Ukraine in the World: Fifty Years of Ukrainian Studies at Harvard

poster smallThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Ukrainian studies at Harvard University. In the last five decades, scholars associated with Harvard have been at the forefront of changes in the fields of Slavic and East European studies by opening new horizons, suggesting new topics, proposing novel approaches to the study of Ukrainian history, literature, and philology as well as neighboring fields in the humanities and social sciences.

To celebrate this milestone, HURI will hold a two-day commemorative conference, “UKRAINE IN THE WORLD: Fifty Years of Ukrainian Studies at Harvard University,” in Cambridge on May 11-12, 2018. The conference is free and open to the public.

HURI convenes the conference to honor the vision of the founders of Ukrainian studies at Harvard, especially professors Omeljan Pritsak and Ihor Sevcenko; the dedication of the members of the Ukrainian community, who made Ukrainian studies at Harvard possible though their generous donations; and the first generation of scholars and students associated with the Ukrainian Research Institute, who helped put Ukrainian studies on the map of American and world academia. In addition to discussions on the history of Ukrainian studies at Harvard, the conference will also devote a number of panels to discussing the current state and future direction of various fields within Ukrainian studies.


Fifty Years of Ukrainian Studies at Harvard University

11–12 May 2018 (Friday and Saturday)
Tsai Auditorium, S-010
Center for Government and International Studies, Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA

Friday, May 11, 2018

Panel I: Ukrainian Harvard: Past, Present, Future
10:30 to 12:00 pm
Chair: Roman Szporluk (Harvard University)
Lubomyr Hajda (Harvard University) – “Ukrainian Studies at Harvard: An Overview”
Roman Procyk (Ukrainian Studies Fund) – “Harvard and the Ukrainian Community” 
Serhii Plokhii (Harvard University) – “Where Are We Now and Where Are We Heading?” 

LUNCH – 12 to 1:30 pm

Panel II: The Foundations: Kyiv and Beyond
1:30 to 3:15 pm
Chair: Michael Flier (Harvard University)
Simon Franklin (University of Cambridge) – “What Really Happened? Textology and History in the Povest’ vremennykh let
Donald Ostrowski (Harvard University) –“The Annales Bertiniani As a Source for the Rus’ of the Early Ninth Century”
Harvey Goldblatt (Yale University) – “Ukraine Will Rise up and Dispel the Darkness of Slavery: On the Fiftieth Anniversary of Harvard Ukrainian Studies"
Frank Sysyn (University of Alberta) –“The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Ukrainian Studies at Harvard and the Polish-Ukrainian Axis”

BREAK – 3:15 to 3:30 pm

Panel III: Crossing Boundaries
3:30 to 5:15 pm
Chair: Lubomyr Hajda (Harvard University)
Peter Brown (Rhode Island College) – The Ukrainian-Russian Studies Nexus: "Ukraine and Russia Scholarly Dependency Syndrome: The HURI Record"
Patrice Dabrowski (HURI)The Ukrainian-Polish Studies Nexus: “The Polish-Ukrainian-Hutsul Triangle, or How Ukrainian Were Hutsul Highlanders in Interwar Poland?”
Cemal Kafadar 
(Harvard University) The Ukrainian-Turkish Studies Nexus: "Linkages between Two Worlds: The HURI Legacy"
Henry Abramson 
(Touro College) – The Ukrainian-Jewish Studies Nexus: “Ukrainians and Jews since HURI”

DINNER – 6:00 to 9:00 pm – Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(Due to space considerations, this event is limited to conference presenters and invited guests. An audio recording of the address will be available on HURI’s website.)

Keynote Speaker, Most Rev. Bishop Borys Gudziak
Bishop of the Paris Eparchy of Saint Volodymyr for Greek-Catholic Ukrainians
“From Woe from Wit to The Gates of Europe: A Half-Century of Breakthroughs and Adventures in Ukrainian Studies”

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Panel IV: Rethinking the Ukrainian Literary Canon
9:15 to 11:00 am
Chair: George Grabowicz (Harvard University)
George Grabowicz (Harvard University) – "The Dark Side of the Canon"
Taras Koznarsky (University of Toronto) –“Little Russian Literature”
Tamara Hundorova (Shevchenko Institute of Literature, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) –“Beyond the Canon: Ukrainian Futurism and Totalitarian Culture”
Vitaly Chernetsky (University of Kansas) – "In Search of Territories of Freedom: Ivan Kozlenko's Novel Tanzher as a Challenge to the Ukrainian Canon"

BREAK – 11:00 to 11:15 am

Panel V: The Future of the Past
11:15 am to 1:00 pm
Chair: Terry Martin (Harvard University)
Hennady Boriak (Institute of the History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) – “Academic CLIO in Soviet and Post-Soviet Paradigms: Past of the Future or Future of the Past?”
Volodymyr Kravchenko (University of Alberta) – “Ukrainian Studies in North America during the Cold War: Canadian Aspects”
Paul Robert Magocsi (University of Toronto) – “Ukrainian Studies Outside Ukraine: The Need for a New Approach”
Victor Ostapchuk (University of Toronto) –“HURI, Ukraine, and the Ottoman Empire: Between Agendas and Achievements”

LUNCH – 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Panel VI: New Frontiers
2:30 to 4:15 pm
Chair: Timothy Colton (Harvard University)
Dominique Arel (University of Ottawa) – "The Future Is Now: The State of Doctoral Research on Ukraine" 
Paul D’Anieri (University of California, Riverside) – “New Frontiers in the Study of Ukrainian Politics”
Oxana Shevel (Tufts University) – “Nation-Building in Post-Soviet Ukraine: Challenges and Solutions” 
Volodymyr Kulyk (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) – “What Have We Learned about Ukrainian Identities?”

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