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Referring to Ukraine as an artificial state created by the Bolsheviks, accusing the West of supporting Ukrainian fascism and insisting that Russians and Ukrainians are one single people, Vladimir Putin used false historical narratives to legitimize Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. While having a historical debate with an aggressor and his propagandists would be wrong, we can and should analyse memory politics as one of the dimensions of the Ukrainian-Russian conflict in a broader European context.

Event details of .ua discussions #10: The politics of memory in the Ukrainian-Russian conflict
Date 24 May 2022
Time 18:00 -19:00
Location Oudemanhuispoort
Room Room D0.09 and online via Zoom

About the speaker

Tatiana Zhurzhenko is researcher at ZOiS (Centre for East European and International Studies), Berlin, and teaches East European Politics at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna. She graduated in political economy (1989) and philosophy (1993) at the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine) where she then taught as Associate Professor. Since 2002, Tatiana has continued her academic career in Austria, where she held research fellowships at the Institute for East European History (Lise Meitner 2002-04) and the Department of Political Science (Elise Richter 2007-11).

Her research addresses memory politics, borders and borderland identities, with a focus on Ukrainian-Russian borderlands, as well as gender politics in Ukraine and the post-Soviet space. She was a visiting scholar at Helsinki, Harvard and Toronto Universities as well as at London Metropolitan University. From 2014 to 2018, Tatiana was Research Director of the Ukraine and Russia programs at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna.

Among her publications is War and Memory in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus (co-edited with J. Fedor, M. Kangaspuro, J. Lassila) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2017.


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About .ua discussions

The .ua discussions Series emerged as a reaction to Russia’s violent assault on Ukraine. It aims to counter the information deficit that exists in the Netherlands about Ukraine and provide students and general public with a reliable commentary on Ukraine’s history, culture, society and politics. Using a compact format of weekly one-hour seminars (a mix of online and on-site events), the series will bring together academic experts of Ukraine from across Europe and the Netherlands. Short lectures (30-35 mins) will be followed by Q&A sessions.

The events will take place on Tuesday evening at 6pm. The venue is the Oudemanhuispoort; the events will be organised for an online-audience in the shape of Zoom webinars.


Room Room D0.09 and online via Zoom

Oudemanhuispoort 4-6
1012 CN Amsterdam