Tatiana Zhurzhenko



2014-2018, Research Director, Russia in Global Dialogue and
Research Director, Ukraine in European Dialogue

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.

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Latest Publications

Borderlands into Bordered Lands: Geopolitics of Identity in Post-Soviet Ukraine (Stuttgart: Ibidem 2010). Awarded with the Best Book Prize 2010 of the American Association for Ukrainian Studies and with the Bronze Award of the Association for Borderland Studies (2012).

Limes of Europe, limits of Europe: a brief history of Ukraine’s post-Soviet borders”, in: Eutopia. Ideas for Europe Magazine, 16.09.2015.

“Erinnerungskonflikte.Gedenkpolitik im postsowjetischen Charkiv”, in OSTEUROPA 4/2015.

The Fifth Kharkiv“, in: New Eastern Europe, 07.07.2015.

“A Divided Nation? Reconsidering the Role of Identity Politics in the Ukraine Crisis”, in: Die Friedenswarte, Vol. 89, No. 1-2 (2014), Special Issue “Die Ukraine-Krise”, pp. 249-267.

Guest editor for Transit – Europäische Revue, Nr. 45, Maidan – Die unerwartete Revolution, Summer 2014.

“Im Osten nichts Neues?”, in: ibid; English version in Eurozine: “From Borderlands to Bloodlands”, and in Krytyka.

Yulia Tymoshenko’s two bodies”, in: Eurozine  – the netmagazine.

“From the ‘Re-Unification of the Ukrainian Lands’ to ‘Soviet Occupation’: The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in Ukrainian political memory”, in: The Use and Abuse of Memory. Interpreting World War II in Contemporary European Politics, Hg. Christian Karner und Bram Mertens, New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers 2013.

“Memory Wars and Reconciliation in the Ukrainian-Polish Borderlands: Geopolitics of memory from a local perspective”, in: History, Memory and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe, Hg. Georges Mink und Laure Neumayer, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2013, 173-192.

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Former affiliations at the IWM:
2001, Junior Visiting Fellow


War and Memory in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus

This edited collection contributes to the current vivid multidisciplinary debate on East European memory politics and the post-communist instrumentalization and re-mythologization of World War II memories. The book focuses on the three Slavic countries of post-Soviet Eastern Europe – Russia, Ukraine and Belarus – the epicentre of Soviet war suffering, and the heartland of the …
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Ukraine in European Dialogue

Understanding Ukraine and the nature of the current conflict with Russia is vital for the future of the European endeavor. The project Ukraine in European Dialogue seeks to contribute to this exchange.
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Russia’s Never-Ending War against “Fascism”. Memory Politics in the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict

Seventy years after the end of World War II, writes Tatiana Zhurzhenko, the fight for hegemony in Europe continues – disguised as a conflict of historical master narratives. The beginning of the current round of memory wars in the post-Soviet space can be dated back to 2005, when the sixtieth anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany turned into a loyalty test for the politicians of neighbouring countries.
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From Borderlands to Bloodlands

Since the armed conflict in Donbas between the Kyiv government and pro-Russian separatists, the common discourse about "two Ukraines" separated by history and values looks like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Scepticism about the viability of Ukraine as a nation-state, shared by so many observers inside and outside the country, now appears well-founded.
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Heft 45: Maidan – Die unerwartete Revolution

Transit 45
Der Maidan markiert die späte Geburt einer Nation. Im Moment der tiefsten Krise der Europäischen Union wurden wir hier, im Westen, Zeugen einer Bewegung an der Peripherie, die Werte einfordert, die wir selbst mehr und mehr aus den Augen verlieren.
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The Autumn of Nations 1989 and the Ukrainian Winter 2013-14

The triumphal narrative of 1989 presents the revolutions in Poland, Hungary, East Germany, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and Romania as a wave of civil resistance and broad popular opposition to the local communist regimes. This narrative, however, often obscures the fact that the fall of these regimes was only possible because Moscow’s grasp on its satellites had weakened.
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‘Language Politics’ in Contemporary Ukraine: Nationalism and Identity Formation

The “language issue” was crucial in the history of Russian-Ukrainian relations and in the long-term process of forming the preconditions for Ukrainian nation-building. Since the mid-18th century, Ukraine’s quest for national self-identification under the rule of the Russian Empire, the Habsburgs, interwar Poland, and more recently the Soviet Union, was represented mainly in terms of saving, preserving, and developing the Ukrainian language. Although it was exposed to the cultural and linguistic influences of other languages (mainly Polish and German), historical, social, geopolitical, and linguistic factors made its relations with Russian the most problematic...
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The Myth of Two Ukraines

Comment on Mykola Riabchuks Article “Ukraine: One State, Two Countries?”  by Tatiana Zhurzhenko Mykola Ryabchuk, one of the most prominent intellectuals of his country, has been an astute observer of Ukraine’s nation building process since 1991. His considerations about the “two Ukraines” date back to 1992, and he has developed and differentiated this concept ever …
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Land of Confusion.
Ukraine, the EU and the Tymoshenko case

The Ukraine-European Union summit planned for 19 December, 2011, was supposed to be a milestone in Ukraine's European integration process: the completion of talks on an Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU is expected to be announced there, accomplishing a negotiation process that had started in 2007. However, recent developments in Ukraine, particularly the criminal prosecution of former prime minister Yuliya Tymoshenko, raise serious doubts about the European aspirations of the current Ukrainian leadership.
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Két Ukrajna? A nemzeti eszme bukásának mítosza

Hungarian Translation of “The Myth of Two Ukraines” Comment by Tatiana Zhurzhenko Andrew Wilson az ukrán történelemről és identitásról írott legutóbbi tanulmányában a teljesség igényével osztályozta az ukrán nemzet „képzelt közössége” szempontjából kulcsjelentőségű történeti narratívákat és mítoszokat: a régmúlt, a nemzeti újjáéledés, a nemzeti karakter és a másság mítoszát.[1] Napjainkban mintha egy új és hatásos …
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  • Eurasia in Global Dialogue

    The project “Eurasia in Global Dialogue” responds to challenges posed by the increasing isolation of a number of countries from the Eurasia region (Turkey, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, etc.), which is the result of these countries’ international and domestic politics.
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  • Ukraine in European Dialogue

    Understanding Ukraine and the nature of the current conflict with Russia is vital for the future of the European endeavor. The project Ukraine in European Dialogue seeks to contribute to this exchange.
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