Contested Borderland: The Donbas(s) in the imagination of the contemporary Russian and Ukrainian literatures

Eureast's Knowledge Centre 'Ukraine and Eastern Europe' (‘Ukraine-plus’)
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Since the outbreak of the war in Donbas in 2014, this border region has garnered global attention both in news coverage and on the battlefield. This spotlight has brought a wide array of issues concerning the Donbas’s place on the cultural maps of Ukraine and Russia, which are ranging from the region’s entangled history to the complex relations between regional and national identity within its borders. The image of the Donbas as a contested, unsettled region has gained even more significance with the escalation of the Russian-Ukrainian war in February 2022.

Speaker Oleksandr Zabirko completed his studies in Literature and Linguistics at the University of Luhansk (Ukraine) and the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany). He earned his PhD in Slavic Literatures and Cultures from the University of Münster and is currently affiliated with the Slavic Department at the University of Regensburg. His primary research interests encompass literary models of spatial and political order, contemporary literatures from Russia and Ukraine, and fantastic literature as a whole. Notable among his recent publications are “Literary Forms of Geopolitics: The Modeling of Spatial and Political Order in Contemporary Russian and Ukrainian Literature” (in German, 2021) and “Figurations of the East” (in German, co-edited, 2022).

Thursday, 18 April 2024, 18:00
Blandijn, Leslokaal 6.60, Universiteit Gent, Vakgroep Talen en culturen – Afdeling Slavistiek en Oost-Europakunde
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