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Conference. Five Years of War in the Donbas: Cultural Responses and Reverberations

November 1, 2019 - November 2, 2019

Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University for the conference Five Years of War in the Donbas: Cultural Responses and Reverberations. The conference will gather an international array of scholars to discuss the diverse ways that Ukrainian culture has been stirred by the recent war between Ukraine and Russia in the Donbas. At the bottom of this page are download links for the full conference schedule, abstracts, and participant bios.

Among those scheduled to participate in the conference are Mark Andryczyk, Uilleam Blacker, Vitaly Chernetsky, Yuliya Ilchuk, Roman Ivashkiv, Nazar Kozak, Yuliya V. Ladygina, Oksana Maksymchuk, Olena Marstynyuk, Ronald Meyer, Natalia Moussienko, Oksana Remaniaka, Maria G. Rewakowicz, Max Rosochinsky, Yuri Shevchuk, Iryna Shuvalova, and Alina Zubkovych.

“Five Years of War in the Donbas: Cultural Responses and Reverberations” will present and analyze the vibrant and varied reflections of the war marking today’s Ukrainian culture. It will explore the different, novel ways that Ukrainian literature, film, music, and visual art have attempted to perceive, interpret, and express war in the country. Among the questions that will be treated at the conference are: How has this culture changed as the war has endured? How have language, memory and displacement been treated by this culture? How has this culture been disseminated in Ukraine and beyond its borders? How does this culture reflect the identity of today’s Ukraine?

Day two of the conference will conclude with the US premier at The Ukrainian Museum of the exhibit A Conversation by legendary Ukrainian artist Vlodko Kaufman, with the assistance of fellow Ukrainian artist Natalka Shymin. Kaufman’s work as a performance artist, painter, and book designer dates back to late-Soviet-era, underground Ukrainian culture and he has been a leading voice in the development of Ukrainian art for over the past quarter of a century. He is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Dzyga Art Association in Lviv, Ukraine. A Conversation is a candid and provocative, yet subtle, treatment of the everyday responses of Ukrainians to war in their homeland and is a reminder to those outside of Ukraine that it endures.

The conference is cosponsored by the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University, and by The Ukrainian Museum.

Conference Schedule (PDF)
Conference Abstracts and Participant Bios (PDF)


November 1, 2019
November 2, 2019


1512 International Affairs Building (Columbia Univ)
420 W 118th St, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10027
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(212) 854-5460

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