Nonconformism and Dissent in the Soviet Bloc: Guiding Legacy or Passing Memory?
30 mars-1er avril 2011
The Ukrainian Studies Program, Harriman Institute at Columbia University, is presenting a conference entitled « Nonconformism and Dissent in the Soviet Bloc: Guiding Legacy or Passing Memory? » to be held at Columbia University March 30th – April 1st, 2011. The conference is being presented twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, a time of continued uncertainty in Eastern Europe.
The conference will focus on political and cultural nonconformism in Ukraine, Russia, and Poland in the 1960s to 80s. It will bring together an international assemblage of scholars studying that period of time as well several noteworthy dissidents and artists. The conference will offer a historical overview of the period and will present the latest research conducted on the subject. Additionally, the conference will provide an analysis of the political and cultural legacies of these movements in today’s Ukraine, Russia, and Poland.
Among the questions the conference aims to address are: Where are the dissidents and cultural leaders of the Soviet era underground today? Are they in positions of power? Are they influential political figures or gurus in contemporary culture? Do they represent their people in the world as they once did? What media forums are available for their voices? Do Ukraine, Russia, Poland, and the world need them today?
The conference will examine these issues through a series of scholarly panels as well as roundtable discussions featuring prominent Soviet-era dissidents and nonconformist artists. The three-day conference will begin with an evening keynote address by Dr. Myroslav Marynovych, former Ukrainian dissident and prisoner of conscience and, currently, Vice-rector for the University Mission of the Ukrainian Catholic University (L’viv, Ukraine); the address will be followed by a reception. Days two and three will include panels and roundtables followed by cultural programming in the evenings showcasing achievements in nonconformist film, music and literature of this era.
Participants: Myroslav Marynovych, Pavel Litvinov, Henryk Wujec, Vitaly Komar, Ewa Wójciak, Volodymyr Dibrova, Mykola Riabchuk, Peter Reddaway, Ann Komaromi, Benjamin Nathans, Alexander Motyl, Justyna Beinek, Ksenya Kiebuzinski, Michael Bernhard, Jeri Laber, Mark Andryczyk, Catharine Nepomnyashchy, Anna Procyk, Christina Isajiw, William Risch, Anna Frajlich-Zajac, Yuri Shevchuk, Timothy Frye, Tarik Amar, Frank Sysyn, and Victor Morozov.
The conference will conclude with a special North American concert by Victor Morozov, a legendary nonconformist cultural figure in Soviet Ukraine and a major recording artist in Ukraine today.
The conference is free and open to the public.
The conference is presented by the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. It is organized in collaboration with the Columbia University East Central European Center, the Polish Cultural Institute–New York, and The Ukrainian Museum.
30 mars 2011, 19h00
Address by Keynote Speaker Myroslav Marynovych: « Moral Aspects of the Dissident Resistance in Ukraine: From Rosy Expectations to Sober Reality »
31 mars 2011
9h30-12h00 – PANEL I
« Non-conformism and Dissent: Historical Overview »
With Orest Deychakiwsky, Christina Isajiw, Jeri Laber, Anna Procyk. Moderator: Frank Sysyn
13h30-15h00 – PANEL II
« Documenting and Researching the Dissident Movements »
With Ksenia Kiebuzinski, Ann Komaromi, Benjamin Nathans. Moderator: Tarik Amar
16h00-18h00 – PANEL III
« Dissidents’ Roundtable ». With Pavel Litvinov, Myroslav Marynovych, Henryk Wujec. Moderator: Catharine Nepomnyashchy
20h00, 717 Hamilton Hall
Film Screening – A Well for the Thirsty (Krynytsia dlia sprahlykh, 1965 – newly restored and digitally re-mastered copy, with English subtitles).
Dissent and Non-Conformism in Ukrainian Film of the 1960-s and Since. The Case of Yuri Ilienko – introduction and discussion by Yuri Shevchuk
1er avril 2011
10h00-12h00 – PANEL IV
« Contemporary Society and Politics: the Legacies of Non-conformism and Dissent ».
With Michael Bernhard, Alex Motyl, Peter Reddaway. Moderator: Timothy Frye
13h30-15h00 – PANEL V
« The Impact Today of Non-conformist Culture ». With Mark Andryczyk, Justyna Beinek, Catharine Nepomnyashchy. Moderator: Anna Frajlich-Zajac
16h00-18h00 – PANEL VI
« Non-conformist Cultural Figures Roundtable ». With Volodymyr Dibrova, Vitaly Komar, Mykola Riabchuk, Ewa Wójciak. Moderator: William Risch
20h00 – Victor Morozov Concert, Ukrainian Museum (222 East 6th Street)
Venue : Rm. #1501, International Affairs Building, 420 West 118th St., Columbia University, New York, New York 10027
Contact : Mark Andryczyk (212-854-4697 or at email@example.com)