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Thesaurus Poloniae for Ukraine

In connection with the Russian aggression against Ukraine, the International Cultural Centre acting in agreement with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage decided to prepare a project called Thesaurus Poloniae for Ukraine. It is addressed to academics and cultural professionals from Ukraine who left their country after 23rd February 2022.

Thesaurus Poloniae is a three-month fellowship programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage implemented by the International Cultural Centre in Krakow since autumn 2009. Grants are awarded to foreign scholars researching the culture, history, multicultural heritage of the Republic of Poland or, more broadly, Central Europe. However, in the face of events currently taking place in Ukraine, we could not remain indifferent.

As part of the fellowship, the ICC provides a three-month (renewable) stay in an independent apartment in Krakow for researchers and their families. Submissions should be sent by email to sekretariat@mck.krakow.pl. They ought to include the application form (posted for download on the ICC website), the candidate's CV, and a photo or scan of the relevant passport page.


Dr. Olena Kozakevych (Lviv, Ukraine), art historian, ethnographer, she works at the Institute of Ethnology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Lviv. Former research fellow of the Thesaurus Poloniae programme, collaborator of the Ethnographic Museum in Krakow. During her stay in Krakow, she continued her research on the collection of the Ethnographic Museum in Krakow.


Anita Nemeth (Lviv, Ukraine), art historian, curator, performance artist, director of the Mykhailo Dzyndra Museum of Modern Sculpture in Lviv, a branch of the Lviv National Art Gallery, collaborator of the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow. During her stay in Krakow, she conducted educational activities at the MOCAK Museum and research on the Krakow Group and 20th-century art in Krakow.


Valentyna Merzhievska (Kiev, Ukraine), curator, museum educator, journalist, since 2011 she has been running BerkoShko, an experimental school based on the experience of contact with art, collaborator of the Galicia Museum in Krakow. During her stay in Krakow, she conducted educational activities at the Galicia Museum and research on museum education in Poland.


Dr. Tetiana Pavlinchuk (Zhytomyr, Ukraine), translator, literary scholar, conducts comparative research on Polish and Ukrainian literature, collaborates with the Jagiellonian University. During her stay in Kraków, she continued comparative studies on Polish and Ukrainian literature.


Dr. Natalia Moussienko (Kiev, National Academy of Arts), leading Ukrainian researcher of modern art. During her stay in Krakow, the researcher took part in the Europa Nostra conference, where she discussed the situation of monuments and art collections in Ukraine after February 24. In addition, she will collect materials on the representation of war in art as a development of her research during the Thesaurus Poloniae programme in 2017.


Natalia Voytseshchuk (Lviv, Ukraine, "Ancient Zvenyhorod" Museum, Municipal Institution of the Lviv Regional Council). From March to May she participated in the Thesaurus Poloniae Junior Programme, working on the historical materials from the resources of the Archaeological Museum in Krakow and from archaeological research conducted since the 19th century by Polish researchers in the area of former Galicia. From June to September, she was a research fellow of the "Thesaurus Poloniae for Ukraine" programme, during which she continued her research at the Archaeological Museum in Krakow and developed a catalogue of archaeological artefacts from western Ukraine, which are in the institution's collections.


Artur Rudzitsky (independent researcher from Kiev, employee of the AEJ-Ukraine organisation), art historian, publisher, translator, author of Ukrainian translations of works by Adam Mickiewicz and Juliusz Słowacki. During his stay in Kraków, he conducts research on the history of Polish art of the early 20th century and the interwar period. Thanks to these studies, he will be able to develop his research on the artistic avant-garde in Kiev in the first years of the 20th century, addressed in several publications, by adding Polish art-related aspects.


Dr. Iryna Horban (Lviv, Museum of Ethnography and Art Industry of the Institute of Ethnology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Thesaurus Poloniae research fellow in 2018). During her stay in Poland, she investigates the loss of cultural property and the problems of restitution of Lviv museums during the Second World War.


Dr. Oleg Rishnyak (Lviv, Ukrainian Regional Specialised Scientific and Conservation Institute). During his stay, he intends to research Polish experience in the reconstruction and conservation of architecture destroyed as a result of warfare.


Dr. Olha Denysiuk (Kiev, National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture). During her stay in Krakow, she will conduct research for her monograph on Polish art in the 19th and 20th centuries. The publication is to be an extension of the course carried out by the applicant at the university in Kiev.


Uliana Lawruk (Ivano-Frankivsk, photographer, „Huculi i Huculszczyzna” magazine). During her stay in Krakow, she will work on her artistic project “Huculi — Górale: twarze stulecia” (“Hutsuls and Highlanders: Faces of the Century"). The project aims to compare two ethnic groups – Polish and Ukrainian highlanders from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day.


Dr. Natalia Bulyk (Lviv, head of the Archaeology Department of the I. Krypiakevich Institute of Ukrainian Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine). The topic of her research project is "Lviv and Krakow in the development of interwar archaeology (1918-1939): field research, protection of monuments and scientific communication." The stay in Krakow will also enable the completion of the monograph "Ukrainian dimension of archaeology in the Second Polish Republic (1918-1939): an anthropocentric and institutional model".


Olha Vasylchuk (Volodymyr, PhD candidate, Department of Polish Studies and Translation, Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University). The planned research will focus on language as an intangible cultural heritage of the Slavic land. The researcher wants to pay special attention to the Polish language of Ukrainians residing in Poland in connection with their work or studies, and who use Polish in various communication situations. The synchronic and sociolinguistic approach will allow to examine and determine the range of linguistic interferences (Ukrainian-Polish) visible in the language units on particular levels of language.


Fellowships granted under the "Thesaurus Poloniae for Ukraine" programme were also awarded to Dr. Maria Kret and Julia Rybińska, who ultimately did not take part in the programme.

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