Oxford University Consortium for Ukrainian Studies

“We seek to raise the profile and support the pursuit of academic study related to Ukrainian Politics, Economics, History, Culture and Geography, at the University of Oxford.”

“We support both the interdisciplinary and comparative pursuit of academic study related to Ukraine.”

“We aim to build ties to other academic institutions by fostering cooperation and exchange between Oxford University-based, Ukraine-based and other European HEIs, who share the aim of supporting Ukrainian Studies.”

OUCUS Mission Statement

Oxford University Ukrainian Society (and its predominantly academic, graduate student membership) has been very active since its inception in 2004. The OUUS has focused primarily on providing quality academic events that elevate the position of Ukraine- related study. Furthermore, over the past several years Fellows and graduate students at the University of Oxford (and specifically those at St. Antony’s College) have attempted to raise financial sponsorship for Ukraine-related events and, in the future, for a Senior Research Fellow or university Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies.

To further this goal, in 2010, former President of the Oxford University Ukrainian Society and Academic Affairs Officer, Dr. Olga Onuch, with help of her colleagues, launched a ‘consortium’ of Oxford University members, (specifically Fellows, DPhil Students and Post- Doctoral Fellows) who support the aim of raising the profile of the academic study of Ukraine at the university.

The Consortium is a pre-cursor to attracting formalised future funding for a Fellow/Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies as well as the institutionalisation of academic exchanges between University of Oxford and Ukrainian HEIs. The Consortium provides a framework and foundation for future projects and help us gain attention and momentum to aid in fundraising for Ukrainian Studies at Oxford.

The Consortium is an academic and not a student organisation, but was co-organised by Oxford University Members (initially Dr. Olga Onuch and Ms. Nadiya Kravets – although all DPhil Students with an interest are welcome to join). The consortium consists of a Coordinating Committee of academics representing varying disciplines (Art and Cultural Studies, Literary and Language Studies, Economics, Political Science, IR, History, Sociology, among others).

The Consortium’s Coordinating Committee members organize 1-2 stand-alone events per annum and co-sponsor (at first via academic/expert and administrative support) events that are Ukraine-centered or address particular aspects related to Ukrainian studies.

The Consortium operates on a democratic principle and all involved are able to take part in setting the future agenda, mission and fundraising.

Coordinating Committee:

The coordinating committee consists of current members of the university, but we also propose have honorary participants who either are former members of the university or have been very supportive and cooperative of the OUUS and Ukraine-related academic activities.

Permanent Committee Members

Dr. Alex Pravda

Dr. Carol Leonard

Dr. Christopher Davis

Dr. Gwendolyn Sasse

Prof. Kalypso Nicolaidis

Dr. Jan Fellerer

Dr. Paul Chaisty

Prof. Robert Service

Prof. Zbigniew Pelczynski

Dr. Galina Miazhevich

Dr. Olga Onuch

Dr. Robert Pyrah

Ms. Eleonora Suhoviy

Dr. Nadiya Kravets

Ms. Nastya Bezverkha

Ms. Anzhela Yevgenyeva

Mr. Oleg Akhtyrskyi

Dr. Roman Zaviyskyy

Ms. Dzvinka Kachur

Dr. Kataryna Wolczuk

Prof. Marta Dyczok

Honorary Members

Dr. Andrew Wilson

Dr. Sarah Whitmore

Prof. Tamara Martsyniuk

Prof. Timothy Snyder

Dr. Vlad  Mykhnenko

Ms. Olesya Khromeychuk

Contact Information

If you are interested in taking part in the Consortium, contact Olga Onuch at olga.onuch@utoronto.ca.



Mar 20, 2019
Event Series: "Depicting Donbas: Creative and Critical Responses to the War in Ukraine".

Date: Thursday, 25 April 2019

Time: 6pm - 7.30pm

Venue: UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

Date: Friday, 26 April 2019

Time: 10am - 4.45pm and 7pm - 9pm

Venue: Birkbeck School of Arts and Centre for Contemporary Theatre

The Birkbeck School of Arts and UCL SEES will host a series of three events over two days exploring how artists across genres are responding to the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region.

Register here.

Feb 20, 2019
Marci Shore Talk: "The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution".

Date: Friday, 1 March 2019

Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Venue: Deakin Room, St. Antony's College, Oxford, OX2 6JF.

Join us to hear Marci Shore discuss her newest book. Marci Shore is an Associate Professor of History at Yale University, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Scienes in Vienna. She focuses on intellectual history of Central and Eastern Europe, and is the author of several books and articles published in the New York Times, the Neworker, the Economist and others.

Jan 14, 2019
Sviatoslav Vakarchuk Talk: 'Real Changes in Ukraine - a Must for a Successful Future'.

Date: Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Time: 7pm - 8pm

Venue: the Atkee Suite, Porticullis House, Bridge Street, Westminster, SW1A 2LW

To attend RSVP to secretariat@britishukrainiansociety.org

The British Ukrainian Society is delighted to host a talk by Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, lead singer and founder of Okean Elzy, social activist and philantropist, in which he will discuss the necessity of new leaders and a new political culture in Ukraine, the rule of law and justice.

Nov 4, 2018
Serhiy Zhadan: Ukraine's Enfant Terrible

Date: Monday, 12th November 2018

Time: 7pm - 8.15pm

Venue: Knowledge Centre, The British Library,

96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Fee: £10

Book here

An evening with one of Ukraine's most iconic contemporary writers: poet, intellectual and ska ban frontman Serhiy Zhadan.

Chaired by Eastern Europe specialist Uilleam Blacker of University College London.

Organized by the British Library in partnership with Ukrainian Institute in London.