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17:15 - 19:00 3 November 2010

Seminar Series of UCL Centre for the Study of Central Europe: Liberalism, populism, and nationalism among the Ukrainian Catholic clergy of Austrian Galicia


433 | SSEES Building (link Map)
16 Taviton Street | London | WC1H 0BHW |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Dr Frank Sysyn, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta, Frank E. Sysyn is director of the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, and editor in chief of the Hrushevsky Translation Project. A specialist in Ukrainian and Polish history, he is the author of Between Poland and the Ukraine: The Dilemma of Adam Kysil, 1600-1653 (1985), Mykhailo Hrushevsky: Historian and National Awakener (2001), and studies on the Khmelnytsky Uprising, Ukrainian historiography, and early modern Ukrainian political culture. He is also coauthor, with Serhii Plokhy, of Religion and Nation in Modern Ukraine (2003). Dr. Sysyn serves on the editorial boards of the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, Harvard Ukrainian Studies, and the Journal of Ukrainian Studies.

At the end of the eighteenth century, the Hapsburgs elevated the Uniate Church into the Greek Catholic Church in the lands annexed from Poland. The Josephist model of the priest as a pastor bonus transformed Ruthenian clergymen into civic and cultural leaders of their flocks. After the emancipation of the peasantry in 1848 and the penetration of the Ukrainian movement from the Russian Empire into Galicia, a new type of priest, the Ukrainian populist, emerged. In organizing their largely peasant parishioners in national, social, and economic activities, the Ukrainian populist clergymen shaped the modernization process in the countryside. Father Mykhailo Zubrytsâkyi (1856-1919), village pastor, scholar, publicist, and political activist, has often been viewed as an ideal Ukrainian populist clergyman. On the basis of his writings, the lecture will examine how diverse trends in religious, social, and political thought combined and contended in the clerical version of Ukrainian populism.


Dr Philipp Mueller


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