The Experience of the City in War: Personal, Social, Intellectual

The Experience of the City in War: Personal, Social, Intellectual

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23.5.2022, 18:30

Courtyard of the Center for Urban History

We invite you to a conversation "The experience of the city in war: personal, social, intellectual" which launches the series "A Transient City."

The city has been the prism of the study of wars and violent conflicts in the twentieth century and continues to be the focus of researchers today. This lens allows you not only to focus on local features, but also to hear polyphony and the intertwining of the experience of the townspeople. In a talk with historians Andrii Usach and Oksana Dudko, we will focus on the individual, social, and intellectual dimensions of the experience of war and its urban rhythms today.

We'll talk about how the work of a historian changed after the outbreak of a full-scale war in February 2022, who has landed in the epicenter of events? How did the experiences of previous wars affect the life of Lviv today? What are we talking about in connection with the history of the city during World War I and II, and what are we not talking about? What would it be worth talking about to comprehend a new social experience? What kind of intellectual transit can we talk about nowadays? What terms need to be revised and how will the experience of living in Lviv help us to think about them?

Moderator of the meeting Daria Badior.

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Oksana Dudko

Historian, researcher at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2016, she was a visiting researcher at the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. She curated the “Interactive Lviv” project and the exhibition “The Great War 1914 -…” (2014-2016) at the Center for Urban History.

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Andrii Usach

Head of the organization “After Silence,” historian, researcher, doctoral student in history at the Ukrainian Catholic University. Specialist in the history of Nazi mass violence during World War II. Author of publications in academic periodicals of Ukraine, USA, Switzerland, one of the authors of the documentaries “Forced labor camp ‘Yanivska — the industry of terror” (Lviv, 2019) and “Transit prison 25 in Lviv” (Lviv, 2020).

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Daria Badior

Critic, editor, journalist. Co-founder of the Union of Film Critics of Ukraine and the Coalition of Culture Actors. She worked as a journalist and editor of the “Culture” section of the online publication Presently, she is a freelancer; at different times, she published in,, Korydor, Osteuropa, Hyperallergic, and other outlets. Editor of a series of texts about 1941 created jointly with the Center for Urban History in Lviv.

The conversation is part of the public program "A Transient City: Courtyard Conversations" which retrieves the intertwining of networks in a city living through different experiences of war back then and today.


Cover Image: Kateryna Moskalyuk, Lviv, 3.2022 // Urban Media Archive of the Center for Urban History

Gallery Image: Bohdan Yemets