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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.

Twitter: @EuromaidanForum

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 through the eyes of students

Essay Series: “Euromaidan through the eyes of students”

944785_3Today we present the first of a series of essays about the impact of Euromaidan as seen through the eyes of graduate students at NAUKMA.  Every day in May we shall post additional essays, composed for an English writing class, to share their lived experiences, reflections and insights about Ukraine and its future.  The genesis of this project came from their instructors.  All essays were written at the end of March 2014.

Євромайдан очима студентів

Сьогодні ми презентуємо  першу серію есеїв про плив Євромайдану та його сприйняття студентами Національного університету “Києво-Могилянська академія”. Кожного дня впродовж травня ми будемо публікувати нові есеї, які були написані у рамках курсу англійського письма, аби поділитися своїм життєвим досвідом, роздумами про Україну та її майбутнє. Ідею написати есеї студентам запропонували їх викладачі.  Усі есеї були напасні наприкінці березня у 2014 році.


For more information, please see the Student Views of Euromaidan project page.

Essay Index

Viktoriia Biliaieva – “Getting Violent” (May 13, 2014)

Yuriy Borodulin – “The Wind of Changes vs The Wind of Shame” (May 13, 2014)

Andriy Buniak – “Ukrainians Before and After Euromaidan” (May 13, 2014)

Oleksandra Chubenko – “Volunteer’s View of Euromaidan” (May 14, 2014)

Kate Dremova – “Great Revolution of Minds” (May 16, 2014)

Nazar Gavryshko – “Euromaindan: Revision of the World Diplomac” (May 18, 2014)

Ann Hnedkova – “Euromaidan: Impossible is Possible” (May 20, 2014)

Olena Iagniuk – “Euromaidan: What We Gained” (May 21, 2014)

Tetyana Kalytenko – “When My People Go” (May 22, 2014)

Mariya Kharitonyuk – “Love in the Time of War” (May 23, 2014)

Anna Lachykhina – “Three Fears Which Came True During Euromaidan” (May 25, 2014)

Denys Mekhed – “Truth About EuroMaidan” (May 27, 2014)

Anna Pastyria – “Becoming a New Patriot” (May 29, 2014)

Bogdana Poberezhna – “Euromaidan and Youth’s New Way of Thinking” (May 31, 2014)

Yelyzaveta Taranukha – “Euromaidan and Ukrainian History” (June 2, 2014)

Olexandra Tsekhanovska – “Information War on Euromaidan in Russia” (June 8, 2014)

Nataliia Vladimirova – “True Freedom Fighters” (June 8, 2014)

Olga Vynogradova – “EuroMaidan: Revolution of Selfless, Generous and Fearless Ordinary People” (June 13, 2014)

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

Photoessay: The Role of Churches in Euromaidan

Artem Zhavrotsky has contributed a photoessay to Pravda showing the role of churches in Euromaidan. His photos highlight how churches have become important places for the distribution of food and medicine, where volunteers have gathered to help and those in need can receive medical care.

A few selections:

Hospital care from inside a church.
Hospital care from inside a church. Photo by Artem Zhavrotskoho
Volunteers distribute necessities.
Volunteers distribute necessities. Photo by Artem Zhavrotskoho.

Please view the whole collection here.

Thank you to Dmtryo Sherengovsky of UCU for contributing this link.


Артема Жавроцький
“Собори душ наших: церква під час революції. Фоторепортаж.” Українська правда. 25 Feb. 2014. Web. 3 Mar. 2014.

Infographic: How Twitter Mentions of Ukraine Spread

A time lapse infographic of how Twitter mentions of Ukraine spread during February 2014

A time lapse of Twitter mentions of Ukraine. Click to view source.
A time lapse of Twitter mentions of Ukraine. Click to view source.

On February 26, 2014, Olga Minchenko with The Watcher posted an interactive infographic of Twitter mentions of Ukraine. It superimposes Twitter activity over the world map in a time lapse animation covering the period between February 1  and February 25, 2014.

See the infographic here.

Thank you to Dmtryo Sherengovsky of UCU for contributing this link.


Мінченко, Ольга. “Неймовірна інфографіка: як світ говорив про Україну в Твітері у лютому.” The Watcher. 26 Feb. 2014. Web. 3 Mar. 2014.

Interview with Roman Petryshyn

On February 10, 2014, Project Coordinator Roman Petryshyn gave a short interview on the Contemporary Ukraine Research Forum and its aims. A full transcription follows below.

10 лютого 2014 року  координатор проекту «Дослідницький форум вивчення сучасної України» Роман Петришин у своєму інтерв’ю розповів про цілі форуму.  Текст інтерв’ю можна знайти нижче.

10 февраля 2014 года координатор проекта «Исследовательский форум изучения современной Украины» Роман Петришин в своем интервью рассказал о целях форума. Текст интервью можно найти ниже.

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