Jewish Studies Programs in Ukraine: Present and Future
20 July 2013

On July 20, 2013 the Center for Urban History conducted a workshop entitled, "How to Teach about Multi-Ethnic Ukraine?"

The aim of the workshop was to present the current status of the educational program and research dealing with Ukraine’s multiethnic past. The participants discussed the challenges facing, and the potential for the instruction and investigation of, the country’s history; more broadly, that of East Central Europe as a region of ethnic and religious diversity, a multifaceted region of established cultural contact and interaction.

Panel One: Programs in Jewish Studies at Universities in Ukraine: Present and Future 

The aim of thе first panelwas to give an overview of current and recently launched programs in Jewish studies at two major universities in Ukraine: Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (in Kyiv) and the Ukrainian Catholic University (in Lviv). The speakers focused on the challenges and prospects of institutionalizing Jewish studies at these universities: How can administrators and professors integrate such programs into broader programs in the humanities? How can they enhance research into the past of regions known for their ethnic, religious, social, linguistic diversity? Will they become simply islands in the sea of Ukrainian-centered studies of Ukraine, or might they enhance reworking of the frameworks that we use to teach and research the past of the territory of Ukraine?

Speakers / Presenters

Prof. Yaroslav Hrytsak - the program of Jewish Studies at the Ukrainian Catholic University

Dr. Ihor Turov and  - the Interdisciplinary qualification program in Judaica at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Leonid Finberg - the Centre for the History and Culture of East European Jews, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Prof. Oleksiy Khamray and Dr. Vitaliy Chernoivanenko - the M.A. program "Judaica" at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (specialization "Judaica" as part of specialization "History")

Moderator: Dr Sofia Dyak (Center for Urban History)

For more information on the workshop program please see here.

The workshop was conducted in conjunction with the Summer School: "Jewish History and the Multiethnic Past of East Central Europe: Societies, Cultures, and Heritage".