Year XVІ, Issue 7–8 (177–178)

August 2012
Mykhailo Minakov. A Short History of Color Revolutions
Tamara Martsenyuk. Ukrainian Politics: Women Are Not Welcome?
Tamara Hundorova. “Verka Serdiuchka’s Mask: Feminization of Transgression in Post-Totalitarian Culture
Igor Torbakov. A Parting of Ways: The Russian (Imperial) State and Russian Nationalism in Historical Perspective
Oleksandr Potekhin. An Apology for a Geopolitical Syndrome
Andreas Umland. The Eurasian Projects of Putin and Dugin: Searching for a Match
Discussion:
   John-Paul Himka. Myths of National Consolidation, the Holodomor, and the Holocaust: A Response to Roman Serbyn
   Roman Serbyn. On the Ukrainian Genocide, Lemkin, and Himkian Dialectics
Geoffrey Wheatcroft. What Rupert Hath Wrought
Maksym Karpovets. All That Jazz Pattern
Vasyl Makhno. Green Dog Days

 

Summary

The July–August, 2012 issue of Krytyka opens with “A Short History of Color Revolutions” by the Ukrainian political scientist and analyst Mykhailo Minakov who reviews the consequences of the color revolutions in various post-Soviet countries, the interpretations of the phenomenon that have appeared since that time, and the lessons that transition societies can learn from them. 

In her “Ukrainian Politics: Women Are Not Welcome?” sociologist Tamara Martsenyuk of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy examines women’s access to Ukrainian politics, in particular the number of women that stand for public office, their quota in the party lists of candidates, and also the public opinion on the matter. Tamara Hundorova of the Institute of Literature of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences elaborates on this issue by focusing on the gender factor and its performative and imagological forms as well as its functions in Ukrainian transitional social media. In her “Verka Serdiuchka’s Mask: Feminization of Transgression in Post-Totalitarian Culture” Professor Hundorova analyzes the public images of the famous drag-queen Verka Sierdiuchka (Andrii Danylko) and former prime minister (now political prisoner) Yulia Tymoshenko. The second part of this article will appear in the next issue of Krytyka.

Igor Torbakov, senior fellow at the Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies of Uppsala University (Sweden), explores in his article “A Parting of Ways: The Russian (Imperial) State and Russian Nationalism in Historical Perspective” the complicated issues of the inherent tension between the notions of Russkii and Rossiiskii, the relationship between the ethno-cultural and the political understandings of Russianness, and the parting of ways between Russian nationalists and the Kremlin leadership.

In his “An Apology for a Geopolitical Syndrome” Oleksandr Potekhin, Professor and Head of the Humanities Studies Department at Kyiv Law University of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, focuses on the profound contradictions and ambiguities in the approach to Kremlin foreign policy in the book Post-Imperium: a
Eurasian Story by Dmitri Trenin, the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center.

Andreas Umland, associate professor of political science at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in his piece “The Eurasian Projects of Putin and Dugin: Searching for a Match” highlights the divergences in the Eurasianist visions of Russian president Vladimir Putin and ideologist Alexander Dugin that exist despite the common origins and backgrounds these visions share. The author argues that Dugin rather serves as a foil here, setting off in this fashion Putin’s idea of a “Eurasian Union,” the approach Putin had outlined as his foreign policy initiative before coming back to the presidency in 2011 John-Paul Himka, history professor at the University of Alberta, and Canadian historian Roman Serbyn, professor emeritus at the Universitй du Quebec а Montreal, continue their earlier discussion (see Krytyka #6, 2012).

In his “Myths of National Consolidation, the Holodomor, and the Holocaust: A Response to Roman Serbyn” John-Paul Himka responds to some important points Roman Serbyn raised in his “Erroneous Methods in J. – P. Himka’s Challenge to Ukrainian Myths”, with special focus on their disagreements regarding the attitude one takes to national myths, and on the understanding of the Ukrainian genocide. Roman Serbyn in his “On the Ukrainian Genocide, Lemkin, and Himkian Dialectics” questions both John-Paul Himka’s concept of genocide, and his concept of memory and memory politics.

Geoffrey Wheatcroft, British journalist and writer, recounts the details of the News of the World hacking scandal in 2007, the story of Rupert Murdoch’s astonishing rise as a media mogul, and reveals his enormous influence on British politics in his “What Rupert Hath Wrought!” which appeared in The New York Review of Books (vol. 59, No. 11) and which Krytyka presents in Ukrainian translation as the exclusive partner of NYRB in Ukraine.

In his “All That Jazz Pattern” Maksym Karpovets, philosophy scholar at Ostrog Academy, explores the nuances of the apparent and the hidden links between jazz
and cinema, their unending interpenetration and the dialogue between them. Vasyl Makhno, a Ukrainian poet and essayist living in New York City, concludes the issue with “Green Dog Days,” an essay on his experiences in Nicaragua during an off-season vacation.

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