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27 - 28 October 2023

Voices from Ukraine: Women Philosophers and Scientists Against War and Ecocide

Conference | 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM | Kateryna Karpenko, Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists

Where: University of Paderborn, Paderborn, Germany

When: October 27th-28th, 2023

Type of Conference: Hybrid

The conference is organized by Prof. Dr. Kateryna Karpenko, Director of the Center for Gender Education of  National Medical University (KHNMU) & Prof. Dr. Ruth E. Hagengruber, Director of the internationally acting Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists. This project has received funding through the MSCA4Ukraine project, which is funded by the European Union. The talks will be held in Englisch. Discussions can be in English, German and Ukrainian. In addition an Ukrainian-German Interpreter (Prof. Dr. Volodymyr Abashnik) will be present via Zoom.

Today, it is becoming obvious that demonstrating its inability to win in a direct military confrontation, Russia is purposefully implementing traditional, patriarchal tactics of domination to destroy the Ukrainian economy and environment.

The purpose of this conference, on the one hand, is to show, that the airstrikes mainly target Ukraine’s critical life support infrastructure, industrial facilities, oil and fuel depots, chemical and pharmaceutical depots, public utilities such as sewage pumping stations, power stations and railways.

On the other hand, the task is to prove that this tactic being accompanied by a public demonstration and self-praise of the masculine superiority of the leaders is a pathetic imitation of it. It will be disclosed the fact that the Russian war against Ukraine means violence, poverty, forced displacement, broken lives, insecurity and lack of a future, depletion of nature, and ecocide.

The important topics of discussions will be the ontological, phenomenological, and existential dimensions of ecocide at the time and after the war. Ecofeminism and the ethics of care will become the methodological basis for analyzing the phenomena of ecocide.

The speakers include Oksana Zabuzhko (Receiver of France’s Legion of Honor), Dr. Tatiana Perga (Senior Researcher of ‘Institute of World History of National Academy of Science of Ukraine’), Dr. Iryna Utiuzh (Department of Social Sciences, Zaporizhzhia State Medical University), Dariya Tsymbalyuk, Iryna Zamuruyeva, Pina Piccolo, Prof. Dr. Tetiana Gardashuk, Cynthia R. Nielsen (Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dallas), Valeria Korablyova, Angela Boyko, Mariya Shcherbyna, Tentyana Chumachenko, Natalia Martynenko,Oksana Nakonechna.

For Registration, send an e-mail to contact@historyofwomenphilosophers.org with the subject “VoFUkr Registration”Also include if you will participate online or in-person.

Here is the Preliminary Program.


27 - 28 October 2023

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM


L3.204, Paderborn University
Warburger Str. 100
Paderborn, 33098 Germany
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