Empire, Colonialism, and Famine in Comparative Historical Perspective: The Bengal, Irish, and Ukrainian Famines
HREC brought together experts on the Ukrainian, Bengal, and Irish famines and 20 early career scholars from institutions in Ukraine, Europe, India, and North America.
Each year for the past four years, HREC has organized an international conference designed to engage scholars from a range of academic disciplines and to demonstrate the relevance of Holodomor studies to their fields. This year’s conference, Empire, Colonialism, and Famine in Comparative Historical Perspective, was held at the University of Toronto and St. Vladimir Institute on October 28-29, 2016.
The conference brought together experts to examine differences and commonalities of the Irish, Bengal, and Ukrainian famines. With this conference, HREC framed the Holodomor within the context of empire and colonialism, concepts that elicit great interest in academia.
Peter Gray, Director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast and a leading scholar on the Irish famine, spoke on the question: “Was the Great Irish Famine a Colonial Famine?” Janam Mukherjee, author of Hungry Bengal: War, Famine and the End of Empire (Oxford University Press) spoke on “Famine in Bengal: Colonialism and Causality.” Liudmyla Hrynevych, Director of HREC-Ukraine, discussed “The Ukrainian Holodomor in the Context of Soviet Imperialism.” Comparative perspectives were provided by Professors Mark von Hagen, Arizona State University; Andrea Graziosi, Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of University and Research; and Rhoda Howard-Hassmann, emeritus Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights at Wilfrid Laurier University and author of State Food Crimes (Cambridge University Press).
HREC provided grants of $800 to support attendance by 20 early career scholars, who came from as far as India, Ukraine, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, and locations throughout North America, including Oxford, Princeton, The New School for Social Research (NY), Queens University Belfast, Université de Montréal, and Kharkiv National University. Their interests include famine relief in colonial India, visual culture of the Irish famine, hunger in twentieth-century Ghana, and empire and public health in the Caribbean.
Introductory Remarks, Empire Colonialism, and Famine in Comparative Historical Perspective
Was the Irish Famine a Colonial Famine?
The Ukrainian Holodomor in the Context of Soviet Imperialism
The Bengal Famine – Famine in Bengal: Colonialism and Causality
Roundtable: Towards a Research Agenda for Comparative History of Empire and Famine