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Memory and Media in the Crisis around Ukraine

posted Mar 20, 2016, 6:21 AM by Mykola Makhortykh   [ updated Mar 23, 2016, 12:01 PM by Ellen Rutten ]
On March 21, 2016, the University of Amsterdam will host Memory and Media in the Crisis around Ukraine - a workshop on the Ukraine crisis, where a group of experts from the Netherlands and abroad will discuss the role of media and memory in the current events.

From the frozen streets of Kyiv to the heated heights of Savur-mohila, media and memory shaped the way in which the Ukrainian crisis of 2013-2015 was perceived and understood both inside and outside Ukraine. As protests against the corrupt government in Kyiv turned to nation-wide public unrest, and then to a full-fledged military conflict in Eastern Ukraine, “old” and “new” media outlets alike were instrumentalised as means of information warfare. The mediatisation of the crisis resurfaced old ghosts, which for years haunted Ukrainian cultural memories; and it evoked new spectres, which arose from the brisk memorialisation of increasingly violent conflict in Ukraine.

‘Memory and Media in the Crisis around Ukraine’ is a 1-day interdisciplinary workshop whose participants explore how the Ukrainian crisis is portrayed, interpreted, and ignited through the use of technology and memory. How did Western, Russian, and Ukrainian offline/online media frame different episodes of the Ukrainian crisis? To what extent are memories of previous revolutions (e.g. the revolution of 1991 and the Orange revolution) and conflicts (e.g. the Second World War and the Afghan War) used in framing the crisis? What commemorative and/or media practices arise offline and online in relation to the crisis? And how do today's increased opportunities for conflict mediatisation/memorialisation affect the development of the Ukrainian crisis both in the short and the long run?