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Talks & Presentations


Invited Keynote Address. 22nd Women and Gender History Symposium, “Gender Taking Place."

               University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, March 1-2, 2024.

Invited Talk. Organized by Prof. Hana Cervinkova (Anthropology/CEES, Maynooth University, Ireland) within the framework of a new course

               Art, Social Action and the City, for enrolled undergrad students from Syracuse University during a semester-long immersive study at

               University of Wrocław, Poland. November 15, 2023.

Roundtable member. Book presentation of Freedom Taking Place: War, Women, and Culture at the Intersection of Ukraine, Poland, and Belarus,

                Ed. Jessica Zychowicz (Vernon Press, 2023). Chair: Prof. Andrea Lanoux (Slavic, Connecticut College).

                Co-Presenters: Antonina Stebur (Belarus European college liberal art / Universität der Künste Berlin);  Iryna Shuvalova (U-Oslo);

                Magdalena Furmanik-Kowalska (Art & Modern Foundation Poland); Svitlana Biedarieva (George Washington U).

Panelist. "Solidarity with Ukraine: Scholars at Risk." IIE & Poland National Academy of Sciences. NAFSA Conference. Washington, D.C. May 2023.

Panelist. "Session II: War as a Catalyst for the Transformation of Ukrainian Identity." 

                 Symposium title: The War in Ukraine: One Year Out, Nine Years In. Connecticut College. April 14, 2023. Link.


                 by Natalia Holtzman, February 16, 2023. Link here.

Panelist. "Overview of the SUDUS Project since 2018: Strengthening Ukraine's Displaced Universities Sustainability" with Project Lead Serhiy Zaitsev.

                 Conference title: Education Disrupted! Universities in a Time of War!

                 Co-organized by Redlands University, Kyiv National Economics University, and University of Economics Bratislava. February 23, 2023. Link. 

Panelist. "Ukrainian Women and the War" with Dr. Cynthia Buckley, Dr. Marta Havryshko, Dr. Oksana Kis. Annual AWSS Feature Panel.

                 Hosted virtually by the Romanoff Center for Russian Studies, the Dept. of International & Area Studies, and the Dept. of Women's and Gender Studies

                 at the University of Oklahoma. Co-organized by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies. February 16, 2023. Link here.

Keynote. IMMA: Ireland Museum of Modern Art (in person conference): 100 Years of Self-Determination, Dublin, Ireland November 9, 10, 11. Link.

Curator. Exhibition & Artists' Roundtable. August-December 2022 " 'I have a crisis for you: Women Artists of Ukraine Respond to War." University of Michigan. 

                                        Exhibition website here. Roundtable here.

Opening Lecture. IMMA: Irish Museum of Modern Art. Annual International Summer School. Dublin, Ireland. June 20, 2022. here.

                                        Title of lecture: "From A War of Images to an Image of War: Artistic Representation in Ukraine 2000s to Today."

Leader of Seminar at "Ukrainicum: Greifswald Ukrainian Summer School Thinking Under Bombing: Feminism, Gender, Queer" Greifswald University, Germany

​                                         Jessica Zychowicz (Kyїv/Warszawa/U.S.): Power, Intellectuals, War: Women on Violence in Ukraine                                       

                                         Maria Mayerchyk (Kyїv/Greifswald): Genealogies of Ukrainian Feminisms

                                         Olga Plakhotnik (Kharkiv/Greifswald): Sexuality, Citizenship, and War

                                         Darya Tsymbalyuk (Mykolaїv/ St. Andrews): Feminist Approaches to working with Contexts of War and Displacement

                                         Kseniia Gatskova (Regensburg): Gender Inequality in Ukraine: Labour Market in Focus

                                         Olenka S. Dmytryk (Cambridge): Aside from the Norm: Artistic Sexual/Gender Dissent and Social Formations in Ukraine

                                         Guest speakers: nadiya chushak (Kyїv/Lviv), Yulia Serdyukova (Kyїv), Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi (Kyїv/Vienna), Vadym Yakovlev (Odesa/Lviv)

                                         Keynote: Cynthia Enloe (U.S.)     

                                         August 8 - 20, 2022  Program here.


Co-Leader of Workshop: Women in Ukraine in Times of Protest and War, organized by Professor Ann-Mari Sätre (Economics / Dir. of Research, IRES)

                                            "Women's Activism and Artistic Engagements with the War in Ukraine's Donbas since 2014," Jessica Zychowicz

                                            "Valkyries and Madonnas: Women's Representation and Agency During the Russo-Ukrainian War," Kateryna Boyko

                                            IRES: Inst. for Russian and Eurasian Studies; Dept. of Cultural Anthropology; Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice,

                                            all three at Uppsala University; and the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) at Södertörn University. May 12, 2022.

Roundtable Member: "Ukrainian Artists, Activists, and Personal Experiences of Fighting the Hybrid War Since 2013," with Olha Martynyuk and Mykola Ridnyi.

                         University of Texas Austin, March 31, 2022. here.

Roundtable Member: "Russia-Ukraine: The Crisis and Stakes" with Dr. Volodymyr Dubovyk, Assoc. Professor of International Relations and Dir. of Center for

                         International Studies, Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University (Ukraine); Andrian Prokip, Dir. of the Energy Program at the Ukrainian Institute for

                         the Future and Senior Associate at the Kennan Institute; Dr. Yuri Zhukov, Assoc. Professor of Political Science and Research Assoc. Professor with

                         the Center for Political Studies. 

                         University of Michigan-WCEE: Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies. February 4, 2022. Organizer: Dr. Genèvieve Zubrzycki, Dir. WCEE. here

Invited Lecture. "From the Revolution of Dignity to War: Critical Art Practices and Gender in Ukraine since 2013," University of Dresden. 

                         April 25, 2022. Organizer: Dr. Klavdia Smola (History).

Roundtable Member. "Thoughts from a Board Member: H-Ukraine and its Future" on Roundtable: H-Ukraine: Promoting the Diversity of Ukrainian Studies

                          in Digital Humanities with: Steven Seegel; Amber N. Nickell; John Vsetecka; Iryna Skubii; Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed; Kimberly Marie St. Julian Varnon.
                          ASEEES, New Orleans, November 18-21, 2021.


Panel Discussion. “Art Taking Place: Contemporary Cultural Production in/between Ukraine and Russia”

                          ICCEEES: International Council for Central European and East European Studies. World Congress. Montréal, August 4-9, 2021.

Panel Discussion. "Feminism in the Art World" with Oksana Briukhovetska, Kateryna Iakovlenko, and Oksana Dovgopolova. Kyiv, America House, March 31, 2021. Link.

Panel Discussion. "Thirty Years of Women's Activism in Ukraine," with Dr. Olesya Khromeychuk (Ukraine Institute London), Dr. Tamara Martsenyuk (Kyiv-Mohyla Academy)                                   and Dr. Emily Channell-Justice (HURI). Hosted by Ukrainian Institute London and HURI: Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute.

                           March 8, 2021 VIDEO. / Description.


Virtual Book Launch. Superfluous Women: Feminism, Art, and Revolution in Twenty-First Century Ukraine. Discussants: Dr. Matthew Kott (History, Uppsala);
                 Dr. Nataliya Tchermalykh (Anthropology, U-Geneva); Dr. Ann-Mari Sätre (Economics, Uppsala).

                 IRES: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden. March 2, 2021.

Invited Lecture. Annual Palij Lecture on Ukraine at University of Kansas Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

                 "State of the Field: New Transatlantic Research on Culture, Gender and Activism in Ukrainian Studies." February 18, 2021. 

Invited Lecture. "Transnational Texts and Contexts for 'No Wave Feminism' : A Workshop."            

                   Universität Würzburg, Germany, Gender Forum & Winter School "Gender und Protest," February 22-24, 2021.

Interview, by Karoline Gil, Deputy Head of Department/Head of Section at IFA (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)

                  in Stuttgart, Germany. Link to VIDEO.

Book Talk. U.S. Fulbright Office, Kyiv Ukraine. Discussants: Oxanna Briukhovetska, Dr. Mayhill C. Fowler,

                  Dr. Tamara Martsenyuk, Peter Bejger. November 11, 2020. Link to VIDEO.

Interview for New Books Network, by Steven Seegel. October 16, 2020. Link to PODCAST.

Panelist. "A Politics of Everyday Life: Transnational Divides and Cohesion in Women's and Pride Marches." 

              Gender and Activism in Russia and Ukraine (2000s to Today).

               ASEEES Convention, November 5-8, 2020. Link to PROGRAM.

Roundtable Member. " 'Counter/Insurgencies for Unmaking the Vulnerable Female Subject: War and Rebellion in Soviet and

             Contemporary Ukrainian Art." ASEEES Convention, November 5-8, 2020. Link to PROGRAM.

Invited Public Talk. "Frame Work: Ethnographic Method for Visual Research." Part of the program of the Summer School "Landscape As Monument"
             in the Donbas Studies Initiative. Organized by IZOLYATSIA Platform for Cultural Initiatives with Ukraine Cultural Foundation (UCF).

              Lychychansk, Ukraine. September 10, 2020.  Link to VIDEO.


Invited Public Talk. Museum Public Program. Exhibit: “At the Front Line: Ukrainian Art 2013-2019,” curated by Svitlana Biedarieva and Ania Deikun.

             OSEREDOK Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre, Winnipeg, Canada. August 16, 2020.

Panelist. "IS THERE ROOM FOR CULTURE? Challenges of Ukraine's Nascent Cultural Diplomacy Today" Discussion hosted at Harvard Ukraine Research Institute,

             June 11, 2020. LINK to VIDEO.

Talk. "Gender and Revolution in Ukraine" IRES: Institute for Russian and East European Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden. September 17, 2019.


Panelist. “Performing Injustice: The Body as a Site of Justice.” Canadian Anthropology Society (CAS) Annual Conference, Vancouver, November 23-24, 2019.


Panelist. “Advances in the Study of Memory and International Politics: Case Studies from Poland and Ukraine,” EISA: European International Studies Association

              13th Annual Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Sofia Bulgaria, September 11-14, 2019.

Roundtable Presenter. “On the CUSP: The Study of Contemporary Ukraine in Canada-U.S.-

            Ukraine Dialogue”  &  Panelist. “Contested Histories, Divided Loyalties, Uncertain Futures: Gender, Religion, and Identity in Soviet and Contemporary Ukraine.”

            ASEEES, San Francisco, November 2019.

Invited Public Talk. "Which Revolution: Ukraine Five Years Later. Democracy in the Context of Regime Change and Presidential Elections" with former U.S. Diplomat and

            Media Advisor Mark E. Dillen at the University of Michigan. Sponsors: U-M CREES and Slavic Studies, April 4, 2019.

Invited Talk. A Story of the Transatlantic Women's Movement. International Women's History Month Speaker Series at the University of Arkansas.

            Sponsors: History and Department of Gender Studies, and Modern Languages. March 28, 2019.


History Lunch Lecture Series. University of Alberta, Department of History. March 20, 2019.

Public Talk: "Revolution and Art in 21st Century Ukraine," CUSP: Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program. January 21, 2019, Edmonton.

           Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, Canada. LINK to VIDEO.

Public Talk. "Against Form: Composition, Medium, and Sexual Violence in the Works of Bruno Schulz and Nikita Kadan." Nov. 16, 2018, Odesa.

            The Museum of Odesa Modern Art. Exhibit: (Un)Named. Nov.-Dec. 2018 curated by Sasha Tryanova. Nov.-Dec. 2017 curated by Sofia Dyak

            at Center for Urban History, Lviv Nov. 2017  and the National Museum of Ukrainian Art (NaMU). LINK to PROGRAM. 


Public Talk. "We, Outsiders: Virginia Woolf and Feminism in Global Perspective." November 15, 2018, Kyiv. Exhibit: A Space of One's Own. Oct. 30 2018-Jan. 6 2019.

            curated by Tatiana Kochubinska and Tanya Zhmurko at PinchukArtCentre. LINK to PROGRAM.

Broadcast. "Reimagining Utopias: Art and Politics in 21st century Ukraine," Conversation with Author Jessica Zychowicz and Artist Maria Kulikowska.

              for SUITE 212, Host: Juliet Jacques, author of Trans (Verso 2017). Izolatsiya Cultural Platform. Kyiv. August 2019. LINK.

Public Talk. “Law & Civic Education: U.S. Student Civic Programs as Potential Models for Ukraine.” American Studies Conference on Constitutional Law.

             August 31, 2018. America House & U.S. Department of State, Kyiv, Ukraine.

Public Talk. “New Directions in Art as Critical Research in Post-Maidan Ukraine - Yevgenia Belorusets & Jessica Zychowicz.” July 19, 2018. America House, Kyiv, Ukraine.  LINK.

Chair. “Perspectives on Diversity: A Dialogue on Rights, Identities, Law, and Culture,” U.S. Fulbright 25th Anniversary Roundtable on Global Human Rights.

              International Association for the Humanities-MAG Conference. Ukrainian Catholic University, June 27-28, 2018, Lviv, Ukraine.


Public Talk. U.S. Fulbright Scholar Capstone Lecture, “Adventures in Cybernetics: From OGAS and Arpanet to the Brave New World.” April 30, 2018. Fulbright Office Kyiv. LINK.

Designed, Organized, and Hosted: "Critical Contexts of the Ukraine Conflict: Uncommon Perspectives." University of Toronto, April 1, 2016.  LINK TO PROGRAM

Lecture. "Lenin Goes Down, Art Comes Up: The Evolution of Space and Image," Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute.

              Reviewed by Grace Mahoney August 3, 2016. here. 

Public Talk. "New Publics/Counterpublics: Perspectives on Identity and Civil Rights in U.S.-Ukrainian Affairs - Terrell Jermaine Starr & Jessica Zychowicz"

           Jan. 4, 2018. Fulbright Office Kyiv. LINK.

Chair. Panel: "Revisiting Soviet Ukrainian Culture: Architecture, Film, and Literature." Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Chicago, 2017.

"Why Art Now? Kyiv Artists' Visual Narratives of Identity, Gender, and Conflict in Ukraine." Gender and Transformation in Europe Speaker Series. N.Y.U. Center for European

            and Mediterranean Studies. March 11, 2016.

Post-Maidan Ukraine: Nation, Discourse, and Society Roundtable, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, July 19, 2017.

"Perspectives on Empowerment: Women in Ukraine," International Women's Month, Peace Corps Headquarters, Washington D.C. March 2017.

"Re-Designing Cultural Institutions in Ukraine: Museums and New Media." 12th Annual Danyliw Research Seminar on Contemporary Ukraine, U-Ottawa, Nov. 2016.

"Re-Thinking Postcoloniality After Maidan: New Media and Gender Regimes in Ukraine," Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Boston,  July 2016.

"The Post-Soviet Museum: Image, Text, Fragment." Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. Conference: The Historical Sociology of Civilizations: Modernity Between Democracy

            and Inequality, Kyiv, May 2017.

"The Data of Life Writing: Gender, Race, and the Digital," Panel Presentation, Institute for the Humanities Annual Conference, University of Michigan, January 2015.

"New Forms of Public Discourse in Russia and Ukraine," National Women's Studies Association Annual Convention, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 2014.

"Post-Soviet Museum Development: Cultural and Historical Commodity in Ukraine." Annual Southern Conference in Slavic Studies, Atlanta, April 2014.

"New Research Methodologies for Understanding Feminism(s)," Conference: Post-Soviet Nations: Current Challenges and New Approaches to Research,"

             European Humanities University and History Department of St. Petersburg Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 2013.

"Women and Leadership in China, India, and Ukraine," Panel Presentation, University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, Ann Arbor, March 2012.

"International Women's Day Centenary: Global Perspectives on the History of the Holiday," Co-Presentation with Dr. Elena Gapova. Center for Russian, East European,

              and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, March 8, 2011.

"Prus, Dostoevsky, and 19th c. Polish-Russian Relations," Annual Southern Association for Slavic Studies, University of Florida, March 2010.

"The Dzyga Cafe in Lviv Ukraine: A Look at Creative Publics and Intellectual Commitments to Post-Transition Culture." Annual Mid-Atlantic Association for Slavic Studies

              Conference, The New School, N.Y.C., April 2008. 









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