War of Words: New MAPA Module Illuminates Language Practices in Ukraine
- Created: November 15, 2017
MAPA: Digital Atlas of Ukraine provides an unparalleled tool for analyzing Ukraine along the lines of some of the most pressing topics facing the country today. HURI is please to announce the launch of its latest module (or thematic group of map layers): the "Language" module.
“Language is a key issue in today’s politics in Ukraine and the region,” said Serhii Plokhii, HURI MAPA Project Faculty Director. “The proposed change of language legislation was used as a pretext for the Russian annexation of Crimea, and language politics were key in the Kremlin’s attempt to create Novorossiya (New Russia) in Southern Ukraine. Today, the language component of the education law is the most controversial and broadly discussed part of that legislation.”
As Plokhii said, “You can’t understand contemporary Ukraine without looking at our maps.”