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.
Like last year's "Why Is Ukraine a Democracy?" conference, this conference will take place entirely online as a series of Zoom webinars.
Addressing the theme of Ukrainian sovereignty, this conference is distinct from typical academic conferences. Rather than presenting papers, panelists will respond to a set of questions provided in advance by the moderator. Each panelist will discuss the same questions based on his or her expertise, followed by an open discussion with participants. Panels feature a combination of scholars and policy practitioners, creating a space for dialogue that extends beyond academia.
Ret. Amb. Marie Yovanovitch will give the keynote address on Wednesday, February 9. A series of four panels exploring the meaning of "sovereignty" to contemporary Ukraine will be spread throughout the week, one per day, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
We invite and encourage scholars, journalists, policy officials, and the general public to attend as members of the audience. A Ukrainian-language audio channel will be available, in addition to the main audio in English.
Registration is required to attend the online conference. Please indicate which session(s) you plan to attend when you register. Register here.