[Aaus-list] Three Upcoming Ukrainian Studies Program Events

Mark R Andryczyk ma2634 at columbia.edu
Mon Oct 6 10:15:37 EDT 2014


Thursday, October 9, 2014

12:00pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)



POLITICAL DOMINANTS IN LITERARY INTERPRETATIONS OF THE DON JUAN AND DON
QUIXOTE PHENOMENA; THE CASE OF UKRAINE



Daria Mishchenko



This talk examines the motifs of Don Quixote and Don Juan as symbolic
stimuli that inspired the development of national narratives, created over
many years, in non-Spanish cultural spaces, especially – in the Ukrainian
one.   Much attention will be paid to patterns in which Spanish realia
are used as a foundation for a metaphorical rethinking of the political,
ethical, and cultural existence of Ukraine, as they are pictured in the
writings of Lina Kostenko.  Symbols such as, among others, the Holy
inquisition, colonization, *corrida* and knight’s culture will be examined
through the specifics of the Ukrainian mentality and culture, which are
core phenomena in the socio-political life of Ukrainian society in the 20th and
21st centuries.



Daria Mishchenko has a Ph.D. in Ukrainian literature from the Institute of
Philology, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (2014). She
is Lecturer in Spanish at its Institute of International Relations.





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Monday, October 20, 2014

7:30PM

Harriman Atrium (12th Floor IAB, 420 West 118th St.)



Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series



A SORT OF CHAUTAUQUA



Oleksandr Boichenko





Oleksandr Boichenko is a literary critic, publicist, essayist and
translator.  A graduate of Chernivtsi University in 1992 he went on to
complete his PhD at the Institute of Literature of the Academy of Sciences
of Ukraine in 1996.  From 1995-2008 he taught foreign literature and
literary theory at Chernivtsi University.  Since 2008 he has been working
as a freelance journalist.  Between 2002-2010, together with writer Yuri
Andrukhovych, Mr. Boichenko co-edited the internet journal *Poitah76*.  He
has received the Gaude Polonia scholarship from Poland’s Ministry of
Culture three times.  In 2003, his book *Shchos’ na kshtalt shatokua* (A
Sort of Chautauqua, 2003), was awarded top prize in the creative essay
category by the prestigious Knyha Roku (Book of the Year) competition.  He
is also author of the books *Shatokua plius* (Chautauqua Plus, 2005), *Aby
knyzhka* (To Have a Book, 2011) and *Moi sered chuzhykh* (Mine Among
Strangers, 2012).



His published translations from Polish into Ukrainian include a collection
of stories by Tadeusz Borowsky entitled *U nas, v Aushvitsi* (At Our Place,
in Auschwitz), Daniel Odija’s novel *Tartak* (The Sawmill), several plays
by Michał Walczak, Małgoryata Sikorska-Miszczuk, Paweł Demirski and Michał
Zadara as well as short prose works by Marek Hłasko, Józef Hen, Andrzej
Stasiuk, and Olga Tokarczuk, among others.  His translation from Russian
into Ukrainian include Victor Erofeyev’s novel *Khoroshyi Stalin* (The Good
Stalin) and Igor Pomerantsev’s story *Basks’kyi sobaka* (The Basque Dog).



Oleksandr Boichenko lives and works in Chernivtsi, Ukraine.



The event is part of the Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series
cosponsored by the Kennan Institute.





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Thursday, October 23, 2014

12:00pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)





LEGISLATIVE NETWORKS IN THE UKRAINIAN PARLIAMENT: WILL ANY KEY-PLAYERS
SURVIVE AFTER THE ELECTIONS?



*Tetiana Kostiuchenko*



The presentation includes the outcomes of the network study of legislative
connections between the Ukrainian MPs of the current and former Parliaments
since 2007. The central research questions to be covered are as follows:
Who are the ‘influential legislators’ among the current parliamentarians?
Do they have any common past connecting them together? What kind of joint
legislative activities did they have? Do they meet ‘lustration’ principles
or are they affiliated with the old regime? In general, the study leads to
a debate about the changing structure of the legislative network and
discuss possible changes to occur after the pre-term parliamentary
elections.


*Tetiana Kostiuchenko* is Senior Lecturer in the Sociology Department of
the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (Ukraine) and Carnegie
Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology in the University
of Minnesota during Fall 2014. Ms. Kostiuchenko’s dissertation is focused
on the structure and features of the political elite network in Ukraine in
2007-2012. She also has been doing studies of the role of various social
groups in state functioning, and working on the application of network
analysis for studying interaction of social agents. Tetiana was a visiting
research fellow in Friedrich Schiller University of Jena in autumn 2010 and
in spring 2013. Before, she participated in the research project “Roles and
Relations of Post-Soviet Elites” conducted by Uppsala University,
Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Tallin University in 2007-2008. Since 2007, Ms.
Kostiuchenko has been working as a researcher for different NGOs, including
"Europe XXI Foundation", "Centre UA", and "Strategic and Security Studies
Group". She also published several peer-review articles about political
elite networks in Ukraine, for one of which she got an award from Martha
Turchyn Foundation for Kyiv-Mohyla faculty.



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All three events are free and open to the public.



For more information, please contact Dr. Mark Andryczyk at (212) 854-4697
or ma2634 at columbia.edu
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