Vital work is being done by those who create a record of the war in Ukraine, who capture the human experience of that war, and who make it accessible and comprehensible to the broader world. The project Documenting Ukraine supports journalists, scholars, artists, public intellectuals, and archivists based in Ukraine as they work on documentation projects that establish and preserve a factual record, through reporting, gathering published source material, or collecting oral testimony; or bring meaning to events through artistic interpretation and intellectual reflection. The next round of grant applications will open at the beginning of September, with a deadline of 30 September 2022.
Documenting Ukraine also foresees the construction of a complex archive of materials created and collected by project participants and the presentation of these materials to the public, in cooperation with partner institutions, including the Center for Urban History (Lviv) and the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University.
In its initial phase, Documenting Ukraine will award one-time project grants of 5000 EUR. These grants are awarded via two tracks:
- by recommendation of a member of the IWM community
- by open application (see below)
Examples of eligible activities include but are not limited to:
- Journalists could apply to continue their reporting.
- Writers could propose essays or book projects in which they reflect on their personal experience of the war.
- Scholars could propose conducting interviews with those whose lives have been affected by the war or gathering and processing published materials about the war.
- Public intellectuals could propose writing or giving interviews for European media.
- Filmmakers or visual artists could propose projects in their discipline; curators could propose exhibitions.
- Publishers could propose book projects about the war; translators could propose particular texts about the war for translation.
- Archive employees could propose documenting the impact of the war on their collection.
Applications consisting of a brief project description (max. 1 page), a CV, and contact details for one reference must be submitted via the IWM’s online applications platform. The preferred language for the application is English. However, Ukrainian applications are also accepted.
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