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As the Manager of Publications at the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University, Oleh Kotsyuba directs the Institute's publications program that includes scholarly monographs and translations as well as Harvard Ukrainian Studies, a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles, documents, reviews, and scholarly discussions in all fields of Ukrainian studies.

Dr. Kotsyuba's own research focuses on literature that struggles to come to terms with the experience of living in authoritarian contexts, focusing primarily on 20th century and contemporary Russian, Ukrainian, and East European literatures and cultures. His dissertation offered a radical revision of the strategies that culture employs to evade the demands that oppressive regimes impose on art and artists. His study of the works of Ukrainian and Russian writers of the Soviet period broke new ground in reconstructing the conditions of cultural and political transformations in the late Soviet Union.

Dr. Kotsyuba's current project examines the cultural afterlife of oppressive regimes after their formal demise. He focuses on the responses in Ukrainian and Russian literature and theater to the recent events of the Russian occupation of the Crimea and the hostilities in Ukraine's Donbas region. His research points to a deep ethical crisis that Russian society and culture face when dealing with the ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine.

A dedicated and experienced educator, he teaches courses that introduce students to Slavic literatures and cultures, allow them to read prolific writers in the original and in translation, discuss and write subtly about complexities of the social and cultural life in Russia, the Soviet Union, Poland, and Ukraine in the 19th–21st centuries, while also paying attention to relevant interdisciplinary approaches, social and historical aspects of culture.

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In February 2018, Dr. Kotsyuba joined the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard as the new Manager of Publications, directing the Institute's publication of scholarly monographs and the journal Harvard Ukrainian Studies. More about the appointment and future plans here.

On November 20, 2017, at Harvard University's Seminar in Ukrainian Studies, Dr. Kotsyuba presented a paper titled "A Quiet Revolution: Ukrainian Poets of the 1970s," discussing the poetry of Hrytsko Chubai, Viktor Kordun, Oleh Lysheha, and Mykola Vorobyov.

On November 10, 2017, Dr. Kotsyuba presented a paper on Oleh Lysheha and his Western poets-interlocutors at the annual convention of the ASEEES in Chicago. More about the panel "Ukrainian Poetry of the 1970s and 1980s: Towards the Creation of an Alternative Cultural Identity."

He also chaired a panel titled "Dynamics of Evolution in Modern and Contemporary Ukrainian Literature and Culture."

Read paper abstract of Dr. Kotsyuba's presentation on literary reactions to "decommunization" in Ukraine, 2013-2016 at the 2016 ASEEES convention here.

Follow Dr. Oleh Kotsyuba on Twitter@Oleh_Kotsyuba

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