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Oksana Kis

Oksana Kis

Oksana Kis is a feminist historian and anthropologist, senior research fellow and a head of the Department of Social Anthropology at the Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (in Lviv). She authored two books: Zhinka v tradytsiinii ukrainskii kilturi druhoi polovyny 19 – pochatku 20 stolittia (Lviv, 2008; 2n ed. in 2012) and Ukrainky v GULAGu: vyzhyty znachyt peremohty (Lviv, 2017; 2nd revised ed. 2020), the latter was recently included into the list of the 30 most significant books of the Ukrainian Independence by the Ukrainian Book Institute. Its English version Survival as Victory: Ukrainian Women in the Gulag (Harvard Series in Ukrainian Studies, 2021) was awarded the Translated Book Prize from Peterson Literary Fund in December 2021. She also edited and co-edited several volumes including the award-winning book Ukrainski zhinky u hornyli modernizatsii (Kharkiv, 2017).

Since 2010 dr. Kis has serves as a President of the Ukrainian Association for Research in Women’s History. She is also a co-founder and a vice-president of the Ukrainian Oral History Association. In 2014-2020 Oksana Kis was an Editor-in-Chief of the academic website Ukraina Moderna, and she is a memberof the editorial team of Aspasia: The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women’s and Gender History. In 2018 she was elected to the Scientific Council of the National Research Foundation of Ukraine.
 Dr. Kis is a recipient of several academic awards, including the Fulbright Scholarship (2003 – Rutgers University 2003-04; Columbia University 2011-12), Shklar Research Fellowship (Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University 2007), Petro Jacyk Visiting Professorship (Columbia University 2010), Stuart Ramsay Tompkins Professorship (University of Alberta 2013), Petro Jacyk Research Fellowship (University of Toronto 2018). 
 She has taught at Columbia University, University of Alberta, New School of Social Research, Free Ukrainian University, Ukrainian Catholic University, and Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.

The areas of her expertise include Ukrainian women’s history, feminist anthropology, oral history, and gender transformations in post-socialist countries.Her current research focuses on everyday lives of the Ukrainian refugees in the displaced persons camps in post-WWII Europe.


Le CERCEC et l'EHESS ont le plaisir d'accueillir pour un mois à Paris Oksana Kis, chercheuse au département d’anthropologie sociale de l’Institut d’Ethnologie de l’Académie nationale des sciences d’Ukraine (Lviv) et en ce moment Visiting Professor à The New School for Social Research (New York). Elle donnera quatre conférences:

1. National Femininity Used and Contested: Women’s Participation in the Ukrainian Nationalist Underground in the 1940-50s - lundi 22 mai, 16:30-18:30, au séminaire "Mondes russe, caucasien, centre-asiatique et centre-européen. Trajectoires et reconfigurations sociales : genre, génération, transmission".

2. Beauty that saved their world: female prisoners’ arts and crafts in the Gulag - mardi 23 mai, 9:30-11:30, séminaire "Surveiller et Punir à l'est"

3. Agency vs Victimhood: Ukrainian Women's Experiences of the Holodomor 1932-33 - mardi 30 mai, 9:30-11:30, INED (contacter Alain Blum).

4. From Allergen To Remedy: (Re)Inventing Feminism in Post-Soviet Ukraine - mercredi 31 mai, 17:00-18:30, conférence exceptionnelle de l'EUR Sciences sociales du Genre et de la Sexualité