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Research Project

Cultures of Protest in Contemporary Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia

Project Team:

2018 – 2019

Protesters on the Maidan in Kyiv, Ukraine, December 9, 2013. Via Shutterstock.

Project Summary

This project fostered dialogue among intellectuals and artists from post-Soviet states to improve knowledge of shared histories of totalitarianism, the pursuit of democratic reform, and the critical role of art and culture in historical memory.

Research Team

Yuliya Ilchuk

Yuliya Ilchuk

Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Stanford University

Yuliya Ilchuk's major research interests fall under the broad heading of cultural exchange, interaction, and borrowing between Russia and Ukraine. Her first book, Nikolai Gogol: Performing Hybrid Identity (University of Toronto Press, 2021), revises Gogol’s identity and texts as...

Olga Solovieva

Olga Solovieva

Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Comparative Literature

University of Chicago

Olga Solovieva works on developing interdisciplinary methodologies in the study of literature and culture. The major question of Solovieva's research and teaching is how to transgress academic boundaries in order to be able to grasp the full complexity of the cultural production that has so far...

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