During her time at the IWM, Mariia Shuvalova will be working on an article for an international peer-reviewed journal on Russian Contemporary Military Fiction. In Russia, books about contemporary Ukrainian-Russian events started appearing in 2009; after the invasion in 2014, Russian media started spreading the word that great Russian writers predicted war in Ukraine. Analyzing this fiction, we observe several narratives used by the Russian media and authorities to justify and normalize war, war crimes, and acts of terrorism. Shuvalova will also be writing various shorter texts addressing literature as a form of resistance and propaganda and Russia’s war against Ukraine, as well as editing (along with Kateryna Zarembo and Roman Horbyk) a special issue entiteld Empathy vs Empire: How (Mis)Understanding of Imperialism Shapes Discourses and Decisions in and about Ukraine, Europe, and Beyond.
This fellowship is generously funded by the City of Vienna.