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on Contemporary Ukraine
16th Annual Danyliw Research Seminar 


Proposal Deadline: 30 June 2022
13-15 OCTOBER 2022

Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Ottawa

After a two-year pause due to the pandemic, the Danyliw Research Seminar on Contemporary Ukraine will be back on 13-15 October 2022. The Seminar is hosted by the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa with the support of the Danyliw Foundation in Toronto.


Since 2005, the Danyliw Seminar has provided an annual platform for the presentation of some of the most influential academic research on Ukraine — from scholars, including doctoral students, based in Ukraine, the rest of Europe, the United States, Canada, or anywhere in the world. The 2022 Seminar will be in-person only. 


The Seminar is very much aware that in the context of a devastating Russian war of aggression many scholars who are currently in Ukraine, or who have been externally displaced since February 24, 2022, may not be able to travel. To mitigate this problem, the online Danyliw Seminar series Ukrainian Scholars in Times of War, launched in April, will maintain periodic events throughout the year to highlight the work of scholars unable to attend the in-person event in Canada.


The 16th Annual Danyliw Seminar (in person, October 13-15) invites proposals from scholars, including 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. We welcome both topics related to the current war and to Ukrainian studies in general. Among suggested topics:


  • warfare (military tactics/strategy, territorial defense, combatants, military aid)

  • international crimes (war of aggression, war crimes, crimes vs. humanity, genocide)

  • media (social media, Telegram, TV, state propaganda, international reporting)

  • civilians (internally displaced/refugees, volunteer groups, resistance/collaboration)

  • geopolitics (postwar scenarios, security guarantees, NATO, EU, China)

  • reconstruction (scope, sources of revenues, structural change, heritage)

  • culture (religion, language, literature, arts, cinema)

  • history/memory (imperial and earlier, interwar, World War II, Holodomor, Soviet, post-Soviet, memory and legacies)

  • migration (IDPs, refugees, migrant workers, diasporas)

  • society (protests, welfare, gender, corruption, education)


The Seminar may also feature recent/new books or films on Ukraine. 


Presentations at the Seminar will be based on short research papers (4,000 words). The Seminar favors intensive discussion, with relatively short presentations (8 minutes), followed with an extensive Q&A with the moderator and Seminar participants. 


People interested in presenting at the 2022 Danyliw Seminar are invited to submit a 500 word paper proposal and a 150 word biographical statement, by email attachment in a single Word document, to Dominique Arel, Chair of Ukrainian Studies, at AND


Please also include your full coordinates (institutional affiliation, preferred postal address, email, phone, and Twitter handle [if you have one]). 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. 

Note that a biographical statement is not a CV, but a written paragraph. The same requirements apply to submissions regarding a new book (500 word abstract in this case) or new film (which must include a secured link). 


In addition to scholars and doctoral students, policy analysts, practitioners from non-governmental and international organizations, journalists, and artists are also welcome to send a proposal.


The proposal deadline is 30 June 2022. 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 program committee.


The Danyliw Seminar website ( contains the programs, papers, videos of presentations and photographs of the last six years (2014-2019) prior to the pandemic. To access the material, click on “2019 Presentations” in the top menu. Presentations from previous years are under“Archives.”


The Danyliw 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 and to support Ukrainian scholars in times of war.



Dominique Arel, Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Ottawa (Canada)

Mayhill Fowler, Stetson University (US)

Anna Colin Lebedev, Université Paris Nanterre (France)

Daria Mattingly, University of Cambridge (UK)

Oxana Shevel (Tufts University, US)

Ioulia Shukan, Université Paris Nanterre (France)

Danyliw 2022 Program Committee

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