Nationalism and Human Rights: The Cultural Renovation of the Ukrainian Shistdesiatnyky

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)

Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University for a presentation by Simone Bellezza (Visiting Assistant Professor, Columbia University).

This talk will present the cultural ferment of the Ukrainian non-conformist intellectuals of the 1960s assessing its importance for the history of Ukrainian nationalism and of the global history of human rights. This group of artists and intellectuals will be analyzed through the lens of the kompaniia, which allows keeping together the private and the public spheres of action of the shistdesiatnyky. The main figures of the movement will be presented (Ivan Dziuba, Viacheslav Chornovil, Valentyn Moroz, Leonid Pliushch), as well as some of their interlocutors (Oles’ Honchar, Petro Shelest). Finally, some data about the relevance of the shistdesiatnyky for the evolution of the transnational movement for the defense of human rights will be presented, sketching possible developments of future scholarly research in these fields.

Simone Bellezza is Reaserch Fellow in Contemporary History at the University of Trento (Italy). The fil rouge of all his work is the study of national identity and its relationship with other kinds of loyalty (social, political, cultural, and religious). In the field of post-Soviet history, his research deals mainly with cultural history and with the public use of history in the political debate. He has studied the perception of national identity in pop-music during the Orange Revolution and the democratisation process, including the events of the Euromaidan and of the current war in Eastern Ukraine. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Department of History during the Fall 2016 semester.

This event is free and open to the public.