Friday, April 1st, 2016 Critical Contexts of the Ukraine Conflict: Uncommon Perspectives

Friday, April 1, 201610:00AM - 5:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
M5S 3K7


Theses abound with regard to the events that took place on Kyiv’s Maidan over the winter of 2013-14 and its many outcomes, including Ukraine’s ongoing conflict with Russia. This conference will bring together several experts on the region to discuss the impact of these events on local people’s everyday lives. Speakers will present in-depth analyses based on interviews with the internally displaced, studies of shifting priorities in media coverage, and emerging initiatives among several groups of activists, NGOs, and others committed to addressing civic
issues of increasing concern.

10am-10.15 Opening Remarks

10.15-12 pm

Panel 1: Information and Democracy: Media, Student Activism, and the Role of the Church

Moderator: Serhiy Kovalchuk (PhD, Education, U-Toronto)

Marta Dyczok (Political Science/History, Western University): Faces of Displacement

Diana Dukhanova (Slavic Dept, Brown Univ): Proxy War: The Ukrainian Orthodox Church Schism in Russian Mass Media

Emily Channell-Justice (PhD Candidate, Anthropology, Graduate Center-CUNY): Direct Action: Ukrainian Student Activism Before and During Maidan


Panel 2: After the Revolution of Dignity: Mass Displacement, Disability Activism, and Solutions to Intimate Partner Violence

Moderator: Katarzyna Korycki (PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto)

Sarah Phillips (Director of REEI and Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University Bloomington): Disability, Gender, and Citizenship in War-Torn Ukraine

Iryna Balabukha (Syracuse, College of Human Dynamics, currently based in Montreal): Intimate Partner Violence in Ukraine – Social, Legal, and Gendered Contexts

Jessica Zychowicz (Munk/CERES/Jacyk Program Postdoctoral Fellow): Why Art Now? Kyiv Artists’ Narratives of Identity, Gender, and Conflict

3.15-5 pm Film Screening: “This is Gay Propaganda: LGBT Rights and the War in Ukraine,” Directed by Marusya Bociurkiw.


Serhiy Kovalchuk
PhD, Education, University of Toronto

Diana Dukhanova
PhD Candidate, Slavic Department, Brown University

Emily Channell-Justice
PhD Candidate, the Graduate Center, CUNY

Jessica Zychowicz
Petro Jacyk Post-Doctoral Fellow, CERES, Munk

Marta Dyczok
Associate Professor, Western University

Sarah Phillips
Director of REEI and Professor of Anthropology, I-U Bloomington

Iryna Balabukha
Syracuse, College of Human Dynamics, currently based in Montreal

Katarzyna Korycki
PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

Main Sponsor

Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine


Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures

Department of History

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