“Ukrainian Decolonization: the Untold Roma Stories” - Instytut Pileckiego

17.05.2024 (Fri) 18:00

“Ukrainian Decolonization: the Untold Roma Stories”

A panel discussion with Maksym Eristavi, Yanush Panchenko, Volodymyr Yakovenko and Nataliia Tomenko

“Ukrainian Decolonization: the Untold Roma Stories”

Panel discussion

17.05, 18.00 | Pariser Platz 4A, 10117 Berlin

Register here: https://forms.gle/Up7qunbxxyQpVZ888

What is happening in Ukraine today has happened many times before.

The Ukrainian resistance against fascism and colonialism, both its Western and Russian forms, dates back generations. The history of Ukrainian Roma fighting back against the colonial invaders, whether in 1945 or 2024, are integral to this story. However, it is also one of the least known.

Ukraine-born journalist and author Maksym Eristavi has been raising global awareness about the legacy of Russian colonialism for over a decade. His main message: most Russian invasions throughout history are not isolated events but follow a pattern of serial colonial behavior. Together with Ukrainian wartime artists, Eristavi has recently published Russian Colonialism 101, an illustrated guide to Russian colonial invasions. Now, he invites prominent Ukrainian Roma voices to share their stories of anti-colonial resistance, how they fit the broader decolonization awakening in Ukraine, and what do they tell us about the nature and patterns of Russian imperial culture.

Maksym Eristavi, journalist and author
Yanush Panchenko, Roma researcher
Volodymyr Yakovenko, executive director of ARCA
Nataliia Tomenko, Roma cultural heritage expert

Pilecki-Institut Berlin, ARCA, IST Publishing, Vitsche

On visual Illustration by Alisa Gots