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Danyliw Research Seminar

Call for Papers Proposals
15th Annual Danyliw Research Seminar on Contemporary Ukraine

Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada

7-9 November 2019

The Chair of Ukrainian Studies, with the support of the Wolodymyr George Danyliw Foundation, will be holding its 15th Annual Danyliw Research Seminar on Contemporary Ukraine at the University of Ottawa on 7-9 November 2019. Since 2005, the Danyliw Seminar has provided an annual platform for the presentation of some of the most influential academic research on Ukraine. 

The Seminar invites proposals from scholars and doctoral students —in political science, anthropology, sociology, history, law, economics and related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities— on a broad variety of topics falling under thematic clusters, such as those suggested below:


  • war/violence (combatants, civilians in wartime, DNR/LNR, Maidan)

  • security (conflict resolution, Minsk Accords, OSCE, NATO, Crimea)

  • nationalism (Ukrainian, Russian, Soviet, historical, far right)


  • economic change (energy, corruption, oligarchies, EU free trade, foreign aid)

  • governance (rule of law, elections, regionalism, decentralization)

  • media (TV/digital, social media, information warfare, fake news)


  • history/memory (World War II, Holodomor, Soviet period, interwar, imperial)

  • language, ethnicity, religion, nation (policies and practices)

  • culture and politics (cinema, literature, music, performing arts, popular culture)


  • migration (IDPs, refugees, migrant workers, diasporas)

  • social problems (reintegration of combatants, protests, welfare, gender, education)

  • state/society (citizenship, civil society, collective action/protests, human rights)


The Seminar will also be featuring panels devoted to recent/new books touching on Ukraine, as well as the screening of new documentaries followed by a discussion with filmmakers. Information on past book panels and films can easily be accessed from the top menu of the web site. The 2019 Seminar is welcoming book panel proposals, as well as documentary proposals.


Presentations at the Seminar will be based on research papers (6,000-8,000 words) and will be made available in written and video format on the Seminar website and on social media. The Seminar favors intensive discussion, with relatively short presentations (12 minutes), comments by the moderator and an extensive Q&A with Seminar participants and the larger public.


People interested in presenting at the 2019 Danyliw Seminar are invited to submit a 500 word paper proposal and a 150 word biographical statement, by email attachment, to Dominique Arel, Chair of Ukrainian Studies, at AND Please also include your full coordinates (institutional affiliation, preferred postal address, email, phone, and Twitter account [if you have one]). If applicable, indicate your latest publication or, in the case of doctoral or post-doctoral applicants, the year when you entered a doctoral program, the title of your dissertation and year of (expected) completion. Note that a biographical statement is not a CV, but a written paragraph.


Books published between 2018 and 2020 (as long as near-final proofs are available prior to the Seminar) are eligible for consideration as a book panel proposal. The proposal must include a 500 word abstract of the book, as well as the 150 word bio and full coordinates.


Films produced between 2017 and 2019are eligible for consideration as a documentary proposal. The proposal must include a 500 word abstract of the film, as well as the 150 word bio, full coordinates, and a secure web link to the film.


In addition to scholars and doctoral students, policy analysts, practitioners from non-governmental and international organizations, journalists, and artists are also welcome to send a proposal.

The proposal deadline is 27 June 209.

The Chair will cover the travel and accommodation expenses of applicants whose proposal is accepted by the Seminar. The proposals will be reviewed by an international selection committee and applicants will be notified in the course of the summer.

The Danyliw Seminar website ( contains the programs, papers, videos of presentations and photographs of the last five years (2014-2018). To access the abstracts, papers and videos of the 2018 presenters, click on “Participants” in the menu and then click on the individual names of participants. The 2018 Program can be accessed at Presentations from previous years can be accessed under menu “Archives.”


Check the “Danyliw Seminar” Facebook page at

For information on the Chair of Ukrainian Studies, go to
(The site is being re-developed).

The Seminar is made possible by the generous commitment of the Wolodymyr George Danyliw Foundation to the pursuit of excellence in the study of contemporary Ukraine.

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