A Question of Genocide: How to Qualify Atrocities Being Committed by Russia in Ukraine?

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A Question of Genocide: How to Qualify Atrocities Being Committed by Russia in Ukraine?

The Fulbright Program in Ukraine has convened a panel of Fulbright Alumni, experts in the legal and historical dimensions of the concept of "genocide," who will discuss its relevance today to horrific crimes being committed by Russia's war on Ukraine.

Wednesday, May 18
6:00 PM Kyiv Time

Registration required. Join the roundtable via the Zoom link below.
Zoom link: https://iie-org.zoom.us/.../tJAocO6orDgsHdDdyzpAXNWXiGmtR...

Roman Serbyn 
(Professor Emeritus, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)
Russia’s Annexationist War Against Independent Ukraine 
in the Light of the 1948 UN Convention on Genocide

Gennadi Pobereƶny
U.S. Fulbright Scholar 2019-2020 in Ukraine
(Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Cambridge, MA, USA)
(Ukrainian Free University, München, Germany)
Misunderstandings of the genocide concept and the challenges of qualifying crimes in Ukraine

Myroslava Antonovych
Fulbright Visiting Scholar 1995-1996
(National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine)
(Ukrainian Free University, München, Germany)
Ongoing Russian Genocide against the Ukrainian Nation

Oleksandr Pronkevich
Fulbright Visiting Scholar 2003-2004
(Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University, Mykolaiv, Ukraine)
Writing and Speaking about the Genocide in the Spanish Language

MODERATOR - Kristina Hook
(Kennesaw State University, GA, USA)

Language: English
Organizer: Fulbright Program in Ukraine

Roman SERBYN is a historian, a professor emeritus of Russian and East European history at the University of Quebec at Montreal, and an expert on Ukraine. He is well known for his books and many articles about Ukrainian history, particularly the Holodomor. 
He studied at McGill University in Montreal, the University of Sorbonne in Paris, the University of Toronto, and Universite de Montreal. He received his Ph.D. in History at McGill University in 1975. His Ph.D. thesis was” The Character of the Rus Commonwealth (1140-1200). He taught Russian and East European history at University du Quebec a Montreal from 1969 to 2002. Presently retired. However, continues to work on various historical topics by attending academic conferences throughout North America and Europe. He founded and was an editor in 2008-2011 of Holodomor Studies, a semiannual academic journal. This is the first academic journal specifically dealing with the study of the 1932-1933 famine in Soviet Ukraine as genocide. He is a member of NTSh (the Shevchenko Scientific Society); C.A.S. (the Canadian Association of Slavists); UVAN (Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences) and executive member of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Quebec Provincial Council/Montreal branch. He received medals/special recognition for his historical research on World War II from the First Division of the Ukrainian National Army in 2007 and a special medal from Ambassador Ihor Ostash on behalf of the President of Ukraine for his community work, especially in Holodomor research in 2008. Prof. Serbyn has done groundbreaking, pioneering research on the Ukrainian Famine of 1921-22 doing archival research in North America and Europe. He also did pioneering research on conceptualization of Ukrainian participation in World War II. He introduced the analysis of the Ukrainian Holodomor as genocide and is currently at the forefront on this topic, participating in national and international academic conferences sharing his research with academics around the world.

Gennadi POBEREƵNY is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Ukrainian Free University in Munich, Germany with a focus on Genocide and Colonial Studies, as well as Eastern European and Post-communist Studies. Additionally, Dr. Pobereƶny is a Research Associate at Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, where he was the principal cartographer and chief designer of the Holodomor project for the Digital Atlas of Ukraine (http://gis.huri.harvard.edu/histori.../the-great-famine.html). He holds graduate degrees in sustainable systems, geography, political science, and global affairs, and has taught courses on political and cultural geography of international relations as well as comparative politics of post-communist and post-colonial transitional societies of Eastern Europe. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, USA.

Myroslava ANTONOVYCH, LLM (McGill University, Canada, 1999); Doctor of Law, Doctor Habilitat (Ukrainian Free University, Germany, 2008, 2020), Specialist of Law Degree (Lviv National University, Ukraine, 1995); Ph.D. in Philology (Kyiv Linguistic University, Ukraine, 1988), Specialist of English Language and Literature (Dnipropetrovsk National University, Ukraine, 1981). She is the Head of the Centre for Genocide and Human Rights Studies and Associate Professor of the Faculty of Law at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. She is also Chair of the Department of International Law and Professor at the Ukrainian Free University, Munich, Germany. She is a former Judge ad hoc of the European Court of Human Rights (2010-2014). Dr. Antonovych was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cincinnati, OH, USA (1996) and President of the Ukrainian Fulbright Association (2006-2011). She is the author of over 120 publications in Public International Law, International Human Rights, and Genocide Studies. Dr. Antonovych was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University (UK, 2005), University of Cincinnati (OH, USA, 1996, 2000), Washington and Lee University (2012), Tartu University (Estonia, 2016), and other universities. She was a recipient of a fellowship from Oxford College Hospitality Scheme (2005), HESP AFP fellowship (2006-2013), Petro Jacyk Post-Doc Fellowship (University of Toronto, 2017).

Oleksandr PRONKEVICH is a Professor and Dean of Philology and Journalism School of Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University, President of the Association of Hispanists of Ukraine, member of the Ukrainian Association of Fulbright Academic Exchange Program Alumni and International Association of Hispanists; Fulbright Scholar, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2003-2004), recipient of a scholarship stipend from the Spanish Government, University of the Basque Country-Alava, Spain (2005), visiting professor at the University Montclair, New Jersey, USA (2011). Dr. Pronkevich has been a leading researcher and a member of research teams in several international and Ukrainian research projects financed by the governments of Spain, Poland, Germany, and Ukraine. 
In 1985-2018 participated in over 50 conferences on World Literature, Spanish, Methods of Teaching of World Literature and Education. Author of about 150 papers and 9 books. Oleksandr Pronkevich’s main fields of research interests are Spanish literature and Spanish-Ukrainian cultural dialog.

Kristina HOOK is an Assistant Professor of Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University’s School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, and Development. She is an anthropologist and scholar-practitioner specializing in large-scale violence against civilians (including genocides and mass atrocities) as well as emerging forms of warfare and violence. A specialist in Ukraine and Ukraine-Russia relations, Dr. Hook has worked in 25 countries including across Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, East Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean. Based on her fieldwork as a U.S. Fulbright scholar to Ukraine, Dr. Hook’s current book project explores the dynamics and legacy of the Soviet-era Holodomor genocide, including how these events influenced modern interpretations of Ukraine’s current war with Russia. Supported by a National Science Foundation and USAID fellowships, she has conducted 2.5 years of ethnographic fieldwork across 32 cities and towns in Ukraine since 2015.