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Visiting Scholars 2003-2004

In 2003-2004, the Program hosted the following scholars:

  • Vira Ageyeva (Department of Philology, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy) spent January at CREES as a Petro Jacyk Visiting Scholar. She was conducting research on "Ukrainian Émigré Literature: The Problem of Alienation". The project dealt with the émigré literature of the late 1940s in the intellectual and spiritual climate of post-war Europe, focusing in particular on the establishment of the MUR- the association of Ukrainian émigré writers in Germany and works by V. Petrov-Domontovych, Y. Kosach, and I. Kostelsky. Influenced by existentialism, their works discuss the problem of individual choice and individual moral responsibility, the possibilities and alternatives which can be chosen.

    Professor Ageyeva has published recently "Poet of the Break of the Centuries: Postmodern Interpetations Lesia Ukrainka's Work". She has devoted many articles to the gender and feminism in literature including the most recent "Woman-writer as an Alien.-Woman as a Text"-Kyiv, 2002; "Solomea Pavlychko: An Intelectual Portrait". -Kyiv, 2002; "Misogyny and Male Infantilism"- Gender and Kultura, Kyiv, 2001. In 2002, Vira Ageyeva received the American Council of Learned Societies Grant for publication of Woman's Space. She is the Head of the Council of Kyiv Gender Studies Institute.

  • Oleksandr Fisun (Kharkiv National University, Ukraine; Petro Jacyk Visiting Scholar) spent October at CREES conducting research on "The Collapse of "winner-take-all" politics in Ukraine: Fall or Rebuilding of Post-Soviet Neopatrimonialism". He argues that the key element of Ukrainian development is the unfinished modern state/national building and rational-bureaucratic transformation, that predetermine the compensate role of the neopatrimonial modes of rulership. Ukrainian political regime (especially under the Leonid Kuchma presidency) is based on neopatrimonial set-up and organized mainly through clientistic networks of patronage, personal loyalty and coercion. 2000/2002 first-line events in Ukraine (Gongadze Case, Kuchmagate, consolidation of the anti-Kuchma right-left opposition, split of a pro-presidential majority in Verkhovna Rada, Yushchenko/Our Ukraine phenomena, series of failures in foreign policy, etc.) are symptoms of the collapse of "winner-take-all" system and its power holders. The main focus of the political struggle in Ukraine during 2003/2004 will be demands of regime's parliamentarization and dismantling of the "winner-take-all" neopatrimonial system. In fact, it means the radical reduction of importance of the "presidential prize/roulette" in political life via transition to more risk-sharing parliamentary political system, within which political conflicts are carried out in a positive-sum game for all players. During his stay at CREES, Dr. Fisun worked on the theoretical chapters of his up-coming book.

    Professor Fisun is a co-author of the textbook Politologia (Political Science) (Kharkiv: Folio, 2001) and a number of articles devoted to political regime in Ukraine.

  • Olexiy Haran spent a fall term at CREES and CIUS. He has been nominated as Kolasky Fellow at CIUS and Petro Jacyk Fellow at CREES. Dr. Haran is Professor, Department of Political Science at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, and Director, School for Policy Analysis. During his stay, he was working on a monograph devoted to the dilemmas of Ukraine's security policy in the new geopolitical situation.

    Prof. Haran is the author of books "To Kill the Dragon: From the History of Rukh and New Political Parties of Ukraine" (1993) and "Transatlantic Debates: The Turn of Western Europe to D(tente and the Position of the USA" (1990), numerous articles in Ukrainian and Western editions.

    Prof. Haran' conducted research at Harvard and Columbia Universities; Federal Institute for International and East European Studies (BIOst) in Cologne; School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) in London. He delivered guest lectures on Ukrainian politics at RAND, Berkeley, Harvard, Columbia,Carnegie Endowment, BIOst, SSEES.

  • Yuri Isichenko (Docent, Kharkiv National University; Archbishop Ihor of Kharkiv and Poltava, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church) spent September at CREES as Petro Jacyk Visiting Scholar. Dr. Isichenko's visitwas also supported by CIUS which nominated him as a Kolasky Fellow for 2003-2004. The topic of his research was the study of Ukrainian ascetic literature of the 10th -14th centuries as discourse in the expression of Christian spiritual experience in the context of the Byzantine-Ukrainian religious tradition. Key elements of the research to be undertaken were the organization of monastic life in medieval Ukraine and the formation of Ukrainian national literature, as well as the importance of monastic rules and the rhetoric of the ascetic text. The role of Byzantine ascetic literature in medieval Ukraine and the phenomenon of the medieval Ukrainian sermon, as well as monastic and parish preaching were studied.

    Dr. Isichenko is Director, of the Ukrainian Centre for Byzantine and Patristic Studies. His major works include Monasticism of Ancient Egypt, (Kharkiv, 2002), Ecumenical Church History, (Kharkiv, 2001), and History of the Christian Church in Ukraine, (Kharkiv, 1999).

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