Ukrainian academic headlines ‘Media and Crisis in Ukraine’

In the wake of the Maidan protests in November 2013, the Russian invasion in March 2014 and continuing through this week’s presidential election, Ukraine has dominated news cycles around the globe. Sponsored by the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) and Faculty of Engineering, Media and Crisis in Ukraine will explore many of the issues surrounding this country in flux.

Leading Ukrainian academic Volodymyr Kulyk of the Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine will headline the event.

Kulyk’s research explores language-related attitudes and policy preferences of the Ukrainian population under the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych. It analyzes various ethnolinguistic and demographic groups’ perceptions of the actual and appropriate roles of the Ukrainian and Russian languages in Ukrainian society and the state’s policy with regard to these languages.

Kulyk will offer two talks, and join one panel discussion, during his visit to Western June 3-5. The events include:

Ukrainian Media and Information War
Lecture by Volodymyr Kulyk
4-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 3
Spencer Engineering Building, room 2202

Conversation with Volodymyr Kulyk
3-5 p.m. Wednesday, June 4
North Campus Building (NCB), room 295
An informal conversation about Maidan, the current political situation in Ukraine, the recent presidential election, media coverage of the events and more.

Round Table: Information Control and Revolution
1-3 p.m. Thursday, June 5
NCB 114
Panel includes: Kulyk, information weapons in the battle for Ukraine; Nick Dyer-Witheford, FIMS, squares, networks and revolutions; Aleksander Essex, Engineering, cryptography, cyber security and hacking; Serguei Primak, Engineering, information systems – control, use, impact on society; Anna Dolidze, Western Law, Russia’s approach to the periphery and international law; and Kadie Ward, FIMS, building strong cities – cities of the Ukrainian East.