Maidan: up close, and personal

Marci Shore talks with Angelina Kariakina at the Vienna Humanities Festival 2017.

While the world watched the uprising on the Maidan as an episode in geopolitics, those in Ukraine lived the revolution of 2013–14 as an existential transformation.

Yale University Professor Marci Shore, one of the world’s finest explorers of Eastern Europe, evokes the human face of the Ukrainian Revolution in her forthcoming book The Ukrainian Night. On 23 September 2017, in a conversation with Ukrainian journalist Angelina Kariakina (Hromadske), she offered an exclusive preview of her lyrical and intimate account that blended the true stories of activists and soldiers, parents and children with a historian’s reflections on what revolution is and means. Watch the full debate:


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Cover picture: Ukrainian students sitting covered in a blanket during a protest on Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, 27 November 2013 (Euromaidan). Photo: © Alexey Furman / EPA /

Vienna Humanities Festival

The Vienna Humanities Festival, organised by the IWM, Wien Museum and Time to Talk, is a series of around 40 Events (in German and English) which took place from 22 till 24 September 2017 for the second time at the Wien Museum, TU Wien, Evangelische Volksschule and Radiokulturhaus.

The topic of 2017 “Revolution!” ranged from Russia in 1917, the 1968 movement and the Fall in 1989, to the most recent upheavals in the Arab countries and in the Ukraine.

“Witnessing war to learn for peace.”

“Proletarians of all countries, who washes your socks?”

“Time to rethink growth”

“It’s elites who turn against democracy, not the people.”

“Witnessing war to learn for peace.”

“Proletarians of all countries, who washes your socks?”

“Time to rethink growth”

“Justice cannot wait.”

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