Mykola Yurioivych Riabchuk

National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic StudiesІнститут_політичних_і_етнонаціональних_досліджень_імені_І._Ф._Кураса_НАН_України 01011, Київ - 11, вул. Генерала Алмазова, 8 Тел.: 285-65-61

Senior Research Fellow, Ethnopolitics Department, tel. (044) 284-9378,

Fields of interest: Postcommunist transformation, postcolonialism, national identity, cultural and language politics, Ukrainian-Polish and Ukrainian-Russian relations.

Born on Sept. 27, 1953 in Lutsk. Graduated from the Lviv Polytechnic Institute (1977) and Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow (1988, honor diploma).

Professional experience: Research Fellow at the Ukrainian Center for Cultural Studies (2002-2012), Executive Editor of the Krytyka Monthly (1997-2000), editor, section editor, deputy editor-in-chief of Vsesvit (The World) magazine (1984-1996).

Grants & fellowships

2016        Fulbright Fellowship, George Washington University.

2013-14   EURIAS Fellowship, Institut fur die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna.

2011        Reagan-Fascell Fellowship, National Endowment for Democracy, Washington.

2010        UCRS Research fellowship, Uppsala University, Sweden.

2009        Thesaurus Poloniae Fellowship, International Cultural Centre, Krakow.

2007-08    Ramsay Tompkins Visiting Professorship, University of Alberta, Edmonton.

2006         Petro Yatsyk Visiting Professorship, Columbia University, New York.

2005        Research fellowship, S?dert?rns h?gskola, Stockholm.

2004        John Kolaska research fellowship, CIUS, U. of Alberta, Edmonton.

2003        Research fellowship, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

2002        OSI research grant, Central European University, Budapest.

2001        Milena Jesenska Fellowship, IWM, Vienna.

2000        Reuters Foundation Fellowship, Oxford University, UK.

1999        RSEP research grant at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC.

1998        Research fellowship, Maison des sciences de l’homme, Paris, one month.

1994-96    Fulbright Fellowship, Penn State University & U. of Texas at Austin.

1993        Research fellowship, U. of Manitoba, Winnipeg.

1993        Salzburg Seminar, Austria.

1990        Research fellowship, U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

1989        Scottish Universities’ International Summer School, Edinburgh, UK.


Professional Awards

2016        “Akcent” Cultural Foundation Award for the contribution in Polish-Ukrainian mutual understanding.

2009        “Bene merito”, medal of the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs for the significant contribution in Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation.

2004        “Book of the Year” National Experts’ Award for the best Ukrainian book in humanities.

2003        Antonovych Prize – a major national award for the outstanding achievements in humanities.

2003        “Suchasnist” award (Kyiv) for the best article of the year.

2002        “Polish-Ukrainian Capitula” Award for the contribution in Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation.

2001        “Book of the Year” National Experts’ Award for the best Ukrainian book in humanities.

1997        POLCUL Award for the active promotion of Polish culture.


Gleichschaltung. Authoritarian Consolidation in Ukraine , 2010-2012 [in English]. – Kyiv: KIS, 2012.

In Ukrainian, an extended version: Vid “khaosu” do “stabilnosti”: avtorytarna konsolidatsiya v Ukrayini. – Kyiv: KIS, 2012.

Postcolonial Syndrome: Observations [in Ukrainian]. – Kyiv: KIS, 2011. 240 p. ISBN 966-2141-66-5.

In Polish: Ukraina. Syndrom postkolonialny. – Wroclaw: Kolegium Europy Wschodniej, 2015. 256 p. ISBN 978-83-7893-117-1

In Hungarian: A k?t Ukrajna. – Budapest: ?r?ks?g Kult?rpolitikai Int?zet, 2015. 292 p. ISBN 978-615-80156-4-6

Ukraine on Its Meandering Path between West and East (co-edited with Andrej Lushnycky). – Bern: Peter Lang, 2009.

Die reale und die imaginierte Ukraine. – Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2006; 176 p. Nachwort von Wilfried Jilge. Rezension:

Dvi Ukrainy: Realni mezhi, virtualni viyny [Two Ukraines: Real Borders and Virtual Wars]. – Kyiv: Krytyka, 2003. Also, in Polish translation: Dwie Ukrainy. – Wroclaw: KEW, 2004 (2nd ed. 2006).

From Little Russia to Ukraine: Paradoxes of the Delayed Nation-Building [in Ukrainian]. – Kyiv, 2000.

Also, in Polish translation: Od Malorosji do Ukrainy. –  Krakow: Universitas, 2002.

Also, in Serbian: Od Malorusije do Ukrajine. –  Beograd: Svetozar Markovic, 2003.

Also, in French: De la ‘Petite Russie’ ? l’Ukraine. –  Paris: L’Harmattan, 2003.

Selected articles

Ukrainians as Russia’s negative ‘Other’: History comes full circle // Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 2016, vol. 49, no. 1, p. 75-85.

Even critical Russians exaggerate humiliation by the West // Raam op Rusland, 5.05.2016;

Wierd Duk’s silence on Ukraine is deafening // Raam op Rusland, 18.07.2016;

Ukraine’s turbulent past between hagiography and demonization // Raam op Rusland, 2.11.2016;

Repossessions, in: Micha? Bieniek and Ma?gorzata Mis?niakiewicz (eds.), Dispossession, (Wroclaw: European Capital of Culture, 2016), p. 48-55;

Emancipation from the East Slavonic Ummah // New Eastern Europe. – No. 2. – P. 14–20;

Ukraine’s Third Attempt (with Andrej Lushnycky), in: Viktor Stepanenko & Yaroslav Pylynskyi (eds.), Ukraine after the Euromaidan. Challenges and Hopes (Bern: Peter Lang 2015), p. 47-58.

Ukrainian Culture after Communism: Between Post-Colonial Liberation and Neo-Colonial Subjugation, in: Dobrota Pucherova and Robert Gafrik (eds.), Postcolonial East-Central Europe: Essays on Literature and Culture (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2015). p. 337-355.

Whose Crisis? Russian Intelligentsia and the Ukrainian Question – Coming to Terms, Porownania. – 2014. – Vol. 15. – P. 199–208;

“Two Ukraines” Reconsidered: The End of Ukrainian Ambivalence? Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, vol. 15, no. 1 (2015), p. 138–156.

Also in Polish: Prze?om roku 2014: od “dw?ch Ukrain” do jednego narodu obywatelskiego? Kultura  i  Spo?ecze?stwo, nr. 2, 2015, s. 3–26;

Reinventing Galicia: From Imperial Imagination to Post-imperial Mythmaking, in: Alina Molisak and Jagoda Wierzejska (eds.), Galician Polyphony Places and Voices (Warsaw: Elipsa, 2015), p. 345–360.

How to Make a “Nowhere Nation” into a National Brand? in Katarzyna Skorzynska (ed.), National Image and Identity (Warsaw: Polish Institute of Diplomacy, 2015), p. 71–76.

“Wonderful Slavonic People.” Russian Stereotypes of Ukrainians: From Imperial Imagination to Post-Imperial Reality. In: Robert Kusek, Jacek Purchla, Joanna Sanetra-Szeliga (eds.), Nations and Stereotypes, 25 Years After: New Borders, New Horizons (Cracow: International Cultural Centre, 2015), p. 220–245.

Turn to the right – and back // Eurozine. – 15.04.2015;

Also in German: Einmal nach Rechts drehen – und Retour // Beton International. Zeitung f?r Literatur und Gesellschaft. – 2015. – Nо. 2. – Р. 10–11;

On the “Wrong” and “Right” Ukrainians, Aspen Review, no. 3, 2014, p. 58-62;

The Unfinished Business of the 1989 East European Revolutions: From Survival to Self-Expression, in Kaciaryna Kolb (ed.), Belarus on the Forefront of Eurasia: Between Moscow and Kyiv (Warsaw: Lazarski University, 2014), p. 10-19.

“Maidan 2.0: Sich wandelnde Werte und stabile Identitaeten”, in Simon Geissbuehler (ed.), Kiew – Revolution 3.0. (Stutgart: ibidem Verlag, 2014), p. 33-48.

“Eurazja” jako eufemizm. “Nowa Europa Wschodnia” i dyskurs wykluczenia”, in Hanna Hosk i Dorota Kolodziejczyk (eds.), Historie, spoleczenstwa, przestrzenie dialogu. Studia post-niezaleznosciowe w perspektywie porownawczej(Krakow: Universitas, 2014), p. 167-180.

Also in English: “Western ‘Eurasianism’ and the ‘New Eastern Europe’: Discourse of Exclusion”, Postcolonial Europe;

“Alle Wege f?hren nach Westen”, Internationale Politik, no. 2, M?rz/April 2014, S. 72-75;

“Dezentralisierung und Subsidiarit?t. Wider die F?deralisierung ? la russe”, Osteuropa, no. 5-6, 2014, S. 217-226;

“Ukraine’s Third Attempt”, Harriman Magazine, 2: 1 (Summer 2014), p. 26-31.

Also in German: “Dritte Anlauf”, Dialog, no. 107, 2014;

Also in Hungarian: “Ukrajna harmadik k?s?rlete”, Szlavtextus, 7.05.2014;

“Colonialism in another way. On the applicability of postcolonial methodology for the study of postcommunist Europe”, Porownania, vol. 13, 2013, p. 47-59;

“Why Do We Speak Like That: Ambiguous Discourses of an Ambivalent Transformation”, Demokratizatsiya, vol. 21, no. 2 (Spring 2013), p. 271-278.

Also in French: “Ch?rir l’ambivalence – le discours de l’Etat et de la politique en Ukraine”, in Brigitte Gautier (ed.), L’Europe centrale et orientale depuis 1989. Changer le monde avec des mots. – Paris: L’Harmattan, 2013, p.113-133.

“Ukraine’s ‘muddling through’: National identity and postcommunist transition”, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, vol. 45, nos. 3-4, 2012, p. 439-446.