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Tanya Zaharchenko

tanya zaharchenko

Current Post / Principal Activity:

Einstein Fellow 2015, The Einstein Forum, Germany


I returned to academia in 2010 after a number of years at several human rights oriented organizations, and dove straight into memory studies through a project active in our department at that time (Memory at War). Some research interest keywords are: memory, identity, nation(alism), trauma, borders, literature, languages, culture. My area of focus is Ukraine, particularly its eastern part.

After Cambridge, I joined the Center for Historical Research at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg as a Postdoctoral Fellow (2014-2015), and the next postdoctoral adventure takes me to the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany. I’d like to encourage young professionals to take a shot at academia: turns out it’s possible! Especially in a well-rounded department like ours, and at a great college like King’s.

Fun fact: as a Chevening Scholar at the University of Oxford in 2006-2007, I wrote my Master’s thesis on rock music in the Soviet Union (MSc , Russian and East European Studies, St. Antony’s).

Selected Publications:

  • Tanya Zaharchenko. “Beyond Pro and Anti: Monochrome Prefixes and Their Discontents.” In What Does Ukraine Think?, edited by Andrew Wilson, 53–61. London: European Council on Foreign Relations, 2015. (Available at
  • Tanya Zaharchenko. “A Ukrainian Thesaurus in Russian.” In Ukraine’s Euromaidan: Analyses of a Civil Revolution, edited by David R. Marples and Frederick V. Mills, 95–105. Stuttgart: ibidem-Verlag, 2015. (Also available in The King’s Review at
  • Tanya Zaharchenko. “Thesaurus of the Unspeakable: Thanatopraxis in Kharkiv’s Tales of Trauma.” Modern Language Review 109 (2014): 462–81.
  • Tanya Zaharchenko. “While the Ox Is Still Alive: Memory and Emptiness in Serhiy Zhadan’s Voroshylovhrad.” Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue Canadienne des Slavistes 55 (2013): 45–69.


  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Scholarship
  • Cambridge Home & EU Scholarship Scheme Award
  • Ferris Study/Travel Grant (King’s College)
  • Chevening Scholarship (British Council)
  • Thesis Distinction (University of Oxford)

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