Cultural Opposition

Cultural Opposition

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March 10, 2017 / 4.00 pm

Center for Urban History, Lviv

Orysia Kulick gave a presentation about the "COURAGE" project, or Cultural Opposition–Understanding the CultuRal HeritAGE of Dissent in Former Socialist Countries. It is a three-year international research project funded by Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation. The aim of the project is to locate existing but scattered archival and private collections about "cultural opposition" throughout Eastern Europe and link them together in an online database. Collecting them in one place will not only make them more accessible to researchers interested in resistance and opposition to communism, but through linked data will also show how various social groups organized across borders and continents. The twelve partner institutes involved in this project are located in Hungary, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Romania and Lithuania, as well as Ireland and the UK.

Trinity College Dublin is responsible for contributions about Ukraine and Ukrainian émigré communities. Descriptions of three collections were already added in the registry - including the Andrei Siniavskii Papers at the Hoover Institution Archives, the Marian Kropyvnytskyi Papers, as well as the "SpetsFond" at the National Art Museum in Kyiv. In March, Orysia plans to gather information about a number of other collections while in Ukraine in March.

Orysia Kulick

pursued her PhD in History at Stanford University and wrote her dissertation on regional elites in postwar, post-Stalin Soviet Ukraine, focusing on local bureaucracies in Kyiv, Lviv and Dnipropetrovsk and the personal networks that shaped Soviet Ukrainian relations with the Kremlin. She is now a now a postdoctoral fellow at Trinity College Dublin, where she will be working on the COURAGE project for the next two years.


Сover Image: Book Cover of PRIMUS, Zdenek. Vladimír Boudník mezi avantgardou a undergroundem [PRIMUS, Zdenek. Vladimír Boudník between avant-garde and underground]. Prague, 2004.