Melbourne, Australia. 12-14 July, 2018The Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies at Monash University, jointly with the Ukrainian Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand and the Shevchenko Scientific Society in Australia organised an international conference “Ukraine and the World: Culture, Politics, Society” (12-14 July 2018 at Monash Clayton Campus).
The conference platform united academics, students, diplomats (His Excellency Dr Mykola Kulinich, Ambassador of Ukraine to Australia and Dr Alexandra Siddall, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), civil society leaders and members of the community to reflect on the current state of affairs in Ukraine, including the ongoing crisis in the East of the country, the Ukrainian government’s reform action, and the various responses that Ukrainian society and Ukrainian culture have given to the challenges of the post-Euromaidan era. In order to grasp both the specificities of Ukraine in its present and historical dimension and its place in the international arena, participants reflected on how Ukraine has imagined and shaped its role in the world and how foreign actors have perceived Ukraine and its international outlook both in the past and in the present day.
Keynote speakers among others included Professor Natalia Chaban, Jean Monnet Chair, University of Canterbury, New Zealand who is the President of Ukrainian Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand and the C3EU project leader. In her key note, Prof Chaban discussed main results of the C3EU project “Crisis, Conflict and Critical Diplomacy: Narratives and Perceptions of the EU in Ukraine, Israel and Palestine”, focusing on the images of the EU in Ukrainian media and among Ukrainian elites and youth. Prof. Natalia Chaban and I. Sabatovych contributed a chapter to the edited volume, the main outcome of the international conference.
For more information about the conference and its programme, see http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/ukraine-and-the-world/