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Poroshenko and Patriarch

What Does an Independent Orthodox Church Mean for Ukraine?

January 5, 2019, marked the beginning of a new era for religion in Ukraine. The newly formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) received a Tomos, or decree of autocephaly, from the Patriarch of Constantinople. Parishes are now individually choosing to transition to the OCU.

Tornike Metreveli, a scholar who studies religion in Ukraine, recently gave a Seminar in Ukrainian Studies at Harvard. Here, he answers some questions about Orthodoxy in Ukraine and the significance of these recent events.  


Микола Рябчук в УНІГУ: Підсумки не на часі

Зараз як стипендіат Українського наукового інституту Гарвардського університету він працюватиме над темою «Православне слов'янство і проблеми модернізації: створення сучасної української, російської та білоруської ідентичності як звільнення від східнослов'янської уявної спільноти». Мета цього проекту – написання монографії, яка б охоплювала еволюцію творення сучасної ідентичності трьох слов'янських народів, і яка включала б аналіз і деконструкцію пов'язаних із цим процесом історичних, ідеологічних та квазірелігійних міфів.  

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Imagining Ukraine: Q&A with Olga Burlyuk

What exactly is Ukraine? In the five plus years since the Maidan protests, or Revolution of Dignity, started in response to Ukraine’s suspension of the process to sign an agreement with the European Union, this question has been mulled by journalists, scholars, citizens, and foreigners. While a uniform consensus seems elusive, the discussion itself is also worthy of attention.

That is the work of Olga Burlyuk, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for EU Studies, Ghent University (Belgium), who is currently a visiting scholar at HURI.  

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Весняний семестр в УНІГУ: Нові стипендіати

Починаючи з січня 2019 року в Інституті працюватиме нова група стипендіатів-істориків, соціологів та політологів. Їхні дослідження будуть охоплювати період з початку 17-го сторіччя до наших днів і територію не лише сучасної України, але й суміжних з нею країн.

Ці п'ятеро стипендіатів було обрано з-поміж тридцяти трьох претендентів: Ганна Абакунова, Георгій Касьянов, Наталя Кібіта, Алессандро Мілані, Микола Рябчук. Ольга Бурлюк працюватиме в УНІГУ по стипендії свого університету. І, нарешті, до Інституту повертається Вікторія Середа.  

HUS homepage

New Digital Journal: HURI Launches Website for Harvard Ukrainian Studies

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 will publish new articles in advance of forthcoming hard copies.

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.  


Ukrainian Studies Fund Publications

The Ukrainian Studies Fund's Holodomor Series

The Holodomor Series reprints important out-of-print or hard-to-find studies on the Great Famine of 1932-33 in Ukraine. Each booklet offers a general introduction and specialized study on a selected topic. The Ukrainian Studies Fund, the public charity that has endowed chairs in Ukrainian history, literature, and linguistics at Harvard University as well as many of the activities of the Ukrainian Research Institute, is issuing this series in order to help increase public awareness and understanding of this twentieth century tragedy. For information on purchasing selections from the series or on obtaining review copies for faculty teaching Soviet or East European history, please send your request to (reference Ukrainian Studies Fund Holodomor Series).

From Kievan Rus' to Modern Ukraine: The Formation of the Ukrainian Nation

In the articles "The Traditional Scheme of 'Russian' History and the Problem of a Rational Organization of the History of the Eastern Slavs" by the great Ukrainian historian Myxajlo Hrushevs'kij and in "Ukraine and the Dialectics of Nation-Building" by Omeljan Pritsak and John Reshetar, the historical dimension of the question of Ukrainian national identity is addressed. These articles challenge the traditional Russian nationalist historiographic practice of using "Russia" as a designation for states and cultures as diverse as tenth-century Kievan Rus' and the twentieth-century Soviet Union. Introduction by James Cracraft.

40 pp. ISBN 0-9609822-2-1 (pamphlet) (HURI) $1.00

The Catacomb Ukrainian Catholic Church and Pope John Paul II

Ivan Hvat

This booklet contains an article by Ivan Hvat, a number of documents from Ukrainian Catholics in the USSR, and the letter of John Paul II calling for the celebration of the Ukrainian Millennium. In his article "The Ukrainian Catholic Church, the Vatican and the Soviet Union during the Pontificate of Pope John Paul II," Ivan Hvat analyzes the stimulating effects of John Paul II's pontificate on Ukrainian Catholics in the USSR and the Soviet propaganda campaign against the pope. The documents provide a detailed picture of the struggle of Ukrainian Catholics for religious freedom in the Soviet Union.

30 pp. ISBN 0-9609822-5-6 (pamphlet) (HURI) $1.00

Byzantine Roots of Ukrainian Christianity

Ihor Sevcenko

Under the Byzantine Christian influence, Kyivan Rus' flourished spiritually and culturally, producing important contributions to art, literature, and architecture in a short time. The two articles presented here, "The Christianization of Kievan Rus'" and "Byzantine Elements in Early Ukrainian Culture," explore the historical circumstances and impact of the conversion of Rus' and describe the position of Kyivan Rus' among Christian nations in the tenth century.

26 pp. ISBN 0-9609822-4-8 (pamphlet) (HURI) $1.00

The Many Worlds of Peter Mohyla

Ihor Sevcenko

In the seventeenth century, Ukrainian Orthodox learning and institutions made Kyiv an intellectual center of the Orthodox world. The second quarter of that century has often been called the age of Mohyla, in honor of Peter Mohyla, who devoted himself to the revival and reform of Orthodoxy in the metropolitan see of Kyiv. No aspect of ecclesiastical or cultural life remained untouched by this churchman, but his greatest achievement was the establishment of the Kyiv Collegian (later Academy) that bore his name. In 1984, to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Harvard Ukrainian Studies published a special issue devoted to the school and its founder. The included article is from that issue; in the article, Professor Sevcenko demonstrates how Eastern and Western Christianity; the Latin, Greek, Slavonic, Ruthenian, and Polish literary traditions; and Romanian, Ukrainian, and Polish cultures all met in the person of the great metropolitan and in the Kyiv of his time.

44 pp. ISBN 0-9609822-7-2 (pamphlet) (HURI) $1.00

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