Public Talk - Identity War in Ukraine: Resilience Amidst Devastation

12 March 2024

19 March 2024, 7-8 P.M.
SaskTel Theatre, Remai Modern
102 Spadina Cres E, Saskatoon


In partnership with the Remai Modern in Saskatoon, CIUS is pleased to sponsor a free talk by cultural activist, ethnologist, museologist, cultural manager, art curator, and Maidan Museum Director Ihor Poshyvailo as he explores the stark reality of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. His presentation will spotlight the extensive assault on Ukraine’s heritage, particularly its religious sites, and Ukrainian resilience in the face of this destruction.

Ukraine’s national heritage, long subjected to domination and neglect, saw a resurgence after regaining independence in 1991. The transformative Euromaidan Revolution birthed a nation committed to democracy, rejecting its Soviet past and challenging Putin’s imperial ambitions.

The 2014 Russian invasion resulted in unparalleled devastation, targeting Ukrainian cultural heritage with over 18,000 religious and cultural sites damaged or destroyed.

Despite vulnerability, Ukraine’s culture is not defenseless. Poshyvailo emphasizes the courage of cultural workers, artists, and communities in safeguarding Ukraine’s heritage. As the world unites in solidarity, critical questions arise: How can emergency response, stabilization, and cultural reconstruction be facilitated? What measures, including an international tribunal, cultural restitution, and global promotion, can fortify cultural stability in times of crisis? These pivotal issues demand thoughtful consideration to preserve Ukraine’s cultural identity.

This event is free and open to the public. The rest of the museum is closed on this day, but the main doors will be open at 6:30 PM for attendees.

This lecture is presented in partnership with Ukrainian Museum of Canada, and the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage (PCUH) at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.