The Borderland/Ukraine: the residents

Oksana Kis -- one of the Ukrainian residents in Krasnogruda

Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine the Borderland Foundation has assisted a number of Ukrainians in exile to work in the Krasongruda manor and in Sejny. Two of our residents were Oksana Zabuzhko and Oksana Kis

Oksana Zabuzhko is one of the most famous contemporary writers of Ukraine. In Krasnogruda she was working on her non-fiction book, My Longest BookTour which is about the history of Ukraine and the reasons why Russia is reluctant to the idea of Ukraine’s freedoe and independence. Having written her book she is planning to have a number of readings in Poland and out of Poland. Oksana Zabuzhko was a resident from 1 June to 9 July 2022.

Oksana Kis is a feminist historian and anthropologist. She holds the post of the president of the Ukrainian Association for Research in Women’s History. Since 1994 she has been working for the Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (in Lviv). She is a Leading Research Fellow and a head of the Department of Social Anthropology.

In 2006 she co-founded the Ukrainian Oral History Association. She also (co)edited several volumes and thematic issues of academic journals focused on women’s history, gender studies and oral history. In 2014-2020 she was an Editor-in-Chief of the academic web-site Ukraina Moderna.

In 2019 she launched her new research project on everyday lives of the Ukrainian refugees in the Displaced Persons camps in Post-WWII Europe.

Her first academic research was about women in pre-industrial Ukrainian peasant family and a rural community. In 2021 The Harvard Series in Ukrainian Studies published her work called Survival as Victory: Ukrainian Women in the Gulag.

Oksana Kis was staying in Krasnogruda from 18 June to 19 July 2022