Book on Armenians of Ukraine

7 June 2012— Since 1980, when the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) at the University of Alberta sponsored a conference on Polish-Ukrainian relations, it has gone on to hold numerous conferences about Ukraine’s relations with its neighbors and with the diverse peoples that have lived in the Ukrainian lands from ancient times to the present. Collections of papers delivered at such conferences on Polish, Russian, German, Jewish, Romanian, and Moldavian affairs present permanent records of these international forums for research and discussion of Ukraine’s role in the region and the multicultural aspects of Ukrainian history. In cosponsoring a conference on the Armenians of Ukraine together with the Armenian Studies Program of the University of Michigan and the Ukrainian Catholic University of Lviv (UCU), CIUS has continued this tradition by examining one of the most ancient and influential minorities inhabiting the Ukrainian lands.

7 June 2012— Since 1980, when the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) at the University of Alberta sponsored a conference on Polish-Ukrainian relations, it has gone on to hold numerous conferences about Ukraine’s relations with its neighbors and with the diverse peoples that have lived in the Ukrainian lands from ancient times to the present. Collections of papers delivered at such conferences on Polish, Russian, German, Jewish, Romanian, and Moldavian affairs present permanent records of these international forums for research and discussion of Ukraine’s role in the region and the multicultural aspects of Ukrainian history. In cosponsoring a conference on the Armenians of Ukraine together with the Armenian Studies Program of the University of Michigan and the Ukrainian Catholic University of Lviv (UCU), CIUS has continued this tradition by examining one of the most ancient and influential minorities inhabiting the Ukrainian lands.

The multilingual volume Armenian-Ukrainian Historical Contacts: Papers of the International Conference held in Lviv, 29–31 May 2008 (Virmeno-ukraïns'ki istorychni zv’iazky: materialy mizhnarodnoï naukovoï konferentsiï (L'viv, 29–31 travnia 2008), edited by Kevork Bardakjian, Frank Sysyn, and Andrii Yasinovsky and copublished by CIUS and UCU, appeared in 2011. The book is dedicated to Professor Yaroslav Dashkevych, the great Lviv specialist in Armenian studies, who played a major role in organizing the conference and participated actively in its discussions. Professor Dashkevych passed away on 25 February 2010.

The editors’ introductions, written in English and Ukrainian, discuss the context and proceedings of the conference, paying special attention to the significance of Lviv and of Professor Dashkevych in Armenian studies. The volume begins with an article (in Ukrainian and Armenian) by Yaroslav Dashkevych on the ancient Armenian community of Kyiv. Articles by Myron Kapral (in English) and Alexander Osipian (in Ukrainian) deal with the history of the Armenians of Lviv. Karina Pyvovarska writes (in Ukrainian) about the activities of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation in early Soviet Ukraine. Hasmik Step‘anyan discusses Armeno-Kipchak literature (in Armenian), and Vardan Grigorian examines the manuscript tradition of the Armenians of Podilia (in Ukrainian). Konrad Siеkierski deals with Armenian religiosity and cult objects (in Polish). Several articles treat the artistic legacy of the Armenians of Ukraine. Iryna Haiuk discusses museum holdings of Armenian artifacts (in Ukrainian). Lilit Pipoyan discusses the architecture of the Surb Khach Monastery in the Crimea, and Anush Ter-Minasyan examines the Armenian cathedral in Lviv (both in Russian). Mik’ayel Aṙak’elyan discusses the illuminated manuscripts of Galicia, Bukovyna, and Podilia in an English-language article accompanied by numerous illustrations of Armenian masterpieces.

The paperback book can be purchased from CIUS Press for $17.95 (plus taxes and shipping; outside Canada, prices are in U.S. dollars). Orders can be placed in a number of ways: online by credit card via a secure Internet connection at www.ciuspress.com, by e-mail (at [email protected]), by telephone (780/492-2973) or fax (780/492-4967), or by mail: CIUS Press, 430 Pembina Hall, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2H8.

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