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Latest Episode6/29/2022

Two-front War

Season 1, Ep. 38
The fight for Pride and the nation in UkraineThe war in Ukraine is often framed as a struggle over Ukrainians belonging to either the East or the West. Given this, it becomes clear why especially LGBTQIA+ activists stress Ukraine’s commitment to so-called Western values. They include human rights and, in particular, the acceptance of the queer community. On the other side, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin created “traditional values” as the dominant narrative in his third presidential term. Experts state that the Kremlin constructed homophobia as geopolitics, and the war on Ukraine is the continuation of this politics by other means. Indeed, Putin even targeted the queer community in his February 24 speech, which attempts to justify the attacks on Ukraine.What are the realities for trans people in the war? Do they encounter discrimination during their flight or fight? And how has queer activist work changed within Ukraine?Melanie Jaindl (IDM) asked these questions to Edward Reese, a queer activist and project assistant at Kyiv Pride. Edward shares their own experiences of leaving Ukraine, their opinions about gendered war narratives and explains the importance of searching for LGBTQIA+ communities in a new environment.Our guest recommendation:The 2022 Eurovision’s winner Kalush Orchestra’s video clip Stefania, 2022Sources about Ukraine in English: The telegram channel Ukraine Now [English]The daily newspaper The Kyiv IndependentThe daily newspaper Kyiv PostThe media platform Hromadske International The twitter channel @xenasoloThe Instagram account Svidomi, @svidomi_engLooking for the queer community in Vienna? Get in touch with Queer Base.To learn more about LGBTQIA+ topics, check out our other podcasts:Pride despite Prejudice - Sarajevo's first rainbow march in 2019, with Emina Bošnjak andEmma Hontebeyrie.Nationalism in the scope of patriarchy, with Dr Elissa Helms and Chiara Maria Murgia.Guest: Edward Reese, queer activist and project assistant for Kyiv Pride.Host: Melanie Jaindl, Assistant Editorat IDMProduction and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate at IDM
6/29/2022

Two-front War

Season 1, Ep. 38
The fight for Pride and the nation in UkraineThe war in Ukraine is often framed as a struggle over Ukrainians belonging to either the East or the West. Given this, it becomes clear why especially LGBTQIA+ activists stress Ukraine’s commitment to so-called Western values. They include human rights and, in particular, the acceptance of the queer community. On the other side, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin created “traditional values” as the dominant narrative in his third presidential term. Experts state that the Kremlin constructed homophobia as geopolitics, and the war on Ukraine is the continuation of this politics by other means. Indeed, Putin even targeted the queer community in his February 24 speech, which attempts to justify the attacks on Ukraine.What are the realities for trans people in the war? Do they encounter discrimination during their flight or fight? And how has queer activist work changed within Ukraine?Melanie Jaindl (IDM) asked these questions to Edward Reese, a queer activist and project assistant at Kyiv Pride. Edward shares their own experiences of leaving Ukraine, their opinions about gendered war narratives and explains the importance of searching for LGBTQIA+ communities in a new environment.Our guest recommendation:The 2022 Eurovision’s winner Kalush Orchestra’s video clip Stefania, 2022Sources about Ukraine in English: The telegram channel Ukraine Now [English]The daily newspaper The Kyiv IndependentThe daily newspaper Kyiv PostThe media platform Hromadske International The twitter channel @xenasoloThe Instagram account Svidomi, @svidomi_engLooking for the queer community in Vienna? Get in touch with Queer Base.To learn more about LGBTQIA+ topics, check out our other podcasts:Pride despite Prejudice - Sarajevo's first rainbow march in 2019, with Emina Bošnjak andEmma Hontebeyrie.Nationalism in the scope of patriarchy, with Dr Elissa Helms and Chiara Maria Murgia.Guest: Edward Reese, queer activist and project assistant for Kyiv Pride.Host: Melanie Jaindl, Assistant Editorat IDMProduction and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate at IDM
6/1/2022

Pride despite Prejudice

Season 1, Ep. 36
Sarajevo's first rainbow march in 2019Promoting empowerment, dignity and equality of the LGBTQIA* community, pride honours queer history.In 2019, Sarajevo celebrated its first rainbow march. Bosnia and Herzegovina was the last country in the Western Balkans to organise a parade but it gathered 3 000 participants and took place without violence. The event marked a turning point in the democratic path of the Balkan state.Why did it take so long for Sarajevo? Was the city ready for such an event? Have actual improvements been made for the LGBTQIA* community in Bosnia and Herzegovina?Emma Hontebeyrie (IDM) talks to Emina Bošnjak the Executive Director of the Sarajevo Open Center and Co-Chair of ILGA Europe.Our guest recommendation:Pojmovnik LGBT Kulture (Lexicon of Queer Culture), published by Sarajevo Open Center in 2012, is only available in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian.Neizgovoreno (Unspoken)(2016), a documentary constructed from relationships of several Bosnian gays, bisexuals and lesbians with their parents. Reach out to Emina Bošnjak atemina@soc.ba for the download link.References mentioned in the program:Let There Be Colour (2020), a documentary directed by Ado Hasanovic about Sarajevo’s first rainbow march in 2019Guest:Emina Bošnjakis the Executive Director of the Sarajevo Open Center and Co-Chair of ILGA Europe.Host:Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate at IDMProduction and editing:Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate at IDM
4/20/2022

Stakeholders or spectators?

Season 1, Ep. 33
Covid-19 has been part of our everyday life for more than 2 years now. Although young people have been less threatened by Covid-19 in terms of physical well-being, they were more likely than older groups to experience financial and housing insecurity, unemployment and mental health problems. Now as states are trying to recover from the pandemic, we want to take a closer look at the role of young people in this process.Are they spectators or stakeholders? Are their needs and voices included in national strategies and policy-making processes?Malwina Talik (IDM) discusses those questions with her guest Milena Stosic from the OSCE Mission to Serbia.Our guest recommandations: The book: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Differenceby Malcolm GladwellThe painting: What Freedom! by Ilya RepinReference(s) mentioned in the program:Research Summary: The Influence of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Life of Young People in Serbia - KOMSEuropean Council of Foreign Relations: Europe's Invisible DividesEurofound: Impact of Covid-19 on Young People in the EULinkedIn Group: Fostering more inclusive societies: youth engagement in policies, processes and programmesCEE - Central Europe Explained is a podcast series produced by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, powered by Erste Group.Guest:Milena Stosic from the OSCE Mission to Serbia - once a youth activist and representative, psychologist, #youthmainstreaming pioneer and feminist.Host:Malwina Talik, Research Associate IDMProduction and editing:Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate IDM
4/6/2022

When crossing borders becomes a necessity

Season 1, Ep. 32
Which role for CEE in the Ukrainian refugee crisis?“Ursula von der Leyen said very pointedly: This is our family. The Ukrainian people are the European family.”According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, since the Russian invasion of Ukraine and by the end of march 2022, more than 4 million refugees have left the country while about 6 million people have been displaced internally within Ukraine.Europe is experiencing the largest mass migration crisis since the end of WWII, the first of its kind since the war in ex-Yugoslavia. A situation that is sadly not without precedent...Daniel Martinek (IDM) discusses with Almina Besic, Assistant Professor at the Department of International Management of Johannes Kepler University in Linz.Our guest recommendation:Located in Sarajevo and Kyiv, The War Childhood Museum exposes children's memories of contemporary conflict, post-conflict, and resettlement zones. With projects held in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Lebanon, Ukraine and the United States, the museum gives voice to current and former war children.CEE - Central Europe Explained is a podcast series produced by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, powered by Erste Group.Guest: Almina Besic, Assistant Professor at the Department of International Management of Johannes Kepler University, Linz.Host: Daniel Martinek, Research Associate IDMProduction and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate IDM