On October 5, 2016 the first lecture of the lecture and discussion program of the cultural forum "PogranKult: GaliciaKult" took place. Vasyl Rasevych talked about "What is Galicia? From Myth to Brand".
Event venue: Kharkiv, ART AREA "DK", 13 Chernyshevska street.
Galicia forgotten in the Soviet times faced a real renaissance after Ukraine’s independence. By no means, did the "fashion"
to Galicia come from within Ukraine, but from literary works of German speaking
Galician writers. Their plots received a new special voice after the disaster
of the Second World War. In the basis of constructing the myth of Galicia,
there was a literary topos that started with nostalgic reminiscences and later
transformed into an open political instrumentalization. Glorification and
idealization of the Galician past appeared to be a necessary precondition to
generate a new national unification narrative, and also to develop an exclusive
Galician project. The instrumentalization ranged from "Galicia, the most
Ukrainian Ukraine" to even "Galicians are not Ukrainians." Public expressions
of the "Galicianism" and their instrumentalization were the topic for the
Lecture and discussion program is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation
Vasyl Rasevych is a historian, essayist, blogger, editor-in-chief the Zaxid.net online publication, senior research fellow at the Ivan Krypyakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies, expert in the history of Galicia of Austrian period and the policy of memory in the present-day Ukraine.