Memory Politics and Russian Aggression in Ukraine

Ukraine-arrangement i Lund 27112023
Photo ©: Nikolay Anatskyi

CEMES research group on European Memory Cultures together with Horizon-Europe project EUROPAST invite you to attend the afternoon symposium.


17:00 – 17:30 Peter Johnsson Historical Memory and National Identity. Russia and Ukraine
17:30 – 18:00 Yuliya Yurchuk Memory as a Resource and a Challenge: Transformations of Memory Work in Ukraine since 2014
18:15 – 18:30 Denys Kiryukhin The Sacralization of the Past and the Desacralization of the Sacred: The Symbolism of the Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces
18:30- 19:00 Moderator: Barbara Törnquist-Plewa, professor of Eastern and Central European Studies, Lund Discussion

Peter Johnsson is a historian and journalist with deep knowledge of East- and Central Europe. For forty years he has worked as a foreign correspondent in Eastern Europe for Scandinavian media covering among others the revolutions in Poland, the Baltic Countries, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Belarus, and Ukraine. He is the author of several books in Swedish on Poland and Ukraine, for example, Ukraïna i historien: Från äldsta tid till 2023 (Carlssons: 2023)

Yuliya Yurchuk is a Senior Lecturer of History of Ideas at Södertörn University, Sweden. She specializes in memory studies, the history of religion, and the study of nationalism in East European countries. She is the author of the book Reordering of Meaningful Worlds: Memory of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army in Post-Soviet Ukraine (2014). Her recent work focuses on memory and religion and she co-edited (with Zuzanna Bogumil) the volume Memory and Religion from a Postsecular Perspective (2022). 

Denys Kiryukhin is a researcher at the Department of History, Lund University. His research interests focus on the social and political development of post-communist states, history of ideas, and political philosophy. Kiryukhin is the author and co-author of several books, for example, Ukraine and Russia: People, Politics, Propaganda and Perspectives (2015), Ukraine in Crisis (2017), and The Discourses of Justice in Historical Context (2021).