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Research Seminar: Chronicling the Russo-Ukrainian War: Documentation as Resistance and Record

Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 5:40 pm – 7:00 pm

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff of the Department of History, 

We are continuing our departmental tradition of research seminars. In these seminars, professors and researchers provide insights into their current work.

On Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 17:40 PM CET, we will have a lecture by Katherine Younger, Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM Vienna) and Research Director of "Ukraine in European Dialogue". The seminar will take place at the Vienna Campus in the tiered room D-002.

Chronicling the Russo-Ukrainian War: Documentation as Resistance and Record

Abstract: In the face of a war of destruction, the act of preserving a factual record and bringing meaning to events, whether through intellectual reflection or artistic interpretation, can be seen as a form of resistance. The Institute for Human Sciences' Documenting Ukraine program was established soon after the start of the full-scale Russian invasion to support Ukrainian scholars and cultural figures as they document the war; ultimately the materials they gather and produce will be collected in a complex, transdisciplinary archive. Drawing on insights gleaned while establishing and developing Documenting Ukraine, this talk will reflect on the methodologies, motivations, and ethical considerations for documentation in wartime, as well as the varying temporalities of recording, preserving, and sharing stories.

Bio: Dr. Katherine Younger is a Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM Vienna), where she runs the programs Ukraine in European Dialogue and Documenting Ukraine. She received her PhD in History from Yale University in 2018. Her research concentrates on practices of international politics, forms of imperial governance, and the relationship between religion and power. Most recently, she edited The Universe behind Barbed Wire: Memoirs of a Ukrainian Soviet Dissident by Myroslav Marynovych (University of Rochester Press, 2021).


Photograph courtesy Anastasiia Vlasova…

Meeting ID: 978 8458 9091
Passcode: 255370