The Oxford University Ukrainian Society Committee elections for 2018 - 2019 will be taking place in Michaelmast Term. Information about nominations and election process will be posed soon.


Senior Memebers

Professor Jan M. Fellerer


Professor Jan Fellerer is University Lecturer in non-Russian Slavonic Languages at Oxford University and Fellow of Wolfson College. He works on the history of the Polish, Czech and Ukrainian languages with special reference to the modern period from the late 18th century to the present day. His main fields of interest in Slavonic philology include syntax, socio-historical linguistics and textual semantics. His teaching experience includes: Polish, History of Polish, Ukrainian (and Czech), Linguistic description and analysis of modern Polish and Russian, Translation into Russian, Comparative Slavonic philology, Language and history in (East) Central Europe in the 19th century, Prague School of Linguistics. He speaks German, English, Spanish, Polish, Czech and Ukrainian.

His recent publications include the following: 'Ukrainian Galicia at the crossroads. The "Ruthenian Alphabet War" of 1834', in: Recontextualizing East-Central European History. Nation, Culture and Minority Groups, eds. Turda, M.; Pyrah, R. (Oxford, Legenda, 2010), 106-124; "Granica miedzy skladnia a slowotworstwem. Kilka uwag o stronie w jezyku polskim," LingVaria, 8.2 (2009), 23-33; 'Boehmische Länder und Polen', in: Geschichte der Buchkultur. Renaissance, ed. Noe, A. (Graz, Akademische Druck- und Verlagsanstalt, 2008), 459-537; 'A New Book on Aspects of East Slavonic and Ukrainian Philology. Andrii Danylenko, Slavica et Islamica',Palaeoslavica, 15.2 (2007), 295-306.

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Professor Gwendolyn Sasse

Professor Gwendolyn Sasse is professor of comparative politics at Nuffield College and Director of the Centre for East European and Internatioanl Studies in Berlin.

Prior to her arrival in Oxford in April 2007 she had been a Lecturer (since 1999) and Senior Lecturer (from 2005) at the London School of Economics. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the LSE, and her first academic post was an Assistant Professorship at the Central European University (1998-99).

Among her research interests are post-communist transitions, comparative democratisation, ethnic conflict, minority issues, migration, EU enlargement, the European Neighbourhood Policy and Ukrainian politics.

Her recent publications include the following: The Crimea Question: Identity, Transition, and Conflict, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2007; Europeanization and Regionalization in the EU’s Enlargement to Central and Eastern Europe. The Myth of Conditionality, London: Palgrave, 2004 (co-authored with J. Hughes and C. Gordon); ‘Ukraine: The Role of Regionalism’, Journal of Democracy, 21, 3, 2010; ‘The Politics of Conditionality: The Norm of Minority Protection before and after EU Accession’, Journal of European Public Policy, 15, 6, 2008; ‘The European Neighbourhood Policy: Conditionality Revisited for the EU’s Eastern Neighbours’, Europe-Asia Studies, 60, 2, 2008.

She is the Deputy Editor of the UNDP newsletter ' Development and Transition', Region Head of Eastern Europe at Oxford Analytica and a Member of the Sub-Board of the Open Society Institute's Think Tank Fund which supports think tanks in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.

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Honorary Members

H.E. Ihor Kharchenko

Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Court of Saint James's

Nadia M. Diuk

Senior Director for Europe and Eurasia
National Endowment for Democracy
St. Antony's College Alumna


Ihor Sevcenko

Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine History and Literature
Harvard University, Emeritus



May 16, 2017
Mikheil Saakashvili. National interests in the post-truth world

Date and time: 25 May 2017, 5:30 PM
Venue: Blavatnik School of Government
Admission free
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Mikheil Saakashvili was President of Georgia for two consecutive terms between 2004 and 2013. As a result of Saakashvili’s reforms in Georgia, the rate of corruption in the country was drastically reduced and the business environment was improved significantly. In 2015, Mr Saakahsvili became the governor of Ukraine's Odessa region, a post he held until November 2016.

The lecture will be introduced by Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, and moderated by Yelyzaveta Yasko, current MPP student at the School and President of Oxford University Ukrainian Society.

The event is free and open to all. To attend, please register here.

May 9, 2017
Eurovision Party Fundraiser — London
Date and time: Saturday 13 May 2017, 18:30-0:30
Location: Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 154 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UH
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The Ukrainian Cultural Centre in London is inviting everyone for the live broadcast of the Eurovision Grand Final in Kyiv. This year’s theme is ‘Celebrate Diversity!’ It will be an unforgettable evening, full of music and dance as well as delicious authentic Ukrainian food. Additionally, there will be a chance to enjoy some beer and a BBQ in the garden. Each ticket includes a free drink and authentic Ukrainian snacks.

Places are limited and early booking is advisable. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards British-Ukrainian Aid’s humanitarian projects.
Apr 25, 2017
Gennadiy Afanasiev on His Road to Freedom

Date and time: 26 Apr 2017, 4:00 PM
Venue: Merton College, the Mure Room
Admission free
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The Trinity term has begun, and this week we will have an outstanding opportunity to meet Gennadiy Afanasiev, a Ukrainian human rights activist of Crimean origin who spent over 400 days in Russian prison. One month after the annexation of Crimea, Mr Afanasiev was arrested on the charge of 'terrorist activities' after participating in pro-Ukrainian demonstrations and sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment in a Russian penal colony. As a result of a high-profile prisoner exchange, he was released in 2016. We are delighted to welcome him to Oxford to tell us about his struggles, captivity and ongoing activism.

Feb 21, 2017
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Date and time: 23 Feb 2017, 8:30PM
Venue: Worcester College, Lecture Room B, OX1 2HB
Price: £1.50 (includes a glass of wine)
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International Film Society is showing one of Paradjanov’s masterpieces, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.

Paradjanov, an Armenian director and one of the great cinematic geniuses of Soviet cinema, tells a simple Romeo-and-Juliette-like story set in the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains. In Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, the simple tale of the unrequited love of Ivan and Marichka serves to revolutionise the art of story-telling in cinema, showing astonishing originality through the use of music, cinematography and camerawork. The film is a hypnotising whirlwind of colour and sound set against a background of folklore and traditional tales, which seems to come to us from another world.