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Past as Prelude: Polish-Ukrainian Relations for the Twenty-First Century

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30 June – 1 July 2015

An international conference on the future of Polish-Ukrainian relations.

Since 1989, Poland and Ukraine have developed a constructive political relationship that may stand as one of the most remarkable political and social achievements of recent European history. Yet hopes for the future have also been intertwined with more difficult discussions of an often tumultuous shared past.

At this conference, we wish to consider how this delicate negotiation between past and future will continue to develop in circumstances of increasing regional instability after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In this broad context of external threat, we propose to re-examine the foundation of strong Polish-Ukrainian relations, which have become crucially important for Europe’s future.

By bringing together scholars and stakeholders from diverse intellectual and political spheres, we hope to cultivate an open exchange of ideas that will yield coherent new pathways for the future development of Polish-Ukrainian relations.

Conference speakers include:

Łukasz Adamski (Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue, Warsaw)

Norman Davies (St. Antony’s College, Oxford)

Robert Frost (University of Aberdeen)

Ola Hnatiuk (University of Warsaw)

Yaroslav Hrytsak (Ivan Franko State University, L’viv)

Tadeusz Iwański (Centre for Eastern Studies, Warsaw)

Paweł Kowal (former delegate to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee)

Igor Lyubashenko (University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, and New Eastern Europe magazine)

Serhii Plokhii (Harvard University)

Yohanan Petrovsky-Stern (Northwestern University)

Mykola Riabchuk (Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Kyiv)

Sławomir Sierakowski (founder and editor-in-chief of Krytyka Polityczna magazine)

Frank Sysyn (University of Alberta)

Andrzej Szeptycki (Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw)

Evhen Vorobiov (Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw)

Karolina Wigura (co-founder and head of political section of Kultura Liberalna magazine)

For full details of the schedule please see the Cambridge Polish Studies website

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