Thank you for stopping by. My name is Tanya Zaharchenko, and in 2014 I finished navigating the intricacies of the doctoral labyrinth in Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge. I started this blog on Cambridge faculty servers in 2010 — my first year there — and migrated to WordPress in 2012. It was meant to accompany me on the long PhD route (this was the title’s original byline). On 9 May 2014 I defended the dissertation mentioned on these pages, and received the doctoral degree in July.

Now I’m taking this blog on its next, postdoctoral, adventure. Academic year 2014-2015 was spent at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg (Center for Historical Research) as a Postdoctoral Fellow. This brought along the complexities and nuances of experiencing Russian academia as a ‘Ukrainianist’ (and a Ukrainian) at this very turbulent time; I described some of it for the European Council on Foreign Relations in London, while a similar text for the Russian readership appeared in Snob.

Afterwards, I was the 2015 Einstein Fellow at the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany — with a rather personal research project on memory in flux. Here’s a bit of local media coverage, and here’s some advice for current applicants to this fellowship. In March 2018, the full story that resulted from this project appeared in King’s Review.

Finally, in April 2016, I joined the University of Oslo as a Research Fellow in Ukrainian studies. My department is called ILOS — Norwegian abbreviation for Institute of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages (Institutt for litteratur, områdestudier og europeiske språk). So this blog”s current stop is Scandinavia.

As for that initial dissertation at Cambridge (2010-2014), it examined the interaction of memory and identity in the borderlands between Ukraine and Russia. More specifically, I studied how contemporary young writers in my native city of Kharkiv use imaginative fiction to process their land’s intricate twentieth century legacy. A book that grew out of this dissertation was published in 2016:

Where Currents Meet

Where Currents Meet: Frontiers of Post-Soviet Fiction in Kharkiv, Ukraine


I had originally returned to school in 2010 after a number of years at several human rights oriented organizations. My LinkedIn or Academia.edu profiles have all that work-slash-education info. This blog is for something else: from the start, it was meant to be an honest step-tracer in a rather uncertain environment. If you’re not quite sure where (and whether) to begin, navigate to the Featured posts. Those are the entries I most enjoyed writing. There’s also a slightly more formal Publications page.



Last updated: March 11, 2018




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