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April 2015

  • Thursday, April 23rd Book Discussion: Fatherland by Nina Bunjevac

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    Thursday, April 23, 20152:00PM - 4:00PM2098 Sidney Smith Hall
    Natalie Zemon Davis Seminar
    Room
    100 St. George St.
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    Description

    “Fatherland” by graphic artist and author Nina Bunjevac is published by Jonathan Cape, London, 2014.

    Contact

    Joseph Hawker
    416-946-8698


    Speakers

    Nina Bunjevac
    Graphic novelist



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  • Friday, April 24th The Persian Madonna and Child: Commodified Gifts between Diplomacy and Armed Struggle in the Safavid-Ottoman-Venetian Triangle

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    Friday, April 24, 20154:00PM - 6:00PMSidney Smith Hall 2098
    Natalie Zemon Davis Conference Room
    100 St. George Street
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    Series

    Seminar in Ottoman & Turkish Studies

    Description

    A gold-embroidered velvet featuring a repeating pattern of the nursing Madonna was among the gifts sent by Shah Abbas to the Venetian doge in 1603. Taking as its point of departure this luxury silk textile, this talk considers Safavid embassies to Europe at the turn of the seventeenth century against the background of the Safavid king’s innovative attempt to create a royal silk monopoly on the one hand, and on the other, his quest to alter the established course of the silk route through Ottoman lands. By placing such custom-made gifts such as the Persian Madonna and Child in a triangular network of diplomatic and commercial exchange, this discussion will explore how the shah was setting in motion objects that oscillated between the categories of gift and commodity at the turn of the seventeenth century.

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    Speakers

    Prof. Sinem Casale
    Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Department of History

    Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations


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  • Tuesday, April 28th Ukraine's Southwest/Odesa Living Through the Year of Revolution, Elections, War, Economic Crisis, Struggle for Reforms and More

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    Tuesday, April 28, 20154:00PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
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    Description

    Ukraine has had a turbulent year. It has experienced yet another massive popular movement – Maidan II, which has led to a new opening with a chance to cleance the system and introduce real reforms. That has been followed by Russian annexation of Crimea and its aggression in Donbas; Ukraine has become a country in war. The protracted economic recession, Yanukovich’s legacy and the war expenditures have brought the country to the edge of a default. The tasks at hand are formidable: withstand an aggression, reinvigorate economy and introduce reforms.

    The last year has proved wrong the simplistic picture of Ukraine as divided in West and East. It has turned out to be much more diversified. In the so-called “East” we saw Northeast, Donbas, Southwest, Crimea, – all of them different from each other. The Southwest of Ukraine emerged without V. Yanukovich and his Party of regions – its most frequent electoral choice previously. Geostrategically it has found itself locked between Russian occupied Crimea and pro-Russian breakway region of Transnistria. Economically the region had to cope with the consequences of Crimean annexation, war situation, lack of investment, slowdown in number of visitors and other factors. Culturally the fight was now in full scale for the “soul” of the region: is it, indeed, a part of the “Russian world” or “Novorossiya” (as Mr.Putin would imply) or is it rather a specific, but yet loyal and integral part of the Ukrainian nation-state? Can it be a former considering its predominantly Russophone character?

    The city of Odesa – regional hub of trade, industry, culture, education, politics – had to define itself in these extraordinary circumstances. Some fights are verbal and others are physical (like the events of May 2, 2014 have shown). These struggles of Ukraine, its Southwest and city of Odesa are, of course, far from being over.

    Volodymyr Dubovyk has graduated from the history department of the Odessa State University in 1992. He has received his Ph.D. (Candidate of Sciences) in political science/international relations from the same university in 1996 and has remained with OSU (now ONU – Odessa National University) in various positions up to the present day. V. Dubovyk has been an Associate Professor and Assistant Chairperson at the Department of International Relations since 1996 and, also, a Director of the Center for International Studies since 1999. Among his teaching and research interests are U.S. foreign policy, U.S.- Ukraine relations, theory of international relations, Black Sea regional security, international conflict studies, foreign policy of Ukraine. He has had his fellowships at the Kennan Institute, W. Wilson International Center for Scholars in 1997 (RSEP), at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), University of Maryland in 2002 (CI program) and again at the Kennan Institute in 2006/07 (Fulbright). Volodymyr has been a visiting scholar/faculty at the University of Washington in January-June, 2013. Over years V. Dubovyk has been a member of the ISA, ECPR SGIR, CEE ISA and various other professional associations. He participates in PONARS Eurasia (New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia), project based in George Washington University since 2003.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8497


    Speakers

    Volodymyr Dubovyk
    Speaker
    Associate Professor and Assistant Chair at the Department of International Relations, Odesa State University; Director of the Center for International Studies in Odesa, Ukraine

    Peter Solomon
    Chair
    Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies


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  • Thursday, April 30th The German Foreign Office and its Nazi Past: A Book, a Debate, and the Problems of Commissioned History

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    Thursday, April 30, 20154:00PM - 6:00PMNatalie Zemon Davis Conference Room
    Department of History
    Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2098
    100 St. George Street
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    Description

    This seminar will be take place in the Natalie Zemon Davis Conference Room, Department of History, Sidney Smith Hall Room 2098, 100 St. George Street, University of Toronto

    Eckart Conze holds the chair for Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Marburg (Germany). He received his Ph.D. at the University of Erlangen in 1993, taught at the University of Tübingen, and was a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Bologna (2006), Cambridge (2007/08) and Toronto (2000/01). His research covers German and International History (19th and 20th centuries), the history of the Federal Republic, and the history of elites and the aristocracy. Between 2005 and 2010 he was Chair of the Independent Historians Commission of the German Foreign Office.

    His books include Von deutschem Adel. Die Grafen von Bernstorff im 20. Jahrhundert (2000), Die Suche nach Sicherheit. Eine Geschichte der Bundesrepublik von 1949 bis zur Gegenwart (2009), Das Amt und die Vergangen¬heit. Deutsche Diplomaten im Dritten Reich und in der Bundesrepublik, with Norbert Frei, Peter Hayes, Moshe Zimmermann (2010), and Das Auswärtige Amt. Vom Kaiserreich bis zur Gegenwart (2013).

    Professor Conze is currently working on the Paris Peace Conference and the Versailles Treaty of 1919.

    Contact

    Edith Klein
    416-946-8962


    Speakers

    Eckart Conze
    University of Marburg


    Main Sponsor

    Joint Initiative in German and European Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Department of History


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May 2015

  • Friday, May 1st Russia and the Ukraine Crisis: Thinking beyond Geopolitics

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    Friday, May 1, 20155:00PM - 8:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs 1 Devonshire Place
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    Series

    Annual Munk Lecture on European Affairs

    Description

    Western specialists and practitioners have struggled to explain why Russia has been ready to challenge Ukrainian sovereignty so graphically since the Maidan Revolution. For many the default explanation lies with the shifting tectonic plates of geopolitics and the prospect of Ukraine engaging deeply with the EU and NATO. However, Russian officials and analysts cast the crisis as a struggle not merely over power relations, but over the identity of Russian communities and even historically and culturally defined territories. More fundamentally, acute observers point to the Russian fixation on threats arising from ‘regime change’ and to domestic sources of Russian foreign policy and strategic conduct. Given fears of renewed conflict and deeper Russian intervention in Ukraine or beyond, with all the implications of that for collapsing Russian-Western relations, this lecture argues that it is essential to think beyond simple geopolitical categories to explain Russian actions and the severity of the challenge to European stability.

    Prof. Allison joined the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) in 2011 from a Readership in International Relations at the London School of Economics. He was previously a doctoral student and an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford; a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham (1987-99) and Head of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) (1993-2005). Between 2001 and 2005, Prof. Allison was also a Senior Research Fellow attached to the Centre for International Studies in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University. His broad research interests include the international relations, foreign and security policies of Russia and Eurasia and has travelled extensively there for research projects under his direction.


    Speakers

    Prof. Roy Allison
    University of Oxford



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