VISITING SCHOLARS 2015-2016
Dr. Patrycja Trzeszczyńska-Demel
Patrycja Trzeszczyńska-Demel, PhD., is a cultural anthropologist at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of Jagiellonian University (Kraków, Poland). She is interested in anthropology of memory, the connections between anthropology and theory of literature (narrative, documentary literature), methodological problems of contemporary anthropology and anthropology of ethnicity. Her ethnographical field researches in Poland and Ukraine focus on cultural self-presentation of the minorities, folklorism, cultural expressions, regionalism and the constructions of regions’ images. She published a book The Lemko Land Remembered: the Stories about the Past and Space (Jagiellonian University Press, 2013, in Polish) and several articles on the question of collective memory and self-presentation strategies of the Lemkos, mythologization of space, and folklorism. Patrycja Trzeszczyńska-Demel holds a Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education scholarship and is currently engaged in fieldwork on the collective memory of Ukrainian Canadians born in Poland. Since 2014 she has conducted research in Canada among the Ukrainians and Lemkos born in Poland, who immigrated to Canada in the 1980s. Her research also focuses on the question of cultural memory of the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada. Dr. Trzeszczyńska-Demel will be a Petro Jacyk Visiting Professor in September-October 2015.
Dr. Jonathan Waterlow (September-October 2015)
Jonathan Waterlow is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK, where he completed his PhD in History in 2012. He is also, with Jacques Schuhmacher, co-director of Oxford University’s interdisciplinary War Crimes Research Network (warcrimesresearch.net). His new research project, entitled ‘The Soviet Nuremberg: Shaping the Past and Forging the Postwar World Beyond the Iron Curtain, 1945-53’, examines the Soviet Union’s prosecution and portrayal of German war crimes in the post-Second World War period. He is particularly interested in how the narratives generated by these war crimes prosecutions were developed and propagated to the affected societies, and thereafter how those narratives were received, interpreted and altered by ordinary citizens. Ukraine is the central focus of this research because it was there that the Moscow narrative was most starkly confronted by popular knowledge and experiences of the war crimes and atrocities themselves. Jonathan Waterlow will be a Petro Jacyk Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow in September–October 2015.
Dr. Liudmyla Pidkuimukha is an Assistant Professor at the Ukrainian Language Department, Faculty of Humanities, the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (Kyiv, Ukraine). Liudmyla has completed her PhD thesis, entitled Lexical Characteristics of Western Region Variety of Standard Ukrainian Language (Based on Lviv Writers’ Texts 1-st Half of XXth Century), which is focused on language situation in Lviv during the interwar period and is rooted in both social sciences and humanities. The interwar Lviv is the central focus of this research because Liudmyla finds it very interesting to compare ethnic situation with language situation during this period, to study state and status of the Ukrainian Language at that time Lviv. Liudmyla is particularly interested in the literary production of theinterwar period and in the modern Ukrainian prose. Besides linguistics, Dr. Pidkuimukha is interested in cultural, historical and urban studies.
Liudmyla will be at CERES in March-April 2016.