Yuliya Yurchuk

Yuliya Yurchuk


Senior Lecturer

I am historian specialising on nationalism, memory, religion, history of knowledge and history of science and ideas, with the main fokus on Ukraine, Eastern and Central Europe.

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Historical and Contemporary Studies


Yuliya Yurchuk is a Senior Lecturer of History of Ideas at Södertörn University, Sweden. She specializes in memory studies, history of religion, and the study of nationalism in East European countries. She is the author of the book Reordering of Meaningful Worlds: Memory of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army in Post-Soviet Ukraine (Acta 2014). Her articles have appeared in Memory Studies, Nationalities Papers, Europe-Asia Studies, Nordisk Østforum, Baltic Worlds, Ukraina Moderna. Her recent work focused on memory and religion. She is one of the editors of “Memory and Religion from a Postsecular Perspective” (Routledge, 2022, co-edited with Zuzanna Bogumil). She also translates Swedish literature into Ukrainian and is an author of the book “Sweden: a model kit” (Vihola, 2022, in Ukrainian). Currently she is working on the project in the field of the transnational intellectual history titled From Sweden with Love: Circulation and interpretation of Ellen Key’s ideas about love, motherhood, and upbringing in the late Russian Empire and the early Soviet Union (1890-1930s)funded by the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies.

She is member of several international research networks:

Visegrad Project: Postsecular approach to memory processes in Central-Eastern Europe, http://iaepan.edu.pl/post-secular-approach-to-memory-processes-in-central-eastern-europe/ External link.

The Working Group on Lived Religion in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, https://www.wglivedreligion.org/ External link.

Slow Memory: Transformative Practices for Times of Uneven and Accelerating Change, COST action SlowMemory – CA20105 – Transformative Practices for Times of Uneven and Accelerating Change External link.

Selected publications:


Yuliya Yurchuk. Reordering of meaningful worlds: Memory of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army in post-Soviet Ukraine, Acta, Stockholm, 2014.

Edited volumes:

Memory and Religion from a Post-Secular Perspective (eds.) Zuzanna Bogumil and Yuliya Yurchuk, Routledge, 2022, Memory and Religion from a Postsecular Perspective - 1st Edition - Zuz (routledge.com) External link.

Edited Special Issues:

Yuliya Yurchuk (ed), The Role of Religion in the Ukrainian Political Landscape. Baltic Worlds, 2020, Vol. XIII: 2–3 The role of religion in the Ukrainian political landscape « balticworlds.com External link.

Yuliya Yurchuk and Andreas Umland. “Issues in the history and memory of the OUN. In Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society. Parts I-V (2017-2021) https://www.ibidem.eu/en/zeitschriften/journal-of-soviet-and-post-soviet-politics-and-society/journal-of-soviet-and-post-soviet-politics-and-society-97723645330050702.html

Peer-reviewed articles:

Yurchuk, Yuliya. Country Report. Ukraine. Memory Nodes Loaded with Potential to Mobilize People, in: CBEES State of the Region Report 2020: Constructions and Instrumentalization of the Past. A Comparative Study on Memory Management in the Region, ed. Ninna Mörner (Stockholm: Elanders, 2021), 55-68 Constructions and Intstrumentalization of the Past: A Comparative Study on Memorial Management in the Region (diva-portal.org) External link.

Yurchuk, Yuliya. Historians as Activists: History-Writing in Times of War. The Case of Ukraine in 2014 – 2018, in: Nationalities Papers (2020)

Törnquist-Plewa, Barbara and Yuliya Yurchuk, Memory Politics in Contemporary Ukraine. Reflections from the post-colonial perspective, in: Memory Studies Journal, 2019, 2(6):699-720.

Peer-reviewed chapters:

Yuliya Yurchuk and Andrii Fert, Sacralization of Memory of Euromaidan Protests from a Post-secular Perspective, in Sacralization of History: Actors – Networks – Topics in Eastern Europe, eds. Hanna Meisel and Liliya Berezhnaya (forthcoming 2023).

Yuliya Yurchuk. Abject, Kitsch, and Negligence: De-Commemoration and De-Canonization of the Soviet past in Ukraine since 2014, in: De-Commemoration: Making Sense of Contemporary Calls for Tearing Down Statues and Renaming Places”, eds. Sarah Gensburger and Jenny Wüstenberg, Berghahn Books, (forthcoming 2023).

Yuliya Yurchuk. Building a Patrimonial Church: Uses of the Past by the Orthodox Churches in Ukraine, in: Memory and Religion from a Post-Secular Perspective”, Zuzanna Bogumil and Yuliya Yurchuk (eds.), Routledge, 2022.

Yuliya Yurchuk. “Gender and Patriotic Education: Populist Discourses and Post-Colonial Condition” in: Populist Discourses and Claims to Authenticity in Brazil, India, and Ukraine, ed. Christoph Kohl, Barbara Christophe, Heike Liebau, Achim Saupe, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, pp. 219-240.

Yuliya Yurchuk and Ludmila Voronova. Challenges of ongoing conflict research: transdisciplinary ethnography in post-2014 Ukraine. In: Media Activist Research Ethics: Challenging communications research through ethical research practices, Jeppesen, S & Sartoretto, P (eds), Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, pp. 249-268.

Yuliya Yurchuk Reclaiming the Past, Confronting the Past: OUN-UPA Memory Politics and Nation-Building in Ukraine (1991-2016), in: War and Memory in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, ed. Julie Fedor, Markku Kangaspuro, Jussi Lassila, and Tatiana Zhurzhenko, Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies, 2017.

Yuliya Yurchuk and Alla Marchenko. Intellectuals in times of troubles: Between empowerment and disenchantment during the Orange Revolution and Euromaidan. In: Traitors, Collaborators and Deserters in Contemporary European Politics of Memory. Formulas of Betrayal, ed. Narvselius and Grinchenko, Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies, 2017, pp. 141-168.

For full list of publication see:

DiVA - Sökresultat (diva-portal.org) External link.

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The researcher is not participating in any projects at this moment.