Kharkiv 2016

War and Violent Conflict in Socialist and Post Socialist Societies

Kharkiv,  4-9 July 2016, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University


Monday 4 July

9.00 Introduction and welcoming remarks

Olena Muradyan, Dean, Faculty of Sociology at the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University

Sylvain Rigollet, Attaché for University and Scientific Cooperation, Embassy of France in Ukraine

Dominique Arel, Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Ottawa

9.30 – 10.00 Presentation of EHNE Research Project

François-Xavier Nérard

10.00 – 11.30 Research questions, session 1

Societies Reshaped. The Armed Conflict in Ukraine.

Anna Colin Lebedev and Ioulia Shukan

12.00 – 14.00 Panel 1 : Military and Armed Groups

Cuccoli Lorenzo. The recomposition of military hierarchy from the February Revolution to Stalin’s personal rule (1917 – 1930). Discussant Alissa Klots

Pomiecko Aleksandra. An Examination of Post-War Banditry in western Belarus, 1920s and 1940s. Discussant Anna Muller

15.00 Visit : Kharkiv in the Armed Conflicts

with an introduction by Tatiana Zhurzhenko


Tuesday 5 July

9.00-11.00 Panel 2 : Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

Mironova Vera. Mobilizing Civilians for Combat: Evidence from Counter-Insurgency Recruitment in Eastern Ukraine. Discussant Jennifer Carroll

Bezruk Tetiana. Violence as the political instrument in Donbas conflict. Discussant Mikhail Minakov

11.30-13.30 Panel 3: State Building and Identity Shaping in Contested Territories

Babkina Olena. Armed conflict in everyday life : the case of Donbass. Discussant Ioulia Shukan.

Kapinos Beata. The future starts in the past: the discourse strategy of Donetsk National University (DonNU) after the creation of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR/DNR). Discussant Anna Colin Lebedev

14.30 – 16.30 Debate : Journalists at War : discussion with war correspondents

Gulliver Cragg, Sébastien Gobert, Stéphane Siohan, Roman Stepanovych

Moderators : Ioulia Shukan and Mayhill Fowler

Wednesday 6 July

9.00 – 11.00 Panel 4 : Refugees

Bulakh Tetiana. “Strangers among ‘ours’”. State and Civil Responses to the Phenomenon of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine. Discussant Mikhail Minakov.

Sipos Michal. Wars, Asylum and the Descent into the Ordinary: The Case of Chechen refugees in Poland. Discussant Amandine Regamey

11.30 – 13.30 Visit : Stantsiya Kharkiv NGO

14.30 – 16.30 Panel 5: State Building Through War

Stepaniuk Natalia. War Making and State Building: the Case of Ukraine. Discussant Mychailo Wynnyckyj

Dmitry Boyko. Symbolic Violence in Contemporary Ukrainian State Building. Discussant Dominique Arel

17.00 – 18.30 Research questions, session 2

Researching War, Looking for Reconciliation

Dominique Arel, Mikhail Minakov, Mychailo Wynnyckyj, Tatiana Zhurzhenko


Thursday 7 July

9.00 – 11.00 Visit : OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

11.30 – 13.30 Panel 6 : Culture at War

Yezernitskaya Mechella. A Time of War: World War I and the Early Russian Avant-Garde. Discussant Mayhill Fowler

Isaev Egor. Militarization of the past in Russian popular film and TV series – Discussant François-Xavier Nérard

14.30 – 17.30 Panel 7: War and Myth Making

Svyrydenko Viktoria. The Russo-Turkish war of 1877–1878 in the Politics of Memory of Socialist Bulgaria: Dramatic War, “the First Liberation” or “National and Democratic Revolution”? Discussant Anna Muller.

Dobczansky Markian. Propaganda in Three Keys: Soviet, Ukrainian, and Local Modes of Mobilization in Post-Occupation Kharkiv. Discussant François-Xavier Nérard.

Skubytska Iuliia. Mobilization of the Great Patriotic War Myth in Soviet Children’s Military and Patriotic Education, 1960s-1970s. Discussant Alissa Klots


Friday 8 July

9.00 – 11.00 Holocaust Museum

11.30 – 13.30 Panel 8 : Gender at Wartime

Plakhotnik Olga , Ukraine , Feminism in a War Time: The Case of Ukraine. Discussant Alissa Klots

Havryshko Marta , Ukraine , Sexual violence in the OUN underground and UPA in Western Ukraine in the 1940s and 1950s. Discussant Mayhill Fowler

14.30 – 16.00 Research questions, session 2

How to write a biography? A case study

Amandine Regamey

Saturday 9 July

9.00 – 11.00 Panel 9: Facing Violence

Majstorovic Vojin. The Red Army and the Holocaust in Ukraine, the Balkans and Central Europe, 1943-1945. Discussant Dominique Arel

Mocnik Nena. “I Will Not Raise My Child to Kill your Child. The Motherhood, Collective Memory and Continuum of Violence aftermath the War. Discussant Jennifer Carroll.

11.00 – 12.00 Conclusions and feedback

Participants and Faculty


  • Babkina, Olena, European Univesity at Saint-Petersburg
  • Bezruk, Tetiana, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
  • Boyko, Dmitry, Karazin State University
  • Bulakh, Tetiana, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Cuccoli, Lorenzo, University of Bologna, EHESS, University of Paris I
  • Dobczansky, Markian, Stanford University
  • Havryshko, Marta, Ivan Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Isaev, Egor, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
  • Kapinos Beata, University of Warsaw
  • Majstorovic, Vojin, University of Toronto; The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Mironova, Vera, Belfer Center (Harvard Kennedy School)
  • Mocnik, Nena, posdoctoral researcher
  • Plakhotnik, Olga, The Open University UK
  • Pomiecko, Aleksandra, University of Toronto
  • Sipos Michal, University of London
  • Skubytska, Iuliia, University of Pennsylvania
  • Stepaniuk, Natalia, University of Ottawa
  • Svyrydenko, Viktoriia, V.N.Karazin Kharkiv National University
  • Yezernitskaya, Mechella, Bryn Mawr College


  • AREL Dominique, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • CARROLL, Jennifer, Brown University, USA
  • FOWLER Mayhill, Stetson University, USA
  • KLOTS Alissa, Rutgers University, USA
  • MINAKOV Mikhail, Kyiv Mohyla Academy National University, Ukraine
  • MULLER Anna, University of Michigan, USA
  • NÉRARD François-Xavier, University Paris 1, France
  • REGAMEY Amandine, University Paris 1, France
  • SHUKAN Ioulia, University Paris Ouest Nanterre, France
  • WYNNYCKYJ Mychailo, Kyiv Mohyla Academy National University, Ukraine
  • ZHURZHENKO Tatiana, Institute for Human Sciences, Austria

The Summer School is a  joint project of the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa (Canada), the Center for Russian, East European and Caucasian Studies (France), the LabEx EHNE “Writing a new History in Europe”, The Center for Slavic History at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne (France), the V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine), the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy (Ukraine).