University of Cambridge workshop - 'Independent Ukraine: Twenty Years On'

University of Cambridge, 8-9 December 2011 

The University of Cambridge will hold an interdisciplinary workshop, ‘Independent Ukraine: Twenty Years On’, from 8-9 December. This special event marks the anniversary of Ukraine’s December 1991 referendum, when over 90% of Ukrainian voters declared their support for the creation of an independent, democratic state.  By focusing on the concept and the challenge of independence, the workshop seeks to chart Ukraine’s complex trajectory since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The workshop’s keynote speaker is Leonid Kravchuk, first President of Ukraine. 

Please visit the workshop website here

The workshop will consist of three panel discussions on issues related to the politics, economics, and culture of Ukraine. To contextualise the conversation and cast the Ukrainian case in greater relief, each panel will be assigned a discussant with expertise in another post-Soviet country.

Admission to the workshop is free and open to the public.  Registration, however, is required.  To register, please contact Mr Sean Durman, Secretary of the Department of Slavonic Studies, at slavon@hermes.cam.ac.uk

Preliminary Programme

Please note that times, venues, and speakers are subject to change

8 December 2011

Winstanley Theatre, Trinity College, Cambridge

From 13:00

Optional: Screening of ʻUkraine: Starting Pointʼ (2011, dir. Serhii Bukovsʼkyi)

15:00 – 16:45

Presentation by special guest Olesʼ Donyi, student movement leader (1989-91), Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada (2007-present)

17:00 – 18:30

Keynote address by Leonid Kravchuk, first President of Ukraine

18:30 – 19:30

Wine reception

All are welcome

9 December 2011

Winstanley Theatre, Trinity College, Cambridge

9:00 – 10:00

Tea and coffee in the Winstanley Lounge

10:00 – 10:15

Welcoming remarks: Rory Finnin, Marta Dyczok, David Marples

10:15 – 12:15

Panel I


Chair: Margarita M. Balmaceda (Stiftung Alfried Krupp Kolleg Greifswald)

Richard Connolly (University of Birmingham)

Peter Rodgers (University of Sheffield)

12:15 – 13:30

Lunch in the Winstanley Lounge

13:30 – 15:30

Panel II

Culture, Media, Memory, and Religion


Simon Franklin (University of Cambridge)

Marta Dyczok (University of Western Ontario)

Rory Finnin (University of Cambridge)

David Marples (University of Alberta)

Frank Sysyn (University of Toronto)


Hamid Ismailov (BBC World’s Writer-in-Residence)

15:30 – 15:45

Tea and coffee break

15:45 – 17:45

Panel III



Olexiy Haran’ (Kyiv-Mohyla Academy)

Olga Onuch (University of Oxford)

Mykola Riabchuk (Kyiv-Mohyla Academy)

Peter Rutland (Wesleyan University)

Discussant: Peter Duncan (University College London, SSEES)

The workshop Independent Ukraine: Twenty Years On is co-organised by the University of Alberta, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Western Ontario. It is hosted by Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, a programme of the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Find out more at www.CambridgeUkrainianStudies.org