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2024 04 08 Taras Fedirko


Apr 08 2024


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Liberty after Liberalism: Emancipatory Struggles Ukrainian Journalism

Please join the Harriman Institute for a lecture by Taras Fedirko. Moderated by Valentina Izmirlieva.

The post-Cold War moment saw global experiments in liberating the world through capitalist markets and liberal democracy. How have they shaped understandings of freedom in the former Soviet ‘empire of justice’? I address this question by focusing on Ukrainian journalists’ struggles against the power of oligarchs and other media patrons between 1998-2021. I trace how Russian interference, patronal domination, and organisational imperatives of grants promoting freedom of speech, have transformed what had begun as a solidarity movement against media censorship, into a divisive, moralised struggle over who counts as ‘real’ journalist in Ukraine. I argue that we can best understand this transformation if we pay attention to the centrality of the idea of freedom as non-domination to Ukrainian journalists’ struggles. In tension with liberal understandings of free speech, this idea of freedom and the emancipatory project it informed reveals journalistic labour as the key site where relations of political domination and exclusion were forged and challenged in pre-invasion Ukraine.

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Eileen Huhn
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