The Krytyka Institute (Kyiv, Ukraine) is proud to announce the first issue of the Journal of Ukrainian Politics and Society (JUPS) and the launch of its website – jups.krytyka.com. The journal was launched in 2013 and is headed by a team of young scholars in political science, serving as Editors-in-Chief: Nadiya Kravets and Olga Onuch.
The Journal of Ukrainian Politics and Society’s mission is to aid the development of social sciences in Ukraine. All articles submitted to the journal go through a blind peer-review by the members of the Editorial Board, which consists of world-renowned experts on Ukraine as well as exceptional emerging scholars.
The Journal particularly seeks to publish articles that place knowledge of Ukraine in wider comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives (within the region and with countries in other regions), and which shape and identify new directions in the study of Ukraine.
All materials are published in bi-annual editions in an open-source, digital format available to wide audience at no charge. Krytyka’s English edition team performs the editing for the project, as well as translation and copy-editing of submissions in Russian and Ukrainian.
The first issue features review essays by Paul D’Anieri, Oxana Shevel, and Rory Finnin, who reflect on the state of their disciplines and the study of Ukraine. The article by Benjamin Kutsyuruba and Serhiy Kovalchuk draws our attention to an important process of education reform and the approximation of Ukraine to the European Union’s standards of teachers’ education. The contribution by Anna Postelnyak evaluates the effect of higher gas prices that Ukrainians have been paying for the gas imports from Russia since 2009, and Jessica Zychowicz attempts to shed a new light on the radical feminist organization FEMEN.
Krytyka, the journal, was founded in 1997 by Ukrainian and American intellectuals to promote open and democratic values and high international standards of debate. By 2000, Krytyka also started publishing books (as Krytyka Press) and in the course of the decade has become generally recognized as perhaps the most prestigious independent publishing house in Ukraine, specializing both in academic books and belles lettres.
The Krytyka Institute was founded in 2003 as a not-for-profit research institution to focus Krytyka’s research activities and academic goals. Since then it has organized two major international conferences in Kyiv, and a number of academic and cultural symposia and events, and published dozens of books on subjects ranging from history to literature.