Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Tatiana (Tetyana) Zhurzhenko (born 1967 in Kharkiv, Ukraine) studied Political Economy and Philosophy at Kharkiv State University (today V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University) and received her Candidate of Science (equivalent to PhD) in Social Philosophy in 1993. From 1993-2010 she was Assistant, later Associate Professor at Kharkiv University. From 1994-1999 she was also a co-founder and co-director of the Kharkiv Center for Gender Studies. In 2002 Zhurzhenko moved to Vienna as Lise Meitner Fellow at the Institute for East European History, University of Vienna, where she conducted research on the identities and discourses in the Ukrainian-Russian borderlands. From 2007-2011 she held an Elise Richter Fellowship doing research on the politics of memory in Eastern Europe at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna. In 2012-2013 Zhurzhenko worked at the Aleksanteri Institute (Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies), University of Helsinki in the research group on Russian identity in the Media. She was awarded research fellowships at the London Metropolitan University (1998, 2001-2002), IWM (2001), Toronto University (2002) and Harvard University (2012). Since 2005 she has been teaching courses on post-Soviet transformations, gender and feminism, and memory politics at the University of Vienna. Her research focuses on post-Soviet borders and borderland identities, on memory politics in Eastern Europe, and on gender politics and feminism in Ukraine.

From 2014 to 2018 she was the Research Director of the Russia in Global Dialogue and Ukraine in European Dialogue programs at the IWM.




Tatiana Zhurzhenko spent six months at the IWM in 2001 as a Junior Visiting Fellow, working on her project "Ukrainian Feminism as a Political Project: from Importation to Domestication". She took part in the Junior Visiting Fellow's conference XII, with a presentation on “Language Politics in Contemporary Ukraine: Nationalism and Identity Formation".