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Recorded on 14 May 2023 from the Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Available from 15 May 2023 until 31 December 2023

96 min



10 Treffen: Responsibility Treffen

The event is funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb.

  • Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb

Informational support by the Ukrainian Institute.

  • Ukrainian Institute

Video | Conversation | Theatertreffen 2023

Postcolonialism in Ukrainian Culture

Colonial responsibility and ongoing postcolonial processes will be the subject of a discussion on the transgenerational experience and subjectivity of today’s Ukraine.


Franziska Davies Author and historian of Eastern European History
Vasyl Cherepanyn Philosopher and Head of the Visual Culture Research Center
Magda Szpecht Director, artist and journalist

Moderation: Alona Karavai Curator and Head of the Board of the international association MitOst e. V.

The understanding of the consequences of colonial rule for the former or current colonies and the colonising countries is usually associated with the invasive communication of the „Western world” with the „non-Western world”. Influenced by the process of the shifting optics of Occidentalism, the critical potential of analysing the post-Soviet situation is sufficient to change the distant optics of colonisation to a “neighborly” one, taking the consequences into account. The transgenerational testimonies and experiences of the Ukrainian people related to political, economic, linguistic and protest movements form a modern model of the post-colonial struggle and the determination of visibility for peoples and countries colonised by the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and now the Russian Federation.