Call for Papers – International Symposium: "Three Revolutions – Portraits of Ukraine"

The scientific and organizing committee of the International Symposium "Three Revolutions – Portraits of Ukraine" is delighted to invite interested authors to send their proposed presentations based on current research which has not yet been published.

The International Symposium "Three Revolutions – Portraits of Ukraine" will be the final stage of the Three Revolutions (3R) interdisciplinary history project initiated and carried out by the European Civilization Chair at the Natolin campus of the College of Europe in cooperation with a number of academic partners*. Given the importance of the revolutions in the recent history of Ukraine, the Three Revolutions Project (3R) aims to analyse the three most significant protests which have taken place in Ukraine since 1990. 

The symposium will take place from 28 February 2017 to 1 March 2017 at the Natolin campus of the College of Europe in Warsaw. The conference will be held in three languages: English, Polish, and Ukrainian. Please send the completed application form to by 20 January 2017. The application form can be downloaded here.

The main conference themes include:

  • The Revolution on Granite (1990), Orange Revolution (2004-2005), Euromaidan Revolution (2013-2014);
  • Protests on the Maidan as an element of Ukrainian tradition and political culture;
  • Revolution in Ukraine in light of theoretical assumptions of revolutionary movements in the world;
  • Protest waves in Ukraine: comparative context with similar movements in Central Europe;
  • Analysis of revolutionary movements in Ukraine: origins, historical inspirations, and social context;
  • Comparing consecutive protest waves in Ukraine in the years 1990, 2004-2005, 2013-2014 from the perspective of the proclaimed values (anti-Communism, liberal democracy, nationalism, etc.) and the vision of a state connected with them;
  • Analysis and comparison of the methods of protest (non-violent, revolution of solidarity, the Velvet Revolution as a model of revolution in an authoritarian state, colour revolutions, global context: the "third wave" of democracy);
  • Influence of the events in Ukraine on the social situation in other post-Soviet states; and
  • The response abroad to the events in Ukraine.

The scientific committee expects from each of the authors/papers/contributions an assessment of the state of the research on the problem of systemic transformation in Ukraine and a formulation of proposals for future research.

The scientific and organizing committee of the conference includes: Professor Richard BUTTERWICK-PAWLIKOWSKI, Professor Georges MINK, Professor Serhii PLOKHII (Director of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute), Professor Andrey MELESHEVYCH (President of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy), Dr Paweł KOWAL, Dr Iwona REICHARDT (Deputy Editor-in-Chief, New Eastern Europe), Professor Frank SYSYN (Director of Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Research at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta), Professor David MARPLES (Distinguished University Professor, Chair of History and Classics at the University of Alberta), Mr Przemysław PAZIK and Mr Paweł PUJSZO. The primary investigator of the academic project and conference is Dr Paweł KOWAL. The secretary of the conference is Ms Kateryna PRYSHCHEPA.

The organizers do not charge a fee for participation in the conference and the authors of the papers will be paid for their contribution. The scientific and organizing committee will choose 12-18 papers from the submitted proposals which will be presented during the symposium. The scientific and organizing committee reserves the exclusive right to print the material from the conference. The conference organizers kindly request that the authors send their final papers for publication by 30 April 2017. The main media partner of the symposium "Three Revolutions – Portraits of Ukraine" is the magazine New Eastern Europe.

*Academic Partners: Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Eastern European Studies program of the University of Warsaw, University College London (School of Slavonic and East European Studies), the University of Alberta Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, and the Centre d'études des mondes russe, caucasien et centre-européen (Cercec), Paris.