PhD defence: Mykola Makhortykh
Mykola Makhortykh, AHM PhD candidate, will defend his dissertation entitled 'From Myths to Memes: Transnational Memory and Ukrainian Social Media', supervised by Prof. Ellen Rutten and Dr. Sudha Rajagopalan.
The dissertation examines what occurs with Second World War memories in post-socialist countries with the advent of digitization. For this purpose, it looks into various instances of digital remembrance associated with two episodes of the Second World War in Ukraine – the events surrounding the seizure of L’viv by Germans in 1941 and the capture of Kyiv by Soviets in 1943 – to investigate how contentious war memories are performed in post-socialist digital spaces. Its findings point out the ambiguous interactions between social media and cultural remembrance in post-socialist countries, where digital technology is used both to reinforce hegemonic memory narratives and to sustain alternative visions of the past.
Makhortykh's PhD research is focused on Second World War memory in Ukraine and how it is affected by the processes of de-Sovietization, nationalization and digitization that the country is currently undergoing. In his recent research, he has also explored the use of social media in the context of the Ukraine crisis and the role of cultural memory in securitization of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
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