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The Provincialization of Europe on the Eastern Frontier: From “Asian Renaissance” to Ukrainian Occidentalism
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Please join the Harriman Institute and the Ukrainian Studies Program for a lecture by Tamara Hundorova. Moderated by Elise Giuliano.

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Tamara Hundorova will discuss the debate about the geocultural map of Europe in the first half of the 20th century, with reference to Dipesh Chakrabarti’s idea of the “provincialization of Europe.”  The analysis will focus on the Ukrainian segment of the debate on Eurocentrism, which is considered in connection with Oswald Spengler’s concept of “European decline” and the postwar idea of “European crisis.” The study focuses on Mykola Khvylovy’s idea of the “Asiatic Renaissance” and Yuriy Shevelov’s concept of Ukrainian occidentalism. The mechanisms of orientalization, difference, and borderline thinking play a key role in these discussions.

Tamara Hundorova (a.k.a. Gundorova) is the Principal Research Fellow at Institute of Literature, NAS of Ukraine and an Associate Fellow at HURI. Currently she is a Visiting Professor at Harvard University. She is a member of PEN Ukraine. Tamara Hundorova is the author of Lesia Ukrainka. Knyhy Syvilly (2023), The Post-Chornobyl Library. The Ukrainian Postmodernism of the 1990s (2019), Tranzytna kul’tura. Symptomy postkolonial’noi travmy (2013), Kitsch i Literatura. Travestii (2008), Franko i/ne Kameniar (2006); Femina melancholica. Stat’ i kul’tura v gendernij utopii Ol’hy Kobylians’koi (2002) and others as well as many articles and chapters on modernism, postmodernism, feminism, postcolonial studies, and history of Ukrainian literature. Prof. Hundorova taught at Princeton and Harvard Universities, Toronto University, Greifswald University, Kyiv-Mohyla and Kyiv National Universities. She is a former Fulbright Scholar, Visiting scholar of Monash university, and a recipient of Yacyk Distinguished Fellowship, Foreign visitors fellowship (Hokkaido University), and Fellowship of Philipp Schwartz-Initiative of Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung.

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