Serhy Ekeltchik, University of Victoria

Associate Professor Germanic and Slavic Studies Victoria, British Columbia serhy@uvic.ca Office: (250) 721-7505

Bio/Research

Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk received his BA from Kyiv University and an MA from the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. Following a research fellowship in Australia in 1993–94, he came to Canada in 1995 to pursue a Ph.D. in Russian and Eastern European History at the University of Alberta. His dissertation an...

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Bio/Research

Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk received his BA from Kyiv University and an MA from the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. Following a research fellowship in Australia in 1993–94, he came to Canada in 1995 to pursue a Ph.D. in Russian and Eastern European History at the University of Alberta. His dissertation analyzed representations of the past in Stalinist culture, with special emphasis on Soviet Ukraine. After graduating, he taught for a year at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) before coming to Victoria in 2001.

Dr. Yekelchyk is cross-appointed between the departments of Germanic and Slavic Studies and History and teaches a variety of courses: Russian History, Soviet Culture, Modern Ukraine, and Stalinism. He is also developing new undergraduate courses on Stalinist cinema, Nikolai Gogol, and modern Russian national identity as reflected in film and literature. He supervises graduate students working on various aspects of Russian and Eastern European history and culture. Dr. Yekelchyk is always happy to discuss with his students broader intellectual topics, such as socialism, nationalism, totalitarianism, historical memory, and mass culture.

Dr. Yekelchyk’s books include Stalin’s Empire of Memory: Russian-Ukrainian Relations in the Soviet Historical Imagination (University of Toronto Press, 2004); Ukraine: Birth of a Modern Nation (Oxford University Press, 2007; Choice magazine “Outstanding Academic Title” for 2007; Polish, Lithuanian, and Russian translations); and Europe’s Last Frontier? Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine between the EU and Russia (co-editor with Oliver Shmidtke; Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). He is currently at work completing a book manuscript on Stalinist political rituals. Future research projects at different stages of work include a book on Stalinist culture and a collection of articles on Ukrainian mass culture today.


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