Character of the Ukrainian Euromaidan has been a subject of academic discussion since dramatic events of 2013 and the Russian aggression. Some see the Maidan as national protests, and claim that it brought to further strengthening of Ukrainian identity. Professor Hrytsak, however, will suggest an alternative perspective, namely, that the Maidan was not that much a precursor but rather a result of large-scale changes in Ukraine in 2000s, and could be better understood while focusing on value shift rather than identities. The central question is whether these changes will be sustainable, and what effect they can have on the future of Ukraine. The seminar will be based on recent social surveys in 2013-2017.
Yaroslav Hrytsak is Professor of the Department of Modern and Contemporary History of Ukraine at the Ukrainian Catholic University, visiting professor of the Central European University and honorary professor at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. He is also editor-in-chief of the annual journal “Modern Ukraine”, member of editorial board of Ab Imperio, Critique, Slavic Review, member of the supervisory board of the Harvard Ukrainian Studies Magazine. Research interests: history of Eastern Europe 19-20 century intellectual history, the history and theory of nationalism.