UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Decolonising Western Coverage of Ukraine

31 October 2022, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

A photo of Terrell Jermaine Starr

Please join us for this event co-organised by the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies and the Ukrainian Institute London

This event is free.

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SB31 Denys Holland Lecture Theatre, Bentham House
UCL Faculty of Laws
4-8 Endsleigh Gardens

From repeating Russian (neo-)imperialist narratives to projecting Western experiences on an underexplored cultural geography, the recent journalism on Ukraine in the West has had its shortfalls. Terrell Jermaine Starr’s focus on decolonisation helps us reimagine reporting on Ukraine for Western audiences. He is an independent journalist based in Kyiv covering the Russian war against Ukraine. He hosts the Black Diplomats podcast where he discusses geopolitical issues, foreign affairs, and travel – from a Black perspective. The discussion will be moderated by Sasha Dovzhyk, Associate Lecturer in Ukrainian (UCL SSEES) and special projects curator at the Ukrainian Institute London, who has worked as a fixer for Western media in Ukraine during the first six months of Russia’s full-scale invasion.

The event is co-organised by UCL SSEES and Ukrainian Institute London.

A photo of Sasha Dovzhyk and Terrell Jermaine Starr

About the Speaker

Terrell Jermaine Starr

Terrell is a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and the senior reporter at The Root, where he writes about US-Russia politics and race in America. Previously, he worked at Foxtrot Alpha, a blog that focuses on military, technology, and policy. In 2016, he was FUSION’s national political correspondent covering the 2016 presidential campaign. He lived in Ukraine as a Fulbright fellow and a freelance journalist, and Georgia as a Peace Corps volunteer. Starr has more than four years of experience living in the former Soviet Union, in addition to visiting Ukraine at least three months each year since 2016. In 2018, Diversity in National Security Network and New America selected him as one of the top African-American experts in foreign policy and national security. Starr is also a 2018-2020 Global Strategist Association fellow, a fellowship that aims to place Black people in foreign policy discussions and positions of power. He is the founder and host of Black Diplomats, a weekly foreign policy podcast that explores the world via travel, politics, culture, and news from a Black perspective. He regularly appears on In The Thick Podcast and The Young Turks, where he provides analysis on Eastern European and US politics.