The book results from the research on “Ethno-political factors of consolidation of the contemporary Ukrainian society” carried out by the scholars of the ethno-political department of the Ivan F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies in 2017-2019. It presents the detailed analysis of ethno-political factors of consolidation of the contemporary Ukrainian society, outlines the conceptual framework for the analysis, and examines the available relevant studies on the topic. The dynamics of changing ethno-cultural and social identities in the aftermath of the Revolution of Dignity is scrutinized as the most complex and controversial phenomenon. Substantial attention is paid to the language and ethno-confessional aspects of societal consolidation, politics of memory and actualization of public space. As a corollary, the conceptual vision of evolving Ukrainian society is introduced and discussed.

The study targets the prospective audience of scholars and teachers, students and journalists, civic activists and NGO leaders, as well as policy makers and civic servants who elaborate, legislate, and implement in practice the strategies of national consolidation. (more…)

The proposed collective scientific work considers the issues of social and political activity and historical memory of the Jewish community in the context of Ukraine’s European integration. The paper examines the influences of historical memory on the formation of the political and cultural identity of the Jews of Ukraine, the role and contribution of the Jewish community to the European development of the country.

The collective monograph is intended for political scientists, historians, humanities students, all those who are interested in research in the sphere of Ukrainian Judaism and the modern development of political, social, religious and cultural life of the Jewish community of Ukraine. (more…)

On November 16, 2020, I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine announced a competition for the post of a vacant post:

Chief Research Scientist (Doctor of Sciences) of the Department of National Minorities

The duration of the competition is one month from the date of the announcement.

The Institute does not provide residential space.

The documents are sent to:

01011 Kyiv – 11, 8 General Almazova St.

I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Human Resources Department

Help by phone 285-70-49

The monograph deals with the multinational socio-political, socio-cultural space of Ukraine in 1990’s of 20 century – beginning of 21 century in the scientific discourse of scientists, polylogue of state bodies and public movements. A comprehensive study of national minorities is conducted as a subject of Ukrainian statebuilding, a determining factor of socio-cultural progress, socio-political transformations and, at the same time, political instability in the context of the foreign policy challenges of 1990’s of 20 century  – beginning of 21 century, which brings Ukrainian society closer to the peculiar point of bifurcation – a new state, promising solutions for conflict resolution.

The monograph is the first special study of the history of national minorities of Ukraine in the context of socio-political transformations of 1990’s of 20 century – beginning of 21 century using a large array of historical and political materials and first introduced into scientific circulation archival documents. The book is intended for scholars, teachers, students and everyone interested in history.

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On October 20, 2020, the XXIII All-Ukrainian Scientific and Practice Conference «Ukrainian Studies in the System of National Education, Science, Humanitarian Policy of the State» took place in the Research Institute of Ukrainian Studies.

The employees of I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine took an active part in the work of the scientific event.

The speakers at the plenary session were: Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Chief Research Scientist Tetyana Bevz («Ukrainian Identity and National Security in the Challenges of Modernity») and Doctor of Political Science, Leading Research Scientist Vyacheslav Yaremchuk («To the problem of formation and transformation of identities and values of the regional political elite of Ukraine (on the example of Ivano-Frankivsk region».

Tеtyana Bevz

Vyacheslav Yaremchuk

Under sectional sessions, Mykola Horbatyuk, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Senior Research Scientist made a report «Formation of the regional political elite of the Vinnytsia region (1991-2019) ».

The main features of the speech «Regional political elite of Lvyv region: peculiarities of formation (1990-2019) » during the discussion were presented by Candidate of Political Sciences, Researcher Alina Yasinska.

At the end of the sections work, the participants summed up the results of the conference, drafted and adopted a resolution on the state of Ukrainian studies, humanitarian education and science in Ukraine, with an appeal to public authorities and the scientific community.

From left to right: Vyacheslav Yaremchuk, Tetyana Bevz, Alina Yasinska, Mykola Horbatyuk

October 28, at I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the Director of the Institute Oleg Rafalskiy had a meeting with the Director of the Representative office of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kyiv Henryk Sobchuk during which they discussed new challenges and opportunities for cooperation between the Ukrainian and Polish academies after the election of the new leadership of the NAS of Ukraine and in he context of the pandemic; on one hand, it has largely paralyzed the usual forms of scientific communication, and on the other hand, it has given impetus to a more dynamic development of new mechanisms of interaction in the scientific world. During the visit of the Polish colleague, special attention was paid to the discussion of topics related to the problems that are the subject of research of the Institute, in particular the decentralization processes in Ukraine, actualized by local elections, ethnopolitical factors of the consolidation of Ukrainian society and the role of the Polish factor in this process.

Oleg Rafalskiy and Henryk Sobchuk

 

On October 26, 2020, Oleksandr Maiboroda, Deputy Director of I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, met with Talgat Kaliyev, Director of the Institute of Applied Ethnopolitical Studies of the Republic Kazakhstan. During the meeting the ethno-political situation in both countries was discussed, the prospects of mutual participation in joint research projects were considered.

On the right-to-left of the photo: T. Kaliyev, O. Maiboroda, Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic Kazakhstan in Ukraine, S. Konovalov

On November 1, 2020, I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine announced a competition for the post of a vacant post:

  • Chief Research Scientist (Doctor of Sciences) of the Department of Ethno-Political Science

The duration of the competition is one month from the date of the announcement.

The Institute does not provide residential space.

 

The documents are sent to:

01011 Kyiv – 11, 8 General Almazova St.

I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Human Resources Department

Help by phone 285-70-49

In late September and early October, Ukraine hosts days of remembrance dedicated to the 79th anniversary of Babyn Yar tragedy. On this occasion, a leading researcher at I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Head of the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies, Candidate of Historical Sciences Anatoliy Podolsky was an active participant on the air of Ukrainian national TV channels, where he gave his expert assessment not only of past but also current state of honoring the victims of Babyn Yar

Podolsky’s speech in the project “Position” on the parliamentary TV channel “Rada” can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts-lNEYSJ_E

The discussion with the participation of A. Yu. Podolsky on the TV channel “Public” on the memorialization of the territory of Babyn Yar is available at the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI7JkDEuI0s&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR1KxHBRwVHJmyvIWKGaQYEXAxfIHfUkjMeNoMem927-2KQPjuqS5JVpZIw

On September 24-25, the XIII Ukrainian-Polish meeting took place, traditionally organized by Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, the University of Warsaw, the editorial office of the newspaper “Kurier Galicyjski” and I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. This is the only regular scientific forum, which for 13 years in a row has brought together well-known Ukrainian and Polish experts, diplomats and scientists. It traditionally takes place in Yaremche, but 2020 has made its adjustments. So this year it is an online conference and its theme “For our and your freedom: lessons of the past and modern realities (to the 100th anniversary of the union of Simon Petliura and Józef Pilsudski and the Battle of Warsaw”). (more…)

On August 26, Dr. Mykola Riabchuk, a Senior Research Fellow of Ethnopolitics Department, moderated the online discussion on the Ukrainian edition of the Harvard professor Serhii Plokhy’s book “Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front”, organized by the Ukrainian Fulbright Circle. In his introduction, Dr. Riabchuk distinguished rich sources from both Ukrainian and American archives, explored by Prof. Plokhy, and praised in particular the ‘anthropocentric’ character of his study – the persistent attempts to present highly important historical events through the lives of concrete people, their letters, diaries, and memoirs. The history of short-lived (in 1944-1945) American bases of strategic aviation in Poltava region represents not only a little-known aspect of the Soviet-American WWII cooperation but also all the accompanying tensions and difficulties in the process, determined by fundamental ideological incompatibility of the partners and their underlying values. In the Q & A session that followed, Prof. Plokhy elucidated details of his Ukrainian research and presented a broader vision of the USA–USSR relations during and after the war. The video-record of the event is accessible at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omVi9KH9mek&fbclid

On August 20, Mykola Riabchuk, the Senior Research Fellow of the Ethnopolitics Department, delivered a public lecture at the Kharkiv Museum of Literature, entitled “From ‘Little Rus’ to Ukraine: Ukrainian Identity in the longue durée historical perspective”. In his presentation, he problematized the traditionally negative attitude toward the ‘Little Russian’ identity as a kind of pathology, a product of destruction and degradation if Ukrainian identity under the imperial assimilationist pressure. In fact, the speaker averred, the ‘Little Russian’ identity is much more complex and ambivalent phenomenon, capable to perform different functions under various circumstances. Initially, in the 17-18th centuries, it was a form of symbolical affirmation of the higher status of Ukrainian (‘Little Russian’) elites within the new-born empire. In the 19th century, it became a form of survival of Ukrainian identity in the permissible garb of local patriotism. Under communism, it played a similar role in an ideologically modified form of the Ukrainian Soviet identity. And finally, since Ukraine’s independence, it acquired the features of a ‘Creole’ identity, akin to that of many other postcolonial states. On the one side, it reflects a substantial support for national independence and the discourses that legitimize it. On the other side, it still substantially differs in cultural codes and value-based attitudes from the historically informed ‘aboriginal’ identity. The lecture and the subsequent discussion are accessible [in Ukraiian] at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHQXDgaUpj8

Concise transcript has been published in “Zbrucz”: https://zbruc.eu/node/100091

On May 29, Mykola Riabchuk, a Senior Research Fellow of the Ethnopolitical Department, delivered an online lecture at the Shevchenko Scientific Society in Toronto on the topic of his recently published book – “Reducing Ambivalence. Ukrainian Identity After Six Years of War and Three Decades of National Independence”. In his presentation, Dr. Riabchuk argued that Ukrainian identity, contrary to some stereotypes, is quite strong and resilient, but still is not number one in the hierarchy of other identities for many citizens, insofar аs it gives priority, in some cases, either to local/regional identities or supranational (Pan-Slavonic, post-Soviet, Eastern Orthodox), or both. Emancipation from this archaic and retrograde ‘East Slavonic’ community, subsumed by Moscow under the rubric of “Russkii mir”, is nowadays a matter of national security and successful modernization.

The lecture and discussion (in Ukrainian, with slides in English) are accessible online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQGGW7Fz20s&feature

On May 20, 2020, scientists of the Institute Volodymyr Kulyk, Mykola Ryabchuk and Svitlana Nabok took part in the online presentation of the book “Interpretations of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in Western scientific and expert-analytical works.” The monograph presents the results of a study, which, under the leadership of Vladimir Kulik, was carried out as part of the target research program of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine “The Sociocultural Space of Ukraine in the Formation of a National Strategy: Territorial Identities, Identification Symbols, Mental Practices”.

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On May 18-19, 2020, on the Microsoft Teams platform, the International Research and Practical Conference “Ethnicity. Nationalism. Globalism was held. The organizers of the conference, together with I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, were The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Hryhoriy Skovoroda State Pedagogical University of Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky, the European Association of Security (Poland), Istanbul Foundation for Science and Culture (Turkey), Izmail State University of Humanities, and Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University, Donbass State Pedagogical University. In total, the event was attended by 150 scientists from 6 countries.

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On the 8th of May, Dr. Mykola Riabchuk, the Senior Research Fellow of the Ethnopolitics Department, inaugurated the international conference “Peace and War”, that was organized by the Ukrainian PEN Center and University of “Kyiv Mohyla Academy” on the 75th anniversary of conclusion of the WWII in Europe. Held under the force majeure circumstances, the conference was streamlined in youtube and broadcasted by three major Ukrainian TV channels. As the chair of the conference organizing committee, Dr. Riabchuk greeted participants and called them in to pay a particular attention to the brazen attempts of some revisionist states, primarily Russia, to employ the weaponized history in its hybrid war against Ukraine as well as in its reckless confrontation with the international democratic community. Two dozen participants – the leading Ukrainian and international scholars, politicians and public intellectuals – discussed, within four thematic panels, the topical issues of the history of WWII and its consequences for the postwar Eastern Europe, Ukraine, and today’s world. The recorded streamline of the conference is accessible online at the PEN Ukraine website (scroll down the page to select the panel): https://pen.org.ua/en/mizhnarodnyj-proekt-myr-i-vijna-do-75-richchya-zavershennya-drugoyi-svitovoyi-vijny-v-yevropi/

 

As a result of a joint project carried out by I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the Institute of Cultural Studies of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, a scientific monograph by Olexander Hrytsenko “Decommunization in Ukraine as a state policy and as a socio-cultural phenomenon» was published.

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At the invitation of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute and International Center for Defense & Security in Tallinn, Viktor Yelensky, a Chief Research Scientist of I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, participated in the discussion “Russian Orthodox Church: Faith, Power, Conquest”,. He proposed a nuanced approach to exploring the role of the ROC as a “soft power” of Russian foreign policy. The screaming disproportion between the impressive dynamics of the development of church infrastructure and, on the other hand, the state of public morality in Russia, occupies high places in the world ranking of abortions, intentional killings, abandoned children and low ones in the ratings of charity, volunteering and religious activity, led to the correction of church Kremlin policies. The Church is clearly directed by the Russian state to implement very specific projects in the foreign policy area, while limiting its domestic political activity. The analysis of the relations of the Moscow Patriarchate with the Vatican, local Orthodox churches, western evangelical centers, etc., proposed by the researcher, refutes the notion of the ROC evolution in the direction of an independent actor of the modern geopolitical landscape, quite common in some segment of the special literature.

On February 11, Anastasiya Byesyedina, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney in the Department of Government and International Relations visited the Institute. The subject of her research is the transformation of identities in Ukraine under the influence of 2004 Orange Revolution and 2013-14 Revolution of Dignity, as a whole, and of factors such as collective memory, language and religion in particular. At the Institute Anastasiya found a living intellectual environment in which she was able to communicate and obtain advice on topics that interest her at a high professional level. The Interviewers of the Australian PhD candidate were Yuriy Shapoval, Viktor Voynalovych, Viktor Yelenskyi and Vitaliy Pereveziy.

The problem of collective memory was discussed with Yuriiy Shapoval

The impact of revolutions and religion on the formation of identities in Ukraine was discussed with Viktor Yelenskyi (left) and Victor Voynalovvch (right)

It was agreed that Anastasiya Byesyedina would publish the results of her research in the Institute’s publications.

In Kyiv, on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th Anniversary of the release of prisoners of Auschwitz Nazi death camps, the 13th annual roundtable “Ukrainian Society and Holocaust Remembrance: Scientific and Educational Aspects” was held. The roundtable was organized by the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Study in cooperation with I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, with the support of Goethe-Institut in Ukraine in partnership with the Embassy of Israel in Ukraine. (more…)

«Scientific Notes» (1997-2019)

Наукові записки Інституту політичних і етнонаціональних досліджень ім. І.Ф. Кураса НАН України. – 2019 / 3-4 (99-100) – 447 с. ISSN 2524-0137

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