A Book Discussion | Olgerd Ippolit Bochkovsky, "Selected Works and Documents" in 3 volumes

19 October 2021

 10:30 AM (MDT, UTC-6) | 12:30 PM (EDT, UTC-4) | 7:30 PM (EEST, UTC+3)
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The  book discussion will be also live-streamed on the CIUS Facebook page


We are pleased to announce a continuation of the series of book discussions and launches of recent publications in Ukrainian studies organized by the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research and the CIUS Press. The series concentrates on books in English and Ukrainian sponsored by the Centre, including its Program for the Study of Modern Ukrainian History and Society in Lviv, and/or published by the CIUS Press. The organizers of this series are Professor Frank Sysyn, director of the Centre, Professor Yaroslav Hrytsak, director of the Program, and Dr. Marko R. Stech, director of the CIUS Press and Scholarly Publications. 

This event will be devoted to the discussion of selected works of Olgerd Ippolit Bochkovsky (1885-1939). Bochkovsky was a prominent, but largely forgotten Ukrainian sociologist and political scientist. He has been known primarily for his pioneering studies of nations and nation-building that preceded and in many ways anticipated the major works in the field of nationalism studies by Miroslav Hroch, Ernest Gellner, and Antony Smith. His biography was also very remarkable: born in Southern Ukraine into a family of mixed Polish-Lithiuanian orgin, he choose to become a Ukrainian. During the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917-20, Bochkovsky served as a member of the Ukrainian diplomatic mission in Czechoslovakia, and in the interwar period he lectured at the Ukrainian Free University in Prague and the Ukrainian Husbandry Academy in Poděbrady. In 1933 he headed the Famine Committee which aided victims of the Holodomor and wrote an ‘Open Letter’ to the former French premier Henry Herriot who denied the famine in Ukraine.

The discussion will be conducted by Professor Yaroslav Hrytsak. He will interview Professor Ola Hnatiuk (Kyiv Mohyla Academy and the University of Warsaw) who together with Myroslav Czech compiled and edited this collection; Vitalii Ponomariov, the author of a new biography of Olgerd Ippolit Bochkovsky; Prof. Piotr Wróbel (University of Toronto) who reviewed the collection; Professor Tomasz Stryjek, historian and sociologist from the Institute of Political Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences; and Dr. Danylo Sudyn (Ukrainian Catholic University), sociologist specializing in the history of Ukrainian social and political thought.

The discussion will be held in English and Ukrainian with simultaneous translation. 

For a limited time, all 3 volumes of Olgerd Ippolit Bochkovsky’s Ukrainian-language collection Вибрані праці і документи. Томи 1, 2, 3 (ч. 1 + 2)  is on sale at a 25% discount on the CIUS Press website.