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.


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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

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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.

Sep 17, 2018
Sheptytsky and Holocaust

Date: Thursday, 4 October 2018
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family in Exile, 22 Binney St, Mayfair, London W1K 5BQ
Admission: £10. 
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Hosted by Ukrainian Events in London and Ukrainian Institute, London.

Andrei Sheptytsky, the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, is an extraordinary figure among Christian church hierarchs of the 20th century. Presiding over the Church under the Nazi occupation of Galicia during WW2, he was put into a situation where difficult compromises had to be made while struggled to remain true to the idea of a sovereign Ukrainian nation and to protect Jews during the Holocaust.

This event will bring together a Jewish academic studying Sheptytsky’s legacy and a Jewish Holocaust survivor who knew Sheptytsky and was saved by him.

Jul 1, 2018
The Revolution of Dignity - Organising a Revolution

Date: 8th July 2018

Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Venue: The Jam Factory, Oxford

You are warmly invited to a photography exhibition and panel discussion about the organisation of the Ukrainian Revolution as part of the Revolution of Dignity exhibition at The Jam Factory. The panel features prominent activists and academics involved in the revolution, offering up their own experiences and answering any questions you may have. It will be another compelling and insightful event.

Jun 10, 2018
Talk by Dmytro Kuleba: Ukrainian Ambassador to Council of Europe

Date: 19th June 2018

Time: 5pm - 7pm

Venue: Investcorp Lecture Theatre, St. Anotny's College, Oxford

“Ukraine’s Lesson of Communication Warfare” 

Join OUUS for our final event of Trinity term - a talk by Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine's Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe. This event is co-hosted by the Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies, at St Antony’s College. 

Ambassador Kuleba will discuss what Ukraine has learnt since 2014 about deterring external and internal communication attacks on Ukraine's society and state institutions, how communications warfare shapes Ukrainian politics, and what other countries can learn from Ukraine. The discussion will cover such issues as Russia’s meddling in Ukraine, the fragmentation of society by the means of communications, challenges of the perception of Ukraine in the West, and the problem of fake news.