Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program

TCUP LogoThe Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program (TCUP)  is a bridge between the scholarly and policy communities with the goal of promoting a deeper understanding of Ukraine in the world. Its role is to recognize, describe, and explain the complexity of contemporary Ukraine through contributions from social scientists and policy researchers.

The TCUP’s primary contribution to the HURI calendar is an annual conference dealing with issues central to contemporary Ukraine. Our first conference will be held in the spring of 2021. The conference will invite scholars, policy writers, researchers, and journalists from various fields in order to advance the study of contemporary Ukraine.

In the fall of 2019, we held our opening event, featuring a public lecture by former Ambassador John Herbst. Also in the fall of 2019, TCUP organized four seminars as part of the HURI’s Seminar in Ukrainian Studies. Talks included a roundtable discussion on energy politics and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and an anthropological lecture on change over time in a village in Zakarpattia.

TCUP’s current research agenda focuses on issues related to internally displaced populations. It combines a systematic study of policy and implementation of government practices of reconciliation and reintegration of occupied territories in the Donbas with analysis of interviews with internally displaced people in Ukraine. This group of interviews is part of a data set generously donated to HURI and is also being prepared for open scholarly use as an online archive.

The program's director is Dr. Emily Channell-Justice, an anthropologist whose work is focused on Ukraine.

TCUP is supported by a generous gift from the Temerty Family Foundation.

James Temerty
TCUP is made possible by the generous support of James Temerty and the Temerty Family Foundation. In addition to his philanthropic activities, James Temerty has made his mark as a successful business entrepreneur, an inspiring leader, and an advocate for sustainable energy. Born in Ukraine, Temerty moved with his family to Canada in 1950. Ukraine has joined Canada in recognizing Temerty’s skill and leadership, honoring him with the Order of Yaroslav the Wise in 2015. Temerty’s business ventures have spanned the technology, retail, and energy sectors, while his generosity has benefited causes such as mental health and addiction treatment, music, and education in Ukraine.




From the Program Director

I am excited to be part of the Ukrainian Research Institute’s commitment to contemporary Ukraine. As a scholar, I have been invested in research in Ukraine since 2012. I have pursued research on political activism and social movements among students and feminists during the 2013-2014 Euromaidan mobilizations. After receiving my PhD in sociocultural anthropology from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, in September 2016, I was a Havighurst Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies at Miami University, Ohio. I have published academic articles in several journals, including History and Anthropology, Revolutionary Russia, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and I am currently completing my first book manuscript.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly with questions about TCUP programming and research goals. I look forward to working closely with the broad community of people invested in engaging with complex questions about Ukraine and finding answers to contemporary problems.