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


Language and Nation Building.
Dilemmas of Language Politics in Contemporary Ukraine[1]

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 power, was represented mainly in terms …
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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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