Huculak Chair Projects

The Huculak Chair in Ukrainian Culture and Ethnography is an endowed professorial position at the University of Alberta, made possible by a major donation from Erast and Lydia Huculak as well as other donors. The work undertaken by the Huculak Chair is inspired by and follows the vision and the philosophy of the Chair founder, Mr. Huculak, "Help others, and that goodwill will return to you a hundredfold." (My Wooden Suitcase - A Memoir, Dr. Huculak).

In 2020, Dr. Natalia Khanenko-Friesen, cultural anthropologist and oral historian, professor in the Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Department, and the Director of Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, was appointed as the Huculak Chair and continues to advance the Chair's mission through her work. Read more


Current Projects

Witnessing the War in Ukraine: Oral History and Interview-Based Research. Summer Institute

war-summer-institute.jpgIn the context of the ongoing war on Ukraine, the Summer Institute "Witnessing the War in Ukraine: Oral History and Interview-Based Research" offers an academic platform for a respectful and focused discussion of research needs and fieldwork challenges of interview-based research in the context of the ongoing war on Ukraine. More info

 


Past Projects

The Ethnography of War? Articulating Research Needs in Times of Unfolding Trauma

On April 4, 2022, a panel discussion The Ethnography of the War? Articulating Research Needs in Times of Unfolding Trauma was organized by the Huculak Chair. It offered insight into the most pressing questions and challenges that Ukrainian anthropologists, oral historians, ethnographers and folklorists are facing right now while handling so much personal and collective trauma that continues to unfold on such a dramatic scale. 

Read more about the event here.

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Присутність відсутності: про антропологію в Україні

A round table discussion on anthropological research in Ukraine was organized on June 15, 2021 by the Huculak Chair of Ukrainian Culture and Ethnography in collaboration with the Centre of Applied Anthropology (Kyiv, Ukraine). The round table participants included: Oksana Kis, Maryna Hrymych, Tina Polek, Nataliya Bezborodova, and Natalia Khanenko-Friezen.

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