Dr. Łukasz Jasina works at the Academy of the International Relations and Social Communication in Chełm, Poland. After receiving his M.A. in Law, History and Journalism at John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin, Dr. Jasina’s wrote his Ph.D dissertation entitled "The Clash of the British Empire in David Leans' films" at the Institute of Arts of the Polish Academy of Science. He held fellowships at Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and Brandeis University, and conducted research in Moscow, London, Paris, Berlin, Kyiv, and Lviv. Dr. Jasina is also a publicist, columnist and commentator in Polish and Ukrainian Press. At CERES, Dr. Jasina will study Ukrainian Research Institutions in America and their influence on national culture in post-Soviet Ukraine.
Dr. Vitalii Ogiienko (John Kolasky Visiting Scholar at the Petro Jacyk Program) is a research fellow in Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, Kiev, Ukraine. The areas of his scientific interests include memory studies and trauma studies. At CERES he will be working on project "Holodomor of 1932-1933 as a cultural trauma." Dr. Ogiienko approaches the man-made famine of 1932-1933 (Holodomor) in terms of trauma concept and methodology. He will be coming to CERES in October 2012.
Dr. Elena Semenova is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Jena, Germany. She is a political scientist with a particular interest in the comparative research on political elites, democratization, and political psychology of leadership. Dr. Semenova has recently held a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, as well as a one-year DAAD Research Fellowship in Jena, Germany. She is the author of several articles. At CERES, Dr. Semenova will conduct research on her project “Parliamentary representation of businessmen in Central and Eastern European countries.” She will be coming to the centre in January of 2013.
Ms. Iryna Sklokina (Petro Jacyk Visiting Scholar) is a research fellow at D. I. Bahalij Center for Ukrainian Studies, V.N.Karazin Kharkiv National University (Kharkiv, Ukraine). She is finishing her dissertation “Soviet Official Politics of Memory of Nazi Occupation in Ukraine, 1943-1985 (Kharkiv region case).” The areas of her scientific interests include memory studies and museum studies, with particular interest in late Soviet society. Iryna Sklokina is also engaged in collaborative projects “Rethinking the Soviet Memory of the “Great Patriotic War” from the Local Perspective: Stalinism and the Thaw 1945-1965” and “Region, Nation and Beyond. An Interdisciplinary and Trans-cultural Re-conceptualization of Ukraine.” At CERES she will be working on project "Ukrainian Discourses of WWII Memory in the Cold War Era: Soviet and North American Diaspora Cases (1960s – 1980s).” She will be coming to CERES in April 2013.