CIUS Director’s Message Spring 2021



Dear Visitor to the CIUS Website,

Welcome, and thank you for connecting with us! Whether you are familiar with the work of the institute, or wish to learn more about our activities and programs, thank you for stopping by.

The year 2021 has brought many opportunities for us to engage meaningfully in a variety of ongoing and new projects. CIUS Press and the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research (PJC) at the institute’s Toronto office have been busy readying Volume 2 of Mykhailo Hrushevsky’s History of Ukraine-Rus’ for publication. We are planning a number of scholarly conferences and promotional events to celebrate this milestone. The PJC, in partnership with its Lviv-based colleagues, has also initiated a series of book discussions on recently published works in the field of Ukrainian studies. The editorial team of the Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine is actively generating and adding new encyclopedia entries while also working to enhance the experience of visitors to the site. The Holodomor Research and Education Consortium continues to collaborate with emerging scholars from around the world in a series of presentations profiling multidisciplinary studies undertaken by doctoral students in Holodomor studies.

Those of us in Edmonton are no less busy. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Canada’s policy of multiculturalism. In recognition of this anniversary, CIUS has initiated a series of events focusing on the legacy and meanings of Canada’s multiculturalism. The “CIUS M50 Series” begins with the “Virtual Symposium on the Impact of Multiculturalism on Public Education.” This event is co-sponsored by the Ukrainian Language Education Centre along with other partners and is hosted by the Faculty of Education at the U of Alberta. Later, in the spring and summer, the Kule Ukrainian Canadian Studies Centre will be hosting two round tables that will examine the role Ukrainian Canadians played in the development of the policy of multiculturalism. The Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program and the Kowalsky Program for the Study of Eastern Ukraine, for their part, will be launching academic events in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine, that focus on the project “Cultural Mosaic of the City.” Then in November, CIUS concludes the year of reflection on multiculturalism with the national symposium “Reconciling Multiculturalism in Today’s Canada”, jointly hosted by the institute, the Marcelle and Louis Desrochers Institute for Heritage Studies and Transdisciplinary Research on Francophonies, and the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies.

Another exciting aspect of the institute’s work this spring has been adjudication of applications for various grants and awards that CIUS administers. While this work is quite time-consuming, it is equally rewarding, as it enables the institute to gauge the various trends and directions currently being pursued in the field of Ukrainian studies nationally and internationally. Some award competitions are ongoing, but the ones for the two postdoctoral fellowships have reached their conclusion. It gives me great pleasure to welcome to CIUS two Postdoctoral Fellows. Dr. Eduard Baidaus will be holding the inaugural Temerty Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Holodomor Studies and working on a project that examines Romania’s perspective on the Holodomor. Dr. Olga Plakhotnik, who is the current holder of the Bayduza Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for the Study of Modern and Contemporary Ukraine, was again selected after a competition that comprised twenty-nine applications. Dr. Plakhotnik will work on the project “Building Nation, Negotiating Identities: Regional LGBT+ Activism on the Ukrainian-Russian Borderland.” Congratulations, Drs. Baidaus and Plakhotnik! The tenure for both fellowships begins in September 2021. I am also pleased to share another novel development with respect to the institute’s postdoctoral programs. CIUS postdoctoral fellows will be co-hosted by two academic departments. I would like to thank the Departments of History and Classics (in the case of Dr. Baidaus) and Sociology (in the case of Dr. Plakhotnik) for serving as co-hosts and for offering our CIUS postdoctoral fellows an opportunity to participate in the academic life of their departments as well as to teach students. Congratulations are also in order for the institute’s current Stasiuk postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Jessica Zychowicz, who has been appointed the director of the Fulbright Program in Ukraine in Kyiv. Well done, Jessica! The institute is looking forward to working with you in your new role!

 As we continue our work this year, we think of and are enormously grateful to all individuals and organizations who have been supporting the institute over many years. My colleagues and I are keenly aware that without our supporters the institute would not have achieved its internationally recognized status of a global leader in Ukrainian studies. One of the University leaders in community engagement, the institute is proud of its relationship with numerous partners in Canada and abroad.


Stay well, stay engaged with CIUS,

Natalia Khanenko-Friesen

CIUS Director