On Sunday 15 December 2013 Professor Marko Pavlyshyn, director of the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies at Monash University, and Dr Natalie Doyle, deputy director of the Monash European and EU Centre addressed a rally organised by the Association of Ukrainians in Victoria in support of the EuroMaidans in Ukraine.
Since 21 November demonstrations in Kyiv and other cities in Ukraine, at times numbering many hundreds of thousands of participants, have protested against the decision by the government of Ukraine to curtail preparations for the signing of an Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union. These demonstrations, called “EuroMaidans” because their main location is Kyiv’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), have been under threat of violent repression since 30 November, when police special forces attacked and brutally beat peaceful demonstrators. The police actions have catalysed broad-based demands for respect for human rights and the rule of law, for a return to European values in politics and economic life, and for an end to authoritarian and corrupt government.
In many cities around the world, demonstrations expressing solidarity with the protesters in Ukraine have been held, including Sunday’s rally in Melbourne.
Professor Pavlyshyn spoke of the importance of demonstrating international solidarity with the people of Ukraine in their struggle for a future in a free and fair society. Many of the protesters in Ukraine, he pointed out, are university students who understand and cherish European ideals. Among the universities most active on the EuroMaidans are the Kyiv Mohyla Academy University, Kyiv National University and Lviv National University. Monash has sent students to study at all three of these universities.
Dr Doyle placed the EuroMaidan and its predominantly young protesters in the context of a worldwide disenchantment of young people with the pragmatism and often corruption of contemporary mainstream politics, and their yearning for a politics of ideals – the foundational ideals of freedom and justice with which Europe has once been, and should become again, synonymous.
Click here for the text of Professor Pavlyshyn’s speech at the first Melbourne rally in support of the Maidan on 28 November.
Find out more:
World first at Monash: Chair in Cultural Linguistics appointed to Farzad Sharifian
Professor Farzad Sharifian has recently been appointed as the Chair in Cultural Linguistics at Monash, … Continue reading World first at Monash: Chair in Cultural Linguistics appointed to Farzad Sharifian
Interpreting & Translation students take on international internships
Interpreting and Translation Masters students have recently gained in-house experience as professional translators and interpreters at two multilingual international organisations
The absurdity of English spelling and why we’re stuck with it
Article by Baden Eunson, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Ghoti. How would you … Continue reading The absurdity of English spelling and why we’re stuck with it
Never read an Israeli crime novel? Try some Dror Mishani
by Stewart King Never read an Israeli crime novel? Inspector Avraham Avraham – the protagonist of … Continue reading Never read an Israeli crime novel? Try some Dror Mishani
Getting under the skin of speculative fiction, science fiction and scientific romance
by Andrew Milner Science fiction has always been a genre defined ad hoc. The term first … Continue reading Getting under the skin of speculative fiction, science fiction and scientific romance
Posh accents, discrimination and employment in Australia
Howard Manns, Monash University UK researchers recently reviewed the hiring practices of 13 elite law, … Continue reading Posh accents, discrimination and employment in Australia
Herb Feith Memorial Lecture: Professor Adrian Vickers on Indonesian Art History
Professor Adrian Vickers (University of Sydney) will deliver the 2015 Herb Feith Memorial Lecture at Monash University … Continue reading Herb Feith Memorial Lecture: Professor Adrian Vickers on Indonesian Art History
Monash hosts national forum on domestic violence and interpreting
Monash’s Translation and Interpreting Studies Program will run a forum on domestic violence and interpreting. The … Continue reading Monash hosts national forum on domestic violence and interpreting
David Kral wins 14th Chinese Bridge language proficiency competition
Monash student David Kral won the first prize at the 14th Chinese Bridge language proficiency competition … Continue reading David Kral wins 14th Chinese Bridge language proficiency competition
Creative Writing student launches debut novel
Creative writing Honours student, Eliza Henry-Jones’ debut novel, In the Quiet will be launched on … Continue reading Creative Writing student launches debut novel
Translation Nation at The Emerging Writers’ Festival
Join us at the Emerging Writers’ Festival this month as Monash Arts proudly presents; Translation … Continue reading Translation Nation at The Emerging Writers’ Festival
Lest we forget lest: Anzac and the language of remembrance
by Howard Manns Wars, soldiers and remembrance, not surprisingly, have a large impact on language. … Continue reading Lest we forget lest: Anzac and the language of remembrance