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Russian invasion of Ukraine: some critical reflections at the time of crisis – Dr Vlad Strukov

Reflections on Putin’s war in Ukraine – a Hot Topic talk

Dr Strukov will weave together some personal and research-based observations about Putin’s war in Ukraine, focusing on how the war has affected minority communities. He will discuss how Western sanctions have affected ordinary citizens and independent institutions in the Russian Federation. What are ordinary Russians worried about? Have their views on Ukraine changed? What are they doing to stop Putin’s war? He will pose some difficult questions about European colonial history, memory, nationalism and trans-border solidarities.

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Vlad Strukov (PhD) is a London-based multidisciplinary researcher, curator, and cultural practitioner, specializing in art, media, and technology cross-overs. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Leeds (the UK), working on global visual cultures. He is currently carrying out a major research project, funded by the Swedish Research Council, on contemporary queer visual culture. He is the author of many research publications, including volumes ‘Memory and Securitization in Contemporary Europe’, and ‘Popular Geopolitics: Plotting an Evolving Interdiscipline’.  

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