Tymofii Brik. Patterns of on-line communication in Ukraine


Various social media have proven to be important in mobilizing social movements around the Globe. Ukrainians have witnessed an exponential growth of online communication in terms of numbers of communities and participation. However, there are virtually no empirical studies of the content of online communication in Ukraine. What are the patterns of online communication? How do people interact online? What kinds of topics engage individuals in discussions? In order to answer these questions I study the Maidan-related facebook page called Euromaidan. I analyze series of posts and comments from this facebook page that were publishing from November 2013 till June 2014. In addition I investigate the network properties of the ties between recipients of the information. Social Network Analysis (SNA) tools are used to analyze the spread of information via networks of people. Read more

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).

AWARD for Best ARTICLE

Social, Health, and Communication Studies Journal: Contemporary Ukraine Forum: A Case of EuroMaidan – Volume 1 (1): 2014

Social, Health, and Communication Studies (SHCS) Journal Articles Section includes submissions that vary in their depth of content and in their word length (1250-3000 words). Submissions to this section will focus on a diversity of topics that bring awareness to, that examine circumstances within, and that offer insights to issues concerning social, health, and communication. The articles will be researched and will derive from either quantitative or qualitative methods, use primary and/or secondary sources, and provide clarity to a topic that addresses the issue’s theme. Read more

Conference Today

International Video Conference Today via Livestream

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.

We will be monitoring Twitter, Facebook and the comments on this site for your questions and feedback.

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Facebook: Contemporary Ukraine Research Forum: The Case of Euro-Maidan

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