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April 24, 2000

Peter Jacyk Centre honours the memory of Professor Hans-Joachim Torke

On 15 April 2000, the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research at the University of Alberta sponsored a scholarly panel devoted to the memory of the former president of the German Association of Ukrainian Studies and professor of the Free University of Berlin, Hans-Joachim Torke, who passed away this year after a long illness. Professor Torke specialized in the study of early modern East Slavic history and contributed immensely to the development of Ukrainian studies in Germany and North America. Dr. Bohdan Osadczuk, the interim president of the German Association of Ukrainian Studies, shared his memories of his close friend Hans Torke.

            The scholarly panel, entitled "The New Ukrainian History: Restoring or Reinterpreting the Cossack Age?" was organized by the Centre within the framework of the Fifth Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, which was held at Columbia University, New York, from 13 to 15 April 2000. The panel was chaired by Dr. Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak of the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA), and featured presentations by Dr. Frank E. Sysyn (director, Peter Jacyk Centre), Dr. Zenon Kohut (director, CIUS), Dr. Serhii Plokhy (associate director, Peter Jacyk Centre), and Ms. Jana Buergers of the University of Konstanz in Germany. Ms. Buergers, who spoke on "The Cossack Myth and Nation-Building in Late Soviet and Post-Soviet Ukraine," is a graduate student who received a grant from the Peter Jacyk Centre to attend the New York convention. Dr. Olga Andriewsky of Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, served as a discussant at the panel.

            By sponsoring a panel in memory of Professor Torke, the Peter Jacyk Centre continued its long-standing policy of introducing Ukrainian historical research into the academic mainstream in North America and Western Europe.



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