Ivan Kozachenko is a Research Associate on Strand 1 of the “Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies” (MEITS) project, University of Cambridge. This strand undertakes a study of cultural texts and events in relation to linguistic diversity, unity, identity, power, and quality of life and considers the cases of Catalonia and Ukraine. Ivan’s research focuses on investigating the role of contemporary works of literature, film, and theatre in the online public discourses of opposing sides in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and explores the symbolic role of language therein.
He completed his BA and MA in Sociology at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine, and PhD in Sociology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He was a Stasiuk Postdoctoral Fellow at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, in 2015-2017. The areas of expertise include: nationalism and diaspora studies, post-Soviet societies, languages and identities, ICT-related social research, historical memory, and ethnographic research methods. Ivan’s most recent publication “Retelling Old Stories with New Media: National Identity and Transnationalism in the ‘Russian Spring’ Popular Uprisings” appeared in East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies.