Civil Society in Ukraine Post-Euromaidan

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S450

In this workshop, Dr. Olga Burlyuk will present the book Civil Society in Post-Euromaidan Ukraine: From Revolution to Consolidation, which she co-edited with Dr. Natalia Shapovalova. This book is among the first comprehensive efforts to collectively and academically investigate the legacy of the Euromaidan in conflict-torn Ukraine within the domain of civil society broadly understood. The contributions to this book identify, describe, conceptualize, and explain various developments in Ukrainian civil society and its role in Ukraine’s democratization, state-building, and conflict resolution by looking at specific understudied sectors and by tracing the situation before, during, and after the Euromaidan. In doing so, this trailblazing collection highlights a number of new themes, challenges, and opportunities related to Ukrainian civil society. They include volunteerism, grassroots community-based activism, social activism of churches, civic efforts of building peace and reconciliation, civic activism of journalists and mediators, digital activism, activism of think tanks and expert coalitions, the LGBT movement, challenges of civil society relations with the state, and the closing of civic space.

Dr. Burlyuk is a Visiting Scholar at HURI and an FWO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for EU Studies, Ghent University (Belgium). Olga’s research interests are situated at the intersection of EU/European studies (with a focus on external policies of the European Union) and Ukrainian studies (with a focus on Ukraine’s socio-political transformation). She has recently published an edited book on Civil Society in post-Euromaidan Ukraine (2018, Ibidem-Press/CUP, with Dr. Natalia Shapovalova) and a special issue on Unintended Consequences of EU External Action (2019, The International Spectator, with Dr. Gergana Noutcheva). Her publications have appeared, among others, in the Journal of Common Market Studies, East European Politics and Societies, East European Politics, Hague Journal on the Rule of Law, Kyiv-Mohyla Law and Politics Journal and edited volumes published with Routledge, Palgrave and Ibidem-Press. Olga holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Kent (UK), an MA in European Studies from Maastricht University (NL) and a Master in Law from the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (UA).

Post-Communist Politics and Economics Workshop Seeks Participants for Spring 2019

The Post-Communist Politics and Economics Workshop, chaired by Davis Center associates Oxana Shevel and Dmitry Gorenburg, is looking for presenters and participants for the spring semester. We meet at noon on alternate Fridays during the semester.

The workshop is designed for scholars at any level to present work in progress, including draft articles, book proposals, practice job talks, etc, in order to get feedback from other scholars in the community. For written work, papers are distributed to participants a week ahead of the meeting with the expectation that participants will have read the work prior to the meeting. The meetings start with a short (5-10 minute) presentation by the author summarizing the work and discussing how it may be situated in the larger project. This is followed by discussion. Practice job talks generally proceed as normal practice job talks, with no written paper provided in advance. No RSVP is required to attend the meetings.

We ask that participants who present papers commit to attending most of the sessions, so that there is a critical mass of discussants for the presenters.

The list of open dates is below. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Dmitry Gorenburg directly at Please include a list of 2-3 dates that would work for you and a tentative title or topic of your presentation.

  • Feb 1: Cristina Boboc, Ph.D candidate, Ghent University; Visiting Research Fellow, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies / Paper: "Middle class limited edition?" State Modernization and Middle Class Subjectivities in Post-Soviet Urban Azerbaijan
  • Feb 15: Viktoriya Sereda, Research Fellow, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute; Associate Professor, Ukrainian Catholic University / Paper: Displaced Cultural Spaces and Hierarchies of Belonging: The Case of Refugees from the Donbass and Crimea
  • Mar 1: Joe Colleyshaw, Graduate Student in Slavic Studies, Brown University / Paper: Re-building the Past: The Monumental Propaganda Programme of the Russian Historical War Society
  • Mar 15: Olga Burlyuk, Visiting Scholar, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute; FWO Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for EU Studies, Ghent University / Paper: Civil Society in Ukraine Post-Euromaidan
  • Mar 29:
  • Apr 12:
  • Apr 26:

Olga Burlyuk, Visiting Scholar, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute; FWO Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for EU Studies, Ghent University

To RSVP and receive the paper in advance of the meeting, please see below. For additional papers, write to Dmitry Gorenburg at

Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

For more information, please call 617-495-4037.