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Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies | 27Sep2013 | Mykola
Press Release: 07Aug2013, Tel: (780) 492-6847, E-mail: [email protected]
Leading experts to gather for HREC’s Holodomor conference in Toronto,
07 August 2013 -- Specialists from Canada, France, Italy, Ukraine and
the United States will gather in Toronto September 27-28, 2013 to
examine the impact of research to date on the Ukrainian Famine of
the Holodomor -- A Conference on the Eightieth
Anniversary is organized by the Holodomor Research and
Consortium (HREC) of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies,
University of Alberta.
“The concept is to look at how the study of the Holodomor and academic
inquiry over the past thirty years have informed or had an impact on
our understanding of a range of disciplines,” said Dr. Frank Sysyn,
head of HREC’s executive committee and director of the Peter Jacyk
Centre for Historical Research.
It was only in the 1980s that academics began to seriously study the
Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933, spurred largely by the appearance of
Robert Conquest’s ground-breaking The Harvest of Sorrow. The discussion
around Conquest’s book amounted to a sea change in academia. Although
the literature on the Famine is now considerable, many issues remain
hotly debated, such as the relation of the Holodomor to famine in the
Soviet Union, intentionality, and the question of genocide. The fields
to receive particular attention at the conference are Ukrainian
history, Soviet history, communism, Stalinism and genocide. Each
subject will be presented by a specialist, followed by a discussant.
In the first session, Andrea Graziosi of the University of Naples will
explore the question "What impact has the study of the Holodomor had on
our understanding of Soviet history?". Dr. Graziosi is widely
recognized as a leading authority on Soviet history. David Marples,
University of Alberta, will serve as the discussant, and the session
will be chaired by Peter Solomon, University of Toronto.
"What impact has the study of the Holodomor had on our understanding of
Stalinism?" Is the focus of the second session, featuring Françoise
Thom of Sorbonne University, Paris. Dr. Thom is a prominent
sovietologist and the author of numerous works on the Soviet Union and
former Soviet Union. The discussant will be Mark von Hagen of
Arizona State University; and the chair, Piotr Wróbel, University of
Norman Naimark of Stanford University will address the question "What
impact has the study of the Holodomor had on our understanding of
genocide?" Professor Naimark is the author of Stalin’s Genocides (2010)
and a highly regarded specialist on Russia and the Soviet Union.
Douglas Irvin of Rutgers University will serve as discussant, with
Doris Bergen from University of Toronto chairing.
On day two of the conference, Olga Andriewsky of Trent University,
Peterborough, Ontario, will examine the impact of the study of the
Holodomor on our understanding of Ukrainian history. Professor
Andriewsky is a specialist in twentieth-century Ukrainian, Russian, and
Soviet history. Serhii Plokhii, Director of the Ukrainian Research
Institute at Harvard University, will serve as discussant, and Paul R.
Magocsi of University of Toronto will chair.
In the final session, Stanislav Kulchytsky of the Institute of the
History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, will
address the impact of the study of the Holodomor on our understanding
of communism. Dr. Kulchytsky is widely regarded as one of the foremost
figures in Holodomor studies in Ukraine today. Liudmyla
Hrynevych, also of the Institute of the History of Ukraine and HREC’s
representative in Ukraine, will serve as discussant; and Volodymyr
Kravchenko, Director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies,
University of Alberta, will chair.
The final speakers of the conference are Roman Serbyn, Université du
Québec à Montréal, whose talk is entitled “From Great Famine to the
Holodomor: A Reflection on the Evolution of a Conceptualization.” Frank
Sysyn, University of Alberta, will conclude the presentations with
remarks on HREC and its research plans. HREC will present Dr.
Serbyn an award during the conference in recognition of his
unparalleled contributions to the study and understanding of the
HREC is providing twelve young academics stipends to support their
attendance at the conference. The stipends are intended to allow
scholars early in their careers to deepen their knowledge of the
Holodomor by learning from and engaging with leading
specialists. Among the applicants for stipends are students
of history, psychology, sociology, the law, theatre, and political
The first day of the conference, Friday, September 27, 2013 will be
held at the Campbell Conference Facility at the Munk School of Global
Affairs, University of Toronto. The second day, Saturday, September 28,
2013 will be held at St. Vladimir Institute. A reception at the offices
of HREC and the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre,
both located on the premises of St. Vladimir Institute, will bring the
conference to a conclusion. The conference is cosponsored by the Petro
Jacyk Program at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
(CERES) at the University of Toronto, the Ukrainian Canadian Research
and Documentation Centre, and St. Vladimir Institute, with generous
support from the Ukrainian Studies Fund, the Canadian Foundation for
Ukrainian Studies, and the Canadian Ukrainian Congress.
Given the caliber of the scholars who have agreed to participate, the
conference promises to be an event of great significance. The
conference papers will be published and should constitute a major
contribution to Holodomor studies.
HREC was established through generous funding from the Temerty Family
Foundation. HREC conducts and supports research and study of
the Holodomor and engages in a range of activities to promote teaching
about the Holodomor in schools. HREC held a conference specifically for
teachers and educators in May 2013.
Registration for the conference (note there is separate registration
for day one and day two) is now open at: http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/ceres/events/
For more information about the conference or HREC, contact Marta Baziuk
at [email protected]
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