Since 2014 Center for Historical Research has been participating in the HSE Postdoctoral Fellowships Programmes.
Ksenia Maksimovtsova joined the Center for Historical Research in September 2019 where she is working on the project "Post-Imperial Diversities. A Relationship between Majority and Minorities". In May 2018 she successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at the Justus Liebig University of Giessen, Germany. Her book "Language Conflicts in Contemporary Estonia, Latvia, and Ukraine. A Comparative Analysis of Public Debates in Post-Soviet Russian-Language Digital Media", which appeared out of her dissertation in May 2019, presents a cross-cultural qualitative and quantitative analysis of publications in leading Russian-language blogs and news websites of these three post-Soviet states during the period of 2004–2017. In her research she argues that the most notable difference observed between Ukraine and the two Baltic countries is that many Russian-writing users in Ukraine’s internet tend to support the position that the state language, i.e. Ukrainian, is discriminated against and needs special protection by the state, whereas the majority of the Russian-speaking commentators on selected Estonian and Latvian news websites advocate for introducing Russian as a second state language.
Currently Ksenia is working on the research article on how a relationship between the "titular majority" and minorities was formed in Ukraine at the moment of the break-up of the Soviet Union. She analyses the main points of public discussions surrounding the adoption of the language law in 1989 and the Constitution of Ukraine in 1996. Her publications also include articles and chapters in edited volumes where she analyses the current state of affairs in language policy in Ukraine and the Baltic countries.
Maksimovtsova, K. (2019) Language Conflicts in Contemporary Estonia, Latvia, and Ukraine. A Comparative Exploration of Discourses in Post-Soviet Russian-Language Digital Media, Stuttgart, Ibidem-Verlag.
Maksimovtsova, K. (2019) ‘Ukrainian vs. Russian? The Securitization of Language-Related Issues in Ukrainian Blogs and on News Websites’, East European Politics and Societies. doi: 10.1177/0888325419870235.
Wiktor Marzec joined the Centre for Historical Research in 2018 after earning his PhD at the Central European University Budapest. With his research topic "The Revolution That Did Not Happen. Rebellion and Reaction in the Post-Imperial Borderlands 1905-1921: Poland and Finland in Asymmetrical Comparison" he became an indispensible staff member of the ERA.Net project "Post-imperial diversity".
Wiktor on his research project
The Revolution That Did Not Happen. Rebellion and Reaction in the Post-Imperial Borderlands 1905-1921: Poland and Finland in Asymmetrical Comparison
I investigate rebellion and reaction in the post-imperial borderlands between 1905 and 1921. Comparing Poland, Finland and other borderland regions of the Russian Empire I ask about revolutions that succeeded, failed or did not happen at all against the backdrop of nation building and state-crafting in the region. Russian Poland was among the most militant tsarist borderlands during the 1905-1907 Revolution. Harboring long-lasting strikes and breeding bellicose street fighters, Poland witnessed an unprecedented political upheaval manifest in the emergence of mass parties, labor unions and a new public culture. However, only a decade later, when revolutionary movements again loomed large and shook the whole region, Poland remained relatively calm. Forging a new statehood rivaled the earlier popular drive toward social revolution. Despite the Bolsheviks’ march on Warsaw to spread the socialist revolution westwards, the popular mood stuck with national unity. Polish popular classes stood almost unanimously on the side of the Polish nation state, even after it failed to deliver its promise to be a socialist-leaning one. What then were the processes responsible for the withering-away of social-revolutionary tendencies? The project is an asymmetrical comparison of the Polish rebellion, nationalist re-mobilization, and eventual integration of the subaltern classes, with other revolutionary sequences ending in distinct outcomes. The analysis of ideological landscapes will explain the occurring divergences. I will analyze sources on political languages as newspapers and pamphlets against the backdrop of sources documenting social unrest. Deftly integrating historical sociology, conceptual history and historical discourse analysis, my work addresses the entanglement of structural factors and intellectual transformations in political process in highly interdependent trans-national context.
Marzec W. Repertoires of Industrial Conflict in a Modern City. Łódź, Central Poland 1861-1921 // Labor History . 2019 doi
Marzec W., Turunen R. ‘Social-isms in the Tsarist Borderlands. Poland and Finland in a Contrastive Comparison 1830–1907’ // Contributions to the History of Concepts. 2018. Vol. 113. No. 1. P. 22-50.
Dominic Martin has joined HSE as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Historical Research in 2017 and holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University (UK). His PhD was based on more than a year's worth of ethnographic and archival research on Old Believers in Russia’s Far East. Dominic is now focused on two new research projects: firstly, on the current descendants of Old Believers, who lived in Manchukuo in the 1930s and 1940s; and, secondly, on the post-Soviet revival of Cossackdom.
Dominic A. Martin. Loyal to god: Old Believers, oaths and orders // History and Anthropology. 2017. Vol. 28. No. 4. P. 477-496.
Being a postdoc at HSE Center for Historical Research: Dominic A. Martin
Anton Kotenko received his PhD in 2014 from Central European University in Budapest, where he defended his doctoral dissertation “The Ukrainian project in search of national space, 1861–1914.” In 2014 - 2017 Anton was a Junior Research Fellow at the Centre, and was working on turning the dissertation into a book. His academic interests include history of European modernity, nationalism and science in the nineteenth – first half of the twentieth centuries.
Kotenko A. Imagining Modern Ukraїnica // Ab imperio. 2015. No. 1. P. 519-526.
Matthias Battis was a Junior Research Fellow at the Centre in 2016 - 2017. He received his PhD in History from the University of Oxford in 2016 for a study on the Russian Orientalist and former colonial clerk Aleksandr Semenov (1873-1958). Previously, Matthias has studied Russian and Eastern European Studies at Oxford and History and Cultural Studies at the universities of Warsaw and Frankfurt (Oder). He is primarily a historian of the Soviet Union with a particular interest in Central Asia. His main languages of research are Russian, Polish, German and, to a lesser extent, Persian.
Battis M. // Ab imperio. 2016. No. 4. P. 155-183.
Gayle Lonergan earned her PhD at the University of Oxford in 2010 with a doctoral thesis dealing with the Russian Civil War: "The Paper Communists: the Party and Peasantry in the Russian Civil War (1918-1921)".
Lonergan G. Where Was the Conscience of the Revolution? The Military Opposition at the Eighth Party Congress (March 1919) // Slavic Review. Vol. 74. No. 4 (Winter 2015). P. 832-849.
Tanya Zaharchenko earned her PhD in Slavonic Studies in 2014 at the University of Cambridge with a thesis on collective post-soviet memory in the contemporary literature of Eastern Ukraine and the borderlands, specifically in the city of Kharkiv with its hybrid identity. Her Master thesis dealing with oppositional trends within the Russian rock music was defended in 2007 at the University of Oxford.
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