Panel: "Stories of Khmelnytsky"

Featuring:

  • Robert Paul Magocsi, Chair
    Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto; the John Yaremko Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto
  • Frank Sysyn, Speaker
    Director, the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research, Canadian Insitute of Ukrainian Studies
  • Taras Koznarsky, Speaker
    Associate Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Adam Teller, Speaker
    Associate Professor of History, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies, Brown U
  • Amelia Glaser, Speaker
    Associate Professor, Director of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program at UC San Diego

Join us for a panel discussion of the literary legacies of Bohdan Khmelnytsky. This event marks the publication of a new edited volume, Stories of Khmelnytsky: Competing Literary Legacies of the 1648 Ukrainian Cossack Uprising. Contributing authors Frank Sysyn, Taras Koznarsky, Adam Teller, and Amelia Glaser will speak about Khmelnytsky’s charismatic and contentious legacy in Ukrainian, Jewish, Polish, and Russian collective memory. In the middle of the seventeenth century, Bohdan Khmelnytsky was the legendary Cossack general who organized a rebellion that liberated the Eastern Ukraine from Polish rule. Consequently, he has been memorialized in the Ukraine as a God-given nation builder, cut in the model of George Washington. But in this campaign, the massacre of thousands of Jews perceived as Polish intermediaries was the collateral damage, and in order to secure the tentative independence, Khmelnytsky signed a treaty with Moscow, ultimately ceding the territory to the Russian tsar. So, was he a liberator or a villain? This volume examines drastically different narratives, from Ukrainian, Jewish, Russian, and Polish literature, that have sought to animate, deify, and vilify the seventeenth-century Cossack. Khmelnytsky’s legacy, either as nation builder or as antagonist, has inhibited inter-ethnic and political rapprochement at key moments throughout history and, as we see in recent conflicts, continues to affect Ukrainian, Jewish, Polish, and Russian national identity.

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Sponsored by the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine. Co-sponsored by the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, University of Toronto; the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta; the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto; the Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto; the Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter; the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Date & Time
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Location
108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs 1 Devonshire Place