Hay Festival Colombia Digital

Hay Festival Colombia took place from 21 to 30 of January 2022, with events in the cities of Cartagena de Indias, Medellín and Jericó. You are currently browsing the digital programme of the festival.

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Event 8

Bruno Macaes, Philippe Sands, Liuba Tsybulska, Andrii Shapovalov, Maksym Skubenko, Emma Winberg and Peter Pomerantsev

Propaganda

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Writers obsess with the power of words, but do words change anything? Or does poetry, in WH Auden’s phrase, make nothing happen? Across the world we see unprecedented amounts of propaganda aimed at destroying people’s lives. Propagandists usually hide behind ‘freedom of speech’ and the legal idea that ‘speech has no victim’. But what happens when, for example, Russian propagandists become an integral part of a military machine committing war crimes and even genocide? Are they aiding and abetting crimes against humanity, and can that be proven in a court of law? The panel explores the question of legal accountability for Russian state and other propagandists – and what words really do.

Bruno Maçães is a Portuguese politician and columnist for The New Statesman. Philippe Sands is an international human rights lawyer and author. Emma Winberg co-founded the White Helmets volunteer organisation in Syria. Liuba Tsybulska is head of the Hybrid Warfare Analytical Group of Ukraine Crisis Media Center. Andrii Shapovalov is a professional journalist and media manager. Maksym Skubenko is the CEO of Vox Ukraine media. Chaired by Peter Pomerantsev, author of This Is Not Propaganda.

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Event 9

Iaroslav Hrytsak, Margaret MacMillan (digital) and Serhii Plokhy (digital)

Hope, Humanity and War

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Among the horrors of war, does Ukraine have reason to be optimistic about the future? What are the positives that may emerge for the people of Ukraine on the other side of the war?

Margaret MacMillan is a Canadian historian and professor at the University of Oxford. Serhii Plokhy is a Ukrainian historian, author of The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union. Iaroslav Hrytsak is a Ukrainian historian and director of the Institute for Historical Studies of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.

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Event 10

Stanislav Aseyev, Natalia Gumenyuk, Jonathan Littell, Masi Nayyem, Philippe Sands and Andrii Kulykov

War Crimes and Memory

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Ukraine and Syria are the first large-scale conflicts not only to be documented on social media but where social media is a theatre of war. In the same way that TV transformed the dynamics of Vietnam, social media will shape the experience of this war and its outcome. Will the ubiquity of social media result in accountability for wartimes? Will it hamper people’s ability to forget and one day even forgive?

Philippe Sands is an international human rights lawyer and author. Natalia Gumenyuk is a Ukrainian journalist specialising in conflict reporting. Stanislav Aseyev is a Ukrainian writer and journalist in Donetsk. Jonathan Littell is an Franco-American novelist and journalist who has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières. Masi Nayyem is a Ukranian lawyer and founder of the Miller legal company. Chaired by Andrii Kulykov, a Ukrainian journalist and radio presenter.

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Event 11

Margaret Atwood (digital) talks to Yurii Prokhasko

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Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Atwood, twice winner of the Booker Prize, talks to the Ukrainian literary critic and translator Yurii Prokhasko.

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Event 12

Catherine Belton (digital), Oliver Bullough, Misha Glenny and Vadym Karpiak

Money and culture: how cultural institutions became Russia's offshore

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The Pandora Papers were the biggest ever leak of offshore data concerning the financial secrets of the rich and powerful, chiefly concerning property acquisition. But can cultural institutions work as offshore companies, and to what extent is Russian capital present in cultural institutions and activities abroad? British journalists Misha Glenny, Oliver Bullough and Catherine Belton are authors of, respectively, McMafia; Butler to the World: How Britain became the servant of tycoons, tax dodgers, kleptocrats and criminals; and Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West. Chaired by the TV presenter and Speaker of the Ukrainian Women's Congress Vadym Karpiak.

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Event 13

Philippe Sands talks to Victoria Amelina

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The international human rights lawyer and author of East West Street, The Ratline and The Last Colony talks about his work and ideas about justice and criminality that have their origins in the city of Lviv to the novelist Victoria Amelina.

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Event 14

Victoria Amelina, Jon Lee Anderson, Michael Katakis, Janine di Giovanni and Tetyana Oharkova

The Role of Journalists and Writers in War

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Ernest Hemingway was one of the first writers to live in and write about a country at war, using his experiences as a reporter during the civil war in Spain as the background to For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940). How has the role of writers and journalists changed during the current war and what choices did Ukrainian writers make after Russia initiated it in 2014 by annexing Crimea? American writer and photographer Michael Katakis manages Ernest Hemingway's literary estate. Victoria Amelina is a novelist and activist, a winner of the Joseph Conrad Literary Award. Jon Lee Anderson is an American biographer, war correspondent and staff writer for The New Yorker. Janine di Giovanni is the co-Founder and Director of The Reckoning Project: Ukraine Testifies, a USAID-supported organization that documents and verifies war crimes and builds cases for international justice mechanisms. Chaired by Tetyana Oharkova, a Ukrainian literary scholar, journalist and essayist.

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Event 15

Abdulrazak Gurnah (digital) talks to Alim Aliev

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The Tanzanian-British author, winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature, in conversation with the Ukrainian writer and decolonisation specialist.

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