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Vitaly Chernetsky
University of Kansas, Lawrence (Lawrence, KS 66045-7505)

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 7/31/2015

Ukraine's Ongoing Social Transformation and its Literary Representations

Summer reading and writing on Slavic Literature.

Since November 2013, ongoing crisis has placed Ukraine on the front pages of global news media. The mass protests that came to be known as the Euromaidan, the collapse of the Yanukovych government, the Russian annexation of Crimea, and the mixture of a civil war with an escalating Russian intervention in Ukraine's east brought unprecedented global attention to Ukraine. In recent months the country has radically transformed, which has profoundly affected Ukrainians' understanding of their identity and their view of Ukraine's place in the global family of nations. This project examines the role of contemporary Ukrainian writers and other public intellectuals in these events--their documentation of and creative response to the experiences of turmoil, psychological trauma, displacement, and the emerging formation of a new Ukrainian identity, which reaches across preexisting divides caused by differences in language, ethnicity, gender, age, and other factors.