Year XX, Issue 7-8 (225-226)

July 2016
Andrew Masiuk. Ukrainian Independence: What Hinders Progress?
Aleksandr Dmitriev. Philologists-Autonomists, and Autonomy from Philology in Late Imperial Russia: Nicholas Marr, Jan Baudouin de Courtenay, and Ahatanhel Krymsky 
Vsevolod Rechytsky. Can One Trust the Constitutional Judges?
Iryna Borysiuk. Sameness versus Otherness: Identity, Body, Time
Oleksiy Kuzhelny. Naked Aggression

Summary of this Issue

The July-August, 2016 issue of Krytyka opens with an article on “Ukrainian Independence: What Hinders Progress?” by Andrew Masiuk, a manager and management lecturer, who has headed the International Management Institute (MIM-Kyiv) and Kyiv School of Economics, and now teaches at the Ukrainian Free University (Munich) and at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. The article (entitled Ten Years of Independence: Ukrainians Learning about Making Choices) first appeared in 2001 in Transition, Vision and Reality, that was prepared as a Festshrift for Dr. Bohdan Hawrylyshyn on the occasion of his 75th birthday. After 15 years, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Ukrainian Independence, Krytyka publishes it now in a Ukrainian translation.

In the second (and concluding) part of “Philologists-Autonomists, and Autonomy from Philology in Late Imperial Russia: Nicholas Marr, Jan Baudouin de Courtenay, and Ahatanhel Krymsky” by Aleksandr Dmitriev, a Russian historian of science and ideology and Leading Research Fellow at the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities (Higher School of Economics), the focus is on Ahatanhel Кrymsky, Ukrainian philologist and Orientalist, who developed ideas that in many ways anticipated the early postcolonial analysis of the 1950s.

Vsevolod Rechytsky, lawyer, political scientist and constitutional expert from the Kharkiv Human Rights Group, explores the recent conflict between The Supreme Court of Ukraine and The Constitutional Court of Ukraine in his article “Can One Trust the Constitutional Judges?” He talks about the possibility of forcing responsibility on the Constitutional Court of Ukraine by adopting deliberately unjust decisions — as was suggested by the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.

“Why Does Healthcare for People Who Use Drugs in Ukraine Continue to Fail?” by Jennifer J. Carroll is the first of several articles about healthcare in Ukraine, that Krytyka will be publishing in the near future. Dr. Jennifer J. Carroll is a postdoctoral NIH research fellow at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, RhodeIsland and a teaching affiliate at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her research focuses especially on the lived experience of drug use. She has been conducting research on the implementation of harm reduction and drug treatment efforts in Ukraine since 2007.

Iryna Borysiuk, Ph.D. in Philology, postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Ukrainian and Comparative Literature at the Borys Hrinchenko Kyiv University and Associate Professor at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, reviews Os, a book of poetry by Iryna Shuvalova, in “Sameness versus Otherness: Identity, Body, Time.” She focuses on different strategies of identity construction by various poets since the 1970s as well as on new trends in Ukrainian lyrical poetry in the 21st century.

In “Naked Aggression,” Oleksiy Kuzhelny, well-known theater director and theater critic and artistic director of the Kyiv theater Suzirja, discusses theatrical performances in different genres and from different countries that involve nude actors and argues that nudity is a very powerful artistic device in the scenic arts. For many directors it is a matter of experimentation. More often, however, it reflects on the level of aggression in society and requires us to talk about it without reservations and in the raw, with utmost responsibility for the earthly predicament of men.

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