Monash Ukrainian Studies in the City of Jazz

Taras Koznarsky, Yuliya Ilchuk, Roman Senkus (panel chairman) and Marko Pavlyshyn at their ASEEES panel

On 15-18 November 2012 Director of the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies Professor Marko Pavlyshyn participated in the 44th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies in New Orleans, USA. The ASEES convention is one of the largest gatherings of scholars specialising in Slavic Studies, including Ukrainian Studies.

Professor Pavlyshyn convened one of the convention’s panels, which dealt with the contribution of literature and literary criticism to a Ukrainian national identity in the 1830s and 1840s. Professor Yuliya Ilchuk (Colgate University) considered the way in which simultaneous identification with both Ukrainian and Russian culture gave way to the necessity of choosing one or the other. Professor Taras Koznarsky (University of Toronto) re-examined the work of the influential Russian critic Vissarion Belinskii, arguing that the evolution of his views on literary writing in Ukrainian from acceptance to vehement rejection was part of the crystallisation of his conception of a Russian national literature. Professor Pavlyshyn examined the different visions of an audience for Ukrainian writing and writing about Ukraine in the works of the prose writer and dramatist Hryhorii Kvitka-Osnovianenko. The discussant for the panel was Professor George Grabowicz (Harvard University). Professor Pavlyshyn was also the designated discussant for the panel “The Language of Ukrainian Culture,” speakers at which were Olga Pressitch (Victoria University,Canada) and Roman Ivashkiv (University of Alberta).

Professor Pavlyshyn attended the meeting, within the ASEEES program, of the Ukrainian Studies Association of America, where he promoted the conference “Ukraine: Language, Culture, Identity,” which is to be held at Monash in February 2013.

He also conferred with Professor Serhii Plokhii about further stages in the editing of the publication based on the conference “Ukraine and Europe” (Gargnano, June 2011).

One of the participants in the ASEEES convention was Yuri Shevchuk, author of the textbook Beginner’s Ukrainian that is used by students of Ukrainian introductory.

French quarter
Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, site of the ASEEES Convention