Book Talk
Tue 18 Jul 2023 | 17:00–18:30

The Rise of Ukraine’s Sun by Kateryna Zarembo

Dr Kateryna Zarembo presents her new book "The Rise of Ukraine’s Sun" (Схід українського сонця) at the Forum Transregionale Studien. In cooperation with Vitsche Berlin.

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Kateryna Zarembo and Oksana Mikheieva discuss "The Rise of Ukraine's Sun".

"The Rise of Ukraine's Sun" (Схід українського сонця) is a book about the pro-Ukrainian communities and movements in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts which were there before the Russian aggression in 2014. The book's chapters depict the academic and artistic communities, rural areas, religious circles of various denominations as well pro-European movements and football fans. Each chapter narrates the stories of Donetsk and Luhansk locals, set against the backdrop of wider historical context. The reader will discover the Ukrainian identity of the region, which has always been there but which has been silenced and oppressed by the artificial myth, specially created in the Soviet and post-Soviet narrative. The book also explains why the local population did indeed take arms to fight in 2014 and onwards - but, contrary to the Russian propaganda, not for the unrecognized republics but for Ukraine's freedom and democracy.

The presentation and discussion will be held in English.

The book is available on the publisher's website (Ukrainian).

Kateryna Zarembo is a Ukrainian scholar, policy analyst, translator and writer. Her area of expertise is foreign and security policy as well as civil society studies, with a focus on Ukraine. She is an associate fellow at the New Europe Center (Kyiv, Ukraine). She also teaches at the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy'' (Ukraine) and currently is a visiting fellow at the Technical University of Darmstadt. 

Oksana Mikheieva is a DAAD professor at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. She is also professor of sociology at the Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv). In the spring semesters of 2020 and 2022 she was visiting lecturer at the Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland). She has also participated in more than 20 sociological research projects, in 10 of which she was a principal investigator. She researches a wide range of areas, including the historical aspects of deviant and delinquent behavior, urban studies, paramilitary motivations, forced displacement, migration and has over twenty years of research and teaching experience. In 2016 she was a visiting professor in Ukraine European Dialogue at the Institute for Human Science (Vienna), and in 2015 an Eugene and Daymel Shklar Research Fellow Harvard University, Ukrainian Research Institute.

The event is organized in cooperation with Vitsche Berlin.
The publication of the book has been supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.


In-person location:
Forum Transregionale Studien, Seminarraum
Wallotstraße 14
14193 Berlin

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