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Fulbright Program in Ukraine
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Virtual Book Presentation and Discussion Superfluous Women: Feminism, Art, and Revolution in Twenty-First Century Ukraine by Dr. Jessica Zychowicz


Oksana Briukhovetska, Artist, Curator and Publicist, Kyiv, Ukraine

Dr. Mayhill C. Fowler, Associate Professor of History at Stetson University, DeLand, FL, USA; U.S. Fulbright Scholar 2019-2020 in Ukraine

Dr. Tamara Martsenyuk, Associate Professor of Sociology at the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv, Ukraine; Gender Expert of Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union; Fulbright Scholar 2017-2018 at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY.


Peter Straton Bejger, Filmmaker based in San Francisco, CA, USA; U.S. Fulbright Scholar 2017-2018 in Ukraine.

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Kyiv Time)

Language: English

Organizer: Fulbright Program in Ukraine

The panel discussion will be live-streamed on the Fulbright Ukraine Facebook page


The event is free to join, and there is no registration required

Dr. Jessica Zychowicz was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Area Studies 2017-2018 to the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. She is currently based at the University of Alberta in the Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program (CUSP). She has been a Fellow at the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs, a Visiting Scholar at Uppsala University’s Institute for Russian and East European Studies in Sweden; and has participated in talks and residencies at the University of St. Andrews in Edinburgh; NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and others. She earned her doctorate at the University of Michigan

Oksana Briukhovetska, artist, curator and publicist. During 2009-2019 worked as a curator in Visual Culture Research Center in Kyiv, where among other projects organized feminist exhibitions. Curated feminist exhibition in Transeuropa festival in Madrid, Spain (parallel program of the International Kyiv Biennial), 2017. Was a co-curator of Warsaw Under Constraction X Festival, Poland, 2018. As an artist participated in exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad. Contributed articles on art in Ukrainian and Polish media, published text in British magazine “paradoxa” in 2016 about Ukrainian feminist art. Hosted by following residencies: Political Critique (Warsaw, 2013); Prague Civil Society Centre (Prague, 2016); tranzit.cz (Prague, 2017). Was a participant of the Tandem-Ukraine program (Kyiv-Paris) researching feminist art in Eastern Europe and France, 2017-2018. Co-editor of the book The Right to Truth. Conversations on Art and Feminism (Kyiv, 2019).  

Peter Straton Bejger is a filmmaker based in San Francisco. He was a U.S. Fulbright

Scholar 2017-2018 in Ukraine, hosted by the Lviv Polytechnic National University and the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe while researching Secession-era architecture. He is the writer and director of the forthcoming documentary On The Cusp: Ivan Levynskyi and Building the City of Lions.

Dr. Mayhill C. Fowler (Ph.D. Princeton) is associate professor of history at Stetson University and runs Stetson’s Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. She has published widely on culture in Ukraine. Her first book, Beau Monde on Empire’s Edge: State and Stage in Soviet Ukraine (Toronto, 2017), explains the making of culture both Soviet and Ukrainian through a collective biography of artists and officials in the 1920s and 1930s. She is now completing two projects: War Stories: Theater on the Frontlines of Socialism and Comrade Actress: Soviet Ukrainian Women on the Stage and Behind the Scenes. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute (2012) and the Petro Jacyk Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Toronto (2012-2013). She holds a BA from Yale University, an MFA from the National Theater Conservatory, and was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar 2019-2020 in Ukraine.

Dr. Tamara Martsenyuk (Ph.D. NaUKMA), is associate professor at the Department of Sociology, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, gender expert of Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, Fulbright Scholar 2017-2018 at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY. She is the author of more than 100 academic publications, chapters of textbooks and chapters of books, particularly, Gender for All. Challenging Stereotypes (2017), Why not be Afraid of Feminism (2018). Tamara teaches at the Department of Sociology courses “Introduction to Gender Studies”, “Gender and Politics”, “Masculinity and Men’s Studies”, “Social Problems in Ukraine and in the World”, and others.

She is engaged in educational activism, conducts trainings for a wide target audience: journalists, think tanks, civil servants, politicians, civic activists and more. Helps NGOs and think tanks to develop internal organizational policies on non-discrimination and gender equality. Tamara is the author of a popular online course on Prometheus titled “Women and Men: Gender for All”. 

Tamara shares the idea of public sociology – science and research for the sake of social change and is therefore constantly involved in various international research or teaching projects.

Superfluous Women: Feminism, Art, and Revolution in Twenty-First Century Ukraine (U Toronto Press, 2020)

Superfluous Women tells the unique story of a generation of artists, feminists, and queer activists who emerged in Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union. With a focus on new media, Zychowicz demonstrates how contemporary artist collectives in Ukraine have contested Soviet and Western connotations of feminism to draw attention to a range of human rights issues with global impact. In the book, Zychowicz summarizes and engages with more recent critical scholarship on the role of digital media and virtual environments in concepts of the public sphere. Mapping out several key changes in newly independent Ukraine, she traces the discursive links between distinct eras, marked by mass gatherings on Kyiv’s main square, in order to investigate the deeper shifts driving feminist protest and politics today.

This book has received awards from: Canada Shevchenko Society, Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies, the Association of Women in Slavic Studies, University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs, Petro Jacyk Foundation, and the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Available at University of Toronto Press: https://utorontopress.com/us/superfluous-women-3.