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May 2016

  • Thursday, May 12th Farewell to a "Wonderful Slavonic People": Ethnic Othering and Stereotyping During the Russo-Ukrainian War

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    Thursday, May 12, 20164:00PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
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    Description

    The ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war, euphemistically called “the Ukraine crisis”, has revealed a dramatic gap between the imaginary Ukraine (“a wonderful Slavonic people”, in Aleksandr Dugin’s terms) created by three centuries of the Russian imperial mythmaking and the real Ukraine that evolved as an alternative and ultimately a bold denial of those efforts. The talk examines Russian stereotypes of Ukrainians as an important element of that mythmaking and deconstructs them as the instruments of imperial manipulation, discursive dominance and, nowadays, unscrupulous propagandistic war. It contends that the popular view of Ukrainians and Russians as “almost the same people” becomes increasingly obsolete since it refers primarily to common soil and blood, culture and history, contrary to Ukrainians’ attempts to develop civic identity and establish a value-based rather than ethnic proximity to democratic nations of Europe.

    Mykola Riabchuk is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Political and Nationalities’ Studies in Kyiv and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University, USA. He published a number of books and many articles on postcommunist transformations, state-nation building, nationalism and national identity in Ukraine. His last books include “Gleichschaltung. Authoritarian Consolidation in Ukraine, 2010-2012” (2012, in both Ukrainian and English) and “Postcolonial Syndrom” (2011), translated also into Polish (2015) and Hungarian (2016).

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8497


    Speakers

    Mykola Riabchuk
    Speaker
    Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Political and Nationalities’ Studies in Kyiv

    Lucan Way
    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, May 12th "Two Cheers for Europe's Populist Backlash!" - Munk Annual Lecture in European Affairs

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    Thursday, May 12, 20165:00PM - 7:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    Liberalism in Britain and Europe has over-reached itself in recent decades—on European integration, immigration and much besides—and populism has been striking back. That is not all bad. Politics needs a new settlement between liberalism and populism.

    David Goodhart is a British journalist and think-tanker. He worked for the Financial Times for 12 years and was the founding editor of the monthly current affairs magazine Prospect for 15 years. He then became director of the centre-left think tank Demos. He is now director of the Integration Hub website and head of the Demography, Immigration and Integration unit at the Policy Exchange think tank. His book, The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-War Immigration, was published in 2013.


    Speakers

    David Goodhart
    Integration Hub and Policy Exchange



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