Many-Faceted Memory: How Communism is Exhibited in Ukrainian Museums

Thursday, April 7, 2016
4:10 pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)
Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute for a presentation by Dr. Valentyna KharkhunGeorge F. Kennan fellow at the Kennan Institute.
The presentation will study the role of Ukrainian museums in the formation of memory about communism, its chronology and typology. It will provide an analysis of the ideology of representing communism and its poetic expression. The study is based on comparing narrative versions of communism perception in museums in order to reveal the specificity of communism museumification. 
Valentyna Kharkhun is currently a George F. Kennan fellow at the Kennan Institute. She is a professor, Head of Ukrainian Literature Department, Mykola Gogol State University (Nizhyn, Ukraine); She is senior researcher at the Department of 20th Century Ukrainian Literature, T. G. Shevchenko Institute of Literature, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. She is the author of two books, five textbooks and more than 100 articles. She is the holder of two Fulbright fellowships (Pennsylvania State University, 2005-2006; Columbia University, 2011-2012), J. Mianovsky and Queen Jadwiga fellowships at Jagellonian University, Poland (2008, 2009), Ivan Vyhovsky fellowship at Warsaw University (2014-2015). She has  taught a course entitled "Museums of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe" at Warsaw University in Fall 2015. As a Kennan Institute fellow she is currently conducting research entitled "Museumification of the Soviet Past in Russia and Ukraine: Between Nostalgia and Historical Trauma." Her research interests include memory about communism in museums, the projection of the “sovietness” phenomenon in the modern world, the aesthetical paradigm of Soviet totalitarianism, the socialist realist canon and its reflection in Ukrainian literature, methodologies of literary studies, and Vynnychenko studies.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information please contact Dr. Mark Andryczyk at 212-854-4697 or at