New anthology: Freedom Taking Place: War, Women and Culture at the Intersection of Ukraine, Poland, and Belarus, Ed. Jessica Zychowicz (Vernon Press, 2023). Discount code below.

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New peer-reviewed academic anthology:

Freedom Taking Place: War, Women and Culture at the Intersection of Ukraine, Poland, and Belarus, Ed. Jessica Zychowicz (Vernon Press, 2023)

Authors: Oksana Briukhovetska (Secondary, Magdalena Furmanik-Kowalska (The Polish Institute of World Art Studies, Poland; Fundacja Art & Modern), Małgorzata Jankowska (Academy of Fine Arts Gdańsk, Poland), Olga Plakhotnik (Ethnology Institute of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine;Greifswald University, Germany), Maria Mayerchyk (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine), Svitlana Biedarieva (Kennan Institute Wilson Center; George Washington University), Kateryna Iakovlenko (; University College London SSEES), Joanna Dobkowska-Kubacka (University of Łódź, Poland), Veranika Laputska (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum), Antonina Stebur (; The International Coalition of Cultural Workers Against the War in Ukraine; Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany; European College of Liberal Art, Minsk, Belarus), Nataliya Tchermalykh (University of Geneva, Switzerland), Jessica Zychowicz (Fulbright Ukraine; Institute of International Education Kyiv office, Ukraine), Agnieszka Graff (American Studies Center, University of Warsaw, Poland), Natallia Paulovich (Independent Researcher, Warsaw, Poland), Iryna Shuvalova (University of Oslo, Norway)

Summary: Freedom as a concept shifts with different forms of expression. As the authors of this volume convey in their focus on 'freedom of expression', the idea of 'freedom' in the twenty-first century does not stand apart as a purely physical location marked by national borders. In the Internet Age information is increasingly co-determinate of physical freedom. The information-dense space of the protests of 2021, and beyond, provide soil for the intellectuals writing in this volume to reflect on women’s agency in struggles for human rights.

Where historical discourse on “The Woman Question” once conflicted with “feminism” as a perceived importation from the West, this conflict also produced productive tensions that have provided ongoing sites for research. When closely studied, these contexts can deepen global concepts of democracy and justice, providing not only pathways for acts of solidarity and mutual assistance, but intellectual depth and breadth for the future 'ways of knowing', and thus ways of creating, more equitable post-conflict power systems and citizenship amid times of revolution and war. Coming from multiple generations, gender identities, nationalities, and language; the authors in this volume represent the most forward-thinking voices and figures working on gender in the region today.  

Praise: Freedom Taking Place: War, Women and Culture at the Intersection of Ukraine, Poland, and Belarus is a compelling and original collection. The richness of the sources and the interdisciplinary nature of the methodology is very impressive. [...] The reflection on self-positionality and opening a conversation about the work on the intersection of activism and academic commitment is long overdue in East European studies. I am convinced that this book can become a very strong addition to many courses on Eastern Europe, and feminism as well as courses on art history and gender studies. [...] This book will be a great and important accomplishment. Prof. Anna Muller, Frank and Mary Padzieski Endowed Professor in Polish/Polish American/Eastern European Studies, Assistant Professor of History, University Michigan.

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