Video Chronicle

City vs Capital
12 June 2017


On June 12, 2017, at 6.00 pm, there was a discussion about the "City vs Capital: Complicated Biography of Kyiv."

Does Kyiv have its own history? If so, what is it like? Which narratives about the capital city are common? Which of them generate the contemporary Kyiv narrative? How do the perceptions about the "historical Kyiv" impact present day discussions on the development of the city and the aesthetic tastes of Kyivans? We suggest discussing all of the issues at the presentation of a collection "Living in a Modern City: Kyiv of the late 19th – mid 20th century." The book is the outcome of an international conference held at National University "Kyiv Mohyla Academy" in December 2015, as supported by the Heinrich Boll Foundation’s Office in Ukraine. During the event, we hope to consider a broader range of issues on the history of Ukrainian cities that used to be part of different empires in times of their modernization and rapid development.

Discussion participants:

Olena Betliy – Candidate of History, Associate Professor at the Department of History of the National University "Kyiv Mohyla Academy." The scope of her research interests includes social history of Kyiv during the First World War and revolution; discourse based practices of the European environment; policy of identities in terms of Eurointegration processes. She lectures on the courses in urban studies, in mental maps of European environment, and the history of the CEE countries of 1989-2007. She works together with the Center for Urban History within the project "Cities, Wars, and Reconstructions in the 20th Century Eastern Europe."

Kateryna Dysa
- PhD, Candidate of History, Associate Professor at the Department of History of the National University "Kyiv Mohyla Academy". She is Head of the Center of Polish and European Studies of the NaUKMA. The author of the monograph "History With the Witches" (2008) and a manual "History of Everyday Life in Early Modern Europe" (2015). Here recent activities include the research projects related to history of sexuality in the 18th century Ukraine, and with the history of travel and travel guide literature on the verge of the 19th-20th centuries, specifically about Kyiv.

Olia Martyniuk - Candidate of History, lecturer of history at National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute." She graduated from the Master programs in history in Kyiv Mohyla Academy and in the Central European University in Budapest; she spent some internships in the Institute of Humanities (Vienna), and a German History Institute in Moscow. Presently, she is developing a participatory exhibition on the Bicycle Boom in Kyiv in the 1890s. The scope of interests includes nationalism and electoral processes in Ukrainian provinces of the Russian empire in the early 20th century; urban history of Eastern Europe; gender studies; history of ecology.