"Chornobyl Songs: Ukrainian Folklore and 'Nature' after Nuclear Disaster" a lecture by Maria Sonevytsky, University of Toronto

Starts: 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Ends: 6:30 pm on Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Location: CAS 203, 725 Commonwealth Avenue

Maria Sonevytsky, University of Toronto, will present "Chornobyl Songs: Ukrainian Folklore and 'Nature' after Nuclear Disaster" as a part of the 2013 Musicology & Ethnomusicology Conversation Series. Following the Chornobyl nuclear power plant disaster of April of 1986, late Soviet society began to conceptualize "nature" in radical, different ways. In late Soviet Ukraine, three contemporaneous social movements emerged after Chornobyl: a fledgling environmental activist movement, faith revivals rooted in neo-paganism and nationalism, and a prominent new aesthetic for musical practice labelled as "authentic folklore." This paper examines the confluence of these three movements in the period following the Chornobyl disaster, positing that the trauma of such nuclear disaster catalyzed and invigorated conceptions of the "natural" that led, in part, to the profound social transformations that came with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.