Call for Submissions: Krytyka Discussion Forum on Race and Postcolonialism

January 2017
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We invite authors to contribute to this exciting new series at Krytyka, Ukraine’s leading intellectual journal celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017. The Discussion Forum is geared towards general audience and will be published on Krytyka’s website in English and Ukrainian.

Recent events involving racial violence – bodily, structural, and symbolic – might serve as points of reference for mutual North American-Ukrainian introductions to terms for thinking about race that teach and enlighten, rather than constrain and divide.

Our primary aim is to build connections, intersections, and dialogue around conceptions of race and postcolonialism across sites within and between Ukraine and North America. Now is an especially critical time in which to expand transatlantic dialogue in these areas, due to the rapid flow of news media images of race-based violence in the U.S., and their broadcasting to consumers throughout the world, including Ukraine and the Eastern European region.

For many, discussing past conflicts in Ukraine involves recalling notions of violence and prejudice that evoke political prosecution based on ethnic, cultural, religious or linguistic identity, with local historical precedents. Our hope is to make visible through dialogue similarities in individual and collective struggles for dignity that are much older than many may know, or admit.

Particular questions we seek to raise include but are not limited to the following:

  • How does the Soviet past shape perceptions of race and hegemony today?
  • Do constructions of race operate in the U.S. and/or Canada along similar lines? 
  • What are the geographical underpinnings of ideas of race and social movements across Western / Post-Soviet contexts? Who are its opponents?
  • What kind of public statements of denial, accusation, or responsibility have surfaced? 
  • How is the conversation circulating on the ground?
  • Where are the debates and points of agreement/disagreement among scholars about definitions of postcolonialism?
  • Are there specific disagreements among those who are working at the crossroads of the North American academy and its engagement with post-Soviet and non-Western counterparts/others/interlocutors? 
  • How does the script shift when considering neoliberalism, and changes at the level of the state?

This Discussion Forum aims to translate and expand vocabularies for discussing race and issues of postcolonialism for Krytyka's readership. We invite interested authors to open their contributions with some key terms and concepts for those who may be new to critical topics and areas that you are a specialist on. 

We welcome multiple formats. Articles should be written for an interested, intellectually aware general audience and include source information for citations and arguments referred to. Submissions will be accepted in English, Ukrainian, and Russian. Submissions should not exceed the length of 2000 words, and will not be peer-reviewed. Submissions should include a 100 word summary and a brief biography of the author, as well as a photograph in author photo format.

Discussion Forum Editors:

Dr. Jessica Zychowicz, cultural history and gender studies scholar
Grace Mahoney, literary and visual art scholar, translator
Dr. Oleh Kotsyuba, literary scholar

Deadline: Please submit a 300-word proposal by February 20, 2017.

Your submissions and all questions please direct to Dr. Kotsyuba at

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