The Holodomor Research and Education Consortium has initiated the “Conquest Prize for Contribution to Holodomor Studies” to award an author of an outstanding article published in English that contributes to a fuller understanding of the Famine in Ukraine of 1932-33. The “Conquest Prize” honours historian Robert Conquest, author of the groundbreaking work The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine, which marked a watershed in the study of the Holodomor at the time of its publication in 1986.
The first winner of the prize is Professor Lucien Bianco for his article “Comparing the Soviet and Chinese Famines: Their Perpetrators, Actors, and Victims.” Professor Bianco is an eminent French historian and Sinologist specializing in the history of the Chinese peasantry in the twentieth century. The panel of jurors consisted of Olga Andriewsky (Trent University), Andrea Graziosi (Università di Napoli Federico II), Norman Naimark (Stanford University), Frank Sysyn (University of Alberta), and Lynne Viola (University of Toronto).
One juror wrote: “This article has great sweep, situating the problem of the Holodomor in a comparative framework of famines in Communist societies.” Another noted: “The essay’s ambitious and successful comparative thrust…reveals a profound and unique knowledge of the 20th century’s communist-related famines, properly situating the Holodomor among them, [and] placing each in its proper context, without losing sight of their specificities.”
Professor Bianco will receive the award at a ceremony in Paris on November 25, 2018, at the Cathedral of Saint Volodymyr the Great (Cathédrale Saint-Volodymyr-le-Grand). The award ceremony will be part of this year’s Holodomor commemorations in Paris, which will begin at the Arc de Triomphe, followed by a ceremony at the Cathedral of Saint Volodymyr, and culminating with a Liturgy in Notre Dame Cathedral.