Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk “How a Plaza Became the Maidan: A Spatial History of Celebration and Protest in Modern Kyiv”

CIUS Events. Fall-Winter 2014 Seminar Series: September 10, 2014

Why did Kyiv’s Independence Plaza, or the Maidan, become the focus of mass protests during the Orange Revolution and the EuroMaidan? This talk will trace the changing geography of protest in Kyiv over the last century and explain the choice of protest venues through their relationship with traditional locations of festivities and sites of power.

Serhy Yekelchyk is Professor of Slavic Studies and History at the University of Victoria and the author of several books on Modern Ukrainian history, including, most recently, Stalin’s Citizens: Everyday Politics in the Wake of Total War (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Video of “Maidan: The Church in the Public Square”

Video of the Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cyril Hovorun’s Seminar, “Maidan: The Church in the Public Square”

This seminar is focused on the role of the Ukrainian churches in the Maidan, which had a strong religious dimension. As mass protests developed in Kyiv in late 2013, representatives of Ukraine’s many churches were there in the square among the people, providing those in need with material and spiritual assistance. The building of a new Ukraine also entails the active participation of these churches on the “construction site.” Read more

Seminar: “Maidan: The Church in the Public Square”

CIUS Seminar Series: Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cyril Hovorun’s “Maidan: The Church in the Public Square”


APTOPIX Ukraine Protest
“Maidan: The Church in the Public Square
Speaker: Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cyril Hovorun
This seminar will focus on the role of the Ukrainian churches in the Maidan, which had a strong religious dimension. As mass protests developed in Kyiv in late 2013, representatives of Ukraine’s many churches were there in the square among the people, providing those in need with material and spiritual assistance. The building of a new Ukraine also entails the active participation of these churches on the “construction site.”
Archimandrite Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cyril Hovorun, a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, is a past chair of its Department of External Church Relations. He has been active in ecumenical dialogue among the churches in Ukraine and abroad. Fr. Hovorun teaches and does research on patristics, church history, ecclesiology, political theology, and the sociology of religion. He holds a candidate degree from the Kyiv Theological Academy and a PhD in theology from the University of Durham. He is the author of Will, Action, and Freedom: Christological Controversies in the Seventh Century (Leiden: Brill, 2008). Fr. Hovorun is currently a research fellow at Yale University, where he is working on a project about the church in the public square, focusing on the patterns of behaviour of the Eastern churches.

Thursday, 15 May 2014, 2:00 p.m.
128 Education Building (South)

with another presentation at:
St. John’s Cultural Centre
10611 – 110 Avenue, at 7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by The Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life and the Program on Religion and Culture at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

For further information, please contact

David Goa at 780-504-5942 / dgoa@ualberta.ca

Heather Coleman at 780-492-3922 / hcoleman@ualberta.ca

Lecture: “The Battle for Ukraine, 2013-2014”

Bohdan Nahaylo lectures on “The Battle for Ukraine, 2013-2014”


Bohdan Nahalylo, a Ukraine specialist who had formerly worked with Amnesty International, Radio Liberty, and the United Nations, delivered the 2014 Wolodymyr Dylynsky Memorial Lecture on April 4 at St. Vladimir Institute in Toronto. His topic was “The Battle for Ukraine, 2013–2014.”

The lecture provided a solid synopsis of recent events in Ukraine while adding a historical context and the speaker’s personal observations. The event was sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (through the Wolodymyr Dylynsky Memorial Fund) and St. Vladimir Institute.