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Cultural Faultlines and Political Cleavages: The Legacy of History in Contemporary Ukraine

A public lecture by MYKOLA RIABCHUK, University of Kyiv, Center for European Studies

Thursday, March 06, 2008
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Mykola Riabchuk is a senior research associate at the Centre for European Studies, University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, and a co-founder (since 1997) and a member of the editorial board of “Krytyka” monthly, a leading Ukrainian intellectual magazine (www.krytyka.kiev.ua). In 1977, he graduated from the Lviv Polytechnic Institute and, in 1988, from Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow. Since then, he penned five books and many articles on civil society, state/nation building, nationalism, national identity, and post-communist transition in the post-Soviet countries, primarily in Ukraine. Two of his books were translated into Polish (“Od Malorosji do Ukrainy”, 2002; “Dwie Ukrainy”, 2004; 2-nd ed. 2006), and one into Serbian (“Od Malorusije do Ukrajine”, 2003), French (“De la 'Petite Russie' à l'Ukraine”, 2003; with the foreword by Alain Besancon), and German (“Die reale und die imaginierte Ukraine”, 2006). Jis last publications in English include: “Ukraine: Applying Lessons Learned from Other Post-Communist Transitions in Europe,” Orbis, vol. 52, no. 1 (Winter 2008, forthcoming); and “Ambivalence or Ambiguity? Why Ukraine Is Trapped between East and West,” in Stephen Velychenko (ed.), Ukraine, The EU and Russia. History, Culture and International Relations (London: Palgrave, 2007).
Mykola Riabchuk holds an Antonovych Prize (2003) for outstanding achievements in Ukrainian humanities, and a Polish-Ukrainian Capitula Award (2002) for his contribution into Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation. He was also distinguished with a number of fellowships, including Fulbright (USA, 1994-96), Reuters (Oxford, 2000), and Milena Jesenska Fellowship (Vienna, 2001). He lectured in a number of Polish, Canadian, and American Universities, most recently in Columbia (Spring 2006) and, currently, at the University of Alberta (Fall 2007 / Spring 2008).


Cost : Free

Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, Slavic Languages and Literatures

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