In April, Kateryna Valiavska was awarded the Center's Research Grant. Kateryna is a research fellow at the science and research Center for Bukovyna Studies at Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University. She also works as a curator of collections at Chernivtsi Museum of History and Culture of Bukovyna Jews. During her research residence, she will explore the topic "Socializing Practices in Bukovyna: Social and Cultural Space (1848-1914)" and will present it during the urban seminar.
Kateryna studied at the Department of the History of Ukraine, Faculty of History, Politology, and International Relations at Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University. In 2016, she presented her PhD thesis there. The dissertation explores such social phenomenon in Bukovyna as social engagements during the period from 1848 to 1914. In her work, Kateryna analyzed socio-cultural changes that led to new socializing practices in the milieu of upper and middle class in Bukovyna. In particular, she studied how they followed and imitated European aristocratic and bourgeois living habits that influenced the shaping of modern lifestyles and new communication forms. According to the researcher, social engagements in Bukovyna were an important factor in the development of the modernized identity of local elite, and their attempt to overcome the feeling of their own "peripheral" belonging as compared to Vienna.
During her stay in Lviv, Kateryna will work in the archives and libraries on the text of her book based on the thesis.