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Ukrainian Archives in the Challenges of War
Presenter(s): Dr. Maryna Paliienko
Head of the Department of Archival Science and Special Branches of History at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
March 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The report is dedicated to highlighting the importance and role of Ukrainian archives in the processes of state formation, preservation of national memory and identity, as well as threats that historically existed and were connected with Russia’s imperial, aggressive policy and were actualized with new force in the course of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine.
The general outline of the process of creation, preservation and transfer of Ukrainian archives in the whirlwind of events of national state formation and the Second World War will be characterized.
The main focus will be on the assessment of the situation and challenges related to the preservation of archives and documentary heritage in the conditions of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, which are faced today by government authorities, society, and archivists of Ukraine, and require greater cooperation and support of the international community.
Maryna Paliienko is a Ukrainian historian, archivist, Doctor of Historical Sciences, professor, Head of the Department of Archival Science and Special Branches of History at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, editor-in-chief of the journal “Archives of Ukraine”.
She is the author of several monographs and books and numerous academic articles devoted to the problems of Archival Science theory, history and practice in Ukraine and worldwide, the activities of the Ukrainian emigration on the preservation of archival, museum and library collections in Europe and North America, displacement of cultural heritage during the Second World War. She researched Ukrainian archival collections in Austria, Germany, Poland, Russia, France, and the Czech Republic. Some of her works are devoted to the ongoing digitization at Ukrainian archival institutions and the representation of their documentary resources on the Internet.
In the 2023–2024 academic year, having received a grant from the Fulbright Program, she is conducting research in the USA at New York University on the topic “Archives in the Time of War and Emergency: Problems of the Cultural Heritage Preservation and Usage (from the Experience of the United States and Ukraine)”.