February 25, 2021 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Lesia Ukrainka (Larysa Kosach, 1871–1913), a founding representative of the Ukrainian cultural canon. Her contribution to the national modernization of Ukrainian culture was extraordinary – as a poet and playwright of genius Lesia Ukrainka became symbolic of creative freedom and a modern world outlook in Ukrainian literature and culture. The main objective of the conference is to address the phenomenon of this remarkable writer in a comparative international context.

The organizing committee of the conference considers the literatures and cultures of the Hispanic world as its primary area of interest because in both Spain and Latin America, as in Ukraine, a patriarchal model of culture has firm roots and constitutes great challenges to female freedom.

International Conference, Kyiv, October 13-16, 2021

Keynote speakers

Vira Ageyeva, Literature Professor, Department of Literature, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak, Historian, Social Activist, Member, Taras Shevchenko Scientific Society

Ruth Fine, Salomon and Victoria Cohen Professor in Iberian Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, President, International Association of Hispanists

Tamara Hundorova, Head, Department of Theory, T.H. Shevchenko Institute of Literatute, National Ukrainian Academy of Sciences

Eulalia Piñero Gil, Professor Of North American Literature and Gender Studies, Department of English Philology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, President, Spanish Association for American Studies (SAAS)

Assunta Polizzi, Professor of Spanish Philology, Universidad de Palermo, Co-director, Memità International Research Network

Oleksandr Pronkevych, Professor of Spanish Philology, Dean, Faculty of Philology, Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University

Maksym Strikha, Physicist, Literary Scholar, Translator

Roman Veretelnyk, Literature Professor, Department of Literature, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Oksana Zabuzhko, Writer, Philosopher


Association of Hispanists of Ukraine
National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University
New Academic Community of Ukraine (NGO)


Ukrainian Fulbright Circle (NPO)
Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain in Ukraine