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Yurii Kaparulin

Yurii Kaparulin (PhD in History, MA in Law) is associate professor in the Department of National, International Law, and Law Enforcement, and director of the Raphael Lemkin Center for Genocide Studies at Kherson State University. He studies the history and law of Eastern Europe, with particular interests in Holocaust and genocide studies, human rights, crimes against humanity, and political repression in the Soviet Union and during World War II. His research has been published in The Ideology and Politics Journal; Colloquia Humanistica; City History, Culture, Society; Eastern Europe Holocaust Studies; Ukraina Moderna; and BBC News Ukraine. In 2018-19, he held a research fellowship at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, participating in the Initiative on Ukrainian-Jewish Shared History and the Holocaust in Ukraine. He has also held fellowships at Yahad-In Unum in Paris, France (2019); at New Europe College in Bucharest, Romania (2021-22); and at the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History in Munich, Germany (2022).

He is a Editorial Board member of Eastern European Holocaust Studies Journal; a current member of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES); and lecturer at the Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he is teaching a course in Fall semester entitled “The Crime of Genocide in the History of Ukraine (20-21st Centuries)”.

Dr. Kaparulin is currently working on a monograph entitled “Between Soviet Modernization and the Holocaust: Jewish Agrarian Settlements in the Southern Ukraine (1924-1948).” Together with Les Kasyanov (photographer, director, and member of the Yahad-in Unum expeditions), Kaparulin is co-director of the documentary films Kalinindorf (2020) and Unknown Holocaust (2021). His U-M faculty mentor is Jeffrey Veidlinger, Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies.

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  • International Conference “Russia's War of Aggression Against Ukraine”, Berlin, Germany (February 1-3, 2023)
  • International scientific conference "The Holodomor Era: (Re)thinking in the Context of Research Strategies of Local History, Regional Studies, and Local History", Kyiv (November 17-18, 2022)
  • International Conference "Eastern European Displaced Persons, Refugees, and POWs during and after the Holocaust", Riga, Latvia (September 5-9, 2022)
  • International academic conference “The Mass Shootings During the Holocaust as a Criminal Process”, Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, Kyiv (Ukraine), October 5, 2021

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