Ukraïnica: a growing resource for teaching about Ukraine is launched
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 existing courses or elaborate new ones 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The Primary Database of Ukrainian Studies is a platform that connects a growing database of Ukrainian literary works, historical documents, and films in high-quality English translation with a syllabus-building tool for creating and exporting editable reading lists with references for primary and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.
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.
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.
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.