2016. Backlash in the East
Baltic Worlds publishes comments and opinions on the recent situation in Poland concerning the abortion ban!
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Mass mobilization against the ban on abortion is just another example of a new wave of grassroots mobilization in citizens protesting against the changes introduced by the conservative populist Law and Justice in Poland. Polish society becomes extremely polarized but also much more engaged and politically active.
In Communist Poland, women had the right to abortion on request since 1956, while in Sweden, access to abortion was limited. The ”Polish solution” received ample attention in Swedish media. In the 2000’s, Polish abortion policies were once again referred to as a reason for changing the Swedish abortion law, but the situation was now a very different one.
2015. Romani Studies
The panel debate “Mendicancy, poverty and Swedish society” was organized the 20th of May at Södertörn University, with the intention to flesh out an emotionally loaded political topic with professional background knowledge.
REPRESENTING GENOCIDE: ”THE NAZI MASSACRE OF ROMA IN BABI YAR IN SOVIET AND UKRAINIAN HISTORICAL CULTURE”
At a symposium in March 2015, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Andrej Kotljarchuk presented the results of an ongoing research project “The Roma Genocide in Ukraine 1941-1944: History, memories and representations”.
While the film Papusza certainly represents part of a growing interest in and awareness of Romani matters among the Polish and international public, one should not overestimate its value as an eye-opener to Romani history. Rather, it constitutes a fascinating and beautiful story of a lifetime on the margins.
2014. After Maidan 2.0
Baltic Worlds publishes comments and opinions on the recent situation, since Maidan 2.0! The content in those articles expresses the views of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of Baltic Worlds.
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An interview with Russian human rights activist Elena Vasilyeva, founder of the group “Load 200 from Ukraine to Russia.” that gathers information about soldiers killed in military operation zones abroad and then transported home. The article contains statements that reflect the views of the author and the interviewed, not necessary the view of Baltic Worlds’.
Today there is a new reign of terror against the Crimean Tatars, as well as against the Ukrainian population in Crimea. Mustafa Jemiloglu has once again been forced out from Crimea. He was after a meeting in Ankara in March refused to enter Crimea and come back to his home in Bakhchisaray.
Iryna Dovgan is one of several women that helped Ukrainian soldiers. But she was caught and imprisoned for several days. She was beaten, injured and humiliated. Today she stands up for her rights and is running in the election campaign.
During the May 25 presidential election, the leaders of Svoboda and the Right sector had only 1, 7 percent of support. This is, according to Lyudmyla Pavlyuk, professor in journalism in Ukraine, an argument that the Russian official propaganda about Ukraine’s “fascism” is a way to legitimize Russian policies of occupation and aggression.
GAMES FROM THE PAST: THE CONTINUITY AND CHANGE OF THE IDENTITY DYNAMIC IN DONBAS FROM A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
The ambiguity of the 1920s Ukrainianization is well known among its scholars. A curious fact is that was becoming less intense and effective where the initial positions of the Ukrainian were weaker. Donbas was specifically one such region. If Ukraine is a borderland, Donbas is a borderland multiplied by itself, notes the author and further claims that ”Donbas will retain its hybridity no matter the outcome of the current unrest. Still, the volatile situation brings not only risks but also yet another chance for belated modernisation.”
BECAUSE OF THE direct Russian intervention, the territorial integrity and independence of the Ukrainian state is at stake. But as long as business and politics are as intimately intertwined as they are today, any serious reform in Ukraine in line with the ideological foundation of the protest movement will be a an exceptionally challenging task.
It is difficult to identify why Maidan took a violent, military turn. Among the main possible reasons we might first note the inability of three opposition leaders (namely Vitaliy Klychko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and Oleh Tyahnybok) to settle on just one Maidan leader, and the absence of any visible, concrete accession to the demands of the protesters by the authorities.
”Euromaidan is an anti-amnesia action of a postcolonial nation aimed against a restored post-Soviet space”, posts Lyudmyla Pavlyuk, professor in journalism in Ukraine.
A message on situation in Ukraine from Ukrainian writer Yuri Andrukhovych. (translated by Vitaly Chernetsky, via Andrij Bondar)
Maidan 2.0. Letter from the Ukrainian PEN Club, Kyiv January 22 2014.
Maidan 2.0. Letter from Kyiv the 10th of December 2013.
2013. Pussy Riot
In this text (conversation) it is suggested that the greatest crisis of social consensus that the Pussy Riot action produced, and the deepest collective anxiety that surfaced in the discussion, was the fear of the active and politically conscious woman, a woman who does not hesitate to use violence in claiming her subjectivity from the authority of the church, the family, the establishment, or the state. Concerning one principal issue, the public opinion was especially dramatically polarized, and that is what the three authors want to look closer at, namely, Pussy Riot’s feminist agenda.
”This text is not an analytical article, nor a proper academic paper, but rather a conversation, a dialogue for three voices. It was originally presented at a seminar at Södertörn university and it has no intention of summing up things in any definitive way. On the contrary, we were writing about our observations in a free manner, discussing with each other in the process, reflecting on the critique from our colleagues, and commenting on each other contributions, supporting or questioning each other’s points of view in an informal manner. These mutual comments are linked to the text below in suitable places and marked with our initials. We are also including some pictures that we thought we needed for our presentations and that were very difficult to select in the ocean of visual images illustrating the case of Pussy Riot and the public’s reaction to it. After having produced about forty pages, we realized we have to stop if we do not want this conversation to continue indefinitely. But we do not consider that it is over. We hope that it will be continued by our readers.”
2012. European Football Championship
Baltic Worlds did monitor the European Football Championship in June 2012 here on Baltic Worlds’ website.
A number of articles were published during the ongoing European Championship, in which 16 nations play 31 matches in eight different cities in Poland and Ukraine: Gdańsk, Poznan, Wroclaw, Warsaw, Lviv, Kiev, Kharkiv and Donetsk.
What does co-hosting the European Football Championship mean for the two countries’ relationship? How has their cooperation functioned? What is the Championship’s importance for the countries’ economies, as well as those of the affected cities? What happens when the European Football Championship arrives in the city? Or when football supporters from throughout Europe come to Ukraine and Poland? These are a few of the questions that will be covered by CBEES’ article series about the European Football Championship.
Tove Stenquist, journalist, provides a background to the historic relationship between Poland and Ukraine through a conversation between Volodymyr Kulyk (Ukrainian Studies, Stanford University, USA) and Jacek Nowak (Jagellonian University, Kraków, Poland).>>
Yuliya Yurchuk, doctoral student in History at BEEGS, Södertörn University, with roots in Ukraine, writes about feminist initiatives for counteracting increased prostitution in association with the event: ”Football Against Sex Tourism and Prostitution?”.>>
Lars Johannsen, associate professor in political science, University of Aarhus, writes about corruption and the European Football Championship’s impact on the local economy ”The dividend of UEFA EURO 2012: Corruption in the shadow of soccer tournaments” .>>
Further information about Baltic Worlds monitoring the European Championship in football, please contact Ninna Mörner, editor Baltic Worlds: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org