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Research Initiative on the Democratic Reform of Ukraine (RIDRU) – Developing a Collaborative International and Interdisciplinary Digital Community of Practice

Sat, November 11, 10:00 to 11:45am, Marriott Downtown Chicago, Floor: 10th, O'Hare

Session Submission Type: Roundtable

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Since 2014 researchers at the University of Alberta have been experimenting with digital communication to develop international collaborative research teams and expand capacity in the area of Ukrainian studies. Beginning with a rapid response research project researchers from 11 universities in six countries explored the linguistic, cultural and political transformations that arose both on and following “Maidan”. Speakers at the proposed roundtable will present the scope of the 2015 to 2017 RIDRU project and summarize key research findings of participants in the three clusters of reforms: the rule of law; linguistic, cultural and literary movements; and higher education developments and reforms. Each cluster involves researchers from several countries, and has held invited talks, conferences and symposia at which dozens of speakers from around the world have presented research results. The RIDRU project has paid special attention to involving younger scholars and has communicated largely through digital sources. Speakers will comment on what has worked well and how best to incorporate contemporary technology to build and sustain communities of practice. The website of RIDRU may be seen at In order to hear a maximum number of perspectives of participants (across disciplines and countries) we propose a roundtable format.

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