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  • Call for Papers: Berlin Conference of the German-Ukrainian Historical Commission

    *The conference has been postponed until further notice. Plans are underway to organize a webinar with a smaller number of participants. For updates on the event, visit the website of the German-Ukrainian Historical Commission: www.duhk.org

    The Holodomor in Academic and Public Debates: Ukrainian and European Perspectives

    Date: Berlin, September 24-26, 2020

    Submission deadline for proposals: April 30, 2020

    The conference is organized by Prof. Dr. Martin Schulze Wessel (Munich) and Prof. Dr. Yaroslav Hrytsak (L’viv).

    The Holodomor claimed an enormous number of victims and had a profound impact on the Ukrainian nation for generations. Among the mass crimes committed by the 20th century’s totalitarian regimes, such as the Shoah, the Gulag, and deportations and mass expulsions, it undeniably holds a special place. And yet, with the exception of very few specialists, the Holodomor remains largely unknown to the German public. However, owing to a petition aiming at having the Holodomor formally recognized as a genocide by the German Bundestag, the topic has recently gained considerable political significance.

    If the Holodomor actually was genocidal in character, is an open question the German-Ukrainian Historical Commission wants to explore, both from both a historical perspective and in the light of international law, at its sixth annual conference, to be held in Berlin, on September 24-26, 2020. The Commission intends to stress specifically the circumstances that brought about, in 1948, the signing of the Genocide convention. Even though the Holodomor is not, in a strict sense of the term, a subject of debate in the history of German-Ukrainian relations, there are, in fact, some aspects to it that intertwine the history of Germany and the Germans with the Holodomor.

    A German Mennonite minority in Ukraine, for instance, was hit hard by the great famine, and the Third Reich found the Holodomor a useful instrument of propaganda against the Soviet Union. Here, the Holodomor also appears as a global subject of colonial competition for resources. These and other aspects will be discussed in one section of our conference.

    Even though the Holodomor is a very specific case, it can only be explained within the broader framework of a Soviet policy – that also affected non-Ukrainian regions such as Kazakhstan and the Volga region – and of a global context of Soviet rivalry with the West. In another section we will explore regional similarities, but also peculiarities of the great famine. A comparative perspective should allow us to find better explanations for the Holodomor’s specifics.

    Finally, the memory of the Holodomor has a complex history in itself. While affected families remember it in their own way, there are also the spheres of official politics of memory, and of transnational memories of the Holodomor among Ukrainian emigrants. In the section on memories of the Holodomor, we hope to discuss how it was shrouded in taboo, its uses and abuses in the politics of memory, but also the intentional destruction of testimonies of the Holodomor.

    Please submit your proposals (500-800 words) and a short CV (one page maximum) to Dr. Pascal Trees (duhk@lrz.uni-muenchen.de) by April 30, 2020.

    Accommodation will be provided and travel expenses refunded for conference speakers. Conference languages will be English and Ukrainian/Russian. As we aim to publish the conference’s results, please be prepared to hand in your paper in a form that is fit for publication.

    The German-Ukrainian Historical Commission is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.

    The call for papers was initially published on the website of the German-Ukrainian Historical Commission.

  • HREC Fellowship to Attend the 2020 Genocide and Human Rights University Program

    *The 2020 GHRUP has been cancelled. For more information, please visit: https://www.genocidestudies.org/single-post/2020/06/01/Genocide-and-Human-Rights-University-Program-GHRUP-COVID-19-Update

    The Holodomor Research and Education Consortium of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, announces the availability of a fellowship for an individual working in the field of Holodomor studies to attend the Genocide and Human Rights University Program (GHRUP), which will take place August 3 – August 14, 2020.

    This annual graduate-level course, organized by the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies in partnership with the History Department at the University of Toronto, is taught by a team of leading specialists and incorporates genocide theory, history, sociology, political science, anthropology, psychology, and international law. The GHRUP seeks to provide participants with the intellectual framework to understand the numerous complex issues related to genocide through an examination of major case studies that provide the foundation for comparative analysis.

    HREC will cover the cost of tuition ($999 CAD), travel up to $1,200 CAD, and accommodations.

    The application deadline is April 30, 2020. To apply, please follow the instructions at https://www.genocidestudies.org/ghrup and write to hrec@ualberta.ca with copies of the application materials.

  • Temerty Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Holodomor Studies 2021–22

    Temerty Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Holodomor Studies 2021–22

    The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies is pleased to announce the inauguration of the Temerty Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Holodomor Studies. Offered under the auspices of its Holodomor Education and Research Consortium (HREC) for the academic year of 2021–22, the fellowship has been created to support the study of and expansion of knowledge about the Holodomor. Applications are welcome from scholars in various disciplines, including but not confined to history, political science, anthropology, sociology, and literature, as well as famine studies, genocide studies, and rural studies. Interdisciplinary and comparative projects will be considered.

    Qualified applicants will have received a PhD (or Candidate of Sciences degree) within the past five years at the time of application. Applicants who are scheduled to receive their degree by the end of June 2021 are also eligible to apply, if they submit confirmatory documents. The successful applicant will be expected to take up the post-doctoral appointment at CIUS (University of Alberta) from 1 September 2021, and no later than 30 September 2021. In addition to working on a research project, the Temerty Fellow will assist and participate in the overall program planning and activities of HREC, including the organization of a workshop or conference in the area of her/his research.

    The Temerty Fellow will also have the option to be co-hosted at the University of Alberta by one of the following departments: Anthropology, History and Classics, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, Political Science, and Sociology. A co-hosting department would offer engagement via colloquia, mentorship, and other academic initiatives. An opportunity to teach a course in one of the departments may also be considered. (Visit: www.ualberta.ca/arts/departments.)

    This competition is open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and foreign nationals. The duration of fellowship is for one year (with the possibility of renewal, subject to review, for a second year), and the annual stipend is C$48,000. In addition, the award covers the costs of economy airfare to and from Edmonton; supplemental health benefits; and economy airfare and accommodations for a research trip to Toronto. Recipients of the Temerty Fellowship may not hold another fellowship concurrently.

    The Temerty Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Holodomor Studies is made possible by funding from the Temerty Foundation.

    The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (www.cius.ca) is a global leader in the field of Ukrainian studies. Housed in the Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, the institute’s mandate is to support, foster, and develop Ukrainian studies in Canada and abroad.  

    Deadline: 15 February 2021

    For further details and to apply, visit: https://www.ualberta.ca/canadian-institute-of-ukrainian-studies/funding-and-awards/post-doctoral-fellowships.html