Visiting Scholars 2004-2005
In 2004-2005, the Program hosted the following scholars:
- Georgiy Kassianov (Head of Department of Contemporary History and Politics, Institute of Ukrainian History) spent October at CREES conducting research on “Academia, Politics and Mass Consciousness: National Historiographies in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus in the Post-Communist Decade (from 1991 to present)”. The research project was devoted to a comparative analysis of recent developments in nationalized history-writing in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. The study focused on the interaction among the political elite, professional community of historians, and general public in the process of nation-building in three post-Communist countries as well as on legitimizing role of history in curricula and “normative” scholarship.
Professor Kassianov has published recently “Rewriting and Rethinking: Contemporary Ukrainian Historiography and Nation Building in Ukraine” in Taras Kuzio, Paul D'Anieri (eds) Dilemmas of State-Led National Building in Ukraine (Praeger,Westport, Connecticut, London 2002) as well as articles in academic journals: “On the Question of Ideology of Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists: History, Ideology, Politics,” Ukrainsky Istorychny Zhurnal (2004) and “A Contemporary Ukrainian Historiography: Methodological and Institutional Problems” AB Imperio, #3 (2003).
- Olena Yatsunska (Associate Professor, Mykolaiv Branch of Odesa National University) spent November at CREES. She was conducting research on “Electoral Myth and Their Application in Presidential and Parliament Election Campaigns in Ukraine”. Despite the abundance of examples, the election myths are understudied in the post-communist countries. The goal of Dr. Yatsunska?s research project was to conduct a comparative analysis of applications of electoral myths in Ukraine during the years of independence as well as to show the development of manipulative technologies and the level of manipulation of the voters in Ukraine.
Dr. Yatsunska has recently published Local Self-Government: The World Experience and Ukraine, Mykolaiv, 2003 and “Elections in Ukrainian Regions: A Comparative Analysis of 1994, 1998, and 2002 Election Campaigns for the Mykolaiv City Council”, Demokratizatsiya 11:3 (Summer, 2003).
- Natalia Lazar (Postgraduate student in the Department of Political Science and Sociology, Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University) spent February at CREES. She was conducting research on “The Ethnonational Policy of Ukraine after Gaining its Independence: Analysis of Legal Aspects and Practical Benefits”. This project examined a specific aspect of nation-state-building in Ukraine ? its nationality policy since 1989 - and compared it to the ethnonational policy of other post-communist multiethnic countries (Slovakia, Romania) as well as to policy of multiculturalism in Canada.
Ms. Lazar has recently published “Roma in Ukraine and Slovakia: the peculiarities of the ethnonational state policies” in Collection of Scientific Articles, Chernivtsi University, 2003; “Dilemmas of post-communist transformations: the experience of Slovakia” in Collection of Scientific Articles, Chernivtsi University, 2002; “Post-communist transformation of Slovakia in the context of NATO enlargement” in collection of papers presented at the International scientific seminar “Security and stability of post socialist European countries in the context of NATO enlargement: illusions and realities”, Chernivtsi 12?13 November, 2002.
- Rostyslav Melnykiv (Docent, Hryhoriy Skovoroda Kharkiv Pedagogical State University) spent March at CREES conducting research on “The Theory and Practice of Literary Groups in the 1920s-1930s”. Dr. Melnykiv?s visit was also supported by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, which nominated him as a Kolasky Fellow for 2003-2004. His project aimed to analyze and systematize the development of aesthetic ideas among the adherents of various literary schools, organizations, and groups in Ukraine in the 1920s-1930s. Some of the materials from this period are inaccessible in Ukraine, but have survived in Canada. Dr. Melnykiv was studying records, manifestos and other documents of such groups as HART, VAPLITE, and PROLITFRONT in the collections of Robarts library at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Melnykiv has published a book Maik Johansen: Landscapes of transformations (Kyiv: Smoloskyp, 2000). Among recent articles: “Svidzins?ky” in Traveller and fisherman: nature in the writing of Volodymyr Svidzins?ky and Maksym Ryl?sky (Kyiv: Fakt , 2003) and “Essay on the history of literary life in Slobozhanshchyna” in From Baroque to Postmodernism (Kharkiv: Maidan, 2002).