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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 Mnikh, 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 Bystrytskyy, 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 Moisiienko, 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).

Italian author wins the 2019 Ivan Franko International Prize

On June 28-29 a jury of the Ivan Franko International Prize met at the Institute of Slavic Studies at the University of Vienna (Austria) to determine the winner.

Maria Gracia Bartolini’s monograph “Know thyself. Neoplatonic sources in the works of H.S. Skovoroda”, Kyiv, 2017, won in the nomination “For significant achievements in the field of Ukrainian studies”.

According to the reviewer of the monograph, Professor of the Institute of Philosophy at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Yevhen Bystrytsky, “Bartolini’s work completes the two-hundred-year history of persistent Ukrainian and international studies on the national features of European sources of Hryhoriy Skovoroda’s philosophical heritage. Based on the experience of predecessors, including L. Ushkalov, the laureate managed to build a coherent and logically ordered understanding of Skovoroda’s philosophy. The first Ukrainian philosopher is portrayed as an original thinker who created a complete image of man and the world, far more rational in its basis than it was seen before. The monograph opens a new stage in understanding the interpretation of Skovoroda’s heritage for Ukraine and the world. ”

None of the nominees got a required number of points determined by the Prize Regulations in the nomination “For significant achievements in the field of social and humanitarian sciences”.

Professor Michael Moser, Chairman of the Jury, said: “All works are worthy, but it was hard to reach an agreement on which of them definitely deserves the prize.”

In the closing remarks, Ihor Kurus, Director of the Ivan Franko International Fund, expressed his admiration for the depth of the scientific discussion, thanked the international jury for their work and congratulated them on the decision of the winner.

It should be noted that the international jury included 12 scholars from the universities of Ukraine, the USA, Austria, Italy, Slovakia and Poland.

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.

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).

Names of nominees for the Ivan Franko International Prize announced

The International Council of Experts has determined six nominees for the 2019 Ivan Franko International Prize.

This year, 27 research papers from 22 universities of Canada, Italy, Serbia and Ukraine have been submitted to win the Prize.

According to the Regulations, when selecting the nominees, members of the Council of Experts were guided by their own knowledge, and they also compared the research papers that are applying for the Prize according to the following criteria: innovative and original approaches to the study; conceptuality, consistency and criticality of research; international context and level of scientific research.

According to the results of evaluation of research papers submitted for the Ivan Franko International Prize in the nomination “For Significant Achievements in the Field of Social and Humanitarian Sciences”, members of the Council of Experts recommend the jury to consider:

  1. monograph ” “The War between Civilisations: Socio-Cultural History of Napoleon’s Russian Campaign” by Professor of the Ukrainian Catholic University VADYM ADADUROV (Ukraine);
  2. monograph “At the threshold of modernization. Ruthenian-language Basilian printing of the 18th century” by Professor of Warsaw University JOANNA GETKA (Poland);
  3. monograph “Ukrainians and Poles in Naddnipryanshchyna (Dnieper Ukraine), Volhynia, and Eastern Galicia at the beginning of the 19th – 1st half of 20th century” by Professor of Lviv Ivan Franko National University BOHDAN HUD (Ukraine).

In the nomination “For Significant Achievements in the field of Ukrainian Studies” the jury will consider:

  1. monograph “Know yourself”. Neoplatonic sources in the work of H.S. Skovoroda” by Doctor of Philology at the University of Milan MARIA GRAZIA BARTOLINI (Italy);
  2. monograph “Imperial Urbanism in the Borderlands” by Ph.D. SERHIY BILENKY from the University of Toronto (Canada);
  3. monograph “The Pre-Chronicles Language History of the Ukrainians” by Professor of the Institute of Philology at Kyiv T. Shevchenko National University KOSTIANTYN TYSCHENKO (Ukraine).

This year, the International Council of Experts includes 26 scholars from 8 countries of the world: Ukraine, Canada, Italy, Austria, Poland, Slovakia and Croatia.

All six research papers of the nominees will be submitted to the International Jury, which will meet in Vienna on June 21 – 23.

The award ceremony is held on August 27 – on the day of Ivan Franko’s birthday.

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).

Candidates for the 2019 International Ivan Franko Prize announced

Twenty-seven research papers have been submitted to win the Ivan Franko International Prize, which is given to scholars in the field of social and humanitarian sciences and Ukrainian studies, in 2019. Scientists from Ukraine, Canada, Italy, Poland and Serbia will compete for the victory. In conditions of Russian aggression, from the Russian Federation are not allowed to participate in the competition.

Nine research papers have been presented in the nomination “For significant achievements in the field of social and humanitarian sciences”:

  1. Vadym Adadurov  – The monograph “The War between Civilisations: Socio-Cultural History of Napoleon’s Russian Campaign”. Vol. 1. (Ukraine);
  2. Viktor Garkavko  – The monograph “Science about our daily bread “ (Agricultural Economy is the basis of the theoretical teaching of economics and organization of agricultural production). (Ukraine);
  3. Joanna Getka – The monograph “U progu modernizacji. Ruskojęzyczne drukarstwo bazyliańskie XVIII wieku” (eng. „At the threshold of modernization. Ruthenian-language Basilian printing of the 18th century”).(Poland);
  4.  Bohdan Hud The monograph “From the History of Etno-Social Conflicts: Ukrainians and Poles in Naddnipryanshchyna (Dnieper Ukraine), Volhynia, and Eastern Galicia at the beginning of the 19th – 1st half of 20th century.” (Ukraine);
  5. Bogdan M. Punko  – The monograph “International business” (educational-scientific publication for universities). (Ukraine);
  6. Bogdan M. Punko –  The monograph “Antiphilosophy of politics” (scientific journalistic edition, genre-scientific and journalistic literature fact). (Ukraine);
  7. Volodymyr Serhiychuk  – The monograph “The Holodomor of 1932-1933: the Ukrainian Genocide”. (Ukraine);
  8. Iryna Chugaieva The monograph “Chernihiv chronicle writing of XI – XIII centuries: historiographical myth or historical source?” (Ukraine);
  9. V. V. Holina, M. H. Kolodiazhnyj, S. S. Shramko et al. – The monograph “Public in crime prevention: national and international experience” . (Ukraine)

Eighteen research papers have been presented in the nomination  “For significant achievements in the field of social sciences and humanities”:

  1. Vadym Adadurov  – The monograph “Napoléonide’ in the East of Europe: Perceptions, Projects and Actions of the French Government in Relation to the South-Western Borderlands of the Russian Empire at the dawn of the 19th Century”.(Ukraine);
  2. Maria Grazia Bartolini – The monograph “Know yourself”. Neoplatonic sources in the works of H.S. Skovoroda. (Italy);
  3. Serhiy Bilenky – The monograph “Imperial Urbanism in the Borderlands: Kyiv, 1800-1905 “. (Canada);
  4. Halyna Voloschuk  – The monograph “The artistic thinking of Uliana Kravchenko”.(Ukraine);
  5. Svitlana Hirnyak – The monograph “Sociolect of the intelligentsia of Eastern Galicia in the formation of the Ukrainian literary language standards (the end of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th century)”. (Ukraine);
  6. Viktor Davyduk  – The monograph “The Enchanted Polissya”.(Ukraine);
  7. Stepan Davymuka, Larysa Kupchynska  – The monograph “Ukrainian bookplates of the XIX-XX centuries: catalog of Stepan Davymuka collection: in 3 volumes”.(Ukraine);
  8. Hanna Dydyk-Meush – The monograph “Combinatorics in the Ukrainian language of the 16th–18th centuries: theory, practice, vocabulary”.(Ukraine);
  9. Oleksandr Panchenko – The monograph “Ukrainian Democratic Nationalism in the Past, Actions, Personalities, and Historical Perspective: Figures and Portraits: The External Representation (Milieu) of the UHVR and the OUN; Outlines, Articles, Reflections, Essays.” (Ukraine);
  10. Roman Radovych  -The monograph “Polissya dweling: cultural and genetic origins and evolutionary processes”.(Ukraine);
  11. Julijan Tamas  – The monograph “Identity Matching”.  (Serbia);
  12. Kostiantyn Tyschenko – The monograph “The Pre-Chronicles Language History of the Ukrainians”.(Ukraine).
  13. Kostiantyn Tyschenko  – The monograph “The Neighbor Languages History of the Ukrainians: 2300 Loanwords of the Antiquity & Middle Ages in the Language, Place and Family Names”.(Ukraine);
  14. OlgaTsaryk – The monograph “The formation of the culture of the written speech of the person in the system of national school education in the first half of the twentieth century”. (Ukraine);
  15. Alla Shvets  – The monograph “Woman with Ariadne’s Gift: The Life Path of Nataliia Kobrynska in Generational, World, View and Creative Dimensions”.(Ukraine);
  16. Mykola Shulskyi  – The monograph “Ivan Franko about the life and works of Markiyan Shashkevich”.(Ukraine);
  17. Mykola Shulskyi  – The monograph “Ivan Vyshenskyi in the assessment of Ivan Franko”. (Ukraine).
  18. Chabayovska M.I., Melnyk L.V. – Ukrainian studies as a new educational subject of choice “I love Ukraine” for grades 1-4. (Ukraine).

The research papers submitted for the award cover 13 academic disciplines: history, Ukrainian studies, linguistics, philosophy, literary studies, ethnography, onomastics, art studies, folklore studies, culturology, pedagogy, political economy, law. The monographs are written in five languages: Ukrainian, English, Polish, Serbian and Russian.

The awards committee has begun the formation of nomination committees, which must confirm the compliance of submitted monographs to the specified academic disciplines. The selected works will be transferred to the International Expert Council, which will select the three best monographs in each of the nominations and submit them to the International Jury. Names of laureates of the Ivan Franko International Prize will be announced on June 23 in Vienna (Austria). The awarding ceremony will take place in Kamenyar’s homeland – in Drohobych – on August 27, on Ivan Franko’s birthday.

We would like to remind you that Ivan Franko International Prize is awarded annually. Prize winners receive a monetary reward (in 2016 and 2017, the prize fund was 500 thousand UAH, in 2018, it was 400 thousand UAH) and a golden laureate’s badge. The award ceremony is held on August 27 – on the day of Ivan Franko’s birthday.

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).

For the first time, the Ukrainian public can see one-hundred-year-old documents related to the Franko family

On March 5, a unique exhibition “The Ardent Franko’s Falcon” was opened in the Ivan Franko’s family Memorial Apartment in Kyiv. It is dedicated to the 130th anniversary of the birth of Ivan Franko’s son Taras.

130 years ago, namely on March 9, Ivan Franko’s second son was born, whose parents named him after Taras Shevchenko, because he was born just on the day of the 75th anniversary of the birth of Kobzar.

The exposition shows the unique exhibits kept in the apartment to which the family of Taras Franko was forcibly relocated from Lviv in the 50’s, and which is now the Ivan Franko’s family Memorial Apartment.

Among the exhibits are the original documents, in particular Taras Franko’s baptism certificate (1893), the original certificates of education (1900-1909), the student’s record books of the Lviv (1909) and the Vienna (1910) Universities, the original typescripts. Besides, the exhibition presents Taras Franko’s personal belongings, books, letters, photographs, periodicals and art works of that time. Many exhibits are shown to the general public for the first time.

Among other things, it presents documentary evidence demonstrating that Franko’s son was struggling to preserve the Ukrainian language in Soviet Kyiv.

Historical rarities are complemented by showcases that tell people about the talents of all Ivan Franko’s children. There is also a collection of letters that the sons of Franko addressed to their mother – Olha Khoruzhynska.

Taras Franko’s son Roland Franko opened the exhibition showing the collections of the Ivan Franko International Fund.

The opening of the updated exhibition was attended by the heads of the Franko museums from Kyiv, Lviv and Naguyevychi, as well as Franko scholars, research workers and admirers of Franko.

Submission of research papers for the Ivan Franko International Prize has completed

The Prize Committee has completed accepting research papers and accompanying documents for the Ivan Franko International Prize 2019 that is awarded for significant achievements in the fields of Ukrainian studies and social and human sciences.

Currently, the documents are being verified and the nomination committees are being formed. These nomination committees each will include three scholars from different universities.

On March 15, the Prize Committee will announce the names of the nominees for the Ivan Franko International Prize 2019.

We would like to remind you that Ivan Franko International Prize is awarded annually. Prize winners receive a monetary reward (in 2016 and 2017, the prize fund was 500 thousand UAH, in 2018, it was 400 thousand UAH) and a golden laureate’s badge. The award ceremony is held on August 27 – on the day of Ivan Franko’s birthday.

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).

Acceptance of papers for the Ivan Franko International Prize 2019 has started

Ivan Franko International Fund has started accepting papers for the Ivan Franko International Prize in 2019.

Just as in previous years, the prize will be awarded in two nominations: for significant advances (achievements) in the field of Ukrainian studies and for significant advances (achievements) in the field of social and human sciences.

The Prize Committee will be accepting scientific papers from January 15 to March 1, 2019.  Then will be accepting papers submitted by academic institutions and higher educational institutions located either in Ukraine or in the countries which Ukraine has diplomatic relations with, as well as papers submitted by prize winners from previous years. The Fund will only accept papers that were published in 2016-2018 and have been assigned an ISBN.

The conditions for participation in the Prize competition are available on the Fund’s website. Printed copies of scientific papers must be sent to the following address: 01034, Kyiv, 48, Volodymyrska St., building A, office 15; accompanying documents must be sent to the following e-mail address: frankoprize@ukr.net

Ivan Franko International Prize is awarded annually. Prize winners receive a monetary reward (in 2016 and 2017, the prize fund was 500 thousand UAH, in 2018, it was 400 thousand UAH) and a golden laureate’s badge.

The award ceremony is held on August 27 – on the day of Ivan Franko’s birthday.

We would like to remind you that Ivan Franko International Prize was started by the Ivan Franko International Fund in 2015. The annual Prize is an honorary recognition of scientific discoveries and significant achievements of Ukrainian and foreign scholars in the field of Ukrainian studies and social and human sciences. Ivan Franko’s grandson, Roland Franko, initiated creation of the Fund.

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).

How to get the Ivan Franko International Prize in 2019?

The Ivan Franko International Fund will accept research papers for the Ivan Franko International Prize from January 15 to March 1, 2019.

As in previous years, the prize will be awarded in two nominations: for significant achievements in the field of Ukrainian studies and for significant achievements in the field of social and humanitarian sciences. The Prize Committee will accept research papers published in 2016-2018 which are to have an ISBN. Submissions for the prize will be accepted from academic institutions, higher educational establishments of Ukraine and countries of the world with which Ukraine has diplomatic relations, as well as from the laureates of the Prize of previous years.

In order to participate in the competition, the following papers must be sent to the Fund:

  1. a) decision of the academic institution, higher educational institution on the submission of the research paper for the Prize;
  2. b) information about a person(s) whose research paper(s) is submitted for the Prize, with contact details of the Prize nominee(s);
  3. c) research paper (research, monograph, dissertation, book, lecture cycles) of at least 6 printer sheets, which must contain names of reviewers and a bibliography on the research topic;
  4. d) research paper is submitted in 3 printed copies, as well as in PDF format, with the right to distribute the research paper to members of the nomination committees, members of the Expert Council and the jury;
  5. e) extended abstract of the research paper submitted for the Prize in Ukrainian and English;
  6. e) personal written consent of the author(s) the research paper to participate in the competition for the Prize.

Details on the terms of participation in the Prize competition can be found on the Fund’s website: www.frankoprize.com.ua.  Please, send the research papers for the Prize at the following postal address: 01034, Kyiv, 48a Volodymyrska Street, office 15; the accompanying documents – at the e-mail address: frankoprize@ukr.net:

The Ivan Franko International Prize is awarded annually. The ceremony of awarding the laureates takes place on August 27 – on Ivan Franko’s birthday.

   In 2016, his Beatitude Lubomyr Husar, Major Archbishop Emeritus of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Cardinal of the Catholic Church, became the first laureate of the Ivan Franko International Prize. In 2017, Michael Moser, Professor of Vienna University, President of the International Association of Ukrainian Studies, became laureate in the nomination “For Significant Achievements in the Field of Ukrainian Studies.” In the nomination “For Significant Achievements in the Field of Humanities and Social Sciences” the award was given to Academician Oleh Shabliy, honorary professor of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. In 2018, Yaroslava Melnyk, Professor of the Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv) and the Ukrainian Free University (Munich), became laureate in the nomination “For Significant Achievements in the Field of Ukrainian Studies,” and Johannes Remy, Associate Professor of East European History at the University of Helsinki, won in the nomination “For Significant Achievements in the Field of Humanities and Social Sciences.”

   We recall that the Ivan Franko International Prize was launched by the Ivan Franko International Fund in 2015. It was founded by Roland Franko the grandson of the Ukrainian scholar. In 2016 and 2017, the prize fund comprised 500,000 UAH; in 2018 – 400,000 UAH. The Prize fund is formed by charitable donations. In addition to the monetary portion of the Prize, the Laureates are awarded with diplomas and golden medals.

 

Laureate of the Ivan Franko International Prize Yaroslava Melnyk met with the students of the University of Lviv

On September 3, 2018, a meeting with the Doctor of Philological Sciences, full member of the Shevchenko Scientific Society, professor of the Ukrainian Catholic University and Ukrainian Free University, laureate of the Ivan Franko International Prize, Yaroslava Melnyk, was held in the Mirror Hall of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.

The prorector for academic affairs, professor Yaroslav Harasym, gave a welcoming speech for the guests.  Yaroslav Ivanovych spoke about the Ivan Franko International Prize tradition, noting that it is already the third time that this Prize is awarded for significant achievements in the field of Ukrainian studies and in the field of social and human sciences. According to the prorector, it is quite natural that this year’s prize was awarded to Yaroslava Melnyk, since few people know, can feel, and are able to present Ivan Franko’s work and personality to the general public.

Ihor Kurus, the director of the Ivan Franko International Fund, also greeted the audience. He briefly outlined the essence of the award itself, noting that the University of Lviv has always submitted competitive works for the prize. Ihor Kurus gratefully mentioned the two previous winners – his Beatitude Lubomyr Husar, Major Archbishop emeritus, and his scientific monograph “Andrey Sheptytsky, Metropolitan of the Galicia (1901-1944), a Precursor of Ecumenism” and the Honored Professor of the University of Lviv, Oleh Shabliy, who became a laureate in the field of social and human sciences with his scientific work “Social Geography” in 2 volumes.  This year, Yaroslava Melnyk with the book “…I Ostannia Chast Dorohy.  Ivan Franko v 1908-1916 Rokakh” [And the last part of the road.  Ivan Franko in 1908-1916] was added to the list of prize laureates whose scientific works are directly related to the University of Lviv.

During her speech, Yaroslava Melnyk departed from the canons of an academic lecture and communicated freely with all the attendees. She shared her history of becoming a researcher of literature and biographer, speaking about three “oases of inspiration” that gave her an impetus to study the heritage of the great Kamenyar: the Ivan Franko Museum, the Ivan Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies and, particularly! – the Institute of Ivan Franko studies at the University of Lviv. Yaroslava Melnyk paid much attention to the figure of professor Ivan Denysiuk. “When I was working at the Institute of Ivan Franko studies, the thing that united us most of all was the love for Ivan Franko. Ivan Ovksentiyovych and I had time to talk about everything that was of interest to us at that time, including the key aspects of Franko’s life and work,” Mrs. Yaroslava recalled.

So it is not surprising that proper scientific study of the biography of Ivan Franko and publication of a full academic collection of his works remain one of the most important issues for Yaroslava Melnyk.  “Biography is one of the most complicated scientific genres. People started talking about the need to create Ivan Franko’s scientific biography as early as in 1916, immediately after his death, relying on facts that were still “fresh”. But the complexity of compiling Franko’s biography lies in the fact that this presupposes an incredibly large amount of data that has to be processed. We should also mention the practice of Ivan Franko studies in the Soviet times. At that time, biographers were subject to ideological influences.  Perhaps this is precisely why Franko is not as present in the modern world, as he deserves to be,” Yaroslava Melnyk said.

So what should the ideal Ivan Franko’s biographer look like? According to Yaroslava Melnyk, in addition to being comprehensively educated, this person should also be very brave. After all, a person who will work on Franko’s biography will have to process an enormous amount of material, to know almost all of his written works, to check a lot of letters, and browse through a lot of periodicals. This is a long and tedious process.

According to Yaroslava Melnyk, love should be another important incentive for the biographer: “This is the reason why a person starts doing something. But not only should there be love for the writer or the poet whose life you are describing, but also for other artists and, in general, for the social, literary, and historical processes of that time. For you cannot place, say, Hrushevsky above any other historian only because you infinitely like him. You need to be objective.”

Yaroslava Melnyk stressed that the biographer should also be morally responsible: “The true biographer cannot afford to distort the history of a great man’s life, to hide the facts or vice versa – to mention things which did not happen. We should be particularly cautious about the secrets of others, because everyone has the right to privacy.”

“A good biography is the one which shows all possible points of view with regard to a certain person, reveals both their good and bad sides,” Yaroslava Melnyk noted, finishing her speech. – Biography is a genre which should be readable, since it is intended for a wide range of readers.”

Then, the meeting turned into a dialog, during which students and teachers of the University of Lviv discussed with Yaroslava Melnyk various aspects of Franko’s biography, as well as the peculiarities of the researcher’s scientific activities.

An annual report was approved at the Ivan Franko International Fund

On Friday, September 28, 2018, a meeting of the members of “Ivan Franko International Fund” charitable organization was held.

During the meeting, the members were familiarized with a report prepared by Ihor Kurus, director and administrator of the Fund.

During the year, Ivan Franko International Fund managed to increase the number of countries from which came the scholars who took part in the Ivan Franko International Prize, and this concerns both the applicants and experts. The number of universities that submitted scientific works for the Prize also increased.

Together with the Ministry of Education and the “Lviv Association in Kyiv”, we launched a new project for schoolchildren – the all-Ukrainian literary and artistic contest for students “Stezhkamy Kameniara” [Following the Path of the Kamenyar (Franko’s pen-name was Kamenyar, which means “mason” in Ukrainian – translator’s note)], in which 1,811 schoolchildren from all regions of Ukraine participated. The Fund continued to manage its projects: the Ivan Franko International Prize and the apartment of Ivan Franko’s family in Kyiv, which is now a museum.

In addition, during the reporting period we carried out the award ceremony for the 2018 Prize laureates; 4 press conferences; 8 lectures given by laureates; 3 public events in memory of Ivan Franko, and the Fund’s presentation at the University of Łomża (Poland). We have also signed a Memorandum of cooperation with the Kinorob studio, which is working on the Zahar Berkut historical movie, and organized the relevant consultations.

Fund’s director and administrator, I. Kurus said that during the reporting period, the Directorate continued to actively work on attracting benefactors and partners of the Fund. In particular, 391 325 UAH of charitable funds were transferred to the Fund’s accounts. The Fund’s participants expressed their gratitude to those who made charitable contributions to the Fund during the reporting period. They in particular include: Mykhailo Khomiak (Lviv), Mykhailo Tsymbaliuk (Lviv), Kateryna Yushchenko (Kyiv), Vitalii Romanchukevych (Kyiv), Ihor Kobyletskyi (Boryslav), Ihor Yavorskyi (Boryslav), Mykhailo Benko (Kyiv), as well as the following companies: “RESPECT” SPA-hotel from Skhidnytsa, “YUMAS” LLC Law Firm from Kyiv, and “Karpaty” hotel and recreation complex from Truskavets.

Fund’s expenses were also covered by benefactors who wished to remain anonymous. Thus, the Fund’s budget in the reporting period is balanced and amounts to 1 018 948 UAH.

According to the results of the review, Fund’s participants approved the annual report of the “Ivan Franko International Fund” charitable organization for the period from September 1, 2017 to September 28, 2018, and the main financial indicators.

At the meeting, members of the “Ivan Franko International Fund” charitable organization also made amendments to the Regulation “On the Ivan Franko International Prize” and the Regulation “On the International Jury of the Ivan Franko International Prize”.

Composition of the new Board of the Fund was also approved.



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