Oxford Conference brought together international experts to share knowledge, experience, and ideas in order to improve democratic governance in Ukraine
6-8 April 2011, Oxford
In April 2011, experts from across Europe, Canada, the US gathered in Oxford, UK to discuss leading issues in domestic and foreign affairs of Ukraine.
The third Oxford Model Ukraine Conference took place at St. Antony’s College and New College at the University of Oxford on 6,7, and 8 April 2011. The conference was sponsored and organised by the alumni of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program (CUPP), and the Oxford University Ukrainian Society, in cooperation with the Russian and Eurasian Studies Center. Prominent participants included: Borys Tarasyuk, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, and current head of the parliamentary committee on European integration, HE Leigh Turner, the UK Ambassador to Ukraine, HE Volodymyr Khandogiy, Ukraine's Ambassador to the UK, Giorgi Vashadze, Deputy-Minister of Justice of Georgia, and Ambassador Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine. Among the scholars of Ukraine and the region the conference hosted James Sherr of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Andreas Umland of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kataryna Wolczuk of the University of Birmingham, Andrew Wilson, University College London, Oxana Pachlovska of the University of Rome, and Oxford’s leading scholars including Paul Chaisty, Kalypso Nicolaidis, Alex Pravda and Sarah Whitmore.
“This will be one of the more significant conferences organised outside of Ukraine,” said Toronto-based lawyer, Ihor Bardyn, Committee Chair of the Oxford Model Ukraine Conference. Oxford University Ukrainian Society President Anzhela Yevgenyeva, St. Hilda's College, announced that “The conference will draw talented students, prominent scholars, political leaders, and professionals from various fields, and may be the largest gathering of Ukraine’s best and brightest outside of Ukraine”.
More than 100 individuals from Ukraine, Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the UK, and the USA attended for the conference. The Oxford Conference was the third in a cycle of four Model Ukraine Conferences, which brings together CUPP alumni and experts in government, economics, law, diplomacy, education, and health to share knowledge, experience, and ideas in order to improve democratic governance in Ukraine. The aim of the conference was to distil recommendations discussed and present a new model of governance to the Government of Ukraine.
During the conference, organisers together with the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre launched a fund-raising campaign for a Senior Research Fellow in Ukrainian Studies at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. Duties of the Fellow will include: research and publication of new work on Ukraine, teaching of Master's students, supervision of postgraduate theses on topics relevant to Ukraine, and organisation of workshops, lectures and seminars, to promote new scholarship on Ukraine. In the first instance, this campaign is targeted at the creation of a five-year post. However, it will be part of a long-term initiative to endow a permanent post and create a larger, more diverse fund which will provide opportunities for scholarship and visiting scholars from the region.
Anton Krasun, Secretary for External Relations, Oxford University Ukrainian Society
Ihor Bardyn, Committee Chair of the Oxford Model Ukraine Conference
For further information on Fellowship in Ukrainian Studies at Oxford, please contact:
Date and time: 26 Apr 2017, 4:00 PM
Venue: Merton College, the Mure Room
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.
Date and time: 23 Feb 2017, 8:30PM
Venue: Worcester College, Lecture Room B, OX1 2HB
Price: £1.50 (includes a glass of wine)
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.
Date and time: 24 Feb 2017, 7PM
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Green Templeton College, Oxford, OX2 6HG
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.
Date and time:Wed, 15 February 2017, 1 p.m.
Venue: University College, Oxford (meet at porter's lodge)
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.