'Beyond Borderland' TCUP Conference Set for February 2022

October 26, 2021
'Beyond Borderland' TCUP Conference Set for February 2022

Beyond Borderland: 30 Years of Ukrainian Sovereignty
Online Conference | February 7–11, 2022

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In August 2021, Ukraine celebrated 30 years of independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union. While the ideas of independence and sovereignty have always resonated for Ukraine, they have various complex meanings in the modern world. Do state borders designate sovereign land? What happens when those borders change? Who can claim to be part of a sovereign state? And how does the internet change our understanding of sovereignty? With increased urgency brought to these questions by the Russian annexation of Crimea and ongoing war in Donbas, the 2022 TCUP Conference interrogates the meaning of “sovereignty” for Ukraine in the 21st century. 


Our second annual Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program (TCUP) Conference, “Beyond Borderland: 30 Years of Ukrainian Sovereignty,” will take place February 7-11, 2022. The full schedule will be released soon, at which point we will invite interested parties to register to attend virtually. The format and platform will be the same as last year, with one panel per day on Zoom from 12–2pm EST. The conference is free and open to the public, although registration is required to attend; there will not be a separate livestream for the panels. The keynote address with Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch will take place on Wednesday, February 9.

We were pleased last year to have such a large, engaged, and international audience participate in the conference, and we hope this year will be no different. As last year, the event language will be English and we will offer live interpretation in Ukrainian. If you have any questions or concerns about accessing the conference, please contact Programs Coordinator Megan Duncan Smith at duncansmith@fas.harvard.edu.

Read summaries from the 2021 conference "Why Is Ukraine a Democracy?" on our website. 

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