Ukraïnica: An Ever-Expanding Resource for Teaching Ukraine

Source: HURI announcement 

The Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University (HURI), in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute, has launched a new and expanding tool for educators and researchers to incorporate Ukraine into their courses or build new courses centered on Ukraine.

Ukraïnica: The Primary Database of Ukrainian Studies is a platform that connects a growing database of Ukrainian literary works, historical documents, and films in high-quality English translation with a syllabus-building tool for creating and exporting editable reading lists with references for primary and secondary course materials. The database, which already includes more than 200 primary and secondary sources, is browsable by genre, trope, period, decade, discipline, and author or film director. The individual source entries include, when possible, a bibliographic citation (Chicago Manual of Style), a short summary, and active links to online resources where the source can be directly accessed, purchased, or borrowed via a local library. The database’s search tools are available to the public, with the option to sign up for a free account that grants access to the syllabus-building feature and allows for the submission of citations.

Ukraïnica is designed to host the entire canon of Ukrainian culture, literature, and history, which will, in turn, make it possible to map out which sources are available in high-quality translation, and which are not. In the future, the database may be expanded to include sources in multiple languages.

The Ukraïnica project was envisioned and implemented by Oleh Kotsyuba, HURI Manager of Publications, who serves as the Project Director. Sandra Joy Russell, Visiting Lecturer in Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College, is the Project Editor. While the editorial team has prepared the initial data set, the growth of the platform depends entirely on the active participation of the global Ukrainian studies community, who are called on to contribute sources that are effective and helpful for teaching an English-language class about Ukraine’s history and culture. To participate in this ongoing effort, scholars can submit suggested citations directly through the website. Contributors can also help by creating modules and course syllabi on Ukraine and sharing them on the platform for easy inclusion by non-specialists in their existing courses.

Source: HURI announcement