Censorship, Surveillance, Resistance: Twentieth-Century Ukraine and Letter Writing

05 May 2023

"Censorship, Surveillance, Resistance: Twentieth-Century Ukraine and Letter Writing"
May 15-16, 2023 
 
Letter writing often conjures notions of separation in space and time, and with reunion. What was it like to sustain and nourish personal relationships across borders and sociopolitical divides for Ukrainians under the constant scrutiny of the KGB? How did people manage to keep writing despite separation, exile, imprisonment, forced labour, wars, and migration?
 
Scholars of epistolary culture from Canada, Ukraine, and the United States came together to examine international letter writing, censorship and surveillance, epistolary conventions and legislation, anxieties and personhood under totalitarianism, and related topics during the international symposium “Censorship, Surveillance, Resistance: Twentieth-Century Ukraine and Letter Writing” at the University of Alberta on 15–16 May 2023.
 
 
Co-organised between the Kule Folklore Centre, Canadian Institute for Ukrainian and Kule Institute for Advanced Study.
For questions about this event, please contact lytwyn@ualberta.ca