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.

#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.

The ‘Emergency Grab Bag’ of Memory, or the Tonalities of News Headlines About the War in Ukraine – Part One

By Olha Haidamachuk.
In this essay, Prisma-Ukraina Fellow Olha Haidamachuk compares the tonality of headlines from February 24th, 2022 and September 24th, 2022, that appeared in the Ukrainian newspaper Ukrainska Pravda.

The “Chronicler of a Generation” – Serhij Zhadan at Kulturbahnhof Kamea (Frankfurt / Oder)

Serhij Zhadan is a Ukrainian poet, prose writer, translator, social activist and Ska-Punk singer. His works have been translated into thirteen languages, making him one of the most famous contemporary Ukrainian writers. On December 5th, 2022, Zhadan was a guest in Frankfurt/Oder. A review by Ekaterina Grineva.

History Teacher of the People: Volodymyr Zelensky, Vasyl Holoborodko and his displaced colleagues

Viktoria Sereda illustrates why Volodomyr Zelensky won the 2019-election, how he shifted the narrative in Ukraine and what role the fictional character of a history teacher played in all of it. By bridging the gap bewteen fiction and reality, she then exposes the experiences and feelings of two real history teachers, forced to leave their homes in the Donbas and Crimea.

The Birth of Culture from the Spirit of Revolution

Vasyl Cherepanyn in conversation with Kinga Lendeczki. The head of the Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC) talks about the previously unwalked path the Kyiv Biennial followed since 2015, touching upon topics such as the legacy and influence of the Maidan revolution(s) on the Ukrainian cultural and artistic field, the specificities of being an artist or a cultural practitioner in Ukraine, the future perspectives of the European cultural field, and how East Europe can earn a new subjectivity for itself.

Merging in Space: The Ongoing War and Previous Wars in Ukraine

By Denys Shatalov. Until recently, when Ukrainians mentioned the ‘pre-war’ or the ‘post-war’ periods or subjects in everyday conversations about the past, no clarification was needed. It was obvious to everyone that this was about World War II, or, rather, a part of it – the German–Soviet War of 1941–1945. War – ‘that war’ – remained one of the main milestones of the past. However, since 24 February 2022, the term ‘pre-war’ refers to another time.

War, Migration and Memory: An Introduction

By Viktoriya Sereda. The unprecedented Russian full-scale attack on Ukraine brought the recent conflicts over memory in East Central Europe and in Ukraine to the attention of an international audience. Mass displacement also exposed millions of Ukrainians to new challenges that triggered intensive reinterpretations of the past – both the distant and the very recent – and a reevaluation of their memory through new experiences.

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.

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