10 Things Everyone Should Know About Ukraine

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Ukraine’ brings to life familiar and yet unknown stories about Ukraine. Ten short films tell about famous figures, historical and cultural events in Ukraine, and invite to see Ukraine of ХІХ-ХХI in the local and world contexts. 

Taras Shevchenko: the Serf Who Founded a Nation

How Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861) went from being a serf to becoming Ukraine’s most important poet, giving a voice to the Ukrainian people. With Dr Rory Finnin, University Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Ukrainian Studies, University of Cambridge.

Lesia Ukrainka: Fin-de-siecle Ukrainian Feminism

How Ukrainian modernist writer Lesia Ukrainka (1871-1913) pioneered a new feminist literature, at the forefront of European trends of the time. With Dr Sasha Dovzhyk, Associate Research Fellow, Birkbeck, University of London.

The Many Voices of Ukraine

How over the centuries, the territory of Ukraine has been home to a huge diversity of languages and literatures, with unique and dynamic interplay between different cultures. With Dr Uilleam Blacker, Associate Professor in the Comparative Culture of Russia and Eastern Europe, University College London.

Les Kurbas: Ukrainian Avant-garde Theatre

How the experimental director, Les Kurbas, radically transformed Ukrainian theatre and was at the cutting edge of theatre innovations across Europe. With Dr Mayhill C. Fowler, Associate Professor, Director of Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Stetson University.

Holodomor: The Ukrainian Famine of the 1930s

How the Holodomor fits into the wider understanding of Stalin’s USSR, and how the famine was covered in world media. With Dr Daria Mattingly, Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow and Affiliated Lecturer in Slavonic Studies, University of Cambridge.

The Bloodlands: Ukraine in World War II

How the multiple occupations of Ukraine during the Second World War had a devastating impact on the populations of Ukraine, including the Holocaust. With Professor Timothy Snyder, the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.

Andrei Sheptytskyi: A Count Who Became a Priest

The extraordinary story of Andrei Sheptytskyi, a count who gave up a life of wealth to become a Ukrainian Catholic priest, who saved Jewish lives in WWII and eventually founded Ukraine’s most modern university. With Bishop Borys Gudziak, Archeparch of Philadelphia for Ukrainians and Metropolitan for the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the USA, President of the Ukrainian Catholic University.

Fighting for the Self: Poetry from the Gulag

How the dissident poet Vasyl Stus fought for human and national rights and created unique poetry of the self, overcoming the extreme conditions of the Soviet Gulag. With Dr Bohdan Tokarsky, URIS Fellow at the University of Basel and the 2020/21 Prisma Ukraїna Fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin.

Ukrainian Cinema: Giving a Voice to the Silenced

Throughout its history, Ukrainian cinema has captured the plight of marginalised peoples and identities, allowing those forgotten or hidden from society to come to life on screen. With Dr Olga Bryukhovetska, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy.

Why do Ukrainians take to the streets?

Why Ukrainians, in spite of their divisions, are always ready to come out onto the streets and stand up for their rights. With Dr Ola Onuch, Associate Professor in Politics (Senior Lecturer), University of Manchester.