Tanya Zaharchenko

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Ukrainian studies, cultural memory, identity and nation(hood), borders and boundaries, literature, languages, narratives, war and conflict, dissident movements, post-Soviet space.



University of Cambridge, 2014 — Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Slavonic Studies

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Scholar
  • Affiliations: Memory at War project; Cambridge Ukrainian Studies
  • College: King's

University of Oxford, 2007 — Master of Science (MSc) in Russian and East European Studies

  • Chevening Scholar (British Council)
  • Affiliations: Russian and East European Studies Centre; School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies
  • College: St Antony's

Bard College, 2003 — Dual BA in Literature and Writing with a minor in Human Rights

  • Presidential Scholar
  • Affiliations: Division of Languages and Literature



Academic. After navigating the intricacies of the doctoral labyrinth at the University of Cambridge (2010-2014), I spent a year at the Center for Historical Research at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, Russia, on a postdoctoral fellowship (2014-2015). Here are some thoughts about experiencing Russia as a 'Ukrainianist' at this turbulent time: in English (European Council on Foreign Relations) and in Russian ("Snob"). Then I joined the Einstein Forum in Germany as the 2015 Einstein Fellow. Here is the story that resulted from my project there, and here is some advice for future applicants.

Professional. Before starting work on my doctoral degree in 2010, I spent a number of years in the professional world — most recently, at the United Nations Development Programme (Bratislava Regional Centre for Europe and CIS) and the Children's Defense Fund (Washington DC). My very first job, if one doesn't count internships, was with the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights in Vienna, where I processed my colleagues' fieldwork notes from Chechnya and Ingushetia into reports in 2004.


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Tags: Ukraine, Area Studies, Borders, Contemporary Literature, Cultural Studies, East European Studies, Russia, National identity


  • Zaharchenko, Tanya (2017). In the Ninth Circle: Intellectuals as Traitors in the Russo-Ukrainian War, In Gelinada Grinchenko & Eleonora Narvselius (ed.),  Traitors, Collaborators and Deserters in Contemporary European Politics of Memory: Formulas of Betrayal.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 9783319664958.  Chapter 8.  s 197 - 212 Show summary
  • Zaharchenko, Tanya (2015). A Ukrainian Thesaurus in Russian, In David Marples (ed.),  Ukraine's Euromaidan: Analyses of a Civil Revolution.  Columbia University Press.  ISBN 9783838207001.  Chapter 4.  s 95 - 105
  • Zaharchenko, Tanya (2014). Thesaurus of the Unspeakable: Thanatopraxis in Kharkiv’s Tales of Trauma. Modern Language Review.  ISSN 0026-7937.  109(2), s 462- 481 Show summary
  • Zaharchenko, Tanya (2013). Polyphonic Dichotomies: Memory and Identity in Today's Ukraine. The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization.  ISSN 1074-6846.  21, s 241- 270 Show summary
  • Zaharchenko, Tanya (2013). While the Ox Is Still Alive: Memory and Emptiness in Serhiy Zhadan’s Voroshylovhrad. Canadian Slavonic Papers.  ISSN 0008-5006.  55(1-2), s 45- 69 Show summary

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  • Zaharchenko, Tanya (2016). Where Currents Meet: Frontiers in Post-Soviet Fiction of Kharkiv, Ukraine. Central European University Press.  ISBN 978-963-386-119-6.  226 s. Show summary

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  • Zaharchenko, Tanya (2018). Of Murder and Memory: An Unfinished Story from Post-War Ukraine. The King's Review.  ISSN 2397-2602. Show summary
  • Zaharchenko, Tanya; Hansen, Arve & Andrukhovytsj, Jurij (2018). Conversation with writer Yuri Andrukhovych.
  • Zaharchenko, Tanya (2016, 03. februar). Mysteriöse Umstände.  Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten.
  • Zaharchenko, Tanya (2015). Beyond Pro and Anti: Monochrome Prefixes and Their Discontents, In Andrew Wilson (ed.),  What does Ukraine think?.  European Council on Foreign Relations.  ISBN 9781910118337.  Chapter 5.  s 53 - 61 Show summary
  • Zaharchenko, Tanya (2014, 06. november). Українські журналісти розвіюють руйнівні міфи минулого. [TV].  Voice of America.

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Published Apr. 8, 2016 11:45 AM - Last modified Aug. 5, 2018 8:40 PM