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.



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. 
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/7516458

Feb 15, 2017
Ukrainian Truth. Winter on Fire and Heavenly Hundred

Date and time: 24 Feb 2017, 7PM
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Green Templeton College, Oxford, OX2 6HG
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This is the first event of Truth And Peace Series in Green Templeton College.

The goal of the initiative is to promote and strengthen the truthful dialogue in academia about challenges and conflicts around all the world.

Each event features a talk, a presentation or a film and a few minutes of silence or music followed by an open discussion.

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Feb 14, 2017
Ukrainian Conversational Lunch – Week 5. Volunteering in Ukraine

Date and time:Wed, 15 February 2017, 1 p.m.
Venue: University College, Oxford (meet at porter's lodge)
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Join us for our second conversational lunch in Hilary term, and get a chance to practice your Russian or Ukrainian language with native spreakers.

Our lunch will be followed by a short presentation of the Go Global project which offers volunteering opportunities in Ukraine.

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