Zbigniew Wojnowski came to CERES from the position of teaching fellow at the University of St. Andrews, UK. He specializes in modern European socio-cultural history, with a focus on the USSR and, particularly, Ukraine. He is particularly interested in the evolution of Soviet nationalities policy and the growth of Soviet patriotism in Ukraine during the post-war period. His doctoral dissertation explored how the establishment of Soviet hegemony in Eastern Europe affected Soviet culture and society. While at CERES, Zbigniew worked on a book manuscript entitled "Patriotism and the Soviet Empire: Ukraine Views the Socialist States of Eastern Europe, 1956-1985, " and several articles, and taught a graduate class on Popular Culture and Leisure. Zbigniew also made important forays into his new research project that explores the history of popular music in late Soviet Ukraine. Zbigniew participated in numerous seminars and reading groups held at the Munk School and the Department of History at the University of Toronto. Zbigniew also organised and secured funding for a three-day workshop on the history of post-Stalinist Soviet Union, which brought together thirteen specialists from across North America and Europe. Zbigniew Wojnowski is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan, teaching as well as studying Soviet pop music as an identity-making tool and a site of historical memory in Ukraine and Central Asia, among other projects.
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