Рік XV, Число 9–10 (167–168)

September 2011
Rajan Menon, Alexander J. Motyl. Ukraine’s Looming Crisis
Chrystia Freeland, John Lanchester.The Rise of the New Global Elite
John Lanchester. How We Were All Misled
Joseph E. Stiglitz. To Cure the Economy
Emmanuel Wallerstein. The Fantactic Success of Occupy Wall Street
Jan-Werner Mueller. The Language of Global Protest
Jules Lobel. The Future of the Occupy Movement
Olha Plakhotnik. The Strange and Surprising Adventures of Gender in Ukraine
Tamara Hundorova. Internal Colonialism Is Repeated Colonialism
Serhii Plokhy. Between History and Nation: Paul Robert Magocsi and the Rewriting of Ukrainian History
Paul Robert Magocsi. Territory of the Historians
Nataliya Kostyak. Areal without a Myth
Ostap Slyvynskyi. Balanced Pendulum
Sylvain Parasie.Hacker’ Journalism – A New Utopia for the Press?
Edwin Bendyk. Love,Diversity, Solidarity
Larissa Babij. Auto-Communication, or the Potential of Non-Production Practice
Karol Sienkiewicz. Between Eastern Europe and Western Asia

Summary

The September-October, 2011 issue of Krytyka opens with “Ukraine’s Looming Crisis” by Rajan Menon and Alexander J. Motyl who argue that the legacy and administrative capacity of Yanukovych’s regime are overestimated, and could be hit by a “perfect storm.”

Moving from the local to the global crisis, Chrystia Freeland in The Atlantic and John Lanchester in The New York Review of Books (Krytyka is the NYRB’s exclusive partner in Ukraine) examine the causes of the recent economic shock. In “The Rise of the New Global Elite” Freeland, now the editor of Thomson Reuters Digital, writes on the widening gap between the super-rich and the rest and explains what the new meritocratic elite is all about, and writer and journalist John Lanchester in “How We Were All Misled” reviews Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis, and seasons Lewis’s stories with his own. Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics, argues that the economy was very sick before the crisis in 2008 and in his piece for Project Syndicate, “To Cure the Economy,” proposes measures for speeding the recovery.

The following three articles focus on the protest movement. The American sociologist Emmanuel Wallerstein writes on “The Fantactic Success of Occupy Wall Street” and Jan-Werner Mueller of Princeton University on “The Language of Global Protest.” In “The Future of the Occupy Movement,” Jules Lobel, the president of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Professor of Law at Pittsburgh Law School, writes on the Occupy Movement goals of “creating sustainable alternative decentralized institutions.”

Olha Plakhotnik, a sociologist from Kharkiv, examines the revolutionary potential of a different kind: in her “The Strange and Surprising Adventures of Gender in Ukraine” she writes on the transformations of gender theory and its impact on the overall Ukrainian intellectual climate. In “Internal Colonialism Is Repeated Colonialism” Tamara Hundorova of the Institute of Literature of the Ukrainian Academy of Science reveals the craftiness of Alexander Etkind’s vision of internal colonialism in the Russian Empire and Russian culture in particular, and expands her consideration to the post-colonial experience in contemporary Ukrainian novels. Serhii Plokhy of Harvard University discusses “the possibilities of rewriting, reshaping, and restructuring East European historical narratives” in “Between History and Nation: Paul Robert Magocsi and the Rewriting of Ukrainian History”, his piece for the Special section of Nationalities Papers devoted to the academic contributions of Paul Robert Magocsi. In “Territory of the Historians” Prof. Magocsi himself clarifies his sense of his academic and public mission.

In her “Areal without a Myth” Nataliya Kostyak, the author of various studies on Ukrainian dialectology, cognitive linguistics, and language contacts, reviews the conference proceedings The Slavonic Areal and Europe (Prague, 2010), and provides a brief outline of the main tendencies in recent Slavistic research on issues of linguistic and cultural interaction between the Slavic countries and Western Europes as well as the history of these relations.

In his essay “Balanced Pendulum,” the poet and translator Ostap Slyvynskyi follows Czesław Miłosz, the Nobel laureate in literature, through the cataclysms of the 20 century and examines the nature and the reasons for the choices Miłosz made, and the consequences they had. In “‘Hacker’ Journalism – A New Utopia for the Press?” Sylvain Parasie, assistant professor in sociology at Paris Est University, investigates how the values of hacker culture produced a shift in the media and IT industries and examines why self-taught computer programmers, web entrepreneurs, web project managers, programmers from free software communities and open data militants alike have all become interested in journalism.

The subject of the hackers’ ethos and their “labor of love” is continued by Edwin Bendyk in his “Love, Diversity, Solidarity.” This essay was written for the exhibition “The Journey to the East”, along with “Auto-Communication, or the Potential of Non-Production Practice” by Larissa Babij from Kyiv and “Between Eastern Europe and Western Asia” by Karol Sienkiewicz from Warsaw. “The Journey to the East” was presented in Białystok, Kraków (Poland), and Kyiv (Ukraine), by Anna Łazar and Monika Szewczyk (project concept). The publication was supported by The Polish Insitute in Kyiv.

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