outreach

Russia's war against ukraine

Since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, I have been regularly speaking to the media about Ukrainian resistance. My media appearances include interviews for NTD, BBC Radio 5, HRT, Al Jazeera English, BBC News, and others. I have participated in Maksym Eristavi's and Val Voshchevska's podcast UkrainianSpaces: culture and feminism and in Background Briefing with Ian Masters. My own articles and dispatches from Ukraine are listed here.

War and New (professional) Challenges: Practical Workshop for Fixers

After the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, some of our acquaintances went to the front or to volunteer, some were forced to leave Ukraine, some - to learn new professions. The influx of foreign media into Ukraine has created a demand for fixers - local producers, translators, organizers and psychotherapists in one bottle, helping international reporters to cover the war in Ukraine. Sasha Dovzhik and Maryana Matveychuk will share their experience of fixing and talk about the main challenges of this work. Watch here.

'Who told you that I might be Weak?': The Stories of Ukrainian resistance

The Kremlin anticipated Ukraine to be defeated in a matter of two days. Western pundits largely agreed. Ukrainians have surprised both the outsiders and themselves by successfully fighting against Russia’s full-scale invasion for two months. This experience has helped to transform the prevalent cultural narrative of Ukrainian victimhood into that of defiance. Drawing on Ukrainian literary history and my experience within the volunteer movement in Lviv, I discussed the civic response to Russia’s war in Ukraine and Ukrainian resistance strategies with Dr Olesya Khromeychuk and Anna Dovgopol at this Ukrainian Institute London's event. Watch the recording here.

Ukrainian Cassandras at Mishkenot

I was honoured to speak at the Literature Vision on Ukraine event at Mishkenot, Jerusalem, about Lesia Ukrainka, her anticolonial resistance, its relevance at the time of Russia's all-out war against Ukraine, and what it means to be a Ukrainian Cassandra. My talk starts at 37:50. The following discussion with other speakers is insightful.

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).

ab 2020: the Aubrey Beardsley Society

I have created AB 2020: The Aubrey Beardsley Society, supported by the Alessandra Wilson Fund. It presents a hybrid of a digital humanities project, an online publication platform, and an exercise in community building.

I curate the digital archive of open-access primary and secondary sources on Aubrey Beardsley (AB Library) while also commissioning scholarly and creative pieces for the Society's publication platform (AB Blog).

I keep the community of scholars and amateurs engaged through a variety of initiatives, including the Emerging Beardsley Scholar Prize, Artist in Residence programme, and a monthly newsletter. The Society's Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube keep the Beardsley Craze ablaze!

ABIRTHDAY: Aubrey Beardsley turns 149

On 21 August 2021, Beardsley turned 149 years old while the Aubrey Beardsley Society celebrated its first year. Two Beardsleyites extraordinaire, Professor Margaret Stetz and Dr Kate Hext, helped us mark the occasion by speaking on the topics of utmost decadent interest. The event was organised by the Aubrey Beardsley Society in association with the British Association of Decadence Studies and Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies. Watch the recording here.

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.