Talks & Interviews

On Russia's war against Ukraine

Comments, interviews, articles and talks.
'Memory Wars: The Use and Abuse of History in Great Power Politics', panel discussion organised by Egmont, Royal Institute for International Relations and the Latvian Embassy in Belgium, Brussels, 18 May 2022.
'Identities. Ukraine and Russia: The imagination of a region'. Public talk organised by the University of Amsterdam and Academic Cultural Centre, Amsterdam, 16 May 2022.
'The future of Europe in light of Russia's war against Ukraine', panel discussion organised by the University of Graz, Graz, 13 May 2022.
Ukrainian people’s resilience in the face of Russia’s invasion’. Public talk organised by The Durham Union, 27 April 2022.
'Russia's war against Ukraine', panel discussion organised by Cambridge Literary Festival and Cambridge University Ukrainian Society, Cambridge, 24 April 2022.
'Ukrainian (and East European) Studies Now', panel discussion organised by European University Viadrina, 14 April 2022.
‘Where is Ukraine on the mental map of the academic community?’ Keynote speech at the British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies conference, Cambridge, 8 April 2022.
'Dispatches from Ukraine: voices of resistance', a discussion co-organised by the Ukrainian Institute London and The Frontline Club, featuring Stanislav Aseyev, Nataliya Gumenyuk, Isobel Koshiw and Olga Tokariuk.
'The Nation Ukraine Has Become' coauthored with Sonya Bilocerkowycz, The New York Review of Books, 25 March 2022.
»Wir kämpfen für das Recht, eine Zukunft zu haben«, Der Spiegel, 23 March 2022 (English version: ‘We are fighting for a right to have a future’).
‘A Pair of Boots’, an extract from her book 'A Loss: The Story of a Dead Soldier Told by His Sister' read at 𝘚𝘢𝘭𝘢𝘷𝘢 𝘜𝘬𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘪, a fundraiser organised by the Southbank Centre, the Royal Festival Hall, 22 March 2022.
Guest on Jon Snow's 'What if Putin Goes Nuclear', Channel 4, 19 March 2022.
'(Mis)understanding Ukraine and Russia's War', 36th Annual Ivan Franko Memorial Lecture, organised by the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa and the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association Ottawa Chapter UCPBA Ottawa, on 16 March 2022.
Panellist on BBC One Question Time, 9 March 2022.
Christiane Amanpour, Impact of Putin's war on Ukrainian women, CNN, 8 March 2022.
Historikerin Olesya Khromeychuk über Frauen im Ukraine-Krieg, WDR 3 Kultur am Mittag Von Cornelia Wegerhoff, 8 March 2022.
Julian Evans, 'Why Putin is obsessed with Ukraine and Russia being "one people"', The Telegraph, 6 March 2022.
Christopher Hope, 'To Ukraine, with love', Chopper's Politics, 4 March 2022.
'Day of intense attacks on Ukrainian cities', The World Tonight, 3 March 2022.
'"He has decided to destroy the whole world"': Six global voices on Putin's invasion of Ukraine', CNN Opinion, 2 March 2022.
'Ukrainian Catholic bishop warns British people to avoid disinformation about war', The Independent, 2 March 2022.
'Ukrainian women on the front line', Woman's Hour, 28 February 2022.
'What can the West do to help Ukraine?' openDemocracy, 28 February 2022.
'My Ukrainian brother was killed on the frontline - he was right when he said this is a European war', Metro, 25 February 2022.
„Putin leugnet immer wieder, dass Ukrainer eine eigene Nation bilden“, Olesya Khromeychuk in conversation with Paul Simon, Berliner Zeitung, 29 Jan 2022.
'Why Putin has his sights on Ukraine', Ritula Shah in conversation with Olesya Khromeychuk, Olga Tokariuk, Angela Stent and Maxim Samoroukov, BBC World Service, 27 Jan 2022.

Keynote lectures

‘Where is Ukraine on the mental map of the academic community?’ Keynote speech at the British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies conference, Cambridge, 8 April 2022.

'Misunderstanding Ukraine and Russia’s War', the 36th Annual Ivan Franko Memorial Lecture, organised by the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa and the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association (UCPBA) Ottawa Chapter, 16 March 2022.

'Militarism and feminism, or how to write servicewomen into the history of war'. Keynote speech at 'Women's Dimensions of the Past', organised by the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, the Ukrainian Association for Research in Women's History and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Ukraine, 8 June 2021.


'Ukraine's legacy of the past and vision for the future'. Keynote speech at 'Modernization 2021: the Role of Governance and Institutions' conference, organised by VoxUkraine, 27 April 2021.
“Because you are a woman!” The dilemmas of women’s participation in protest and war in Ukraine’. Keynote speech at the 2nd International Women’s Day: Women in Peace and Conflict Conference, The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies, Liverpool Hope University (Liverpool), 9 Mar 2016.

Invited public lectures


'Ukraine’s democratic outlook after 30 years of independence'. Public discussion organised by ForumCiv, Nordic Ukraine Forum and Östgruppen, 8 Dec 2021. Full recording.
'Memory politics: the challenge of commemoration in post-Soviet Eastern Europe and the Caucasus', Chatham House, 5 Oct 2021. Full recording.

‘At the Front Line. Ukrainian Art, 2013-2019’. Public talk organised by the Museum of Memory and Tolerance (Mexico City), 19 Oct 2019. ‘History and Memory Politics in a Militarised Society’. Public lecture organised by the Ukrainian Catholic University (L’viv), 11 April 2019. ‘Fraternal Peoples? History, Memory and Politics in the Ukraine Crisis’. Lecture at ‘Putin, Russia and the World’, a day school organised by Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education (Oxford), 24 Sept 2016. ‘Negotiating Protest Spaces on the Maidan: a Gender Perspective’. Guest lecture organised by Forum Transregionale Studien, held at Osteuropa-Institut, Freie Universität (Berlin), 28 Apr 2016. ‘Resistance and Gender: the Ukrainian Nationalist Movement of the 1930s-1950s and its Relevance to Contemporary Ukraine’. Lecture at ‘Resistance in Russia and Eastern Europe’ Lecture Series organised by Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies (Cambridge, UK), 2 May 2013.

Photos: Chatham House (2021), Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Kyiv (2016).

Invited research seminar talks

'Performing Trauma: the Donbas War on Stage'. Public talk at 'Uprootedness & Hybridity: Researching Eastern-European intergenerational trauma in the arts and theatre' seminar, organised by Counterpoints Arts (online), 19 June 2021.
‘Why history needs gender and gender needs history: researching and teaching “male” topics, history and memory politics’. Guest lecture at ‘Theory and Practice of Gender Studies’ workshop, organised by the Centre for Interethnic Relations (Kharkiv), 29-30 Mar 2019. ‘Militarizing Women in the Ukrainian Nationalist Movement of the 1930s-1950s’. Guest lecture organised by UCL Russian Studies Seminar, UCL SSEES (London), 11 Oct 2017. ‘Women in the Maidan Protests and the Conflict in Donbas: Participation and Perception’. Guest lecture at the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds (Leeds), 14 Mar 2017. ‘From the Maidan to the Donbas: Ukrainian Women in Protest and War’. Guest lecture at the University of Tromsø (Tromsø), 3 March 2017. ‘The “Undetermined” Ukrainians of the Waffen SS: from Surrendered Enemy Personnel to Civilian Life in the West’. Lecture organised by Modern European History seminar series, UEA (Norwich), 2 Dec 2015. ‘The Re-construction of WWII Memory and its Contemporary Political Framing in Ukraine. The Case of the Waffen SS “Galicia”’. Lecture at East European Memory Studies seminar series, organised by the Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (Cambridge, UK), 4 Nov 2009.


Photos: The Frontline Club, London (2018), Liverpool Hope University (2016), ASN, New York (2017).

Interviews


„Putin leugnet immer wieder, dass Ukrainer eine eigene Nation bilden“, Olesya Khromeychuk in conversation with Paul Simon, Berliner Zeitung, 29 Jan 2022.


'Why Putin has his sights on Ukraine', Ritula Shah in conversation with Olesya Khromeychuk, Olga Tokariuk, Angela Stent and Maxim Samoroukov, BBC World Service, 27 Jan 2022.
"Олеся Хромейчук: 'Війна - це те, що залишиться з нами на покоління, коли всі бліндажі будуть покинуті'", Тетяна Харченко для Korydor, 28 січня 2022 р.
Interview about A Loss, The Frankfurt Book Fair 2021, interviewed by Tom Rowley (openDemocracy), 20 October 2021.
Interview about A Loss, New Books Network, interviewed by Steven Seegel, 6 October 2021.
Interview about the work of the Ukrainian Institute London, UA:Ukrainian Radio – English service, interviewed by Olena Lyubychenko, 27 November 2020.
Interview about the toppling of monuments in the UK, Voice of America, interviewed by Bohdan Tsiupyn, 12 June 2020.
Interview about war heroes at 'Heroes of Our Time?' conference, Evangelische Akademie Tutzing, 1-3 December 2017.
'My winning proposal: Fighting for a Leverhulme fellowship', Research Fortnight, interviewed by Anna McKie, 15 December 2016.
Interview about representations of history in the UK and Ukraine, Radio Svoboda, interviewed by Bohdan Tsiupyn, 1 December 2016.

Invited conference talks


‘Historical memory and conflict in Ukraine’ at the conference ‘Remembering the Past in the Conflicts of the Present: Civil Society and Contested Histories in the Post-Soviet Space (1991 – 2017)’ organised by the University of Bern and Swiss National Science Foundation (Tbilisi), 20-22 Jun 2019. ‘Representing War’ at the symposium 'Depicting Donbas: Creative and Critical Responses to the War in Ukraine', organised by Birkbeck School of Arts and UCL SSEES, Birkbeck (London), 25-26 Apr 2019. ‘Instrumentalisation of War History in Contemporary Memory Politics in Ukraine. A Gender Perspective’, at the conference ‘Official History in Eastern Europe. Transregional Perspectives’, organised by German Historical Institute Warsaw, the University of Geneva and the Forum Transregionale Studien Berlin (Warsaw), 13-14 Jun 2018. ‘War and the Production of Heroes’, at the conference ‘Heroes of Our Times?’, organised by Evangelische Akademie Tutzing and Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung) (Tutzing), 1-3 Dec 2017. ‘Women in the Red Army during the Second World War and Contemporary Memory Politics’, at the conference ‘An Ambiguous Past. Soviet Heritage through the Prism of Modernisation’, organised by Heinrich Böll Stiftung and Historians.in.ua (Kyiv), 17-19 Mar 2017. ‘Glory to the Heroes? Gender, Nationalism and Memory’, at the conference ‘Contested Memories of the Difficult Past. Eastern Europe and Its History of the 20th Century’, organised by Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung) (Kyiv), 29 Sept – 2 Oct 2016. ‘Women in the Maidan Protests and the Conflict in Donbas’, at the symposium to mark the 75th birthday of Professor Arnold McMillin, ‘Between the Lands. A journey from Poland to Russia via Belarus and Ukraine’, UCL SSEES (London), 23-25 Jun 2016. ‘The Condemnation of Totalitarian Regimes in Ukraine: the Challenges of Selective Remembering’, at the conference ‘Mapping Memories of Post-1989 Europe’, organised by Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung) (Vienna), 29-30 Nov 2015. ‘Living in the Past: the Dilemmas of Remembering Nationalist Military Organisations of the Second World War in Contemporary Ukraine’, at the conference ‘The Political Cult of the Dead in Ukraine: Traditions and Dimensions from Soviet Times to Today’, organised by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Munich), 9-11 Jul 2015. ‘Women on the Maidan’, at the ‘Platform Ukraine’ symposium, UCL SSEES (London), 19 Sept 2014. ‘The Search for ‘Heroic’ Origins in Ukrainian Historical Narrative’, at the conference ‘“Heroes” and “antiheroes” in the European Political and Historiographical Tradition’, organised by Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Kyiv and Internet portal Historians.in.ua (Kyiv), 4-5 Oct 2012. Circumstances and Motivations of Ukrainians Serving in German Armed Forces’, at an expert roundtable organised by the Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter Initiative (Potsdam/Berlin), 27-29 Jun 2011.


Other selected conference talks


‘Female Fighters in WWII and Contemporary Ukraine: Experiences and Perceptions’, at the conference ‘Gender-Power-Eastern Europe’, organised by Freie Universität, (Berlin), 21-23 Jun 2017. ‘The Other Half of the Revolution: Gender and Nationalism on the Maidan’, at the annual convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, Columbia University (New York), 23-25 Apr 2015. ‘Who is your hero? Glorification and Villainization Practices in the Context of Second World War Memory in Ukraine’, at the annual conference of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (Cambridge, UK), 6-9 Apr 2013. ‘The Construction and Re-construction of the ‘Historical Truth’ and Memory of the Waffen SS “Galicia” Division in Ukraine and the Diaspora’, at the conference ‘Genealogies of Memory. Regions of Memory. A Comparative Perspective on Eastern Europe’ (Warsaw), 26-28 Nov 2012. ‘Ukrainian Female Fighters during the Second World War: Memory and its Absence’, at the annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies, (Washington), 17-20 Nov 2011.

Photo: German Historical Institute, Warsaw (2018).