An Empty Pedestal: Ukraine in search for a post-communist identity
6 November, 18:00 Ludwig Maximilians University Free entrance
There are two opposing trends taking place in Eastern Europe: "de-communization" and "re-communization". The whole controversy is not about communist ideology but about authoritarianism. In an increasingly visible worldwide confrontation between new authoritarianism and liberal democratic values, Eastern Europe, and Ukraine in particular, plays a vital role. To Putin's "re-communization", i.e. return to old Soviet practices and authoritarian politics, Ukraine after 2014 "Revolution of Dignity" tried to oppose "de-communization".
In a broader sense Ukraine's de-communization meant freedom against oppression, pluralism against coercion, justice against arbitrariness. But did Ukraine succeed on this path? Did "de-communization" lead to a deeper social change, or it stopped on the surface? Did it break from the Soviet past, or it imitated its practices? And finally, what Ukrainians want to do with this "empty pedestal"?
historian, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München
human rights activist, coordinator of NoBorders.org.ua
curator of the exhibition "An Empty Pedestal"
Moderator of the discussion - Volodymyr Yermolenko
philosopher, publicist, editor of UkraineWorld.org