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Iryna Shuvalova

Iryna Shuvalova


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Writer, translator, admissions counselor

Research: Past, Present, Future.

I am interested in exploring identity work in the communities affected by war through the prism of popular culture. More specifically, in my PhD thesis I focused on the songs of the War in Donbas, Ukraine.


Focusing on the textual and visual aspects of the songs but also considering their musical component where pertinent, I examined a broad variety of material involved - from that produced in Ukraine, to that coming from occupied Ukrainian territories of the self-proclaimed republics of DNR and LNR, to Russia.


My focus has been on the 'us' and 'them' of these songs, on the notions of 'friend' and 'enemy', on the way people perceive and present the group they belong to (the in-group) and the adversary group (the out-group). I am particularly interested in the various strategies of othering applied in this context.

Selected Publications

Original work (books)

  • [Untitled]. Poems / Iryna Shuvalova. - Lviv: VSL (Old Lion’s Publishing House), 2020 (forthcoming).
  • Pray to the Empty Wells. Poems / Iryna Shuvalova. – Lost Horse Press, ID, USA, 2019.
  • Az. Poems / Iryna Shuvalova. – Kyiv: Elektroknyha, 2014.
  • Os. Poems / Iryna Shuvalova. – Kyiv: Smoloskyp, 2014.
  • Ran. Poems / Iryna Shuvalova. – Kyiv: Smoloskyp, 2011.


  • 120 pages of “Sodom”. The queer literature anthology / Edited by. – Kyiv: Krytyka, 2009.


  • Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse / Translated by. – Lviv:  VSL (Old Lion’s Publishing House), 2022 (expected).
  • Rupi Kaur. Milk and Honey / Translated by. – Kharkiv: Vivat, 2019.
  • Martel, Yann.  Life of Pi / Translated by. – Lviv:  VSL (Old Lion’s Publishing House), 2016.


Original poems and translations appeared in: Ambit, International Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Radar, Poem, Podium Literatur, The Wolf, Words Without Borders and others.


  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship (2016)
  • AHSS Language Bursary (2016, 2017)

Undergraduate Teaching

  • 2017 – 2019: Junior Teaching Fellow in Ukrainian Language (open course), MML, University of Cambridge
  • 2016 - 2018: Oral Proficiency Tutor (pro-bono), University Language Center, University of Cambridge
  • 2018: Supervisor in Russian Grammar for ab-initio learners, MML, University of Cambridge
  • 2013 – 2014: Multilingual Graduate Tutor, Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, Dartmouth College
  • 2013 – 2014: Writing Tutor, Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, Dartmouth College
  • 2009 – 2011: Seminar Instructor in Philosophical Hermeneutics, Faculty of Philosophy, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Other Teaching and Outreach

  • 2019 – Present: University admissions counsellor with RDFZ King’s College School, Hangzhou
  • 2017 – Present: Assessor for English PEN
  • 2014 – Present: Peer reviewer for the Fulbright Program in Ukraine
  • 2017 – 2018: Regional Leader (Europe) of the Gates Cambridge Graduate Outreach Initiative
  • 2017 – 2018: Mentor for the Ukraine Global Scholars scholarship program
  • 2015 – 2018: Senior admissions counselor with Golden Path Academics (Vietnam)
  • 2015 – 2016: Lecturer for the EducationUSA resource center (Kyiv, Ukraine)
  • 2015 – 2016: Mentor and training coordinator for ConnectUkrainians outreach project
  • 2015 – Developer and leader of ПисаТИ nation-wide writing workshop series (Ukraine)

Languages (in addition to English)

Ukrainian, Russian – native proficiency; German, Polish and Spanish – limited working proficiency; French, Greek (modern) and Italian – elementary proficiency.

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