Women in the Ukrainian Nationalist Underground (1930-1950), 18-06-2017 

May 11, 2017 • Educational, Past Events • Views: 671


18 June 2017, 15:00


Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 154 Holland Park Avenue W11 4UH




The discussion will be in Ukrainian with an opportunity to ask questions in English.

Women participate in all wars, revolutions and uprisings, yet most histories of these turbulent events focus on men’s experiences. The history of the OUN and UPA is no exception, although thousands of women joined and were actively involved in all areas of the nationalist movement in the 1930s-1950s. They performed the duties of nurses, liaisons, propagandists, reconnaissance workers and members of the Security Service. We will discuss how gender affected the allocation of duties, the daily life and survival strategies of women in the underground.


Dr Marta Havryshko is Junior Research Associate at the Ivan Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences. She is the author of several academic articles on gender aspects of the OUN and UPA history. Her research interests include gender, feminism and nationalism,
women and war, and oral history.

Dr. Olena Petrenko is a lecturer at the Department of History, Ruhr University Bochum. She is the author of a book on female contributions to the armed Ukrainian nationalist underground in the 1930s-1950s (Unter Männern. Frauen im ukrainischen nazonaliszschen Untergrund 1929-1954). Her research focuses on gender studies, history of nationalism and nation-building, history of the Second World War, memory studies and oral history.

Dr Olesya Khromeychuk is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of East Anglia. She is the author of “Undetermined” Ukrainians. Post-War Narratives of the Waffen SS “Galicia” Division (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013). She currently researches the participation and representation of women in military formations in the Second World War.

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