The conference “Problems of the Holodomor Study in the 21st Century: Figures, Sources, Conclusions” will be held in Kyiv

Announcement 9 November 2017

Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Department of History of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Ukrainian Genocide Famine Foundation 

Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance

The Rylsky Institute of Art Studies, Folklore and Ethnology

The Association of Famine Researchers of Ukraine

The Public Committee for the Commemoration of the Victims of Holodomor-Genocide 1932-
1933 in Ukraine

 

The National Museum “Holodomor Victims Memorial” together with Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Department of History of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukrainian Genocide Famine Foundation, Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, the Rylsky Institute of Art Studies, Folklore and Ethnology, the Association of Famine Researchers of Ukraine and the Public Committee for the Commemoration of the Victims of Holodomor-Genocide 1932-1933 in Ukraine organised International Scientific-Practical Conference “Problems of the Holodomor Study in the XXI Century: figures, sources, conclusions” on the 16th of November 2017 in the building of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Kyiv, Volodymyrska street, 60, room. 355).

 

On October 4, 2016, the National Museum “Holodomor Victims Memorial” held the International Scientific-Practical Conference “The Holodomor of 1932-1933: the Loss of the Ukrainian Nation”, the key issue of which was the problem of the demographic loss of the Ukrainian nation during the 1932-1933 Holodomor-genocide, which is still not solved in science and remains controversial.

The conference paid special attention to the analysis of expert estimations of Ukraine’s demographic losses from the Holodomor of the Institute for Demography and Social Studies named after M. Ptucha of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and assessed them as inconclusive and conditional due to the use of incorrect data taken from materials of falsified all-Union censuses of 1937 and 1939, and the starting number of the population of the USSR as of January 1, 1932. This fact caused an actual discussion in the scientific environment and at the same time it was decided to create a working group, to which the involvement of representatives of various scientific circles was suggested. It was assumed that they would present their methods for calculating demographic losses, sources and try to reach consensus on this complex issue. However, the working group for some reason did not work. But the scholars went on conducting researches. And today they have refined data, rely on newly discovered documents and are ready to share them with their colleagues and to hear comments and additions from the opponents.

In 2018, Ukraine and the whole world will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the crime of genocide – the Holodomor. One of the directions of the work of the foreign policy office by the President of Ukraine is the work with governments and parliaments of other states to continue recognition of the Holodomor as a genocide of the Ukrainian nation.

 

In 2018, Ukraine and the whole world will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the crime of genocide – the Holodomor. One of the directions of foreign policy defined by the President of Ukraine is the work with governments and parliaments of other states on recognition of the Holodomor as a genocide of the Ukrainian nation. What should Ukraine focus on? What are the answers to the questions which are manipulated by politicians and the opponent-state Russia? After all, the reduction of the number of victims is equivalent to denying the crime of genocide and the continuation of the Soviet lie.Moreover, research and public discussion at a high scientific level in no way interfere with the process of recognizing the Holodomor as a genocide of the Ukrainian nation, since according to international law, the crime of genocide is determined not by the number of victims but by the special intention of destroying a nation or its part. That is why the topic of the first panel is “The legal aspect of recognition of the genocide of Ukrainians: the challenges of the present”.

 

To work in the second panel – “Demographic losses of Ukraine in 1932-1933: new research” historians, demographers, forensic experts and political psychologists are invited. After all, the question “Whom to consider the Holodomor victims” and “How many of them” stull actively attract attention in the informational and scientific space of recent years, while Russian propaganda simultaneously leads the information warfare, on the one hand, eroding the time frame, the reasons and the essence, on the other – concealing the consequences of a crime committed by the state, the successor of which it is.

 

The third panel – «Sources for the study of the history of the Holodomor and the evidence of the crime of genocide» – will bring together researchers of various categories of sources on the history of genocide of Ukrainians: official records of the regime preserved in archives, oral history data, eyewitnesses’ memoirs, documents of foreign special services and diplomatic missions, closed internal documents (of the party and punitive bodies, etc.).

 

To participate in the discussions on each panel, we invite everyone who carries on researches and interested in the topic of genocide of Ukrainians – the Holodomor of 1932-1933. For registration related to admission to the territory of the University, please contact: [email protected] (044) 254-45-12.

 

PROGRAM 

10.00-10.30 – Introductory part with greetings:


Volodymyr Buhrov, Vice-Rector of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Yevhen Nyschuk, Minister of Culture of Ukraine

Olesia Stasiuk, Director General of the National Museum of the Holodomor Victims Memorial

Ivan Patrylyak, Dean of the Department of History of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Volodymyr Vyatrovych, Head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance

Mykola Kocherha, President of Ukrainian Genocide Famine Foundation (Chicago, the US)

Ivan Vasiunyk, co-chairman of Public Committee for the Commemoration of the Victims of Holodomor-Genocide 1932-
1933 in Ukraine

 

10.30 – 10. 45. Word to witnesses of the Holodomor: Z. Maslo and M. Onyshchenko


10. 45 – 12.15. Discussion panel “Legal Aspects of Recognizing the Genocide of Ukrainians: Challenges of the Present”


Speakers:

Volodymyr Vasylenko (doctor of law sciences, professor at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Valerii Udovychenko (an employee of the Security Service of Ukraine, Head of Investigational Task Force of the Security Service of Ukraine for Investigation of Criminal Case No. 475 on the fact of genocide in Ukraine in 1932-1933, Honored Lawyer of Ukraine)

Arsen Zinchenko (doctor of historical sciences, a professor, a leading researcher of the Research Institute of Ukrainian Studies of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine)

Volodymyr Vyatrovich (Candidate of Historical Sciences, Head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance)

Hanna Hopko (Ph.D. in Social Communications, People’s Deputy of Ukraine, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Foreign Affairs)

Larysa Dir (Director of the Department of Foreign Ukrainians and Ethnic and Confessional Dialogue of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine)

 

Moderator: Myroslava Antonovych, Doctor of Law Sciences, Associate Professor at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy)

 

12.15 – 12.30. Coffee break


12.30 – 14.00 Discussion panel “Demographic Losses of Ukraine in 1932 – 1933: New Studies”


Speakers:

Olexander Gladun (Doctor of Economic Sciences, Deputy Director for Scientific Research at the Institute of Demography and Social Studies named after M. Ptukha of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)

Natalia Levchuk (Doctor of Economic Sciences, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Demography and Social Studies named after M. Ptukha of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)

Volodymyr Sergiychuk (Doctor of historical sciences, professor at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)

Andrii Kis (Candidate of Medical Sciences, Expert of the higher qualification class, Doctor of the highest category, Deputy Head of the Kharkiv Bureau of Forensic Medical Examination)

Lyubov Naydionovа (Doctor of Psychological Sciences, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Educational Sciences of Ukraine, Deputy Director for Scientific Work of the Institute of Social and Political Psychology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)

Yaroslav Kalakura (Doctor of Social Sciences, Professor at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)

Stepan Khmara (Hero of Ukraine, politician, public figure)

 

Moderator: Rostyslav Martyniuk, historian, journalist, analyst, expert

 

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch


15.00 – 16.30 Discussion panel “Sources for studying the history of the Holodomor and evidence of the crime of genocide”


Speakers:

Stanislav Kulchytskyi (Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Institute of History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)

Vasyl Marochko (Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Institute of History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Head of the Association of Famine Researchers of Ukraine)

Stepan Drovoziuk (Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Rector of the Vinnitsa Academy of Continuing Education)

Roman Podkur (Candidate of Historical Sciences, Institute of History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)

Nina Lapchynska (Senior Collection Specialist of the National Museum “Holodomor Victims Memorial”, Honored Worker of Culture of Ukraine)

Valentyna Borysenko (Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Institute of Art Studies, Folklore and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)

 

Moderator: Taras Pshenychnii, the Candidate of Historical Siences, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of History of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.


16.30-17.00 – Discussion. Conclusions.