Rose and Isaac Ebel Lecture – History for the Future: Creating Archives of War

Feb 22, 2024, 4:30 pm6:00 pm



Event Description

Join the Program in Judaic Studies for this year's Rose and Isaac Ebel Lecture with Iuliia Skubytska on Thursday, February 22.

War brings loss. Loss of people, loss of heritage, loss of memory. In this context, preservation becomes an act of resistance to pervasive and overwhelming destruction. It also becomes an act of documenting a new reality, the one that emerges as the war profoundly transforms people’s lives, landscapes, water, air, and soil. In her lecture, Dr. Iuliia Skubytska will analyze multiple initiatives led by journalists, civil society activists, lawyers, anthropologists, sociologists, and historians that aim to preserve evidence about the Russian aggression against Ukraine. She will also reflect on the positionality and ethics of a researcher who creates an archive at the time when security concerns intersect with the principles of academic freedom and the aspirations of best practices regarding the practicalities of recording oral history testimonies during the time of war.

Open to the public. Refreshments will be available.


More about Iuliia Skubytska

Iuliia Skubytska is an Associate Research Scholar in the Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University. She is a historian of the Soviet Union and Ukraine specializing in history of childhood, oral history, and public history. Skubytska received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018. Currently, she is working on a book titled "Artek: Ultimate Soviet Utopia," which analyzes the reshaping of the utopian imagination in the post-war USSR.

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