Spaces of History and the Place of Odessa

Wednesday, April 5, 2006
Room 1219, International Affairs Building, Columbia University, 420 W. 118th St.

The Ukrainian Studies Program at Columbia University hosts a lecture by Tanya Richardson, titled:


Ukraine’s southern port city of Odessa is considered unique by residents and non-residents alike as Russian/cosmopolitan but not Ukrainian. This talk will trace how claims about the city's identity and location have been expressed in the late Soviet and post-Soviet periods through the narration of history. Weaving together accounts of the Odessa Literature Museum, a Jewish history group and a Ukrainian collector, the talk aims to illuminate how Odessa's cosmopolitan qualities have operated at different times to mark the city as distinct within the historical and geographical imaginaries of its encompassing state.

Tanya Richardson received her doctorate in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at The Harriman Institute at Columbia University. Her most recent publication “Walking Streets, Talking History: The Making of Odessa” appeared in Ethnology in winter 2005.