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About the event

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 brought death and suffering to the Ukrainian people, and to the world the shocking realisation that unprovoked aggression and violence had returned on European soil.

News reports, analyses, interviews and testimonies have come flooding in ever since in the media, yet the constant flow of information often leaves us with more questions than answers, filling us with a sense of powerlessness.

We struggle to make sense of events mediated by live streams, which can give even those directly affected by the events the illusion that they are mere passive observers, watching from afar.

This one-day conference aims to explore the possible articulation of the ongoing experience of the war that Russia began in Ukraine in February 2014 through the medium of literary and cultural representations. We willalso consider the impact of war on the academic field of literary studies and on teaching and studying literature at university.


This event is organised as a UK-Ukraine twinning initiative between the Institute of Philology at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, and the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh.

Organising committee

Professor Tetiana Mykhed (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)

Dr. Emmanuelle Lacore-Martin (University of Edinburgh)

Professor Lilia Miroshnychenko (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)

Coordination: Emily Kent (PhD candidate in History, University of Edinburgh) and Olha Petrenko (PhD candidate in Philology, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)

Related links

Read more about the Edinburgh-KNU Collaboration
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv Conference Landing Page (in Ukrainian)