During Fall 2020, scholars from the US and abroad presented research on Ukraine and Ukrainian Studies in an online series of events organized by the IU Ukrainian Studies Organization with the support of REEI. Individual lectures in the series included the following:
Sarah Phillips, IU Professor of Anthropology and REEI Director: “Moral Economies of Care and Women Who Use Drugs in Ukraine” (September 15)
Olena Sivachenko, Research Associate at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (University of Alberta): “Blended Teaching and Learning of Ukrainian as a Foreign Language” (September 22)
Sergei Zhuk, Professor of History at Ball State University: "The KGB vs. Youth Culture: A Story of Hippies and Punks in Soviet Ukraine" (September 29)
Austin Charron, PhD in Geography from University of Kansas: “Crimean Tatars and Ukrainian Nationhood Since 2014” (October 6)
Oksana Yurkova, Lead Researcher at the Institute of History of Ukraine (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine): “Academic Januses: GPU-NKVD Secret Informants at the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (1920s–1930s)” (October 20)
Tetyana Mykhed, Professor of Literature at Taras Shevchenko National University: ““Mykola Hohol, a. k. a. Nikolai Gogol: Resonance of Ukrainianness in the Cultural Space of the Empire” (November 10)
Pavlo Mykhed, Professor of Literature and Leading Researcher at the T. H. Shevchenko Institute of Literature of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine: “Christian Code of Gogol’s Creative Destiny” [lecture in Russian] (November 12)
Serhy Yekelchyk, Professor of History and Slavic Studies at University of Victoria: “Transforming Kyiv’s Memorial Space” (November 17)
Jessica Zychowicz, Stasiuk Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (University of Alberta): "Superfluous Women: Art, Feminism, and Revolution in Twenty-First-Century Ukraine" (November 19) This talk was sponsored by REEI.
The series also included two special events. On October 13, contributors to the recently published Regional Diversity, Decentralization and Conflict in and around Ukraine (Anna Shelest and Maryna Rabinovych, editors; Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) addressed the numerous challenges of the conflict in the Donbas. The panelists included Jaroslava Barbieri, Post-Graduate Teaching Assistant at UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies; Nadia Koval, Member of the Board for Ukrainian Prism Foreign Policy Council; Tomasz Lachowski, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Łódz; Andrii Nekoliak, PhD Candidate at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu; Maryna Rabinovych, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Governance at Kyiv School of Economics; and Hanna Shelest, Security Studies Program Director at Ukrainian Prism Foreign Policy Council.
On October 27, the series hosted the Holodomor Commemoration Lectures, featuring Hiroaki Kuromiya, IU Professor of History, who presented “The Holodomor and Democracies,” and Tetiana Soproniuk, Director of the Holodomor Research Institute, who presented “Public History at the Holodomor Museum.” John Vsetecka, PhD Candidate in History at Michigan State University moderated the event.
Video recordings for the entire series can be accessed at the Ukrainian Studies Organization YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpLRU3zvzACN4MXiXe4TuOw).REEI extends special thanks to all the scholars who participated and commends the IU Ukrainian Studies Organization as organizer of the series and for its efforts to promote an interest in Ukrainian culture, history and current events.