2016 ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention
26 – 28 June 2016
Ukrainian Catholic University
Lviv, Ukraine

Please find below the link to the 2016 ASEES-MAG Lviv Summer Convention Final Print Program and the program supplemental (in PDF). Also, see below for information on audio-visual setup at the convention.

ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention Final Program [PDF] | Program Supplemental 

The first session of the convention will begin at 1:00pm on Sunday, 26 June, The convention will close with a closing reception at 7:00pm on Tuesday, 28 June.  

Registration will open at 10:30am of 26 June at the Academic Building 1st floor entrance.

Sunday, 26 June, 5:00 pm (followed by opening reception)
Welcoming Remarks
Andrzej Tymowski, Chair of the 2016 ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention Program Committee
Yevhen Bystrytsky, Executive Director, International Renaissance Foundation
Hon. Liliya Hrynevych [Лілія Гриневич], Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine
Padraic Kenney, President of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
Georgii Kasianov, President of the International Association for the Humanities (MAG) 

Keynote Address
Bishop Borys Gudziak, President and Founding Rector, Ukrainian Catholic University
“The Road We Have Travelled and the Road Ahead”

Monday, 27 June, 4:45-6:15 pm
Plenary Roundtable 
“The Responsibility of Scholars in These Troubled Times”
Speakers will be Yaroslav Hrytsak, Ukrainian Catholic U (Ukraine), Catriona Kelly, U of Oxford (UK), Irina Prokhorova, New Literary Observer Publishing House (Russia), and Tatiana Schyttsova, European Humanities U, Vilnius (Lithuania) with William Rosenberg, U of Michigan (US) as chair.

Related Events

MAG General Assembly
Monday, 27 June, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Loc: Collegium building – IT area (below ground level)
All MAG members, as well as all those interested in MAG, are invited to attend.  Lunch (furshet) will be available.  

Documentary Film Screening of “Shimon’s Returns”
Monday, 27 June, 6.30 pm 
Loc: Center for Urban History of East Central Europe (Vul. Akad. Bohomoltsia 6, Lviv 79005), Conference Room
All are invited; it is free and open the public.  

The Center for Urban History of East Central Europe will host a screening of the documentary “Shimon’s Returns,” followed by a conversation with Shimon Redlich.  The screening will be opened by Padraic Kenney, President of ASEEES. 

The 2014 documentary “Shimon’s Returns” tells the story of Israeli historian and Holocaust survivor Shimon Redlich. Shimon, born in Polish Lwow in 1935, lived with his family in the town of Brzezany until 1945. He and three other members of his family were saved there by Poles and Ukrainians. They lived in Lodz until 1950, when they immigrated to Israel. Redlich’s journey into his past started in the late 1980s and early 1990s, during the momentous changes in Poland and Ukraine. As a result of his physical and mental return to Brzezany and Lodz he wrote and published “Together and Apart in Brzezany: Poles, Jews and Ukrainians 1919-1945” and “Life in Transit: Jews in Postwar Lodz 1945-1950.”

In “Shimon’s Returns” the protagonist travels to the sites of his childhood, meets with his saviors and talks to Poles and Ukrainians. He also visits the Residence and the Cathedral of the late Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky in Lviv, and speaks about his efforts to have Sheptytsky recognized as a Righteous Gentile. Redlich’s perceptions of Poles and Ukrainians differ from prevailing Jewish stereotypes.

His memories of the War and the Holocaust are quite unique as well. Although as a survivor and historian he is fully aware of the suffering and loss, he looks for the brighter sides of the darkest of times.    

Wednesday, 29 June, 5:00 pm
Loc: Museum of Ethnography (Prospekt Svobody 15)

The Program for the Study of Modern Ukraine, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies,  the University of Alberta and the Institute of Ethnology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine cordially invite you to a book launch of Vol.2 of the collected works of  Mykhailo Zubryts’kyi  (1856 1919). Father Zubryts’kyi was a leading ethnographer, historian, and national activist of the Boiko region of the Carpathians.  The volume, edited by Dr. Vasyl Sokil, contains Zubryts’kyi’ s autobiography, diaries, letters, and personal papers,as well as scholarly works about Zubryts’kyi. Speakers will include Dr. Frank Sysyn, editor in chief, Dr. Sokil, Dr. Stepan  Pavliuk, director of the Institute, Father Bohdan Prach, rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University,  Dr. Yaroslav Hrytsak, director of the Program, and authors of the scholarly contributions. Proceedings will be in Ukrainian.

The Museum is located in the centre of Lviv. Those wishing to visit its exhibitions should arrive before the launch. 


All meeting rooms at UCU will have a digital projector or a TV and wifi.  Each room is linked to a central computer system, so you can bring your presentation on a USB memory stick to load to the system for projection. We are asking the chairs of the panels to coordinate pre-loading the presentations before the panel starts.

As backup, we still suggest that you bring your own laptop and cables and also bring a back-up copy of your presentation.  NOTE: You will NOT be able to use mobile devices and tablets, such as I-Pads, for your presentation. 


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