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Ukrainian Studies Now: Searching for New Optics in Times of Survival


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Russia’s war in Ukraine has compelled Ukrainian studies to confront a number of important issues. The invasion has unmasked the need to decolonize the field, both inside and outside; to find new ways to speak to global audiences; to stay resilient in the face of existing challenges; and to build a viable base to move forward. This symposium gathers established scholars from various fields, including intellectual history, queer, gender, and feminist studies, and anthropology and nature conservation to share their perspectives on the direction of Ukrainian studies in the aftermath of the invasion. Applying the insights of scholarship on colonialiality and decolonial thinking to the concept of Ukraine as a buffer periphery, Maria Mayerchyk will analyze the epistemological challenges of this positionality. Andriy Zayarnyuk will address how the war has changed our thinking about the origins of modern Ukraine. Finally, Tanya Richardson will illustrate the challenges of conducting research on Ukrainian environmental history in wartime.


Maria Mayerchyk, Humboldt Fellow, University of Greifswald

  • "Coloniality and Feminist Knowledge Production at the War-Torn Buffer Periphery"

Andriy Zayarnyuk, Professor, Department of History, University of Winnipeg

  • "Rethinking the Nineteenth-Century Ukrainian Project"

Tanya Richardson, Associate Professor, Departments of Anthropology and Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

  • "The Challenges of Researching Beekeeping in Wartime Ukraine"


Moderator: Iryna Skubii, PhD Candidate, Department of History, Queen’s University

Department of History, Queen's University

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Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.