31 January 2023, Lecture (in Ukrainian): “The Life and Death of one Viber Channel. Media Chronicles of the Besieged City”

We cordially invite you to the next event within our “Science first hand” lecture series:

  • Announcement (in Ukrainian)
  • Speaker: Dr Olena Pavlova, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv/ Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
  • Date: Tuesday, 31 January 2023
  • Time: 18:00 – 19:30 (Berlin)/ 19:00 – 20:30 (Kyiv)
  • Language: Ukrainian 
  • To register: please email to berlin (at) ukrainet.eu

russia’s full-scale brutal war against Ukraine has been going on for almost a year now. The whole world has responded to these terrible events and expressed solidarity with Ukrainian people, offering shelter for Ukrainians who had to flee te war, providing humanitarian aid, and establishing various social programs. The academic community did not stand aside either, opening various scholarship schemes and supporting research projects for our compatriots in various fields of science.
This year, the German-Ukrainian Academic Society decided use the Science First Hand Lecture-Series, launched in 2016, as aplatform to offer an opportunity for Ukrainian scientists and scholars who fled the war and found themselves in Germany and continue to conduct their research here.

We are pleased to invite you to this year’s opening lecture “Life and Death of a Viber Channel. Media Chronicles of a Surrounded City”. The speaker is Olena Pavlova, Doctor of Philosophy, Professor at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
Scientific biography of the speaker: From 1995 to 2000, Olena Pavlova studied at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv at the Faculty of Philosophy. After postgraduate studies (2000-2003), she successfully defended her PhD thesis on “Imagination as a philosophical and anthropological category”. From 2002 to 2009, she was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, then Head of the Department of Cultural Studies, and since 2011 she has been Professor of Ethics, Aesthetics and Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Doctoral dissertation topic: “Aesthetic Experience as an Ontological Problem”. In 2017, she carried out a research sabbatical at the University of Zielona Góra, where she participated in the organization of the Polish-Ukrainian Research Center (Zielona Góra, Poland).

In 2022, Prof. Pavlova received a scholarship from Humboldt University with the support of Siemens and is working on the project “The Perception of War in Ukraine from the point of view of Cultural History”
Olena Pavlova is the author of over 100 scientific works, including a monograph, 4 collective monographs, 5 single educational and methodological handbooks from workshops on cultural theory and history, and she participated in the author’s teams of 15 textbooks on philosophy, aesthetics, and cultural studies.

Summary of the lecture: The data of the Viber channel that emerged and ceased to exist during the storming and capture of Mariupol (March-August 2022, Donetsk region, Ukraine) have been examined. The media community of this channel is reconstructed as a form of grassroots activism with its basic needs and value orientations, the potential to resist the surrounding violence and products of colonial culture. Based on the study, the author proposes the units of media analysis of the Viber channel and its community.


The vodeo-record of the  session is available here.