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Lost Kingdom: Ukraine and the Search for Russian Borders

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Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation is the latest volume from award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy. Covering the late 15th century through the present, this book focuses specifically on the Russian nationalism, exploring how leaders from Ivan the Terrible to Vladimir Putin instrumentalized identity to achieve their imperial and great-power aims. Along the way, Plokhy reveals the central role Ukraine plays in Russia’s identity, both as an “other” to distinguish Russia, and as part of a pan-Slavic conceptualization used to legitimize territorial expansion and political control.

In this Q A article, Plokhy reveals why Ukraine is so important to Russia’s contemporary identity, how Russia is balancing its own multiethnicity with growing ethnic nationalism, and how Russia’s aggressive, nationalistic foreign policy has been detrimental to its own development as a modern state. Read more.

Принадність Гарвардської Літньої Школи Україністики

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Не лише американські університети, але й уряд (у першу чергу – Держдепартамент та Пентагон) регулярно направляють своїх співробітників на Літню школу. Йдеться, як правило, про людей з певним життєвим і професійним досвідом, які прискіпливо ставляться до вибору курсів, бо вдалий вибір може сприяти їхній кар’єрі.

Що ж саме приваблює їх в Літній школі україністики? Чи справджуються їхні сподівання? І чи виправдовуються їхні зусилля?

Цього року одним із студентів, які записалися на “Курс української мови для читання” (викладач Володимир Діброва) був тридцятитрьорічний Джоель Бeкнер, офіцер Зарубіжної Служби (FAO) Збройних сил США.

Beyond the Battle: Insights from HURI’s Latest Book on Language in Ukraine

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Three experts offered their insights on our latest publication, The Battle for Ukrainian: A Comparative Perspective.

The Battle for Ukrainian is the most up-to-date examination of the history and status of the Ukrainian language, put into comparative perspective with case studies of countries with similar language situations. Including contributions from linguists, historians of languages, sociolinguistics, literary specialists, historians, and political scientists, this work is broad in region and discipline.

While the Ukrainian language’s “tumultuous path” is centuries old, as the Valuev anniversary attests, news headlines today are a constant reminder that the role of Ukrainian remains a matter of public and political debate, with implications for nation-building. In this interview piece, Michael Flier, Andrea Graziosi, and Volodymyr Kulyk discuss insights from the book and comment on its significance. Read more.

Welcome, HUSI Class of 2017!

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The Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute (HUSI) began its 47th annual program on Saturday, June 17. During the weekend, students from around the country and the world kicked off the start of the summer term with orientation activities.

Over the next few months, our students, faculty, and guest speakers will create the strong community that sets HUSI apart from other academic summer programs. We’re excited to see the unique contributions each student brings, drawing on their diverse backgrounds, interests, and experiences. As the program progresses, the students will share their reflections and insights on our HUSI blog, so check back often for a little taste of life at the Institute. For now, meet a few of our students and join us in welcoming them!

The Battle for Ukrainian: A New Book from HURI Publications

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HURI is pleased to announce the publication of its latest volume, The Battle for Ukrainian: A Comparative Perspective. Edited by Michael Flier and Andrea Graziosi, this collection of 24 articles has two primary objectives, historical and comparative.

Part One provides an overview of the most recent research on the history and sociopolitical status of the Ukrainian language in Ukraine over the past 150 years. Part Two introduces a comparative perspective on the Ukrainian situation by consideration of language policy, sociolinguistic issues, and politics in multilingual societies from Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, and North America. The result is an interdisciplinary study that is essential for understanding the interplay of language, history, and politics in Ukraine and in the postimperial world.

This book can be ordered on the Harvard University Press website and on Amazon. Read more.

HURI’s MAPA Project Travels the World

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Earlier this year, HURI’s MAPA team—which includes Kostyantyn Bondarenko (MAPA Project Director), Serhii Plokhii (MAPA Project Faculty Director), and Viktoria Sereda (MAPA Project Research Fellow)—added a new project to the MAPA website. The History and Identity webmap takes survey data (gathered through a project Sereda has been working on and by other sociological centers) to depict historical memory and identity in contemporary Ukraine.

The MAPA program has been presented around the world at conferences and academic events. The team showed audiences how to use MAPA, offered their analyses based on the data, and used MAPA to visually depict information in research presentations. Many of these presentations are available online, with links to videos included in this roundup article.

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