The Ukrainian Night

Hosted by the Institute of Global Affairs

TW1.G.01, Tower One, Clement's Inn


Marci Shore

Marci Shore

Author, Associate Professor of History, Yale University.

Marina Pesenti

Marina Pesenti

Director, Ukrainian Institute London.


Peter Pomeranstev

Peter Pomeranstev

Visiting Senior Fellow, Institute of Global Affairs and Co-Director of Arena, LSE.

What is worth dying for? While the world watched the uprising on the Maidan as an episode in geopolitics, those in Ukraine during the extraordinary winter of 2013-14 lived the revolution as an existencial transformation: the blurring of night and day, the loss of a sense of time, the sudden disappearance of fear, the imperative to make choices.

in this lyrical and intimate book, Marci Shore evokes the human face of the Ukrainian Revolution. Grounded in the true stories of activists and soldiers, parents and children, Shore's book blends a narrative of suspensful choices wih a historian's reflections on what revolution is and what it means. she gently sets her portrait of individual revolutionaries against the past as they understand it - and the future as they hope to make it. In so doing, she provides a lesson about human solidarity in a world, our world, where the boundary between reality and fiction is ever more effaced.

The impulse of the Maidan uprising drove a host of transformational changes, as Ukraine has embarked on an overhaul of its weak state institutions. The annexation of Crimea and the ongoing Russia-backed war in the east of the country propelled an intense identity search, with a new value-based identity shared by most Ukrainians. What is the legacy of the Maidan Revolution, nearly 5 years on? Has it transformed Ukraine? the lives of its participants? What is the significance of smaller revolutions taking place in Ukraine in recent years?

Book presentation followed by a panel discussion and a Q&S.

Marci Shore, Associate Professor of history at Yale University and award-winning author of Caviar and Ashes and The Taste of Ashes. She has spent much of her adult life in Central and Eastern Europe.

Marina Pesenti, Director, Ukrainian Institute London. She was a winner of BBC WS Documentary Bursary Award and produced documentaries for the English and Ukrainian desks. Marina gives regular interviews to the UK and Ukrainian media and has conducted research for think tanks, such as Legatum Institute in London and Kennan Institute in Kyiv. Her writing featured in OpenDemocracy and Ukrainian Novoye Vremya. Prior to joining the Institute in September 2015, Marina was Director of Ukrainian Investment Summit in London with Adam Smith Conferences and freelanced for Bell Pottinger, a UK-based PR consultancy. She is a graduate of Kyiv-Mohyl Academy and has received her MSc from the London School of Economics.

Peter Pomerantsev (@peterpomeransev), LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow and co-founder of Arena. He is an author an TV producer. He specialises on propaganda and media development, and has testified on the challenges of information war to the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the UK Parliament Defense Select Committee.

The Institute of Global Affairs (@LSEIGA), its Global Policy Lab and seven constituent centres bring together LSE faculty and students from across departments to design research-based and locally rooted solutions to global challenges.

The Ukrainian Institute London (@Ukr_Institute) provides information and broadens knowledge in the UK about Ukrainians, in the realms of arts, languages, literature, history, religion, culture and heritage, traditions and current affairs.

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