Crimea: Whose Homeland? On the Occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Deportation of Crimean Tatars

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19–20 May 2014

Center for Government and International Studies
Tsai Auditorium S-010, South Building
1730 Cambridge Street
Harvard University


May 19

Session 1
1:30 – 3:15 p.m.


Panel: Verities and Varieties of Crimean History

Perspective(s) on the History of Crimea and Crimean Tatar History

Idil Izmirli
George Mason University

Crimea in Russian History and Russian Historical Imagination

Kelly O'Neill
Harvard University

The Ukrainian Factor in Crimean History

Lubomyr Hajda
Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University


Victor Ostapchuk
University of Toronto


Session 2
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.


Panel:  The Deportation of Crimean Tatars Revisited

Nationalities of the USSR in the Crucible of World War II

Vladyslav Hrynevych
Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
National University of "Kyiv Mohyla Academy"

Doomsday – 18 May 1944:  The Deportation of Crimean Tatars and Its Aftermath

Brian Glyn Williams
University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

Dinner Break

Leonid Polyakov
Former Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine



Cinematic Treatments of the Deportation

With introduction and commentary by

Yuri Shevchuk
Columbia University

May 20

Session 3
9:00 – 10:15 a.m.


Roundtable:  Exile and the Struggle for Return

Joshua Rubenstein
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
Amnesty International USA (1975-2012)

Tatiana Yankelevich
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

Andrew Grigorenko
General Petro Grigorenko Foundation


Session 4
10:30 – 12:30 p.m.


Panel:  Erasure and Reconstitution of Historical Memory in Crimea

The Deportation of Crimean Tatars:  A Case of Genocide?

Douglas Irvin-Erickson
Rutgers University

The Toponymic Bulldozer: Name Change as an Act of Genocide

Gennadi Poberezny
Rutgers University

Memory and Xenophobia in Crimea

Greta Uehling
University of Michigan

"Ey, Güzel Qirim" Crimean Tatar Music in Exile and in the Homeland

Maria Sonevytsky
Bard College

The Fate of Crimean Tatar Cultural Heritage

Andras Riedlmayer
Harvard University

Lunch Break

Session 5
1:15 – 3:30 p.m.


Panel:  Return to the Homeland and the Legacies of Deportation

Return, Resettlement, and Rebuilding of the Crimean Tatar Nation

Idil Izmirli
George Mason University

Mapping Ethnicity and Projecting Demographic Changes in Post-Soviet Crimea

Greta Uehling
University of Michigan
Lubomyr Hajda
Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University

Crimea and the Politics of Ethnicity in Independent Ukraine

Oxana Shevel
Tufts University

Interethnic Relations in Ukraine's Crimea: The Case of the Russian Cossacks

Huseyin Oylupinar
University of Alberta


Session 6
3:45 – 5:30 p.m.


Roundtable:  Crimea Today and Tomorrow: Problems and Prospects

The Russian Occupation and Annexation of Crimea: Its Potential Outcomes

Stephen Blank
American Foreign Policy Council


Idil Izmirli
George Mason University

Oxana Shevel
Tufts University

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