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Ukraine: Language, Culture, Identity
A Conference of the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies, Monash University,
in association with the Ukrainian Studies Association of Australia
and the Shevchenko Scientific Society in Australia
Building 54, Clayton Campus, Monash University
15-16 February 2013
In the northern summer of 2012 efforts by the majority party in Ukraine’s parliament to amend the country’s language law so as to enable Russian to receive official status as a regional language polarised public opinion, triggering demonstrations and vociferous political confrontations.
These were but the most recent illustrations of the unresolved and controversial nature of Ukrainian linguistic, cultural and national identity throughout the country’s modern and pre-modern history. The objective of the conference “Ukraine: Language, Culture, Identity” is to illuminate this multifaceted topic as a contemporary and historical issue (and as an issue that faces Ukraine as well as people of Ukrainian culture and background outside Ukraine) from the perspectives of various scholarly disciplines.
Offers of papers addressing other topics in Ukrainian Studies will also be welcome.
Papers will be of 20 minutes duration.
- The program as at 8 February 2013 is provided below. Abstracts of the papers are available at this link. Friday 15 February Registration Desk open from 08:30 Session 1 (09:00-10:30) Chair: Halyna Koscharsky Olga Oleinikova (University of Sydney), “Life Strategies of Ukrainians in a Transitional Society: Two Decades of Political, Economic and Social Transformation” Khrystyna Chushak (Monash University), “Why do ‘Soviet People’ Read more
- Dnister Ukrainian Credit Co-operative Ltd. through its Community Sponsorship Program will be one of the sponsors of the conference “Ukraine: Language, Culture, Identity.” Dnister has a distinguished tradition of supporting education and research with a Ukrainian focus in Australia. Dnister has supported previous conferences organised by Monash Ukrainian Studies, the Ukrainian Studies Association of Australia and Read more
- The Organising Committee will continue to receive offers of papers until 5.00 p.m. on Saturday 8 December 2012. Receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged by return e-mail. Notices of inclusion in the program will be sent as soon as possible after that date and no later than 14 December. Papers accepted for the program on Read more
- Dr Olena Haleta (Department of the Literary Theory and Comparative Studies, Lviv Ivan Franko National University) will address the conference “Ukraine: Language, Culture, Identity” as an invited speaker. In 2004-2010 Dr Haleta was Director of Lviv University’s Centre for the Humanities, the unit within the university that has most actively engaged with Monash University’s Mykola Read more
- The Karpaty Foundation has confirmed that it will be one of the sponsors of the conference “Ukraine: Language, Culture, Identity.” Established in 2010, The Karpaty Foundation provides grants to individuals and organisations for the purpose of building a fair, just, creative and caring society, particularly in relation to the Ukrainian community in Australia and in Ukraine. Read more
- One of Ukraine’s foremost academic researchers in the field of identity studies, Dr Volodymyr Kulyk (Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine), will attend the conference “Ukraine: Language, Culture, Identity” as one of the two keynote speakers. Dr Kulyk is the author of the books The Discourse of the Ukrainian Read more
- The Ukrainian Studies Foundation in Australia Ltd. will be one of the sponsors of the Conference “Ukraine: Language, Culture, Identity.” USFA has been a sponsor of several Ukrainian Studies conferences in Australia in the past, including the conference of the Ukrainian Studies Association of Australia at the University of Adelaide in 2008 and the conference “Contemporary Read more
- Professor Serhy Yekelchyk (University of Victoria, Canada) has confirmed that he will deliver one of the keynote addresses at the “Ukraine: Language, Culture, Identity” conference. The title of Professor Yekelchyk’s address to the conference is “Memory Wars on the Silver Screen:Ukraineand Russia Look Back at the Second World War.” Professor Yekelchyk is the author of the books Read more