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About the conference

On April 22, 2017 the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas will host Platforma, the first Ukrainian Studies Graduate Student Conference at The Forum in Marvin Hall. This inaugural conference aims to facilitate meetings, collaborations, and the exploration of new ideas among graduate students working on Ukraine from any discipline. Regardless of topic or time period, we want this conference to explore the rich tapestry and exciting new frontiers of Ukrainian Studies.

Papers presented at Platforma will be featured in a special issue of East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies.

Platforma will also feature remarks from our keynote speaker, Mark von Hagen, professor of history at Arizona State University, former president of ASEEES, and a recognized leading scholar of Ukrainian Studies.

If you have any questions, please contact conference organizer Nathan Pickett (nrp@ku.edu).


10:00 Registration and coffee

10:20 Opening remarks

10:30 Session 1—History and Society

11:40 Session 2—Language and Literature

  1:00 Lunch

  2:30 Session 3—Conflict and War

  3:40 Session 4—Politics and Geopolitics

  5:00 Wrap up and open time for questions and discussion

  6:00 Keynote speaker: Dr. Mark von Hagen

Platforma, Ukrainian Studies Graduate Student Conference

Directions and Lodging

Platforma will take place on April 22, 2017 at The Forum in Marvin Hall at the University of Kansas, 1465 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, KS 66045.

If you are flying in, the nearest major airport is the Kansas City International Airport (MCI), which is about 45 minutes away from Lawrence. Please let Nathan Pickett (nrp@ku.edu) know if you'd be interested in getting rides to and from the airport.

There are a number of hotels in Lawrence. While there are not any major sporting events the weekend of the conference, it is still recommended that you book early.

Platforma, Ukrainian Studies Graduate Student Conference

Register to attend Platforma

Deadline for proposals is February 24, 2017. Registration to attend the conference closes on March 17, 2017.

If you would like to present a paper, organize a roundtable, or put together a panel at the conference, please describe your proposal here. Include a title, short description, and any other participants (if there are any).

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