Central Europe Explained
EP38 - Two-front War
The fight for Pride and the nation in Ukraine
The 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, 2022
Sources about Ukraine in English:
The telegram channel Ukraine Now [English]
The daily newspaper The Kyiv Independent
The daily newspaper Kyiv Post
The media platform Hromadske International
The twitter channel @xenasolo
The Instagram account Svidomi, @svidomi_eng
Looking 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 and Emma 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 Editor at IDM
Production and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate at IDM
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47. EP 47 Is Europe still a fortress? Refugees in Central and Eastern Europe38:10Is Europe still a fortress? Refugees in Central and Eastern EuropeIn CEE (and beyond) migration has become an issue that polarizes and evokes a wide range of emotions. In their conversation, Melanie Jaindl and Malwina Talik discuss three important dates in the recent history of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE): 2015 (the 'long summer of migration'), 2021 (the humanitarian crisis on the Poland-Belarus border), and 2022 (the Russian invasion of Ukraine). They explore how these events have been perceived in CEE, offer explanations for different attitudes, and examine their collective impact on the region. Our hosts' pieces of art recommendations:The Passage by Selma BanichBook Jezus umarł w PolsceHost: Malwina Talik and Melanie Jaindl, associates at IDM Production and Editing: Gloria Becerril
46. EP 46 Timisoara Unveiled: A journey through multiculturality, art, and communism28:27Timișoara Unveiled: A Journey through Multiculturality, Art, and Communism In 2023, the Romanian city of Timișoara holds the title of European Capital of Culture. Tourists are flocking to the city as it is thriving with art exhibitions and cultural events – one can literally find art around every corner in Timșioara these days. Amidst the art, visitors can also witness the historical heritage of Timișoara, a city with a rich and eventful past under the Ottomans, Austrians and Hungarians, and the first city to rise against the communist regime. This legacy has shaped Timișoara into a contemporary, multilingual and multicultural place that some consider to be quintessentially European. In this episode, Sophia Beiter shares her insights into this year’s European Capital of Culture. She talked to a variety of different guests – from the city’s mayor to young curators and independent artists. The episode delves into how multiculturality inspires the art scene in Timișoara, how inhabitants experienced the revolution in 1989, how communism still affects young artists in their work and how the title of European Capital of Culture can have a lasting positive impact. Take a look at Maria Nalbantova’s artwork here. Guests: Dominik Fritz, Ovidiu Mihaita, Maria Nalbantova, Cristina Stoenescu, Georgia Tidorescu, Oltea Zambori Host: Sophia Beiter, research associate at IDM Production and Editing: Gloria Becerril
45. EP 45 Thrill or Chill? Dark Tourism in Central Eastern Europe28:52For most people holidays means a week at the beach, or a visit to picturesque cities. But that’s not the first things coming up in everyone’s mind. Some people seek the thrill, the misery: they visit places of previous genocide, natural and man-made catastrophes and former war zones. Places, of which Central-, East- and Southeast Europe have plenty – given the region’s specific historical, cultural and political context. Dark tourism describes these practices of travelling to places of human suffering. In this episode, Melanie Jaindl talks with Peter Hohenhaus to shed light on the motivations for visiting these extraordinary sites and how to deal with misery in a respectful manner. Hohenhaus runs a blog and website, where he shares his experiences of travelling the unconventional way, which he also put down in his book Atlas of Dark Destinations.Take a look at our guest's recommendation Shoes on the Danube Bank (Budapest): here.Host: Melanie Jaindl, Scientific Associate at IDM.In cooperation with: Darija BenicEditorial Support: Jade PenancierProduction and Editing: Gloria Becerril, Trainee at IDM and student at University of Padua.
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