Donbas Studies DS


Dr Mykola Borovyk is an Associate Professor at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. His work focuses on oral and public histories, as well as on memory studies. At Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Dr Borovyk helped to found the Centre of Oral History and to initiate study programmes in oral and public histories.

Dmytro Chepurnyi is a curator of the Donbas Studies project by IZOLYATSIA. The project consists of artistic and cultural approaches around institutional issues. Some of the latest special projects Dmytro Chepurnyi co-curated during his time with Donbas Studies are ‘ZMINA’ and ‘Lost Home’. As part of the (mono)town project, Dmytro Chepurnyi was a visiting fellow at the University of St Andrews in spring 2019.

Dr Victoria Donovan is a Lecturer in Russian at the University of St Andrews with a passion for the public humanities. She is a BBC New Generation Thinker and a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award holder.

Dr Trenholme Junghans is asociocultural anthropologist with extensive research experience in Westernand East Central Europe. Her research interests include post-socialist society and culture; cultures of medicine and healthcare; and critical analysis of the uses of quantitative and qualitative modalities of knowing, representing, and communicating.

Dr Jeffrey Stevenson Murer is Senior Lecturer on Collective Violence and Director of the Centre for Art and Politics in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. His research explores the problems of group violence, ethnic conflict, and political terrorism, through the lens of collective identity formation, as he analyses the social need to belong, and why that need is often accompanied by a parallel imperative to exclude others violently.

Dr Iryna Sklokina is a researcher at the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe (Lviv, Ukraine), where she works with historical heritage, in particular industrial and Soviet heritage in Kharkiv and Lviv. Among other numerous publications, Dr Sklokina is a co-editor and co-author of Праця, виснаження та успіх: промислові мономіста Донбасу [Labor, Exhaustion, and Success: Company Towns of the Donbas] / М. Ільченко та ін.; за ред. В. Кулікова та І. Склокіної. Львів, 2018. 244 с.

Darya Tsymbalyuk is a PhD student at the University of St Andrews. Her research focuses on plant narratives in oral histories of displacement from Donbas. She is also a graduate assistant of Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and Eastern European Studies (CRSCEES). In addition to academic interests, Darya keeps working on various art projects and writing short stories. Together with Julia Filipieva and Victor Zasypkin, she is one of the co-authors of the Donbas Odyssey art project.


Fleurie Hunter (Canada)
Victoria Donovan (UK)
Levon Azizian (Ukraine)
Anastasia Ponomareva (Ukraine)
Nina Tararueva (Ukraine)
Katerina Syrik (Ukraine)
Iryna Sklokina (Ukraine)
Kateryna Ruban (Ukraine)
Darya Tsymbalyuk (Ukraine)
Mykola Borovyk (Ukraine)
Anton Lapov (Ukraine)
Yulia Krasilnikova (Ukraine)
Dmitry Chepurnoy (Ukraine)
Clemens Poole (USA)
Trenholme Junghans (USA)
Jeffrey Murer (USA)


Catherina Pomazannaya (Ukraine)
Cressida Arkwright (USA)
Daria Borovyk (Ukraine)
Daryna Nikolenko (Ukraine)
Ewa Sulek (Poland)
Julia Portnowa (Germany)
Justina Szymańska (Poland)
Mari Coulibaly (USA)
Mathilde Vaveau (France)
Nadiia Chygarskykh (Ukraine)
Oleksander Kuchinsky (Ukraine)
Oleksyi Trotsenko (Ukraine)
Oliver McKenzie (UK)
Simon Pápai (Hungary)
Spurgeon Vasanthakumar (UK)
Svitlana Osipchuk (Ukraine)
Wojciech Siegien (Poland)
Yulia Alighieri (Ukraine)