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EVENTS IN 2017-2018

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, 28 November, 7-9 pm

2017 Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture by Jars Balan (CIUS)

JARS BALAN, Interim Director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS), University of Alberta, will deliver the 20th Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture, “Tell the Kremlin we are starving; we have no bread!” Rhea Clyman’s 1932 Odyssey through the “Famine Lands” of Ukraine.

Jars Balan will discuss the life of journalist Rhea Clyman, one of the only journalists to witness and write about the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33 known as the Holodomor. Born in Toronto to a poor immigrant Jewish family, Clyman encountered adversity early in life, losing part of one leg in a streetcar accident. In September 1932, Clyman, then 28 years old, made a journey by car through the agricultural heartland of the Soviet Union just as the Holodomor was beginning to exact its terrible toll. Her road trip took her from Moscow through Eastern Ukraine all the way to Tbilisi, Georgia, where she was arrested and given twenty-four hours to leave the country, accused of spreading false news about the Soviet Union. Her expulsion, the first by Soviet authorities of a Western journalist in eleven years, was reported in scores of newspapers around the world. Clyman’s vivid eyewitness accounts of the “Famine-Lands” were published in the London Daily Express before appearing in twenty-one feature articles in the Toronto Telegram in 1933. Balan will discuss the passion, courage, and perseverance that Clyman exhibited both in her reporting and in life.

Balan has been involved with CIUS for almost four decades and has an extensive list of scholarly publications. Since 2000 he has overseen the administration of the Ukrainian Canadian Studies Program, and in 2007 he was appointed coordinator of Kule Ukrainian Canadian Studies Centre (CIUS). He is working on a book about Rhea Clyman.

THE TORONTO ANNUAL FAMINE LECTURE began in 1998 at the initiative of the Famine-Genocide Commemorative Committee of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Toronto Branch. Past lecturers have included James Mace, Norman Naimark (Stanford University), Alexander Motyl (Rutgers University), Anne Applebaum (Washington Post), Timothy Snyder (Yale University), and Serhii Plokhy (Harvard University).

Vivian & David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs (1 Devonshire Place)
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3K7

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The lecture is sponsored by the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC), a Toronto office of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (University of Alberta); the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (University of Toronto); the Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies; and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (Toronto Branch).


Thursday, December 7, 3-5 pm

Anna Shternshis (AI and Malka Green Associate Professor of Yiddish Studies, University of Toronto): That is How I Lost My Mother: Jewish Narratives of the Ukrainian Famine 1932-33

Chair: Frank Sysyn (Director, CIUS Office, University of Alberta)

Based on hundreds of oral histories of Ukrainian Jews, the lecture discusses how Soviet Jews survived Famine, and how they made sense of their experiences.

Anna Shternshis holds the position of Al and Malka Green Associate Professor of Yiddish studies and the director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. She received her doctoral degree (D.Phil) in Modern Languages and Literatures from Oxford University in 2001. Shternshis is the author of Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1923 – 1939 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006) and When Sonia Met Boris: An Oral History of Jewish Life under Stalin (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017). She is the author of over 20 articles on the Soviet Jews during World War II, Russian Jewish culture and post-Soviet Jewish diaspora. Together with David Shneer, Shternshis co-edits East European Jewish Affairs, the leading journal in the field of East European Jewish Studies.

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

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Sponsored by the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta, and Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies.

PAST EVENTS


Thursday, October 5, 4-6 pm

Ewa Michna (Jagellonian University): Identity Politics of Stateless Ethnic Groups. The Case of Carpatho-Rusyns and Silesians

Chair: Professor Paul Magocsi (John Yaremko Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto)

Commentator: Professor Piotr Wrobel (Konstanty Reynert Chair of Polish History, University of Toronto)

The meaning of the struggle for recognition and identity politics or politics of difference in Central and Eastern European countries has gained significance after the political transformation of the nineties, with the appearance of demands for the emancipation of many ethnic groups aiming to recognize their differences and specificity of culture. The lecture will describe two of such groups: Silesians and Carpatho-Rusyns, for which the democratization of social life opened the way to fight for recognition by the states in which those groups live. The aim of the presentation is to reconstruct the strategies of the struggle for recognition and identity politics of Carpatho-Rusyns and Silesian activists in relation to the signalized by Thomas H. Eriksen universal “grammar of identity politics”. Simultaneously, basing on analysis of states policy towards aspirations of Silesians and Carpatho-Rusyns it will show the fundamental difficulties in achieving legal recognition and protection, which involve groups of unknown status, stateless minority, divided in terms of identity, whose right to emancipation is challenged by various social actors.

Ewa Michna PhD habil., is a sociologist associated professor at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University, Cracow. Her research interests focus around ethnic and national minorities in Central and Eastern Europe, the struggle of minority communities for their recognition and the identity politics of ethnic leaders. Authors of  Łemkowie. Grupa etniczna czy naród?  (The Lemkos. An Ethnic Group or a Nation?),  Kwestie etniczno-narodowościowe na pograniczu Słowiańszczyzny wschodniej i zachodniej. Ruch rusiński na Słowacji. Ukrainie i w Polsce (Ethnic and  National  Issues in the Borderlands of Eastern and Western Slavic World. The Rusyn Movement in Slovakia, Ukraine and Poland).

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

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Sponsored by the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, the John Yaremko Chair of Ukrainian Studies; the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, and the Konstanty Reynert Chair of Polish Studies.

Thursday, October 12, 5-7 pm

Mykola Riabchuk (Ukrainian Centre for Cultural Studies, Kyiv): "Hybrid Censorship During the "Hybrid War": Freedom of Speech and Expression in the Post-Euromaidan Ukraine

Chair: Lucan Way (Professor of Political Science, co-director of the Petro Jacyk Program

Within the past few years, the Ukrainian authorities have been heavily critisized by international watchdogs and independent observers for some legal steps and practical policies that allegedly curtail freedom of speech and access to information in the country. The government and its supporters argue, however, that the policies are justified by the actual situation of war waged by the neigboring Russia against Ukraine and have nothing to do with a censorship in a conventional sense but, rather, represents a defensive measure against the enemy’s propaganda, subversion, and provocative disinformation. The debate represents a partiular case of a broader controversy between the demand for unrestrained freedom of speech indispensable for modern democracy and the need of those very democracies to protect themselves from the rogue individials, groups, and regimes that increasingly learned how to weaponize media and (dis)information for their malevolent goals.

Mykola Riabchuk is a senior research fellow at the Ukrainian Center for Cultural Studies, in Kyiv, and co-founder and member of the editorial board of Krytyka, a leading Ukrainian intellectual magazine.

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

 

Thursday, October 26, 4-6 pm

Mayhill Fowler (History Department, Stetson University): Beau Monde on Empire's Edge: State and Stage in Soviet Ukraine

Chair: Maxim Tarnawsky (Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Toronto)

During her talk, 2012-2013 Jacyk Postdoctoral Fellow Professor Mayhill Fowler will present her recently published book. In Beau Monde on Empire’s Edge, Mayhill C. Fowler tells the story of the rise and fall of a group of men who created culture both Soviet and Ukrainian. This collective biography showcases new aspects of the politics of cultural production in the Soviet Union by focusing on theater and on the multi-ethnic borderlands. Unlike their contemporaries in Moscow or Leningrad, these artists from the regions have been all but forgotten despite the quality of their art. Beau Monde restores the periphery to the center of Soviet culture. Sources in Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, and Yiddish highlight the important multi-ethnic context and the challenges inherent in constructing Ukrainian culture in a place of Ukrainians, Russians, Poles, and Jews. Beau Monde on Empire’s Edge traces the growing overlap between the arts and the state in the early Soviet years, and explains the intertwining of politics and culture in the region today. The book has been published with University of Toronto Press.

Dr. Mayhill C. Fowler (Ph.D., Princeton) is assistant professor of history at Stetson University, where she also directs the program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. She teaches and researches the cultural history of Russia and Eastern Europe, with a focus on Ukraine, and is interested in how social and political structures shape entertainment, representation, and live performance. She has published widely on culture in Ukraine. Her first book– Beau Monde at Empire’s Edge: State and Stage in Soviet Ukraine (Toronto, 2017)—tells the story of how a very rich cultural center became a cultural periphery through a collective biography of young artists and officials in the 1920s and 1930s. Her second project investigates how we entertain soldiers, through the lens of the former Red Army Theater in Lviv. She also thinks about the Soviet actress, Yiddish theater, and 19th century itinerant theater clans. She was the Petro Jacyk Postdoctoral Fellow at Toronto in 2012-2013, held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard’s Ukrainian Research Institute, and taught cultural history at the Catholic University in Lviv.

Room 208N, 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.

 

Sunday, October 29, 3 pm

George Liber (University of Alabama at Birmingham):
Book presentation: Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914–1954

George Liber will speak about his book Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914–1954. Between 1914 and 1954, the Ukrainian-speaking territories in East Central Europe suffered almost 15 million “excess deaths” as well as large-scale evacuations and population transfers, the consequences of two world wars, revolutions, famines, genocidal campaigns, and purges. George Liber argues that these events made and re-made Ukraine’s boundaries, institutionalized its national identities, and pruned its population according to various state-sponsored political, racial, and social ideologies. In short, the two world wars, the Holodomor, and the Holocaust played critical roles in forming today’s Ukraine.

George O. Liber is Professor of History at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. His previous books include Soviet Nationality Policy, Urban Growth and Identity Change in the Ukrainian SSR, 1923-1934 and Alexander Dovzhenko: A Life in Soviet Film.

Location: St. Vladimir Institute (620 Spadina Avenue)

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Sponsored by the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, and St. Vladimir Institute.

 

Monday, October 30, 7-10 pm

Anne Applebaum Presents "Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine"

Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag and the National Book Award finalist Iron Curtain, Anne Applebaum presents her new book, Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine, a revelatory history of one of Stalin's greatest crimes.

In 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization—in effect a second Russian revolution—which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. But instead of sending relief the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem. In Red Famine, Anne Applebaum argues that millions of Ukrainians perished not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy but because the state deliberately set out to kill them. Applebaum proves what has long been suspected: after a series of unsettling rebellions, Stalin set out to destroy the Ukrainian peasantry. The state sealed the republic’s borders and seized all available food. Starvation set in rapidly, and people ate anything: grass, tree bark, dogs, corpses. Red Famine captures the horror of ordinary people struggling to survive extraordinary evil. Today, Russia, the successor to the Soviet Union, has placed Ukrainian independence in its sights once more. Applebaum’s compulsively readable narrative recalls one of the worst crimes of the twentieth century, and shows how it may foreshadow a new threat to the political order in the twenty-first.

Anne Applebaum writes on history and contemporary politics in Eastern Europe, Ukraine, and Russia. She is a columnist for The Washington Post, a Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics, and a contributor to The New York Review of Books. 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 Slate and at several British newspapers, including the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs. From 1988-1991 she covered the collapse of communism as the Warsaw correspondent of the Economist magazine and the Independent newspaper. Her previous books include Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956, which won the 2012 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature and the Duke of Westminster Medal. She is also the author of Gulag: A History, which narrates the history of the Soviet concentration camps system and describes daily life in the camps, making extensive use of recently opened Russian archives as well as memoirs and interviews Gulag won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction in 2004.

New location:
Innis Town Hall Theatre 
2 Sessex Ave
Toronto, ON M5S 1J5

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REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY FULL. THIS EVENT WILL BE STREAMED LIVE AT https://www.youtube.com/user/inniscollege

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

 

Tuesday, November 7, 5-7 pm

Smuggling Ukraine Westward: A Conversation with Ukrainian Writer Andriy Lyubka

Chair: Maxim Tarnawsky (Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures)

Andriy Lyubka, was born in 1987 in Riga, Latvia. He is the author of three books of poetry—Eight Months of Schizophrenia (2007), TERRORISM (2008), and Forty Bucks Plus Tip (2009)—and four books of prose—KILLER: A Collection of Stories (2012), Sleeping with Women (2014), Carbide (2015), A Room for Sorrow (2016) and Saudade (2017). His novel Carbide was shortlisted for the Angelus Central European Literature Award this year. He has also published several translations from Polish, Serbian and English into Ukrainian. He holds degrees in Ukrainian Philology from Uzhhorod University (2009) and in Balkan Studies from the University of Warsaw (2014). His works have been translated into Polish, Chinese, English, Portuguese, Russian, Czech, Serbian, Macedonian, Slovak, Lithuanian, Romanian, Turkish and German. He is a columnist for Radio Liberty, Den and Zbruch. Mr. Lyubka has been a curator for the literary festivals Kyivski Lavry and Meridian Czernowitz and has been writer-in-residence at cultural institutes in Poland, Latvia, Romania, Hungary, Sweden and Austria.

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Sponsored by the Danylo Husar Struk Programme in Ukrainian Literature of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta; the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine; the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter.

 

Wednesday, November 8, 4-6 pm

Robert Frost (University of Aberdeen): Challenging the Establishment: Mykhailo Hrushevsky, Lviv, and the Writing of Volume 4 of the History of Ukraine-Rus'

Chair: Piotr Wrobel (Konstanty Reynert Chair of Polish History, University of Toronto)

Discussant: Frank Sysyn (Professor, University of Alberta)

This talk will explore the political and cultural battles fought by Mykhailo Hrushevsky from his appointment to the chair of Ukrainian history in Lviv in 1894 to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. In these years he fought battles of varying degrees of intenstity against various establishments: the Austrian government in Vienna; the Polish authorities in Lviv; the Polish-dominated University of Lviv, and the Polish cultural and historical establishments in Galicia and beyond its borders. He also played a central role in transforming the Ukrainian cultural establishment in Galicia, sometimes in conflict with its leaders; sometimes in collaboration with them. Against this background of struggle, and the worsening state of Polish-Ukrainian relations in Galicia, Hrushevsky conceived and wrote volume 4, in the years between 1901 and 1907. It covers the period of Polish-Lithuanian rule of Ukraine, from the collapse of the principality of Galicia-Volhynia in 1340 to the 1569 Union of Lublin, when Ukraine was incorporated into the kingdom of Poland. Volume 4 was written when the young Hrushevsky was at the height of his powers as a historian and was unconstrained by the censorship which limited what he could write in the Soviet years. The talk will explore the connection between his political, social, and cultural activities after 1894 and his radical reconceptualization of the relationship between Ukraine, Lithuania, and Poland in the years in which the Polish-Lithuanian union was formed. It will suggest that Volume 4 contains some of Hrushevsky’s finest writing on political history.

The session will be chaired by Professor Piotr Wróbel, University of Toronto. Professor Frank Sysyn, University of Alberta, will serve as a discussant. The session will include a presentation of Mykhailo Hrushevsky, History of Ukraine-Rus’, Vol.4 Political Relations in the Fourteenth to Sixteenth Centuries, translated by Andrij Kudla Wynnyckyj. Ed. Robert Frost, Yaroslav Fedoruk, and Frank E. Sysyn with the assistance of Myroslav Yurkevich (Edmonton-Toronto: Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press, 2017). The publication is a project of the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta. Volume 4 was sponsored by the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko.

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Sponsored by the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta, and the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.

 

Friday, November 17, 3-5 pm

Tamara Hundorova (Petro Jacyk Visiting Professor; professor and chair of the Department of Literature and Comparative Studies in the Shevchenko Institute of Literature):Europe or Asia? Toward the Idea of Ukrainian Occidentalism of the 1940s: a Postcolonial Perspective

Chair: Taras Koznarsky (Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures)

The situation of the European spiritual crisis after the Second World War set the special conditions for drawing Ukrainian occidental theory that was born in the circle of Ukrainian scholars united around the Ukrainian Free University and in the intellectual circles of the displaced persons camps of the 1940-50ies. While reflecting on the crisis of European identity Ukrainian intellectuals discusses Occidentalism as a decolonizing discourse to introduce a special mission of Ukraine to Western audience, to contextualize the idea of westernization of the 1920ies and to offer an alternative perspective of a universal European history.

Tamara Hundorova (Ph.D. in Philology) is a corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, professor and chair of the Department of Literature and Comparative Studies in the Shevchenko Institute of Literature (NAS of Ukraine), the Executive Director of the Institute of Criticism, professor and dean of the Ukrainian Free University (Munich), and an Associate of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. She has published extensively on Ukrainian literature, modernism, postmodernism, postcolonial criticism, kitsch, feminism and Chornobyl.

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




   
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