On November 23-25, the International Scientific Forum “Ukraine in the Holodomor Era: Power, Resistance, Identity” will be held

6 October 2023

Event dates: 2023, November 23-25

Event format: face-to-face/online

Place of event: Kyiv, Ukraine

Organizers: Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, Institute of History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Holodomor Research and Education Centre of Ukraine (HREC in Ukraine), National Union of Local Lore Researchers of Ukraine, National Museum of the Holodomor–Genocide, Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC) at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies of the University of Alberta.

Co-organizers: Vinnytsia Mykhailo Kotsiubynskyi State Pedagogical University, Kamianets-Podilskyi Ivan Ohiienko National University, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Mykhailo Drahomanov National Pedagogical University, Leonid Yuzkov Khmelnytskyi University of Management and Law, Khmelnytskyi Cooperative Trade and Economic Institute, Bohdan Khmelnytsky Cherkasy National University, Cherkasy State Technological University, Chernihiv Collegium National University, Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University.

In recent decades, research into Ukrainian society’s resistance to Stalin’s policy of creating famine has significantly intensified, while the attention of scientists is mainly focused on highlighting active forms of resistance to communist imperial power (primarily spontaneous mass demonstrations and armed uprisings, etc.). Meanwhile, resistance is a phenomenon with many faces. The inclusion of not only public but also hidden, everyday forms of resistance as “weapons of the weak” (James Scott) in a comprehensive analysis, conceptualization of empirical studies and strengthening of the interdisciplinary integration of Holodomor Studies with related scientific fields, primarily Resistance Studies, is a necessary condition for the further development of such kind of research.

The focus of the International Scientific Forum is a set of scientific problems related to the understanding of the multidimensional phenomenon of Ukrainian society’s resistance to Stalin’s policy of creating famine, as well as the exchange of ideas on the popularization of scientific knowledge about the Holodomor – the genocide of the Ukrainian people in public history and school history education.

Panel discussions during the forum will cover, but will not be limited to, the following topics:

– theoretical and methodological foundations of research on resistance: conceptual and categorical apparatus as a starting point for experiments and discussion; interconnectedness and conceptual distinction between the categories of “power” and “resistance”; typologies of forms of resistance in modern humanitarianism; peculiarities/difficulties of sources interpretation, methods of their processing;

– conceptualization of studies of Ukrainian society’s resistance to the genocidal policy of creating famine: public/active and hidden/everyday forms of resistance (in the context of resistance to material, status, and ideological dominance); “geography of resistance” (in the context of research practices of local lore and local history); culture and identity (in the context of narratives of resistance and mimicry; political, national, religious, and other motives of resistance; manifestations of anti- and pro-imperial sentiments);

– the Russian-Ukrainian war and the memory of the Holodomor as a space of resistance: the task of school historical education; popularization of scientific knowledge by museum means; development of integrated digital resources of documentary heritage of the Holodomor era.

Please send applications for participation in the conference (topic and main ideas of the speech – 300 words, summary) to the e-mail address [email protected]

Additional questions by phone:

+ 38 050 512 21 15

Natalia Bohdanova

The deadline for submitting applications is November 7, 2023.

Travel, accommodation and food expenses of the participants are reimbursed by the organizers.