National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv
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Judith Butler’s Frames of War explores the mechanisms of the representation of armed conflict and state violence in the Western media by analyzing different frames through which we experience war. Since Butler’s expansive theoretical corpus is little known in Ukraine, my project aims, first of all, to introduce some of her key concepts to Ukrainian intellectual debate. Furthermore, Butler’s philosophical perspective is highly relevant to the ongoing discussion about Russian propaganda and its role in the escalation of violence in Eastern Ukraine. Butler poses crucial ethical questions of survivability, vulnerability, affect, sexual politics, and torture, which have been a matter of concern for Ukrainian intellectuals and journalists in the last years.