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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 ( 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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