Dr. Marc Junge received his DPhil and his “Habilitation” (postdoctoral thesis/dissertation) from the Department of History at the Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany. He specializes in Eastern European history, with primary interest is the history of Soviet Union, especially the development, expansion, and the “push back” of Stalinism. During his tenure at CERES, Marc will be working on a joint project together with Prof. Lynne Viola (Department of History, UofT) entitled “Perpetrators in the Soviet Ukraine 1928-1941.” While at CERES, Dr. Junge will give a public talk on mass repression in Soviet Ukraine and its dogmatic interpretation in the historiography. Marc Junge will be at CERES in September-October of 2011.
Dr. Andrii Smyrnov holds a Kandydat Nauk (PhD) degree in Religious Studies and teaches history at Ostroh Academy National University. While Petro Jacyk Visiting Fellow, he will be working on a research project titled “Orthodoxy and Nation-Building in Ukraine: The Challenges of Globalisation.” Dr. Smyrnov is the author of the book “Mstyslav (Skrypnyk): Public, Political, and Church figure, 1930–1944” (Kyiv, 2008). He will be coming to CERES in April 2012.
Dr. Christoph Witzenrath is a research fellow at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He is a historian of Ukraine and Eastern Europe with a particular interest in the comparative, cultural and institutional history of slavery, liberation, and empire from the seventeenth century to the Enlightenment. Dr. Witzenrath is a fellow at the German Historical Institute, Moscow; he has also recently held a Shklar Research Fellowship at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and a two-year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in Aberdeen/UK. He is the author of Cossacks and the Russian Empire, 1598-1725, Routledge, 2007 and of several articles. At CERES, Dr. Witzenrath will to conduct research on his new project “Slavery, Redemption and Moral Capital in Seventeenth-century Ukraine” in cooperation with Dr. Frank Sysyn (CIUS). He will be coming to the centre in November of 2011.
Dr. Sergei I. Zhuk is an Associate Professor of Russian and East European History at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. He is a former Soviet Ukrainian historian of colonial British America who, after defending his Soviet Ph. D. dissertation in US history in 1987, taught US history and a history of Western Civilization at Dniepropetrovsk National University in Ukraine. After defending his American Ph.D. dissertation in Russian/Ukrainian history in 2002 at the Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Zhuk teaches Russian/Soviet history in the United States. He is the author of numerous works, including his most recent Rock and Roll in the Rocket City: The West, Identity, and Ideology in Soviet Dniepropetrovsk, 1960-1985 (Baltimore, MD: the Johns Hopkins University Press & Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2010). Dr. Zhuk will be at CERES between March and May of 2012.