Change in Editorship of East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies


Dear EWJUS readers, colleagues, and friends,

After seven years as the editor-in-chief of EWJUS (2016-2023), I have chosen to step down, effective April 1, 2023. I have been honoured to contribute my scholarly voice and expertise to such a vibrant and meaningful academic venue and to cooperate with the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies in this capacity. I am pleased to have published six and a half volumes/thirteen issues (vols. 4-10.1, close to 3,500 pages in total) that appeared regularly and on schedule. I am particularly proud of developing the visibility and academic profile of EWJUS, enabling its inclusion in several scholarly indexing databases (including the high-impact Scopus in 2021), and of launching the translation project with colleagues at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv—a unique endeavour in the field of Slavic academic publishing.

I thank everyone who contributed to EWJUS over the years of my editorship: the EWJUS editorial team members - EWJUS’s book review editor Tania Stech (CIUS, Toronto Office), copyeditors Marcia Craig (Edmonton, AB) and Ksenia Maryniak (CIUS), and editorial assistants Cossette Massa and Yaldar Abzakh (MacEwan University); colleagues in the field who chose EWJUS as a venue for their work or who offered their expertise as EWJUS editorial board members; guest editors; anonymous peer reviewers; and book reviewers. I thank Marko Stech, who directs CIUS Press and other scholarly publications, for his support of and assistance to EWJUS publications. I have appreciated the support of the CIUS directors—Volodymyr Kravchenko, Jars Balan, and Natalia Khanenko-Friesen, the CIUS Assistant director Serge Cipko, and other members of the CIUS office, as well as the support of the Office of the Dean of Arts and Science at MacEwan University. I am also grateful to my former mentors and colleagues in the field of academic publishing—Oleh S. Ilnytzkyj and Heather J. Coleman—for their scholarly advice.

I leave the journal in the capable hands of the new editorial team in the CIUS Toronto Office—Serhiy Bilenky (incoming Editor-in-Chief), Tania Stech (a long-standing Book Review Editor and incoming Managing Editor of EWJUS), and Marko Stech (Director of CIUS Press and Scholarly Publications), with whom I will work to ensure a smooth transition. All new and revised submissions will now be handled by the new editorial team.

The new editorial team can be reached as follows: Serhiy Bilenky at, Tania Stech at, and Marko Stech at I wish them much success as they take the journal to new heights!

Svitlana (Lana) Krys

EWJUS Editor-in-Chief