[Aaus-list] Submit your opinion piece on "decommunization" in Ukraine

Oleh Kotsyuba kotsyuba at krytyka.com
Sat Apr 25 11:57:31 EDT 2015


Dear everyone,

It appears that my previous Email contained an incorrect link to Myroslav Popovych’s thoughtful article on “decommunization”. Here is the correct link: http://1-12.org.ua/2015/04/20/3508

With respect to the discussion, Volodymyr Viatrovych responded to our call and posted a reply on his blog in Ukrainska pravda, where he focuses on an (unauthorized) translation of the open letter by the initiative “Chesno” and responds to some of the claims made by the signatories of the open letter: http://blogs.pravda.com.ua/authors/viatrovych/553ba3202e693/

Once again, I urge you to join this discussion and add your voice to the very multifaceted context of “decommunization” debate in Ukraine!

Very best,

Oleh Kotsyuba



On Apr 24, 2015, at 9:47 AM, Oleh Kotsyuba <kotsyuba at krytyka.com> wrote:

> Dear members of the AAUS community,
> 
> As the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Nationalities opens today in New York, I would like to invite you to add your voice to the discussion of the so-called “anti-communist” laws (also known as “decommunization laws”) that were passed by the Ukrainian parliament on April 9, 2015. 
> 
> “Decommunization" in Ukraine has been certainly long overdue, and the popular demand for it is great, but the methods Ukrainian authorities choose to implement it raise many questions. 
> 
> As a journal dedicated to Ukrainian history and culture, politics and society, Krytyka is interested in expanding the current debate to include contributions that in this context also discuss:
> 
> - law writing and its passing in Ukraine and public discussion of controversial law
> - processing of history and politics of memory in regards to both the communist past and national struggle for independence
> - increasing popular readiness to limit democratic freedoms and rights in the face of the Russian aggression against Ukraine
> - need in Ukraine for popular education on the atrocities committed by the communist regime and dismantling of both its institutional and memorial practices as a result
> - necessity for an objective, thorough, and sensitive discussion of the activities of OUN and UPA with respect to their contribution to Ukraine’s independence and the involvement of some of their members or units in crimes against civilians.
> 
> Such a debate could take place against the background of some recent publications that sparked a lively - although less public - discussions in different circles of scholars and intellectuals, as well as in social media. Publications on Facebook or Twitter are convenient and easy, but Ukraine needs a public discussion that could serve as guidance for proponents and opponents of the process and its implementation. Notable publications in this regard are:
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> - John Paul Himka’s article in AbImperio: “Legislating Historical Truth” (http://net.abimperio.net/node/3442)
> - David R. Marples’ blog in “Current Politics in Ukraine” (https://ukraineanalysis.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/ukraine-parliament-legalizes-fighters-for-ukrainian-independence-in-the-20th-century/)
> - Myroslav Popovych’s publication in the “Initiative of December 1st” (in Ukrainian: https://ukraineanalysis.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/ukraine-parliament-legalizes-fighters-for-ukrainian-independence-in-the-20th-century/)
> - Open Letter of Scholars and Experts on Ukraine to President Poroshenko and Chairman Hroysman re. Anti-Communist Law: http://krytyka.com/en/articles/open-letter-scholars-and-experts-ukraine-re-so-called-anti-communist-law (see also Andreas Umland’s commentary on it on BBC Russia: http://www.bbc.co.uk/russian/multimedia/2015/04/150421_bbseva_scholars_decommunisation_bill)
> - A review of the laws by Tadeusz Olszański of the Polish Center for Eastern Studies: http://www.osw.waw.pl/en/publikacje/analyses/2015-04-15/ukraine-ambitious-de-communisation-laws
> - Serhiy Ryabenko’s article in “Levyi bereg”: http://society.lb.ua/life/2015/04/21/302433_chi_vidpovidaie_dekomunizatsiya_ukraini.html
> - Precedents of overturning such national law by the European Court of Human Rights, including the case of Vajnai vs. Hungary: http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/sites/eng/pages/search.aspx?i=001-87404#{"itemid":["001-87404"]}
> 
> A number of articles and responses appeared in popular media in outlets such as The Nation, Hromadske TV, Atlantic Council, The Guardian, and a number of others.
> 
> In nearly 20 years of its existence, Krytyka has proven to be an balanced forum for all opinions on often very controversial issues of Ukrainian history and culture. With nuanced arguments and in-depth analysis, we offered our readers a thoughtful approach to all difficult and dividing topics, the best record of which is our archive of publications. 
> 
> We find that the current debate in Ukrainian and international media on all issues connected to “decommunization” is in dire need of both deepening and broadening. Taking advantage of a vacuum of expert opinion, populist rhetorics defines the conversation, deficient arguments go unchallenged, and reductive narratives are treated as ultimate truths.
> 
> We invite your well-founded opinion pieces no longer than 1000-1500 words (in English, Ukrainian, or other languages). Contributors should have a track record of scholarly work in their respective field, or substantial work experience that qualifies them as experts (please submit your CV with your contribution). Please direct your contributions to kotsyuba at krytyka.com. 
> 
> Thank you very much,
> 
> Oleh Kotsyuba
> - Krytyka Chief Online Editor, www.krytyka.com
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