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Daria Mattingly

daria mattingly


Robinson College

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My project is an interdisciplinary examination of the identities, activities and memorial traces of the rank-and-file perpetrators of the 1932-33 famine in Ukraine, known as the Holodomor. While Stalin and his fuctionaries in the Kremlin have long become an object of enquiry, people who directly facilitated mass famine in Ukraine have largely been neglected by scholars. Who were the perpetrators on the ground? How have they been remembered?

To answer such questions, I propose a methodology that incorporates a microhistorical analysis of the famine period with a close reading of memorial and cultural texts composed after the famine. I draw on archival data, testimonies of the perpetrators and the survivors of the famine, and on contemporary ‘post-memory’. Casting what took place in the rest of the country in greater relief, my study challenges reductive readings of the famine as well as readings of its active participants as outcasts devoid of historical agency. With this project I hope to contribute to the study of the Holodomor Studies and to history of Soviet Union more generally.

Academic Publications:

  • 'Idle, Drunk and Good-for-Nothing. The Cultural Memory of Holodomor Rank-and-File Perpetrators', Genealogies of Memory (CEU Press: 2017). 
  • 'National Museum 'Holodomor Victims Memorial', Museums of Communism, ed. by S. Norris, University of Indiana Press, forthcoming in 2017.
  • Book review: Contextualizing the Holodomor, ed. by A. Makuch and F. Sysyn, History Quarterly, forthcoming in 2017.
  • Book review: Johann-Christian von Engel. Istoriia Ukrainy ta ukrains'kykh kozakiv, East/West Journal of Ukrainian Studies, Vol 3, No 2 (2016) July 2016. Available online
  • Book review: Stalin and Europe: Imitation and Domination, ed. by T. Snyder and R. Brandon, Ukraina Moderna, No 23 (2016), April 2016. 
  • 'Holodomor i Peresichni Lyudy,' (in Ukrainian), December 2014. Available online

Conference Papers:

  • 'Depiction of the Participants of Grain Procurement Campaign in Ukrainian prose', Conference 'Interwar Violence', Kharkiv Karazin University, Ukraine, 2nd December 2016.
  • 'Typology of the Rank-and-File Perpetrators of the Holodomor', Seminar on Holodomor Perpetrators at the Institute of History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 26th April 2016.
  • 'Private Face of Political Violence', 2015 Annual ASEEES Conference, US, 20th November 2015.
  • 'Remembering the Aberrant, Forgetting the Common', Conference 'Encountering Perpetrators of Mass Killings, Political Violence and Genocide', University of Winchester, 2nd September 2015.
  • ‘Cultural Memory of the Holodomor Rank-and-file Perpetrators’, ICCEES IX World Congress, Makuhari, Japan, 5th August 2015.
  • 'Idle, Drunk and Good-for-Nothing. The Cultural Memory of Holodomor Rank-and-File Perpetrators,'
    Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) 20th Annual Convention, Columbia University, New York, 24th April 2015
  • 'Ordinary People, True Believers or Outcasts? Popular Participation in State Violence in Ukraine in 1932-1933,' BASEES 2015 Annual Conference, Cambridge, 29th March 2015


  • 2015 ASN Convention Prize for the best doctoral paper on Ukraine at ASN 20th Annual Convention, Columbia University, April 2015
  • CEELBAS Doctoral Studentship
  • Holodomor Research and Education Consortium Research (Canada) Grants in 2014-2015
  • MML Fieldwork Funding in 2015-2017
  • CRASSH funding for Places of Amnesia Research Group seminars in 2014/2015
  • CEELBAS Cohort Development Grant for Places of Amnesia conference in March 2016
  • CSAH Graduate-Led Conference Grant for Places of Amnesia conference in March 2016

Undergraduate Teaching

Supervising for 'European History since 1890' (Part 1, Paper 18)
Supervising for 'Socialist Russia 1917-1991' (SL 12)

Other Teaching and Outreach

  • Organiser of Places of Amnesia Conference on 5-6 April 2016. This interdisciplinary conference at University of Cambridge brought together 87 participants from 20 countries with 18 panels (3 running in parallel) and two keynote speakers - professor Carlo Ginzburg and Dr Paul Connerton. The event was organised under the aegis of Slavonic Studies Department.
  • Convenor of Places of Amnesia: series of seminars at CRASSH in 2014/2015
  • Teacher of Russian Ab Initio, Sutton Trust Summer School, MML Faculty, University of Cambridge

Languages (in addition to English)

Russian, Ukrainian, intermediate French, basic German, Hebrew and Serb/Croat

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