Viktoriia Sergiienko: The Russophile and Ukrainophile Cultural Organizations of Eastern Slovakia

The Russophile and Ukrainophile Cultural Organizations of Eastern Slovakia in 1919-1938: Confrontation or Interaction

This research deals with the history of russophile and ukrainophile orientations in eastern Slovakia between the two world wars. The project investigates how various modern national projects – on the periphery of a multinational state like the First Czechoslovak Republic – coexisted and competed for the right to represent the local East Slavic people. At the same time, the project researches into the concept of ‘national indifference’ and the limits of nationalist mobilization among a mixed population of the ethnic borderlands. The study has two components. The first one is an attempt to investigate the interaction between the nationalizing state and the two competing cultural politics of identity-making. The second one is to shift the focus of our attention from confrontation to mutual influence and blurred borderlines between the “Ukrainophile” and the “Russophile” projects and their activists in eastern Slovakia. The main ambition of this project is to add new insights to the study of regionalism in Subcarpathia / Zakarpattia, and also to answer more general questions on the challenges to transnational and transregional integration projects as represented by the Ukrainian idea on the one hand, and all-Russian (obshcherusskie) ideologies on the other.

Viktoriia Sergiienko

Viktoriia Sergiienko studied at the department of history at Poltava National University of V. Korolenko from 2005 to 2010 and obtained a bachelor`s and a master`s degree with honours. In 2014 she obtained her PhD from the history department at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv with a dissertation titled “Formation and Activity of the Orthodox Church Brotherhoods of Left-Bank Ukraine (1864-1917)”. Since then she has been working as a scientific researcher at the M. S. Hrushevsky Institute of Ukrainian Archeography and Source Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. She is the author of 25 publications in Ukrainian, Russian, Polish and Belarusian scholarly journals and collections of scientific works. Her research interest is the modern history of Eastern Europe with a particular focus on religious and social history of Ukraine, the post-World War II Ukrainian diaspora, and the history of the russophile and ukrainophile orientations in eastern Slovakia during the interwar period and their mutual influence.

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