Conversation with Ukrainian historians Prof. Yuriy Shapoval and Yana Prymachenko, PhD, who made it out of Ukraine destroyed by the war started by the Russian Federation. The discussion hosted by Prof. Grzegorz Motyka.

What does a historian's work look like in wartime conditions? What about the scientists who stayed behind? What help does the Ukrainian scientific community need now? What is the situation of archives and material heritage which remained in the territories affected by war? What material and intellectual assistance from the West will be required during the reconstruction period?

Prof. Yuriy Shapoval and Yana Prymachenko, PhD, will also talk about their personal experiences of escaping the war and the war crimes they witnessed.


Yana Prymachenko – PhD in history, senior researcher at the Institute of History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Her research interests include the activities of the OUN (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists) and the UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army), and the history of World War II in the culture of memory of contemporary Ukraine and the Russian Federation. She is the co-author of 10 documentary books on Ukrainian history, including the work The War and Myth. Unknown World War II (2018). She has authored over 100 scientific, encyclopaedic and journalistic articles. Her current scientific work is devoted to the concept of the "Russian world" (Russkiy mir) and the instrumentalization of World War II history carried out in Russia.

Yuri Shapoval – historian, Professor at the Institute of Political and Nationality Studies of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in Kyiv. Co-author and co-editor of the seven-volume publication Poland and Ukraine in the 1930s and 1940s. Documents from the Archives of the Secret Services.

Grzegorz Motyka – Professor, historian, director of the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Specializes in the subject of the Polish resistance movement during World War II and Polish-Ukrainian relations. Author of, among others, Wołyń ’43. Ludobójcza czystka – fakty, analogie, polityka historyczna [Wołyń '43: A Genocidal Purge – Facts, Analogies, and Historical Policy], Na białych Polaków obława. Wojska NKWD w walce z polskim podziemiem 1944-1953 [A Manhunt for the White Poles. NKVD Troops Against the Polish Underground 1944-1953].

when: 22 March 2022 (Tuesday) at 18:00
where: Marzyciele i Rzemieślnicy, Dom Braci Jabłkowskich, 25 Bracka Street, 3rd floor (lift)
languages: Ukrainian, Polish, Russian (simultaneous translation)
online: Facebook and YouTube

This website uses cookies. For more information on cookies please see our privacy policy and cookies notice. Yes, I agree. No, I want to find out more