UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Depicting Donbas: Creative and critical responses to the war in Ukraine

25 April 2019–26 April 2019, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

Depicting Donbass

Event Information

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Uilleam Blacker – SSEES


room 347
School of Slavonic and East European Studies
16 Taviton Street

On Thursday 25 and Friday 26 April 2019, we host 'Depicting Donbas: Creative and critical responses to the war in Ukraine'. 'Depicting Donbas' is a series of three events over two days exploring how artists across genres are responding to the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.

Find more details about the programme below and register to reserve your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/depicting-donbas-tickets-58374722366

On Thursday 25 April from 6-7:30pm we host Ukrainian writers Iryna Shuvalova, Iryna Starovoyt, and Olena Styazhkina for a reading and discussion of their works. The reading will take place in room 347 at UCL's School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

On Friday 26 April from 10am-4:45pm we hold a symposium at Birkbeck School of Arts featuring presentations and discussion with Ukrainian writers, theatre artists, photographers, filmmakers and academics on the role of creative practice during times of conflict.

Following the symposium on 26 April from 7-9pm our Centre for Contemporary Theatre presents a documentary theatre performance from Ukraine's Theatre of Displaced People written and performed by Alik Sardarian and Natalia Vorozhbyt, directed by Georg Genoux.

The full programme for the symposium can be found via the link below: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/contemporary-theatre/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Depicting-Donbas-Programme.pdf

The reading, the symposium, and the evening performance are all free and open to the public. Registration via the Eventbrite link above is required. Symposium participants will be given priority for attendance at the evening performance on 26 April. Separate tickets for the performance will be released at a later date pending availability.

Depicting Donbas is made possible with support from Birkbeck Research Centres Collaboration Fund, UCL Octagon Small Grants, Birkbeck School of Arts Strategic Research Fund, Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community, and Birkbeck Institute for Gender and Sexuality.

Cover image by Anastasiia Vlasova ©

About the Speakers

Iryna Shuvalova

at St John's College, University of Cambridge

Iryna Starovoyt

at Ivan Franko Lviv National University

Olena Styazhkina

at Donetsk National University