Call for Papers: “Language and Culture in Post-Maidan Ukraine: Transformations at Work”

First Online Conference of the Nationalities, Culture and Language Policies Cluster

Of the Research Initiative on Democratic Reforms in Ukraine (RIDRU) project

WHEN: October 27-28, 2016

WHERE: You may participate in this conference online from a location of your choice or join in discussions at Video-conference centres at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada), MacEwan University (Edmonton, Canada), Indiana University (US), Kyiv (Ukraine), Cherkasy (Ukraine),  Dresden (Germany), and other locations (TBA).

ABOUT RIDRU: RIDRU is supported by the Kule Institute of Advanced Studies and various international partners and explores three dimensions of the ongoing democratic reform of the government of Ukraine: good governance and the rule of law, post-secondary education reform and nationalities, culture and language policies (see details at: )

CONFERENCE: “Language and Culture in Post-Maidan Ukraine: Transformations at Work” is the first online conference of the RIDRU project that aims to bring together researchers in the field of Ukrainian linguistic, social, cultural and literary transformations since the 2014 Maidan Revolution. You are cordially invited to participate in this online polylogue, share your ideas and views on the current issues in Ukraine and potentially influence the decision making of the political leadership of the country.

We invite proposals on the following themes:

  • Ukrainian, Russian and other languages in post-2014 public and private domains
  • Legal status of languages in Ukraine: Ukrainian, Russian and languages of minorities
  • Language of anti-Russian/anti-Ukrainian propaganda
  • Language of post-Maidan election campaigns
  • Language and culture in post-Maidan Ukraine
  • Reforms in the cultural sphere in post-Maidan Ukraine
  • Language and culture in post-Maidan Ukrainian Diaspora
  • Contemporary Ukrainian literature and poetry reflecting on the 2014 Revolution
  • Ukrainian national identity and its transformations after 2014 and issues of nationalism, patriotism and separatism in the context of nationalities, culture and language policies

We seek individual presentations from scholars and graduate students whose research is closely related to the topics outlined above. All submissions will be peer-reviewed and the authors will be notified about the acceptance of their proposals.


All individual presentation proposals will be accepted and reviewed and successful applicants will be advised by July 15, 2016.

Proposal submissions should include:

  1. Name, affiliation and contact information of presenter(s)
  2. Title of the presentation
  3. 300-word abstract, including the language of presentation (English or Ukrainian)
  4. Theme to which the presentation is related
  5. Brief academic biography of the speaker (in a paragraph format of no more than 50 words)
  6. City/centre from which the presentation will be delivered

Note: Presenters will have 15 minutes to present and will be expected to prepare a power point to accompany their talk for the online audience.  Discussion will take place at the end of 3-4 presentations.


Please submit your proposals and/or conference-related inquiries to Dr. Alla Nedashkivska, the program committee chair at no later than June 1, 2016.


There is no registration procedure and no registration fees for this online conference and all sessions will be archived for public access within two months of the conference.  Facebook and twitter will be active during the conference for commentary from participants around the world.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submissions: June 1, 2016

Notifications about proposals acceptance sent out: July 15, 2016

Conference: October 27, 2016


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