2015

    Presenter: Alexander Belyakov (University Instructor, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University)

    Topic: “From Chernobyl to Fukushima: An Interdisciplinary Framework for Managing Food Security Risks after Nuclear Plant Accidents”

    Chair: Marta Dyczok (Associate Professor, Departments of Political Science and History, Western University)

    Discussant: Tanya Richardson (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Wilfrid Laurier University)


    March 16, 2015

    Presenter: Adrian Mitter (PhD Candidate, History Department, University of Toronto)

    Topic: “National and Transnational Implications of a Local Conflict: The Struggle for a Ukrainian University of L'viv (1900 – 1914)”

    Chair: Piotr Wróbel (Konstanty Reynert Chair of Polish Studies, University of Toronto)
    Discussant: Thomas Prymak (Research Associate, Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto)


    April 20, 2015

    Presenter: Oleksandr Melnyk (PhD Candidate, History Department, University of Toronto)

    Topic: “From the ‘Russian Spring’ to the Armed Insurrection: Russia, Ukraine and Political Communities in the Donbas”

    Chair: Ksenya Kiebuzinski (Head, Petro Jacyk Central & East European Resource Centre, University of Toronto Libraries)

    Discussant: Marta Dyczok (Departments of Political Science and History, Western University)

    For more information on URG's activities this year and to join the Group, contact Dr. Ksenya Kiebuzinski (ksenya.kiebuzinski@utoronto.ca).

 

   
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