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Call for Papers

The Chair of Ukrainian Studies, with the support of the Wolodymyr George Danyliw Foundation, will be holding the 12th Annual Danyliw Research Seminar on Contemporary Ukraine at the University of Ottawa on 3-5 November 2016. Since 2005, the Danyliw Seminar has provided an annual platform for the presentation of some of the most influential academic research on Ukraine.


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— on a broad variety of topics falling under thematic clusters, such as those suggested below in alphabetical order (the examples given below are not exhaustive):


  • culture and politics (cinema, literature, performing arts)

  • diasporas and Ukrainian politics

  • economic change (energy, corruption, EU free trade, foreign aid)

  • foreign policy and security (involving Russia, EU, OSCE, US, Canada)

  • governance (rule of law, elections, regionalism, elites, oligarchies)

  • history/memory (World War II, Holodomor, Soviet period, interwar, Tsarism)

  • language, ethnicity, nation (identities and policies)

  • migration (IDPs, refugees, migrant workers)

  • nationalism (Ukrainian, Russian, Soviet, historical, the far right)

  • social problems (inequalities, protests, welfare, gender, education)

  • state & society (citizenship, civil society, collective action, human rights, media)

  • political violence (Maidan, Crimea, the war in Donbas)


Practitioners from non-governmental and international organizations, journalists, artists and policy analysts are also welcome to send a proposal.


Presentations at the Seminar will be based on research papers (6,000-8,000 words) and will be made available, within hours after the panel discussions, in written and video format on the Seminar website and on social media. The Seminar will privilege intensive discussion, with relatively short presentations (12 minutes), comments by the moderator and an extensive Q&A with Seminar participants and assembled public. Several special events will also be on the program.


People interested in presenting at the 2016 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 or post-doctoral applicants, the year when you entered a doctoral program, the title of your dissertation and year of (expected) completion.


The proposal deadline is 29 June 2016. The Chair will cover the travel and accommodation 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.


To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Danyliw Seminar in 2014, a special website was created at The site contains the programs, papers, videos of the presentations, interviews with each panelist (2014), the edited highlights of each discussion (2015), live blogging (2015) and hundreds of photographs of the 2014 and 2015 seminars.


The papers, videos and photographs from the 2015 Seminar can be accessed at!program-2015/c1w63. Another way of accessing information is by clicking on the header “Participants” on the home page


Videos of presentations and interviews with participants at the Danyliw 2014 Seminar can be found on the Danyliw Seminar YouTube channel at 2014 materials can be accessed by clicking on by clicking on the header “Program”, and the sub-header “Participants” on the homepage


You are also invited to “like” the Seminar’s Facebook page


For information on the Chair of Ukrainian Studies, go to


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.

Moderator: IOULIA SHUKAN (U Paris-Ouest Nanterre, France)


  • RALPH CLEM (Florida International U, US)
    Verifying External Challenges to State Sovereignty:
    Open versus Official Sources
    and the Geopolitical Narrative in the Russia-Ukraine Conflic


  • HILDE HAUG (OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Kyïv)
    The Monitoring Mission: 18 Months of Field Observations

Saturday 24 October

10.00 - 11.00 AM

The Refugees

Moderator: IOULIA SHUKAN (U Paris-Ouest Nanterre, France)


  • LAURA DEAN (Clayton State U, US)
    Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in the Ukrainian Conflict

  • GRETA UEHLING (U of Michigan, US)
    Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Ukraine: 
    Structures of Feeling from the Revolution of Dignity

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11.00 AM - 12.00 PM

Civil Society and the War
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Moderator: ANNA COLIN LEBEDEV (EHESS, Paris, France)


  • SOFIA TIPALDOU (Autonomous U of Barcelona, Spain)
    The Russian Nationalist-Patriotic Opposition and Foreign Policy:
    The Case of the 2014-2015 Ukraine Conflict


  • ROSARIA PUGLISI (Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, Italy)
    A People’s Army:
    Civil Society as a Security Actor in Post-Maidan Ukraine



The Combatants 

1.00 - 2.00 PM

Moderator: MAYHILL FOWLER (Stetson U, US)


  • AMANDINE REGAMEY (U Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France)
    Women Snipers in the East: Analyzing a War Legend

    Back to War? Afghanistan Veterans in the Armed Conflict in Donba

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2.00 - 3.00 PM

The Rise of Volunteer Groups

Moderator: DOMINIQUE AREL (Chair of Ukrainian Studies,

U of Ottawa, Canada)


  • NATALIA STEPANIUK (U of Ottawa, Canada)
    Volunteer Associations in Eastern Ukraine: Helping Soldiers and Refugees

  • IOULIA SHUKAN (U Paris-Ouest Nanterre, France)
    Caring for Wounded Soldiers: The “Sisters of Mercy” in Eastern Ukraine

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3.00 - 4.00 PM

Studying Ukraine in War Conditions

Moderator: ANNA COLIN LEBEDEV (EHESS, Paris, France)


  • OLEH KOTSYUBA (Harvard U, US)
    Straddling Academia and Social Engagement: The Krytyka Experience

  • MYCHAILO WYNNYCKYJ (U Mohyla Academy, Kyïv, Ukraine)
    Straddling Academia and Social Engagement: The View from the Ground

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