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  • Tuesday, March 1st Ukraine on Fire: Voices on the Ground

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    Tuesday, March 1, 202212:00PM - 1:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Description

    The Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine is hosting a Zoom webinar “Ukraine on Fire: Voices on the Ground”.

    Speakers:

    Andriy Kulykov
    Chairman of NGO “Hromadske Radio”. A multiple prize winner of the famous Teletriumph award, Andriy has been recognized for his work both as a TV-host and as a team member.

    Yulia Bidenko
    PhD. In Political Science, Associate Professor at Political Science Department, Karazin Kharkiv National University, the expert for the EU Delegation to Ukraine’ Initiative “Team Europe”

    Maria Zolkina
    Political Analyst at the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF), Expert on Russia-Ukraine conflict, researcher of public opinion on conflict-related issues.

    Mariia Shuvalova
    Literary scholar, translator, co-founder and head of NGO New Ukrainian Academic Community; lecturer at the Nationla University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

    Chair:

    Ksenya Kiebuzinski
    Co-Director, Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Contact

    Larysa Iarovenko
    416-946-8962


    Speakers

    Mariia Shuvalova
    Speaker
    Literary scholar, translator, co-founder and head of NGO New Ukrainian Academic Community; lecturer at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

    Andriy Kulykov
    Speaker
    Chairman of NGO “Hromadske Radio”

    Yulia Bidenko
    Speaker
    PhD. in Political Science, Associate Professor at Political Science Department, Karazin Kharkiv National University

    Maria Zolkina
    Speaker
    Political Analyst at the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF)

    Ksenya Kiebuzinski
    Chair
    Co-Director, Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine



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  • Thursday, March 3rd Russia's War Against Ukraine

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    Thursday, March 3, 20222:00PM - 3:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Description

    On Thursday, March 3 at 2 p.m. ET, Lucan Way, Co-Director of the Munk School’s Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine will examine the latest developments with a panel of experts including Volodymyr Dubovyk, an Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations and Director of Center for International Studies at I. Mechnykov National University in Odessa, Marta Dyczok, an Associate Professor of History and Political Science at Western University, Olga Onuch, a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester, Oxana Shevel, an Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University, and Tatiana Zhuzhenko, Research Fellow, Centre for East European and International Studies, Berlin.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Tatiana Zhurzhenko
    Speaker
    Research Fellow, Centre for East European and International Studies, Berlin

    Volodymyr Dubovyk
    Speaker
    Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Director, Center for International Studies, I. Mechnykov National University in Odessa

    Marta Dyczok
    Speaker
    Associate Professor of History and Political Science, Western University

    Olga Onuch
    Speaker
    Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester

    Oxana Shevel
    Speaker
    Associate Professor of Political Science, Tufts University

    Lucan Way
    Chair
    Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto; Co-Director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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  • Friday, March 4th CERES Graduate Student Break out Room

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    Friday, March 4, 202212:00PM - 2:00PM202N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
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  • Friday, March 4th Lire sous l’Occupation: retour sur une pratique culturelle des années noires

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    Friday, March 4, 20224:00PM - 6:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Series

    French History Seminar/Seminaire d'histoire de France

    Description

    Jacques Cantier est professeur d’histoire contemporaine à l’université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès et chargé de cours à l’institut d’études politiques de Toulouse.
    Spécialiste d’histoire de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, il a travaillé sur l’Empire colonial au temps du régime de Vichy. Ses recherches portent actuellement sur l’histoire culturelle de la France contemporaine. S’intéressant notamment aux rapports entre histoire et littérature, il a publié les biographies des écrivains Jules Roy, Pierre Drieu la Rochelle et plus récemment de José Cabanis. Il est l’auteur d’une étude sur les pratiques culturelles des Français durant les années noires : Lire sous l’Occupation.

    Contact

    Larysa Iarovenko
    416-946-8962


    Speakers

    Jacques Cantier
    Speaker
    Université de Toulouse

    Eric Jennings
    Chair
    University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World (CEFMF)

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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  • Wednesday, March 9th Economic and Financial Dimensions of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

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    Wednesday, March 9, 20221:00PM - 2:30PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Please note that the panel is scheduled to start at 1 pm and end at 2.15 pm.

    Matthew Light studies migration control, policing and criminal justice, and public and citizen security, primarily in the post-Soviet region. His book (Routledge 2016) and several related articles on Russian federal and regional migration policies in the aftermath of the breakup of the USSR analyze what forms of freedom of movement emerged in the new post-Soviet Russian state, and frames the Soviet and post-Soviet experience with migration management in comparative international perspective. Light’s recent work concerns policing and other aspects of public and citizen security in several post-Soviet countries, including Russia, Georgia, and Armenia, and examines the evolution of both public policing institutions and private provision of security in the region.

    Professor Margarita M. Balmaceda, Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations, joined the School of Diplomacy and International Relations in 1999. She teaches courses on the Politics of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity, on Post-Soviet and East European Politics and Foreign Policies, as well on Master’s Research Project. Currently she is an Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. A specialist on the comparative energy politics of the post-Soviet states, since 2000 she has been “following the pipeline” – i.e. following the complex web of interconnections that accompany the energy relationship between Russian oil and gas producers, post-Soviet transit states, and European consumers. This research agenda has taken her on multiple field research stays in Eastern Europe and the former USSR, including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Hungary and Moldova. Support from three Fulbright Awards, as well as funding from the Ford Foundation, the, Humboldt Foundation, the DAAD and many other foundations, has made possible such ambitious research agenda. Fluent in Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, German, near-fluent in Hungarian and with a good working knowledge of Belarusian, Dr. Balmaceda feels very much at home almost everywhere in Eastern Europe. And with the strong international presence at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, she is happy to use her language skills in many one-to one discussions with her students.

    Sam Greene is professor in Russian politics and Director of the Russia Institute at King’s College London. Prior to moving to London in 2012 to join King’s, he lived and worked in Moscow for 13 years, most recently as director of the Centre for the Study of New Media & Society at the New Economic School, and as deputy director of the Carnegie Moscow Center. He holds a PhD in political sociology from the London School of Economics & Political Science. His most recent book, co-authored with Graeme Robertson, is Putin v the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia, published in 2019 by Yale University Press. His previous book, Moscow in Movement: Power & Opposition in Putin’s Russia, was published in 2014 by Stanford University Press. Sam’s academic work has been published in leading disciplinary and area studies journals, including Comparative Political Studies, Perspectives on Politics, The Journal of Democracy, Post-Soviet Affairs and Problems of Post-Communism. He regularly contributes opinion and analysis pieces to general interest publications, such as The Washington Post, The Moscow Times, Foreign Policy, The New Statesman and others, and is a frequent commentator in British, American, Russian and European broadcast and print media.

    Paul Massaro is the senior policy advisor for counter-corruption and sanctions. Paul’s work has advanced the recognition of corruption as a national security threat. He has been described in the media as “one of America’s foremost corruption experts” and an “endless source of democratic ingenuity.” He has worked on over 13 pieces of counter-corruption legislation and facilitated the founding of the Congressional Caucus against Foreign Corruption and Kleptocracy and the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance against Kleptocracy. Paul also covers German-speaking Europe and East Asia. His work on the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act, a landmark law redefining doping as fraud and making it illegal in international competitions anywhere in the world, has for the first time provided justice to clean athletes and held to account the authoritarian actors who use sport as a tool of foreign policy. The Associated Press described the unanimous passage of the act as “a remarkable achievement considering the polarization in U.S. politics.” His work on the Transnational Repression Accountability and Prevention (TRAP) Act was similarly groundbreaking, serving as the first-ever U.S. law to respond to abuse of INTERPOL by authoritarian regimes. Paul is regularly quoted and published by major media outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, POLITICO, and Foreign Policy, and he speaks frequently on panels, podcasts, and broadcasts about corruption, sanctions, and European security policy. His work is featured in Casey Michel’s book American Kleptocracy: How the U.S. Created the World’s Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History. He co-hosts the award-winning Making a Killing podcast, which explores how corruption is reshaping global politics. He is a fellow at the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative, and a member of the Royal United Services Institute’s Transatlantic Response to Illicit Finance Taskforce. Paul is an alumnus of the National Endowment for Democracy Penn Kemble Fellowship and the Robertson Foundation for Government Fellowship. He speaks fluent German.

    Tymofiy Mylovanov is a President of Kyiv School of Economics. He graduated from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (Management) in 1997 and from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy majoring in Economic Theory in 1999. In 2004 he got his PhD in Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA).
    During his professional career, he has been teaching for a long time at the European and American universities, including Rheinische Friedrich–Wilhelms–Universität Bonn, University of Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh. Tymofiy’s research interests cover such areas as theory of games and contracts, institutional design. His articles on these topics have been published in the leading international academic magazines, including Econometrica, American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies. During the Revolution of Dignity, jointly with other leading economists of Ukraine and the world, he founded the VoxUkraine platform aimed to increase the level of economic discussion in Ukraine. On July 7, 2016 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine elected Tymofiy Mylovanov to the Board of the National Bank of Ukraine, and since October 2016 and until August 2019 he has been holding the position of Deputy Chairman of the Board. From August 2019 to March 2020, Tymofiy Milovanov held the post of Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine. On April 6th, Tymofiy Milovanov returned to work at the Kyiv School of Economics as President. In 2014 and 2015 (the rating was not issued anymore) Forbes Ukraine included Tymofiy Mylovanov in the ranking of the best Ukrainian economists. Thanks to extensive economic knowledge, belonging to the international academic community and familiarity with the situation in Ukraine Tymofiy Mylovanov makes a significant contribution to the development of KSE.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Matt Light
    Chair
    Associate Professor, Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto

    Margarita Balmaceda
    Speaker
    Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University

    Samuel Greene
    Speaker
    Director of King's Russia Institute & Professor of Russian Politics, King's College, London

    Paul Massaro
    Speaker
    Senior Policy Advisor to Congress on Counter-Corruption and Sanctions

    Timofiy Mylovanov
    Speaker
    President of the Kyiv School of Economics, Associate Professor of the University of Pittsburgh, former minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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  • Thursday, March 10th Afghan Voices: Mohsin Amin

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    Thursday, March 10, 202212:00PM - 1:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Description

    Mohsin Amin is a policy analyst and researcher. He worked for over ten years in the energy sector of Afghanistan. He worked with the energy commission and international development partners like the Asian Development Bank, USAID, and the World Bank to provide technical assistance on energy policy formulation and institutional restructuring. He was awarded the Fulbright scholarship and obtained his Master’s degree in Public Policy at Oregon State University. He did his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Kabul Polytechnic University. He published more than ten academic papers, policy reports, and op-eds. His recent article on Afghanistan’s economy and the frozen central bank reserves was published by the Washington Post

    Contact

    Larysa Iarovenko
    416-946-8962


    Speakers

    Mohsin Amin
    Speaker
    independent policy analyst and researcher

    Ed Schatz
    Chair
    Professor of Political Science and Director of the Eurasia Initiative, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Asian Institue


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  • Thursday, March 10th Russia after the Invasion

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    Thursday, March 10, 20222:00PM - 3:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Yevgenia M. Albats is a Russian investigative journalist, political scientist, author, and radio host. Since 2007 she has been the Political Editor and then Editor-in-Chief and CEO of The New Times, a Moscow-based, Russian language independent political weekly. Since 2004, Albats has hosted Absolute Albats, a talk-show on Echo Moskvy, the only remaining liberal radio station in Russia. Albats was an Alfred Friendly Press Fellow assigned to the Chicago Tribune in 1990, and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1993. She graduated from Moscow State University in 1980 and received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University in 2004. She is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) since its founding in 1996. Albats taught at Yale in 2003-2004. She was a full-time professor at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, teaching the institutional theory of the state and bureaucracy, until 2011 when her courses were canceled at the request of top Kremlin officials. In 2017 Albats was chosen as an inaugural fellow at Kelly’s Writers House and Perry House at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2019 — 2020 she taught authoritarian politics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Albats is the author of the four independently researched books, including one on the history of the Russian political police, the KGB, whose graduates are running the country today. She has a daughter and resides in Moscow, Russia.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Yevgenia M. Albats
    Speaker
    Russian investigative journalist, political scientist, author, and radio host

    Lucan Way
    Chair
    Professor of Political Science and co-director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine


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  • Friday, March 11th The Russian Invasion and Ukrainian refugees: Global Comparisons and Canada’s Role

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    Friday, March 11, 202210:00AM - 11:00AMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Description

    At the time of writing, over 1 million Ukrainians have fled Russian bombs, shells, and bullets. It is the largest displacement of European refugees since the 1990s Balkan wars and the largest refugee movement since the Syrian Civil War. The panel will explore Ukrainian refugees in the context of broader global refugee flows and it will reflect on what Canada and Canadians can do.

    Speakers:

    Randall Hansen is Director of the Munk School’s Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, as well as the Global Migration Lab. He is Full Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and Canada Research Chair in Global Migration. He served as Interim Director of the Munk School from 2017 to 2020. Hansen works on immigration and citizenship, demography and population policy and the effects of war on civilians. His published works include Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance after Operation Valkyrie (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), Sterilized by the State: Eugenics, Race and the Population Scare in 20th Century North America (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014), Fire and Fury: the Allied Bombing of Germany (Penguin, 2009), and Citizenship and Immigration in Post-War Britain (Oxford University Press, 2000).

    Lama Mourad is an Assistant Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. Her research interests are focused on the intersection of forced migration, local governance, and the politics of borders, with a regional focus on the Middle East. Professor Mourad previously held fellowships at Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania, and with the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her research has been supported by a number of institutions and agencies, including the Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Her work has been published in both academic and public outlets, including the Journal of Refugee Studies, Middle East Law and Governance, Forced Migration Studies, the European Journal of International Relations as well as The Atlantic, Lawfare, The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, and The Toronto Star.

    Craig Damian Smith is a Senior Research Associate at the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration Program at Ryerson University, a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University, and a Senior Associate at the Global Migration Lab at the Munk School. His research examines the international politics of irregular migration, global migration governance, and refugee integration. Craig has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Learn more at www.craigdamiansmith.ca.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Randall Hansen
    Speaker
    Director, CERES & Global Migration Lab, Canada Research Chair in Global Migration

    Lama Mourad
    Speaker
    Assistant Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), Carleton University and Senior Associate, GML

    Craig Damian Smith
    Speaker
    Senior Research Associate at the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration Program at Ryerson University and Senior Associate, GML

    Ed Schatz
    Chair
    Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Global Migration Lab

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


    If you are attending a Munk School event and require accommodation(s), please email the event contact listed above to make appropriate arrangements.

    Disclaimer: Please note that events posted on this website are considered to be public events – unless otherwise stated – and you are choosing to enter a space where your image and/or voice may be captured as part of event proceedings that may be made public as part of a broadcast, webcast, or publication (online and in print). We make every effort to ensure your personal information is kept and used in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions please get in touch with our office at munkschool@utoronto.ca or 416-946-8900.



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  • Wednesday, March 16th Putin's War With Ukraine: A Central European Perspective

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    Wednesday, March 16, 202212:00PM - 1:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Description

    Veronika Víchová is Deputy Director for Analysis and Head of the Kremlin Watch Program at the European Values Center for Security Policy. She graduated the Masaryk University in Brno. She co-authored a study on how Kremlin propaganda portrays European leaders which was published by The Atlantic Council and an Overview of countermeasures by the EU28 to the Kremlin´s influence operations. She compiles the Kremlin Watch Briefing, a weekly newsletter on disinformation and influence operations for more than 7.000 European experts, journalists and officials. She participated in the Transatlantic Fellowship Program in Washington DC organized by the World Affairs Journal, which she spent at the office of Senator Rob Portman. She has graduated from the New Security Leaders Program 2017.

    Dr. Péter Krekó is a social psychologist and political scientist. He is the Director of Political Capital Institute, a Budapest-based think tank since 2011. He is an Associate Professor at the ELTE University. During 2016-2017 he worked as a Fulbright Visiting Professor in the United States at the Central Eurasian Studies Department of Indiana University. His main research interests are disinformation, sharp power political influence, and political tribalism.

    Dr Jacek Kucharczyk is President of the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), one of Poland’s leading thinktanks. In the 1980s Kucharczyk was active in independent student movement and clandestine publishing in Poland. He has been a co-founder and board member of a number of international NGOs, including Prague Civil Society Center, the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) in Brussels and Policy Association for an Open Society PASOS in Prague. Dr Kucharczyk was also the chair and member of Advisory Board of Scholarship Programs at Open Society Foundations and earlier served as Advisory Board member of Think Tank Fund at Open Society Institute. In 2009-2015 he served as board member of the National School of Public Administration in Warsaw. He has authored and edited articles, reports, policy briefs and books on European integration, democratic governance, populism and migration policy. Dr Kucharczyk regularly comments on current domestic and European affairs and political developments for Polish and international media.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Robert Austin
    Chair
    Professor, Associate Director, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Veronika Vichova
    Speaker
    Deputy Director for Analysis and Head of the Kremlin Watch Program at the European Values Center for Security Policy

    Jacek Kucharczyk
    Speaker
    President of the Executive Board, Institute of Public Affairs, Warsaw, Poland

    Peter Kreko
    Speaker
    Director of Political Capital Institute, Budapest, Hungary


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Hungarian Studies Program

    Czech Studies Initiative

    Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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    Disclaimer: Please note that events posted on this website are considered to be public events – unless otherwise stated – and you are choosing to enter a space where your image and/or voice may be captured as part of event proceedings that may be made public as part of a broadcast, webcast, or publication (online and in print). We make every effort to ensure your personal information is kept and used in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions please get in touch with our office at munkschool@utoronto.ca or 416-946-8900.



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  • Friday, March 18th Environmental Impacts of Russia’s Invasion: Voices from Ukraine

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    Friday, March 18, 202212:00PM - 1:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    This panel brings together prominent Ukrainian experts in the fields of environmental law and nature conservation to discuss the impact of Russia’s invasion on nature and the environment. Panelists will summarize the range of issues Ukraine is confronting, discuss specific cases such as the Chornobyl plant and the fate of protected areas, and analyze the legal issues pertaining to the violation of international law.
    Panelists:

    Olha Melen-Zabramna, Lawyer; Director of the legal department of Environment-People-Law. Recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2006.

    Kateryna Polyanska, ecologist, the international non-profit organization Environment-People-Law.

    Oleksii Vasyliuk, Biologist; Head and co-founder of the non-profit organization Ukraine Nature Conservation Group.

    Moderator: Tanya Richardson, Associate Professor, Department of Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Olena Kravchenko
    Speaker
    Lawyer; Director of the international non-profit organization Environment-People-Law

    Olha Melen-Zabramna
    Speaker
    Lawyer; Director of the legal department of Environment-People-Law. Recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2006

    Oleksii Vasyliuk
    Speaker
    Biologist; Head and co-founder of the non-profit organization Ukraine Nature Conservation Group

    Tanya Richardson
    Moderator
    Associate Professor, Department of Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

    Kateryna Polyanska
    Speaker
    Ecologist, international non-profit organization Environment-People-Law


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


    If you are attending a Munk School event and require accommodation(s), please email the event contact listed above to make appropriate arrangements.

    Disclaimer: Please note that events posted on this website are considered to be public events – unless otherwise stated – and you are choosing to enter a space where your image and/or voice may be captured as part of event proceedings that may be made public as part of a broadcast, webcast, or publication (online and in print). We make every effort to ensure your personal information is kept and used in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions please get in touch with our office at munkschool@utoronto.ca or 416-946-8900.



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  • Monday, March 21st The Churches and the Russian War on Ukraine

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    Monday, March 21, 20221:00PM - 2:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Description

    This panel of scholars from war-torn Ukraine and from outside of Ukraine will examine some of the historic roots and modern religious dimensions of the Russian war on Ukraine. Themes will include the relations of the church to the state and the Ukrainian Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches’ pastoral and humanitarian responses to the war.

    Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun is a Professor in Ecclesiology, International Relations and Ecumenism at the University College Stockholm (Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm). A graduate of the Theological Academy in Kyiv and National University in Athens, he accomplished his doctoral studies at Durham University under the supervision of Fr Andrew Louth. He was a chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, first deputy chairman of the Educational Committee of the Russian Orthodox Church, and later research fellow at Yale and Columbia Universities, visiting professor at the University of Münster in Germany, international fellow at Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta in Canada, director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and Assistant Professor at the same university. He has published several books in different languages, including La riconciliazione delle memorie: Ricordare le separazioni tra le Chiese e la ricerca dell’unità (Roma: San Paolo, 2021, in co-authorship with Lothar Vogel and Stefano Cavallotto); Sacred Architecture in East and West (edited, Los Angeles: Tsehai, 2019), Political Orthodoxies: The Unorthodoxies of the Church Coerced (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2018; Ukrainian translation published in 2018); Ukrainian Public Theology (Kyiv: Dukh і Litera, 2017, in Ukrainian), Scaffolds of the Church: Towards Poststructural Ecclesiology (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2017; Ukrainian translation published in 2018); Wonders of the Panorthodox Council, (Moscow: Christian Book Club, 2016, in Russian); Meta-Ecclesiology, Chronicles on Church Awareness, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015; Ukrainian translation published in 2017); From Antioch to Xi’an: an Evolution of ‘Nestorianism’ (Hong Kong: Chinese Orthodox Press, 2014, in Chinese); Will, Action and Freedom. Christological Controversies in the Seventh Century (Leiden – Boston: Brill, 2008).

    Nadieszda Kizenko is Professor of History and Director of Religious Studies at the State University of New York at Albany. She earned her BA at Harvard and Radcliffe in History and Literature and her PhD in History at Columbia University. Prof. Kizenko specializes in Orthodox Christianity on the territories of the former Russian empire, with a special interest in sacramental practice and liturgical texts. Her
    award-winning books and articles include an annotated translation and introduction to the service composed by Teofilakt Lopatynsky on the occasion of the Battle of Poltava and ‘The Feminization of Patriarchy? Women in Contemporary Russian Orthodoxy.” Her most recent monograph, Good for the Souls: a History of Confession in the Russian Empire drew extensively on Ukrainian archives and was published in 2021 with Oxford University Press. Prof. Kizenko’s comparison of the liturgical practices of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Church of Ukraine will soon appear as part of an edited volume, Orthodoxy in Two Manifestations? The Conflict in Ukraine as Expression of a Fault Line in World Orthodoxy (Peter Lang, 2022).

    Prof. Jaroslav Skira is an associate professor of historical theology at Regis College; a Fellow of the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies (University of St. Michael’s College); and a member of the coordinating committee of the Jacyk Program. His research interests include modern Orthodox theology and ecumenical relations between the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches.

    Dr Pavlo Smytsnyuk is the Director of the Institute of Ecumenical Studies and a Senior Lecturer at the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) in Lviv. Pavlo studied philosophy and theology in Rome, Athens and St Petersburg, and holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford. His main interests are in political theology, Russian Orthodoxy, nationalism and religion, as well as colonial studies.

    Marta Dyczok is Associate Professor at the Departments of History and Political Science, Western University, Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and Adjunct Professor at the National University of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy. She has published five books, including Ukraine’s Euromaidan. Broadcasting through Information Wars with Hromadske Radio (2016) Ukraine Twenty Years After Independence: Assessments, Perspectives, Challenges (co-edited with Giovanna Brogi, 2015), Media, Democracy and Freedom. The Post-Communist Experience (co-edited with Oxana Gaman-Golutvina, 2009), articles in various journals including The Russian Journal of Communication (2014), Demokratizatsiya (2014), and regularly provides media commentary. Her doctorate is from Oxford University and she researches mass media, memory, migration, and history.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
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    Speakers

    Jaroslav Skira
    Speaker
    Associate Professor of Historical Theology, Regis College, Toronto, Canada

    Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun
    Speaker
    Professor in Ecclesiology, International Relations and Ecumenism, University College, Stockholm, Sweden

    Nadieszda Kizenko
    Speaker
    Professor of History and Director of Religious Studies, State University of New York at Albany, USA

    Pavlo Smytsnyuk
    Speaker
    Professor and Director, Institute of Ecumenical Studies, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine

    Marta Dyczok
    Moderator
    Departments of History and Political Science, Western University, Canada


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

    Met. Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies (Univ. of St. Michael’s College)


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  • Wednesday, March 23rd The War in Ukraine: Jewish Perspectives from the Ground in Ukraine and Beyond

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    Wednesday, March 23, 202210:00AM - 12:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    The panelists will discuss their perspectives of what is happening on the ground in Ukraine, Russia, and Poland.

    Zoom link for attending the event via Zoom: us02web.zoom.us/j/87621724866?pwd=V0djblVmSUozcEtlNEs4V05tZU8xUT09

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Natalia Aleksiun
    Speaker
    Professor of Modern Jewish History at Touro College

    Matvey Chlenov
    Speaker
    Deputy Executive Director at Russian Jewish Congress

    Igor Shchupak
    Speaker
    Director of Museum ”Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” & ”Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies

    Anna Shternshis
    Moderator
    Director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies and Al and Malka Green Professor of Yiddish Studies


    Sponsors

    Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Department for Slavic Languages and Literatures


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  • Thursday, March 24th Afghan Voices: Bilal Sarwary

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    Thursday, March 24, 202212:00PM - 1:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Information is not yet available.

    Contact

    Larysa Iarovenko
    416-946-8962


    Speakers

    Bilal Sarwary
    Speaker
    A veteran Afghan journalist, who now resides in Canada

    Ed Schatz
    Chair
    Professor of Political Science and Director of the Eurasia Initiative, University of Toronto



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  • Friday, March 25th How to Normalize Unfreedom: Lessons from Czechoslovakia after the Warsaw Pact Invasion

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    Friday, March 25, 20221:00PM - 2:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine naturally evokes memories of the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia 54 years ago. That invasion famously failed to bring the Prague Spring to an immediate end, thanks to the unified, passive resistance of Czechoslovak citizens, but by the invasion’s first anniversary a refined process of “normalization” had begun, in which citizens were pressured into renouncing their words and deeds from 1968, while many were purged from public life and dismissed from their places of employment. Though it is too early to predict what will happen in Ukraine, some form of “normalization” is a possibility. This talk will outline the five-step process by which “normalization” was achieved in Czechoslovakia, highlighting local-level patterns of “auto-normalization” and identifying techniques that may typify normalization processes generally. The talk will also emphasize how, despite normalization, Czechoslovak consciousness shifted permanently from the status quo ante; citizens for the next twenty years knew they were living a lie, and thus their experiences in 1968-69 could inspire their collective revolutionary action in 1989.

    James Krapfl is an associate professor of European history at McGill University and the editor of Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue canadienne des slavistes. He is the award-winning author of Revolution with a Human Face: Politics, Culture, and Community in Czechoslovakia, 1989-1992, the co-editor (with Barbara J. Falk) of a critical reassessment of Václav Havel’s Power of the Powerless, and the author of multiple articles and book chapters on revolution, dissent, and democratic culture in twentieth-century central and eastern Europe.

    Contact

    Larysa Iarovenko
    416-946-8962


    Speakers

    James Krapfl
    Speaker
    Associate Professor, McGill University

    Robert Austin
    Chair
    Associate Director, CERES



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  • Friday, March 25th Battle for Ukraine's Past

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    Friday, March 25, 20223:00PM - 4:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Lynn Viola, University Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto. Professor Viola is an archival researcher extraordinaire and award-winning historian of 20th-century Russian political and social history. Her research interests include gender, rurality, political culture, and violence in the era of Stalin. Author of many articles and books, her most recent publication is a monograph on NKVD perpetrators in Soviet Ukraine during Stalin’s “Great Terror,” Stalinist Perpetrators on Trial: Scenes from the Great Terror in Soviet Ukraine (Oxford University Press, 2017).

    Taras Koznarsky, Associate Professor, Ukrainian and Interim Chair and Graduate Chair, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Toronto. He is currently working on a project on the ‘text of Kyiv’ and the constructions of the city in Ukrainian, Russian, Jewish, and Polish literary and cultural imaginations, 1800s-1930s.

    Oksana Dudko, Petro Jacyk Postdoctoral Fellow in Ukrainian Studies at the Department of History, St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan. She is an historian of 20th-century Europe, whose research focuses on violence, gender, and the cultural history of the First World War and the revolutions in Eastern Europe.

    Serhy Yekelchyk, Professor of History and Germanic & Slavic Studies, University of Victoria. His research interests include the social and political history of the Stalin period, as well as the formation of a modern Ukrainian nation from the mid-nineteenth century to the present He is the author of six books on Ukrainian history and Ukrainian-Russian relations, with most recent book on the role of Ukraine in Russian and geopolitics Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2020).

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Taras Koznarsky
    Speaker
    Associate Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

    Oksana Dudko
    Speaker
    Petro Jacyk Postdoctoral Fellow in Ukrainian Studies at St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon

    Lynne Viola
    Speaker
    Professor of History, University of Toronto

    Serhy Yekelchyk
    Speaker
    Professor of History and Germanic & Slavic Studies, University of Victoria

    Serhiy Bilenky
    Chair
    Research Associate at the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta



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  • Monday, March 28th Russia's War on Ukraine: the Perspectives of Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Turkey

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    Monday, March 28, 20221:00PM - 2:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Dr. Filiz Tutku Aydin is an Assistant Professor at the Social Sciences University of Ankara. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto in 2012 and taught there. She returned to Turkey under TUBITAK returning scholars program in 2014. She has a book titled “Émigré, Exile, Diaspora and Transnational Movements of Crimean Tatars: Preserving the Eternal Flame” published by Palgrave, and she edited a forthcoming book on the occupation of Crimea in Turkish. She has published in Communist and Post-Communist Studies and several journals in Turkey and Ukraine, and has several book chapters, published in English, Romanian and Crimean Tatar. She completed a research project titled “Protection and enforcement of minority rights in the post-Soviet space between 1991-2014: Comparing the cases of Tatarstan, Chechnia in Russia and Crimean Tatars and Russians in Ukraine” funded by TUBITAK. Ms. Aydın is a member of the Crimean Tatar diaspora from Ankara, Turkey. She contributed the letter of “Statement of Concerned Scholars on the Current Predicament of the Crimean Tatars” to protest the Russian annexation of Crimea and participated in the Second World Crimean Tatar Congress in July 2015.

    David R. Marples is a Distinguished University Professor of Russian and East European History, University of Alberta. He is the author of sixteen single-authored books, including Understanding Ukraine and Belarus (2020), Ukraine in Conflict (2017), Our Glorious Past: Lukashenka’s Belarus and the Great Patriotic War (2014), and Heroes and Villains: Creating National History in Contemporary Ukraine (2008). He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has also edited four books on nuclear power and security in the former Soviet Union, contemporary Belarus, and Ukraine. At the University of Alberta, he received the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research (2003) and the University Cup in 2008. In 2009, he was Visiting Fellow for the Wirth Institute at the Department of Contemporary European History, University of Innsbruck where he taught a course on Ukraine and Belarus as EU Border Countries. In 2013, he was Visiting Fellow at the Slavic and Eurasian Center, Hokkaido University, Japan.

    Ghia Nodia is professor of politics and director of the International School of Caucasus Studies in Ilia Chavchavadze State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is also a founder of the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD), an independent public policy think tank in Tbilisi, Georgia and member of the Forum’s NDRI think tank network, which he has led since August 2009 and in 1992-2008. In February–December 2008, he served as the minister for education and science of Georgia. Prof. Nodia has published extensively on democratization; state-building, security, and conflicts in Georgia and the Caucasus; theories of nationalism; and democratic transition in the post-cold-War context. He has been involved in pro-democracy advocacy efforts in Georgia and internationally and has been a frequent participant of international congresses and conferences on related topics.

    Edward Schatz is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He recently published Slow Anti-Americanism: Social Movements and Symbolic Politics in Central Asia with Stanford University Press. His previous books include Paradox of Power: The Logics of State Weakness in Eurasia (2017) and Political Ethnography: What Immersion Contributes to the Study of Power (2009). Professor Schatz is currently working with Professor Rachel Silvey on a SSHRC-funded project about the downstream effects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

    Lucan Way’s research focuses on democratization and authoritarianism in the former Soviet Union and the developing world. His most recent book (with Steven Levitsky), Social Revolution and Authoritarian Durability in the Modern World (forthcoming Princeton University Press) provides a comparative historical explanation of the extraordinary durability of autocracies born of violent social revolution. Professor Way’s solo authored book, Pluralism by Default: Weak Autocrats and the Rise of Competitive Politics (Johns Hopkins, 2015), examines the sources of political competition in the former Soviet Union. His book, Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War (with Steven Levitsky), was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press. Way’s work on competitive authoritarianism has been cited thousands of times and helped stimulate new and wide-ranging research into the dynamics of hybrid democratic-authoritarian rule.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Filiz Tutku Aydin
    Speaker
    Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Social Sciences University of Ankara

    David Marples
    Speaker
    Distinguished University Professor of Russian and East European History, University of Alberta

    Ghia Nodia
    Speaker
    Professor of Politics and Director of the International School of Caucasus Studies at Ilia State University in Tbilisi

    Edward Schatz
    Speaker
    Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

    Lucan Way
    Chair
    Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto; co-Director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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  • Tuesday, March 29th Atomic Steppe: How Kazakhstan Gave Up the Bomb

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    Tuesday, March 29, 202212:00PM - 1:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    In this talk, Dr. Kassenova will share highlights from her recently released book Atomic Steppe: How Kazakhstan Gave Up the Bomb. She will share the history of Soviet nuclear tests in the Kazakh steppe, their harm to the people and the environment, and the story of the public anti-nuclear movement that led to the closure of the nuclear testing site. She will also explain why Kazakhstan decided to give up its nuclear inheritance, including more than a thousand nuclear weapons, more than a hundred intercontinental ballistic missiles, tons of nuclear materials, and critical nuclear infrastructure. Atomic Steppe, 15 years in the making, is based on previously unavailable archival material and scores of interviews conducted in Kazakhstan, the United States, and Russia.

    Contact

    Larysa Iarovenko
    416-946-8962


    Speakers

    Togzhan Kassenova
    Speaker
    a Washington, DC-based senior fellow at the Center for Policy Research at SUNY-Albany and a nonresident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She is an expert on nuclear politics and financial crime prevention

    Ed Schatz
    Chair
    Professor of Political Science and Director of the Eurasia Initiative, University of Toronto



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  • Wednesday, March 30th Nikolai Berdyaev and Dmytro Dontsov on the Origins and Development of Russian Messianism and Anti-Westernism

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    Wednesday, March 30, 20223:00PM - 4:30PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Today many Russians believe that Russia is waging war not against Ukraine but against the West, which threatens Russia by using Ukraine. In their imagination, Russia is playing a messianic role, freeing not only Ukraine from the ‘Nazis’ and ‘foreign rule,’ but also the whole world from Western, especially American, domination. This combination of messianism with anti-Westernism has long roots. Nikolai Berdyaev’s books The Origin of Russian Communism (1937) and The Russian Idea (1947) offer one of the most influential historiosophical explanations of Russian messianism. Some assessments of the Russian philosopher coincide with the ideas of another thinker, who was almost the opposite of Berdyaev in his views – the ideologue of Ukrainian integral nationalism Dmytro Dontsov. However, Dontsov, much more than Berdyaev, linked Russian messianism to anti-Westernism and hostility to Ukraine. Today we can assess the correctness of their predictions about the further development of Russian messianism and Russia’s attitudes to the West and to Ukraine.

    Oleksandr Zaitsev is a professor at the Department of History, Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. His studies deal mainly with the political history of interwar Western Ukraine and the intellectual history of Ukrainian integral nationalism. He is the author of Ukrainian Integral Nationalism of the 1920s and 1930s: Essays in Intellectual History (2013), Nationalist in the Fascist Epoch: Dmytro Dontsov’s Lviv Period, 1922-1939. Towards an Intellectual Biography (2019), co-author and editor of Nationalism and Religion: the Greek-Catholic Church and Ukrainian Nationalist Movement in Galicia, 1920s – 1930s (2011), editor of Fascism and Right Radicalism on the East of Europe (special issue of the journal Ukraina Moderna, 2013), and co-editor of Ukrainian Radical Right in Past and Present: Studies in Ideology, Memory and Politics (special issue of the journal Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 2015).

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Oleksandr Zaitsev
    Speaker
    Short-term researcher, Jacyk Program; Professor at the Department of History, Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv

    Piotr Wrobel
    Chair
    Professor; Konstanty Reynert Chair of Polish History, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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April 2022

  • Friday, April 1st The Politics of Surveillance Infrastructure in the Economy of Global China: Origins, Capacities and Adaptation

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    Friday, April 1, 20223:30PM - 5:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    This talk considers the origins and potentials of Chinese-built security projects around the world in places such as Cambodia, Malaysia, Nigeria and Ecuador. By considering the securitization of Xinjiang as a limit case for global China security projects and the way Chinese military operations in North Africa figure in discourses, theorization and technologies used in Xinjiang, the talk will examine the history and capacities of Chinese-built security infrastructure. Drawing these examples, it will then consider some of the emergent patterns and trends that appear through the privatization and export of Chinese-built surveillance systems and dataveillance tools. Ultimately, the talk problematizes assumptions concerning the actualization of the transfer of authoritarian politics through infrastructure.

    Anthropologist Darren Byler is Assistant Professor of International Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author ofTerror Capitalism: Uyghur Dispossession and Masculinity in a Chinese City (Duke University Press 2022) and In the Camps: China’s High-Tech Penal Colony (Columbia Global Reports 2021). His current research interests are focused on infrastructure development and global China.

    The event is a part of the BRIGP project and is open only to UofT faculty and students .

    Contact

    Larysa Iarovenko
    416-946-8962


    Speakers

    Ed Schatz
    Chair
    Professor of Political Science and Director of the Eurasia Initiative, University of Toronto

    Darren Byler
    Speaker
    Associate Professor, Simon Fraiser University


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Asian Institue


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  • Wednesday, April 6th Distributed Humanitarianism: Digital Disruption and Poland’s Aid to Ukraine

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    Wednesday, April 6, 202212:00PM - 1:30PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Abstract: Since the end of World War II, most response to large scale refugee movements has been handled by the international humanitarian system. Made up of UN agencies, national governments, and large international NGOs, this system relied heavily on its ability to move goods to refugees in camps. This system, as many have pointed out is both broke (underfunded) and broken, and increasingly fails to meet refugees needs. However, a new alternative is emerging. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, millions of Polish citizens, mostly self-organized, have provided food, housing, clothing and more to the two million Ukrainians who have crossed into Poland. In the absence of both the nation-state and international aid agencies, this internet-mediated volunteer response has become one of the fastest, most efficient and cost-effective humanitarian actions ever. In this talk, I look at the volunteer response as a form of distributed networked action and ask if it can permanently disrupt the traditional humanitarian system.

    Bio: Elizabeth Cullen Dunn is Professor of Geography and the Director of the Center for Refugee Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. She has conducted research on Poland since 1992, and her first book, Privatizing Poland, was awarded the Orbis Book Prize. Her latest book, No Path Home, looks at the failure of humanitarian aid in the wake of the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008. Her current research, funded by the National Science Foundation, focuses on humanitarian labor, including volunteer action and the role of refugee resettlement agencies in agricultural labor markets.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Iwona Kaliszewska
    Speaker
    Deputy Director (International Collaboration) and Assistant Professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw.

    Elizabeth Cullen Dunn
    Speaker
    Professor of Geography and the Director of the Center for Refugee Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington

    Cassandra Hartblay
    Chair
    Director, Centre for Global Disability Studies; Assistant Professor Department of Health & Society, University of Toronto Scarborough; Graduate Department of Anthropology Centre for European, Russian & Eurasian Studies


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Department of Anthropology

    Department of Health & Society


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  • Thursday, April 7th China and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

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    Thursday, April 7, 202212:00PM - 1:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    China represents Russia’s most powerful ally today. Yet, Russia’s invasion and subsequent international isolation have severely tested this friendship. Three experts on China and its influence in the post Soviet region will discuss the future of the Chinese-Russian alliance, its impact on the war, as well as the affect of the war on Chinese foreign policy.

    PANELISTS’ BIOS:

    JUDE BLANCHETTE
    Jude Blanchette holds the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Previously, he was engagement director at The Conference Board’s China Center for Economics and Business in Beijing, where he researched China’s political environment with a focus on the workings of the Communist Party of China and its impact on foreign companies and investors. Prior to working at The Conference Board, Blanchette was the assistant director of the 21st Century China Center at the University of California, San Diego. Blanchette is a public intellectual fellow at the National Committee on United States-China Relations and serves on the board of the American Mandarin Society. He is also a senior advisor at Martin+Crumpton Group, a geopolitical risk advisory based in Arlington, Virginia. He holds an M.A. in modern Chinese studies from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in economics from Loyola University in Maryland.

    PATRICIA KIM
    Patricia M. Kim is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at Brookings and holds a joint appointment to the John L. Thornton China Center and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies. She is an expert on Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and U.S. alliance management and regional security dynamics in East Asia. Previously, Kim served as a China specialist at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she focused on China’s impact on conflict dynamics around the world and directed major projects on U.S.-China strategic stability and China’s growing presence in the Red Sea region. Kim received her doctoral degree from the Department of Politics at Princeton University and her bachelor’s degree with highest distinction in political science and Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Korean, and proficient in Japanese. Kim is also a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    YURII POITA
    Yurii Poita is Head of the Asia-Pacific section at the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (CACDS), and the Asian Section at the New Geopolitics Research Network (NGRN), Ukraine. He is a scientist and researcher of China-Ukraine relations, incl. defence cooperation; China’s influence in the post-Soviet space; and “hybrid” methods of influence. Poita was educated at the Zhytomyr Military Institute (Ukraine) with a degree in military sciences, at the Kyiv International University (with a Master degree in international relations), and is currently working on his PhD dissertation at the Kazakh National University al-Farabi. He has experience in the defense, in think tanks, as well as on individual research projects in a number of Ukrainian, Kazakh and European institutions and think tanks.


    Speakers

    Jude Blanchette
    Panelist
    Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

    Patricia M. Kim
    Panelist
    David M. Rubenstein Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution

    Yurii Poita
    Panelist
    Head of the Asia-Pacific section at Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (CACDS), and the Asian Section at the New Geopolitics Research Network (NGRN), Ukraine

    Diana Fu
    Chair
    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy; Director of the East Asia Seminar Series at the Asian Institute, Munk School, University of Toronto

    Lucan Way
    Moderator
    Professor of Political Science and co-Director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, University of Toronto


    Sponsors

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Asian Institute

    East Asia Seminar Series at the Asian Institute

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine


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  • Tuesday, April 12th Feminist Perspectives on Russia’s War against Ukraine

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    Tuesday, April 12, 202211:00AM - 12:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Marusya Bociurkiw is a storyteller and theorist, and Professor of Media Theory at Ryerson University, where she teaches courses in media studies, social justice media and documentary production, and conducts research in the areas of feminist/queer archives, affect theory, media activism, and migration studies. She is also an award-winning filmmaker and author. She has directed 10 films, and is author of 6 books including, most recently, Food Was her Country: The Memoir of a Queer Daughter (Caitlin Press/Dagger Editions). Her most recent film, the award-winning documentary “This Is Gay Propaganda: LGBT Rights & the War in Ukraine”, screened in 12 countries and was translated into 3 languages. Her books have won and been shortlisted for several awards including Kobzar Award, Lambda Literary Award and Independent Publisher Award. She is the recipient of FCAD’s SRC Award (2014) and the Ryerson-wide Knowledge Mobilization & Engagement Award (2018), in recognition of her community-based research creation in the areas of affect theory, feminist archival studies, LGBT activism and migration studies.

    Anna Dovgopol is a Gender Democracy Program Coordinator at Heinrich Boell Foundation, Kyiv Office – Ukraine. She has an MA degree in Gender Studies from Central European University. Anna is a gender expert and a trainer, and a feminist. She has over 10 years of experience with LGBT and feminist activism in Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan, including 3 years as a member of KyivPride Organizing Committee.

    Tamara Martsenyuk holds a Ph.D. (Candidate of Sciences) in Sociology, she is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine), Fulbright Scholar at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University (the USA, 2017-2018). She is the author of more than 100 academic publications, chapters of textbooks, and chapters of books, particularly, “Gender for All. Challenging Stereotypes” (2017), “Why not be Afraid of Feminism” (2018), “Defenders of the Galaxy”: Power and Crisis in the Male World” (2020). Tamara teaches at the Department of Sociology courses “Introduction to Gender Studies”, “Gender and Politics”, “Masculinity and Men’s Studies”, “Social Problems in Ukraine and in the World”, and others.
    She is engaged in educational activism, conducts trainings for a wide target audience: journalists, think tanks, civil servants, politicians, civic activists, and more. Helps NGOs and think tanks to develop internal organizational policies on non-discrimination and gender equality. Tamara is the author of a popular online course on Prometheus titled “Women and Men: Gender for All”. Tamara shares the idea of public sociology – science and research for the sake of social change and is therefore constantly involved in various international research or teaching projects.

    Tamara Zlobina holds a Ph.D. (Candidate of Sciences) in Philosophy, she is an Editor in chief of online magazine Gender in detail
    https://genderindetail.org.ua/

    Ksenya Kiebuzinski is Head of the Petro Jacyk Central & East European Resource Centre, and Slavic Resources Coordinator, for the University of Toronto Libraries. She also co-directs (with Professor Lucan Way) the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, and coordinates the Ukraine Research Group, at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies. Her research interests include nineteenth-century French stage representations of Ukraine, its historical figures, and events, as well as bibliography, the history of the book, and Austrian Galicia.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Marusya Bociurkiw
    Speaker
    Professor and Director. The Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought, Ryerson U

    Anna Dovgopol
    Speaker
    Expert and trainer in gender issues, feminism, LGBT, Program coordinator at Heinrich-Böll-Stif, Ukraine

    Tamara Martsenyuk
    Speaker
    Associate Professor of Sociology, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

    Tamara Zlobina
    Speaker
    Editor in Chief of Gender in Details (genderindetail.org.ua)

    Ksenya Kiebuzinski
    Chair
    Head of the Petro Jacyk Resource Centre, co-Director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine at CERES, University of Toronto



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  • Wednesday, April 20th In Search of Identity: How the Crimean Tatars Became Indigenous Peoples of Crimea

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    Wednesday, April 20, 202212:00PM - 1:30PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    The Qurultay of 1991, the first National Convention since their return to Crimea declared Crimean Tatars indigenous peoples of Crimea, articulating their exclusive rights to the land and its resources. It was indeed the first time since korenizatsiia that the Crimean Tatars embraced indigeneity as a mobilizing political identity, aligning themselves with the global indigenous movement. The choice of this mobilizing framework is not self-evident. First, the Crimean Tatars shared more commonalities with other Soviet “deported nationalities”, than with First Nations in Canada or Maori in New Zealand. Second, it is intuitive to suggest that in light of the prevailing Soviet-era classifications on “backward indigenous people” and “developed nations”, Crimean Tatars, who consider themselves an urbanized modern nation would find it contradictory to also identify as indigenous. Finally, while the global indigenous movement poses itself as a counterforce to the capitalist West, Crimean Tatars support the market economy and identify with European liberal values. In light of these paradoxes, this talk asks why Crimean Tatars chose to embrace indigenous identity and align with the global indigenous movement? How this indigenous political identity has been used as a tactic in the Crimean Tatars’ struggle for self-determination? To answer these questions, I will tackle the role of the state in shaping identities, the change in socio-economic conditions in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse, the rise and victories of the global indigenous movement, and the role of the intelligentsia in revisioning national history and popularizing the term “indigenous peoples”.

    Mariia (Masha) Shynkarenko is a PhD Candidate in Politics Department at The New School. Her dissertation explores the instrumentalization of collective identities as tactics of resistance in the Crimean Tatars’ movement for self-determination. Her broader academic interests include nonviolent civil resistance, authoritarianism, and politics of history. Masha is currently an International Graduate Visiting Student at CERES and a Visiting Scholar in The Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia at NYU. Her article “Compliant Subjects? How the Tatars in Crimea Resist Russian Occupation” just came out in Communist and Post-communist Studies journal.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Ed Schatz
    Chair
    Professor of Political Science, CERES Faculty Member

    Mariia Shynkarenko
    Speaker
    PhD Candidate in Politics Department at the New School; International Visiting Graduate Student, Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, CERES


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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  • Thursday, April 21st Who Owns History? Elgin’s loot and the case for returning plundered treasure. A discussion with Geoffrey Robertson QC

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    Thursday, April 21, 202212:00PM - 1:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Annual Lecture

    Description

    Geoffrey Robertson QC is founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers, the UK’s leading human rights legal practice. His books include Crimes Against Humanity (a textbook on the development of human rights law); The Tyrannicide Brief (the story of how Cromwell’s lawyers mounted the trial of Charles I); an acclaimed memoir, The Justice Game; Mullahs without Mercy; Stephen Ward Was Innocent, OK; and Rather His Own Man. In 2011, he received the Award for Distinction in International Law and Affairs from the New York State Bar Association.
    The biggest question in the world of art and culture concerns the return of property taken without consent. Throughout history, conquerors or colonial masters have taken artefacts from subjugated peoples, who now want them returned from museums and private collections in Europe and the USA.

    The controversy rages on over the Elgin Marbles, and has been given immediacy by figures, such as France’s President Emmanuel Macron, who says he will order French museums to return hundreds of artworks acquired by force or fraud in Africa, and by British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has pledged that a Labour government would return the Elgin Marbles to Greece. Elsewhere, there is a debate in Belgium about whether the Africa Museum, newly opened with 120,000 items acquired mainly by armed forces in the Congo, should close.

    Although there is an international convention dated 1970 that deals with the restoration of artefacts stolen since that time, there is no agreement on the rules of law or ethics which should govern the fate of objects forcefully or lawlessly acquired in previous centuries.

    Who Owns History? delves into the crucial debate over the Elgin Marbles, but also offers a system for the return of cultural property based on human rights law principles that are being developed by the courts. It is not a legal text, but rather an examination of how the past can be experienced by everyone, as well as by the people of the country.

    Contact

    Larysa Iarovenko
    416-946-8962


    Speakers

    Phil Triadafilopoulos
    Chair
    Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto

    Geoffrey Robertson QC
    Speaker
    founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers, the UK’s leading human rights legal practice


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    The Hellenic Heritage Foundation

    The Hellenic Studies Initiative at CERES


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  • Monday, April 25th Preserving the Gareth Jones Papers at the University of Toronto

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    Monday, April 25, 202210:00AM - 11:00AMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Information is not yet available.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
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    Speakers

    Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk
    Speaker
    Lubomyr Luciuk is a professor of political geography at the Royal Military College of Canada, a Fellow of the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto, and a member of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association

    Rob Phillips
    Speaker
    Archivist, Welsh Political Archive at the National Library of Wales

    Loryl MacDonald
    Speaker
    Associate Chief Librarian for Special Collections, and Director of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

    Ksenya Kiebuzinski
    Moderator
    Head of the Petro Jacyk Central and East European Resource Centre, co-Director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Holodomor Research and Education Consortium

    Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

    University of Toronto Libraries


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  • Monday, April 25th The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and Russian Domestic Politics

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    Monday, April 25, 202212:00PM - 1:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    The Russian invasion has sparked unprecedented sanctions against Russia that have motivated the departure of many Western companies and that are projected to cause a contraction of as much as 15% in 2022. Simultaneously, the Russian army has experienced an extremely high casualty rate. What impact are such developments likely to have on authoritarian durability in Russia? Four experts on Russian politics, mass protest and civil military relations will discuss the impact of the invasion on Russian domestic politics.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Lucan Way
    Chair
    Professor of Political Science, co-director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, University of Toronto

    Adam Casey
    Speaker
    Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies at the University of Michigan

    Graeme Robertson
    Speaker
    Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies

    Kathryn E. Stoner
    Speaker
    Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science and Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at the Hoover Institution

    Daniel Treisman
    Speaker
    Professor of Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine


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  • Wednesday, April 27th Is Russia’s Disinformation War Working?

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    Wednesday, April 27, 202212:00PM - 1:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Marta Dyczok is Associate Professor at the Departments of History and Political Science, Western University, Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, and Adjunct Professor at the National University of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy. She has published five books, including Ukraine’s Euromaidan. Broadcasting through Information Wars with Hromadske Radio (2016) Ukraine Twenty Years After Independence: Assessments, Perspectives, Challenges (co-edited with Giovanna Brogi, 2015), Media, Democracy and Freedom. The Post-Communist Experience (co-edited with Oxana Gaman-Golutvina, 2009), articles in various journals including The Russian Journal of Communication (2014), Demokratizatsiya (2014), and regularly provides media commentary. Her doctorate is from Oxford University and she researches mass media, memory, migration, and history.

    Shelby Grossman is a research scholar at the Stanford Internet Observatory. She was previously an assistant professor of political science at the University of Memphis. Dr. Grossman’s primary research interests are in comparative politics and sub-Saharan Africa. Her research has been published in Comparative Political Studies, PS: Political Science and Politics, World Development, and World Politics. Dr. Grossman was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law from 2016-17. She earned her PhD in Government from Harvard University in 2016.

    Yevhen Fedchenko is director of the Mohyla School of Journalism at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kiev, Ukraine and co-founder and chief editor for stopfake.org. He has spent almost 20 years within the media industry, covering international stories for different types of media. He was co-founder of Digital Future of Journalism programme for journalists and Digital Media for Universities Internet journalism curriculum development programme. He teaches courses in international news and factual programming. His main interests are digital journalism and innovations, journalism education in transitional societies, news standards, propaganda and weaponisation of information, coverage of international politics in media. He has contributed to RFE/RL, BBC, NPR, Public Radio International, Radio Canada International, CBC, Mashable, SKY and more.In 2010-2011 Yevhen Fedchenko was Fulbright visiting professor at USC Annenberg in Los Angeles, USA.

    Volodymyr Yermolenko, PhD, is a Ukrainian philosopher, journalist and book writer. He works as analytics director at Internews Ukraine, a chief editor at UkraineWorld.org and a senior lecturer at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. He holds a doctor of political studies degree from EHESS, France, and PhD in philosophy from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine. He received Sheveliov Prize for best Ukrainian essays book in 2018, Petro Mohyla Prize in 2021, and Book of the Year prize in several nominations in 2018 and 2015.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Shelby Grossman
    Speaker
    Research scholar at the Stanford Internet Observatory and co-editor of the Journal of Online Trust and Safety

    Marta Dyczok
    Speaker
    Associate Professor of History and Political Science, Western University

    Yevhen Fedchenko
    Speaker
    Director of the Mohyla School of Journalism at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kiev, Ukraine and co-founder and chief editor for stopfake.org

    Volodymyr Yermolenko
    Speaker
    Ukrainian philosopher, journalist, and writer; analytics director at Interviews Ukraine and chief editor of UkraineWorld.org; Associate Professor at Kyiv Mohyla Academy

    Lucan Way
    Chair
    Professor of Political Science, co-Director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine at CERES, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for Euopean, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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May 2022

  • Thursday, May 5th Hubris of Mars: Great Power Miscalculation and the Russo-Ukrainian War

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    Thursday, May 5, 202210:00AM - 11:30AMOnline Event, Online Event
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    A great power’s hubris is an expressive use of violence that seeks to prove the unworthiness of a target and, simultaneously, ignores both the limits imposed by the IR structure and the realities of the operational theater of war. Such behavior often translates into unilateralism, wanton destruction, bombastic proclamations, and status concerns. Ivan Gomza compares the Russian tactics and political aims during the first phase of the Russo-Ukrainian war with historical cases of the Crassus’ Parthian campaign, the French war in Indochina, and the U.S. invasion of Iraq. His analysis attributes the Roman, French, US, and Russian underperformance to a combination of greater powers’ hubristic attitude and smaller nations’ flexibility.

    Ivan Gomza is Head of Public Policy and Governance Department at Kyiv School of Economics. He holds his Ph.D. in political science. Dr. Gomza was a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2013, the Fulbright Faculty Development Program in 2016-2017, and Petrach Ukrainian Studies Fellowship in 2022. His scholarly interests comprise democratization, authoritarian regimes, contentious politics, and good governance. Dr. Gomza had his articles published in international academic journals and sits on Communist and Post-Communist Studies journal editorial board. He also authored two books, his most recent title being Republic of Decadent Days: Ideology of French Integral Nationalism under the Third Republic (2021).

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Ivan Gomza
    Speaker
    Head of Public Policy and Governance Department at Kyiv School of Economics

    Lucan Way
    Chair
    Professor of Political Science, co-director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, CERES. University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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  • Tuesday, May 10th Will Ukraine Join the EU?

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    Tuesday, May 10, 202212:00PM - 1:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Klaus Brummer holds the chair of International Relations at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany. He served as co-editor-in-chief of the journal “Foreign Policy Analysis” (2018-2020) and was president of the Foreign Policy Analysis section of the International Studies Association (2015-2016). As guest lecturer/professor, he has taught at Duke University, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Strasbourg, the University of Helsinki, and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. His main research interests include: leadership profiling, domestic drivers of foreign policy, European integration, and foreign policy making in non-Western contexts. He has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Acta Politica, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, German Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, Government and Opposition, International Affairs, International Politics, International Studies Review, and Journal of European Public Policy, and is co-editor of Foreign Policy Analysis Beyond North America (Lynne Rienner, 2015) and Foreign Policy as Public Policy? (Manchester University Press, 2019). In 2021-2022, Klaus Brummer has been the Hannah Arendt Visiting Chair for German and European Studies at CERES.

    Oleksandr Sushko is an Executive Director of the International Renaissance Foundation since January 2018, (Open Society Network) based in Kyiv, Ukraine. Prior to that he worked as a Research Director of the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation (2006-2017), and Director of the Center for Peace, Conversion and Foreign Policy of Ukraine (2000-2006). Since January 2011, he has served as Chairman of the Board of the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF), Ukraine . Oleksandr Sushko was a first Co-Chair of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform (2015-2016) – the bilateral insitution established within the frames of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement to facilitate civil society cooperation and policy impact. Areas of expertise: Ukraine, EU, Civil Society.

    Professor Milada Anna Vachudova (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) specializes in European politics, political change in postcommunist Europe, the European Union and the impact of international actors on domestic politics. Her recent articles explore the trajectories of European states amidst strengthening ethnopopulism and democratic backsliding – and how these changes are impacting party systems and the European Union. She is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also part of the core team of the Chapel Hill Expert Survey (CHES) on the positions of political parties across Europe. She served as the Chair of the Curriculum in Global Studies at UNC from 2014 to 2019. Her book, Europe Undivided: Democracy, Leverage and Integration After Communism (Oxford University Press) was awarded the Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research.

    Kataryna Wolczuk (Professor of East European Politics, Centre for Russian, European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Birmingham) specialises in East European politics. Currently she is researching relations between the EU and the post-Soviet countries within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership. She is also conducting research on Russia’s role in the ‘shared neighbourhood’ and any potential impact for EU’s role and policies in the post-Soviet space. Previously she studied the dynamics of state-building in Ukraine, as well as the conception of nationhood and national identity in Central and Eastern Europe. Professor Wolczuk contributed to numerous policy-related initiatives and cooperated with and advised a number of UK governmental bodies, international organisations and think-tanks on East European politics, the consequences of EU enlargement and the relations between the EU and its eastern neighbours. She has extensive media experience, including TV and radio interviews, as well as publications in the British and international press.

    Lucan Way’s research focuses on democratization and authoritarianism in the former Soviet Union and the developing world. His most recent book (with Steven Levitsky), Social Revolution and Authoritarian Durability in the Modern World (forthcoming Princeton University Press) provides a comparative historical explanation of the extraordinary durability of autocracies born of violent social revolution. Professor Way’s solo authored book, Pluralism by Default: Weak Autocrats and the Rise of Competitive Politics (Johns Hopkins, 2015), examines the sources of political competition in the former Soviet Union. His book, Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War (with Steven Levitsky), was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press. Way’s work on competitive authoritarianism has been cited thousands of times and helped stimulate new and wide-ranging research into the dynamics of hybrid democratic-authoritarian rule.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Oleksandr Sushko
    Speaker
    Executive Director of International Renaissance Foundation

    Klaus Brummer
    Speaker
    The Chair of International Relations at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany; the 2021-2022 Hannah Arendt Visiting Chair for German and European Studies at CERES.

    Milada Vachudova
    Speaker
    Professor, Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Kataryna Wolczuk
    Speaker
    Professor of East European Politics, University of Birmingham

    Lucan Way
    Chair
    Professor of Political Science. Co-Director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine at CERES, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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  • Tuesday, May 17th Russia-Ukraine War and the Law: War Crimes, Legal Accountability, and Other Campaigns on the Legal Front

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    Tuesday, May 17, 202212:00PM - 1:30PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Description

    Since Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine began, the law has become its own front, full of maneuvers, counter-attacks, and campaigns. Genocide, martial law, sanctions, the crime of aggression against a sovereign state, war crimes against civilians: the law has proven a tool that Ukrainian authorities have wielded in creative and complicated ways. This panel of experts considers legal aspects of Russia’s war on Ukraine, from martial law to a Putin war crimes tribunal, considering both international and domestic legal doctrines, and thinking about innovations and experiments as well as limitations and risks of “campaigns” on the legal front.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Ron Levi
    Chair
    Professor of Global Affairs & Public Policy and Sociology; Distinguished Professor of Global Justice; Director, Global Justice Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

    Monica Eppinger
    Speaker
    Associate Professor; Co-Director, Center for International and Comparative Law, Center for International and Comparative Law, Saint Louis University

    Mykola Hnatovsky
    Speaker
    Professor, International Law Department at Kyiv Shevchenko University, First Vice-President of the Ukrainian Association of International Law, Judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Ukraine

    Alex Whiting
    Speaker
    Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, former Investigations Coordinator at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague

    Evgeny Finkel
    Speaker
    Associate Professor, School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University

    Oleksandr Merezhko
    Speaker
    Ukrainian MP, Head of the Committee on Foreign Policy and Interparliamentary Cooperation


    Sponsors

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    the Center for International and Comparative Law, Saint Louis University School of Law


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  • Wednesday, May 18th The Fate of Intermarium as an Alternate Regional Framework after Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

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    Wednesday, May 18, 202211:00AM - 1:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
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    Description

    Small states have tended to seek collective security arrangements, especially in times and regions where larger powers have sought to exercise influence. During the interwar period, the idea of Intermarium – conceptualised as a zone of states stretching from the Baltic to the Black Seas – was promoted in certain circles, particularly in Poland. The idea was revived again as a possible regional development trajectory by some conservatives and liberals in the 2000s. It can be seen as an inspiration for the Three Seas Initiative and the Chinese-backed “17+1” forum as complementary, or even alternate regional cooperation and stability frameworks. Far right groups have also embraced Intermarium, but as an alternative to the influence of Brussels and Moscow in the region. Given the recent geopolitical upheavals following Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, this presentation asks whether the Intermarium idea has definitively lost its contemporary relevance.

    Matthew Kott is a researcher based at the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) at Uppsala University in Sweden. He is a historian mainly specialising on contemporary Latvia, but with broader interests in political and intellectual history wider Baltic–Nordic region. His most recent publication is the anthology, Defining Latvia: Recent Explorations in History, Culture, and Politics, co-edited with Siobhán Hearne and Michael Loader (CEU Press, 2022), wherein he also has a contribution examining far-right entryism in post-Soviet Latvian politics. Among his noteworthy previous work is the monograph Himmlers Norge: nordmenn I det storgermanske prosjekt, with Terje Emberland (Aschehoug, 2012), which established a new interpretation of the role of Norwegians in the imagination of the SS and their foreseen place in Nazi-controlled Europe. He is the editor of Journal of Baltic Studies.

    Contact

    Larysa Iarovenko
    416-946-8962


    Speakers

    Matthew Kott
    Speaker
    Researcher, the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES), Uppsala University in Sweden

    Andres Kasekamp
    Chair
    Elmar Tampõld Chair of Estonian Studies, Professor of History, UofT


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Nordic Studies Initiative, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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  • Thursday, May 19th Women in Crime: Female Convicts in the Late 19th Century Habsburg Galicia

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    Thursday, May 19, 202212:00PM - 1:30PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Description

    Dr Cherchovych’s study will address women’s criminal experience, in particular so called female crimes – infanticide, child abandonment, abortions, which were examined by Lviv Regional Court (Sąd Krajowy Lwowa) during 1865-1905. Who the convicted women were, what life experiences they shared? How did they shape their crimes into stories and what these stories meant? How they talked about their guilt and how in such stories they found a place for their own victimity? For the majority of the accused their act was not the only way out but just one of the chosen options. Why did they choose it? Dr. Cherchovych intends to show how often women who by default were denied the opportunity to choose, according to widely spread perception about mandatory natural women crime conditionality and potential deviancy of women, were able to take advantage of that judgement. The question of Can the Subaltern Speak? (by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak) in regards to the late 19th century Eastern Galician society would have a rather positive answer. As analyzed cases confirmed, the quality of accused woman self-defence in a court had played one of the most important roles in her sentence: the scale of the judgment given by a court had been directly correlated with a woman’s will or unwillingness to speak for herself, to create her own story. Not the education was the most important here (the majority of the accused were illiterate), but rather the very possibility to create her own self-narration which plot would have to go beyond personal life of the accused as vividly as possible covering her surroundings, many others whose social practices this woman had absorbed and had been reproducing.

    Ivanna Cherchovych is a historian and anthropologist, a Research Fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology of Ethnology Institute of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, a member of Ukrainian Association for the Study of Women’s History. She obtained her academic degree “kandydat nauk” (Ph.D. equivalent) from Ivan Krypyakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in November 2014. Her dissertation was dedicated to everyday life of women from Ukrainian upper class in the late 19th century Habsburg Galicia. She was a visiting research fellow at Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg (2017) and German Historical Institute in Warsaw (2019). Her current research focuses on the women’s criminal experience in 19th century Habsburg Galicia. She is currently a researcher hosted by the Jacyk Program.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Ivanna Cherchovych
    Speaker
    Research Fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology of Ethnology Institute of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine; short-term Jacyk researcher

    Lynne Viola
    Chair
    Professor of History, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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