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Dr Alina Zubkovych

Ethnic Studies

Södertorn University



Alina Zubkovych is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) at Södertorn University, Sweden. She is also a Non-Resident Associate Fellow of the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation (IEAC), Kyiv, and of the Ukrainian Institute of Sweden.

Alina received her PhD in Social Science from the School of Advanced Social Studies, Slovenia, in 2015. Her current research analyses the representation of the Crimean Tatar ethnic minority in Ukraine through media discourses and visual culture (films, popular culture, etc.). At the same time she aspires to understand how and to what extent ethnic community by itself boosts constructing these images. Understanding the specifics of adaptation of the Crimean Tatars into the urban environment of the mainland Ukraine since the annexation of Crimea and forced resettlement that followed it is the second task to be achieved.

Her academic interests embrace memory studies, socio-cultural and political transformations of Eastern and Southeastern Europe, discourse studies on ethnicity and national identification, museum studies and migration. Alina has published a number of articles and several books, including Dealing with the Yugoslav Past: Exhibition Reflections in the Successor States (ibidem-Verlag, 2017) and the edited volume Multi-faced Transformations: Challenges and Studies (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015), in co-authorship with Matej Makarovic and Elena Danilova.