Philosopher Olga Shparaga talks to the writer Anka Upala about Northern Europe and Belarus, what unites us and what makes us different, and – what we can learn from each other.
Anka Upala is a writer, translator (from English, Finnish and Swedish), author of the autobiographical book "To a snowy island". Anka is a grant-holder of Svalbard Arctic Cultural Found, 2019, nominated by Norwegian PEN center. She spent two months during the polar night on Svalbard.
Olga Shparaga is a philosopher, candidate of philosophy. She studied philosophy in Belarus and Germany. She taught at YSU in Minsk and Vilnius from 2001 to 2014. Olga studied course and taught at universities and research centers in The Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Germany and USA. She is an author of the monographs "Post-Holocaust community: towards an inclusive society" (Minsk, ECLAB-Books, 2018) and "Awakening of political life: Essay on the philosophy of publicity" (Vilnius: YSU, 2010). Olga is the head of the organization "Modern society, ethics and politics" at ECLAB College.