Disagreements in the Family: Dmytro Dontsov and Polemics on Nationalism, Gender, and Culture


Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:30pm



Trevor Erlacher in Conversation with Olesya Khromeychuk and Oleksandr Zaitsev

Moderated by Oleh Kotsyuba

Live on YouTube: https://youtu.be/yAlwWmh_K5M


The discordant nature of Ukrainian nationalist groups between the World Wars was not limited to the schism of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) in 1938. A multitude of competing factions, each prone to internal rifts, clashed on fundamental issues, from the nation’s history and geopolitical orientation, to gender, religion, and literature. Trevor Erlacher’s lecture will examine the bitter polemics between Dmytro Dontsov, his followers at (and defectors from) the journal Vistnyk (Herald), rival literary circles and publications, Viacheslav Lypyns’kyi and the Hetmanites, the leadership of the OUN, and other Ukrainian nationalist organizations in interwar East Central Europe. Internecine feuds impeded the formation of a unified Ukrainian nationalist movement, but this strife also fostered a milieu of vigorous debates, intellectual dynamism, and cultural innovation. This lecture will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Olesya Khromeychuk and Oleksandr Zaitsev. Trevor Erlacher’s book, Ukrainian Nationalism in the Age of Extremes: An Intellectual Biography of Dmytro Dontsov is currently available for preorder on Amazon.


Trevor ErlacherTrevor Erlacher, Academic Advisor, Programs Coordinator, and Editor, CREEES and ASEEES, University of Pittsburgh 

Trevor Erlacher completed his PhD in East European History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017. He was a Fulbright fellow in Ukraine, a recipient of the Neporany Dissertation Fellowship from the Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies, and a visiting lecturer and researcher in the University of Basel’s Ukrainian Research in Switzerland initiative. His writing has appeared in Ab Imperio, Modern Intellectual History, Canadian Slavonic Papers, and other journals. His first book, Ukrainian Nationalism in the Age of Extremes: And Intellectual Biography of Dmytro Dontsov, will be published by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute in 2020. He currently serves as the Academic Advisor, Program Coordinator, and Editor for the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) and the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) at the University of Pittsburgh.  

Olesya KhromeychukOlesya Khromeychuk, Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of History, King's College London 

Olesya Khromeychuk is a historian of east-central Europe and a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London. Her current research focuses on the participation of women in military formations during the Second World War and in the ongoing conflict in the Donbas region of Ukraine. She received her PhD in History in 2011 from University College London. She is the author of ‘Undetermined’ Ukrainians. Post-War Narratives of the Waffen SS ‘Galicia’ Division (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013). 

Oleksandr ZaitsevOleksandr Zaitsev, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Ukrainian Catholic University 

Oleksandr Zaitsev, Doctor of Historical Sciences (2014), is professor at the Department of History, Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. He studies Ukrainian integral nationalism and the history of Ukrainian political parties in interwar Poland. He is an author of Ukrainian Integral Nationalism of the 1920s and 1930s: Essays in Intellectual History (2013) and Nationalist in the Fascism Epoch: Dmytro Dontsov's Lviv Period, 1922-1939: Towards an Intellectual Biography (2019).

Moderator: Oleh Kotsyuba, HURI Manager of Publications

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