Film: Critical Borders, Denmark and Belarus

Watch a film about the novel 'Dogs of Europe' and how well-established terms in international relations are not always adequate to describe what is going on in reality.

In films for the New Nordic Lexicon, students ask researchers to talk about an object, book or place that represents their research.

In this film, Věra Dvořáková, a student from Aarhus University, meets Lizaveta Dubinka-Hushcha, researcher from the European Humanities University & Copenhagen Business School, who chooses the dystopian novel 'Dogs of Europe' by Alhierd Bacharevič. To Lizaveta, this book represents how scholars of international relations and foreign policy sometimes have to turn to metaphors to describe the state of play in the world.  

Lizaveta is a historian of international relations and small state foreign policy, focusing on Denmark and the countries of Eastern Europe. She is also the founder of Belladania, a friendship and information society between Denmark and Belarus, and since the summer of 2023, she has been Regional Director of the Danish Cultural Institute with responsibility for the Baltic countries and the Baltic Sea Region.

Věra has been involved in two films for the New Nordic Lexicon, both in front of and behind the camera, in Aarhus and in Oslo.

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