CfP: Jews in the Ethnic Mosaic of the Ukrainian Lands

IV International Academic Conference
Jews in the Ethnic Mosaic of the Ukrainian Lands

Center for Interethnic Relations Research in Eastern Europe (Kharkiv)
Mnemonica Center for Studies of Memory Policy and Public History (Rivne)Department of Political Science, Rivne State Humanitarian University (Rivne)

Supported by:
Ukrainian Jewish Encounter Initiative, Canada
Leonid Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and East European Jewry, Israel

Date: September 3-5, 2018
Venue: Conference room of the “Optima” hotel, Rivne, Ukraine
Deadline for applications: July 25, 2018

The suggested themes for applications include but not limited to:

  • Early modern and modern Jewish communities;
  • Traditional Jewish culture in the Ukrainian lands;
  • Out of the ghetto: Jewish communities in the long 19th century ;
  • Transparent Borders: Mobility and Migration of Jewish Population ;
  • Jews in urban space;
  • The birth of nations: Zionism and Jewish participation in the national projects ;
  • Jews in the interwar period ;
  • Jewish Modernism;
  • World War II and the Holocaust;
  • The Jewish population in post-war Ukraine;
  • Modern narratives and memory of the Jewish past.

This list is suggestive and abstracts on other related topics are also welcome. 

The organizers invite undergraduates, graduate students, and young scholars to participate in the conference. Please follow this link to submit your application. Deadline for applications is July 25, 2018. Please contact the organizers in case you do not receive confirmation of your application within four days.

Participation in the conference is free of charge. Organizers will cover accommodation and meals for the participants. We will appreciate if you can get funding for the travel expenses from your home institution. Please, indicate in the application whether you need assistance in coving the travel costs. The organizing committee will provide travel grants under a condition that additional sources of funding are secured. 

More about the Conference:
The first conference Jews in the Ethnic Mosaic of the Ukrainian Lands was held in Kharkiv in 2011. That and two other conferences in this series gathered young scholars from Ukraine and other countries of Eastern Europe, as well as renowned experts in the field of Jewish studies from Europe, Israel, and North America. The conferences created a necessary platform for academic discussions about the Jewish element in the Ukrainian history and influenced the development of an active academic network of Jewish studies scholars in Ukraine.

The fourth conference aims at covering a wide chronologic range and a broad thematic scope. The conference’s focus does not mean to separate Jewish and Ukrainian history or history of other ethnic groups. On the contrary, the scholarly dialogue will allow participants to consider various aspects of Jewish history in the multicultural context. The ethnic mosaic of modern Ukraine has its advantages and problems, which proves the chosen focus valid.

Such academic discussion requires an interdisciplinary approach and the organizers hope that the conference’s themes will be of interest not only to historians but also to sociologists, linguists, demographers, and many others. The conference does not intend to fill all the gaps in Jewish history in Ukraine, but will hopefully make the next step in constructing a shared multinational paradigm of Ukrainian history.

Conference coordinators:
Artem Kharchenko (Kharkiv), National Technical University “KhPI”, Center for Interethnic Relations Research in Eastern Europe
Maksym Gon (Rivne), Rivne State Humanitarian University, Mnemonica Center for Studies of Memory Policy and Public History

Contacts persons:
Petro Dolganov: tel. (097) 481 36 81; e-mail:
Nataliia Ivchyk: tel. (097) 183 02 16; e-mail:

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