Virtual Symposium: "Past and Present Atrocities in Ukraine: Can They Be Qualified as Genocide (and How)?" Organized by IIE-Fulbright Ukraine co-Hosted with HREC and Ukrainian Free University

Dr. Jessica Zychowicz Discussion

November 17-18,  2022

Registration required. Join the Series via the Zoom link below




(Kyiv time – UTC+2)


Thursday, November 17


6 PM (UTC+2)

Opening remarks by organizers:



Jessica Zychowicz, Fulbright Ukraine & Institute of International Education




Marta Baziuk, Holodomor Research and Education Consortium


Gennadi Pobereƶny, Raphaël Lemkin Center for Comparative Colonial and Genocide Studies (CCCGS) at Ukrainian Free University


6.15 PM (UTC+2)

Panel 1. Through Famine, Terror, and Atrocities:

Ukraine's Soviet and Contemporary Experience




Iryna Skubii, Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada

Environment and Materiality of Ukraine’s Soviet Famines:

Losses Beyond the Numbers



John Vsetecka, Michigan State University, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Famine Verses: Confronting the Effects of the Holodomor

in Poetry, 1933-1938



Martin-Oleksandr Kisly, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy,

Kyiv, Ukraine

Crimean Tatars’ Return to the Homeland in 1956–1989




Olga Andriewsky, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada



Friday, November 18


3.30 PM (UTC+2)

Panel 2. Ukraine's Traumatic Legacy:

Totalitarianism, Colonialism and Genocide – Past and Present



Gennadi Pobereƶny, Ukrainian Free University in Munich, Germany;

Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Cambridge, MA, USA 

The TCG Triad as the Key to Understanding and

Overcoming the Soviet Legacy



Kristina Hook, Kennesaw State University, GA, USA

Russian Violence against Ukrainians:

Understanding the Case for Genocide and How We Stop It



Paul D’Anieri, University of California, Riverside, CA, USA

Power Politics and Russian Genocide in Ukraine




Sophia Wilson, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IL, USA


5.00-5.30 PM (UTC+2)

A Break


5.30 PM (UTC+2)

Panel 3. Legal Qualification of Atrocities and

Human Rights Abuses in Ukraine



Myroslava Antonovych, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy,

Kyiv, Ukraine; Ukrainian Free University, Munich, Germany

Mental and Material Elements of Genocide against the Ukrainian Nation Committed by Russia in Ukraine





Oleksii Plotnikov, “The Tenth of April” Civic Organization;

Geneva Call Representative Office in Ukraine;

Armed Forces of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

Justice for Atrocity Crimes in Ukrainian Courts:

Challenges and Opportunities




Monica Eppinger, Saint Louis University, MO, USA



Fulbright Ukraine & Institute of International Education

HREC Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC)

Raphaël Lemkin Center for Comparative Colonial and Genocide

Studies (CCCGS) at Ukrainian Free University








Olga ANDRIEWSKY, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Trent University, Peterborough, ON Canada. She teaches and researches in the area of late Imperial and early Soviet history. Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Ukraine at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (1995-1996).

She is currently working on the social memory of the Holodomor. Recent publications include Remembering the Holodomor: Eyewitness and Survivor Accounts of the Early Cold War Period (1947-1955) and Towards a Decentered History: The Study of the Holodomor and Ukrainian Historiography (Contextualizing the Holodomor). She has also written numerous articles on identity and politics in late Imperial Russia.


Myroslava ANTONOVYCH, LLM 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. Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Cincinnati, OH, USA (1996) and President of the Ukrainian Fulbright Association (2006-2011).

Myroslava Antonovych is the author of over 120 publications in Public International Law, International Human Rights, and Genocide. In 2010-2014, she was a Judge ad hocof the European Court of Human Rights. 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. Also, she was a recipient of a fellowship from Oxford College Hospitality Scheme (2005), HESP AFP fellowship (2006-2013), and Petro Jacyk Post-Doc Fellowship (University of Toronto, 2017).


Paul D'ANIERI, Ph.D. is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside, CA, USA. For the past three decades, his research has focused on Ukraine-Russia relations. Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Ukraine at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv in 1993-1994.

He is the author of Ukraine and Russia: From Civilized Divorce to Uncivil War (2019) and is currently working on an updated version. His other books include The Sources of Russia’s Great Power Politics: Ukraine and the Challenge to the European Order (2018; with Taras Kuzio); Orange Revolution and Aftermath: Mobilization, Apathy, and the State in Ukraine (editor; 2010); Understanding Ukrainian Politics: Power, Politics and Institutional Design (2007), and Economic Interdependence in Ukrainian-Russian Relations (1999). His article on the consequences of the Donbas conflict in Ukraine’s 2019 elections recently appeared in Europe-Asia Studies.


Monica EPPINGER, Ph.D., J.D. is an anthropologist of law and state formation specializing in Ukraine. She is currently a member of the faculty at Saint Louis University, MO, USA, where she also serves as Co-Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law. Fulbright-Hays Ph.D. Program Fellow in 2006-2007.

Monica Eppinger’s involvement with Ukraine began during her first career as a U.S. diplomat, serving at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv from 1995-1997 and subsequently working on U.S. policy towards Ukraine and the former Soviet space. Her subsequent academic research has been supported by a Fulbright-Hays doctoral dissertation research fellowship, a National Science Foundation law and social science fellowship, and research awards from Yale, U.C. Berkeley, and Saint Louis University.  Her articles and book chapters have appeared both in law and in anthropology publications and she has been featured as an expert on CNN, public radio, and Canadian and Turkish national news services, comparative law and anthropology blogs, and other popular fora.


Kristina HOOK, Ph.D. is 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. Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellow at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in 2018-2019.

A specialist in Ukraine and Ukraine-Russia relations, Kristina Hook has worked in 25 countries including across Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, East Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean. Her current book project explores the dynamics and legacy of the Soviet-era Holodomor genocide, including how these events influenced modern interpretations of current Russia-Ukraine war. Supported by a National Science Foundation and USAID fellowships, Kristina Hook has conducted 2.5 years of ethnographic fieldwork across 32 cities and towns in Ukraine since 2015. This book project is also based on her doctoral dissertation, which won the Kellogg Institute for International Studies Distinguished Dissertation in Democracy and Human Rights Award and was nominated for several other university and international awards.


Martin-Oleksandr KISLY, Ph.D. (Candidate of Sciences) is Lecturer at the History Department of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy). Fulbright Research and Development Program Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA (2017-2018).

A historian of Crimean Tatars, he defended a dissertation entitled ‘Crimean Tatars’ Return to the Homeland in 1956–1989. His research focuses on memory, trauma, identity, and migration. Recently, Martin-Oleksandr Kisly was a Non-Residential Fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Viena, Austria. He is working on the book manuscript that expands the historical narrative of Crimean Tatars’ return and places the so-called ‘Crimean Tatar problem’ in the broader context of Soviet national policy.


Oleksii PLOTNIKOV, LLM is Senior Lawyer with the Civic Organization “The Tenth of April” and a Project Officer of the Geneva Call Representativeoffice in Ukraine. Since 24 February 2022, he joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine and currently serves at the position of the Head of the CIMIC (civil-military cooperation) unit for one of the Territorial Defense brigades. Fulbright Research and Development Program Fellow at the Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York, NY, USA (2016-2017). Oleksii Plotnikov is also a member of the Civic Council with the State Service of Ukraine for Ethnic Policy and Freedom of Conscience. He was an expert of the Expert Council with the Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in 2018. He acts as expert with the Crimean Tatar Resource Center. He regularly acts as expert with the United Nations Development Program in Ukraine and different projects of the Council of Europe in Ukraine. Currently, as the Head of CIMIC, Oleksii Plotnikov co-founded a ‘Military Education’ project aimed at distribution of knowledge about international humanitarian law and international criminal law in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.


Gennadi POBEREƵNY, Ph.D. is 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. Also, he is Director of the Raphaël Lemkin Center for Comparative Colonial and Genocide Studies (CCCGS) at Ukrainian Free University. Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Ukraine at the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance Institute in 2019-2020.


Gennadi Pobereƶny was the principal cartographer and chief designer of the Holodomor project for the Digital Atlas of Ukraine. He is Research Associate at Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. 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.


Iryna SKUBII, Ph.D. (Candidate of Sciences) is one of the editors at H-Ukraine an academic platform. She holds a Candidate of Sciences degree in History from the V.N.Karazin Kharkiv National University. And currently is a PhD Candidate at Queen’s University in Kingston (Canada). Her doctoral project examines consumption, material culture, and environment during the Soviet famines in Ukraine.

Previously she was affiliated with the Petro Vasylenko Kharkiv National Technical University of Agriculture and held visiting fellowships at the academic institutions in Germany, Canada, Austria, and Poland. Most recently, she was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna and the German Historical Institute in Warsaw. Her publications have been focused on examining economic, consumption, and material culture history of Kharkiv and Soviet Ukraine.


John VSETECKA is Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at Michigan State University, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. He is finishing a dissertation on the aftermath of the 1932-33 Holodomor and 1946-47 famine. Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellow at the Institute of History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, in 2021-2022. John Vsetecka was conducting the research in Ukraine until he was required to leave the country due to Russia's war against Ukraine.

John is the founder, and one of the editors, of H-Ukraine, an academic platform promoting scholarly and intellectual content related to the study of Ukraine. John is teaching at Michigan State University and is scheduled to defend his dissertation in Spring 2023.


Sophia WILSON, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IL, USA. She received Ph.D. from the University of Washington, was a visiting scholar at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute in 2015 and taught at the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute in 2017 and 2019. She was a Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Law, Society and Culture at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2012-2013.

Sophia Wilson’s research interests include revolutionary movements, human rights, and nation-building in the post-Soviet world. She is completing her book, The Ukrainian Maidan Revolution: Causes and Nature of Social Mobilization, an extensive account of interactions between the state and the grassroots revolutionary movement, as well as Russian state propaganda about the revolution. Her articles appeared in the Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change, the Journal of Law and Courts, Post-Soviet Affairs and other academic venues.