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To Ukraine in 20 minutes - podcasts

We invite you to a joint journey through Ukraine, where our guideposts will be the works presented at the exhibition "Ukraine. A different angle on neighbourhood". This joint Polish-Ukrainian analysis of cultural and historical narratives referred to as "Ukrainian myths" encourages reflection on the closeness of Ukraine and Poland, their history and the present in the perspective of their neighborhood, and today's communication possibilities.

Our guides will be:

dr hab. Katarzyna Kotyńska - professor at the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Translator of Ukrainian literature, literary scholar, and cultural scientist. She published the book Lwów. On reading the city anew (MCK, Krakow 2015; Ukrainian translation: Wydawnictwo Stary Lwa, Lviv 2017). She translated novels and essays, incl. Yuriy Andrukhovych, Mykola Ryabchuk, Oksana Zabużko, Sofia Andrukhovych, Wiktoria Amelina, Wiktor Domontowycz.

Joanna Majewska - Ukrainian translator and educator. A graduate of Ukrainian philology and Ukrainian Studies, currently a PhD student at the Faculty of Philology. Scientifically deals with Lviv, and addicted to storytelling.

dr Tomasz Hodana - assistant professor at the Institute of East Slavic Philology of the Jagiellonian University. Research interests: Old Russian culture, religious polemics of the 16th – 17th centuries (Catholics and Uniates versus Orthodox Christians), old writings and modern Ukrainian literature. Author of the book Between the king and the tsar. Moscow in the eyes of Orthodox Ruthenians - citizens of the Republic of Poland (Krakow 2008).

They are interviewed by Bartosz Panek - editor, reporter and radio journalist.

Each recording lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Production: Free Range Productions

ICC Krakow, 2020

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Understanding Kyiv

Kyiv, a symbolic city and the mother of Ruthenian townships, becomes a pretext for talking about the history of Kievan Rus’.
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Understanding Kharkiv

Joanna Majewska and Tomasz Hodana refute the myth of Kharkiv as a Russophile, Russian city and explain why, contrary to the Russians' expectations, after the outbreak of the war, the inhabitants of the city did not welcome them as liberators.
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Living together

Is a Georgian Ukrainian something strange? Or a Korean? Katarzyna Kotyńska and Joanna Majewska talk about the multiculturalism of Ukrainian society, where national identity is a matter of choice, not ethnic origin.

In the Broad Steppe

Katarzyna Kotyńska and Tomasz Hodana discuss where Ukraine is located, whether Ukraine is a steppe, and where its name comes from. The audience learn the basics of Ukrainian geography and discover the enormous diversity of individual regions. An important element of the conversation is the Cossack myth, which Kotyńska and Hodana relate to contemporary events, such as Maidan.

Ruthenia, Cossacks, Independence

For many countries, Ukraine is the state that has existed for the last 30 years. But what is it for Ukrainians? Why is it that the official messages about Ukrainian statehood are dominated by St Vladimir, while pop culture is populated by Cossacks?

Vyshyvanka and The Peasant Genes

Folk roots are the most common element of Ukrainian consciousness and many modern Ukrainians are deeply attached to folk traditions, texts, rituals and patterns. Katarzyna Kotyńska refers to the trauma of Holodomor, or the Great Famine, as well as to the 1990s, when the economic crisis awakened the "rural genes" of Ukrainians.

A Language under the Jackboot of an Empire

A conversation between Katarzyna Kotyńska and Joanna Majewska about the modern Ukrainian language and its roots. Is Ukraine a Bilingual or Multilingual Country? What is the political and social significance of what language Ukrainians speak? To what extent is the Russian language present in the public sphere and what is Surzhyk, the bane to translators?

The Spirits of Galicia

Katarzyna Kotyńska and Joanna Majewska discuss the impact of the former Austrian rule on the Ukrainians' sense of empowerment and subjectivity. Today's Ukrainians are sentimental about this period as it was then that they earned their rights for the first time in modern history. The strength of these feelings can be seen in literature and culture.

Kharkiv, Constructivism and the Soviet Legacy

Katarzyna Kotyńska and Joanna Majewska discuss the Soviet roots of Kharkiv's spatial and urban planning, its cultural traditions. They also talk about the traces of the "executed revival"—a group of writers and architects active in the 1920s, the majority of whom were murdered by the NKVD.

Tartars: Ones of Us, Though Different

An episode about "the Others", or ethnic and national minorities in Ukraine. Joanna Majewska and Tomasz Hodana discuss the presence of the Tartars in the Ukrainian public sphere, as well as how their participation in the Revolution of Dignity and the annexation of Crimea changed it.

A Stroller's Guide to Kyiv

A discussion of Kyiv as the "mother of all Ruthenian strongholds" and the capital of independent Ukraine. Joanna Majewska and Tomasz Hodana talk about the different faces of Kyiv and how they have changed over the centuries.

The Cossack Baroque

An episode about the religious situation in Ukraine and its origins. Katarzyna Kotyńska and Tomasz Hodana explain that Ukraine's multiculturality is evident in its religion, among other things, as Orthodox, Greek Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish influences mingle and mix there. They discuss the historical phenomenon of the Kyivan Orthodox Church being relatively open to other religions. This episode also touches upon the Ukrainian Baroque dominated by the Polish language.
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