CERES is pleased to announce Dr. Jessica Zychowicz as the 2015-2016 recipient of the Petro Jacyk Post-Doctoral Fellowship.
Dr. Jessica Zychowicz received her Ph.D. in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan, and was affiliated with the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (with a certificate in digital humanities). Her dissertation, “Superfluous Women: Gender, Art and Activism After Ukraine’s Orange Revolution,” explored how aesthetic exchanges between artists, activists, and their audiences rhetorically frame the body in public discourse. Primary texts include visual art, performances, interviews, digital and news media by several contemporary Ukrainian art collectives, including the controversial women’s group Femen. The study offers a transnational critique of how aesthetics and politics come to be inscribed in civic vocabularies on feminism, gender, and human rights that translate unevenly and shift over time. Ongoing research interests include the global media production of discourse on women, the idea of collectivity in avant-garde movements, the state and its relationship to art, and culture industries in the context of public diplomacy. Recent publications include articles in the Anthropology of East Europe Review; Krytyka: The Journal for Ukrainian Politics and Society; and a chapter in Holmgren, Lipovetsky, and Hashamova’s Transgressive Women in Modern Russian and East European Cultures: From the Bad to the Blasphemous. Dr. Zychowicz has also translated book-length translations of creative works accompanying avant-garde photography, drawing, and painting by contemporary Ukrainian authors, and periodically writes general-audience pieces on current issues in women's and gender rights in the context of global affairs. She received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of California Berkeley in 2004 and served a full term as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine from 2005-2007.