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4th Danyliw Seminar on Ukraine

4th Danyliw Seminar on Ukraine, University of Ottawa (Canada)
Fourth Annual Danyliw Research Seminar on Contemporary Ukraine Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Ottawa, 23-25 October 2008


The Chair of Ukrainian Studies, with the support of the Wolodymyr George Danyliw Foundation, will be holding its Fourth Annual Danyliw Research Seminar on Contemporary Ukraine at the University of Ottawa on 23-25 October 2008. The Seminar will feature research papers, touching on Ukraine, from the disciplines of political science,
anthropology (ethnology), sociology, economics, religious studies, demography, geography and other fields of social science. Papers with a theoretical and comparative focus are particularly solicited.

The Seminar is open to all social science research topics, including topics in history. Themes addressed in previous years include language politics, minority rights, regionalism, citizenship, the politics of energy, the study of elections, religion and society, gender, the media, informal politics, the colored revolutions, regime transformation and many more.

In addition, two of its sections will feature special themes:

The first, on the politics of memory, will feature papers touching on the Famine (Holodomor), the purges, the Holocaust, deportations and other cases mass violence committed on the territory of Ukraine in the 1930s, during World War II and the immediate post-War period. involving, among others, the NKVD, German military and paramilitary forces, the Soviet Army, Soviet partisans, the OUN, the UPA, and the Polish Home Army, police, and military forces.We are inviting paper proposals based on current research in social and political history for this period and/or on an analysis of contemporary political issues raised by the memorialization of these events.

The second theme will be devoted to new research on Ukraine's geopolitical challenges, particularly as they relate to NATO expansion, EU enlargement, and evolving Russia-Ukraine relations in the context of the re-assertion of the Russia's regional and global state power. Papers exploring the domestic dimensions of Ukraine's security dilemmas are also solicited.

Scholars and doctoral students are invited to submit a 1000 word paper proposal and a 250 word biographical statement, by email attachment, to Dominique Arel, Chair of Ukrainian Studies, at darel@uottawa.ca. Please also include your full coordinates (institutional affiliation, preferred postal address, email, phone) and indicate your latest publication (or, in the case of doctoral applicants, the title of your dissertation and year of expected completion).

The proposal deadline is 17 June 2008. To be eligible, papers must not have been accepted for publication by the time of the Seminar. The Chair will cover the expenses of participants, including discussants, to the Seminar. An international selection committee will review the proposals and notify applicants shortly after the deadline.

The aim of the Seminar is to provide a unique forum for researchers from Canada, the United States, Ukraine, Europe and elsewhere to engage in fruitful inter-disciplinary dialogue, disseminate cutting- edge research papers on the Chair web site, encourage publications in various outlets, and stimulate collaborative research projects. Papers of the first three Annual Danyliw Research Seminars in Contemporary Ukrainian Studies can be downloaded at www.ukrainianstudies.uottawa.ca. The Seminar adopts the format of a Workshop, where each presentation is followed by group discussion, and is open to the public.

The Seminar is made possible by the commitment of the Wolodymyr George Danyliw Foundation to the pursuit of excellence in the study of contemporary Ukraine.
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