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08/2022 - 03/2023: #Wartime Lectures

A cycle of online lectures on the understanding of the Russian-Ukrainian war

Am 30. August 2022 starteten die #WartimeLectures, eine Reihe von Online-Vorträgen mit unserer ukrainischen Partneruniversität National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) sowie KMA Alumni Association, School of Political Analysis (NaUKMA).

Die #WartimeLectures sollen den beschleunigten Wandel der ukrainischen Gesellschaft seit Februar 2022 aus verschiedenen disziplinären Perspektiven zeigen und zum Verständnis des russisch-ukrainischen Krieges beitragen. 

Zu Vorträgen und Diskussionen laden wir Sie herzlich ein! 

Auch nachträglich sind die Beiträge online auf der YouTube-Seite der NaUKMA zugängig


Lecture 12, 14.03.2023
Olexandra Matviichuk: The Russian war against Ukraine: justice as a precondition to peace

The Russian war against Ukraine has a vivid value dimension. It’s not just a war between two states. It’s a war between two systems - authoritarianism and democracy. Despite the atrocities committed by Russian forces to break resistance and occupy the country, Ukrainians continue to fight for their freedom. 
Ukraine has called upon the international community to support its fight for freedom and democratic choice, including the need for modern weaponry to defend itself against Russian aggression. To achieve justice for the victims of this war and prevent future atrocities, there is a pressing need to change the global approach to war crimes justice. This is not only about punishing perpetrators, but also preventing future atrocities in our region, where Russia for decades has used war as a tool to achieve their geopolitical goals.
Join our lecture on why there can be no peace without justice. Lecturer: Oleksandra Matviychuk, head of the "Center for Civil Liberties" organization, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

When: March 14, 2023, at 19:00 (Kyiv time)
Where: YouTube broadcast


Lecture 11, 20.12.2022
Olesia Ostrovska-Lyuta: Museums, Art, and Cultural Spaces in the times of War

What is the role of museums, cultural spaces and art in forming a new social contract for Ukraine? Olesia Ostrovska-Lyuta, the General Director of the Mystetskyi Arsenal National Art, will tell how cultural heritage and understanding of current events shape Ukrainians as a nation and influence the future.
When? December 20 at 19:00 (Kyiv time).
Where: YouTube broadcast  


Lecture 10, 06.12.2022
Rostyslav Semkiv: Contemporary war in Ukraine, and the birth of a new Ukrainian satire

Satire is a critical expression of one’s position with the involvement of laughter. Because of its criticism, satirical discourse is usually controlled by the authorities. In imperial or quasi-imperial state structures, the metropolis, as a rule, deprives subordinate cultures of the right to produce their own satire. This has happened with Ukrainian literature and culture. However, the Ukrainian satirical tradition existed illegally. Dr. Semkiv - literary critic, translator, publisher, associate professor of the National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" - will make a short review of the Ukrainian satire history, and then focus on how the contemporary Russian invasion prompts the search for a new satirical expression. And how through the return of satire, Ukrainian culture reaffirms its own subjectivity.

When: 19:00 (Kyiv Time)
Where: YouTube broadcast.


Lecture 9, 22.11.2022
Yuriy Gorodnichenko: War Economy

What economic policies should a country have in a war time? Historically, wartime economies are built on several pillars: mobilization (for example, drawing more people into workforce to increase production), mass production (for example, standardized production of munitions to exploit economies of scale), centralization (for example, allocation of resources is done by the government rather than by markets), and government control (for example, control of prices). While some of these principles apply to the current situation in Ukraine, the context calls for a more nuanced approach. Building on the historical record, Yurii Horodnichenko, Quantedge Presidential Professor of Economics in the University of California will give recommendations on structuring economic policy of Ukraine during the war.


Lecture 8, 15.11.2022
Volodymyr Kulyk: How does the war affect Ukrainian identity?

Among various features of Ukrainian society that the world has started paying more attention to since the beginning of Russia’s full-blown invasion in February 2022, many commentators have pointed to a surprisingly strong and encompassing national identity. Among many ways the large-scale invasion affected Ukrainian society is the increased salience of Ukrainian identity and its more nationalist and anti-Russian content. Based on the original data from focus group discussions in different parts of Ukraine and published data of mass surveys, Dr. Kulyk will discuss the changes in the salience and content of Ukrainian national identity. He will argue that most changes continue those that started in 2014 or even in 1991 but some are new, making the Ukrainians very different from what they were before February 24. When: 19:00 (Kyiv Time) Where: YouTube broadcast.  


Lecture 7, 08.11.2022
Volodymyr Yermolenko: The War as a Human Experience

What can this war tell us about humanity, evil, life and death, Ukraine, Russia and Europe? Ukrainian philosopher and journalist Volodymyr Yermolenko will share his reporting experience and philosophical reflections about what happens to Ukraine, Europe, and humanity since February 24, 2022.


Lecture 6, 01.11.2022
Andreas Umland: Russian Fascism? Diverging classifications of Putin's regime before and after 24 February 2022

Why such theories as colonialism or Freud's "narcissism of minor differences" are not suitable for the interpretation of Russia's "special operation"? Just as pan-Slavism and Eurasianism as imperial ideologies do not provide the key to understanding the Russian-Ukrainian war? Andreas Umland, analyst of the Stockholm Center for East European Studies (SCEEUS) at the Swedish Institute of International Relations, reflects on it.  


Lecture 5, 11.10.2022
Tamara Martsenyuk: “Girls, let’s close the sky”: women’s resistance in Russia’s war in Ukraine

The Euromaidan protests in 2013-2014 inspired women in Ukraine to fight more actively for their rights, especially in the military sphere. When the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) started, women joined the front lines of the Donbas war as volunteers, journalists, medical staff, and military (in combat positions). We invite you to join our lecture and learn how Ukrainian women resist during the current war. In addition, you will hear about the successes and challenges of gender equality implementation in the Ukrainian armed forces over the last eight years from Tamara Martsenyuk, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine).


Lecture 4, 20.09.2022
Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun: Deputinization of the "Russian soul"

Deputinization of the Russian psyché is a condition sine qua non to end the ongoing war in Ukraine and to establish sustainable peace in the region after the aggression ceases. As the war is underpinned by a political theology produced by the Russian Orthodox Church, the present lecture will elaborate on an alternative public theology that will help disenchant military ethics and rhetorics. This alternative public theology will be based on what has been branded as "the theology of the Maidan." Listen the lecture about the alternative theology for sustainable peace from Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun, Professor of Ecclesiology, International Relations and Ecumenism, University College Stockholm.    


Lecture 3, 13.09.2022
Paul D’Anieri: Prospects for Peace: Causes of Russia’s War in Ukraine and the Implications for a Potential Peace Agreement

All wars eventually end, but while some end in lasting settlements, in others– conflict endures and insecurity remains high. Can we see a path to lasting peace between Russia and Ukraine and the West? What does an end to war without a lasting settlement look like? All wars eventually end, but while some end in lasting settlements, in others– conflict endures and insecurity remains high. Can we see a path to lasting peace between Russia and Ukraine and the West? What does an end to war without a lasting settlement look like? Paul D’Anieri, professor of political science and public policy, University of California, Riverside, reflect on this.    


Lecture 2, 06.09.2022
Marci Shore: Here and Now: Guilt, Responsibility, and Memory Politics in a Time of War

Currently, Ukrainians live in a time when the history of the country is changing right before their eyes. “Today, history is not just being rewritten - it is being rewritten in the Ukrainian language,” writes Serhiy Zhadan, an acclaimed Ukrainian poet. The way people perceive and remember what is happening to them affects not only their identity, but also other aspects of their life. For example, it shapes the vision of the future for their country. Therefore, memory politics becomes of utmost importance. What should be Ukraine's memory politics regarding the events of the Russian-Ukrainian war? What is the connection between the guilt or innocence during the war and the responsibility in the future? We look at memory politics in Poland, Germany, Russia, Ukraine and the United States with attention to the relationship between guilt/innocence in the past and responsibility in the present. Marci Shore (Department of History, Yale University) makes a Heideggerean-Patočkian argument that the source of responsibility is not personal guilt; the source of responsibility is being-in-the-world. Responsibility transcends the division between guilt and innocence; there is no escape from it, it is always with us.    


Lecture 1, 30.08.2022
Mychailo Wynnyckyj: Thinking about post-war Ukraine: Identity, Structure, Agency

Ukrainian society has undergone fundamental accelerated change since February 2022. We see identity shifts that suggests the emergence of a new "territorial patriotism". We have witnessed the emergence of unique new "heterarchic" structures that have been key to Ukraine's unexpected military successes. We have observed and participated in new bottom-up individual and collective initiatives that expose new forms of agency. How these changes affects Ukrainian identity, social structure and agency of Ukraine? We discuss it with Mychailo Wynnyckyj, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.