Special Presentation

January 27, 2012 Meeting


  • January 27

 OKSANA KIS, Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, President of the Ukrainian                                                   Association for  Research in Women’s History.              

      “Reclaiming the Political: The Meaning of Women’s Day. Feminist Activism in Ukraine Today.”

Dr. Oksana Kis is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU) in Lviv, Ukraine. She received her Ph.D. in History from Ivan Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies NASU in 2002. Her academic interests cover women´s history, feminist anthropology, oral history, and gender transformations in post-socialist countries. She has published numerous articles on these subjects and has authored the book Women in the Traditional Ukrainian Culture, second half of the 19th – early 20th centuries (Lviv: Institute of Ethnology NASU, 2008). Dr. Kis is Director of the Lviv Resarch Center `Woman and Society´ (NGO) and President of the Ukrainian Association for Research in Women’s History. She had a Fulbright Research Scholarship (2003), a Eugene and Dymel Shklar Research Fellowship (2007) and a Petro Jacyk Visiting Professorship (2010). Currently, she is working on her research project “Invisible Agency: Representations of Gendered Historical Experiences and Identities in the Ukrainian Women´s Personal Narratives” as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Columbia University.

Currently, in the  Spring 2012 semester, Dr. Kis is teaching a course entitled “Women In Post-Socialist Transformation: Ukraine, Russia, and Poland In Focus” (Wednesdays, 11AM-12:50PM). In this course, she gives special attention to the problems of women migrant workers abroad and those subject to trafficking. On March 8th, International Woman’s Day Dr. Kis will also deliver a lecture, open to the public, at Columbia University.

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