Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk “How a Plaza Became the Maidan: A Spatial History of Celebration and Protest in Modern Kyiv”

CIUS Events. Fall-Winter 2014 Seminar Series: September 10, 2014

Why did Kyiv’s Independence Plaza, or the Maidan, become the focus of mass protests during the Orange Revolution and the EuroMaidan? This talk will trace the changing geography of protest in Kyiv over the last century and explain the choice of protest venues through their relationship with traditional locations of festivities and sites of power.

Serhy Yekelchyk is Professor of Slavic Studies and History at the University of Victoria and the author of several books on Modern Ukrainian history, including, most recently, Stalin’s Citizens: Everyday Politics in the Wake of Total War (Oxford University Press, 2014).

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