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Narrating the War Everydayness
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1219 International Affairs Building
420 W 118th Street, 12th floor

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Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute for a presentation by Natalia Otrishchenko. Moderated by Mark Andryczyk (Harriman Institute).

In early March 2022, the Center for Urban History and colleagues from Poland, the UK, and Luxembourg started to discuss the possibility of ethically well-grounded and methodologically reasonable emergency collecting and archiving of oral testimonies of Ukrainian refugees, IDPs, and volunteers. During the presentation, Otrishchenko will describe multiple decisions made in this project concerning interactions within the team, sensitivity of recruitment, trauma-informed interviewing, and ethical preservation of collected stories.


Natalia Otrishchenko is a research fellow at the Center for Urban History in Lviv and an associate researcher at the Center for Contemporary History in Potsdam. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology (2015, Institute of Sociology, the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine). Since March 2022, Natalia has led the Ukrainian team within the “24/02/22, 5 am” international documentation initiative. This Fall, she is a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Department of Sociology, Columbia University. Natalia is interested in sociological research methods, oral history, as well as urban sociology, spatial and social transformations after state socialism. Headshot: Bohdan Yemets



Featured Image: Olia Klymuk, Urban Media Archive, Center for Urban History




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