The 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.