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Franko Memorial

Annual Lecture
Bohdan Kordan
Franko Lecture on the Ukrainian Far Right

(March 7, 2018)

The Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa cordially invites you to the 32nd Annual Ivan Franko Memorial Lecture to be delivered by Andreas Umland and entitled “The Ukrainian Far Right Since Maidan.”

Andreas Umland

Until recently, in Ukraine, two different ultra-nationalist tendencies have been competing: an ethno-centric anti-Russian, and a pan-Slavic pro-Russian one. After the Euromaidan, the latter camp - with its close ties to Moscow - has largely disappeared as a national political force. The lecture will discuss, from a comparative point of view, the emergence and development of the Svoboda Party, Right Sector and National Corps as well as their ties to volunteer armed units, such as the Azov Battalion. It will propose some explanation for the continuous party-political weakness of the Ukrainian far right, and discuss its prospects for the future.


Andreas Umland, an active participant in Ukrainian political debates, is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation in Kyïv. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, previously taught at the University Kyïv-Mohyla Academy, and held lecture- or fellowships at the Hoover Institution (Stanford), Harvard, and Oxford, among many. He is general editor of the book series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society,” published by ibidem and distributed by Columbia University Press.


The Franko Lecture is co-sponsored by the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association (Ottawa Chapter, The Umland Franko Lecture is hosted by the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) at the University of Ottawa. Air travel funding to bring  Andreas Umland to North America is made possible by the University of Manitoba’s J.B. Rudnyckyj Endowment. The Chair wishes to thank Michael MacKay and Michael Kostiuk (UCPBA Ottawa), John Packer and Caroline Faucher (HRREC), and Myroslav Shkandrij (U of Manitoba) for their support.


The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 7.00 PM in Room 550 (5th Floor) of Fauteux Hall, 57 Louis Pasteur Private, on uOttawa campus. The campus map can be accessed at Fauteux Hall is identified on the map as “FTX” and is located at the intersection of Louis Pasteur Private and Osgoode St. A parking garage is available on Osgoode St., facing Fauteux Hall.


Since seating is limited, people interested in attending the Franko Lecture are encouraged to register by email ( as soon as possible. Registration is free. The Chair of Ukrainian Studies can also be contacted by phone at (613) 562-5800 ext. 3692.

Since 1985, the Ivan Franko Memorial Annual Lecture has helped to raise the profile of Ukrainian studies, and raise awareness of Ukrainian matters in Canada’s capital. For the first ten years, the UCPBA and Carleton University presented the series. With the inauguration of the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa in 1995, the Franko Lecture moved to the University of Ottawa. Recent Franko Lecture speakers include Bohdan Kordan (2017), Volodymyr Kravchenko (2016), Frank Sysyn (2015), Sofia Dyak (2014), Alexandra Hrycak (2013), Timothy Snyder (2012), Charles King (2011) and Lubomyr Luciuk (2010).

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