Year XVII, Issue 1-2 (183-184)

February 2013
Ievhen Holovakha. The Social Contract, the Authorities, and Reform in Ukraine
Timothy Garton Ash. Freedom & Diversity: A Liberal Pentagram for Living Together
Alisa Novichkova. Democracy Sees Others
Ludmila Males. Social Perception As Constituted by Others
Victoria Narizhna. Children in Danger, and Panic in Society
Olha Plakhotnik. To Keep Silent, to Keep Speaking, to Keep Hope Alive
Oksana Kis. What Kind of Women’s History for Ukraine?
Michael Moser. The Funhouse of Language Policy in Ukraine
Mykola Riabchuk. Concerning the 'Coran'
Tomasz Stryjek. Historians vs. Politics in Ukrainian Humanities, 2005-2011
Mykhajlo Gauchman. The Jews of the Region, or the Region of Jews
Yuri Radchenko. Only Memories
Iryna Zakharchuk. A Polyphony Behind the Trappings of an Official Solo
Andrii Drozda. Military Campaigns Pay Dividends
Jurko Prokhasko. Genius or Genius Loci



The January-February, 2013 issue of Krytyka opens with “The Social Contract, the Authorities, and Reform in Ukraine” by Ievhen Holovakha of the Institute of Sociology of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. He examines the lack of success in the social contract in post-Soviet Ukraine and of the questionable prospects for one in the future, and also considers the question of reforms in general. 

Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies and Isaiah Berlin Professional Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, challenges the subject of modern liberalism as applied to the conditions of a contemporary, multicultural society in his “Freedom & Diversity: A Liberal Pentagram for Living Together,” which appeared in The New York Review of Books (vol. 59, No. 18) and which Krytyka presents in Ukrainian translation as the exclusive partner of the NYRB in Ukraine.

In her essay “Democracy Sees Others,” Alisa Novichkova of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy examines the criterion of democracy as a concept and the challenges that attend to it in a changing world.

The Ukrainian sociologist Ludmila Males reviews a book by Iuliia Soroka, The Native, the Strange, the Different: Sociocultural Perspectives of the Perception of the Other. In her “Social Perception As Constituted by Others” she praises the author both for her original approach to the issue of Others, and for the thoroughresearch behind it.

In her article “Children in Danger, and Panic in Society” Victoria Narizhna, a translator, poet, and psychoanalyst, explores the ambivalent consequences of the moral panic at the sexuality of adolescents and the challenging issue of children’s rights.

Olha Plakhotnik, a sociologist from Kharkiv, continues on the question of Others in her “To Keep Silent, to Keep Speaking, to Keep Hope Alive,” in which she reviews a recently publishedstudy of the social practices and legislative control of LGTBfamilies in Ukraine. Oksana Kis, a Ukrainian historian and gender scholar, gives an extensive overview of the mainstream narratives of Ukrainian women’s history in her “What Kind of Women’s History for Ukraine?”

Michael Moser, Professor of the Institute for Slavic Studies at the University of Vienna, exposes the hypocrisy of recent innovationsin Ukrainian language policy in his “The Funhouse of Language Policy in Ukraine.” In his “Concerning the “Koran”,” Mykola Riabchuk, a Ukrainian critic and columnist, reviews The Cossack Myth. History and Nationhood in the Age of Empires by Serhii Plokhy. In his new book, the Harvard historian explores the fascinating story of the History of Rus’, the question of authorship and the impact of this text both on Ukrainian, and Russian culture in the 19th century.

Tomasz Stryjek of the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences examines the state of Ukrainian humanities after the Orange Revolution with a special focus on the writings of two historians and public intellectuals – Yaroslav Hrytsak and Andrii Portnov. The second part of his “Historians vs. Politics in Ukrainian Humanities, 2005-2011” will appear in the March-April issue of Krytyka.

The Ukrainian historian Mykhajlo Hauchman reviews the Ukrainian anthology of selected articles from the British annual «Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry. In his “The Jews of the Region, or the Region of Jews” he reflects both upon the modernization of the concept of Polish Jewry as presented in Ukrainian translation, and the modernization of the Central European region in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The next – and tragic – period of Jewish history in this region is the focus of the review “Only Memories” by Yuriy Radchenko of Karazin Kharkiv National University. Radchenko writes on the book Light in Darkness by Phyllis Sterling Jacobs, which contains the memoirs of Simon Sterling’s survival of the Holocaust as told to his daughter, the author.

Alexander Gogun of the University of Potsdam and Iryna Zakharchuk of Rivne State Humanitarian University review a book Nepryborkane riznoholossia: Druha svitova vijna I suspilno-politychni nastroji v Ukrajni, 1939 – cherven 1941 (A Discordance of Many Voices: The Second World War and the Social and Political Trends in Ukraine 1939 – June, 1941) by Ukrainian historian Vladyslav Hrynevych. Gogun examines Hrynevych’s approach to the contradictions of pre-War Ukraine while in her “A Polyphony Behind the Trappings of an Official Solo” Iryna Zakharchuk focuses on his research into private and military narratives, national identities, and multiple ways of codifying violence. 

In his “Military Campaigns Pay Dividends,” the Lviv literary critic Andriy Drozda gives an overview of four novels by Ukrainian authors on the Second World War that were published in 2012, as well as novels on similar topics published earlier. Drozda explores the phenomenon of their success and the recent shift of this topic into mass literature. 

The issue concludes with the first part of “Genius or Genius Loci,” an essay by Jurko Prokhasko, the Ukrainian Germanist and translator. Here Prokhasko looks for a clue to unravel the riddle of why some cities, beginning with his native city, Lviv, have particular success in science and the arts. The second part of his essay will appear in the March-April issue of Krytyka.

In his “Dancing in the Dark” Bohdan Storokha of Poltava National University meditates on the elaborate patterns in the correspondence between Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann, between Paul Celan and Max Frisch, and also between Ingeborg Bachmann and Gisèle Celan-Lestrange. The letters have been recently published in Ukrainian translation.

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