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Languages and Cultures: between the East and the West

The 3rd International Conference dated to Omelian Pritsak’s 95th anniversary took place at NaUKMA on April 11-12

 

 

57 participants from leading universities of Ukraine, Turkey, USA, Poland, Belorussia, Russia and South Korea participated in the Conference. Cultural Attaché of the USA Embassy to Ukraine Andrew Paul congratulated the participants on behalf of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USA to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt. Consul of Iceland in Kyiv Kostyantyn Malovanyy, speaking at the opening of the Conference, offered the participant to support the following initiatives: to open Omelian Pritsak’s International Foundation, to publish Omelian Pritsak’s ineditas in Ukrainian and English, and to fix up a bronze bust of Omelian Pritsak at NaUKMA second campus.


Mykola Zhulynskyi, Director of Taras Shevchenko Institute of Literature of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and Larysa Pritsak, widow of Omelian Pritsak, shared their memoirs about the outstanding scholar.


Among the speakers of the Conference Plenary Meeting, there were: Yaroslav Fedoruk, Doctor of Historical Studies, Senior Research Associate of Mykhailo Hryshevskyi Institute of Ukrainian Archaeography and Source Studies; Taisiya Sydorchuk, Candidate of Historical Studies, Senior Research Associate, Head of NaUKMA Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts, Volodymyr Potulnytskyi, Doctor of Historical Studies, Senior Research Associate of Mykhailo Hryshevskyi Institute of Ukrainian Archaeography and Source Studies; Vitaliy Otroshenko, Doctor of Historical Studies, Professor of NaUKMA Department of Archeology, and Vasyl Lychyk, Doctor of Philological Studies, Professor, Head of NaUKMA Department of General and Slavic Linguistics.


The main topics of the conference – Old cultures and Ukraine, Kyiv Rus in the Eurasian Area, Slavic-Turkish cultural and historical relations, Ethnical and linguistic processes in-between East and West, Ukrainian  language and the modern world, Languages and cultures of the Far East - were discussed within 6 sections.


The Conference was finished with a solemn opening of an exhibition of graphics, paintings and archive documents from Omelian Protsak’s Memorial Cabinet-Library. The exhibition is open till Aprile 22 at Olena Zamostian Gallery of Arts, and includes works by Liuboslav Hutsaliuk, Yakiv Hnisdovskyi, Edward Kozak, Heorhiy Yakutovych, Valentyn Lytvynenko, Mykhailo Baroyants, Olha Vorona, Olha Petrova, and other contemporaries and acquaintances of Omelian Pritsak.



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