Ukrainian Identity Post-Maidan: Crimean Tatars, Russian Speakers and the LGBT Community

Monday, April 4, 2016
12:00 pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)

Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute for a presentation by Ian Bateson, Hromadske.tv.

Since Kyiv's Maidan protests Ukrainian identity has been changing. It has shifted from a focus on ethnic nationalism to a focus on civic nationalism with emphasis on democratic values and human rights. That shift has won greater acceptance for ethnic minorities such as Crimean Tatars and Russian speakers in Ukraine. Other groups, such as the LGBT community, have struggled to make the same gains. This talk will examine Ukraine's evolving national identity based on interviews with Ukraine's Crimean Tatar Eurovision nominee Jamala, ethnic Greeks living near the contact line, and LGBT activists, among others. 

Ian Bateson is an independent correspondent based in Kyiv, Ukraine and has written for Reuters, the Daily Beat, the New Statesman, VICE, AL Jazeera and Die Zeit Online. He is a also a founding anchor on Hromadske International's Sunday Show and has interviewed former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, author Gary Shteyngart, and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. He is currently working on a book on Ukraine's evolving national identity.  

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information please contact Dr. Mark Andryczyk at 212-854-4697 or at ma2634@columbia.edu