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All events are free and open to the public, but registration is generally required. Registration links are provided below for each event.

EVENTS IN 2014-2015

Crisis and Conflict in Ukraine: View from the Regions

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place, Room 108N

**This event will be held in Ukrainian.**

Euromaidan revolution, economic and financial crisis, annexation of the Crimea, Russian-supported violent separatism, Western sanctions, a shot-down Malaysian airliner, a new Cold War, rejuvenated NATO and higher defense spending, Russian invasion of Ukraine, and Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threat to the West: decades of history have been condensed into a few months since November of last year and continue to unfold before our eyes each day with the crisis in Ukraine. Despite globalisation, the Internet, social media, and 24-hour news, our sources continue to be skewed by conflicting information coming from capital cities. Ukraine is a regionally diverse country and, to fully understand it, we need to look beyond Kyiv.

Valerii Padiak--an academic professor, publisher, and local activist--is well qualified to present to us the view from Transcarpathia, a region that both borders Europe and is situated on the opposite side of the country from the violence raging in the Donbas. Prof. Padiak will be joined in the discussion by Dr. Taras Kuzio of the Centre for Political and Regional Studies and Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

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Ukraine under Fire

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs - 1 Devonshire Place

This event will present an expert panel discussing the current state of affairs in Ukraine.

Prof. Marta Dyczok (Western University, Jacyk Program) studies mass media in Ukraine and spent twelve weeks in the country over the summer. She will speak about media representations and their impact.

Journalist Andriy Kulykov (ICTV, Public Radio Ukraine) who has interviewed many of the key actors and has travelled to Donets’k, Mariupol, Crimea, Kharkiv and other cities, will provide a perspective from Kyiv via Skype.

Prof. Lucan Way (CERES, University of Toronto) has written extensively on democratization in Ukraine and is a frequent commentator on events in Ukraine.

Prof. Peter Solomon (CERES and Jacyk Program, University of Toronto), who studies law and courts in Ukraine, will speak about possible measures to decentralize governmental operations and reform the judiciary.

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Iryna Balabukha: Violence in Intimate Relationships: Why does it happen? A case study on Ukraine

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 12:30 p.m.

Location: Ericson Seminar Room, Centre for Criminology and Socio-legal Studies, 14 Queen's Park Crescent West, 2nd floor

Dr. Balabukha received her bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology from Kharkiv State University and her PhD in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University.

Participants are encouraged to brown bag their lunch. Cold drinks will be provided.

If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation, please contact Lori Wells at 416-978-3722 x226 or email lori.wells@utoronto.ca and we will do our best to make appropriate arrangements.


Poland and Ukraine in the 1930s and 1940s

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place, Room 108N

This presentation will deal with the complex issues of Polish-Ukrainian relations during the 1930s and 1940s in light of the recently published documents of Polish and Soviet secret service documents. The presenters will include two representatives of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance and a prominent Ukrainian historian and leading authority on the history of Communist rule in Ukraine. The presentations will include:

Dr. Jerzy Bednarek (Institute of National Remembrance, Lodz):

The Publication Poland and Ukraine in the 1930s and 1940s. Documents from
the Archives of the Secret Services: Editorial Issues

Marcin Majewski (Institute of National Remembrance, Warsaw):

The Genesis of Historical-Archival Cooperation between the Polish Institute
of National Remembrance and the Security Service of Ukraine

Prof. Yuri Shapoval (Center for Historical Political Studies, Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv):

Poland and Ukraine in the 1930s and 1940s in Light of Secret Services

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Communism and Hunger (two-day conference)

There has been surprisingly little systematic comparison of the Chinese, Kazakh, Ukrainian, and Soviet famines to date. This conference will bring together specialists of these famines to produce a deeper understanding of these phenomena. The presenters, on the basis of their research and knowledge of the rapidly increasing specialized literature, will assess the common features and significant differences and place their findings within the dynamics of the histories of the respective countries.

The Chinese, Kazakh, Ukrainian, and Soviet Famines in Comparative Perspective
Friday, September 26, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs - 1 Devonshire Place
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How Soviet and Chinese Communists Dealt with the Peasantry: A Comparison (keynote address)
Friday, September 26, 2014, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs - 1 Devonshire Place
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The Chinese, Kazakh, Ukrainian, and Soviet Famines in Comparative Perspective
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
St. Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Avenue
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Stalin and Hunger as a Nation-Destroying Tool
Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
St. Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Avenue
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Ukrainian Jewish Encounter (UJE) Graduate Student Symposium

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 3 p.m.

Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place, Room 108N

The world is watching Ukraine. Ever since November 2013, when thousands took to the streets of Kyiv, the nation has been under an intense international spotlight. This symposium will examine the consequences of the ongoing crisis on the relationship between Ukrainians and Jews in Ukraine, Israel, and their respective diasporas. Comprised of two panels of graduate students, representing diverse global perspectives, it will aim to both re-imagine the Ukrainian-Jewish relationship in a historical context as well as propose visions of their future together.

Panel I -“Ukrainians, Jews, and their Historical Perspectives.”
3:00pm – 4:30pm
This panel will aim to examine the long-standing relationship between Ukrainians and Jews in a historical context. Graduate students will propose new research in an attempt to both problematize existing narratives and influence future scholarship.

Gregory Aimaro, Lewis University
Vitalii Chernoivanenko, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy
Lev Daschko, Northwestern University
Daniel Federowycz, University of Oxford

Panel II – “The Euromaidan and Visions of the Future.”
5:00pm – 6:30pm
This panel will explore Ukrainian-Jewish relations in the context of Euromaidan and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Graduate students will consider the consequences of the crisis on this relationship as well as propose visions of its future.

Miriam Feyga Bunimovich, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy
Stephen Gellner, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto
Oleksandr Melnyk, University of Toronto
Anton Shekhovtsov, University College London

Moderator: Kassandra Luciuk, University of Toronto
Discussant: Nadia Gereliouk, University of Toronto

Presented in collaboration with the Chair of Ukrainian Studies (University of Toronto)

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Why Stalin Feared Ukraine and Why Putin Fears It Today

We will make every effort to admit as many people as the theatre capacity allows. Additional audience members will be admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please arrive at the theatre early to put your name on a wait list.

Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture - The Holodomor in the Context of Current Events

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 7 p.m.

Speaker: Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Applebaum

Location: George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place

Ms. Applebaum will be discussing how Stalin's actions in the 1930s were shaped by his reaction to Ukrainian peasant rebellions during the civil war, as well as the Kremlin's fear of Ukraine's revolutionary potential.

Anne Applebaum writes on history and contemporary politics in Eastern Europe, Ukraine, and Russia. Her book, Gulag: A History, won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction in 2004. Her most recent book, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956, describes the imposition of Soviet totalitarianism in Central Europe after the Second World War. Iron Curtain won the Cundill Prize for Historical Literature, the Duke of Westminster Medal, and an Arthur Ross Silver Medal from the Council on Foreign Relations.

Anne Applebaum is a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate and directs the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute in London. Formerly a member of the Washington Post editorial board, she has also worked as the Foreign and Deputy Editor of the Spectator magazine in London, as the Political Editor of the Evening Standard, and as a columnist at the British newspapers the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs. From 1988-1991, she covered the collapse of communism as the Warsaw correspondent of the Economist magazine.

This event is co-sponsored by the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta; the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Toronto Branch; and the Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies.


Friday, October 31, 7.30pm onwards

Oleksandr Boichenko (Chernivtsi, Ukraine): In a State of Siege: Contemporary Ukrainian Culture

With the introduction by Professor Taras Koznarsky, University of Toronto.

145 Evans Avenue, Suite 101 (Canadian Ukrainian Art Foundation), contact tel 416-766-6802

Sponsored by Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Shevchenko Scientific Society, the Canadian Ukrainian Art Foundation.

PLEASE NOTE that the event will be held in Ukrainian.


Monday, November 3, 12-2 pm

Oleksandr Boichenko (Chernivtsi, Ukraine): Out of Great Love: Chernivtsi, the City, and the Myth

Oleksandr Boichenko is a literary critic, publicist, essayist and translator.  A graduate of Chernivtsi University in 1992 he went on to complete his PhD at the Institute of Literature of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in 1996.  From 1995-2008 he taught foreign literature and literary theory at Chernivtsi University.  Since 2008 he has been working as a freelance journalist.  Between 2002-2010, together with writer Yuri Andrukhovych, Mr. Boichenko co-edited the internet journal Poitah76.  He has received the Gaude Polonia scholarship from Poland’s Ministry of Culture three times.  In 2003, his book Shchos’ na kshtalt shatokua (A Sort of Chautauqua, 2003), was awarded top prize in the creative essay category by the prestigious Knyha Roku (Book of the Year) competition.  He is also author of the books Shatokua plius (Chautauqua Plus, 2005), Aby knyzhka (To Have a Book, 2011) and Moi sered chuzhykh (Mine Among Strangers, 2012).

No registration is required.
Room 206, Alumni Hall, 121 St. Joseph Street, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Sponsored by Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, University of Toronto, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.


Monday, November 3, 5-7 pm

Nataliya Gumenyuk (Ukrainian journalist, co-founder of Hromadske.TV): Politics and Media in Ukraine After the Maidan

The talk will discuss the role of the Ukrainian mainstream media in reporting crises in the context of extensive social media, the use of Russian TV domestically and abroad, the role of international media (traditional and new web outlets), and the pro-Ukraine and pro-Russia narratives in Western elite and public opinion. It will touch as well on civic pressure for structural reforms (and against corruption), citizens and political parties, and the role of art in the Ukrainian revolution.

Nataliya Gumenyuk is a Ukrainian journalist, co-founder of Hromadske.TV (Public TV), an Editor-in-Chief of Hromadske International – Hromadske English/Russian newsroom. Hromadske.TV is a civic initiative of the Ukrainian journalists to create public broadcasting system in Ukraine. It has no ties to the Ukrainian government or business groups. Launched on the eve of some of the most tumultuous days in the country’s history, Hromadske.TV has become the go-to medium for the Ukrainians — the place to discover and a way to make sense of what was happening in the country. Nataliya had also worked as the head of Foreign News Desk of INTER, the biggest Ukrainian TV channel. She has reported on major political and social events from nearly 50 countries, with a particular focus on post-Arab spring developments in the Arab world. She has given commentaries on events in Ukraine for a number of international media. Nataliya also teaches at the Master Programme of Kyiv Mohyla School of Journalism.

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Room 108, North Building, Munk School of Global Affairs (1 Devonshire Place)

Sponsored by the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, and the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.

The write-up on the event is available here.


Wednesday, November 12, 2-4 pm (please note that the talk has been rescheduled from 12-2)

Oksana Huss (Institute for Development and Peace, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany; Petro Jacyk Visiting Scholar)

Political Corruption in Ukraine: Before and After Maidan

The recent revolution in Ukraine was inter alia characterized as “revolution of dignity”, targeting systemic political corruption. According to the Global Corruption Barometer survey, in 2013 every third Ukrainian was ready to protest against corruption. The political system of Ukraine developed in last years in close interdependence with oligarchic business, which strongly reinforced political corruption. Ironically, Petro Poroshenko, one of the richest people in the country, won the presidential elections in May 2015. This raises the question, what has changed and what has remained the same after the revolution in terms of political corruption in Ukraine under Poroshenko, comparing to the previous regime of Yanukovych?
The talk will be based on the first empirical findings of Oksana's PhD project on elite’s strategies of dealing with political corruption in transitional regimes, which takes Ukraine as a case study. It will refer to some conceptual issues regarding political corruption in general, its nature during the presidency of Yanukovych as well as the challenges and opportunities of anti-corruption initiatives that have been implemented after Maidan.

Oksana Huss is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Institute for Development and Peace, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. The topic of her thesis is “Political Corruption in Competitive Authoritarian Regimes of post-Soviet Countries: The case of Ukraine.” Previously, she graduated in Political Science, Law and Anthropology from Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich (Mag.) and in International Relations from State University of Transkarpatia, Ukraine (M.A.). She has been awarded a scholarship from the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation. At CERES, Oksana Huss primarily works on conceptual issues, connecting dynamics of political corruption in Ukraine to different regime trajectories.

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Room 108, North Building, Munk School of Global Affairs (1 Devonshire Place)

Sponsored by the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, and the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.


Wednesday, December 3, 10 am - noon

Oleksiy Matsuka (an investigative journalist from Donets'k, Editor of Novosti Donbasa, Donetskaya Pravda, and Hromads'ke TV of Donetsk)

The Situation in Donbas

Oleksiy Matsuka was in Toronto to receive the 2014 International Press Freedom Award from the Canadian Jounralists for Free Expression.

Room 208, North Building, Munk School of Global Affairs (1 Devonshire Place)

Sponsored by the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, and the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.


Monday, January 19, 2015 – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m

Professor Jeffrey Veidlinger (University of Michigan)

In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Small-Town Jewish Life in Soviet Ukraine

Based on videotaped oral histories conducted with Jews living in small-towns throughout Ukraine, this multimedia presentation discusses Jewish life and death under Communism and Nazism. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Please arrive early as seating is limited.

Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street

Co-sponsors: the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, and the Centre for Jewish Studies


Friday, January 23, 3-5 pm

Dr. Tamara Martsenyuk (Petro Jacyk Visiting Scholar; Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”)

Chair: Dr. Ksenya Kiebuzinski, head of the Petro Jacyk Resource Central and East European resource Centre, Robarts Library

Gender, Nation and Revolution: the Role of Women in the EuroMaidan Protests of 2013-2014 in Ukraine

Women's participation in EuroMaidan and its social and media evaluations largely reflect the social position of women in the Ukrainian society. In the current economic and social situation, entrenched stereotypes of men as family breadwinners and leaders in the public sphere (particularly, in politics) and stereotypes of women as mostly wives and mothers inhibit progress in gender equality in Ukrainian society. In my research I will try to discuss three major ideas: (1) (International) media discourse about EuroMaidan was “narrow”; event (practices) is much more diverse; (2) Women were not “helpers”, but “participants” of EuroMaidan; (3) women had possibility to fulfill not only “traditional” (“female”) roles; new niches for egalitarian (emancipatory) participation were possible. The empirical base for research is the examples of speeches on Maidan, journal articles, pictures and video materials, blogs and social networks; participants observation and interviews with activists. The theoretical background of my research is feminist theories, especially intersection of feminism and nationalism (Yuval-Davis 1997; Bohachevsky-Chomiak 1994; Kis 2005; Rubchak 1996; Zhurzhenko 2012 and others). 

Room 108, North Building, Munk School of Global Affairs (1 Devonshire Place)

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Sponsored by the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine and the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Wednesday, January 28, 2-4 pm

Putin's Ukraine: Crimea, Donbas, and Transcarpathia (the Hungarian Factor)

Chair: Professor Randall Hansen (the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, University of Toronto)

Speakers: Dr. Robert Austin (Hungarian Studies Program, University of Toronto); Dr. Taras Kuzio (the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies); Professor Paul Robert Magocsi (The John Yaremko Chair of the Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto)

The panel will examine the conflict in Ukraine from three different yet intersecting perspectives. Professor Magocsi will examine on Transcarpathian internal affairs and relations with its neighbours. Dr. Kuzio will discuss Ukrainian regional and security policies vis-a-vis Transcarpathia and Russia's covert operations. Robert Austin will conclude with Hungary’s Fidesz “Revolution”, Hungarian Minority Policy in the Region with a focus on the Hungarians in Transcarpathia and Hungary’s evolving relations with Russia.

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Campbell Conference Facility, South Building, Munk School of Global Affairs (1 Devonshire Place)
Sponsored by the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, and the Hungarian Studies Program.

The video recording of the event can be found here.


Wednesday, March 4, 4-6 pm

Andrei Kurkov (Ukrainian writer and commentator on Ukraine for the world's media)

How Many Maidans Does Ukraine Need to Succeed?

Andrey Kurkov has published 18 novels, 7 children’s books, and more than 30 film scripts. His most recent work is Ukraine Diaries: Dispatches from Kiev, which documents his experience living through the Euromaidan Revolution (also known as the Revolution of Dignity) from November 2013 through April 2014.  The book has been translated into German, French, Italian, Estonian, English, Polish, Russian and Japanese.  A member of PEN International, Kurkov commands the largest international audience of any author writing in the Russian language. He is also Ukraine’s best-selling author abroad.

Kurkov’s novels satirize life in post-Soviet Ukraine. His biting humour nonetheless reveals a tenderness for the characters he creates.  Kurkov often uses surrealism to deal with political and social issues.  A famous example is his novel Death of the Penguin (1996, English 2001). An independent thinker and fine essayist, Kurkov is an active participant in the civic life of Ukraine, using his excellent command of English, German, French, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian to represent Ukraine's artists, reformers and human rights activists at international fora.

Among his recent media engagements in the West, see a BBC feature:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04n30gl

No registration is required.

Alumni Hall room 400 (121 St. Joseph Street, 4th floor), the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine.


Thursday, March 12, 4-6 pm

Yuri Radchenko (Petro Jacyk Visiting Scholar, Kharkiv Collegium Institute of Oriental Studies and International Relations):

The OUN (m) and the Holocaust: Case Study of Ivan Yuriiv

Chair: Jeffrey Kopstein (Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto)

This presentation explores the biography of Ivan Yuriiv (Johannes Juriiff). He was an officer of the Ukrainian Sich Riflemen, a member of Ukrainian Military Organization, Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists. After the split of this party, he cooperated with Andriy Melnik’s men – OUN (m). During WWII Yuriiv joined Sonderkommando 10 A (Einsatzgruppe D).This detachment took active part in extermination of the Jewish population in Ukraine and the Russian Federation. Who actually was Ivan Yuriiv? What political point of view did he have? How deeply was he involved in crimes of National Socialists? An integral part of OUN (m) ideology till the end of WWII was hatred of the Jews. What role did Yuriiv’s political affiliation play in his activities during WWII? The Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists – OUN (both the Bandera and the Melnyk factions) were actively involved in the establishment and activities of the Ukrainian People’s Militia and Ukrainian Auxiliary Police in different regions of Ukraine. This police structures played an important role in the extermination of the Jews. What was role of Ivan Yuriiv as OUN (m) activist in creation of Ukrainian Auxiliary Police in Ukraine? What was his post-war destiny in Western Europe and Canada? Such questions in the context of “ordinary men/willing executors discussion” using new unpublished sources from German, Ukrainian, American and Israeli archives will be addressed during the presentation.

Room 208N, 1 Devonshire Place

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Sponsored by the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, and the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Thursday, March 19, 4-6 pm

Spyridon Kotsovilis (Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto):

Political Networks and Mobilization Against Competitive Authoritarian Regimes: Evidence from Serbia and Ukraine

Chair: Lucan Way (Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto)

Do social links and connections have consequences for collective behavior? A central aspect of mass mobilization is diffusion of human, material and knowledge resources; while recent studies address its potential effects on collective action by examining networks and their properties, the lack of empirical data limits their insights to the realm of modeling. This study argues that particular configurations of opposition and government network typologies do affect mobilization outcomes, and advances this type of this research by formally examining four cases of mass mobilization [Serbia (1996-7, 2000) and Ukraine (2000-1, 2004)], through the use and analysis of specifically collected primary data. The paper introduces a networks perspective, framing the study in terms of individuals and their organizations–as parts of competing networks through which resources and behavior are communicated. It identifies two main rival political networks with key roles during the election campaign: the democratizing opposition that seeks to inform, recruit and mobilize the public while lowering protest thresholds, and the regime’s coercive apparatus, which tries to contain it. The study’s pluralist methodology includes data collection through extensive field research comprised of locating and interviewing key participants (2007-2013), the application of a modified snow-balling sampling method, and complemented archival research. The resulting data is converted into matrices and networks, with the metrics revealing their topology, emergent properties and performance dynamics vis a vis competing hypotheses, and specific network configurations. The ensuing analysis, including computer simulations, consists of a double, formal and empirical comparison-across different network types, and, across actual cases. Findings suggest that the combined effects of initial network structure and the evolution of the protest once electoral contestation is under way, affect diffusion processes and mobilization outcomes.

Room 108N, 1 Devonshire Place

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Sponsored by the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine and the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Friday, March 20, 9.30-4 pm

Workshop "Ukraine in Perpetual Transition: War, Law and Corruption"

This interdisciplinary workshop gathers political scientists, historians and linguists to discuss Ukrainian realities and Russian-Ukrainian political and cultural encounters including wars, propaganda wars, memory and lustration politics, and judicial reforms.
There will be two thematically organized panels. The first panel will explore cultural disruption in Ukraine during the Soviet era as a result of Soviet nationalities policies and state terror, and will consider its implications for contemporary Ukrainians. In addition, panelists will discuss the meanings of nationalism in the Ukraine-Russia conflict from a historical perspective, and will provide an analysis of Putin's memory politics in the context of Soviet history and probe his attempts to rewrite the national historical narrative.

The second panel will examine Ukrainian law in Ukraine, and Russian legal and extralegal activities in Crimea after its annexation by the Russian Federation. More specifically, panelists will discuss the politics of lustration of judges, judicial reform initiatives of the past decade (police, procuracy and anti-corruption reforms), and the broader lustration program in Ukraine. The situation in Crimea will be assessed in the context of changes in the culturo-ethnic balance, in particular the evolving situation of the Crimean Tatars and their institutions, the methods of enforcement of Russian citizenship, and international legal and regional security issues.

Conceptually, the workshop traces the continuity of Soviet traditions and practices, and illuminates their influences on contemporary politics in Ukraine and Russia, and on Russian-Ukrainian relations. In all, the program accentuates Ukraine’s geopolitical significance, and identifies the challenges of legal reforms in Ukraine and the consequences of the Russo-Ukrainian war, factors that present serious obstacles on the road to Ukraine’s sovereignty and democratization.    

Panel One: 9.30 am- 12.15 pm

Chair: Marta Dyczok (University of Western Ontario)

George Liber (University of Alabama at Birmingham):
Euromaidan and the Sources of Russia's Response

Olga Bertelsen (University of Toronto):
Russian and Ukrainian Cultural Encounters: Memory Politics under Putin

Victor Ostapchuk (University of Toronto):
Between Glory and Disaster: Crimea and its Peoples in the Year since Russian Annexation

Myroslav Shkandrij (University of Manitoba):
Living with Ambiguities: Meanings of Nationalism in the Ukraine-Russia Conflict

Q&A Session


Panel Two: 1.45 pm - 4 pm

Chair: Olga Bertelsen (University of Toronto)

Todd Foglesong (University of Toronto):
What Are the Purposes of Justice Reform? Ukraine vs Mexico

Bohdan Vitvitsky (former Resident Legal Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv):
Rule of Law, Corruption, Ukraine and the West: Platitudes or Analysis?

Peter Solomon (University of Toronto):
Purging Judges as an Approach to Judicial Reform in Ukraine

Q&A Session

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OI 2-286 (the Oise – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Building, 252 Bloor Street West, 2nd floor)

Sponsored by the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine and the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.


Monday, April 6, 4-6 pm

Olga Onuch (Assistant Professor in Politics at the University of Manchester and an Associate Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College)

Book Launch: Mapping Mass Mobilization: Understanding Revolutionary Moments in Argentina and Ukraine

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

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

Moments of mass mobilization astound us. As a sea of protesters fills the streets, observers scramble to understand this extraordinary political act by ‘ordinary’ citizens. This study presents a paired comparison of two ‘moments’ of mass mobilization, in Ukraine and Argentina. The two cases are compared and analyzed on a cross-temporal and an inter-regional basis, thereby offering two critical cases in response to assumptions that the processes and patterns of mobilization, and democratization politics more broadly, are region specific. This study challenges political science’s focus on elites and structural factors in the study of political participation during democratization.

More information on the book can be found here

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108N, 1 Devonshire Place

Sponsored by the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine and the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.

Tuesday, April 28, 4-6 pm

Volodymyr Dubovyk (Associate Professor and Assistant Chair at the Department of International Relations, Odesa State University; Director of the Center for International Studies in Odesa, Ukraine)

Ukraine's Southwest/Odesa Living Through the Year of Revolution, Elections, War, Economic Crisis, Struggle for Reforms and More

Ukraine has had a turbulent year. It has experienced yet another massive popular movement – Maidan II, which has led to a new opening with a chance to cleance the system and introduce real reforms. That has been followed by Russian annexation of Crimea and its aggression in Donbas; Ukraine has become a country in war. The protracted economic recession, Yanukovich’s legacy and the war expenditures have brought the country to the edge of a default. The tasks at hand are formidable: withstand an aggression, reinvigorate economy and introduce reforms. The last year has proved wrong the simplistic picture of Ukraine as divided in West and East. It has turned out to be much more diversified. In the so-called “East” we saw Northeast, Donbas, Southwest, Crimea, – all of them different from each other. The Southwest of Ukraine emerged without V. Yanukovich and his Party of regions – its most frequent electoral choice previously. Geostrategically it has found itself locked between Russian occupied Crimea and pro-Russian breakway region of Transnistria. Economically the region had to cope with the consequences of Crimean annexation, war situation, lack of investment, slowdown in number of visitors and other factors. Culturally the fight was now in full scale for the “soul” of the region: is it, indeed, a part of the “Russian world” or “Novorossiya” (as Mr.Putin would imply) or is it rather a specific, but yet loyal and integral part of the Ukrainian nation-state? Can it be a former considering its predominantly Russophone character? The city of Odesa – regional hub of trade, industry, culture, education, politics – had to define itself in these extraordinary circumstances. Some fights are verbal and others are physical (like the events of May 2, 2014 have shown). These struggles of Ukraine, its Southwest and city of Odesa are, of course, far from being over.

Volodymyr Dubovyk has graduated from the history department of the Odessa State University in 1992. He has received his Ph.D. (Candidate of Sciences) in political science/international relations from the same university in 1996 and has remained with OSU (now ONU – Odessa National University) in various positions up to the present day. V. Dubovyk has been an Associate Professor and Assistant Chairperson at the Department of International Relations since 1996 and, also, a Director of the Center for International Studies since 1999.

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108N, 1 Devonshire Place

Sponsored by the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine and the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.

Monday, May 11, 7 pm

"LGBT Rights and the War in Ukraine"

A Forum with Anna Dovgopol, Ukraine Human Rights Activist and Toronto Filmmaker Marusya Bociurkiw with a sneak preview of the 2015 documentary "This Is Gay Propaganda: LGBT Rights and the War in Ukraine," Dir. Marusya Bociurkiw

Innis Town Hall Theatre (2 Sussex Avenue)

Sponsored by the Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought (Ryerson), the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures (University of Toronto), the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (University of Alberta) and the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine.


Tuesday, June 9, 12-2 pm

Sir Suma Chakrabarti
(President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development):

"A Time for Action - the Way Forward For Ukraine"

Chair: Chrystia Freeland (Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre)

Sir Suma Chakrabarti has been President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) since 2012. Sir Suma has extensive experience in international development economics and policy-making, as well as in designing and implementing wider public service reform. Most recently he held the position of Permanent Secretary at the British Ministry of Justice and was its most senior civil servant. Prior to this, from 2002, he headed the UK’s Department for International Development (formerly the Overseas Development Administration (ODA) ) where he worked closely with economies undergoing substantial reform in eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East and North Africa. Sir Suma is notable for playing a key role developing the UK’s successful Know-How Fund for Central and Eastern Europe and worked with the European Commission in improving its programmes in the Middle East and North Africa. Sir Suma also worked in the late 1990s in the UK Treasury, where he was responsible for UK public expenditure, and in the early 2000s in the Cabinet Office, where he led on cross-departmental strategic issues and subsequently the management of the Cabinet agenda. After studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford, Sir Suma took a Masters in Development Economics at the University of Sussex. He also holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sussex and East Anglia and the Bucharest University of Economic Sciences.

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