Interviews

The Dividing Line between Authenticity and Fakery: Folklore, Fakelore, and Invented Tradition

The Dividing Line between Authenticity and Fakery: Folklore, Fakelore, and Invented Tradition

Dec 31, 2023

Here is an interview with Oksana Kuzmenko, a researcher of Ukrainian folklore, in which she is discussing authentic folklore as opposed to fakelore in the context of emerging national imagination.…

Ukrainians Started as the Scots and Ended Up as the Irish

Ukrainians Started as the Scots and Ended Up as the Irish

Nov 24, 2023

In this conversation with Visible Ukraine editor Marta Haiduchok and RevDem editor Ferenc Laczó, Yaroslav Hrytsak—author of the new book Ukraine: The Forging of a Nation—explains what makes Ukraine a…

If Socially Relevant Research Does not Become Public Knowledge, What is it For? 

If Socially Relevant Research Does not Become Public Knowledge, What is it For? 

Nov 12, 2023

With the full-scale war, the roles within the public sphere change, and academia is no exception. We have talked with Oleksand Ivashyna about the decolonization and marketing of Ukrainian academia,…

Contested European Landscapes: Paul D’Anieri on Ukraine, NATO, and Russia’s Imperial Ambitions

Contested European Landscapes: Paul D’Anieri on Ukraine, NATO, and Russia’s Imperial Ambitions

Oct 11, 2023

Amidst the backdrop of Russia’s invasion, the fabric of the world order finds itself being tested. The strategic geography of Europe has shifted, prompting the world to question the preparedness…

We Know What to Do, and We Are Doing It: an Anthropological Look at Ukrainian Resistance

We Know What to Do, and We Are Doing It: an Anthropological Look at Ukrainian Resistance

Sep 13, 2023

As Ukraine continues to fight the full-scale Russian invasion, the resilience of its people stands in stark contrast to the forces arrayed against them. Emily Channell-Justice, Director of the Temerty…

War, Migration, and Resilience: New Perspectives on Ukraine’s IDP Crisis

War, Migration, and Resilience: New Perspectives on Ukraine’s IDP Crisis

Sep 11, 2023

In this interview, Ukrainian sociologists Viktoriya Sereda and Oksana Mikheieva ​​shed light on the often overlooked power of civil society in times of crisis. Focused on the Russo-Ukrainian war, they…

Women in History and Women’s History

Women in History and Women’s History

Jul 4, 2023

Zsófia Lóránd is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Vienna. She focuses on the history of feminism in post-WWII Eastern Europe,…

A Savage War of Russian Decline

A Savage War of Russian Decline

Jun 29, 2023

In this conversation co-hosted by Marta Haiduchok (Visible Ukraine) and Ferenc Laczó (the Review of Democracy), Serhii Plokhy – author of the new book The Russo-Ukrainian War – discusses why…

The Curse of Russian Imperialism - The interview with Martin Schulze Wessel on Imperial Optics, False Dichotomies, and the Need to Reconsider East European History

The Curse of Russian Imperialism

May 20, 2023

In this conversation with RevDem editor Ferenc Laczó, Martin Schulze Wessel – author of the new book Der Fluch des Imperiums. Die Ukraine, Polen und der Irrweg in der Russischen…

Collecting, Sharing, Letting Be — An Interview with Vesna Teršelič on Dealing with the Past

Collecting, Sharing, Letting Be

Mar 21, 2023

Speaking about traumatic memory generally presupposes speaking about narrative creation. Articulation and re-telling are often perceived as weaving the canvases back after rupture, as filling the empty spaces left by…

The Ideas Behind the IUFU

The Ideas Behind the IUFU

Jan 10, 2023

In times of crisis, solidarity and collaborative action play a vital role in supporting people, institutions, and practices in the academic space as well as in any other. With the…

Culture, Memory, and Wars in the Recent Studies of History

Culture, Memory, and Wars in the Recent Studies of History

Jan 13, 2023

Joep Leerssen is an Emeritus Professor of Modern European Literature at the University of Amsterdam and a part-time appointed research professor at the Sociaal Historisch Centrum Limburg / Maastricht University.…