Chair of Ukrainian Studies

1th Annual Danyliw Research Seminar on Contemporary Ukraine

Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Ottawa,

22-24 October 2015

The proposal deadline is 30 June 2015

The Chair of Ukrainian Studies, with the support of the Wolodymyr George Danyliw Foundation, will be holding the 11th Annual Danyliw Research Seminar on Contemporary Ukraine at the University of Ottawa on 22-24 October 2015. Since 2005, the Danyliw Seminar has provided an annual platform for the presentation of some of the most influential social science research on Ukraine. The extraordinary events that have unfolded in Ukraine since 2013 will be the center of attention. The Seminar will also incorporate wider perspectives, by exploring the many political, historical, sociological and cultural factors relevant to our understanding of the current crisis.

The Seminar invites proposals from scholars and doctoral students (in political science, anthropology, sociology, history, law, economics and related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities), as well as practitioners from non-governmental and international organizations, journalists, and policy analysts on topics falling under the following thematic clusters (the examples given below are not exhaustive):

–political violence and the war in Donbas
–political/security aspects of the conflict with Russia (EU, OSCE, US, Canada)
–internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees
–economic transformation (energy sector, corruption, international aid)
–political transformation (electoral politics, parliamentary coalitions, rule of law)
–competing public narratives: traditional media, social media, state propaganda
–the rise of civil society (Maidan, volunteer groups, “self-defense” units)

The Seminar will also consider proposals that incorporate wider perspectives on the conflict, such as:

–historical memories and political contestations
–the formation of linguistic, regional and national identities
–Ukrainian nationalism and Russian nationalism
–Soviet/post-Soviet elites (political/economic) and social networks
–culture and politics: Ukrainians, Russian, Jews, Poles

Presentations at the Seminar will be based on research papers (4000-5000 words) and will be made available, shortly after the panel discussions, in written and video format on the Seminar website and social media. The Seminar will privilege intensive discussion, with relatively short presentations (10 minutes), comments by the moderator and an extensive Q&A with Seminar participants and assembled public. This year’s Seminar will also include several special events.

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Danyliw Seminar in 2014, a special website was created at The site contains the program, all papers in blog format, videos of the presentations, interviews with all panelists, and over a hundred photographs. The site will soon incorporate announcements and materials concerning Danyliw 2015.

Videos of presentations and interviews with participants at the Danyliw 2014 Seminar can be found on the Danyliw Seminar YouTube channel at

A Facebook page for Danyliw 2014 was also created at

People interested in presenting at the 2015 Danyliw Seminar are invited to submit a 500 word paper proposal and a 150 word biographical statement, by email attachment, to Dominique Arel, Chair of Ukrainian Studies, at AND Please also include your full coordinates (institutional affiliation, preferred postal address, email, phone) and, if applicable, indicate your latest publication or, in the case of doctoral applicants, the year when you entered a doctoral program, the title of your dissertation and year of expected completion.

The proposal deadline is 30 June 2015. The Chair will cover the expenses of applicants whose proposal is accepted by the Seminar. The proposals will be reviewed by an international selection committee and applicants will be notified in the course of the summer.

The Seminar is made possible by the generous commitment of the Wolodymyr George Danyliw Foundation to the pursuit of excellence in the study of contemporary Ukraine.

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