Center's Fellows in 2023

Center's Fellows in 2023

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This year, in cooperation with our international partners, we continued our fellowship program for scholars from Ukraine. Within its framework, researchers work for several months on their topic at the Center for Urban History; have the opportunity to work with the Center's resources, visit local archival institutions and libraries, and have a chance to give a seminar or lecture. At the end of the year, we are pleased to summarize the results and introduce the program partners and the Center's fellows and their research.

The scholarship programs in 2023 were made possible by the continued cooperation with the Institute for the Humanities / Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Vienna) and the Körber-Stiftung Foundation (Hamburg). In April, we launched a call for proposals and as a result, six researchers received support and the opportunity to undertake internships of three to six months. We also continued our cooperation with the Foundation for Jewish Studies in Wroclaw and were able to provide a two-month fellowship in partnership with the International Organization of UK Universities.

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Oleksandr Cheremisin

Doctor of History, Professor at the Department of History, Archeology and teaching methods at Kherson State University, where he is working on a monograph on the topic: “The Chronicle of Kherson in the Dimensions of the Russian-Ukrainian War.” e received his doctoral degree at Zaporizhzhia National University. His thesis is devoted to the history of local self-government in the South of Ukraine in 1785-1917.

During the fellowship supported by the Körber-Stiftung Foundation, he worked on reconstructing the course of Kherson’s city occupation based on oral sources and reflections on his personal stay in Kherson during the occupation.

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Nadiia Akulova

Associate Professor at the Department of Ukrainian and Foreign Literature at Bohdan Khmelnytsky Melitopol State Pedagogical University. She received her PhD in philology in 2010 at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. She was a visiting researcher at the University of St. Andrews (UK). She received her PhD in philology in 2010 at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University.

Her fellowship was supported by the Körber-Stiftung Foundation. She was researching the specifics of the Ukrainian experience of responding to images and narratives of the city, strategies of their (re)interpretation, and retransmission in children’s illustrated books about the war published in 2022-2023.

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Roman Liubavskyi

An associate professor at the Department of History of Ukraine at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, where he is working on the monograph “Socialist Cities in the Ukrainian SSR: Idea, Realization, Heritage.” Roman’s research offers a look at the history and modernity of the socialist cities of Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Kryvyi Rih in three dimensions: symbolic, spatial, and vernacular.

During his research residence supported by the Körber-Stiftung Foundation, he focused on the everyday practices of socialist cities’ residents, architectural projects, the evolution of socialist cities’ images during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and changes in the toponymic and symbolic landscape after decommunization.

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Maria Shevchenko

Associate Professor at the Department of History and Political Theory at the National Technical University “Dnipro Polytechnic”. She teaches courses “Civilization Processes in Ukrainian Society” and “Demography”. Research interests: migration processes, forced labor, women’s history, local history, biography.

At the Center for Urban History, during her fellowhip supported by the Institute for Human Science, she was conducting research on “Life after the War (the Situation of Repatriates in the Postwar Years in Dnipro).”

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Pavlo Yeremieiev

Associate professor at the Eastern Europe Department at the History Faculty and an associate professor at the Department of Ukrainian Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. He is a member of the Ukrainian Association of Researchers of Religion and the International Association for the Humanities.

During his research residence in Lviv supported by the Institute for Human Science, he plans to study the specifics of constructing images of Ukrainian cities in the church historiography of the nineteenth-century Russian Empire.

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Olena Cherniakhivska

Head of the Publishing Department at the National Preserve “Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra”. Prior to that, she held a number of academic positions for a long time. She also deals with issues related to the history of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra and the Reserve, the history of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, and biographical studies.

She was awarded a scholarship by the Institute for Human Science and was working on a monograph that describes the process of creating a unique project – the multi-volume book called “History of Cities and Villages of the Ukrainian SSR.”

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Nadiia Skokova

Historian. She is completing her thesis on the formation of the modern identity of the Jews of Eastern Galicia (Ukrainian Catholic University). Her research interests include the rights of national minorities in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Caucasus; Jewish history of the interwar period; ethnopolitical conflicts of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; and the development of the public sphere in politics and culture.

She was granted a scholarship with the support of the Foundation for Jewish Studies in Wrocław to research the history of the Jewish ghetto in Lviv.

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Tetiana Yushchuk

Lecturer at the Department of International Relations at the National University of Ostroh Academy. Currently, she is working on finalizing her PhD thesis on “Theodor Mackiw as a Historian, Scholar, and Public Figure”. Her research interests, in addition to personalism, include oral history.

She is on a research residency with the support of the Universities UK International. During her stay, she plans to get acquainted with digital projects, including the Urban Media Archive and Interactive Lviv, as well as visit local libraries.

Also, through a small grant to the Center from the East-West Management Institute, a non-profit organization headquartered in New York, two Ukrainian scholars, Ulyana Kyrchiv (UCU) and Daryna Korkach (independent researcher), were supported to participate in the 2023 Diversity and Democracy Institute that took place in Wroclaw, Poland, in July 2023.

Such support for researchers in Ukraine is very important, especially in the critical time of war when the development of research requires additional support and strengthening of professional networking. We greatly appreciate such partnerships and the opportunity to work together with a wide range of scientists.