Cambridge Conference: Ukraine and the Global Information War, 31-10-2014

October 18, 2014 • Educational, Past Events • Views: 2392

ORGANIZER:   Cambridge Ukrainian Studies

WHEN:             Friday, October 31, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM (GMT)

WHERE:           Keynes Hall, King’s College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge , United Kingdom


Ukraine has been described as a country ‘in-between in all possible ways’ (Mykola Riabchuk). Over the past year, in the midst of uprising and war, it has been caught between a Russian propaganda machine highly active in television, print and Internet media and a European public largely ignorant of its history and culture. Its own mediascape has been caught in a vice between state-run and oligarch-owned outlets. This crisis in representation has had profound implications for the development of a coherent security policy in Europe and for the resolution of an armed conflict in Ukraine that has now claimed thousands of lives.

The conference ‘Ukraine and the Global Information War’, hosted by Cambridge Ukrainian Studies in association with the Legatum Institute and the Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies (CamCREES), will explore the dynamics between the politics of representation and international security through the lens of the 2013-14 geopolitical tumult in Ukraine, or what might be termed ‘MCD’ (Maidan-Crimea-Donbas). It posits that MCD marks a critical and instructive juncture in the evolution of modern journalistic practice, featuring, among other things, a burgeoning social ‘media-ization’ of the news and an extraordinary collision between state propaganda and public ignorance of a country in crisis. The conference seeks to examine the civic, Internet-based and crowd-sourced media initiatives that have accordingly emerged as alternatives to state and corporate media outlets in Ukraine and beyond.

The conference programme, which is subject to change, focuses on the following topics:
Ukraine and the crisis of credibility of news in the digital age;
Ukraine as object of European academic and public knowledge;
Ukraine as object of Russian (and Soviet) state propaganda;
Ukraine as object of Ukrainian state and corporate media discourse; and
Ukraine and the evolution of Internet-based public journalism


Keynes Hall, King’s College, University of Cambridge

9.30 – 10.00       Coffee and refreshments
10.00 – 10.15       Opening remarks

  • Rory Finnin (University of Cambridge)
10.15 – 12.30       PANEL 1: Ukraine as an object of academic knowledge and state propaganda

  • Tetyana Ogarkova (Kyiv Mohyla Academy)
  • Andriy Portnov (Humboldt University)
  • Anton Shekhovtsov (UCL)
  • Tanya Zaharchenko (HSE St Petersburg)
12.30 – 13.30       Lunch
13.30 – 15.45       PANEL 2: Ukraine and the crisis of credibility of news

  • Yevhen Fedchenko (Kyiv Mohyla Academy School of Journalism / Founder,
  • Margo Gontar (
  • Vasyl Myroshnychenko (Ukraine Crisis Media Centre)
  • Natalia Popovych (Ukraine Crisis Media Centre)
  • Alya Shandra (EuroMaidan PR)
  • Olga Tokariuk (
15.45 – 16.15       Tea break
16.15 – 18.30        PANEL 3: Ukraine as an object of Western journalism

  • Sabra Ayres (Christian Science Monitor)
  • James Marson (Wall Street Journal)
  • Simon Ostrovsky (Vice News)
  • Michael Weiss (The Interpreter)
18.30 – 19.30 Reception

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