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UC San Diego Scholar of Eastern Europe Amelia Glaser Selected as Harvard Radcliffe Fellow

amelia glaserGlaser will investigate how Ukrainian literature reflects shifting notions of identity in a time of conflict

A scholar of Ukrainian, Russian, and Yiddish literature, as well as a translator from these languages, Glaser said she hopes to understand whether it is possible for a people to alter their “imagined identity,” accommodating changing conceptions of both community and citizenship.

“Since 2014, Ukraine has become a theater where assumptions about nationalism, post-communism, democracy, and multiethnicity are tested and reimagined,” she said. “Can a post-Soviet nation state, torn between western and Russian interests, reinvent its identity?”

“Since 2014, Ukraine has become a theater where assumptions about nationalism, post-communism, democracy, and multiethnicity are tested and reimagined,” she said. “Can a post-Soviet nation state, torn between western and Russian interests, reinvent its identity?”

As the 2021–2022 Rita E. Hauser Fellow, Glaser will embark on research that she plans to ultimately publish in a book, provisionally titled “Staging Ukraine: Reimagining Community in 21st Century Performance.” She will join a group of artists, scientists, scholars and practitioners at the institute who will learn from and inspire one another in a year of discovery and interdisciplinary exchange while in residency in Cambridge, Mass.

“My new project, which was conceived shortly before the Covid-19 pandemic, has taken on new dimensions over the last year,” Glaser said. “Many of the networks among East European poets that were formed in the wake of the 2013-2014 Euromaidan — a series of civil demonstrations in Ukraine that led to the 2014 Ukrainian revolution — have shifted to virtual spaces due to the physical isolation of the pandemic, and these changes will be part of my study of a new East European literary landscape.”

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