Roundtable Discussion
Thu 21 Sep 2023 | 18:30–20:00

Narrating Every Day Life During War Time in Ukraine

Panel discussion and opening of the photo exhibition 'Ukraine: War and Resistance' ZOiS Forum in cooperation with PRISMA UKRAÏNA and Fulbright Ukraine

Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), Mohrenstr. 60, 10117 Berlin

Bullet holes riddle the door of this man’s garage, Zahaltsi, Borodianka district, Kyiv oblast, Ukraine
photo by Alexey Furman

Ever since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion, Ukraine has been a focus of global attention. Amidst the constant stream of news images, war reporting and political messages, there are also many attempts to capture and transmit the experiences of Ukrainians’ everyday life in war times.

With three experts, we will discuss the power of popular visual culture in times of crisis and its potential to narrate and frame wartime experiences, including the everyday life of people in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, their representation in the media and public discourse, and the epistemological and ethical issues of research under these conditions. In the discussion, we will also touch on the range of tonalities used in the everyday narratives in Ukraine, and their potential deconstruction of memory.

The photo exhibition is part of a collection of images curated by Marian Luniv for Fulbright Ukraine. Most of the photographs were taken after the start of Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, yet some date as early as 2014, when Russia first invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea.


  • Olha Haidamachuk, Associate Professor at National Technical University 'Kharkiv Polytechniс Institut', a member of the Kharkiv Historical and Philological Society and a fellow of Prisma Ukraïna at the Forum Transregionale Studien 2022.
  • Alina Mozolevska, Associate Professor at Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University and ZOiS Ukraine-based fellow. She has been a member of the Prisma Ukraïna War, Migration, Memory research group since 2022
  • Yuliia Soroka, Professor in the Department of Sociology V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine) and Senior Researcher, Human Geography Unit, Fribourg University (Switzerland). She is a sociologist of culture, researching media discourses as cultural reproduction of power relations within society. Yuliia Soroka has been a member of the Prisma Ukraïna War, Migration, Memory research group since 2022
  • Chair: Gwendolyn Sasse, Director of ZOiS. Contact Anja Krüger Communications Coordinator events(at)

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