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Ivan Franko International Prize 2024: the next stage is to determine 3 nominees

The Ivan Franko International Prize Committee has completed reception of the scholarly paper submitted for the contest and has commenced the following stage of expert evaluation, which is to last till 10 May 2024.

The Ivan Franko International Prize Committee has withdrawn the scholarly paper by Professor Tinatin Mshvidobadze (Georgia) from the contest inasmuch the submitted documents do not comply with the requirements of the Provision on the Prize.

The Committee has resolved to admit the scholarly paper by the Candidate of Philology, Docent of the Ukrainian Studies Department of Kharkiv University of Humanities “People’s Ukrainian Academy” Olena Ilina, which arrived at the Fund on 5 March 2024 due to the lack of the internet access in the academic institution pursuant to the shelling of Kharkiv by muscovite invaders.

The Prize Committee has launched the procedure of submitting the following 12 papers for expert evaluation:

JOANNA GETKA, Habilitated Doctor, Professor of the University of Warsaw and JOLANTA DARCZEWSKA, PhD, monograph “Rus’ Abducted? Russia’s War over the Identity of Ukraine”, Warsaw: The University of Warsaw Press, 2022.

SUBMITTED BY: The University of Warsaw Press (Poland).

VASYL GRESHCHUK, Doctor of Philology, Professor of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, academic publication “Hutsul Dialect Vocabulary and Phrasemics in the Ukrainian Belletristic Language. Dictionary” (Vol.1. А – М 2019; Vol.2. Н – Я 2020; Appendix. Onymic vocabulary. 2023).

SUBMITTED BY: Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University (Ukraine).

OLENA ILINA, Candidate of Philology, Docent of the Ukrainian Studies Department of Kharkiv University of Humanities “People’s Ukrainian Academy”, monograph “Archetypal Concepts of Ukrainian Artistic Language Thinking”. – Kharkiv: I.S. Ivanchenko Publishing House, 2021. – 338 p.

SUBMITTED BY: Kharkiv University of Humanities “People’s Ukrainian Academy” (Ukraine).

MYKOLA ILNYTSKYI, Doctor of Philology, Merited Professor of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, monograph “Ivan Franko: The Antinomy of Nature and Spirit. Explorations and Interpretations”, Lviv: Apriori Publishing House, 2023, 264 p.

SUBMITTED BY: Ivan Franko International Prize Laureate Mykola Lehkyi (Ukraine).

VITALIY MYKHAILOVSKIY, Doctor of History, Docent of the Borys Grinchenko Kyiv Metropolitan University, monograph “History, Language, Geography: Toponyms of Medieval Podillya”, Kyiv: Tempora, 2021, 412 p.

SUBMITTED BY: Ivan Franko International Prize Laureate Professor Leonid Tymoshenko (Ukraine).

IVAN MONOLATII, Doctor of Political Science, Candidate of History, Professor of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, monograph “Ethnoperipherality: participaton of subjects of Western Ukrainian ethnopolitical sphere in interethnic interaction, interstate conflicts and culture of memory”, Drohobych: Posvit, 2022, 576 р.

SUBMITTED BY: Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University (Ukraine).

IHOR NABYTOVYCH, Doctor of Philology, Professor of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin (Poland), monograph Gloria et sacrum. Historical Prose of the Ukrainian Emigration, Lublin, UMCS Publishing House, 2022, 230 p.

SUBMITTED BY: Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin (Poland)

OLEH RAZYHRAYEV, Doctor of History, Professor of the World History Department of the Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University (Lutsk), monograph “The World Behind Bars. Penitentiary System in Volyn and Galicia in 1918–1939”, Drohobych: Kolo, 2023, 688 p. 

SUBMITTED BY: the administration of the Nahuyevychi State Historical and Cultural Reserve (Ukraine).

IRYNA SMETANA, Candidate of Philology, Docent of Simon Kuznets Kharkiv National University of Economics and ANTONINA TYMCHENKO, Candidate of Philology, Docent of Kharkiv I.P. Kotlyarevsky National University of Arts, monograph “In Hidden Thoughts: Motives in the works of Volodymyr Svidzinsky”, Kharkiv: Publisher Oleksandr Savchuk, 2021, 380 p.

SUBMITTED BY: Kharkiv I.P. Kotlyarevsky National University of Arts (Ukraine).

OLEKSIY SOKYRKO, Candidate of History, Docent of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, monograph “Cossack Mars: the State and the Army of the Cossack Hetmanate During the Military Revolution, 1648-1764”, Kyiv: Tempora, 2023, 912 p. 

SUBMITTED BY: Ivan Franko International Prize Laureate Professor Ihor Serdiuk (Ukraine).

FELIKS SHTEINBUK, Doctor of Philology, Professor of Comenius University (Slovakia), monograph “Under “the Sign of Sabaoth”, or “Where…” Ulianenko is”, Kyiv: Dmitry Burago Publishing House, P. 1, 2020, 396 p.; P. 2, 2022, 392 p.

SUBMITTED BY: Zhytomyr Ivan Franko State University (Ukraine).

OLHA SHUMILINA, Doctor of Arts, Professor of the Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy, monograph “The Suprasl Canticles of the End of the 17th Century – a Monument of Basilian Church Music”, (in 3 vols and 2 books, Lviv, 2022. Book 1, 960 p.; Book 2, 984 p.)

SUBMITTED BY: the Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy (Ukraine).

In previous years, the awards were given to Cardinal of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Lubomyr Husar, Professor Michael Moser (University of Vienna), Academician Oleh Shabliy (Ivan Franko National University in Lviv), Professor Yaroslava Melnyk (the Ukrainian Catholic University), Associate Professor Maria Grazia Bartolini (Eastern European University in Helsinki), Professor Ihor Serdyuk (Department of the History of Ukraine, Poltava National Pedagogical University named after V.G. Korolenko), Professor Leonid Tymoshenko (Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University), Head of the Franko Studies Department of the Ivan Franko Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Mykola Lehkyi.

The nominees for the Ivan Franko International Prize 2024 have been announced

The Ivan Franko International Prize Committee has ceased accepting scholarly publications for the Prize, which is awarded to celebrate the scholars whose works constitute a significant contribution to the development of social and/or humanitarian studies, bear international value and are based on the principles of scholarly reception of historical or modern processes in culture, politics and public life of Ukraine.

Within the determined period, the International Fund received 12 monographs by scholars from 4 countries (Georgia, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine). The submissions were initiated by 11 higher education institutions from Warsaw, Zhytomyr, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyshyniv, Lublin, Lviv and Kharkiv, 1 research institution and 3 Prize laureates from previous years.

The name of the Ivan Franko International Prize laureate will be announced in Ivan Franko’s hometown Drohobych on 27 August on his 168th birthday anniversary.

Among the nominees for the Ivan Franko International Prize 2024 are:

TINATIN MSHVIDOBADZE, Associate Professor of Gori State University (Georgia), monograph The Translation History of Ukrainian Literature and Efficiency of Computer Programs in the Creative Processes”, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing 2022, 117 p.

SUBMITTED BY: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (Moldova).

IVAN MONOLATII, Doctor of Political Science, Candidate of History, Professor of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, monograph Ethnoperipherality: participaton of subjects of Western Ukrainian ethnopolitical sphere in interethnic interaction, interstate conflicts and culture of memory”, Drohobych: Posvit, 2022, 576 р.

SUBMITTED BY: Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University (Ukraine).

FELIKS SHTEINBUK, Doctor of Philology, Professor of Comenius University (Slovakia), monograph Under “the Sign of Sabaoth”, or “Where…” Ulianenko is, Kyiv: Dmitry Burago Publishing House, P. 1, 2020, 396 p.; P. 2, 2022, 392 p.

SUBMITTED BY: Zhytomyr Ivan Franko State University (Ukraine).

VASYL GRESHCHUK, Doctor of Philology, Professor of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, academic publication “Hutsul Dialect Vocabulary and Phrasemics in the Ukrainian Belletristic Language. Dictionary” (Vol.1. А – М 2019; Vol.2. Н – Я 2020; Appendix. Onymic vocabulary. 2023).

SUBMITTED BY: Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University (Ukraine).

IHOR NABYTOVYCH, Doctor of Philology, Professor of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin (Poland), monograph Gloria et sacrum. Historical Prose of the Ukrainian Emigration, Lublin, UMCS Publishing House, 2022, 230 p.

SUBMITTED BY: Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin (Poland)

VITALIY MYKHAILOVSKIY, Doctor of History, Docent of the Borys Grinchenko Kyiv Metropolitan University, monograph History, Language, Geography: Toponyms of Medieval Podillya, Kyiv: Tempora, 2021, 412 p.

SUBMITTED BY: Ivan Franko International Prize Laureate Professor Leonid Tymoshenko (Ukraine).

OLEKSIY SOKYRKO, Candidate of History, Docent of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, monograph Cossack Mars: the State and the Army of the Cossack Hetmanate During the Military Revolution, 1648-1764, Kyiv: Tempora, 2023, 912 p. 

SUBMITTED BY: Ivan Franko International Prize Laureate Professor Ihor Serdiuk (Ukraine).

OLEH RAZYHRAYEV, Doctor of History, Professor of the World History Department of the Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University (Lutsk), monograph “The World Behind Bars. Penitentiary System in Volyn and Galicia in 1918–1939, Drohobych: Kolo, 2023, 688 p. 

SUBMITTED BY: the administration of the Nahuyevychi State Historical and Cultural Reserve (Ukraine).

MYKOLA ILNYTSKYI, Doctor of Philology, Merited Professor of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, monograph Ivan Franko: The Antinomy of Nature and Spirit. Explorations and Interpretations, Lviv: Apriori Publishing House, 2023, 264 p.

SUBMITTED BY: Ivan Franko International Prize Laureate Mykola Lehkyi (Ukraine).

JOANNA GETKA, Habilitated Doctor, Professor of the University of Warsaw and JOLANTA DARCZEWSKA, PhD, monograph Rus’ Abducted? Russia’s War over the Identity of Ukraine, Warsaw: The University of Warsaw Press, 2022.

SUBMITTED BY: The University of Warsaw Press (Poland).

OLHA SHUMILINA, Doctor of Arts, Professor of the Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy, monograph “The Suprasl Canticles of the End of the 17th Century – a Monument of Basilian Church Music, (in 3 vols and 2 books, Lviv, 2022. Book 1, 960 p.; Book 2, 984 p.)

SUBMITTED BY: the Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy (Ukraine).

IRYNA SMETANA, Candidate of Philology, Docent of Simon Kuznets Kharkiv National University of Economics and ANTONINA TYMCHENKO, Candidate of Philology, Docent of Kharkiv I.P. Kotlyarevsky National University of Arts, monograph In Hidden Thoughts: Motives in the works of Volodymyr Svidzinsky, Kharkiv: Publisher Oleksandr Savchuk, 2021, 380 p.

SUBMITTED BY: Kharkiv I.P. Kotlyarevsky National University of Arts (Ukraine).

In previous years, the awards were given to Cardinal of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Lubomyr Husar, Professor Michael Moser (University of Vienna), Academician Oleh Shabliy (Ivan Franko National University in Lviv), Professor Yaroslava Melnyk (the Ukrainian Catholic University), Associate Professor Maria Grazia Bartolini (Eastern European University in Helsinki), Professor Ihor Serdyuk (Department of the History of Ukraine, Poltava National Pedagogical University named after V.G. Korolenko), Professor Leonid Tymoshenko (Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University), Head of the Franko Studies Department of the Ivan Franko Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Mykola Lehkyi.

The application process for the Ivan Franko International Prize-2024 has started

Since today and till 1 March, the Ivan Franko International Fund will be accepting scholarly research and accompanying documents for nomination for the Ivan Franko International Prize in 2024.
The scholarly research submitted for the Prize must be of international significance, belong to the realm of social and/or humanitarian studies and consist in scholarly reception of historical or modern processes in culture, politics and public life of Ukraine.
In order to apply, it is mandatory to fill in the electronic form. The monographs nominated for the Prize must be published within the period of 2021-2023 and have ISBN. Three printed copies of the research must be signed by the author and mailed to the address of the Prize Committee (01054, Kyiv, 48A Volodymyrska Str., off. 15).
A research paper may be nominated for the Prize by an academic institution or an institution of tertiary education of Ukraine or any other country with which Ukraine has established diplomatic relations, or by a previous-year Prize Laureate.
The research must comply with Ivan Franko’s description “This work is thoroughly critical, a deed of cold reason, inspired by the idea of single-mindedness and uniqueness…”
Further details of the contest for the Ivan Franko International Prize are stipulated in the Provision.
The Ivan Franko International Prize has been awarded annually since 2016. The Prize Laureate is granted a monetary reward and golden medal. The official ceremony of rewarding the Laureate takes place annually on 27 August, Ivan Franko’s birthday, in his hometown.
In previous years, the awards were given to Cardinal of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Lubomyr Husar, Professor Michael Moser (University of Vienna), Academician Oleh Shabliy (Ivan Franko National University in Lviv), Professor Yaroslava Melnyk (the Ukrainian Catholic University), Associate Professor Maria Grazia Bartolini (Eastern European University in Helsinki), Professor Ihor Serdyuk (Department of the History of Ukraine, Poltava National Pedagogical University named after V.G. Korolenko), Professor Leonid Tymoshenko (Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University), Head of the Franko Studies Department of the Ivan Franko Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Mykola Lehkyi.

 

Ivan Franko International Prize Laureate announced

On Sunday, 27 August, on the 167th anniversary of Ivan Franko’s birthday, Drohobych hosted the seventh ceremony of awarding the Laureate of the Ivan Franko’s International Prize.

This year the highest award in the humanitarian domain was gained by Doctor of Philology, Head of the Franko Studies Department of the Ivan Franko Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Mykola Lehkyi. The prize was awarded for the monograph“Ivan Franko’s prose: poetics, aesthetics, reception in criticism”.

In 2023 the Ivan Franko International Prize short list also included:

Doctor of History Natalia Bilous with the monograph “One step to Eternity. Residents of the cities in Volyn in the light of testaments of the late 16th and 17th centuries”, Kyiv – submitted by the Ivan Franko International Prize Laureate Ihor Serdiuk;
group of authors with the publication “Galician-Volyn Chronicle: Textology”/ ed. by O. Tolochko, Kyiv – submitted by the Institute of History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

Chairman of the Board Sviatoslav Pylypchuk remarked that the Prize Committee and the experts took up weapons to protect their land the way Ivan Franko advised. “Since then, we have become more resilient and powerful. Today’s ceremony of awarding the laureate is a demonstration of our power and resilience. We keep carrying out the mission of the Ivan Franko International Fund, which was initially formulated by its founder Roland Franko, the last grandson of the Great Ukrainian”, emphasized SviatoslavPylypchuk.

In his turn, Director of the Ivan Franko International Fund IhorKurus announced that apart from the financial reward of 200 thousand hryvnias, the Prize Laureate received a gold medal and a diploma. “I am grateful to everyone who has contributed to thissignificant initiative. The Ivan Franko International Prize ceremony proves that despite the war, the Ukrainians are capable of thinking about the most essential – own history, science and education. We must care about the past and future generations even in the times of devastation, sufferings and tragedies. The Ivan Franko International Prize raises hope that we will be able go through these extremely strenuous and daunting times of the Ukrainian reality”, summarized Ihor Kurus.

Background information: the Ivan Franko International Prize was established by the Great Ukranian’s grandson – Roland Franko. The highest award in humanities has been awarded annually since 2016 (except 2022 when the Prize was suspended due to the russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine).

In 2016, the Prize was won by Lubomyr Husar, Major ArchbishopEmeritus of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Cardinal of the Catholic Church.

In 2017, the laureates were Doctor of Slavistics, Professor of the Vienna University, President of the International Association of Ukrainian Studies Michael Moser and Academician, Doctor of Geography, Honorary Doctor of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv Oleh Shabliy.

In 2018, the winners were Doctor of Philology, Professor of the Ukrainian Catholic University and Ukrainian Free University Yaroslava Melnyk and Professor of East European Studies of the Helsinki University Johannes Remy.

In 2019, the award was granted to Doctor of Philology of the University of Milan Maria Gracia Bartolini.

In 2020, the laureate was Doctor of History, Professor of the Department of History of Ukraine of the Poltava V.G. KorolenkoNational Pedagogical University Ihor Serdyuk.

In 2021, the Prize laureate was Doctor of History, Professor of the Drohobych Ivan Franko Pedagogical University Leonid Tymoshenko.

The Ivan Franko International Prize shortlist has been announced

The Ivan Franko International Fund has published the shortlist of nominees for the Award in 2023. The works of all 15 applicants for the Ivan Franko International Prize have been evaluated by 32 scientists of the Expert Council from 6 European countries   Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland.Slovakia and Ukraine. Invariable criteria for evaluating scientific publications submitted for the Prize are the presence of innovative and non-standard approaches to certain phenomena, conceptuality, criticality and systematicity, international context and level. Taking these requirements into account, the members of the Expert Council gave the highest scores and nominated the following three applicants for the Ivan Franko International Prize:

1. NATALIA BILOUS with the monograph “One step to Eternity. Residents of the cities in Volyn in the light of testaments of the late 16th and 17th centuries.” Institute of History of Ukraine NASU, Kyiv “Prostir”, 2021. – 536 p.

2. MYKOLA LEHKYI with the monograph “Ivan Franko’s Prose: Poetics, Aesthetics, Reception in Criticism.” State Institution Ivan Franko Institute at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. – Lviv: Lviv Polytechnic Publishing House, 2021. – 608 p.

3. GROUP OF AUTHORS with the publication “Galician-Volyn Chronicle: Textology” / edited by O. P. Tolochko; NAS of Ukraine, Institute of History of Ukraine. – Kyiv: Akademperiodika, 2020. – 929 p.

The TOP-5 list of scientific works studied by the experts also included: Lviv researcher Solomia Buk with the monograph “Ivan Franko’s great prose: electronic corpus, frequency dictionaries and other interdisciplinary contexts” and Japanese historian Yoshihiko Okabe’s book “History of Japanese-Ukrainian relations 19151937″.

Since the Ivan Franko International Prize was not awarded last year due to the full-scale invasion of the territory of Ukraine by the russian occupying forces, the works submitted in 2022 are competing for the victory this year.The meeting of the international jury of the Award is due to take place in the summer of 2023. The awarding ceremony of the Laureate will traditionally be held in Ivan Franko’s homeland, in the city of Drohobych, on August 27, 2023 – the 167th anniversary of his birth.

For reference: The Ivan Franko International Prize was founded by Roland Franko, the grandson of the Great Kameniar. The highest distinction in the field of humanities has been awarded annually since 2016. The laureates of the Prize receive a monetary reward and a gold badge.

In previous years, the awards were given to Cardinal of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Lubomyr Husar, Professor Michael Moser (University of Vienna), Academician Oleh Shabliy (Ivan Franko National University in Lviv), Professor Yaroslava Melnyk (the Ukrainian Catholic University), Associate Professor Maria Grazia Bartolini (Eastern European University in Helsinki), Professor Ihor Serdyuk (Department of the History of Ukraine, Poltava National Pedagogical University named after V.G. Korolenko), Professor Leonid Tymoshenko (Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University).

UKRAINE’S STOLEN NAMES RETURNED/UKRAINE HAD ITS STOLEN NAMES RETURNED

The city of Drohobych became the venue for the panel discussion “National belonging of the intangible cultural heritage of the 18th-20th centuries: theory and practice”. The scholars from seven European countries discussed the problem how to return to the Ukrainian cultural heritage the iconic figures of the past who were either born or worked on the territory of modern Ukraine and the issue of purification of public spaces in the cities and villages from the imposed heroes of the moscow-soviet empire.

Taking examples from Austria, Italy, Poland, Romania, Ukraine and France the participants examined some practices of forming national heritage with the view how Ukraine should get rid of “alien names” from its cultural heritage and public spaces and whether it is necessary to delete those names in general. The panel agreed that the existence of “alien names” in cities and villages serves as ideological markers of the past which influences the formation of the national self-identification of Ukrainians.

In his speech, Prof. Leszyk Korporowych from Jagiellonian University (Poland) stressed that cultural heritage is an element of human rights and emphasized the importance of intercultural ties.

Prof. Giovanna Brogi at Milan University (Italy), in turn, understands the fact that Ukrainians want to destroy all symbols of the past oppression but called for a more constructive approach. She believes that there is no need to get rid of past names; they need to be processed/ interpreted differently. “Society should understand that these monuments have lost their value for now and they can be moved to other places of public space,” the professor explained.

Victoria Feibois, Associate professor at the University of Strasbourg (France), called to analyze all aspects of past practices and study the genealogy of cultural heritage. In her opinion, this will help us avoid cultural limitations in the study of cultural heritage. “We must study the past but live in the present,” says Ms. Feibois.

Stefan Purici, Doctor of Art History, vice-rector of Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava, shared his experience of overcoming the consequences of Soviet symbols in Romania, and professor at the Italian University in Udine, Emiliano Ranocchi, spoke about his experience of dealing with Mussolini’s legacy. Iryna Sklokina, a researcher at the Center for Urban History of Central-Eastern Europe, talked about the practices in Austrian museums regarding streamlining cultural heritage. And Professor Ihor Nabytovych at Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland provided the example of Aleksander Fredro to illustrate the problems of identification in the so-called borderlands.

Examining Ukrainian practices, People’s Deputy of Ukraine Mykhailo Tsimbalyuk mentioned Mykola Gogol, who in public consciousness appears as a Russian writer, although he was born and worked in Ukraine and wrote many works in Ukrainian. But few people know about it, the politician believes. And the executive director of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, Vladyslav Berkovskyi, shared his experience of supporting iconic figures in the programs of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation and assured that the Foundation will continue to do so in the future.

Prof. Nataliya Kryvda, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, informed the panel participants about the activity of the expert council under the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine on overcoming the consequences of russification. In her opinion, there is no such a thing as universal past. “We are reconstructing it according to the present-day demands; however this work needs to be intensified in order not to miss the “window of opportunities”.

A part of the discussion was to consider the criteria that attempted to identify belonging of famous figures to different cultures. In particular, Professor Volodymyr Masliychuk at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy addressed the ethnic origin of the “awakeners” and national separation, while Natalia Starchenko, Doctor of historical sciences, senior researcher at the Mykhailo Hrushevskyi Institute of Ukrainian Archeography and Source Studies at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, drew attention to the school curriculum. At the same time, Doctor Starchenko believes that we actually abandoned a whole period of Ukrainian history – the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Commonwealth of Nations, where there are many Ruthenian (Ukrainian) cultural markers: Gediminids, Jan Kysil, Lavryn Drevlynskyi, Yevstakhii Gizel. She proposed to choose the criteria for the formation of the pantheon and believes that they should be different for different historical periods, especially for the imperial one.

Ihor Serdyuk , Laureate of the 2020 Ivan Franko International Prize, Professor at the Poltava National Pedagogical University believes that we should return unknown names that played an important role in preserving culture in the past, because they “stitch” Ukraine together despite their local character. On the other hand, according to Prof. Serdyuk, we need to have experts trust restored so that society should listen to them.

Professor Taras Vintskovskyi at Odesa I.I.Mechnikov National University spoke about the Ukrainian political meso-elites of the revolutionary period of 1917-1921 and about the discussions and commemorative practices taking place in the public space of modern Odesa. Ihor Stambol, Candidate of historical sciences, Associate Professor at Borys Grinchenko Kyiv Metropolitan University, secretary of the Ukrainian Slavists’ Committee, drew attention to the importance of creating a biographical dictionary.

I.Franko researcher Sviatoslav Pylypchuk, Director of the Institute of Franko Studies at the Ivan Franko National University in Lviv, Prof. Mykola Zymomria and Prof. Halyna Sabat (Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University) illustrated Ivan Franko’s position on various issues that were discussed.

During the event, Valentina Kyrylova presented the book Nomina and talked about her own criteria for those selected figures whose short biographies were included in the collection.

At the beginning, the panel participants were addressed with a welcome speech by Drohobych Mayor Taras Kuchma, Volodymyr Buhrov, Rector of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Michael Moser, President of the International Association of Ukrainianists, Iryna Hrymak, Head of the Lviv Regional Council, Prof.Mykola Pantyuk, Vice-rector of Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University and Bohdan Lazorak, Director of the State Historical and Cultural Reserve “Naghuyevychi”.

All participants agreed that the law on decommunization was important but it did not fully complete its mission. The participants were also unanimous that the criterion-framework methods presented by the director of the Ivan Franko International Foundation, Ihor Kurus, should be discussed in the nearest future.

The panel discussion consisted of three parts. Ihor Kurus was the moderator of the discussion “Ukrainian experience of decommunization and decolonization of the national pantheon (practical cases)”. The second panel “Culture of memory, imperial heritage and debatable figures (experience of other countries – the Republic of Poland, Austria, Italy, Romania, Great Britain and France) was moderated by Andriy Shevchenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada (2015-2021), co-founder of Media Center Ukraine. And the third panel discussion “Historical figures and their identification in modern and future Ukraine” was moderated by Yaroslav Harasym, doctor of philological sciences, professor at I. Franko National University of Lviv.

The event was held in memory of Ivan Franko, on the 166th anniversary of his birth. 107 scholars, public and political figures took part in the panel discussion live and online. Among the participants were the poet’s great-grandchildren – Lyuba Halushchak and Petro Halushchak.

Co-organizers and partners of the event are the Ivan Franko International Foundation, Drohobych City Council, International Association of Ukrainianists, Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, Lviv Regional Military Administration, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University, State Historical and Cultural Reserve “Naghuyevychi”, Kyiv Museum of Prominent Figures of Ukrainian Culture, All-Ukrainian Association of Teachers of Ukrainian Language and Literature, Media Center Ukraine, Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, Information Agency “Hal-info”, Information web-site “Photographs of Old Lviv”.

To the 166th anniversary of Ivan Franko’s birth

On August 27, 2022 on the 166th anniversary of Ivan Franko’s birth, a Panel discussion – “National belonging of intangible cultural heritage of the 18th-20th centuries: theory and practice” – will be held in Naghuyevichy and Drohobych. During the event, we are going to develop methodological recommendations and criteria for the classification of iconic figures to the Ukrainian cultural and historical heritage.
Scholars from Austria, Great Britain, Italy, Poland, Romania and Ukraine will take part in the event. Among the main speakers are:   Giovanna Brogi (Milan),  Michael Moser (Vienna), Olenka Pevny (Cambridge), Victoire Feuillebois (Strasbourg), Stefan Purici (Suceava), а також Volodymyr Bugrov (Kyiv), Vladyslav Berkovskyi (Kyiv), Yaroslav Harasym (Lviv),  Natalia Kryvda (Kyiv), Ihor Svarnyk (Lviv), Taras Vintskovskyi (Odesa), Iryna Sklokina (Lviv), Ihor Serdyuk (Poltava), Andriy Shevchenko (Kyiv) and other famous scientists and public figures.
The panel discussion “National affiliation of the intangible cultural heritage of the 18th-20th centuries: theory and practice” will have 3 parts:
1. Ukrainian experience of decommunization and decolonization of the national pantheon (practical cases).
2. Culture of memory, imperial heritage and debatable figures (experience of other countries – the Republic of Poland, Austria, UK, Italy, Romania, France).
3. Historical figures and their identification in modern and future Ukraine.
To participate in the Panel discussion you can sign up via the link: https://forms.gle/rfW2GyDs4TM1FvecA.
 
The Panel discussion will take place “live” and online.
 
Co-organizers and partners of the event:
Ivan Franko International Found, Drohobytsk City Council, International Association of Ukrainianists, Taras Shevchenko National University Kiev, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Drohobych State Pedagogical University, State Historical and Cultural Reserve «Naguevichi», Kyiv museum of prominent figures of Ukrainian culture, All-Ukrainian Association of Teachers of Ukrainian Language and Literature.
Information partners: Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, Media Center Ukraine, Gal-info Information Agency.

The award of the Ivan Franko International Prize has been postponed

The Board of the Ivan Franko International Foundation has decided to postpone all the related procedures  determining the winner and award of the Ivan Franko International Prize in 2022 to the following year. Due to the fact that on February 24, 2022 the russian federation carried out an armed attack on Ukraine starting the war, it is impossible to implement activities and events planned in the calendar.
In 2022, the Prize Committee has received 14 scientific papers from Ukraine, Austria and Japan. All the works of the nominees for the 2022 award will be submitted to the nomination committees and expert councils after the cessation of hostilities in Ukraine.
After the end of the war, scientific papers and supporting documents for the Ivan Franko International Prize in 2023 shall be received in the due period – from January 15 to March 1, 2023 .
The winners of the Ivan Franko International Prize will be determined by members of the International Jury separately for 2022 and 2023. The award ceremony will traditionally take place on August 27 – Ivan Franko’s birthday – in his homeland.
We remind you that the Ivan Franko International Prize has been awarded annually since 2016. The winner of the Prize receives a cash prize and a gold badge.
In previous years, the awards were given to Cardinal of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Lubomyr Husar, Professor Michael Moser (University of Vienna), Academician Oleh Shabliy (Ivan Franko National University in Lviv), Professor Yaroslava Melnyk (the Ukrainian Catholic University), Associate Professor Maria Grazia Bartolini (Eastern European University in Helsinki), Professor Ihor Serdyuk (Department of the History of Ukraine, Poltava National Pedagogical University named after V.G. Korolenko), Professor Leonid Tymoshenko (Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University).

APPEAL to universities, scientific institutions and research centers of the world

At a time when Ukraine has become the epicenter of global geopolitical changes, the Ivan Franko International Foundation, together with Ukrainian scholars-humanitarians, appeals to the world scientific community, universities, international organizations and research centers to unite efforts to cleanse the world of pseudo-scientific doctrine of “The Russian world” and re-discover Ukraine to the world and the world to Ukraine.

World science in general and humanities scholars in particular, must respond to geopolitical changes by discovering Ukraine to the world in a systemic way. Ukrainians’ stubborn resistance to the Russian aggressor came as a surprise because the world knows too little about Ukraine. One of the reasons for this is that the history of Central and Eastern Europe, Slavic studies, Russian studies, etc. are broadcast to the West mainly through Moscow involvement. This is also one of the components of hybrid information warfare. The quality of such Russian broadcast was out of the question. A collective letter in support of the Russian army’s invasion of Ukraine and the de facto genocide of the Ukrainian people by rectors of 700 Russian universities testifies that Russian science serves Russia’s imperial whims, military-industrial complex, forms historical myths, and facilitates fueling chauvinism and Russian Nazism.

It is time to speak about Slavic studies in general and Ukraine in particular, as part of a free Europe (with its history and culture) from the standpoint of a free, open science devoid of Moscow’s ideological invasion.

We urge you to open new Ukrainian studies centers today – departments at leading universities, institutes, curricula and research programs. Large-scale translation projects should be launched today, and international platforms should be set up to organize a complete and comprehensive cleansing of Slavic, Russian, and Ukrainian studies from pseudo-scientific claims and narratives formed in world science under the influence of Russian fictitious claims.

Together, and only together we shall liberate the world from Russian psychic and military aggression, and the world science from Moscow’s imperial fakes! And may life overcome death, and the light of knowledge overcome darkness!

The Ivan Franko International Foundation is a non-governmental public organization established in 2015 by Ivan Franko’s grandson Roland. Since 2016, the Foundation has been holding the Ivan Franko International Prize aimed to develop critical thinking and a competitive scientific environment in society, to incorporate Ukrainian humanities into the world and to discover Ukraine to the world. During its existence, the scientists from Austria, Italy, Ukraine and Finland became laureate of the Prize.

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

On January 15, the Ivan Franko International Foundation has started accepting  research papers for the Ivan Franko International Prize in 2022.

To participate in the competition, you must fill out and attach the required documents in electronic form, and three copies of the scientific work in printed form are sent by post to the address of the Prize Committee (01054, Kyiv, Volodymyrska Street, 48A, office 15).

Applicant research papers should be of international importance, belong to social and humanitarian sciences and be based on scientific understanding of historical or contemporary processes in the culture, politics and public life of Ukraine.

Scientific papers (monographs) and supporting documents will be accepted from January 15 to March 1, 2022. The monographs should be published in 2019-2021 and have an ISBN.

A research paper may be recommended for the Prize by an academic institution, a higher education institution of Ukraine and the countries with which Ukraine has diplomatic relations, or the previous winners of the Prize.

Research must comply with position of Ivan Franko, expressed during his life: “this work is thoroughly critical, the work of a cold mind, inspired by a great idea of entirety and originality…”

Requirements for participation in the competition for the Ivan Franko International Prize can be found at http://frankoprize.com.ua/index.php/en/2016/02/01/603/

The Ivan Franko International Prize has been awarded annually since 2016. Prize winners receive a cash award and a gold badge.

The awarding ceremony takes place annually on August 27 – the birthday of Ivan Franko in his homeland.

We will remind you that in 2016, the Prize was won by Lubomyr Husar, Major Archbishop Emeritus of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Cardinal of the Catholic Church. In 2017, the winners were Michael Moser, Professor of the University of Vienna, President of the International Ukrainian Association and Oleh Shabliy, Academician, Professor Emeritus of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. The winners in 2018 were Professor of Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv) and Ukrainian Free University (Munich) Yaroslava Melnyk and Associate Professor of the Department of Eastern European History at the Helsinki University Johannes Remy. In 2019, the award went to Doctor of Philology at the University of Milan, Maria Grazia Bartolini. In 2020 the Prize was won by Ihor Serdyuk, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor of the Department of Ukrainian History of V. G.  Korolenko Poltava National Pedagogical University. In 2021, the Prize was won by Leonid Tymoshenko, Professor of Drohobych Ivan Franko Pedagogical University.



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