VISITING SCHOLARS 2018-2019
Dr. Oksana Kis
Dr. Oksana Kis is a historian and anthropologist, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (in Lviv). She obtained her academic degree “kandydat nauk” (Ph.D. equivalent) from Ivan Krypyakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in 2002. In April 2018, she completed her habilitation (“doctor nauk” degree). Since 2010, Dr. Kis has served as a President of the Ukrainian Association for Research in Women's History. She is also a co-founder and a vice-president of the Ukrainian Oral History Association. Oksana Kis is an Editor-in-Chief of the academic web-site Ukraina Moderna. Her research interests include women’s history, feminist anthropology, oral history, and gender transformations in post-socialist countries. Oksana Kis authored two books Zhinka v tradytsiinii ukrainskii kilturi druhoi polovyny 19 – pochatku 20 stolittia (Lviv, 2008) and Ukrainky v GULAGu: vyzhyty znachyt peremohty (Lviv, 2018); she also edited and co-edited several volumes including Ukrainski zhinky u hornyli modernizatsii (Kharkiv, 2017). Dr. Kis is a recipient of several academic awards, including: Fulbright Scholarship (2003 – Rutgers University; 2011 – Columbia University), Eugene and Dymel Shklar Research Fellowship (2007 - Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute), Petro Jacyk Visiting Professorship (2010 - Columbia University), and Stuart Ramsay Tompkins Professorship (2013 - University of Alberta). She has taught at Columbia University, University of Alberta, Free Ukrainian University, Ukrainian Catholic University, and Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.
Dr. Oksana Kis will be at CERES in October-December 2018. She will be working on a research project entitled “Invisible agency: women’s gendered experiences of survival under extreme historical circumstances in Stalin’s Ukraine.”
Dr. Iryna Skubii
Dr. Iryna Skubii is an Associate Professor at Department for UNESCO “Philosophy of Human Communication” and Socio-humanitarian Disciplines at the Petro Vasylenko Kharkiv National Technical University of Agriculture. Her research interests include economic and social history, gender studies, consumption and materiality, and history of childhood in early Soviet Ukraine. She holds a Ph.D. degree from Karazin National University (2013). In 2016, Professor Skubii was a fellow of the German-Ukrainian Commission of Historians and undertook research at Ludvig-Maximillians University in Munich. In 2016-2017, she won research grants from the Shevchenko Scientific Society in America and the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies. In 2017, Professor Skubii published her monograph “Trade in Kharkiv in the years of NEP (1921-1929): between the economy and everyday life.” She participated in various conferences, seminars, and summer schools in Ukraine, United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, Poland, and Russia. Professor Skubii will be at CERES in January-February 2019. While at CERES, Dr. Skubii will work on the project "Material World of Ukrainian Children during Holodomor: Between Survival and Everyday Needs." Her visit to CERES is generously supported by the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta.
Dr. Olexandr Fisun
Dr. Oleksandr Fisun is Professor of Political Science and Department Chair at the V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University in Ukraine. His primary research interests are Ukrainian politics and comparative democratization. He has held visiting fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, the National Endowment for Democracy (Washington, DC), the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington (Seattle), Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta (Edmonton), and the Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He is the author of Demokratiia, neopatrimonializm i global’nye transformatsii [Democracy, Neopatrimonialism, and Global Transformations] (Kharkiv, 2006), as well as numerous book chapters and articles on regime change, informal politics, and neopatrimonialism in Ukraine. Dr. Fisun will be at CERES in March-April 2019. During his visit, Dr. Fisun will work on a project "How Ukraine is Ruled: Informal Politics and Neopatrimonial Democracy after the Euromaidan Revolution."