The Idea of Europe

Part of HAY FESTIVAL Lviv Book Forum

Lviv BookForum took place 6–9 October 2022 with all events available free to view here. Mixing acclaimed Ukrainian writers with world-renowned literary figures, the co-curated programme shared essential stories and facilitated a global conversation around the biggest questions of our time. Part of the UK/Ukraine Season of Culture devised jointly by the British Council and the Ukrainian Institute, you can find the full programme here.

Co-hosted with the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna, this event explored how the war has changed people’s concept of Europe. How have the boundaries of Europe been defined previously – geographically, religiously, politically? Can we ever see Russia as a European country once again?

Volodymyr Yermolenko is a philosopher and editor of Ukraine World, an English-language news outlet.

Philippe Sands is an international human rights lawyer and author of East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity.

Tetyana Oharkova is a Ukrainian literary scholar, journalist and essayist.

Chaired by Misha Glenny, British journalist and IWM Rector, author of McMafia and known for his focus on global crime.