The International Graduate Student Symposium “New Perspectives on Contemporary Ukraine: Politics, History and Culture” will be held on January 24-26, 2008 at the Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility at the Munk Centre for International Studies, 1 Devonshire Place. This year’s Symposium will be the third in a series of graduate student symposia of its kind taking place at two year intervals. The event is organized by a group of University of Toronto graduate and undergraduate 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 Symposium’s objective is to bring together young and well established scholars for three days of presentations and discussions related to the political, socioeconomic, and cultural dynamics in Ukrainian society. The Symposium seeks to integrate and draw on a wide range of theories and new scholarly research by applying them to Ukraine as a case study. It encourages interdisciplinary dialogue and cross-national comparisons in the wider context of the post-communist space.
The Symposium’s keynote speaker is Paul D’Anieri, Professor, Associate Dean at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science of the University of Kansas.His books and edited volumes include Understanding Ukrainian Politics: Power, Politics, and Institutional Design (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2007), Dilemmas of State-Led Nation Building in Ukraine, (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002), edited with Taras Kuzio, Politics and Society in Ukraine, (Boulder: Westview, 1999), with Robert Kravchuk and Taras Kuzio, Economic Interdependence in Ukrainian-Russian Relations, (Albany: SUNY Press, 1999), State and Institution Building in Ukraine, (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999), edited with Taras Kuzio and Robert Kravchuk.
The Symposium focuses on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, the following:
- Democratization and democracy consolidation;
- State-society relations;
- Political economy;
- Ukraine’s foreign relations and national security;
- Regionalism and identity;
- Rethinking Ukrainian literature and culture since independence;
- Rewriting the past: new approaches to Ukrainian history.
The Symposium will feature a workshop for graduate students “Getting Your Work Published” and will end up with a roundtable on the future directions in the study of Ukraine, an interdisciplinary discussion on the themes and issues covered in the conference.
For more details about the conference, program, and submission requirements please click on the links at the left. See you in January!
- International Graduate Student Symposium “New Perspectives on Contemporary Ukraine: Politics, History and Culture (March 12-13, 2004)
- International Graduate Student Symposium “New Perspectives on Contemporary Ukraine: Politics, History and Culture (March 17-19, 2006)