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War of Words: New MAPA Module Illuminates Language Practices in Ukraine

Language Map

MAPA: Digital Atlas of Ukraine provides an unparalleled tool for analyzing Ukraine along the lines of some of the most pressing topics facing the country today. HURI is please to announce the launch of its latest module (or thematic group of map layers): the "Language" module.

“Language is a key issue in today’s politics in Ukraine and the region,” said Serhii Plokhii, HURI MAPA Project Faculty Director. “The proposed change of language legislation was used as a pretext for the Russian annexation of Crimea, and language politics were key in the Kremlin’s attempt to create Novorossiya (New Russia) in Southern Ukraine. Today, the language component of the education law is the most controversial and broadly discussed part of that legislation.”

As Plokhii says, “You can’t understand contemporary Ukraine without looking at our maps.” Read more.

Ag Dul chun Troda ar son na Gaeilge: How Ireland’s Battle Sheds Light on Ukraine’s

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Ag dul chun troda ar son na Gaeilge (Going to battle for Irish): Ahead of our upcoming Book Talk on Battle for Ukrainian (Tuesday, November 7), we wanted to explore the book's comparative perspective. Tony Crowley, who wrote “Language, Politics and the State(s): Reflections from Ireland” for the volume, answered a few questions about the state of the Irish language and the value of a comparative collection for scholars studying various regions of the world. Crowley is Professor of English Language at the University of Leeds, where he studies the politics of language, specifically the way in which language constructs, and is constructed by, forms of social power; as well as the interrelations between language and history in Britain and Ireland.

More information about the Book Talk can be found on Facebook and on our website calendar. Read the article.

November 7: "Battle for Ukrainian" Book Talk

Suprematist Composition Kazimir Malevich

On Tuesday, November 7, HURI will hold a Book Talk to celebrate the recent publication of The Battle for Ukrainian: A Comparative Perspective. Michael Flier (Oleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology at Harvard) and Andrea Graziosi (Professor of History at the University of Naples), who co-edited the book, as well as Lubomyr Hajda (Senior Advisor to the Director at HURI), who helped plan the conference that served as the foundation for the book, will share their reflections.

In anticipation of this event, we are reposting an article on the book, which includes insights from Flier, Graziosi, and Battle for Ukrainian contributor Volodymyr Kulyk (Head Research Fellow at the Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine). More information about the Book Talk can be found on Facebook and on our website calendar. Read the article.

Harvard Ukrainian Studies Journal Publishes 34th Volume

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HURI is pleased to announce the latest volume of Harvard Ukrainian Studies (HUS). Volume 34, The Future of the Past: New Perspectives on Ukrainian History, contains a comprehensive collection of articles on Ukrainian historiography (originally published as book under the same title), as well as thirteen reviews on books pertaining to Ukraine from the seventeenth century to the present.

HUS serves as an international forum for new scholarship in Ukrainian studies. It publishes articles, documents, reviews, and scholarly discussions in all fields of Ukrainian studies, though with a firm grounding in HURI’s traditional emphasis on the humanities. Related disciplines are also included when Ukrainian topics are treated within their framework. The editors are assisted by a distinguished international advisory board of scholars. All submissions undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review. Read more about Vol. 34.

Україна – Європа: Панорамний Погляд На Вічну Тему

Ukraine and Europe150

Щойно у видавництві Торонтського Університету в Канаді вийшла збірка статей «Україна та Європа. Спілкування на перехресті культур» (Ukraine and Europe. Cultural Encounters and Negotiations, University of Toronto Press, 2017, ISBN 978 – 1 – 4875 – 0090 – 0) під редакцією Джованни Броджі Беркофф, Марка Павлишина та Сергія Плохія.

Ця збірка містить матеріали конференції «Кордони і світ ідей: Україна та Європа», яка відбулася у травні 2011 року в Міланському університеті, м. Ґарданіо, в Італії за сприяння Центру українознавчих досліджень ім. Миколи Зерова (Монашський університет, Австралія), Українського наукового інституту Гарвардського університету (США) і Департаменту лінгвістичних, літературних та філологічних досліджень Міланського університету (Італія). Далі читайте тут.

Harvard Gazette Details HURI's Revolution Series and Applebaum Visit

Gazette Applebaum

In the October 16 article "To commemorate a centennial, a look back at a tragedy — and maybe an attempted genocide," Harvard Gazette writer Christina Pazzanese discusses HURI's "Ukraine in the Flames of the 1917 Revolution" series, with a special focus on Anne Applebaum's talk on the Holodomor. Incorporating original interviews with Serhii Plokhii and Applebaum, the article introduces a broad audience to the Ukrainian aspect of the "Russian Revolution," Ukraine's ongoing importance to Russia's ambitions, and the tragedy of the Holodomor.

Pazzanese notes, "Despite its widespread devastation, details about the famine were not widely known for many decades. Stalin systematically repressed statistics and other documentation about the staggering death toll, and forbade anyone, including journalists, from writing about it, Applebaum said. Since Ukraine’s independence in 1991, a number of researchers have combed its national archives trying to construct an historical record, with instrumental support from the Ukrainian Research Institute." Read the Gazette article.

Shklar and Mihaychuk Fellows 2009–2010



Shklar Fellows

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Ines Garcia de la Puente received her doctorate in Slavic philology and Indo-European linguistics from the Complutense University, Madrid, in 2006. Garcia will use her fellowship tenure this fall to focus on the topic “From Kyiv to Rome along the Ladoga: Reassessing Trade Routes in Rus´,” a topic that she began researching in 2008 under a postdoctoral fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. She aims to shed new light on the traditional interpretation of the “route from the Varangians to the Greeks” as described in the Primary Chronicle. She plans to conduct a linguistic analysis of the description of the route in the chronicle, completing an intratextual analysis of the Primary Chronicle, and then contrasting the linguistic and intratextual analyses within their historical and archeological contexts.

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Robert Kusnierz is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of History, Pomeranian University, in Slupsk, Poland. He received his Ph.D. in History in 2004 from the University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin. While at Harvard in the fall semester, Kusnierz will study Poland’s attitude toward the Holodomor and the Great Terror in Ukraine (1932–1938) and how these events influenced Polish-Soviet relations.

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Iryna Vushko received her Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 2008 and recently completed a Max Weber Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute, San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy. While at Harvard this fall, Vushko will be researching the topic “Enlightened Absolutism, Imperial Bureaucracy, and Provincial Society: The Austrian Project to Transform Galicia, 1772–1815.” Vushko’s work will analyze the Austrian bureaucratic modernization of Galicia between its annexation by the Habsburg monarchy in 1772 and the final settlements of the Congress of Vienna in 1815. The reforms of Austrian Empire bureaucrats in Galicia were meant to replace Polish institutions with new Austrian ones and to forge political loyalty among the local Poles, Ruthenians, and Jews. Rather than promoting uniformity, these actions created new identities and reinforced existing identities that were intended to be suppressed. Indirectly, they gave rise to modern nationalism in Galicia. Vushko will analyze the long-term effects of these eighteenth-century reforms in the transformation of early modern ethnicities into modern nationalities and consequently the emergence of rival national movement in Galicia.

Mihaychuk Fellows

Rostyslav Melnykiv is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ukrainian Literature at the Skovoroda National Pedagogical University of Kharkiv. He received a Kandydat nauk in philology from Kharkiv State University in 1998. His area of interest is Ukrainian literature of the twentieth century, focusing on the 1920s and 1930s. Melnykiv will spend the spring semester at Harvard looking at the models of “ideal literature” and “ideal fiction” that participants in the literary discussions attempted to define. As Melnykiv observes, the origin of dominant aesthetic ideas, their formation, and further transformation are crucial for understanding the intellectual basis of the literary discussions and processes of the 1920s and on the whole.

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Tetyana Portnova is currently a Junior Research Fellow at the Department of Historiography and the Study of Sources and Archives at Dnipropetrovsk National University. She received her Kandydat nauk in history there in 2008. During her fellowship this fall, Portnova plans to research peasantry and peasant culture in Ukrainian public discourse during the second half of the nineteenth century. She will study the social and cultural reasons behind the peasantry’s emergence, the underlying motives for that emergence, and the significance of societal notions about the peasantry for the community in which they functioned. As part of the study, Portnova plans to place the development of the Ukrainian conception of the peasantry into the broader perspective of the national movements of Central and Eastern Europe.

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