Alla Marchenko

PhD in Sociology, affiliated to the Graduate School for Social Research, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw). At the Center for Urban History, Lviv she works in a project on the multicultural heritage of the two Ukrainian cities of Uman and Lviv. She is in charge of the project’s sociological component, such as the research of awareness and request of the cities’ population on local history, on current intercultural stereotypes, and opportunities for improving interaction of residents with problematic monuments. Interests: comparative research, Jewish studies, memory studies, multicultural urban heritage.

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Articles by Alla Marchenko

  1. Manuscripts do not burn. What about unwritten manuscripts?

    According to the databases of Ukrainian Cultural Foundation and of Ministry of Culture and Information Politics in Ukraine, there were 389 crimes against cultural heritage on June 10, 2022. In the conditions of an ongoing war, it is impossible to be certain of any further damage; this general insecurity and vulnerability adds to general losses. In many towns in Ukraine people made efforts to secure their monuments, covering them physically and digitalizing them in databases.

  2. The personal is political Volodymyr Zelensky in the spotlight of the international mainstream media

    In this article, I focus on the mainstream media coverage of the background of Volodymyr Zelensky, candidate for the position of President of Ukraine and, subsequently, the sixth President of Ukraine. The elections provoked a splash of international interest in Ukraine because of the unexpected candidate, a comedy actor with no prior political experience. This research shows that not only the professional, but also the ethnic background of Volodymyr Zelensky became an important topic in the international media during the presidential campaign and the elections of the President of Ukraine in 2019. Mentions of Zelensky’s Jewish background were supported by references to certain stereotypical views about the history of Ukraine, and his elections were covered as an unexpected breakthrough – either from the Soviet or from the anti-Semitic past.

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