International Graduate Student Symposium

An International Graduate Student Symposium “New Perspectives on Contemporary Ukraine: Politics, History and Culture” will be held on March 17-19 at the Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility at the Munk Centre for International Studies, 1 Devonshire Place. The conference is organized by an initiative group of the University of Toronto students with an administrative support of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies. The major sponsors for this event are The Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, the Wolodymyr George Danyliw Foundation, and the Connaught Committee, University of Toronto, and the Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies.

The purpose of this interdisciplinary Conference is to bring together some of the most accomplished young scholars (advanced graduate students and recent doctorates) for three days of presentations and intensive discussions centered around new perspectives on the study of contemporary Ukraine in the wider context of the post-Soviet states. The presentations will contribute to the political science literatures on social movements, democratic transition and consolidation, and the stability of semi-authoritarian hybrid regimes, as well as to the historical and literary discourse on post-colonialism and national resistance movements. All papers will be disseminated in electronic format to all participants. In addition, the best papers will be published in the Working Paper series of the Petro Jacyk and Danyliw programs, which is available electronically through the websites of the Petro Jacyk Program and CERES.

Our keynote speaker is Alexander J. Motyl, Professor of Political Science, Deputy Director of the Center for Global Change and Governance, and co-director of the Central and East European Studies Program at Rutgers-Newark. Professor Motyl is the author of six books: Imperial Ends: The Decline, Collapse, and Revival of Empires (2001); Revolutions, Nations, Empires: Conceptual Limits and Theoretical Possibilities (1999); Dilemmas of Independence: Ukraine after Totalitarianism (1993); Sovietology, Rationality, Nationality: Coming to Grips with Nationalism in the USSR (1990); Will the Non-Russians Rebel? State, Ethnicity, and Stability in the USSR (1987); The Turn to the Right: The Ideological Origins and Development of Ukrainian Nationalism, 1919-1929 (1980). He is also editor of the 2-volume Encyclopedia of Nationalism (2000); Thinking Theoretically About Soviet Nationalities (1992); Post-Soviet Nations (1992); and the annual Nations in Transit studies published by Freedom House. He is currently working on a metatheoretical study entitled Theories of Everything and Theories of Something.

For more details about the conference, program, and submission requirements please click on the links at the left. See you in March!