Pavlo Leno: Victory Day in Transcarpathia

The aim of the project is to study the features of Victory Day celebrations in Transcarpathia. The study examines the use of preserved Soviet memorial complexes by the local habitants. Also analyzed are Soviet patriotic rituals that have changed over the years since Ukraine’s independence. Sources used for the research were archival data, oral memories and photographic documents. The population of Transcarpathia has had a special experience of Second World War and, as a result, a specific memory about this period has arisen. As a result, it led to the formation of rituals and traditions of commemorating Victory Day that differ from the traditions of other regions in Ukraine.

Pavlo Leno received his PhD in Ethnology from the Rylsky Institute of Art Studies, Folklore and Ethnology of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine (Kiev, Ukraine). He works as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of History and International Relations of Uzhhorod National University in Uzhhorod, Ukraine. He has a many years of experience as a field researcher of Ethnography and Ethnology in different regions of Ukraine, Slovak Republic, and Romania. Pavlo is responsible for the organization and leading of yearly ethnography practice seminars with students in groups of 15 or more. Together with Vasily Kotsan, Director of the Transcarpathian Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, he founded the scientific ethnography journal «Етніка Карпат» (Ethnika Carpat). The journal publishes the results of annual ethnological expeditions to different regions of the Carpathians. They include scientific research and oral-history interviews. Pavlo’s current research interests includes: memory studies, Soviet politics of memory, traditional material culture of Ukrainians of Transcarpathia, history of ethnology, and oral history.


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