Western University Political ScienceFaculty of Social Science

Marta Dyczok

Associate Professor, (Joint Appointment with History)

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D.Phil., University of Oxford
Telephone: 519.661.2111 ext. 84982
E-mail: mdyczok@uwo.ca
Office: Lawson Hall 2246


Research Interests

Professor Dyczok specializes in international politics and history, with a focus on East Central Europe and Eurasia, and specifically Ukraine. Her research interests are on the politics of history, mass media, migration, post-communism and World War II.


Current Research Projects

1. Faces of Displacement in Ukraine

During my 2015 half sabbatical I began a new research project. Over 2 million people have had to leave their homes after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and triggered war in the Donets’k and Luhans’k regions of eastern Ukraine. News stories sometimes report on this, but often focus on statistics and policies. Having written about people displaced during World War II, I was interested in the individual stories of these people. So during my sabbatical I travelled to five cities: Kyiv, Odessa, Mariupol, L’viv, and Kharkiv, and recorded interviews with 70 internally displaced people. These interviews will form the basis of my new research project, Faces of Displacement in Ukraine. Preliminary results have already been presented in a photo exhibit at the Spencer Gallery, Weldon Library (Feb - Apr 2016), at the Migration and Ethnic Relations Seminar at UWO (26 February 2016), and a conference at the University of Toronto (1 April 2016)

2. Media and Memory: Representations of Ukrainians Displaced by World War II Then and Now

This research project, examines how media representations of Ukrainians displaced during World War II shaped collective memory, and how this story challenges dominant narratives. The interdisciplinary project builds on my two previous studies: my history dissertation The Grand Alliance and Ukrainian Refugees (2000) and more recent study on Media, Democracy and Freedom (2009). It is based on a wide variety of primary and secondary sources and I have assembled an international research team to pursue the study.

3. Sashko’s Story

This small research project is about a 21 year old young Ukrainian man from Odessa, Sashko, who volunteered to fight when the war was just beginning in Ukraine in the spring 2014. I had met him at the military oath swearing ceremony on 23 June 2014, and had stayed in touch with him for an entire year while he was at the front, captured, released, and so on. A year later, when I was back in Ukraine for my half sabbatical, I conducted two follow-up interviews with Sashko. I have already used this material is in my teaching - upon returning to UWO, I told Sashko’s Story in weekly chapters to my class (Russia and Ukraine Course, His/Pol 2423), to illustrate some of the issues we were studying. The next phase will be to write up Sashko’s story, using his personal account as an illustration of the bigger picture through a personal lens, in a long article or short book.

4. Public Radio Ukraine (Hromadske Radio)

In the summer of 2016 I began a weekly English language show on Public Radio Ukraine (Hromadske Radio), Ukraine Calling. It's a round up of the headlines from Ukraine, a focus on a main story or issue, and some music. For example, on 1 December there was an exclusive feature interview with Canada's first diplomat to Ukraine. He revealed what was going on behind the scenes in 1991, how Canada became the first Western country to recognize Ukraine's independence and made history. You can listen to the latest episodes here:

https://hromadskeradio.org/en/programs/ukraine-calling/read-this-book-with-a-martini-shaken-not-stirred
https://hromadskeradio.org/en/programs/ukraine-calling/ukraine-canada-a-satellite-phone-how-history-happened-in-1991


Selected Publications

Books

Refereed Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Other Publications


Recent Conference Presentations


Awards and Distinctions