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Koziura Karolina

Period of stay: June 1 – October 31, 2021

Current position: PhD Candidate

Affiliated Home University or Institute: The New School for Social Research, New York

 

Evaluation sheet for departing Józef Tischner Fellows

  1. How impactful was the Józef Tischner Fellowship on your personal academic career?

extremely impactful

  1. What is/was the impact of the Józef Tischner Fellowship on your personal academic career? (international contacts, networking, additional fellowships, intellectual growth, interdisciplinary approach, etc.)

I found the Józef Tischner Junior Fellowship as an invaluable and thought-provoking experience. First of all, my stay at the IWM gave me a necessary social and physical space to rethink the theoretical foundations of my dissertation project and set a productive writing routine. The IWM proved to me that it is only through dialogue and conversations that we can advance an interdisciplinary approach. It should be pointed out that the IWM wouldn’t be this amazing intellectual place if not for the engagement of the staff and permanent fellows who create the open institutional environment and informal atmosphere that further enhace connections between fellows. Secondly, my fellowship resulted in numerous, and hopefully lasting, international contacts and networks. I am sure that I will be collaborating with some of the fellows I met at the IWM in the future. Furthermore, as a Junior scholar I valued the chance to connect with senior scholars who helped me to reformulate my project, advance it but also apply for additional fellowships. Lastly, I would like to stress the quality and value of events organized by the IWM (such as weekly lectures, fellows seminars, junior fellows conference but also informal gatherings and tours in Vienna) that helped me to broader my intellectual horizons but also understand the Austrian history and the culture of Vienna better. In my mind this bridge between fellows’ interests, intellectual rigour of the host institution, and local history/culture makes the perfect combination for a successful fellowship.

  1. Have you benefitted from personal interaction with other scholars at the Institute?

yes

  1. Have you made lasting contacts there which will continue to be useful to you?

yes

  1. What are your career plans for the years ahead?

In the Spring 2022 I plan to defend my doctoral dissertation at The New School for Social Research, New York and then start a postdoctoral fellowship.

  1. Given your experience of a research stay at the IWM, would you consider the possibility of working abroad?

yes

  1. Please list all publications (articles, books, talks) related to the research project you carried out during your Józef Tischner Fellowship. Please note if they are published or awaiting publication

Manuscripts under review (submitted during the fellowship):
Tell Them We Are Starving: The Great Ukrainian Famine as an Unthinkable Event,” under review at Slavic Review.

Dissertation Writing:
During the fellowship I managed to write two chapters of my dissertation:
Chapter 3: Holodomor History Reclaimed: the Ukrainian Diaspora and the Incommunicability of Trauma
Chapter 4: Holodomor as a Memory Event

Invited Talks:
“Legacies of Silenced Atrocities: Lessons from Holodomor,” fellows colloquium at IWM, October 11, 2021
“Reclaiming History over Silenced Atrocity: Holodomor and the Ukrainian Diaspora,” Central European University, October 22, 2021

  1. Please list all conferences, workshops and other events at either the IWM or elsewhere that you participated in during your Józef Tischner Fellowship

Conference Participations:
“Erasing Atrocity: Silencing of Knowledge and the Great Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933,” IWM, Junior Fellows Conference, June 21, 2021
“Silences in Oral Testimonies of Holodomor Survivors in Diaspora,” Memory Studies Association Annual Conference, July 5-9, 2021 (Paper Presented and Panel Organizer)

Organized at IWM:
Meeting with Aliaksandr Bystryk and Marylia Sliaptsova: “Strategies of Protests from Belarus: Dignity, Solidarity, and the Reclaim of Public Space”

Moreover, I participated in regular events organized by the IWM, such as lectures and fellows’ seminars.

  1. What do you think have been the impact/s of the Józef Tischner Fellowship on international developments in your academic field? (working groups, workshops etc.)

The fellowship gave me the opportunity to establish contacts with scholars from a broad range of fields and geographical areas of study. In my case I found especially important the possibility to connect with scholars from Central and Eastern Europe, including Poland. I have been studying in the United States for more than 7 years and even though I am trying to keep my connection with the region, it is sometimes very difficult. Thus, I greatly value the possibility of writing my dissertation while living in the region of my scholarly interests and meeting scholars and intellectuals with overlapping interests. I am certain that my experience at the IWM will result in lasting connections, exciting collaborations, and intellectual friendships.

  1. How impactful do you think the Józef Tischner Fellowship on your home institution was/will be?

very impactful

  1. What is/was the impact of the Józef Tischner Fellowship on your home institution? (new courses, interdisciplinary work, scholarly resources etc.)

I am certain that once I will be back at The New School for Social Research, NYC I will draw from my fellowship experience. I consider my stay at the IWM as an amazing scholarly resource that I will use in desigining new courses and set interdisciplinary collaborations. I would also like to include more Central European and Polish perspective into the American academic curricula and scholarly conversations.

  1. How impactful do you think the Józef Tischner Fellowship has been on your home country or region?

extremly impactful

  1. Do you have any criticisms on any aspect of the IWM’s program and operations?

No criticism.

I think that the IWM is one of the best academic and intellectual institutes in the region. The intellectual atmosphere of the place that is created by permanent fellows and staff makes it an especially open and productive space for visiting fellows. I could not imagine a better place to finish writing my dissertation.


Final Report sheet for departing Józef Tischner Fellows

As stipulated in the terms of your fellowship award, please submit your final report on your activities, travels and talks and what you have accomplished during your research stay.

Please be as specific and concise as possible, and please mention also your participation in important events, talks and travels. We may especially ask you to list books or papers produced or worked on at the IWM, which have been either published or accepted for publication, or which you intend to submit for publication. Describe briefly the nature of the work and list the names of publishers or publications, dates and other pertinent facts. We would be very pleased if you could let us have one copy of your publication/s for our library or if this is not possible to contact our librarian with the publication details.
In addition, we ask you to list any prizes or awards and any stipends and grants you received or will receive.

 

Conference Participations:

“Erasing Atrocity: Silencing of Knowledge and the Great Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933,” IWM, Junior Fellows Conference, June 21, 2021

“Silences in Oral Testimonies of Holodomor Survivors in Diaspora,” Memory Studies Association Annual Conference, July 5-9, 2021 (Paper Presented and Panel Organizer)

Invited Talks:

“Legacies of Silenced Atrocities: Lessons from Holodomor,” fellows colloquium at IWM, October 11, 2021

“Reclaiming History over Silenced Atrocity: Holodomor and the Ukrainian Diaspora,” Central European University, October 22, 2021

Organized at IWM:

Meeting with Aliaksandr Bystryk and Marylia Sliaptsova: “Strategies of Protests from Belarus: Dignity, Solidarity, and the Reclaim of Public Space”

Manuscripts under review (submitted during the fellowship):

“Tell Them We Are Starving: The Great Ukrainian Famine as an Unthinkable Event,” under review at Slavic Review.

Dissertation Writing:

During the fellowship I managed to write two chapters of my dissertation:

Chapter 3: Holodomor History Reclaimed: the Ukrainian Diaspora and the Incommunicability of Trauma
Chapter 4: Holodomor as a Memory Event

Research Travel:

During my fellowship I managed to conduct five travels to archives that are essential for my dissertation, including:

Ukrainian Free University in Munich, Germany: August 4-5, 2021
Central State Archives of Public Organization in Kyiv, Ukraine: August 8-11, 2021
Open Society Archive in Budapest, Hungary: August 23, 2021
National Library in Poland: August 12-13, 2021 AND September 30-October 1, 2021
The Archive of the Archidiocese of Vienna, Austria: September 8, 2021
The Archives of Austrian Resistance in Vienna, Austria: September 9, 2021

Awards:

Visiting Scholar at The Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, NYU (fellowship is starting from November 1)