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Announcing the International Video Conference Livestream

The Contemporary Ukraine Research Forum is proud to present the International Video Conference today at 08:00 (Edmonton, Canada) / 17:00 (Kyiv, Ukraine).

Please join us! Click here to view the Livestream. (Updated July 31, 2014 to link to the archived Livestream.)

For the schedule of presentations, click here.

For more information on each presentation, including abstracts, click here.

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International Video Conference: Presenter Gallery

Presenter Gallery for the June 26, 2014 International Video Conference

Please click on a presenter’s portrait for more information about their presentation.

Interview with Peter J. Roccia

An Interview with Peter J. Roccia on his May 2014 Trip to Ukraine

In May 2014, Dr. Peter J. Roccia (Assistant Professor, Communications, at MacEwan University) traveled to Kyiv, Ukraine. In this video interview, Dr. Roccia talks about his experience at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy as a visiting Canadian academic. Read more

Conference Itinerary

Conference Itinerary for the Contemporary Ukraine Research Forum’s June 26, 2014 International Video Conference Now Available

We are pleased to announce the itinerary for the upcoming International Video Conference on Thursday, June 26, 2014.

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The conference will commence at 08:00 (Edmonton, Canada) / 17:00 (Kyiv, Ukraine).

All interested scholars, students and members of the public are welcome to attend at a participating institute’s video conference room, or to watch via livestream.

We will have a livestream available on the conference page. The page will be updated with further information as it becomes available.

Presentation Schedule

The conference will open at 08:00 (Edmonton) / 17:00 (Kyiv) with opening comments from Olenka Bilash (Moderator and Co-Director) and Roman Petryshyn (Co-Director).

The day’s presentations are arranged according to research clusters:

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EuroMaidan: Revolution of Selfless, Generous and Fearless Ordinary People

Photo: Barricade. Illustration for Olga Vynogradova's "EuroMaidan: Revolution of Selfless, Generous and Fearless Ordinary People"

Olga Vynogradova
Faculty of Social Sciences and Social Technologies,
Master Program of Sociology (1st year)
From Kyiv city

For the last several months, news about current events in Ukraine constantly get on the front pages of international newspapers. Some would claim that the reason for this only relates to the importance of those deep political changes. Nevertheless, have you ever wondered if there is something more, concerning Euromaidan, something special that makes the whole world talk about it? As I am Ukrainian, live in Kyiv and consider myself a patriot, from the first days of Euromaidan I followed the development of events and tried to be involved as much as I could. The participation gave me better understanding of everything currently happening on Maidan. What impressed me the most from the first days – Euromaidan, though aimed at political purposes, was never driven by any of the political parties or groups. The events were totally operated by ordinary Ukrainian citizens seeking positive changes in their country – selfless, honest, fearless and inspired. Read more

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True Freedom Fighters

Photo: Pravvy Sektor/Right Sector. Illustration for Nataliia Vladimirova's "True Freedom Fighters"

Nataliia Vladimirova
Faculty of Natural Sciences,
Environmental Studies (Ecology),
Master Program (1st year)
From Kyiv city

Since 1991, Ukraine is now going through the most painful but simultaneously most hopeful times. In recent months, the blood of the most dignified of the Ukrainian nation was spilled; these people were often not even ethnical Ukrainians but were real Ukrainians in their brave hearts. Much to our sorrow, only after the death of these people, it managed to change the course of the Revolution towards the victory of Ukrainians. The victims were ordinary people who in their protest against the existing corrupt and illegitimate government revolted and formed into the units of Narodna Samooborona [“People’s Self-Guard”] of Maidan. One of the divisions of Narodna Samooborona is 23 sotnia, which is the most revolutionary structure of Maidan – the Right Sector. For the whole period of Revolution, the Right Sector has been subjected to much criticism for its “too radical” actions from all sides: government, opposition, international community, and even from Ukrainian people. However, the Right Sector is the only power that managed to lead Ukrainian people to the victory in this bloody struggle for freedom! Read more

Information war on Euromaidan in Russia

 

Photo: Jason Freeny's "Think Tank." Illustration for Olexandra Tsekhanovska's "Information War on Euromaidan in Russia."

Olexandra Tsekhanovska,
Faculty of Social Sciences and Social Technologies,
Master Program of Political Science (1st year)
From Kyiv city 

During the three tense, controversial, desperate and hopeful months of Euromaidan Ukrainian citizens were introduced to a vast amount of changes. Transformations took place on the surface of social life and in its depth, from the topics of daily “expert” political discussions in the kitchens – a part of our Soviet heritage that cannot be removed as easily as a Lenin statue – to the perception of both state power and civic duty, which become more critical, intent and demanding. As the core changes in the social life, these events deserve a title of revolution, albeit its success or failure is yet to be seen. And among its achievements is a miraculous transmutation of a 46-million state into ‘a camp of fascists that is waiting to set out on Moscow’ – at least this is the idea of Kremlin propaganda that infects minds of some weakly immune Russian citizens and may turn your yesterday’s friends into tomorrow’s enemies. Read more

Euromaidan and Ukrainian History

Illustration for Yelyzaveta Taranukha's "Euromaidan and Ukrainian History."
Image source: TCH.ua

Yelyzaveta Taranukha
Faculty of Humanities
Master Program of Philology (1st year)
from Svatove town, Luhansk region

Each national history has lived through elevations and depressions during its self-development. Revolution as a form of national protest and as a kind of political transformation simultaneously tends to be both ups and downs. Although sudden changes ruin the way of living causing unpredictable events, Euromaidan has reconstituted Ukrainians into the nation. This page of Ukrainian history demonstrates our readiness to build the democracy and to rule the country, it indicates our becoming independent. Read more

Euromaidan and Youth’s New Way of Thinking

Photo: Ivano-Frankivsk students at Euromaidan. Illustration for Bogdana Poberezhna's "Euromaidan and Youth's New Way of Thinking"
Ivano-Frankivsk students at Euromaidan. Source: versii.if.ua

Bogdana Poberezhna
Faculty of Natural Sciences,
Environmental Studies (Ecology),
Master Program (1st year)
From Kyiv city

Euromaidan is, for sure, the most lively and discussed event of the past 20 years. Moreover, it will stay the most memorable for Independent Ukraine’s history. Maidan protest started as a student strike, but united people from all over the world. People from all regions of Ukraine took part in protest, part of them came to Independence Square; others – were supporting or observing it on TV. On the one hand, student strikes were numerous in the history of European countries and they were able to bring changes, and the same happened in Ukraine, which was a signal of changes in society. On the other hand, Euromaidan is the event which a new generation was waiting for to reveal its political priorities, attitude to authorities, and information exchange manner. Read more