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UCL analyses of Russia’s war on Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 has brought war to Europe, catalysed a humanitarian and refugee crisis, and transformed the continent irrevocably. 

In response, the European Institute has collated comment pieces from academics across UCL, with expertise spanning Russian, Ukrainian and East European Studies, Political Science and International Relations, History, Political Thought and Literature.  Continue reading UCL analyses of Russia’s war on Ukraine

Far from Paris: Ukrainian Literature and Independence

Why did Ukrainian poets long to die in Paris at the end of the Soviet era? And how did the yearning for Europe manifest itself in the literature of independent Ukraine? Uilleam Blacker explores three thriving decades in the history of Ukrainian literature, from a symbolically significant poem ‘We Will Not Die in Paris’ by Natalka Bilotserkivets and the experiments of the ‘Bu-Ba-Bu’ group to the powerful new war writing by Olena Stiazhkina, Serhii Zhadan and Olesya Khromeychuk. Continue reading Far from Paris: Ukrainian Literature and Independence

Beards and texts: reading images of masculinity in medieval German literature

Seb Coxon explains what got him interested in researching how beards are portrayed in medieval German literary texts, and how we make make sense of this. His new book, ‘Beards and Texts: Images of masculinity in medieval German literature’ out now with UCL Press, and available as a free e-book. Continue reading Beards and texts: reading images of masculinity in medieval German literature