Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, an academic centre in the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge, aims to promote and contribute to the study of Ukraine in the United Kingdom and beyond. It is committed to deepening public understanding of Ukraine and to advancing fresh, innovative approaches to research on the largest country within Europe, a critical crossroads between 'East' and 'West' with a rich historical, linguistic, and cultural inheritance.
While its primary focus is on the literature and culture of Ukraine, Cambridge Ukrainian Studies seeks to explore – and challenge – conventional notions of disciplinary and geographical borders and to foster a lively exchange between artists, scholars, politicians, and the wider public, as well as between institutions of higher learning in Ukraine, Europe, and North America.
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Shedding Light on the Crises in Ukraine
Over the past two years, Cambridge Ukrainian Studies has been engaging with the international media (CNN, Al Jazeera, BBC, Sky News) about the crises in Ukraine. In early March 2014, Rory Finnin (Director of CUS) warned of 'another Russian invasion of Ukraine’s sovereign territory on the horizon' and a 'bloody, very real war' between Europe's two largest countries. He has called for an ambitious Marshall Plan of financial assistance for Ukraine and a more nuanced understanding and study of the country. For Cambridge's Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Finnin has also authored a series of articles on the crises: Fighting 'Crimnesia': The Question of Crimea in the Russia-Ukraine War (9 April 2015); The Crimean Tatar Sürgün: Past and Present (18 May 2014); A Divided Ukraine: Europe's Most Dangerous Idea (27 March 2014); and Ukrainians: Expect-the-Unexpected Nation (19 December 2013), which is also available in Ukrainian and Russian translation.
Understanding Ukraine and the Global Information War
Cambridge Ukrainian Studies recently hosted the conference Ukraine and the Global Information War in association with the Legatum Institute and the Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies (CamCREES). The event explored the dynamics between the politics of representation and international security through the lens of the geopolitical tumult in Ukraine, or what might be termed 'MCD' (Maidan-Crimea-Donbas). It posited that MCD marks a critical and instructive juncture in the evolution of modern journalistic practice, featuring, among other things, a burgeoning social 'media-ization' of the news and an extraordinary collision between state propaganda and public ignorance of a country in crisis. The conference sought to examine the civic, Internet-based and crowd-sourced media initiatives that have accordingly emerged as alternatives to state and corporate media outlets in Ukraine and beyond.