Kategorie: #DossierUkraine

#DossierUkraine takes the Russian war in Ukraine as a starting point for inquiries into politics, culture, and society in Ukraine, in (Eastern) Europe, and other regions of the world. The different threads of the series invite contributions, debates, views and positions of scholars, artists, cultural workers or journalists on matters of art and culture, the humanities and social sciences in times of crisis, on the use and misuse of historical narratives and legal norms, the circulation of images and texts, and their reception in various audiences and publics, on borders affirmed or transgressed, on divided or unified publics, authoritarian temptations and regimes, on food and energy security, the significance of heritage, among other things. By examining these and other issues, the Dossier hopes to shed light on the current war, to provide space for information and debate on occurring shifts that will affect the world for years to come.

#DossierUkraine #artandculture
The #artandculture thread of the #DossierUkraine series considers the Russian war in Ukraine from the point of view of artists, cultural workers, curators, journalists, and scholars. The thread stems from the art and research collective “Beyond the post-soviet”. In interviews and critical texts, it explores how politics and history are mediated through art, how identity is formed through cultural production, and the importance of heritage in a moment of crisis. Taking the current war as its starting point, the thread looks to the past, to trace shifts in Ukraine, Eastern Europe, and the broader “post-Soviet” space. It also gazes towards the future, to ask what is at stake and which new formations will arise. Collective members involved in this project: media and politics scholar Migle Bareikyte, art critic and curator Yulia Fisch, artist Borys Medvediev, researcher and editor Natasha Klimenko, cultural studies scholar Olga Osadtschy, and art worker Sasha Pevak. If you’d like to contribute, please contact Natasha.

#DossierUkraine #criticaljunctures
The #CriticalJunctures thread of the #DossierUkraine addresses the Russian war in Ukraine not as singular moment of crisis but also as a turning point with potentially long-term outcomes affecting dynamics in many world regions. This thread takes a transregional approach in several ways. First, historical perspectives are an important means of contextualizing the conflict as well as the misinformation disseminated during it. Second, the current crisis impacts life beyond Eastern Europe. We ask about the repercussions and impacts in world regions beyond Ukrainian-Russian relations, and consider how the current war is shaping regional dynamics and responses in other parts of the globe. Third, we encourage contributions that look beyond the short term to think about potentially long-lasting changes as societies, regional organizations, companies, and private individuals are compelled to act, creating precedent for future responses to crisis. This thread is supported by the research agenda of the Research Centre Global Dynamics at Leipzig University. If you’d like to contribute, please contact Megan Maruschke at megan.maruschke@uni-due.de.

Contributions
#DossierUkraine is conceived as an open and modular form of contributions from different disciplines and regions of the university and world. Suggestions for new threads, single matters and contributions to existing threads by scholars, artists and practitioners of any discipline on archival, aesthetical, environmental, historical and other matters or issues of law, society, migration and others are welcome. Contributions are around 1.000-1.500 words. Suggestions for new threads should include a brief abstract that includes the guiding questions. Furthermore, we invite you to include up to 3 images (royalty-free or public domain) that relate to the thread topic. Please send your proposals to communication@trafo-berlin.de.

Rethinking East European Studies in Times of Upheaval: Some Reflections on Ukrainian Studies in Germany (and Not Only)

By Andrii Portnov. Ukrainian history and literature in the German higher education system are the disciplines whose institutional weakness is more than obvious. Ukraine itself, in the eyes of a large part of German (including academic) society, still does not have enough cultural and historical agency and remains ‘in the shadow of Russia’.

Ukrainian Comics and War in Ukraine

By Svitlana Pidoprygora. In the autumn of 2013, Euromaidan started in Ukraine as a response to the authorities’ decision to end European integration processes and focus on the Customs Union with the Russian Federation. Thousands of people went to protests in Kyiv and the central squares of other Ukrainian cities, demonstrating society’s support for the European vector of development and protesting against the arbitrariness of the authorities.

Im Osten nichts Neues: Was der Westen übersah – oder ignorierte

Von Andrii Portnov. Die russische Invasion in die Ukraine im Februar 2022 kam für viele in Westeuropa überraschend. Vielleicht noch überraschender war der entschlossene Widerstand der Ukrainerinnen und Ukrainer. Doch warum? Putins Weltsicht und die ukrainische Realität wurden offenbar lange ignoriert.

“A New Form of Evil Emerges Now” – A Conversation with Olha Honchar

In mid-March of this year, I interviewed Olha Honchar, the head of Territory of Terror Museum in Lviv and the initiator of the Museum Crisis Center. We discussed the Territory of Terror in the context of Ukrainian political events, heritage protection during the war, and how Russian aggression compares to historical events.

The End of Unity: How the Russian Orthodox Church Lost Ukraine

By Regina Elsner. Since the end of the Soviet Union, dozens of theologians and scholars of religion elaborated on the complicated relationships within the church community of the so-called Holy Rus’. The Moscow Patriarchate defines its territory of spiritual responsibility as encompassing the former Soviet Union – except for the old churches of Armenia and Georgia.

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