States, Peoples, Languages: A Comparative Political History of Ukrainian, 1863-2013

2014 States Peoples

11–13 June 2014

Center for Government and International Studies
Tsai Auditorium S-010, South Building
1730 Cambridge Street
Harvard University


Day 1: Wednesday, June 11


1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Registration

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.  Welcome and Opening Remarks

Serhii Plokhii
Director, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University

Andrea Graziosi
National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research, Italy


Session 1.  Years of Dependence:  1863–1991

2:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Panel 1. 1863–1905: Years of Prohibition and Russification

Michael S. Flier
Harvard University

1. The Fate of the Ukrainian Language under the Russian Empire

Johannes Remy
University of Helsinki

2. The Fate of the Ukrainian Language in the Habsburg Monarchy

Michael Moser
University of Vienna

3. Russian:  The Language of Empire

Alexei Miller
Institute for Scientific Information in Social Sciences, RAS, Moscow; Central European University, Budapest

4. The Formation of the Finnish Polity: Languages and the People in the Construction of the Nation State, 1863-1905

Ilkka Liikanen
University of Eastern Finland

Jussi Kurunmäki
University of Stockholm

5. When the West Meets the East: Slavia Romana at the Crossroad

Anita Peti-Stantic
University of Zagreb; Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University

7:30 p.m.
Conference Dinner

Address:  Ukrainian and Russian - Poles Apart?

Michael Flier
Harvard University

Day 2: Thursday, June 12

9:00 – 12:00 noon
Panel 2. 1905–1932: Years of Crisis and National Revival

Serhii Plokhii
Harvard University

1. The "Bastard Tongue" and the "Doubling of Hallelujah:" The Ukrainian Language Question in Russian Ukraine, 1905–1916

Andriy Danylenko
Pace University

2. The Bolshevik Language Policy as a Factor in Communist Construction (1919- 1933)

Hennadii Yefimenko
Institute of History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

3. Ukrainian in Transition from Late Austria-Hungary through the Interwar Period in Eastern Europe

Jan Fellerer
Wolfson College, University of Oxford

Morning Break

4. Russian in the Early 20th Century: Imperial Language in Retreat?

Michael Smith
Purdue University

5. Ireland and Irish: Economics, Politics, Culture

Tony Crowley
University of Leeds

6. National Delimitation in Soviet Central Asia and the Fashioning of Modern Uzbek

William Fierman
Indiana University at Bloomington

Lubomyr Hajda
Harvard University

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Panel 3. 1932–1953: Years of Stress and Repression

Roman Szporluk

Harvard University

1. Ukrainian in the Face of Totalitarianism and Total War

Yuri Shapoval
Institute of Political and Ethno-National Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

2. Russian: Revival of Linguistic Centralism

Peter A. Blitstein
Lawrence University

3. Catalonia: Portrait of a Dictatorship

Montserrat Guibernau
Queen Mary University of London

4. The Divergent Fates of Yiddish and Hebrew

Zvi Gitelman
University of Michigan

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.  Afternoon Break

4:00 – 6:15 p.m.
Panel 4. 1953/56–1991:Years of Retreat and Resistance

Patrick Sériot

Université de Lausanne

1. Ukrainian in the Soviet Crucible: Assimilation vs. Preservation

Roman Solchanyk
RAND Corporation

2. Russian as the Language of "A New Historical Community—the Soviet People"

Isabelle Kreindler
University of Haifa

3. The Difficult Art of Defining Linguistic Minorities: Access to Minority Schools in Québec and Canada since the 1980s

François Charbonneau
University of Ottawa

4. The 1955-56 Linguistic State Reorganization in India and the Soviet Model

Andrea Graziosi
National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research, Italy

7:30 p.m.
Conference Dinner

Address:  What Is a Language That It Can Be Modified?  The Implicit Model of Soviet Language Policy in the 1930s and the Invention of a New Soviet Standard for Ukrainian and Belarusian

Patrick Sériot
Université de Lausanne

Day 3: Friday, June 13

Session 2.  Years of Independence:  1991–2013

9:00 – 12:00 noon
Panel 5. Language and Politics: The View from Above

Roman Senkus

University of Toronto

1. Constitutional and Legal Development of Language Policy

Volodymyr Vassylenko
National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

2. Language Practices in Government, Administration and the Judiciary

Oxana Shevel
Tufts University

3. Language Practices and Politics in Regional Perspective

Dominique Arel
University of Ottawa

4. The Rise and Dynamics of the Normative Isomorphism of Language, Nation and State in Central Europe

Tomasz Kamusella
University of St. Andrews

5. When is a Language a Language? The Case of Former Yugoslavia

Robert Greenberg
University of Auckland

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch Break

1:30-4:00 p.m.

Panel 6: Language and Society: The View from Below

Timothy Colton

Harvard University

1. Language Attitudes in Post-Soviet Ukraine: Differentiation and Evolution

Volodymyr Kulyk
Institute of Political and Ethno-National Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

2. Ukraine 2014: Language Legislation in the National Emergency

Bohdan Azhniuk
Institute of the Ukrainian Language, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

3. Purism and Pluralism: Trends of Language Use in Popular Culture in Ukraine since Independence

Laada Bilaniuk
University of Washington

4. Kazakh National Language against the Dominance of Russian

John Schoeberlein
Nazarbayev University, Astana

5. After the Status Reversal: The Use of Titular Languages and Russian in the Baltic Countries

Martin Ehala
University of Tartu

4:00 p.m. Concluding Remarks and Adjournment

Lubomyr Hajda
Associate Director, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University

Serhii Plokhii
Director, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University

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