Past Events


Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Time: 2:30-4:00 pm
Location: 111 St. John’s College, Quiet Room
Speaker: Dr. Svitlana Kukharenko, Joint Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of German and Slavic Studies and Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies
Canada’s Ukrainian-Indian Chief:  a Folkloristic Conundrum

The recent Ukrainian-made film, “The Fire-Crosser” (2012) tells of a Soviet-Ukrainian born pilot who became a Mohawk Chief in Canada. The story is reportedly based on real events, but an initial check into the facts suggests that the story is a legend. The presentation analyzed this particular legend as a case study.

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Time: 2:30-4:00 pm
Location: 409 Tier Building, Humanities Institute Boardroom
Speaker: Belinda Kleinhans, Lecturer, Department of German and Slavic Studies
Understanding animals in post-WWII German literature: Challenging power structures and anthropocentric discourses

How are animals and power discourses intertwined, and what is the connection between animals in literary texts and the postwar situation in Germany? This talk focused on how animals were used and abused as metaphors in the early 20th century and during the Third Reich as well as show how German postwar writers were sensitized by this to develop a way to use animals in their texts not to support power structures and biopolitical ideas, but instead to challenge hierarchies, oppose anthropocentrism, and develop a new language outside of the binary system that privileges man over animal.



Date:  Friday, February 10, 2012
Time:  3:00 PM
Location:  Archives & Special Collections, 330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Fort Garry 
Speaker: Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk, Professor of History, University of Victoria, B.C.
Ukrainian Culture Under Stalin  (J.B.Rudnyckyj lecture)

Dr. Yekelchyk is a scholar of Stalinist culture and political life, in particular in the former Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. He has also written about Soviet nationalities policy and about Ukrainian national identity from the late nineteenth century to the present. Amongst his works are: Ukraine: Birth of a Modern Nation (2007); Europe's last frontier?: Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine between Russia and the European Union (Co-edited, 2008); and Stalin’s Empire of Memory: Russian-Ukrainian Relations in the Soviet Historical Imagination (2004).

Date:  Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Time:  2:30 PM
Location:  409 Tier, Institute for the Humanities
Speaker: Dr. Elena Baraban, Department of German and Slavic Studies, University of Manitoba
Stalinist cinema

Dr.  Elena Baraban examines how Stalinist cinema as an institution served to integrate Ukrainian film makers into Soviet cinema using Ihor Savchenko's feature documentary film The Third Strike as an example.  Presented by the Department of German and Slavic Studies, and Central and East European Studies. 
Date:  Monday, March 12, 2012
Time:  12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Location:  307 Tier Bldg
Speaker: Mykola Riabchuk
Ukrainian-Russian 'Asymmetric' Relations:
In Bed with the Elephant: Ukrainian-Russian 'Asymmetric' Relations (or Russian Soft and Not-so-Soft Power in the 'Near Abroad'

One of Ukraine's leading political commentators and journalists, Riabchuk is a Senior Research Associate at the Ukrainian Centre for Cultural Studies (Kiev, Ukraine), and a member of the editorial board of Krytyka.  Presented by the Department of German and Slavic Studies and the Central and East European Studies Program.

Date:  Friday, March 16, 2012
Time:  2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location:  409 Tier Bldg,, Institute for the Humanities
Speaker: Dr. Svitlana Kukharenko
Abnormal Death Memorials in Ukraine: A Folkloristic Perspective 
Dr. Kukharenko has a PhD in Ukrainian Folklore from the University of Alberta.  Currently she is a joint Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Manitoba Department of German and Slavic Studies and the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies.

Driving through Ukraine, one comes across roadside crosses, figures of the Mother of God or saints, tiny chapels and other monuments.  Dr. Kukharenko will shed light on this tradition and its significance in an illustrated presentation on the subject. Sponsored by the Central and East European Studies Program and the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies.
Date:  Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time:  7:00 PM
Location:  Moot Court, Robson Hall, University of Manitoba 
Speaker: Dr. Timothy Snyder, Yale University
Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin (20th annual J. B. Rudnyckyj Distinguished Lecture)
Award winning author, Dr. Timothy Snyder, Professor of History, Yale University, reflected upon his research on the history of mass murders in central and eastern Europe between 1933-1945.    Sponsored by:
The University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto
The Slavic Collection, Elizabeth Dafoe Library
The Department of German and Slavic Studies
Canadian Polish Congress Manitoba Branch.
Date:  Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Time:  2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location:  111 St.John's College, The Quiet Room, University of Manitoba
Speaker: Ruslan Zabily
The Contemporary State of Archives, Museums and Academic Freedom in Ukraine 

Ruslan Zabily is the Director of National Memorial Museum "Lonsky St. Prison" in Lviv, an institution dedicated to the victims of occupation regimes in Ukraine. In 2010 Mr. Zabily was detained by the SBU (Secret Police) in Ukraine after he made archival documents from the Second World War available to the public. The event received international news exposure, but the threat of criminal investigation still hangs over the museum's staff.  The talk was presented in Ukrainian with English translation.
Presented by Central and East European Studies, Department of German and Slavic Studies, Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies at the University of Manitoba   
Date:  Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Time:  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location:  307 Tier Building, Fort Garry Campus
Speaker: Dr Itay Zutra, I. L. Peretz Folk School Yiddish Teaching Fellow, University of Manitoba
Vilne, Vilne: The Image of Vilnius, Lithuania in Yiddish Song and Poetry 

The city of Vilne, known as the "Jerusalem of Lithuania," was, until the holocaust, a major center for Jewish religious learning and secular culture. This talk examined two representations of the city in Yiddish poetry: the folksong Vilne, Vilne that was sung in the Vilne ghetto and the long poem Vilne written by Moyshe Kulbak. Both poems were written right before this cultural citadel was annihilated. This discussion will raise questions concerning collective memory, cultural inheritance and creative freedom when facing spiritual and physical destruction.  Presented by the Judaic Studies Program and the Central and East European Studies (CEES) Program.


Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011
Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Room 409 Tier Building 
Speaker: Paul Morris, Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface
Vladimir Nabokov and the Poetics of the Child (CEES lecture series)

Children and images of childhood play a prominent role in the writing of Vladimir Nabokov, a multilingual Russian-American writer most famous in North America as the author of Lolita (1955). While the motif of children in Nabokov’s oeuvre is multi-faceted, the fate of these fictional children usually is not. Frequently, they suffer and die. Nabokov criticism has wrestled with the troubling implications of these repeated depictions of pain and suffering. A common reading has been to suggest that the image of the child serves as metaphoric representation of the fragility and transience of life and, likewise, as an extreme expression of evil. This talk offered an analysis which partakes of this interpretation and expands it considerably. With a reading based primarily on Nabokov’s poetry, Morris suggested that the child in Nabokov’s writing is more than an image of primarily thematic importance. The child, he proposes, functions as an essential element in Nabokov’s poetics and represents a defining feature of his distinctive authorial voice.

Paul Morris teaches translation at the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface. He has published on a variety of topics related to Canadian, American and Slavic literatures. His Vladimir Nabokov: Poetry and the Lyric Voice appeared in March 2010 with the University of Toronto Press.


Date: Friday, March 4, 2011
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Archives & Special Collections, 330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
Speaker:  Jochen Hellbeck, historian, writer, and Professor of History, Rutgers University
Faces of Stalingrad: the Last Veterans' Portraits and Voices  (2011 J.B.Rudnyckyj Lecture)

A historian of Russia by background, Dr. Hellbeck’s interests lie in the study of autobiographical accounts and people’s self-understandings in historical perspective. One of his recent books, Revolution on My Mind (2006), explores personal diaries written in the Soviet Union under Stalin.

Dr. Hellbeck’s talk was a presentation of a partly historical, partly artistic project in which he has been deeply involved over the past year. Together with Emma Dodge Hanson, a photographer from Saratoga Springs, NY, they traveled to Russia and Germany in November 2009, to visit about twenty of the last surviving veterans of the battle of Stalingrad in their homes.  Over the course of several weeks of interviews and picture-taking they were able to generate a large number of personal portraits and testimony.  This unqiue project demonstrated the workings of two different memory cultures: the haunting shadows of loss and defeat on the German side, and the culture of national pride and sacrifice in Russia. Sponsored by: The University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections;  the Slavic Collection, Elizabeth Dafoe Library - University of Manitoba; and The Department of German & Slavic Studies, University of Manitoba.
Date:  Friday, November 25, 2011
Time:  2:00 PM
Location:  409 Tier Bldg, Institute for the Humanities Boardroom
Speaker:  Roman Krutsyk
Insurgency Movements in Soviet Ukraine, 1918-1933 
Roman Krutsyk, Head of the Kyiv “Memorial,” a society that researches human rights and state persecution, Curator of several museum exhibitions dealing with the history of mass repression, and Member of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament will speak on Insurgency Movements in Soviet Ukraine, 1918-1933.  The presentation included unique archival photographs and documents, and examined the still unrecognized scale of resistance to Soviet power in Ukraine in the years leading up to the Great Famine (Holodomor) of 1932-33.  The talk was given in Ukrainian with English translation.  Presented by the Department of German and Slavic Studies, and the Central and East European Program.



Date: Sunday, February 7, 2010
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Location: Winnipeg Art Gallery
Documentary film: A Kingdom Reborn: Treasures from Ukrainian Galicia
Director Dani Stodilka discussed the film and answered questions post-screening.
Co-sponsors: Winnipeg Art Gallery; Canadian Ukrainian Congress; Department of German and Slavic Studies, University of Manitoba.


Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Time: 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Location: 409 Tier, Institute for the Humanities
Speaker: Justin Jaron Lewis (Department of Religion, U Manitoba
Book launch: Imagining Holiness: Classic Hasidic Tales in Modern Times
Moderator: Elena Baraban (Department of German and Slavic Studies, U Manitoba)


Date: Monday, 8 March 2010
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Ukrainian Labour Temple, 591 Pritchard Ave. 
Speaker: Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern Department of History, Northwestern University 
Between Nationalism and Communism: The Adventures of Ivan Kulyk in Ukraine and Canada

Ivan Kulyk (1897-1937) was a major Ukrainian poet. He was a founder of the Hart group in Kharkiv and Montreal, the head of a Red Cossack Cavalry Unite, the USSR ambassador in Canada, and the admirer of Louis David Riel. A socialist to boot, Kulyk dreamed of a Ukraine no more colonized by the imperial powers. This dream turned him into a major supporter of Ukrainian national-communism. The talk explores how a Jewish boy from the shtetl of Uman became a leading Ukrainian writer and a cultural entrepreneur in Canada and Ukraine, grappling till his death with nationalism and communism.  Moderator: Myroslav Shkandrij (Department of German and Slavic Studies, U Manitoba)  Co-organized and co-sponsored by the Canadian Society for Ukrainian Labour Research and the Department of German and Slavic Studies, U Manitoba.


Date: Thursday, 18 March 2010
Time: 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Location: St. Andrew’s College, The Great Hall
Speaker: Marcia Ostashewski, Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Cape Breton Studies; Cape Breton University; Visiting Professor of Music at McMaster University
Ukrainians in Unexpected Canadian Places: Informing Studies of History and Cultural Performance

This talk explored the legacy of Aboriginal and Ukrainian settler encounters on the prairies - in music, dance and related expressive culture.  Her work raises questions about perceptions of intercultural relationships and their place within Ukrainian and Aboriginal cultures in modern Canada, and engenders new perspectives about Ukrainians and group identity with regard to constructions of identity, nationhood and community. Moderator: Myroslav Shkandrij (Department of German and Slavic Studies, U Manitoba)
The talk was co-organized and co-sponsored by the Center for Ukrainian-Canadian Studies and the Department of German and Slavic Studies, U Manitoba.


Date: Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Time: 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Location: 409 Tier, Institute for the Humanities
Speaker: Roman Yereniuk (Centre for Ukrainian-Canadian Studies, U Manitoba)
Ukrainian Educators in Lviv and Their Knowledge about the Diaspora: Results of a Survey
The paper presented the results of a survey questionnaire in the oblast of Lviv of four cohorts of educators and their knowledge and comprehension of the Ukrainian diaspora.

Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Time: 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: 409 Tier Building  Speaker: Dr. Miroslawa Hanusiewicz-Lavallee,The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
Body and Sense in Polish Baroque Literature

The paper concerned predominant aspects of the imagery used in Polish Baroque religious literature as appealing to senses, affections, and even bodily passions. The author showed significant opposition between somehow ascetic, mostly biblical and modest in expression Protestant literature of the time, and poetry written by Catholic authors as influenced by St. Ignatius’ doctrine of applicatio sensuum, tendencies of Spanish mysticism but also main currents of Italian and French Baroque. These stylistic differences imply and reveal in fact certain important anthropological alterations, significant for both denominations. Sensuous, theatrical and affectionate qualities of religious literary works of Polish Baroque seem also very important for understanding the sources of contemporary religious sensibilities in today’s Poland.  Moderator: Elena Baraban (Department of German and Slavic Studies, U Manitoba) Presented by Central and East European Studies Program.


Date: Thursday, November 19, 2009
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Dafoe Library at the University of Manitoba
Speaker: Oksana Zabuzhko
The Death of Don Juan: Modernism, Feminism, Nationalism – Rethinking Ukrainian Literature 
17th annual J.B. Rudnyckyj Annual Lecture

Leading Ukrainian writer and critic Oksana Zabuzhko is well-known for her novel Field Work in Ukrainian Sex (Poliovi doslidzhennia z ukrainskoho seksu, 1996) which became a best-seller and has been translated into eight languages. Zabuzhko writes about women, and she claims they are more interesting than men. She has also produced works in philosophy and literary criticism and is familiar to the Ukrainian public as a media commentator on current events. Zabuzhko is also an accomplished poet.
Zabuzhko is currently a research associate in the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
Co-sponsored by: Archives and Special Collection, Dafoe Library; Slavic Collection, Dafoe Library; Department of German and Slavic Studies, University of Manitoba
On the same day at 1:00 p.m., she read from her work and answered questions. This reading was conducted primarily in Ukrainian, and took place in Oseredok (Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre).


Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre, 184 Alexander Avenue
Book launch: Myroslav Shkandrij’s Jews in Ukrainian Literature (Yale University Press)