Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies

Ukrainian Studies

Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program

Established in 2013 and housed within the CIUS, The Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program aims to support, promote, and disseminate research dealing with independent (post-1991) Ukraine from the perspective of the social sciences.  When fully operational, it will deliver a comprehensive programme of grants, scholarships, conferences, seminars, guest speakers, and publications. The Program will also encourage interdisciplinary and comparative scholarship.  Its long-term objective is to become the leading North American social science research hub exploring Ukraine’s developmental path, creating knowledge that will be relevant theoretically as well as in public policy terms.  It will serve as a vital link connecting social scientists in Ukraine with their counterparts in the West, providing access mutually beneficial to both.


Kowalsky Program for the Study of Eastern Ukraine

The Kowalsky Program for the Study of Eastern Ukraine was established in 1998 following a major donation from Daria and Michael Kowalsky of Toronto. The aim of the program is to support Ukrainian studies and the national revival in Eastern Ukraine. It does so by supporting scholarship through grants for scholars, sponsoring seminars, supporting museum development, and offering subsidies to publications dealing with Ukrainian society, history, politics and culture, particularly on questions of historical memory, identity and national consciousness. In 1999 and 2000, the Kowalskys augmented the fund with additional donations, and the fund now stands at $1,950,000. The additional monies made it possible to accelerate and expand Program plans and activities.

Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research

The Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research was established in 1989 through the generosity of its founding benefactor, Peter Jacyk. Impressed by the Institute’s work, Mr. Jacyk endowed CIUS with $1 million, matched two-to-one by the government of Alberta. Dr. Frank Sysyn, a renowned specialist in early modern Ukraine, was appointed the Centre’s director.

The Jacyk Centre’s major project has been the translation of Mykhailo Hrushevsky’s monumental History of Ukraine-Rus′ into English. Published in ten volumes between 1898 and 1937, this authoritative work has held up well with the passage of time. Neglected in Soviet times, the history has enjoyed a popular revival in Ukraine since independence. The entire work was reprinted by the Institute of Ukrainian Archeography of the National Academy of Sciences in Kyiv, together with an index to all its volumes.


Holodomor Research and Education Consortium

Activities of the HREC Education Component (headed by Valentina Kuryliw) are focused on inclusion of the Holodomor in schools, curricula, and other educational venues and development of instructional materials and training programs.

Activities of the Research Component (headed by Dr. Bohdan Klid and Andrij Makuch) include support of new research, coordination of projects in Ukraine, and translation and publication of key articles.

Executive Director Marta Baziuk is responsible for overall HREC management and coordination between the Research and Education components. 


Research Program on Religion and Culture

The Religion and Culture program was founded in 1994 as the Ukrainian Church Studies Program. It is devoted to the study of all aspects of the religious experience of Ukrainians in Ukraine and in the Ukrainian diaspora (especially in Canada), from the history and politics of religion to sacral art, architecture, and music. 

The initiator and first director of the Religion and Culture program was Dr. Serhii Plokhy, now Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of History at Harvard University. Under his successor, Dr. John-Paul Himka, the program focused on Ukrainian sacral art, architecture, and music. In particular, he launched Sanctuary: The Spiritual Heritage Documentation Project. This is a project to preserve a visual and oral history record of the Ukrainian churches and other sacral monuments of the three prairie provinces, as well as to digitize recordings of their liturgical music.  It continues to be sponsored by the Religion and Culture program.

The Program is the site of the Bohdan Bociurkiw Library, a collection which contains many unique items and documents pertaining to the Ukrainian church and serves as the basis for the program’s reference library. Professor Bociurkiw (1925‒1998) was one of the “founding fathers” both of the CIUS and of the Religion and Culture Program. Every year the Program hosts the Bohdan Bociurkiw Memorial Lecture.

In co-operation with other units of the Institute, the Program has produced a number of publications and has sponsored conferences. The Program has also co-sponsored visits to the University of Alberta by distinguished scholars.