Short biography

© Tanya Zaharchenko
© Tanya Zaharchenko

Tanya Zaharchenko


September, October, November 2020

Auswärtiges Amt

Dr. Tanya Zaharchenko is a literary scholar, based most recently at the University of Oslo in Norway. Her research focuses on cultural memory and trauma, identity, nation(hood), borders and boundaries, and narratives of conflict. She was the 2015 Albert Einstein Fellow in Germany, and is the author of Where Currents Meet: Frontiers in Post-Soviet Fiction of Kharkiv, Ukraine (2016). Her work has appeared in international journals and edited volumes. She holds a PhD in Slavonic studies from the University of Cambridge (2014), a Master of Science from the University of Oxford (2007), and a BA from Bard College (2003).

Tanya is part of the project Art in a Conflicted World of the Cultural Foundation Schloss Wiepersdorf, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. During the time of her fellowship she will advance her research into Ukraine’s contemporary literary landscape, working within the triple contexts of trauma theory, memory studies, and literary analysis. Having introduced the category of ‘synchronous war novels’ in her recent article in Slavic Review (, she continues to examine cultural, intellectual, and literary responses to war in eastern Ukraine.