The Wind of Changes vs The Wind of Shame

Yuriy Borodulin,
National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Master Program of Chemistry (1st year)
National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
From Kyiv region

Maidan as a social phenomenon is like the Wind of Changes; on the contrary, Antimaidan is just like the Wind of Shame for Ukraine.

First of all, Maidan was initiated by people`s will. Ukrainians could not bear anymore the political disorder, lies of the leaders of our country, and the corruptive schemes killing the future of Ukraine. In contrast to Maidan, Antimaidan was created by ruling political forces who had all the power in Ukraine. The people of Antimaidan were gathered for payment, and they had nothing in their minds except money.

Secondly, Maidan took place on the central square of Kyiv, the place which became the symbol of Ukrainian revolution. The number of participants on Maidan reached more than one million, and everyone came here by their own wills. That fact proves high patriotism of Maidan people. As for the number of Antimaidan`s pseudopatriots, they hardly reached a few thousand. Antimaidan took place in Mariinsky park, where the people were organized to be delivered by trains and busses.

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Getting Violent

Viktoriia Biliaieva
National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
Faculty of Social Sciences and Social Technologies
Master Program of Political Science (1st year)
from Zaporizhzhia city

EuroMaidan started as a peaceful movement. No one could possibly think it would turn violent. But it did. By chance, I witnessed the first clash between protesters and Special Forces. On the one hand, I was shocked by such developments and terrified as my friends and I stood on the way of protesters in masks who were trying to run away from Berkut. But I have to admit it also appeared to be funny and exciting, and the second filling was dominant. Only the next day, when my friends and me watched videos and photos from the epicentre of the clash, we realised that we were in real danger, which brought doubts about the possibility to justify violence. That attitude changed again as violence proved to be needed in order for the revolution to win. That is why I feel that my attitude to violence as a means of achieving goals by people changed considerably in the course of the revolution from inability to imagine its use to understanding that it may be the only way to change the situation that cannot be changed otherwise. 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

Інтерв’ю Володимира Кулика про роль українських медій в ситуації зовнішньої агресії з боку Росії

 Координатор Сучасного українського дослідницького форуму: Справа Євромайдану  Олександр Панкєєв взяв інтерв’ю у  Володимира Кулика про роль українських ЗМІ в ситуації зовнішньої агресії з боку Росії. Володимир Кулик – доктор політичних наук, провідний науковий співробітник відділу етнополітології Інституту політичних і етнонаціональних досліджень ім. І. Ф. Кураса НАН України.  Коло його інтересів охоплює  дослідження медійного дискурсу, мовної політики, мовних ідеологій, політики пам’яті, етнополітики, ідентичності та націоналізму. 

Interview of Volodymyr Kulyk about the role of the Ukrainian media in  the situation of  the external aggression from Russia

Oleksandr Pankieiev, coordinator of the Contemporary Ukraine Research Forum: The Case of Euromaidan, interviewed Dr. Volodymyr Kulyk,  senior research fellow, ethnopolitics department, Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. His research fields include the media discourse, language policy, language ideologies, politics of memory, ethnopolitcs, identity, nationalism. In his interview Dr Volodymyr Kulyk  talks about the role of the Ukrainian media in  the situation of  the external aggression from Russia.

Call for Papers: International Video Conference about Euromaidan

International video conference forum about Euromaidan on June 26, 2014

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Call for papers – Deadline May 9, 2014 

WHEN: June 26, 2014

WHERE:  Video-conference centres in Edmonton (Canada), Kyiv (Ukraine) and Lviv (Ukraine)

Themes

We are seeking paper presentations related to Euromaidan about the following themes.  Presentations should contain at least 50% new material.

  1. Linguistics and literacy 
  2. Social and political sciences
  3. Media and communication 
  4. Folklore and culture
  5. Maidan and religion

For more information see key issues

Presentations

Individual and panel presentations will be accepted.  Presenters will have approximately 15 minutes to present. Discussion will take place at the end of presentations from each research theme.

Proposal submissions should include:

  •  Name and institution of presenter(s)
  •  250-word  abstract
  • Description of how the speaker will engage the audience (e.g. paper will not be read; power-point will be used)
  • Theme to which the presentation is related
  •  City/centre from which the presentation will be delivered

Please send to Prof. Olenka Bilash at obilash@ualberta.ca no later than May 9, 2014.

Presenters are invited to submit their papers to the first issue of the NaUKMA / MacEwan online journal Social, Health and Communication Studies which will appear in November2014 and will feature papers about the Maidan.

Ukrainian Facebook-Revolution? Social Networks Against a Background of Euromaidan Social research (November – December 2013)

Kyrylo Galushko, Ph.D., Institute of History of Ukraine, Kyiv
Natalia Zorba, M. of Soc., M. Drahomanov National Pedagogical University, Kyiv

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The Euromaidan phenomenon of is the most remarkable subject of political, social and culturological research into the Ukrainian life in the end of 2013 – the beginning of 2014. Understandably there could be numerous research methods applied to examine it. We focused on the role of social networking in shaping public opinion and mobilizing mass support, and their function as the protests’ communication vehicle. The format of this research is the expert poll of opinion leaders of the Ukrainian segment of Facebook, Twitter and Vk.com.

Феномен Євромайдану становить собою найбільш яскравий об’єкт поточного соціологічного, політологічного та культурологічного вивчення українських реалій кінця 2013 – початку 2014 року. Зрозуміло, що напрямів, шляхів та методів вивчення може бути чимало. Ми зосередилися на ролі соціальних мереж у формуванні настроїв громадської думки, комунікативного інструменту протестних акцій та мобілізаційного засобу для залучення масової підтримки. Формат дослідження – експертне опитування опініонз-лідерів українських соціальних мереж.

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Interview with Vadym Khmarsky

Vadym Khmarsky: “Odesa has no problems with Ukrainian patriotism”

Oleksandr Pankieiev, coordinator of the Contemporary Ukraine Research Forum: The Case of Euromaidan, interviewed Vadym Khmarsky, Ukrainian historian, Professor, Head of Department of History of Ukraine and Vice-President of the Odessa National University. Vadym Khmarsky told Oleksandr Pankieiev about the preconditions of the Ukrainian crisis and shared his own feelings.

Fundraising Rally Held to Benefit Wounded of the Maidan

W. Roman Petryshyn
Canada Ukraine Foundation

DSC_0051.NEF Standing room only at the Maidan Fundraising Rally March 12, 2014.

On March 12, 2014 a standing room-only crowd of over four hundred people attending the UCC-APC Fundraising Rally for the Maidan made individual donations from $5 to $5000 and jointly raised over $107,000 for medical aid to people wounded on the Maidan. In addition, the Province of Alberta donated $25,000 and pledged to match community donations with $100,000 more from provincial funds to support medical, rehabilitation, and loss of  family income costs incurred by 30 remaining participants of the Euromaidan still in Kyiv hospitals. . The fundraising will continue until May 25, 2014 at the 100 branches SERVUS Credit and is expected to raise about one quarter million dollars. Read more

Documentary: “Women faces of Maidan”

“Women Faces of Maidan,” a Documentary Film from Olha Onyshko

Ukraine is well known for “beautiful women” and “mail-order brides.” Sense Film Production takes you on an insider look at Ukrainian women rarely seen, but an interesting aspect for the rest of the
world to view – sensitive and feminine, yet strong and determined. She is a thinker, a peace keeper, a care giver. She is the inspiration for a man to do the right thing and keep fighting for what is right.
Women of Maidan encompasses the past, present and future of women in Ukrainian society. Read more