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Stories of Khmelnytsky

Stories of Khmelnytsky
1 Devonshire Place, Room 108N, Munk School of Global Affairs
Time: Apr 20th, 4:00 pm End: Apr 20th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Slavic Studies (FAS), Jewish Studies, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), 2000-
Panel Discussion

The Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, the The Centre for Jewish Studies, and the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures presents

Stories of Khmelnytsky

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.


Robert Paul Magocsi, Chair, Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto; the John Yaremko Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto

Frank Sysyn, Director, the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research, Canadian Insitute of Ukrainian Studies

Taras Koznarsky, Associate Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Adam Teller, Associate Professor of History, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies, Brown U

Amelia Glaser, Associate Professor, Director of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program at UC San Diego


This event is free and open to all. Registration is required. For further information, please contact Olga Kesarchuk at 416-946-8497


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