September 29, 2021 at the Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. A delegation of employees of archival institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan met with the Deputy Director of the Institute OM Maiboroda and the head of the Center for Historical Political Science YI Shapoval.
The participants of the meeting exchanged information on the directions of scientific research in Ukraine and Kazakhstan, discussed the prospects of cooperation between scientists of both countries.
In the photo from left to right: Counselor of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Ukraine SO Konovalov, Deputy Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Kazakhstan SN Mushkenova, Deputy Director of IPiND. IF Kuras NAS of Ukraine OM Maiboroda, historian and writer DJ Jandildin, head of the Center for Historical Political Science IPiND them. IF Kuras NAS of Ukraine YI Shapoval, Deputy Director of the Central State Archives of the Republic of Kazakhstan MG Zhilisbayev.
On September 23-26, the 14th Ukrainian-Polish meetings “Free with free, equal with equal” took place in Yaremche (until the 30th anniversary of the recognition of Ukraine’s independence by the Republic of Poland). This regular scientific forum has been bringing together well-known Ukrainian and Polish experts, diplomats and scientists to exchange views for 14 years in a row. This year about 50 participants joined its work. The meetings were organized by Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, Vasyl Stefanyk Institute of Political and Ethnonational Studies. IF Kuras of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the Freedom and Democracy Foundation (Republic of Poland), the University of Warsaw and the weekly Courier of Galicia.
The current Ukrainian-Polish meetings consisted of five discussion panels that lasted for two consecutive days. The event began with a solemn greeting to the participants by, in particular, the Minister, the Government Commissioner for Polonia and Poles in the East Jan Dziedzicak, the director of the Institute for Political and Ethno-National Studies. IF Kuras, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Vice President of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Corresponding Member National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Oleh Rafalsky, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to Ukraine Bartosz Cichotski, First Deputy Chairman of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Council Vasyl Hladiy, Consul General of Ukraine in Krakow Vyacheslav Voynarovsky, Chairman of the Freedom and Democracy Foundation Lilia Lubonevich, Editor-in-Chief of the Week “Galician Courier” by Wojciech Jankowski, director of the Institute of Polish Culture in Kyiv Robert Chyzhevsky. The conference was traditionally opened by Igor Tsependa, Rector of the Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, and Jan Malicki, Director of the Studies of Eastern European Studies at the University of Warsaw.
During the event
On the first day of the meetings, interesting discussions took place with the participation of four former ambassadors of Ukraine to Poland and Poland to Ukraine Markiyan Malsky, Oleksandr Motsyk, Jan Klyuchkovsky and Marek Zyulkowski on the topic “Poland as a chance for Ukraine – Ukraine as a chance for Poland. Diplomat’s experience from a 30-year perspective. “
No less interesting was the section “Two lungs of civilization: Western and Eastern Christianity in the opinion of John Paul II” (to the twentieth anniversary of the pilgrimage to Ukraine) with the participation of authoritative experts from Ukraine and Poland. The keynote speakers at the Institute of Political and Ethno-National Studies named after IF Kuras of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine – Head of the Department of Ethnopolitical Science Viktor Voynalovych and Chief Researcher Viktor Yelensky.
In addition, within the framework of the XIV Ukrainian-Polish meetings, the problems of the role of the mass media in covering the course of relations between Ukraine and Poland were discussed.
The final of the forum was the thematic panel “Economic dimension of Ukrainian-Polish cooperation: achievements, difficulties and untapped potential.”
On the eve of the conference days, some participants climbed the Carpathian Mount Pip Ivan, where they visited the International Research Center “Observatory” of Warsaw and Prykarpattia Universities.
At the Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Oleg Rafalsky, Director of the Institute, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, met with Elenora Ducci, an Italian researcher and graduate student at the University of Naples. The subject of her scientific interest is, in particular, the study of the political situation in Ukraine during its denuclearization – the process of nuclear disarmament. During the meeting, the issue of providing organizational and methodological support to the Italian researcher regarding the scientific sources of her research was discussed.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Director of the Institute, Corresponding Member of the NAS of Ukraine Oleksandr Maiboroda.
During a meeting at the Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the NAS of Ukraine
Senior Research Fellow of the Ethnopolitics Department, Dr. Mykola Riabchuk, took part in the international conference “Europe with a view to the future”, organized in Gdansk by the European Solidarity Center. He delivered a speech at the panel discussion on the “Democracy in retreat? In defense of civil liberties in Europe” where he argued that virtually nobody in today’s world, and even less so in Europe, dares to question democracy at the normative level. It is not democracy as a system and principle of governance that fell under threat nowadays, but the liberal democracy, i.e., democracy where the dominance of majority is restricted and regulated by liberal principles that recognize human rights as the absolute, undeniable value and protect them not only from the arbitrariness of autocrats but also from the dictatorship of the formally “democratic” mob.
During the conference
It is the liberal principles that are endangered today in Europe, so that democracy, void of them, becomes formal, feckless, and caricatural. And autocrats get it right when they target primarily liberalism, while paying lip-service to democracy. They understand perfectly well that democracy without liberalism is no threat to them, on the contrary – it might be conveniently used as a tool of “democratic” legitimization of their authoritarian rule.
According to the general edition of the Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Chief Researcher of the Department of Theory and History of Political Science of the Institute of Political and Ethnonational Studies. IF Kuras NAS of Ukraine Yuriy Shapoval published a book about Julian Bachynsky (1870-1940) – public and political figure, publicist, author of the famous book “Ukraine irredenta” (1895) which justified the need to create an independent Ukrainian state. The publication includes unique and previously inaccessible documents from the archives of the communist secret service, revealing the fate of Julian Bachynsky.
On August 31, 2021, Viktor Yelenskyi, Chief Research Scientist at the Institute’s Ethno-Political Science Department, was received by the Head of the Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services of the United States Armed Forces, Archbishop of the US Military Services HE Timothy Paul Andrew Broglio.
The Archbishop, who is in charge of the spiritual care for Catholics in the US military (a quarter of all country’s military personnel) in all branches of the US Armed Forces and in all corners of the globe, explained his vision for the fundamentals of the Church’s presence in the US military organization and the challenges that military chaplains face. In turn, Viktor Yelenskyi, who participated actively in the development and implementation of the Ukraine’s Governmental Decree “On Service of a Military Clergy (chaplains service) in the Armed Forces, the National Guard and the State Border Service” highlighted the main elements of the military chaplaincy formation in Ukraine and recount the developments that had been achieved in the field since 2014.
Special attention during the conversation was paid to the Viktor Yelenskyi’s research project currently under the implementation within the framework of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar’s Program at the Catholic University of America, which deals with the experience of the United States and other Western democracies in building an effective and comprehensive strategy to combat the misuse of religion which has to be in the same time in accordance with internationally recognized principles of human rights and freedom of religion and beliefs.
In the photo: Timothy Paul Andrew Brolio and Victor Yelensky
A book dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s state independence has been published at the Institute, in which scholars of the Institution analyze the most important issues of the country’s political development during this time. The problems connected with the choice of the general strategic course of the state, with the transformation of the socio-political system, with the ethno-political and spiritual evolution of the Ukrainian society are considered. (more…)
The collective monograph “National minorities of Ukraine in the political processes of the XX-XXI centuries: state and problems of research” was published.
On July 15, 2021, the 26th World Congress of Political Sciences concluded its work. The congress was held online. The theme of the Congress: “New nationalisms in the open world.”
During the World Congress of Political Science
More than 1000 scientific events of the Congress (panel discussions, inaugural lectures, round tables, etc.) were attended by more than 1,000 participants – scientists from 70 countries.
The participants’ attention was focused on the problems of new varieties of nationalism, which has become widespread in the modern world. Scientists see a certain paradox in this, because its (nationalism) development takes place in a period of openness, globalization and increasing interdependence. In addition, it was noted during the Congress, the new nationalism is supported in both poor and rich countries. This phenomenon requires political scientists to answer a number of questions, including: “What is the new nationalism, who are the new nationalist leaders and what are the similarities and differences between the new nationalisms and their predecessors?”; “How can new nationalisms be interpreted and classified?”; “How does the new nationalism correlate with populism and authoritarianism?”; finally, “What are the potential effects of the new nationalism on political systems, global governance, international relations, political behavior, etc.?” In general, most participants in the discussions noted the fact that the new nationalism is becoming one of the main challenges of the XXI century, given its sophistication, versatility, aggression, and therefore less predictable.
Meetings of the governing bodies of the International Association of Political Sciences (IPSA) took place during the Congress.
Oleg Rafalsky, President of the Association of Political Sciences of Ukraine, has been elected to the organization’s highest representative body, the IPSA Council. As a member of the IPSA Council, O. Rafalsky participated in the election of the President and the IPSA Executive Committee. Professor Diana Pinderhouse from the USA has been elected the new president of the organization.
On June 22, 2021, the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center hosted a round table “Ukraine as a civilizational subject of history and modernity” during which a presentation of the national report of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine took place.
Topics for discussion were:
- The country as a subject of civilization. Civilizational subjectivity of Ukraine and our statehood;
- State projects in the light of historical traditions of Ukrainian subjectivity. Formation of Ukrainian statehood;
- Modern Ukraine: perception by citizens and international partners;
- Ukraine as a subject of the modern world: strategies and forecasts. Ways of development and prospects of civilizational subjectivity of Ukraine.
During a round table at the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center
The following participants spoke in the discussion:
- Pyrozhkov Serhiy Ivanovych, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Vice President of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine;
- Khamitov Nazip Vilenovych, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Leading Researcher of H. Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine;
- Sossa Rostyslav Ivanovych, Doctor of Geographical Sciences, Leading Researcher of the Department of Historical Regional Studies of the Institute of History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine;
- Yas Oleksiy Vasyliovych, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Leading Researcher of the Department of Ukrainian Historiography of the Institute of History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine;
- Yakubova Larysa Dmytrivna, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Head of the Department of History of Ukraine of the 1920s and 1930s. Institute of History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine;
- Dembitsky Serhiy Serhiyovych, Doctor of Sociological Sciences, Senior Researcher of the Department of Methodology and Methods of Sociology of the Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine;
- Mayboroda Oleksandr Mykytovych, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Deputy Director of Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine;
- Ashot Dadikoevich Avanesyan, Chairman of the Council of National Communities of Ukraine, President of the National Congress of Armenians of Ukraine
- The moderator of the round table was the People’s Deputy of Ukraine Oleh Dunda (“Servant of the People” party).
- The event was attended by employees of Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies.of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine – Deputy Director of the Institute, Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor Yu. Shaygorodsky and Leading Research Scientist, Doctor of Political Sciences, Associate Professor O. Kondratenko.
Round table broadcast
The Center of East European Studies of Warsaw University has published a monograph “Eastern Europe since 1989: Between the Loosened Authoritarianism and Unconsolidated Democracy. Essays on Lectures” by Dr. Mykola Riabchuk, a Senior Research Fellow at the Ethnopolitics Departments of the Institute of Political and Nationalities’ Studies, of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The book explores the structural factors that determined different development of the postcommunist states since 1989 and the role of domestic and international actors that influenced the direction and speed and scope of their transformations. While the author keeps all the East Europe in mind, from the Baltic to Adriatic and the Black Sea, the main focus is on the post-Soviet part of the Eastern Europe, the so-called ‘Western New Independent States’ (a.k.a. ‘New Eastern Europe’), and specifically on Ukraine as the most complicated, ambivalent, and graphical case of both the decommunization and decolonization processes. The process tracing is combined with political analysis of historical developments in the postcommunist Eastern Europe drawn primarily on the theories of hybrid regimes, illiberal democracies, path-dependence and revolutionary breakthroughs. The monograph might be used as both the textbook for graduate students and invitation to further debate for historians, political scientists, experts, policy makers and all the committed East Europe watchers.
Eastern Europe since 1989: Between the Loosened Authoritarianism and Unconsolidated Democracy. Warszawa: Studium Europy Wschodniej, 2020, 208 s. ISBN 978-83-61325-88-8 https://issuu.com/uw87/docs/09_rjabczuk_collect
On June 10, 2021, under the auspices of Shevchenko Scientific Society in America, an online presentation of the newly published book by our colleague – Chief Research Scientist of the Department of Ethno-political Studies Volodymyr Kulyk “Language Policy in Multilingual Countries. Foreign experience and its suitability for Ukraine” was held. Shevchenko Scientific Society in America together with the Ukrainian Fulbright Circle financially supported the publication of the book by the publishing house “Spirit and Letter”. In addition to the author, Leading Research Scientist of the Department of Ethno-political Science Mykola Ryabchuk and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington (Seattle, USA) Lada Bilaniuk took part in the presentation.
Volodymyr Kulyk told about the idea and tasks of the book and the main conclusions from the analysis conducted in it. He stressed the inadequacy of the common ideas in Ukraine about the language policy of different multilingual countries and the possibility of transferring their approaches into Ukrainian practice. He explained that he aimed to tell the Ukrainian readers about the peculiarities of language policy in different countries and to find out the main factors of its success or failure. As for the possibility of applying the experience of other countries in Ukraine, the author of the book was guided by the instruction that you can borrow only those samples that have become hasty in very similar social conditions. Therefore, in the last chapter of the book, he analyzes the degree of similarity of Ukraine to certain countries and concludes that the limited application of their experience, although it indicates several aspects that should be taken into account in Ukrainian language policy.
Lada Bilaniuk and Mykola Ryabchuk noted the analytical depth of Volodymyr Kulyk’s book and its importance for a better understanding of the experience of different countries in Ukraine and overcoming simplistic ideas about the possibility of borrowing it. They also asked the author several questions, which the moderator of the discussion Vasyl Makhno supplemented with questions from the audience. The presentation ended with a short discussion between the participants on these issues.
On May 28, the annual International Research and Practical Conference “Transformational Processes in Ukraine in the Context of Civilization and Globalization Challenges of the XXI Century” was organized by Hryhoriy Skovoroda University in Pereyaslav (Hryhoriy Skovoroda State Pedagogical University) and Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the NAS of Ukraine together with other partners. The conference, which was held in a “mixed” – offline and online formats – was attended by more than 130 scientists, including researchers and graduate students of our Institute.
The conference program provided coverage of a number of important components of civilizational transformations of Ukraine and the world in the context of globalization, legal, political, socio-cultural issues of modern information and network society, public administration, domestic higher education system and more. The conference was held in a mixed format – offline and online.
Maiboroda, Deputy Director for Research, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, addressed the conference participants with an introductory speech.
Vladimir Vakulych, Rostyslav Balaban, Oleg Kalakura
The reports at the plenary session were made by our colleagues: Head of the Department of Ethno-political Science, Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor V. Voynalovych, Head of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Problems of Political Science, Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor, Corresponding Member of the NAS of Ukraine H. Zelenko, Senior Research Science of the Department of Political and applied problems of political science, Candidate of Political sciences R. Balaban, Chief Research Scientist of the Department of National Minorities, Doctor of Political Sciences, professor O. Kalakura, Leading Research Scientist of this department, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Yu. Nikolayets.
Victor Voynalovich, Yuriy Nikolayets
Participants of the online discussion
The online sections of the conference were attended by employees of the Department of Socio-Political History – Chief Research Scientist, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor T. Bevz, Leading Research Scientist, Doctor of Political Sciences, Associate Professor V. Yaremchuk, Senior Research Scientist, Candidate of Historical Sciences M. Gorbatyuk, employees of the department of national minorities – Senior Research Scientist, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor V. Kotsur, Research Scientist, Candidates of Historical Cciences L. Kovach and O. Lyashenko, Junior Research Scientist, Candidate of Historical Sciences V. Novorodovsky, employees of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Problems of Political Science – Leading Research Scientists, Doctors of Political Sciences, O. Kondratenko and T. Lyashenko, Senior Research Scientist, Candidate of Political Sciences N. Kononenko, Research Scientist, Candidate of Philosophical Sciences E. Shcherbenko, Leading Research Scientist of the Department of Ethno-Political Sciences, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor Yu. Polishchuk.
Within the framework of the research and practical event there was a substantive and fruitful discussion on topical issues of the current stage of civilizational development of Ukraine in the context of globalization.
The scientists from Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine took part in the III All-Ukrainian research and practical conference “Political processes of modernity: global and regional dimensions”, which took place online on May 27-28, 2021.
The co-organizers of the research and practical event were Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University and our Institute. During the two days of work, the conference was attended by about 60 scientists – employees of higher education institutions and research institutions.
The conference program included a discussion of current issues of socio-political state formation development at the present stage.
The Reports at the plenary session of the conference were made by the staff of the Institute – Deputy Director for Research, Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor Yu. Shaihorodskyi, Senior Research Scientist of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Problems of Political Sciences, Candidate of Political Sciences P. Balaban, Chief Research Scientist of the Department of National Minorities, Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor O. Kalakura
During the online conference
In the mode of section meetings, the scientists of the Institute joined the discussion of topical problems of social and political development – the Chief Research Scientist of the Department of Social and Political History, Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor T. Bevz, Senior Research Scientist of this Department, Candidate of Historical Sciences M. Gorbatiuk, Research Scientist of the Department of National Minorities, Candidate of Historical Sciences L. Kovach.
The key issues of discussion were theoretical and methodological approaches to the analysis of political processes, problems of development and functioning of political institutions, a wide range of problems related to electoral processes in Ukraine, ethnopolitical and value aspects of consolidation of Ukrainian society.
On May 26, the General Assembly of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine held a session on the election of full members (academics), corresponding members of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and foreign members of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, during which Doctor of Political Science, Professor, Head of the Department of Theoretical and applied problems of political science of Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the NAS of Ukraine Halyna Ivanivna Zelenko was elected a corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences.
We sincerely congratulate Halyna Ivanivna on this important event not only for her, but also for the whole team.
The Resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine “On Honoring the Memory of Ukrainians Who Saved Jews during the Second World War” established the Day of Remembrance of Ukrainians in Ukraine who rescued Jews during World War II. The Remembrance Day is celebrated annually on May 14.
This year, the Day of Ukrainian Rescuers was celebrated for the first time. Prior to this Day, a Leading Research Scientist of our Institute, Candidate of Historical Sciences Anatoliy Podolsky gave an interview to Public Radio.
The scholar stressed the importance of honoring the memory of those who risked their lives and their relatives’ lives to help Jews avoid Nazi terror during the Holocaust. “The Ukrainian historical calendar,” said the historian, “is becoming more powerful. We are gradually ceasing to fear our own historical past, returning the memory of the Ukrainian national movement, Roma, Jews, prisoners of war, forced laborers, victims of the Holodomor and the Holocaust. These dates are very important. “
Anatoliy Podolsky in the studio of the Ukrainian radio
The list of the Righteous Among the Nations, created by the Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem, includes about 27,000 people, including 2,659 Ukrainians. During World War II, saving the lives of Jews, Jewish families who were doomed to be killed by the Nazi regime just because they were born Jewish, was a real heroism. That is why today we honor the memory of these people and return their names to the pages of our difficult history of the last century.
Analytical report “Subject of Ukraine in the modern world: assessments, strategies, forecasts. Analytical report” was published.
On May 27-28, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University and Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the NAS of Ukraine hold the III All-Ukrainian research and practical conference “Political processes of today: global and regional dimensions.” We invite you to participate in the conference.
On April 27, 2021, the second meeting of the series of research events in the form of a web discourse entitled “Ukrainian statehood of modern times: controversial issues” was initiated by Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the NAS of Ukraine, Institute of History, MS Hrushevsky Institute of Ukrainian Archaeography and Source Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, I. Krypyakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the National Union of Regional Ethnographers of Ukraine.
The second meeting of the web discourse “The Latest Hetmanate: a socio-political phenomenon of the revolutionary era” was attended by the employees of the Institute – Corresponding Member of the NAS of Ukraine, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Chief Research Scientist of the Department of Socio-Political History Valery Soldatenko and Chief Research Scientist, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Tatiana Bevz.
The discussion, within the scientific event, was conducted in the following areas:
- The essence of the state-political model of the Hetmanate: modern historiographical visions.
- Conservative-liberal reforms: causes of failure.
- The figure of Paul Skoropadsky: the evolution of political loyalty.
Next in line are new events in the reserach cycle of the web discourse “Ukrainian statehood of modern times: controversial issues”, dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.
The monograph of Karmazina M., Bevz T., Gorbatyuk M., Zorich O. “Regional political elites in Ukraine: features of formation, values and identity (end of 1991-2019)” was published. (more…)