A Subaltern That Sings

A Subaltern That Sings.
From Sound Resistance to Musical Diplomacy in Wartime Ukraine

Kick-off meeting of a research project developed within CU-CNRS TANDEM Program supported by Charles University, CNRS and CEFRES.

Date: April 9, 2024, from 2 pm to 3:30 pm CET
Location: CEFRES, Na Florenci 3, Prague 1
Language: English
Project Coordinators:
Valeria KORABLYOVA (CEFRES / Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University) and
(CEFRES / Sorbonne University)

The meeting will be opened by:

  • Mr. Stéphane CROUZAT, Ambassador of France to the Czech Republic
  • Mr. Ladislav KRIŠTOUFEK, Vice-rector for Research, Charles University
  • Mr. William BERTHOMIÈRE, director for European and international affairs at CNRS Sciences humaines et sociales


Valeria Korablyova and Louisa Martin-Chevalier will present this research project dedicated to the musical dimension of Ukrainian resistance as a vehicle for escaping the subaltern position of a double periphery in the blind spot between the EU and Russia. The project brings together two academic subfields – cultural diplomacy and postcolonial studies – to reveal how Ukrainian musicians and activists use musical means to increase their visibility on a global level and to raise their country’s geocultural status on the mental maps of international audiences. From the European opera scene to the Eurovision Song Contest, Ukrainians deploy their soft power to manifest their country’s agency and garner international support for their cause.

Since 2018, the TANDEM program endeavors excellency in social sciences and humanities by bringing together Czech and French colleagues to intensify scientific collaboration between our countries in the frame of European Research Area. The program is a joint initiative of CEFRES, CNRS SHS, CU & the Czech Academy of Sciences (AV ČR) in the frame of the CEFRES Platform of scientific collaborations. Its former members have obtained two ERC grants, including the BOAR project.