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The composition of the 2019 Ivan Franko International Prize jury announced

On June 28-30, the jury of the Ivan Franko International Prize elected a laureate in the nomination “For significant achievements in the field of Ukrainian studies” at its meeting held at the University of Vienna. Maria Gracia Bartolini, Doctor of Philology at the University of Milan, became the winner for her monograph “Know thyself. Neoplatonic sources in the works of H.S. Skovoroda.”

In 2013, Prof. Bartolini was Shklar Research Fellow at Harvard University. She is the author of the monograph “Know thyself. Neoplatonic sources in the works of H.S. Skovoroda” (Kyiv, Akademperiodyka, 2017), «Nello stretto triangolo della notte…» Jurij Tarnavs’kyj, il gruppo di New York e la poesia della diaspora ucraina negli USA (Rome: Lithos, 2012) and more than thirty articles on religious, literary and linguistic aspects of Ukrainian culture of the early modern time. Prof. Bartolini received an honorary award for the study of H.S. Skovoroda’s legacy (in Pereyaslav, in 2013) and the Early Slavic Studies Association’s award for the article “Judging a book by its cover. Meditation, Memory, and Invention in Early Modern Ukrainian Title Pages” (Canadian Slavonic Papers, 59, 2017, pp. 21-55). Maria Gracia is a member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Association of Ukrainian Studies.

The laureate of the Ivan Franko International Prize will receive a monetary award and a golden lapel pin of the laureate. An award ceremony for the winner of the Ivan Franko International Prize will be held on August 27, 2019 at Ivan Franko’s birthplace – the city of Drohobych.

This year 27 research papers from 22 universities were submitted for the prize.

The international jury included 12 scholars from the universities of Ukraine, the USA, Austria, Italy, Slovakia and Poland:

  • Michael Moser, Doctor of Philology (Dr.Hab), Professor of Llinguistics at the Institute of Slavic Studies at the University of Vienna (Austria);
  • Roman Mnykh, Hab (Slavic studies), Professor at the Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities (Poland);
  • Leszek Korporowicz Doctor of Sociological Sciences (Dr.Hab), Professor of the Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland);
  • Peter Stoeger, D., Professor at the Institute for Pedagogical Education and School Studies at the University of Innsbruck (Austria);
  • Simone Attilio Bellezza,Doctor of History (Dr.Hab), Professor at the University of Naples Federico II (Naples, Italy);
  • Myroslav Sopoliga, Doctor of History, Professor, ex-director of the Museum of Ukrainian Culture in Svydnik (Slovakia);
  • Johannes Remy, Doctor of History, Professor at Columbia University (USA);
  • Yevhen Bystrytskyi, Doctor of Philosophy, Professor at the Institute of Philosophy of NAS of Ukraine ( Ukraine);
  • Ihor Skochylias, Doctor of History, Professor at the Ukrainian Catholic University (Ukraine);
  • Svyatoslav Pylypchuk, Doctor of Philology, Professor at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (Ukraine);
  • Viktor Moysiyenko, Doctor of Philology, Professor at Zhytomyr Ivan Franko State University (Ukraine);
  • Viktor Stavniuk, Doctor of History, Professor at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine).

The meeting of the Prize International Jury was organized by the Ivan Franko International Fund with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation.

We will recall you that the Ivan Franko International Prize was founded by his grandson, Roland Franko, in 2015. The main objective of the Prize is to promote a comprehensive study of Ivan Franko’s creative, scientific, social activities, to encourage scholars from around the world to carry out research in the field of social and humanitarian sciences and Ukrainian studies. The prize is annually awarded on August 27 – Ivan Franko’s birthday. The winners of the Prize are awarded with a monetary prize and a golden lapel pin of the laureate.

Prize winners include: In 2016 – Lubomyr Husar, Major Archbishop emeritus of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Cardinal of the Catholic Church. In 2017, Michael Moser – professor at the University of Vienna, president of the International Association of Ukrainian Studies – won in the nomination “for significant advances (achievements) in the field of Ukrainian studies”, and in the nomination “for significant advances (achievements) in the field of social and human sciences”, the award was given to Oleh Shabliy – academician and honorary professor of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. In 2018, Yaroslava Melnyk – professor of the Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv) and Ukrainian Free University (Munich) – became a laureate in the nomination “for significant advances (achievements) in the field of Ukrainian studies”, and in the nomination “for significant advances (achievements) in the field of social and human sciences”, the award was given to Yohannes Remy – assistant professor at Columbia University (USA).



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