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Viktoriia Svyrydenko

Former George F. Kennan Fellow


    September 1, 2020 — November 30, 2020

    Professional affiliation

    Former Deputy Director, M. Drinov Center for Bulgarian and Balkan Studies, V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University


    • East and Central Eastern European history
    • History of Ukraine
    • Memory Studies
    • Politics of Memory

    Wilson Center Projects

    The Imperial Past in Post-Soviet Ukraine: Public Space and the Politics of Memory (cases of Kharkiv and Poltava)

    Full Biography

    Viktoriia Svyrydenko earned her MA (2011) and BA degrees (2010) in History from V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine). She was twice (in 2013/2014 and 2015) Erasmus Mundus doctoral grantee at Humboldt University of Berlin. She holds Ph.D. degree in History (2016) from M. S. Hrushevsky Institute of Ukrainian Archeography and Source Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Kyiv (dissertation “The Politics of Memory of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria towards the Epoch of National Revival: Source Complex”). In 2016/2017 she conducted post-doctoral research at St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia. In 2018-2019 she was Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu (Estonia), Central European University (Budapest) and at the Herder-Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg, studying memories and identities in contemporary Ukraine.