Anastasiya Ryabchuk

Senior lecturer, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

 Junior Visiting Fellow, Ukraine in European Dialogue
(December 2018 – May 2019)


Workers’ Experiences of Post-Soviet Deindustrialisation

As the socialist project went bankrupt with the break-up of the USSR, workers were left in an ideological vacuum. It was filled either by hope-filled dreams of  successful individual adaptation to the capitalist order, or by nostalgic sentiment towards the Soviet past as a means of critiquing the present, or (on the contrary) by blaming all the current problems on the Soviet past in an attempt at ‘decommunisation’ and investing in nationalist or religious conservative projects.

Previous stays at the IWM:
January – March 2011, Paul Celan Visiting Fellow