Contemporary Ukraine: Borderland – Bloodland – Neverland?

Thursday, 15 October 2015, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, IWM library
The seminar proposes a threefold topological framework for the analysis of contemporary Ukraine, revealing alternative paths for its further development, as well as approaches for their theorization. Particular emphasis will be put on Maidan 2.0 as an attempt to move beyond the ‘Borderland’ paradigm while suggesting a ‘Neverland’ alternative (a sort of ‘Peter Pan’ utopia). However, the subsequent events could rather be framed as a ‘Bloodland’ (T. Snyder). Altogether, the last years’ events seem to have resulted in Ukraine oscillating between all three possibilities: negotiating its position at (or as) the “bridge between Europe and Russia”; descending into violent and bloody chaos; or realizing the idealistic vision by turning itself into a prosperous country founded on European values and principles.

Valeriya Korablyova is currently a Junior Visiting Fellow at the IWM. She holds a Dr. habil. in Social Philosophy from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, where she is a associate Professor. In 2014 she was a Carnegie Visiting Fellow at Stanford University.  Her research interests include on-going shifts in Ukraine through the lens of social theory, political philosophy, and ideology studies which were embodied in her recent book Social Senses of Ideology [in Ukrainian] (Kyiv University, 2014 ). She is a member of the International Political Science Association and co-editor of the international peer-reviewed journal Topos.

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