Dr. Alla Marchenko

Dr. Alla Marchenko

sociologist, researcher (2018-present)

A sociologist, researcher, and university lecturer. She graduated from Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University majoring in "Sociology" (Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees) followed by the post-graduate studies. The Master’s and post-graduate theses were on the concept of ‘social prestige’ in social science. She worked as a researcher at the Ukrainian Institute of Scientific and technical Information (УкрІНТЕІ) and the "Fund for Municipal Development" NGO. From 2009 to 2017, she was lecturing at the Department of Methodology and Methods of Sociological Research at Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University. Alla graduated from the Carnegie Research Fellowship Program (2015-2016) and the Carnegie Publications Program (2016-2017) in New York University (USA). As part of the informal education program "Living History Studies" (2017), she implemented her project on studying the impact of Hasidic pilgrimage on public spaces in Ukrainian cities. Since 2017, she has been a doctoral student at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw). The topic of her doctoral thesis is "Comparative analysis of the hasidic pilgrimage effects upon the local frames of memory in Poland and Ukraine." She is participant of the doctoral workshop at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in 2018-2019; and works with the "Protecting Memory" international project.

At the Center for Urban History, she works on the research team of the "ReHerit: Common Responsibility for Shared Heritage" project focused on the multicultural heritage of two Ukrainian cities of Uman and Lviv. She is in charge of the project’s sociological component, such as the research of awareness and request of the cities’ population on local history, on current intercultural stereotypes, and opportunities for improving interaction of residents with problematic monuments.

Interests: comparative research, Jewish studies, memory studies, multicultural urban heritage.

Selected Reports at Conferences:

  • International Conference "Jewish Heritage Tourism in the Digital Age", 23-25 October, 2017 (Venice, Italy). Presentation: Cross-Cultural Challenges of Hasidic Pilgrimage to Contemporary Ukraine
  • CBEES Annual Conference, 30 Nov – 1 Dec 2017: Competing Futures: From rupture to re-articulation, Sodertorn University (Stockholm, Sweden). Presentation: Contemporary Pilgrimage as a tool for dealing with memory: implications for Ukraine.
  • 2nd Polish-Ukrainian Workshop for Young Scholars: History and Heritage of the Eastern-European Jewry with a Focus on Galicia, 12-14 Dec 2017, Insitute for Judaic Studies, Jagellonian University (Krakow, Poland). Presentation: Collective memory and the Hasidic sites in Ukraine: results of a project under "Live History" framework.
  • European Network of Remembrance and Solidarity Conference "Memory and Religion. Central and Eastern Europe in a Global Perspective", 16-18 October 2018 (Warsaw, Poland). Presentation: Vernacular Memory of the Hasidic Pilgrimages to Uman: Reborn After the Soviet Union

Selected publications:

  • In the Eyes of Uman Pilgrims: A Vision of Place and Its Inhabitants // Contemporary Jewry .- July 2018, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 227–247.
  • Etic and emic approaches to the collective memory in media coverage of the Hasidic pilgrimage to Uman // Discourse, Context and Media. – 2018. - Available online 6 July 2018  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2018.06.003
  • Alla Marchenko (2017). Religious Rhetoric, Secular State? The Public References to Religion by Ukraine's Top Politicians (1992-2016) // Euxeinos - Culture and Governance in the Black Sea Region, / Wanner, Catherine, ed. "Religion and Politics in Ukraine after the Maidan Protests", no. 24: 39-50. (Open access at https://gce.unisg.ch/en/euxeinos/archive/24)
  • Hasidic Pilgrimage as a Cultural Performance: Case of Contemporary Ukraine // Judaica Ukrainica, 2014, № 3. - pp. 60-80.