New Digital Journal: HURI Launches Website for Harvard Ukrainian Studies

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The Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University has launched a new website for its journal Harvard Ukrainian Studies. This digital version of the journal will eventually include the content of all past volumes and new articles in advance of forthcoming hard copies.

“The HUS website is at the cutting edge of academic publishing,” said Oleh Kotsyuba, HURI manager of publications. “With this beautiful layout and innovative interface, we hope to change the way people consume and use academic research, while providing tools so scholars can more easily use the wealth of data in the journal’s archives.”

Site visitors soon will be able to purchase subscriptions online to gain instant access to content, as well as use citation tools, see article rankings, and enjoy enhanced search capabilities. Read more.

Ukraine's Struggle for a Future-Oriented Identity: Q&A with Mykola Riabchuk


On Monday, February 11, Mykola Riabchuk, HURI Research Fellow, will present part of his research on modern Ukrainian, Russian, and Belarusian identities during our first Seminar in Ukrainian Studies of 2019. The talk, “'Two Ukraines' Reconsidered: What the Euromaidan and Russo-Ukrainian War Have Wrought and What They Have Not," takes place at 4:30 p.m. in CGIS South, Room S-030 (1730 Cambridge Street) and is open to the Harvard community and the wider public. Those who can't attend in person can watch the presentation on our YouTube channel, streamed live and available thereafter.

In addition to providing new insights to specialists in relevant area studies, Riabchuk’s talk will be of interest to those studying nationalism, national identity construction, interethnic and international conflicts, conflict resolution, history of ideas, and media discourses in hybrid war. In this article, Riabchuk answers a few questions to tell us more about his seminar. Read more.

HURI's 2018 Year in Review

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This past year was a particularly busy and important one for the Institute. With January 22, 2018 marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Ukrainian studies at Harvard, it was fitting to reflect on the accomplishments of the past half-century, changes in the field of Ukrainian studies, and ambitions for the future.

Also of particular note this year were several personnel changes. As we welcomed our new manager of publications, Oleh Kotsyuba, we said goodbye to Lubomyr Hajda, who officially retired after more than 50 years of dedicated service to the field and the Institute. 

For more details and highlights from the past year, read the full newsletter here.

HURI Establishes New ASEEES Book Prize in Ukrainian Studies

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The Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University is pleased to announce a distinguished new prize that recognizes outstanding works of scholarship on Ukraine. The Omeljan Pritsak Book Prize in Ukrainian Studies was approved by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) to join its annual book prize program starting in 2019.

Sponsored by HURI and awarded by an ASEEES-appointed committee, the Pritsak Prize carries a cash award and will be presented annually at the ASEEES Convention. The Institute is grateful to the ASEEES board for considering the proposal and supporting the prize.

HURI hopes the Pritsak Prize will help raise the profile of Ukrainian studies and, by extension, help advance accurate knowledge of Ukraine. Read more.

Хто сьогодні вивчає українську мову в Гарварді

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Не секрет, що часто американські студенти, які походять зі Східної Європи, вибирають російську чи українську мови, бо так їм легше одержати необхідні залікові бали («кредити»), адже іноземна мова є тут для них обов'язковим предметом. Цікаво, що саме спонукало Ніні до вивчення української?

НІНІ АРШАКУНІ: «Я вже точно не пам'ятаю, коли я вперше почула українську мову, здається, десь в ранньому дитинстві. Але по-справжньому я закохалася в неї вже в середній школі, коли я почула українські пісні. Тоді на Ютубі я побачила відео деяких пісень гурту «Океан Ельзи», і я була в повному захваті від них. Особливо мене вразила пісня «Відпусти». Але зараз мій список улюблених українських пісень є набагато довшим, і він включає різні жанри, голоси й музичні стилі.

Тому я вирішила скористатися нагодою, яку дає мені Гарвард, і впритул зайнятися українською мовою як усною, так і писемною. Бо тільки так, через мову, можна зрозуміти будь-який народ, його історію, культуру, психологію, прагнення і сподівання.» Далі читайте тут.

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