outreach

The Unknown Feminist of Fin-de-siècle Europe: Lesia Ukrainka

I was honoured to speak at the landmark event organised by the Ukrainian Institute London at the British Library and to discuss Lesia Ukrainka's work and legacy with the iconic Ukrainian writer Oksana Zabuzhko and the University of Cambridge Professor Lucy Delap.

Lesia Ukrainka: Fin-de-siècle Ukrainian Feminism

I feature as an expert on the pioneering Ukrainian modernist and feminist Lesia Ukrainka in the short film produced by the Ukrainian Institute in London within the series 10 Things Everyone Should Know about Ukraine (supported by the Lysiak-Rudnytsky Programme).

Birkbeck Arts Week 2021

Part of the annual Birkbeck School of Art festival, my talk explains how fin-de-siècle poet Lesia Ukrainka dismantled the canon of patriarchy in her treatment of the foundational myths of European culture. I also explore this topic in my LARB article.

Nasha Kasha: Lesya Ukrainka

Nasha Kasha is a weekly radio program about Ukrainian life broadcasting from Ontario, Canada. I gave a short talk on the writer Lesya Ukrainka for the show dedicated to her 150th anniversary on 21 February 2021 (you can hear me speak from 15:50).

MOLODYI TEATR LONDON

I read Lesia Ukrainka's poem ‘Who told you that I might be weak?‘ (translated by Olesya Khromeychuk) for the Lockdown Theatre of Molodyi Teatr London, 2021.

'Queer Lit' on Alphabet Radio

I spoke about Aubrey Beardsley's decadent and queer sensibility in Dr Golnoosh Nour's show Queer Lit on 1 July 2020.

Talk at Tate Britain

I was invited by the co-curator of the Aubrey Beardsley exhibition Caroline Corbeau-Parsons to give a talk on Beardsley's Messalina for the Scholars' Morning event (6 March 2020).

London 19C Studies Seminar

My invited talk on Aubrey Beardsley's legacies in Eastern Europe opened the 2020-21 series of the London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminars (1 October).

Interview for the independent

I was interviewed by the British newspaper Independent about my research on Beardsley for the article ‘The Short and Salacious Story of Aubrey Beardsley’.

invited speaker and Moderator

  • Q&A with the film director Roman Bondarchuk during the Ukrainian Film Days (moderator), Curzon Soho (8 December 2019)

  • Q&A with the film director and former political prisoner Oleg Sentsov (moderator), Ukrainian Institute London (16 November 2019)

  • Unbroken Women: screening and discussion about Ukrainian women prisoners of war (panel speaker), Kings College London (6 November 2019), organised by Dr Olesya Khromeychuk

  • The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov (panel speaker), Bloomsbury Studio / UCL SSEES (14 January 2019), organised by Dr Uilleam Blacker

Activism

During 2018-2019, I was the coordinator of the London branch of the global campaign Prisoners' Voice which advocates for the release of Ukrainian political prisoners unlawfully jailed in Russia and the Russia-occupied Crimea. My role involved recruiting volunteers, organising demonstrations, liaising with Met Police, appointing stewards, inviting speakers, and raising public awareness through social media. In addition, I have run several screenings and training days for community members, including workshops on writing letters to political prisoners. As part of this campaign, I have partnered with NGOs and cultural centres such as English PEN, Amnesty International, Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, School of Slavonic and East-European Studies, Molodyi Teatr London, British-Ukrainian Aid, Ukrainian Institute in London, and Embassy of Ukraine to the UK.