The Danyliw 2013 Seminar is inviting proposals touching on the study of violence in contemporary Ukraine or in the history of Ukraine. Contemporary topics of interest include paramilitaries, violence during demonstrations, electoral and parliamentary violence, police conduct, the treatment of prisoners, human rights violations, human trafficking and the memorialization of mass violence perpetrated during the Soviet era (for instance, collectivization/famine, purges, World War II, the Gulag). Historical topics of interest include the famine-Holodomor (70th Anniversary), the Holocaust (Shoah), civilian victims of Polish pacification (1930s), Soviet purges (1930s), Soviet annexation (1939-41), German occupation (1941-44) and Soviet counter-insurgency (1944-51), deportations, forced labor, the Gulag – or, earlier in time, the Cossack insurrection, World War I, the Civil War, and related topics.

 Depending on the thematic compatibility of quality proposals, the Seminar will also feature a number of additional sections that could include one or several of the following themes (listed below alphabetically and not in an order of preference):

 •Economy & Society: energy policy, oligarchs, informal economy and politics, taxation, foreign investment, agriculture, free trade/customs union, social programs (welfare state), neoliberalism, economic migration and related topics.

 •Law & Society: Rule of law in post-Soviet Ukraine, sociology and anthropology of the law, the Procuracy, citizenship, international assistance/NGO engagement in rule of law programs, corruption, international law, the European Union, border control, the Venice Commission, war crimes trials, the Beilis Trial (100th Anniversary) and related topics.

 •Politics & Society: gender, culture and politics, social movements, protests, education (curriculum and teaching), party and electoral politics, national identity and nationalism, regime transformation and/or consolidation, demography, health care and related topics.

 •Religion & Society: the sociology (or anthropology) of religious beliefs and practices, religion and civil society, religious policy in pre-Soviet, Soviet or post-Soviet Ukraine, churches as civil actors and related topics.

 Scholars and doctoral students are invited to submit a 1000 word paper proposal and a 250 word biographical statement, by email attachment, to Dominique Arel, Chair of Ukrainian Studies, at AND Please also include your full coordinates (institutional affiliation, preferred postal address, email, phone) and indicate your latest publication (or, in the case of doctoral applicants, the year when you entered a doctoral program, the [provisional] title of your dissertation and year of expected completion).

 The proposal deadline is 27 June 2012. To be eligible, papers must not have been accepted for publication by the time of the Seminar. The Chair will cover the expenses of applicants whose proposal is accepted by the Seminar. The proposals will be reviewed by an international selection committee. Applicants will be notified in July.

 Those among accepted applicants whose profile is doctoral or post-doctoral (defined as up to six years after the completion of a PhD) will be eligible for the Danyliw Seminar Emerging Scholar Award, which comes with a monetary prize. Launched at the 2011 Seminar, the award was shared in 2012 between Mayhill Fowler (U of Toronto, Canada) for her paper “Korniichuk and the Cabaret: Art Between Center and Periphery in Lviv, 1939-1941” and Joseph Livesey (NYU, US) for this paper “Stalinist Humanitarianism: State Practices in the Soviet Countryside during the Famine in Ukraine, 1932-1933.”

 The aim of the Seminar is to provide a unique forum for researchers from Canada, Ukraine, the United States, Europe and elsewhere to engage in fruitful inter-disciplinary dialogue, disseminate cutting-edge research papers on the Chair web site, encourage publications in various outlets, and stimulate collaborative research projects. Information on past Annual Danyliw Research Seminars in Contemporary Ukrainian Studies can be accessed at The Seminar adopts the format of a Workshop, where each presentation is followed by group discussion, and is open to the public.

 The Seminar is made possible by the commitment of the Wolodymyr George Danyliw Foundation to the pursuit of excellence in the study of contemporary Ukraine.