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Accepted Paper:

Where the war against Ukraine came first: stories about people and plants displaced from Donbas  
Darya Tsymbalyuk

Paper short abstract:

In this paper I narrate experiences of migration through a multispecies perspective, focusing on stories about gardens and houseplants in narratives of people displaced from Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, Ukraine.

Paper long abstract:

My homeland Ukraine has been brutally attacked by Russia. This war did not start in 2022, it started in 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and invaded parts of Donbas. In this paper, I share stories of people who were first affected by the war against Ukraine. They already fled the war in 2014 and many are now fleeing it again. In the past years, I have been interviewing and writing about people displaced from Donbas from a multispecies perspective. I focus on stories about gardens and houseplants, and the rupture of relations between people and plants. In this paper, I will present testimonies I have recorded between 2015 and 2019, reflecting on migration and entanglements of people and plants.

Panel P181
Rooting with Plants: Towards a multi species anthropology of displacement and migration
  Session 1 Thursday 28 July, 2022, -