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Journal of Ukrainian Studies

Volume 27 (nos.1-2) of the Journal of Ukrainian Studies,
released in May 2004, is a special issue in memory of
Danylo Husar Struk, former president of the CAS.

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The Canadian Association of Slavists was founded in 1954 in order to address specifically Canadian problems facing the profession. Its predecessor, the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) of Canada, had been organized at the University of Toronto in 1947.

The landscape of Slavic studies in Canada has changed radically since the inception of the CAS. On the one hand, Slavic disciplines have been affected by the political changes sweeping Europe since the mid 1980's. These changes have led to the growth of many areas—among them, for example, Ukrainian studies. These changes have also predicated the need of addressing specific aspects of Slavic studies within more specialized learned societies. On the other hand, beginning with the mid 1990's, the humanities have faced tremendous financial constraints. To cite only one example, the Social Sciences and Humanities Federation of Canada (SSHRC) stopped providing travel grants to those learned societies seeking to attend the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, which had joined the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) after 1996-97.

The CAS recognizes that a diversity of associations can only enrich the profession. New, small societies that address specific scholarly priorities have the potential of fostering innovation. However, the CAS believes that a coalition of inquiry serving all Slavists is still necessary. Such a coalition can better represent our collective perspective at the CFHSS, whose function it is to garner support from the Canadian government toward scholarly endeavors in the humanities. This, in turn, can positively affect the manner in which the SSHRC lends its support to societies such as the CAS.

For these reasons, the CAS cordially invites other learned societies of Slavists to become affiliate members. The relationship, we posit, can be mutually beneficial. For more information, please contact any one member of the current CAS executive.

Learned Societies affiliated with the CAS

The Canadian Association for Ukrainian Studies (CAUS) was created on the basis of the Conference on Ukrainian Studies (CUF), which had a long standing relationship with the CAS. A poll—conducted among the CUF in the fall of 2000—resulted in 91.5% of participating respondents voting to create the CAUS as an autonomous affiliate of the CAS. In 2002 there was broad participation by Ukrainianists in numerous panels of the CAS at its annual conference, which was being held at the University of Toronto. During this occasion the CAUS was officially constituted and Roman Senkus (CIUS Toronto Office) was elected its first president.

Other members of the CAUS executive include: Olga Andriewsky (Trent U), Andrij Makuch (CIUS, U of Toronto), Myroslav Shkandrij (U of Manitoba), Bohdan Kordan (U of Saskatchewan), Zenon Kohut (CIUS, U of Alberta), Bohdan Harasymiw (U of Calgary), Maryna Romanets (U of Northern British Columbia), Serhy Yekelchyk (U of Victoria) and Maxim Tarnawsky (U of Toronto).

The official organ of the CAUS is the Journal of Ukrainian Studies, a refereed scholarly publication, which has appeared since 1976 under the aegis of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies.

Membership in the CAUS includes annual subscriptions to the Journal of Ukrainian Studies (at a reduced rate available only to members) and to Canadian Slavonic Papers. To join the CAUS, membership in the CAS is required. For more information, click on Become a Member of the CAS.



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